On Sunday, Pastor Josiah Walker preached Romans 5:1-5. In this sermon, “Peace with God,” he spoke on how we either have peace with God or the wrath of God resting on us. There is no middle ground. Through Christ alone, through faith alone, by God's grace alone we can have that peace. As you listen, ask yourself, “Do I have peace with God or is God's wrath still on me?” Copyright 2022. For more information, please visit RedeemingLifeUtah.org.
1 Peter 1 NLT read aloud by Simon MacFarlane. 1 This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to God's chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. 2 God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace. 3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. 6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. 10 This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. 11 They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ's suffering and his great glory afterward. 12 They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen. 13 So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God's obedient children. Don't slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn't know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” 17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.” 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake. 21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory. [...]
In this message we'll continue the chase towards humility by adopting the mind of Christ. We'll look at an encouraging text in Philippians chapter 2 to help us experience His glory in the context of COMMUNITY.
You don't shower or do laundry once and call it good for the rest of your life (ahhh, but wouldn't that be nice?!). In the same way that it's necessary to wash our bodies and our clothes on a regular basis in order to make them clean, it's critical for us to wash ourselves spiritually by spending time in God's Word. Through Christ's blood, we can be washed white as snow, but it's up to us to keep up on our daily "hygiene".
Today's Reading: Small Catechism: Baptism, part 2Daily Lectionary: Nehemiah 7:1-4; 8:1-18; 1 Timothy 5:1-16What benefits does Baptism give? It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare. Which are these words and promises of God? Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Mark: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Small Catechism: Baptism)In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Our Lord has attached so many great and wonderful promises to Baptism. Jesus told His disciples to make more disciples by baptizing them (Matthew 28:19). A disciple is a forgiven sinner. Indeed, Peter told the Jews gathered in Jerusalem to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38) and Acts 22:16 tells us that Baptism washes away our sins. Paul says that the Church is cleansed “by the washing of water with the Word” (Ephesians. 5:25-26).Jesus also said that you enter the Kingdom of God by being born of water and the Spirit (John 3:5). If Baptism brings you into the Kingdom of God, then it takes you out of the kingdom of darkness (Colossians 1:13). Baptism rescues us from the devil.Baptism grants us life and salvation. Jesus promises that Baptism saves us in Mark 16:16. Peter affirms that Baptism saves in 1 Peter 3:21. Also, Paul says that God saved us through the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5).Of course, our Protestant friends will protest that water cannot save you. Faith alone saves you. Well, it is true that faith saves us, but faith in what? We put our faith in the promises of the Lord. When He makes a promise, we believe Him. If the Lord says, “Pick up that straw and live,” faith doesn't sneer at the straw and say, “How can mere straw save anyone?” Faith trusts the Lord and picks up the straw. Likewise, when our Lord connects His promises to Baptism, faith believes and receives the Gifts offered in the water.To despise Baptism is to doubt the Lord. Faith is ready to receive His Gifts, no matter how the Lord chooses to deliver them. The Lord brought the world out of water (Genesis 1:2). He rescued Israel by sending them through a sea. If He wants to give me eternal life and rescue me from sin and the devil by means of water, He can certainly do that! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.All who believe and are baptized Shall see the Lord's salvation; Baptized into the death of Christ, They are a new creation. Through Christ's redemption they shall stand Among the glorious heav'nly band Of ev'ry tribe and nation. ("All Who Believe and Are Baptized" LSB 601, st.1)-Pastor Alexander Lange is pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Albany, Oregon.Audio Reflections Speaker: Rev. Duane BamschStudy Christ's words on the cross to see how you can show more Christlike grace in your life. Perfect for group or individual study, each chapter has a Q&A at the end, and the back of the book includes a leader guide. Available now from Concordia Publishing House.
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Homily for the Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church For me, life means Christ, and death is gain. Through Christ our Lord we assert his lordship over the world and over death. He has the power to raise the dead and bring them back to life. In the same manner, it is only our Lord who can save us from death. He raises us to live with him; in communion with him, our sorrows are turned into joy!
Show Notes: We generally think of intercession as prayer for someone or something external to us, but real intercession embodies more than that. We read in Isaiah 59 that God was grieved because there was no one to intercede. Therefore, He raised up His own intercessor, who did something we do not associate with intercession: He put on righteousness and salvation. This intercessor is the Messiah, and His intercession was not a matter of praying for us to be saved. He brought salvation by becoming in Himself the source of our salvation. Christ did not pray to end sin; He became the opposite of sin. His intercession was to take responsibility for what the world had become through sin and become the solution for it. If we are to follow Christ's example of intercession, we will not do it without taking responsibility ourselves. We are not victims of an external world that we had no part in shaping. We will not change what surrounds us by feeling that we are victims of it. We must realize that we are responsible for this age and what is transpiring in this age. We must do the same thing that Christ did. He put on righteousness. The Scriptures tell us to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to put on the divine nature that has escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. The way to change the world around us is by cleansing ourselves of the world's corruption that dwells in us. Through Christ put that rebellious nature on the cross. Get rid of the anger. Get rid of the hatred. Get rid of the injustice. Get rid of the judgment. Get rid of all the things of this world that are still in you. This is how we pray in a manner that will change the world—by cleansing ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Key Verses: Isaiah 59:1-17. “He put on righteousness like a breastplate.” 2 Samuel 12:13-14. “The LORD also has taken away your sin. ... However, … the child also that is born to you shall surely die.” Romans 5:12-19. “Through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.” 1 Peter 5:7. “Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” Romans 6:6. “Our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with.” 2 Peter 1:3. “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness.” Romans 13:14. “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh.” Romans 8:16-24. “The creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope.” 1 John 3:1-3. “Everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” 2 Corinthians 7:1. “Let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit.” Hebrews 5:8-9. “He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect …” Quotes: “What we must understand is that salvation worked for us through what He personally became.” “How do you change the world of sin? How do you get rid of sin? You become righteous.” “Do you say, ‘I want the world to change'? Good. Then get the world out of you.” “If we're going to see the world set free from futility, we don't do it by looking at futility as outside of ourselves.” Takeaways: When God raised up Messiah to be our intercessor, we read that He put on righteousness. He put on salvation. Everything He did to save us He did within Himself. We look around today and see a world that is bathed in the concept of victimhood. That is the opposite of what God is trying to do right now to bring forth His Kingdom. He is looking for sons who will take the responsibility as Christ took the responsibility. We must purify ourselves. We must take these things that still exist within us in unrighteousness and put them on the cross, literally pulling them out by the roots. We must remove these things from our lives by faith, by love, and by the blood of Christ.
When I was in graduate school, one of my professors would give tests that nobody could pass. Imagine our dismay when he told us at the beginning of the semester that it would be impossible for anyone to score 100 percent on his exams! We may feel the same way as we read what Paul says about the Law of God. But the apostle’s intent was not to discourage us but to point us in a different direction. There is a righteousness from God that is “apart from the law” (v. 21). It is righteousness that is “given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (v. 22). We can see the wisdom of God in holding all of humanity to a standard that neither the religious nor the irreligious can meet. Since the Law renders everyone guilty, anyone who believes will be “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (v. 24). This is not a case of God resorting to the class curve. It is a matter of substitution. Jesus came to be “a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood” (v. 25). His death paid the penalty for our sin, and His life met God’s perfect standard for righteousness. Through Christ, God makes sinners righteous without compromising His holiness. He can be both “just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus” (v. 26). Once we have been made righ- teous in this way, we have no grounds for boasting. Righteousness is not our accomplishment. Nor do we have any reason to fear God’s Law or view it with contempt. We uphold the Law through our faith in Jesus Christ (v. 31). >> Have you accepted God’s diagnosis of your spiritual condition? If you accept that you are a sinner, you need to accept His remedy as well. Look to Jesus for forgiveness and for righteousness. Lord,
Romans 5:15-18 NLT There is a great difference between Adam's sin and God's gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But evengreater is God's wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. And the result of God's gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man's sin. For Adam's sin led to condemnation, but God's free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God's wonderful grace and His gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. Yes, Adam's one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ's one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Through Adam's choice to disobey God, he brought death. Through Christ's obedience to God, He brought grace and forgiveness. Through Adam's choice to disobey God, he brought condemnation. Through Christ's obedience to God, He brought righteousness, along with the opportunity for a right relationship with God and new life for ... who? Everyone who believes. Whose image do you feel like you live in day in and day out? Adam's or Jesus's? Through Jesus we are offered ‘new life' -how does it feel for you to experience that all condemnation is lifted from you right now? Listen again, but this time, we will focus only on what Christ provides for you: There is a great difference between Adam's sin and God's gracious gift. ... But even greater is God's wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. And the result of God's gracious gift is very different ... God's free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. ... But even greater is God's wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. Yes, ... Christ's one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. (Romans 5:15-18 NLT) The word “gift” is used five times in this passage. God's wonderful free gift of forgiveness and His righteousness. Today, His gift is yours. Receive it. Open it. Live it. Share it. Let's pray: “Father, thank You for Your gift. Thank You that You offer this gift to me every day. Help me to receive what You give and be grateful that I can walk in true, real freedom and forgiveness. As above, so below.”
"He has not dealt with us according to our sins or repaid us according to our iniquities." Psalm 103:10 Isaiah 1:18 reads, "Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool." This verse from the Bible speaks to the power and beauty of God's forgiveness. When we sin, we may feel as though we are stained with guilt and shame. But through faith in Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven and made clean. God desires us to come to Him with our sins and be cleansed. He does not want us to live in guilt and shame that lead to condemnation, but to come to Him with a humble heart and receive His forgiveness. When we come to Him in faith, we are given a fresh start and can begin to walk in the newness of life. Remember, there is no guilt too great for God to forgive. His love is infinite, and He desires to forgive us and restore our relationship with Him. When we come to Him with a repentant heart, He will wipe away our sins and make us clean. Psalm 130:7 says, "Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption." God's forgiveness is a great and mighty thing. It is a gift we can receive no matter what we have done. When we come to Him in faith, we will be washed through Jesus's blood, clothed in His righteousness, and made worthy to stand before Him. Praise God for His great grace and incredible forgiveness! On the other hand, though, we are also not to take the grace of God and turn it into licentiousness. Even though Grace is a free gift from God and unmerited favor, we must be careful not to misuse the grace of God. It is not a license to sin. We are still responsible for our actions. Romans 6:1 says, "... Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?" The answer is capital NO! However, if you believe in God's grace, you should repent because God's Grace is Christ, our Redeemer. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins when He died on the cross. Through Christ, we can see that our God is not a God of condemnation but rather a God of mercy full of love and ready to forgive. This is why we must repent through faith in Jesus Christ and accept God's forgiveness and grace. Amen. Ephesians 1:7 says, In Christ, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. Amen. Let us pray, Proverbs 17:9; Thank you, Jesus, for covering all my offenses and giving me life. I am so grateful for your help and guidance in my life today. I am blessed to know you Jesus. Oh Lord, cause me to triumph over the satanic detention of sin and release all the blessings my adversaries have stolen from me because of past sin in Jesus' name. Amen. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/pastor-divineo/support
Many people have found hope, love, peace, and forgiveness in Jesus. It is His light that guides us through the darkness in our lives. However, there are still many out there who haven't come to have faith in God and Jesus. Despite this, Jesus has not forgotten them. As His believers, we have the opportunity to share with others the truth we found in Christ.In this episode of the Revelations Podcast, JoAnn Doyle joins us to discuss sharing Christ in the Middle East. JoAnn imparts inspiring stories of women who found faith in Christ and sought to share His light with the people around them.Join us to learn how we can bravely share the truth, even with those who seem so distant. Listen to this episode just for you!Here are three reasons why you should listen to this episode:Open your hearts to Muslims as you hear their struggles and stories.Be inspired to have faith in God and the truth of His Word..Learn how you, as a missionary, can bring Christ into the lives of those around you.ResourcesMore from the Revelations Podcast: Website | Instagram | Apple PodcastWomen Who Risk: Secret Agents for Jesus in the Muslim World by Tom and JoAnn Doyle: Amazon | WebsiteUncharted Ministries: Website | Not ForgottenHear more stories on I Found the TruthBible Verses:John 1:12 Chronicles 20John 8:32Romans 1:162 Timothy 2:9Episode Highlights[06:25] JoAnn's JourneyJoAnn was a quiet and shy child who grew up not knowing Jesus.She first heard the gospel at 16 after struggling with terrifying and evil dreams.JoAnn married Tom when she was 20. Together, God has taken them around the world to share the love of Christ.JoAnn: “He is the only one where we can come out of that darkness and into His glorious light. He can take a shy girl, a broken girl, and make her whole. That is what so many Muslim women feel. That they're back in the darkness, they're stuck in the shadows, they're broken, they have no voice. But they come to faith in Christ and he gives them a whole new paradigm shift.”[08:49] How JoAnn Found Jesus ChristIn the past, JoAnn felt an emptiness, praying to God to help her fill it. Afterward, she experienced multiple scary dreams. She learned of the gospel through a friend and accepted Jesus. From there, she came to have faith in God. Jesus became a light in the darkness.Many Muslims are battling demonic forces. Similarly, she realized her dreams were spiritual warfare. Through Christ, they can break free of their hold.[12:35] Their Calling to the Middle EastTom was a pastor before he was invited to lead bible tours in Israel. They heeded the call to work in the Middle East.The tragedy of 9/11 gave them the opportunity to reach out to struggling Muslims.Many Muslims experienced dreams and visions of Jesus. It is through these visions that they come to know Him as the Savior.Unfortunately, the Word of God is not prevalent in the Middle East. Illiteracy, access, and fear stop many Muslims from getting to know Christ.JoAnn: “He pursued each one of us so that we could have not only eternal life in the afterlife after we take our last breath here. But that we could have an abundant life with Him right now, here on Earth.”[17:30] Going Into the UnchartedThey answered God's call to go into places difficult to reach. They built churches and stood by the persecuted.Uncharted is the umbrella ministry, while Not Forgotten is the women's division.One day, JoAnn had a vision of Jesus calling her to reach out to Muslim women. These women's stories showed her the evils they've endured.One of the Muslim women she was talking to kept turning her head to the side. She learned it was because her husband had made her deaf in one ear.These women are not forgotten by God, nor are they forgotten by JoAnn. She hopes to share with them the light of Jesus.[23:07] Life in the Middle EastLife is especially difficult for women.At a young age, girls are taught that their fathers do not love them. Women do not have a voice and are often abused.In their culture, honor and shame affect their whole life and community. God has called women to be spiritual influences in their families. When these women come to have faith in God and Jesus, they can share the truth with their families.[30:25] About MuslimsMuslims believe Jesus is a prophet rather than the Son of God. They don't believe that He was resurrected after death.Their god, Allah, is not a god of love and forgiveness. Their laws don't include love, kindness, forgiveness, and others.Most Muslims have not read the Koran. Mostly, they learn about it during prayer.Practices and beliefs often differ depending on the country and the conservativeness of the family.[32:40] Leila's Story: Coming to Have Faith in GodThe stories in Women Who Risk are of real, ordinary women who experienced the extraordinary through God.Leila, one of the women JoAnn met, experienced abuse at the hands of the men in her family.Her family sought refuge in Syria, where she received an invitation to a Christian church. There, she experienced worship that brought her warmth and hope.Leila told the truth about how she felt and her difficulties as a Muslim woman.Many women experience feeling safety, peace, love, and wholeness in Jesus Christ.Reagan: “You can just ask Him, ‘Jesus, I want to stop going my own way. I'm not satisfied with my life. I want You to be the Lord of my life. And forgive me for my sins and not following You. It's time for me to follow You and be obedient to Your calling.''”[44:49] Kady and Amina's Story of Learning to Have Faith in GodKady was a religious Muslim who dreamed about Jesus. After her prayers were answered, Kady came to have faith in GodShe shares her experience with Amina and encouraged her to pray. That night, Jesus answers Amina's prayers.Together they attend an underground bible study that strengthened their faith.Despite the consequences of believing in Christ, they face the risk and share the gospel with others.[55:02] Bravely Sharing the Truth of ChristMany people lived desperate lives before meeting God. Now, they have a holy boldness that allows them to share their joy and hope with others.Many former Muslims become full of holy boldness through their transformation in Christ.The Holy Spirit works in our lives when we share the truth without shame. Hope and truth are the armor that God gives us. JoAnn: “It's a beautiful combination. Not being ashamed of the gospel, knowing that it's the power unto salvation, and then doing it in a way that's kind and loving. How do you say no to that?”[59:24] Your Prayers Can HelpThe COVID pandemic has prevented JoAnn and Tim from visiting the Middle East. Fortunately, Israel has opened their borders once again.You can pray for many divine opportunities to share the gospel. In the past, people used to pray for missionaries to reach difficult areas. Now, we are all missionaries, called to share the hope within us.When you see a Muslim woman, show them you see them. Don't be afraid to share with her that she is loved.Take the opportunity to develop a friendship with her. This way, you can bring Jesus into their lives.About JoAnnJoAnn Doyle is the president and founder of the Not Forgotten division of the Uncharted Ministries. Together with her husband, Tom, they answer God's call to work full time in the Middle East. JoAnn opened her heart to the women of the Middle East. She founded The Not Forgotten Ministry, where their team reaches out to all women, especially Muslims. JoAnn co-authored multiple books with Tom, including Breakthrough - The Return of Hope to the Middle East and Women Who Risk: Secret Agents for Jesus in the Muslim World. She continues to inspire women to reach out to Muslim women all around the world. Connect and get to know JoAnn on Uncharted Ministries.Enjoyed this Episode?If you did, subscribe and share it with your friends!Post a review and share it! If you enjoyed tuning in, then leave us a review. You can also share this with your friends and family. This episode will inspire you to share the light of Christ with others just like JoAnn did! Help others learn to have faith in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, that they may find peace.Have any questions? You can connect with me on Instagram.Thank you for tuning in! For more updates, tune in on Apple Podcasts. kw: to have faith in Godmeta: Learn to bravely share God's truth as JoAnn imparts inspiring stories of women who came to have faith in God and sought to share His light.
Our Identity is found in Christ Jesus. We were made to follow Him and Walk in His light. We are not part of the darkness. Our problem is sin and our solution is the blood of Christ. We need to be continually cleansed in His blood. Through Christ, we have been made new. No longer must we walk in darkness, but in His light.
The Bible makes it clear that our God is a loving and gracious God. Yet it also makes it clear that He is a righteous God who hates evil. This creates some tension: if He loves us, but we do evil things, does He punish us? If He didn't punish us for our sins, wouldn't He no longer be just? Today, Pastor Cody explores Scripture to reveal that the solution to that tension is found in Jesus Christ. Through Christ, God was able to pour out His wrath on our sinfulness, while still offering us a means for salvation.
The vast majority of believers are living their lives thinking there is a distance between them and God. They have not realized, and have not heard, that the finished work of Jesus has cancelled all distance between them and God. Through Christ, God has become their very own Father and they have become His very own children.
Through Christ, we have eternal life. Also, understand that though we do have eternal life, God has saved us to serve. We all have a call and destiny and Christ Jesus. Join In with Reverend James Richardson for this power pact message as he talks about how God has saved us to serve him and to fulfill the call that he God has for us in Christ Jesus. kingdomrock.org
About My Father's BusinessBy Tammy Lacock In this week's podcast, Warren Litzman continues explaining what is in Christ, as God's seed in us. By God's power of the cross, through faith, Christ now lives in us. How are we ever to know Him if we are ignorant to what is in Christ? There are four components of the seed of Christ which Warren shares with us through four different scriptures so we may continue to renew our minds, grow up in Him, and know and love Him more every day. He starts off with the story of Jesus lost in the church in Luke 2:49, “And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?” Here, Jesus, at the age of 12, introduces to Mary and Joseph a new Father. Jesus let Joseph know that he wasn't His father and that Jesus was focused on His heavenly Father's business. Jesus introduced the powerful truth that the same Christ in us is focused on our Father's business. Being born again by Christ in us, we are now God's offspring; and we, too, are about our Father's business! So what is that? Ultimately, it is sharing the gospel of Christ, Christ in us, to the world. “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (John 4:34) In John 4:34, Warren explains that just as Christ was here to do the will of His Father and finish His work, by Christ in us, we too are here to finish God's will for each of us. This, too, is our meat, what sustains us. The will of God for each of us is in what we do every day: in our jobs, in our home life, wherever God plants us. The world doesn't need more evangelists or charismatics. Our pulpits are in our everyday situations. This is where people will see Jesus coming through each of us. This is real Christianity. Now being joined to the Lord in one Spirit, everything we do is for the Lord. “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” (John 17:4) In John 17:4, Jesus is talking to His Father about finishing His work, His will for Him. Warren explains that we, too, are here to glorify God by being who we were created to be and finishing His work for us. In Ephesians 1:4, Paul tells us God “hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world.” In order for us to glorify God and finish His will for us, we must know who we are now. With Christ in us, joined to us in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17), we are God's bona fide children! We glorify God by allowing Christ now to live out through us, not by anything we do on our own. God's first choice for us, before the foundation of the world, is to glorify Him by being who He created us to be. We glorify Him by knowing Christ and allowing Christ to operate through us. By knowing Christ in us more and more every day, we can step into what Paul says in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Christ is our life now! “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” (John 19:30) In John 19:30, Christ's words, “It is finished,” tells not of His dying to His body and earthly life but His finishing the will of His Father. God's intention for Him is finished. God's intention for Christ was that through His human birth, sinless life, and sacrificial death, every human being who believes would be redeemed. Even more, His intention was that every human being have an opportunity to be what God intended by God placing His seed — Christ's Spirit and life — in them. He intended for us to have a new life in Christ. Through Christ's death, we are reconciled to God, our heavenly Father. For us to live the life God intended for us, we need to understand what's in this seed in us and renew our minds to this understanding, getting to know Him!...
We can all use some happiness in our lives and a happy heart comes from inner joy. Faith-based comedian, actress, and writer, DeAnn Alaine shares of her struggle along with a "Joyful Remedy" which has led her to a strong desire to serve Jesus. As a comedian, she helps others through their tough times in a cheerful way for God's Kingdom glory. ***** Kimberly Hobbs Welcome to empowering lives with purpose. And I'm your host, Kimberly Hobbs. I'm the founder of Women World Leaders. And we are so grateful to have you with us today. And I would like to welcome our guest today, Miss DeAnn Alaine, welcome, DeAnn. DeAnn Alaine Woo-hoo! Thank you baby. I'm so glad to be here! Kimberly Hobbs She is a bundle of joy. And we are so excited about what is going to be shared today. So be prepared ladies, this this woman is such a woman of God. And I am just so grateful to call her friend. And she is actually one of our leaders and women are leaders. So we are happy to do this broadcast today, this podcast. So ladies, it is our hope that through what you listen to today will inspire you and encourage you and just bring you closer to your walk with Jesus. And Ephesians 2:10 says that we are God's masterpiece we are created anew in Christ Jesus to do the very good things that he planned for us long ago. And we believe that each of us have a purpose on this planet. And that is to walk and glorify God in everything that we do. And our hope is that by listening today that you might be empowered to walk in your purpose, and serve God wherever it is that you are. The Bible also says that every believer has received grace gifts, so use them to serve one another as faithful stewards of the many colored cat tapestries of God's grace. That's First Peter 410 So today we're gonna share some of the gifting that this amazing woman of God has. And she is a comedian and I just again just love Deanne. So let me share a little bit about who she is. Deanna Elaine met the Lord as a child. She knew him as her healer before she knew him as her Savior. born with a rare disease that affected her mental and physical development, and made her unique from day one. She was called into the ministry as a young person, she eventually went to Bible college because the expectation of those around her was to be the pastor's wife and to play piano. That was going to be her testimony. Did the Colin her life change? No. Did the method of ministry Yes, not only is Deanna comedian, but she is also an award winning TV show host of Maude wash moments with Dan Elaine, and is the creator and director for fade away coming to TV and cell phones soon. So we are so again happy to have you and today we're going to hear about Dan's story a little bit of joyful remedy brought to you with a happy face from a happy heart. The Bible says you will show me the way of life granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasure of living with you forever that Psalm 1611. I love talking about joy. It just makes me happy. But first let's glance into Dan's younger years. Dan, you said that you were called at a young age and both parents instilled in you that the church should be the most joyful group of people on the planet, right? Your mom was a silly fun strong and and she had many enhance talents. So can you talk about your childhood with us a little bit and share a little bit about you growing up? DeAnn Alaine Sure. Well, what a woman my mother, just a phenomenal chick. I remember before she met my dad and they got married, she would sew puppets called whosits. I mean, she was a single mom with three girls. And so we would go to different places and try and sell these puppets. She worked with a friend named Jackie like why do I remember that out of all these years and so even from a young age when you don't have money you get really creative and and she as it as it as a young person herself, really wanted to go into acting and she's just a beautiful charming human being it came to the Lord late in her 20s And so now that part of that excitement and and fun through hard work being a single mom until I was nine I got to see firsthand what joy looks like through great trial through great challenge and my older sisters they didn't quite get the picture of of her as a mom that I did because I was the youngest but then we had someone Just when she was teaching Sunday school and set up like this missions airplane and pretended fly us in different places, and we tried to recruit from different places, and, and then she met and married my dad, and what a guy and he's, he's the one that said the church should be the most joyful people on the planet like, and he's so right. And this is coming from a guy who, who became a husband and a dad all all at once. And we had never experienced the kind of life that he brought into the house. Like he would do try and taste what is in this. And he made eggs one time that looked like gray brain. Because he made him like licorice, like licorice flavored pancakes, it looks so awful. But we would gains and it would bring joy around the table with something that used to be a lot more common than it is today sitting at the table and enjoying each other having fellowship around food. I mean, my parents worked, my dad was in the Air Force. And my mom worked even after I married my dad work, work, work, work, work. And so to have two parents who love the Lord, who have that joy foundation really led me into into that season and finding joy around people who also loved Jesus. And when I was born, I was born with a terminal illness. And doctors would tell my mother, she's not going to live past this, this time. And this time, and this time, it happened several times. I was like, on this wing back then in the 70s. They didn't have this. They didn't have a decorum that they have today. I'm not PC, I'm a comic I'm not PC, but they didn't have decorum. And so they have this wing, they call the the, the the point of no return. And it was for terminally ill kids. And I was I was there a few different times in the state of Oregon, their university, and university Med Center. So all throughout that here's the enemy trying to take me out and having a mother who is now a believer praying, having elders of the church come over and pray. But still to have that joy like infused in into our life, we lived in a single wide trailer until I was nine. So I mean, we had frozen pipes. And I remember my mom getting my sister's like crawl under the trailer trying to fall pipes and stuff like that. It was like crazy. But then we'd come in and she would draw characters that she created on our lunch bags, because we didn't have like the 10 are really cool plastic lunchbox. So she would start drawing characters. And last year, she became a published author with her characters in a in a precious book. And so she's still living out what she started with me when I was little little. And she's still living that joyful testimony out. Kimberly Hobbs Oh, that is so beautiful. So wow, that gives me a little bit of insight to and to your childhood with a mom that was creative and did things to just bring smiles to faces of her children. That's beautiful. So Dan, part of your joy you told me is to fix a problem. And the joy of the Lord was your strength, especially while school was extremely difficult for you. You also said church was the only place that you felt loved and accepted. So can you talk about school and why it was so difficult for you. DeAnn Alaine So what I was mentioning with having this illness, the problem was my organs were growing, but my bones weren't. And like that's just there's nothing normal about that. And so what it lent itself to was developmental delays, physical delays and so academics I was six years academically behind my peers and oh my goodness, did that make it a struggle and I have this condition called seek amnesia. And what it means is mirrored image so all the muscles in my right from my shoulders all the way through my arms move exactly in mirrored image. So if I needed to write a paper, my right hand would right and my left hand and all the muscles in my left arm would move in the same exact Wow method but opposite. So everything with writing with school I academics was such a challenge I did terrible in school like, terrible. It's like, so going to church was like the place where I was accepted. I was surrounded by so many wonderful elderly people like the church, we went to Hood River Assembly of God in Hood River, Oregon. And I'm surrounded by a lot of elderly people that love to me would love holding me. And so from from being itty bitty, like I knew that my safe place was, was there because I didn't even expect to go to college. And the Lord delivered me from having feeling stupid, and having to overcome great challenges. Even through college. No one expected me to go to college. And so the fact that God really saw me through, and I have a degree in science and a degree in Biblical Studies and a degree it like, like, Who would have thought this, this, this stupid kid, like, would do this. And so, and the Lord, he saw me through, he saw me through and having that, again, that testimony from my mother really aided me in saying you can do this, you can do this. Through Christ, all things are possible. Kimberly Hobbs Amen, amen. You are such a joy. And wow, I had no idea even some of these challenges you were saying that you went through Deann. And, and even knowing how you are and the beauty of your your soul that radiates the joy of Jesus, you can tell it's your strength, because I would never have guessed any of you know, the difficulties that you went through. So Deanne, Utah talked about when we were talking previously about a piece of chocolate. Hmm, you know, like, what, what about this piece of chocolate? You married your first husband, and you found yourself in harm's way you were talking about that too? Mental and physical? Abuse. And you called on the Lord in 2007, and started talking about a piece of chocolate. So can you share a little bit about this? This piece of chocolate? DeAnn Alaine Oh, gosh, yeah, I listen, if you want to, if you want to find out who not to marry, or who to marry, have haven't listened, be willing to listen to the Lord. I didn't do that. I marry this sweet guy. He was a Christian going to church. And, and wow, after 18 months of marriage, things really started to take a turn for the worst and and so in the midst of that very challenging time. The Lord did speak to my heart, and He knows that I love chocolate. Like I know it's not for every chick, or for every person, but but for me, like chocolate scratches an itch. And he's like, What about a piece of chocolate? Like, what piece of like, where I started looking for wrappers? Like where's where he's like, no, no. Write, write about some of the joyful times you have when you were a kid. And growing up in these pieces of chocolate and, and like, oh my gosh, so I started writing blogging, like way back in 2007. And it started to grow and it started to change and more women started to like, come in, because our stories are funny. And even even through that very dark time. Here's the Lord saying, I am keeping you but I'm keeping you my way. I'm not keeping you away. I'm keeping you my way and a piece of chocolate kept, kept going and kept growing. Until until the Lord said, okay, that season is done. And then I was done. Like when he says done, I'm done. Yeah, wow. Kimberly Hobbs So that definitely satisfied for a time you were blogging, and it all came from a piece of chocolate and God gave you that creative mind again to take from that piece of chocolate and bloom something there that was able to get you through a period of time and others to because others read your blogs and so Dan, you needed your joy restored. The Bible says the commandments of the Lord, I write bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for the living. Psalm 19 verse eight. Sadly, your marriage didn't last and it took strength to get through that time and the strength to do the right thing something right you needed the right source of strength and that's today what we want to pour in to these women that are listening, we all need our strength from the Lord at different times. And we may be all battling different things as you battled a lot of emotional difficulty in your life, you battled physical difficulty, and let loose Deanne. And let's talk to these ladies that are listening in about where your joy comes from, and how they can just harness that joy, the way that you did and the way that you do now in your life. DeAnn Alaine Oh, This is my wheelhouse, like, I'm so happy to share this because I, okay, here's the thing. The Bible says that the joy of the Lord and I want to slow this down, the joy of the Lord is our strength. Amen. But listen, joy, or like any muscle that needs to be strengthened has to be worked out. It's, it's not like, oh, the joy of the Lord is my strength. And then you're grasping for straws, like desperately trying to like Where? Where is it? Where's the joy? Where's the joy? You we have to allow Jesus to, to, we need to give him space in our lives to strengthen us. So joy is a strength that has to be developed. So you may not have you may not go through, like everyone's lives gets touched with dramatic situations and horrible situations. So So can Jesus keep you during that time? Yes, if you will let Jesus keep you. Right, the Bible says that Jesus can keep your mind in perfect peace, your heart and perfect peace. So if you'll give him room to bring that peace factor in the midst of that those storms. And in the midst of what seems like drowning, like sometimes it's not just as nice as a storm. Sometimes it's a hurricane. And sometimes you you're under the water and debris is flowing past you. And it's it's it's there's nothing pretty like life is hard. However, if you if we can give Jesus the space, to keep our minds to get in the Word, to keep our minds as we are in Christ Jesus, then that will give him a chance to develop joy as a strength. Because joy has to be developed. It has to be a choice. It has to be a choice. Like I was looking in Psalm, chapter 100, verse two, which is serve the Lord with gladness, come before him with joyful songs. Now, I don't know about you, but sometimes the only song that I can get out of my mouth is like like, that's the all these song I have is it it doesn't even sound like a song. Like sometimes I just, I need to have like a song that sounds like a meltdown just to release that hot the harboring mental challenges and thought bonds that the enemy tries to throw my way. And sometimes I have to fake it. Because here's the thing, okay. I was also a nurse for a season, and I was an LPN. And I learned that even by saying, My joy is complete, well change the hormones that are released into your bloodstream and change the effect of how you actually feel a change to affect God knows how he made us he he's so he knows it all. He knows the hormones that he put in us crazy women like he knows. He's there with us in the story he understands. But in but in that, do you know that just smiling even when you're like, angry, if you'll smile, it releases a chemical in your bloodstream, that changes the effect of the hormones in your in your body it Amen to that change your mind. So but it has to be chosen. This way that I have, it didn't start today. It has been brewing and growing and strengthening for a long time. But the best test of where you know that your joy is getting strong is always in the Valley. It's never on the mountaintop. It's always in those challenges. So I also want to read from Psalm 51 Psalms 51 Verse 12, and that verse is Is restore the joy of your salvation to me and sustain me by giving me a willing spirit. That willingness to say, I'd rather wig out, I'd rather get my flesh. It's all way I'd rather do that. I want my own remedy. Rather than a joyful remedy. I want to, I want to tell my husband what I think of him. I want to tell it like, ah, you know, it's okay to scream. It's okay. Like, it's okay. Seriously, if you're listening to this right now and you feel like you're gonna first go into your closet, shut the door, if you don't have that golf suck, okay? Even if you like, whatever you need to do to scream, get, get that, that stress out of your body, and just start singing, just sing a song. joy of the Lord is my strength. Right? I learned that Sunday School is a little thing that today, like I could be having a meltdown and crying. And I sing, the joy of the Lord is my strength. But it changes my brain it changes I feel my body. But it has to be a decision much like how we choose Jesus. Right? He calls us by name he calling out to us. But we're the ones that take that step by faith. You know, to say, I believe you. I believe what you say is true. If you're if right, Jesus was the Word made flesh. So if he came to Earth, look what he endured. But look how he was so victorious, like Jesus is the remedy is the remedy of joy. Right? If Jesus wasn't in heaven, it wouldn't be heaven. Thing about right. So if Jesus wasn't in my life, and an active part and an active decision that I make every day, my joy would not be complete. Because he's the remedy. He's worse. He's the only one that I can say, Jesus, I got myself into this. But I need you to get me out of this what it looks like. And guess what he does. Every time I give him room and space. To my own conclusions is sort of jumping to my like, I just want to, like, I don't want to kill my husband. He is an amazing man of God, but the wife, I just want to go. Unknown Speaker I have a 16 year old son. I don't have daughters. DeAnn Alaine And so I think about that, I have to choose to give Jesus room to say, Okay, you beat you in this and then just trust that he's got me covered. Kimberly Hobbs He does. He does. have you covered DeAnn. He has all of us covered. And I still wanted to jump in with a scripture but I'll read it now. If you weren't talking as you were talking, because it's just this is so good. Those who look to him for help. Ladies, when we look to Jesus for help, he doesn't leave us floundering around and flapping in our tears and crying about those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy. Just as Dan shared about the joy of the Lord is our strength it is and in the Bible says no shadow of shame will darken their faces Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh the joys of those who take refuge in Him. Psalm 34, five and eight, Psalm 34, five and eight ladies. So take refuge right, Dan? Like you just gave your life to taking refuge in him under the shadow of his wings. And you have been in complete joy. In fact, Deanna has made a career out of that and just bringing joy to the hearts of women now and men and women. She has been a faith based comedian and just shares just the joy that exudes out of her soul because she does have Jesus residing there every single day, every single moment share about how and what you do for a living Diem because it's so fun. It's so interesting. And you get to be happy every day and what you do DeAnn Alaine I think you overstated that a little bit. She's like, joy in every moment, every second. I'm like Oh, okay. You You can't see it if you're listening to the broadcast, but I have a cookie monster bubble machine that like my husband and I like we love SeaWorld. We live in the Orlando area and so like, so sometimes I need this guy to just like help me out. He blinks and he blows bubbles outside of his lid. And I'm like, what? I rather blow bubbles out of my lid or for heart like of course now he's not blowing bubbles right now, but he's cute. I is any cue? Of course, you know, cooking chocolate and all that good stuff. I do. I did not call myself into comedy. Like I really thought I was going to be a crazy worshiper. I mean, I am but like, as a leader, and write music and sing in church and stuff. And then it was only like two and a half years ago, the Lord's like, hey, silly. I want you to bring joy to the world. I want you to do comedy. I'm like, what? Oh my gosh, this sounds like so much fun. And so through 2020 I learned the skill of comedy. So I oh my gosh, he's blowing. He's blowing his bubbles like here. Here we are, ladies and gentlemen Kimberly Hobbs See the bubbles going around. Most everybody's listening to podcasts, but those who are watching on YouTube. DeAnn Alaine And check this out. You guys.. Kimberly Hobbs see the bubbles all over? DeAnn Alaine Isn't it so much fun. I'm such a kid. Kimberly Hobbs Bubbles make you happy. Unknown Speaker They do. That's why I have a comedy carwash show on Roku TV. Yes. We go through a carwash I have guests and we play games and and we sing songs and and it's just bananas. It's on creative motion network. So if you ever pay TV or the Roku stick, or you can go to the their site online and watch mouthwash moments with the analyte. And and we have the most fun going through a carwash and sometimes we'll go through two times and and sometimes we'll go through three times just because we're having so much fun. And the Lord is bringing that to the surface on like a carwash. Like this is so much fun. Kimberly Hobbs I know. Who would ever think about going through a carwash and making a comedy show out of it. But God gave you that vision to do it. And also Dan, talk about fade away as you are getting ready to film and share a little bit about that too. DeAnn Alaine Well, Fade Away is a sitcom based off of the best third rate funeral in Polk County, which is the county where I live in Florida. And we start filming on August 5, so be praying for us in that. And then we finish the rest of the filming on September 3 and fourth, we've got our camera guys in place our actors in place and I'm like Jesus, what are you doing? He's like, it's still comedy, but I want you to do television. I'm calling you into a bigger a bigger place, I need more. I have had to I learned joy and and you know, everyone's life is touched with death, everyone. And so here's the Lord saying I need I need people to have permission to be able to laugh and have joy about some of the biggest heart aches they've experienced. And so it's really like his hand is on this and that it's all come together. It's a miracle because I've never done anything like this before. But the when the Lord says do this, I'm hits so I'm gonna say yes. So yes, adventure. Kimberly Hobbs Yes, yes, you are on a huge adventure. And we are just so blessed Dan to be able to come alongside of you. And now that she is in women, world leaders, God is using her and amazing ways here as well. And she has spoke at our last event at Kaiser University and just brought joy to the audience of women that laughed and laughed and laughed and and you can tell again, the joy of the Lord is your strength and nobody would know what was happening in your life growing up and how God would use all of those situations to bring you to where you are today and how you're able to serve Him with that joy. So ladies, we just really we know all of us like Dan sided go through struggles day to day but we need to just look to the Lord for our strength. As Dan said, shout out loud you know, turn your screams into songs of praise to the Lord and just be joyful with a joyful heart and the joy of the Lord will be your strength. You can visit DeAnn at WWW dot DeAnn Alaine - Alaine is a l a i n e.com If you'd like to hear her speak or perform comedy at your next event And and the name of her show mod wash moments with Deanna lien can be seen on Roku TV. Just add creative motion network to your streaming channels and find comedy presentations. And you can like and follow fadeaway on the Facebook page and find Deanne on Instagram at Dianna lean three to seven. She is also ladies and this month voice of truth magazine through women world leaders where she shares some joy in the magazine and look for her in the future with some really exciting future things that she's going to be writing. And we are just so grateful to have her on our leadership team. And in just in future things with women, we're leaders, we're working on some fun things to bring joy into the ministry. And Deann Can you leave the ladies with a just a word to that they could carry with them through the day just maybe that shot in the arm? That would just give them some joy? DeAnn Alaine Yeah, absolutely. The shot in the arm is just confess with your mouth, Jesus, I will give you room today to work. I will give you room. Because if you if you give him room to work things out instead of you work trying to work them out yourself. He will do such a better job I promise you. So just say I promise to give you room today. Kimberly Hobbs Wow, that's powerful, powerful. Give him room. So Jesus, we give you room to work in our life today. And for everybody listening, let's just pray that together. Daniel, you just cover the the women in prayer, just a short prayer to cover them. DeAnn Alaine In the name of Jesus become before you indeed whether struggling or, or with buckets of joy, we just come at your feet and we declare that you are Lord, we thank You Jesus that you truly are the source. You are the remedy. Yes, joy, like you are the remedy for a joyful lifestyle. And, and for any of the ladies for all of the ladies listening, I just speak joy in abundance. In that moment. Today. I speak joy, even just a tiny bit, just meet them where they're at with, with the joy that they are they can receive in this moment. Jesus, you know that some are listening and their kids are driving them bananas or or they make they you might be single, and you're a single rose, but just know that Jesus has you covered and give him room like Jesus, thank you for these beautiful women. Thank you that they'll say today what I give you room to to, to work. Instead of me trying to fix this. Your joy will be manifested by me watching what you do. So Laurie, thank you for giving the women courage to say I won't settle for my flesh. I just I just want Jesus and to sit back and give him room to do what you love to do. I honor these ladies and bless them in the name of Jesus. Amen. Kimberly Hobbs Amen. And remember ladies, Jesus is the joy of our salvation. His banner over us is love. And that was a song that we used to sing growing up in Sunday school so we just know Jesus is the joy of our salvation carry him with you ladies give him room. Thank you Deanna lane, we love you so much. And ladies, please remember join us each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. As we bring you these podcasts and each and every week. Ladies, we have to close but from his heart to yours. We are women world leaders all content is copyrighted and cannot be used without expressed written consent. God bless you and have a beautiful fantastic day the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Because we know our foundation, we go through our days confidently beyond our circumstances. Being sure of your position in the Lord Jesus Christ, you have peace of mind no matter what you may face. You are an overcomer because you are in right-standing with Jesus. New Book from Dr. Victor Torres! Order “Why You Need the Holy Spirit” Today! In This Episode: Matthew 16:16-19 Matthew 7:24-25 Isaiah 28:16 Psalm 18:1-3 Acts 3:8 Connect with Victor Torres Victor Torres Ministries Official Website Victor's Facebook Victor's Blog New Life Outreach Church New Life for Adults & Youth Recovery Program Books & DVDs from Victor Torr Why You Need the Holy Spirit Spirit Revolution NOW IN SPANISH! Revolución del Espíritu Spirit Revolution Victor Victor, the movie on DVD Reaching Your Addicted Loved One Victor Torres Bio Dr. Victor Torres is an internationally respected evangelist, theologian, award-winning author, and mentor to pastors and leaders. Until the trajectory of his life changed through his mother's prayers, Victor Torres was a heroin addict and gang warlord on the mean streets of Brooklyn. Through the ministry of David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, Victor had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ and came to realize that God had a purpose for his life. Now he lives to prepare others for theirs. For over five decades, Victor has been recognized as a contemporary father of the Faith, traveling to more than 30 countries, carrying a Spirit-led awareness of people's needs. Through Christ-centered, biblically-based principles, Torres uses his global influence to reach hundreds of thousands through podcasts, radio, television, street ministry, and worldwide crusades. Dr. Torres is the founder and lead pastor of New Life Outreach Church in Richmond, VA, a thriving multi-cultural, interdenominational church with ministries in Brazil, Dominican Republic, Peru, and Africa. Torres is also founder of New Life for Adults and Youth, one of the largest and most respected addiction recovery organizations in the country, helping transform hundreds of thousands of lives. Victor has four grown children and eleven grandchildren.
She was wrongly accused, betrayed by her family, wounded by deep loss, and left with no choice but to leave her entire life behind. Still, she forgave... and the Lord brought incredible redemption out of the most painful season of her life.Today's guest had every reason in the world not to forgive or forget the profound abuse she endured. However, she has learned the important truth that forgiveness and freedom are deeply intertwined. Join Jonathan Youssef as he welcomes a special guest who, in order to protect her identity, will remain anonymous. She shares her incredible testimony of freedom from a life of abuse and oppression in a third world country to freedom in America. Through Christ, she found forgiveness for herself and others and discovered God's path forward for her life.You don't want to miss this incredible story of the Lord's pursuit of and saving power for His beloved children—available to every believer in Christ!To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
When sin entered the world and infected all mankind, God did not remove sin. Instead, God chose to allow sin and promised to send His son to defeat it. God prophesied that the Son of Man would crush Satan and his works (Genesis 3:15; 1 John 3:8). Even as Paul requests God to remove his thorn, God's response is:But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. - 2 Corinthians 12:9We can trust that if God does not remove our thorn, He has something greater in mind. God's response to Paul that His grace is sufficient meant that to remove the thorn would not be sufficient. We forget in the midst of pain that we don't need our circumstances to change. We forget what we need is God. Through Christ, we overcome suffering. "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us" (Romans 8:37).
Welcome back to another week of Claiming Simplicity! One of my adult daughters reminded me recently that I don't have to work as a nurse. She is totally correct because I was able build my businesses while I worked and we eliminated our debt. I now CHOOSE to work as a nurse on occasion because I love it and I don't feel the pressure that I have to. I have the choice to work where I want and what I want to be doing. At some point when my businesses get too big to run in a short amount of time, I will either have to hire employees or quit my nursing job, but for now-it is working well to do both and I don't feel overwhelmed at all in our home, online businesses or working as a nurse! I thank God every day for this life and I can't even imagine it being any better. Be content in the present and the payoff will be daily. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you evaluate your life. Grab a pen and paper and write these questions down. Are you living with intentional abundance? Are you living a life with a fullness of joy and strength for your spirit, soul and body? If not, what changes can you make? Do you live your life deliberately or are you just getting by and not enjoying it? What kind of work ethic do you have? 3.Do you take charge of your life and make the most of every day? Ask yourself each day-what is it God wants for you and who can I bless. Through Christ you can do all things……..you may be surprised how God will use you when you ask Him every day Join our Facebook Group -> Simple Gardening, Homesteading & Holistic Home for Beginners Email -> firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram -> https://www.instagram.com/claimingsimplicity/ Blessings! Monica
In this week's lesson from Nehemiah 4, Pastor Daniel addresses another hard topic in leadership—opposition. Sometimes we avoid these subjects, but God never does. He addresses reality head-on and we are wise if we learn from what He has to say. Nehemiah faced real opposition to God's direct call in his life. Listen to what God has to teach us about it from Nehemiah 4. In Pastor's Perspective, Pastor Joe Williams describes his own experience with opposition and how God has taught him personally to respond. It's not fun, it's not easy, but it's real. “You've got to expect opposition. This is spiritual warfare, and Satan is not going to lay dead and do nothing and just let you preach the Word without him trying to stop you.” Buckle up. QUOTES --- QUOTES --- QUOTES --- ‘I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.” - Eleanor Roosevelt—“The Christian life is not a playground; it is a battleground, and we must be on our guard at all times.” - Warren Wiersbe —When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. - Proverbs 10:19—Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me! - Psalm 43:1— But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. - Titus 3:9—“Paul did not call the believer to enter into spiritual warfare. He simply announced it as a fact: we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but (we do wrestle) against principalities and so forth. You are in a spiritual battle. If you are ignorant or ignore that fact, you probably aren't winning the battle.” - David Guzik (referring to Ephesians 6:12)—“The best way we can fight the devil is to walk in the Spirit (through prayer and action).” - Robert McMceyne—“Be encouraged! Through Christ we can be victors over the forces of darkness not victims of their evil schemes.” - Chuck Swindoll
Galatians 5Paul's letter was not written for you.Paul's letter, Paul's letters, and all of the Holy Scriptures were written for the Church. The Body of Christ is assembled through the love of God our Creator, the faithfulness of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit.Paul writes, “the fruit of the Spirit is.” Singular. Not the “fruits of the Spirit are.” Do you notice the difference? The Fruit of the Spirit is one gift, requiring one another, produced through the Holy Spirit and not individual Christians. Through Christ's body. The Fruit of the Spirit – the Spirit-Filled Life – is to learn to be a disciple and live a life where we require others in our lives.The Fruit of the Spirit describe the Body of Christ, made flesh in the world through the work of the Holy Spirit.We need one another.Life centered on the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.Life made possible through Word and Sacrament.Life free from religion for the sake of self-improvement instead freed to live a life only possible through the work of the Holy Spirit. Life centered on who you are – beloved and free – where who you are not is no longer interesting.Life where I need you, and you need me. We need one another.Life, new life, in Christ.
Our fractured, divided, and imperfect world keeps us from knowing and relating to ourselves and others as we should. But our union with Christ makes us all sons of God and heirs according to promise. Through Christ we have our identity shaped and established, our way settled, and our relationship with God secured, as we enjoy a sonship, through any and every circumstance, both in part now and one day fully with Him forever. Application Questions: 1. Do you struggle to see yourself as a son of God (as a woman) and the bride of Christ (as a man)? 2. Do you ever think about the fact that, because of Christ, you will inherit everything? 3. How can you make the security of your adoption, as an heir through God, an anchor point in your life this week?
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to do the wrong thing, the bad thing, the hurtful thing? It is easy to get angry, ignore someone in need, or yell at your child or spouse. Paul would say it is easy because we are enslaved by our desires and the expectations of the world. We have been set free in Christ from these slave masters. Through Christ's life, death, and resurrection and through the Spirit's call, we are free to be the people God made us to be. It all just takes some practice…
On Sexuality and Gender: We affirm a historic Christian view of the goodness of the human body, the purposeful creation of humans as male or female, and the sacredness of the marriage covenant between a man and a woman, designed by God to signify the relationship between Christ and his Church. Sexual intimacy is intended by God to enjoyed within that covenant. We believe sin has impacted every aspect of creation, including human sexuality, and that same-sex sexual desire and incongruence between one's biological sex and one's gender identity was never a part of God's intention for humanity. Through Christ, God is redeeming his people, and empowers us by His Spirit to a life of increasing holiness, conforming to the image of Christ, including the redemption of our sexuality and sexual desires. Because we belong to Jesus, we are called to turn away from thoughts, actions, desires, or behaviors that do not align with God's intentions for human sexuality. In the church — which is the Family of God — relationships of mutual interdependence and non-sexual intimacy ought to abound, so that all people experience the reality of our shared identity as brothers and sisters as we yearn toward holiness together.
Teaching on Romans 5 at TGCW21, Kathleen Nielson highlights the truth that God's grace is always abounding. She explains grace in relation to the past, present, and future—that we have been reconciled with God through Christ (past), that we have access to God right now (present), and that we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God awaiting us (future).Nielson says we cannot discover this grace on our own. Instead, we experience it together as the body of Christ, encouraging and strengthening each other regularly. The power of grace to give life is much greater than the power of sin to bring death. Through Christ, God's grace is always greater than our sin. Nielson closes with the bold question: “Does this grace hold your life together?”
Support our podcast and give online HERE! or you can give via text by typing the word "Give" to 503-694-3738 Light is Sweet Ecclesiastes 10 - 12, Psalm 94 and Ephesians 5 Children of light - that is what you are. The light is sweet. How pleasant to see a new day dawning. (Eccl. 11:7) Paul wants you to see and know the sweet light of a new day. It is the Light of Christ dawning on a new day beginning in your life. The light of Christ bring a new future and hope. His favor and kindness is there for you today. How sweet that is. A new day dawning - A new destiny - a new hope. Verse 8 says, For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! If we want to taste the sweetness of this light it's going to take careful determination. Verse 10 says, Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. We must carefully put away the darkness of our past, regrets, shame and resentments, and determine to apply the Gospel light to our heart each day. That light comes from the Lord. Come to Jesus each day, determining that He live His life in and through you now. Through Christ we are able to find strength, to vanquish the lies that are told about God, that he is distant, and separate from us. No, the light of Christ, reveals his presence, his nearness and his embrace. In the light of his loving embrace we are able to honor and prefer one another, submitting to one another and laying down our lives for one another. When we do that it will indeed be sweet and hopeful - like the dawning of a new day. The wise man of Ecclesiastes said, Light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning. (Eccl 11:7 NLT) Taste the sweetness of life in Christ. Determine to love others through the power of Christ, laying your life down in order to experience his life now.
A message from Genesis 3:14-15, Pastor Hampton expressed to the saints that they must give the devil a death blow that will bruise yourself in the process. The message of "Bruising Satan's Head" was preached on April 28, 1982. This is a message of perfecting holiness in the saint of God, that challenges the saints to resist the devil by the example Christ gave us in Isaiah 53:5-10. Through Christ, we can resist the devil and never let the devil get a negative response from us! You can bruise the devil when he comes against you and you don't respond they way that the devil wants you to! As you feel the pain of resisting the devil, you will "bruise his head" and he will "bruise your heal" like the scriptures state.
In today's society, there is a lack of awareness of what racism implies. Jesus Christ is the only way to a new heart. Through Christ's blood, we have been reconciled to God and to each other, and experience grace that mitigates in a world challenged by hatred and division.
This message challenges believers to believe their blessings. In the church, we often encourage people to count their blessings, perhaps even enjoy their blessings, but it's rare when Christians truly believe their blessings and live differently as a result. Through Christ's death, burial and resurrection we have been offered a new life. While it's imperative to talk about the necessity of the cross it's just as imperative to talk about our new life in Christ. We have the hope of Christ in us and with that hope, we have so many blessings that God wants us to have and enjoy. A thorough understanding of Hebrews 10:1-25 will instill confidence, freedom, joy and hope in the life of a believer. Take the time to ponder these truths from God's Word and live the Christ-centered life God intended for you. Speaker: Jeff Schwarzentraub
Through Christ and the Gospels, we see prophecy come true time and time again. The Bible is the source of all truth and the foundation on which the Church was built. We depend on the Bible, if we get tired of it we are out of communion with God. We may have a Bible, but does the Bible have you?
December 16, 1987, Pastor Hampton preached a very challenging message for the saints of God, "Accentuate the Positive". He expressed how the devil can cause you to focus on the negative aspects of life and ultimately shift your focus as a saint of God. He reads from Job 2:7-10, and explains how good and evil will happen to each person, but there is a power that the saints of God have! Through Christ, the saints can rise above all negative situations and keep a positive outlook on life!
Call to Worshipfrom Psalm 97:1, 6-7, 10-12InvocationSongs of Worship“Rejoice”“Rejoice, the Lord Is King”Scripture ReadingPsalm 147Songs of Praise“Still, My Soul, Be Still”“Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder”Prayer of IntercessionScripture ReadingPhilippians 3:1-3MessagePastoral ProtectionSong of Response“Yet Not I, but Through Christ in Me”Benediction
Be Strong | Rob Conti | Sunday MorningThe Levitical priesthood was designed to point to something better. Christ is superior because His priesthood will never end. There is now no need to sacrifice bulls and goats to make atonement for our sin. Christ's work was finished on the Cross. Then what does it mean for Jesus to be our Great High Priest?Through Christ's death, He offers us eternal redemption. This means we're no longer separated from God. The throne of judgment has now become the throne of grace and mercy. We can come boldly to Him in prayer. We are now priests. Men, we can approach the throne of God on behalf of those around us. God graciously empowers us to serve in the lives of others. References: Leviticus 17:11Hebrews 4Hebrews 2Hebrews 7Learn more about our student and adult conferences at Swoutfitters.com. P.S. If you liked this episode, we'd love to hear your feedback! Please leave us a review on Apple or Spotify and help us get the content out to help others grow in their faith and mission to equip the Church.Want to go deeper? Join the Snowbird Newsletter and get our list of favorite books! ==================================================Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the exposition of Scripture and personal relationships in order to equip the Church to impact this generation.==================================================We'd love to connect with you. Follow us here:FacebookYouTubeInstagram
Where is Jesus?--------Easter Stats: 8 in 10 Americans will celebrate this weekend #1 Christian Holiday – 1 out of 3 people on earth celebrate this holiday Resurrection of Jesus often celebrated Thursday night (Friday) Satan with his fierce temptations wrung the heart of Jesus. The Saviour could not see through the portals of the tomb. Hope did not present to Him His coming forth from the grave a conqueror, or tell Him of the Father's acceptance of the sacrifice. He feared that sin was so offensive to God that Their separation was to be eternal. Christ felt the anguish which the sinner will feel when mercy shall no longer plead for the guilty race. DA 753.2Jesus' objective was to reconcile the prerogatives of Justice and Mercy, and let each stand separate in its dignity, yet united. Through Christ, Justice is enabled to forgive without sacrificing one not of its exalted holiness. In many eyes in Israel 2000 years ago and echoing through time still today, Justice and Mercy stood apart, in opposition to each other, separated by a wide gulf. The Lord the Redeemer of all the earth - clothed His divinity with humanity, and lived out on behalf of mankind a character that was without spot or blemish. Jesus planted His cross midway between heaven and earth, and made it the object of attraction which reached both ways, drawing both Justice and Mercy across the gulf. Justice moved from its exalted throne, and with all the armies of heaven approached the cross. There it saw One equal with God bearing the penalty for all injustice and sin. With perfect satisfaction Justice bowed in reverence at the cross, saying, it is enough. 7BC 935-936Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” Psalm 85:10 Jesus died on what many today call Good Friday Satan saw that his disguise was torn away. His administration was laid open before the unfallen angels and before the heavenly universe. He had revealed himself as a murderer. By shedding the blood of the Son of God, he had uprooted himself from the sympathies of the heavenly beings. Henceforth his work was restricted. Whatever attitude he might assume, he could no longer await the angels as they came from the heavenly courts, and before them accuse Christ's brethren of being clothed with the garments of blackness and the defilement of sin. The last link of sympathy between Satan and the heavenly world was broken. DA 761.2 Man as well as angels must see the contrast between the Prince of light and the prince of darkness. We must choose whom we will serve. DA 761.3 John 20:11-18 – Mary and Jesus Emmaus – Luke 24 – Where is Jesus? 5 Great Yet Forgotten Truths – The 5 Lost teachings of Christianity were validated on this weekend 2000 years ago: Spirit of Prophecy – Sabbath – State of the DeadSecond Coming – Sanctuary Symbolism Prophecy: Daniel 9:24 – Anoint the Most Holy – 70 prophetic weeks – 490 years given to Israel to accomplish a few things – 9:26 – the Messiah will be cut off…Vs. 27 – in the midst of this 7 year period the Messiah will die. 3.5 years of ministry of Jesus. I tell you these things before hand… Sabbath – He could have died and been resurrected on Saturday… State of the Dead – His words to Mary were very clear – He had not ascended to the Father. His words to the thief were not a lie – Today you shall be with me in paradise Second Coming– Acts 1:11 – Same Two Angels – same two at the grave, same two that had been with Jesus throughout his life… “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” John 14:3 - I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. But where is Jesus today? Why the delay? Sanctuary - Hebrews 8:8 Here is the main point: We have a High Priest who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven.2 There he ministers in the heavenly Tabernacle,[a]the true place of worship that was built by the Lord and not by human hands.3 And since every high priest is required to offer gifts and sacrifices, our High Priest must make an offering, too.….. (Earthly Priests) serve in a system of worship that is only a copy, a shadow of the real one in heaven. For when Moses was getting ready to build the Tabernacle, God gave him this warning: “Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain.”[b]6 But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.7 If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it.Daniel had another prophecy – The Angel showed him in Daniel 8:14 – that in the Fall of 1844 – 2300 days into the future from Daniel's day that Jesus would finally transition to the last stage in the controversy between good and evil – into the Most Holy Place – the antitypical day of atonement A special day – a solemn day – Cleansing by the High Priest… A day of judging in favor of the saints Hebrews 9 - 9 This is an illustration pointing to the present time. For the gifts and sacrifices that the priests offer are not able to cleanse the consciences of the people who bring them.Hebrews 9:11-1311 So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come.[e]He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world.12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people's bodies from ceremonial impurity.14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds[f]so that we can worship the living God. Hebrews 9:23 – 23 ….the Tabernacle and everything in it, which were copies of things in heaven, had to be purified by the blood of animals. But the real things in heaven had to be purified with far better sacrifices than the blood of animals.24 For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf.25 And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal.26 If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age[k]to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment,28 so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. Jesus says in the Revelation – Behold I come and my reward is with me …I will never leave you…I will be with you until the end.(At any moment in this controversy) - God could have destroyed Satan and his sympathizers as easily as one can cast a pebble to the earth; but He did not do this. Rebellion was not to be overcome by force. Compelling power is found only under Satan's government. The Lord's principles are not of this order. His authority rests upon goodness, mercy, and love; and the presentation of these principles is the means to be used. God's government is moral, and truth and love are to be the prevailing power. DA 759.1It was God's purpose to place things on an eternal basis of security, and in the councils of heaven it was decided that time must be given for Satan to develop the principles which were the foundation of his system of government. He had claimed that these were superior to God's principles. Time was given for the working of Satan's principles, that they might be seen by the heavenly universe. DA 759.2 As the “whole creation groans and travails in pain together” (Romans 8:26, 22), the heart of the infinite Father is pained in sympathy. Our world is a vast house of disease and sickness, a scene of misery that we dare not allow even our thoughts to dwell upon. If we realized it as it is, the burden would be too terrible. Yet God feels it all. In order to destroy sin and its results He gave His best Beloved, and He has put it in our power, through co-operation with Him, to bring this scene of misery to an end.If the Love of Jesus, the Life of Jesus, the New Life in Jesus is attractive to you and you have a desire to show that kind of love to others… will you stand with me this morning?
Sermon Overview Scripture Passage: Isaiah 53:4-6; 1 Peter 3:18 Adrian Rogers says, “Calvary was not only the Earth's greatest tragedy, but it was God's greatest triumph.” Seven hundred years before Jesus Christ suffered and died upon the cross for our sins, the purpose of His passion was prophesied in Isaiah 53. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). First, we must recognize the substitutionary purpose of the Cross. Jesus died on the cross as our substitute. Our sinfulness separates us from our Holy God. There is no possible way for a just God to overlook our unjust sin. In order to punish sin, yet love the sinner at the same time, God sent His son, Jesus, to reconcile the world. There is a river of blood that runs all the way from Genesis to Revelation, in which God atoned for our sins through sacrifice. Jesus became that final, perfect sacrifice for our sins. Adrian Rogers says, “Salvation does not come by learning lessons from the life of Christ, but by receiving life from the death of Christ.” Second, we see the suffering passion of the Cross. 1 Peter 3:18 says, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit…” Jesus suffered emotionally; before He faced the cross, Jesus asked God that “if it be possible, let this cup pass…” (Matthew 26:39). The cup is a metaphor for taking on the pollution and punishment of sin. Jesus faced immense physical suffering upon the cross; He died in utter agony in order to satisfy God's wrath. But praise God, at the end of Jesus' suffering, we see the settled provision of the cross; in His final moments, Jesus declared, “It is finished.” This statement means our sins were paid for in full. Finally, we understand the saving power of the Cross. Through Christ's sacrifice, we have been brought to God, made alive by His Spirit. Apply it to your life Do you believe in Jesus Christ, whose death atones for our sins, brings us to God, and makes us alive? Remember His passion and the purpose of the cross; share your faith with others today.
(Ephesians 1:1-14) As believers, we have the high privilege having God as our Father. We have the honor of being identified with His good name. Through Christ, we have access to all the resources of Heaven. Join Evangelist Scott Pauley, as he brings this message from Ephesians 1. (06085220409)
Through Christ's crucifixion, God judged sin, defeated Satan, and reconciled us to Himself.