Freedom of Choice

It matters what you believe and the stand you are willing to take to preserve the most important parts of our existence. These men held up the American flag and defended it. Do we have enough faith to believe God? So much depends on our willingness to take a step of faith and trust God to work out all of the details. It is important that we keep our rights that were fought for by those veterans who willingly gave of themselves to defend them.

Maybe I’m too old-fashioned, but the Lord gave me good common sense. You don’t surrender your freedom, just because someone orders you to do so. Consider what the Lord says. He gave us a free will. I am so thankful that the President classified churches as essential. We do have freedom to worship. If you mix that with good common sense we can get through anything.

Like much of the world we have experienced something that we never thought we would have to face. Yet, we are still the church of the living God. Nothing can separate us from the Lord.

More than Conquerors

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Psalm 44:35-39)

Never forget the sacrifices that have been made so we can be free to worship.

In this week’s Lattereign we celebrate and remember the ones who fought to give us this freedom. Click on the link below. It will open in a new window.

Memorial Day 2020

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Never Forget That God is Faithful

I may not understand all that is going on in our world, or why it is happening, but this one thing I do know: that God is faithful to keep us through it if we will trust him. Not my will. but your will be done, Lord. Do you have 20/20 Vision? Too long God’s people have been blinded by their own agendas. There seemed to never be enough time to accomplish all that we were called to do, because we allowed the temporary to take precedent over the necessary.

Entertainment became more important than time with the Lord. If nothing else good comes from the pandemic, one thing good stands out to me, the pandemic has caused the world to slow down enough to hear what the Lord is trying to convey. Our core values, faith, family, friends, has taken top priority over the next item on our ever growing to do list. Families may even be spending more quality time together.

We learn to appreciate the simpler things in life: those things that maybe we didn’t value as much before, like how important the human touch really is, and a listening ear when we have to sort through some situation. It is about people coming together to help others, when before we might turn a blind eye to someone in need.

Through it all, the church has persevered. Just like the three Hebrew boys who refused to bow and worship the king, so we as a church have refused to give up our worship. In the midst of the fire, we stand with our hands raised in worship. we still gather (maybe in different homes throughout our region), but we still gather to worship. Nothing will ever be able to separate us from the Love of God. Nothing.

The only way Satan can steal our joy in the Lord, is if we surrender it. He can’t take our joy because God gave us joy unspeakable and full of glory. It is time to give God praise for the things he has done. In this week’s Lattereign, we are reminded that God is faithful. Click on the link below and it will open in a new window.

 Never forget that God is Faithful

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The Church Will Stand

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”(Matthew 16:18-19).

No matter what we are called to face in this life we can be confident that the Lord has already made a path for us to follow. I can trust that he is in full control of my life and the circumstances that I will need to face.

My word for us today is trust. Trust in God. Trust in the journey that we must take to be all that the Lord has called us to be. Trust the wisdom in praying for direction.

It isn’t always easy to be a leader; it is even more challenging for some people to be a follower. Our natural instinct is to jump in and fix everything, but the Lord has led us to a place where we must be willing to wait for the proper time to act. During this season of uncertainty it is good to know that the church will stand. I can build my life on my walk with the Lord. For me, my relationship with the Lord is essential, and no matter how the world will try to stop it from strengthening, it will not work. The more I hold on to God’s promises for my life the stronger I will become.

Nothing will be able to stop the church, especially a pandemic. If you say we can’t meet, the church will find a way to stand. It is more than a building, after all. No one will ever be able to stamp out prayer or my relationship with God. My very being is in his hands.

I am forever grateful that I had a mother who believed that building a relationship with Jesus Christ was essential. She always made sure that we could go to Sunday School. If it hadn’t been important to her, I would not have ever had the opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ.

We give honor to mothers, today. Thank you for showing us how to live for God, and for always being there to guide us even when the choices we were making went against what you desired for our lives. Your prayers sustained us and the tears you shed for us, were stored in heaven. I know that while your life wasn’t always easy, you were able to find hope in prayer, and so now we find hope because of the example you set for us.

In this week’s Lattereign we take the time to recognize our mothers. Click on the link below, and it will open in a new window.

Remembering Mother

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On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand

I could focus on the trials of the past few weeks but I choose to focus on the goodness of God. He promised me that no weapon formed against me would prosper and I still believe it to be true. As we wait on the Lord to bring us through to the other side of this situation, we could get to a place where we feel that the Lord has forgotten about us: that isn’t true. He loves us. In due time he will get us through to the other side of this pandemic, and my question to you, today, is how will your life be different?

I am so thankful that I have a God who with his angels watches over me; I have a God who puts my enemies beneath my feet; I have a God for when I’m sick or when I’m feeling well; I have a God, I have a God, and my God can not fail.

In every circumstance; God is with us. All we must do is keep walking with him. He is leading us through the landmines, but we must trust him to know the path that we must take. So many people depend on science, or the media, or the politicians, to get us through this, but thank you, while I may listen to their views about the best direction to take, I’d rather take it to the Lord in prayer before I take the next step. It is time to shut out all of the voices that would try to sow seeds of doubt, and gloom and doom, and listen to the voice of the Lord.

I truly like his plan better. He tells us in Jeremiah 29:11-13,

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

His plan is the best plan for my life. The Lord will take care of me. I trust God, so there is no room for fear to overtake me. In all that I have had to go through in my life, God has never failed me. Be blessed.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
In Him, my righteousness, alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

We can put our trust in him. In this week’s Lattereign we are encouraged to Bring forth fruit that remains.  (This link opens in a new window)

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Nothing Will Separate me From God’s Love…

It seems that we are facing unprecedented times with Covid-19 and all that it involves. I try to keep informed, and to be fair and respect all views that are pushed by different reports. It’s time that I stop being so focused on these reports, and start focusing on the report of the Lord. I don’t know what the future holds for us, but I do know who holds my future. I can trust in God. I can hold my head high and not allow fear to overcome my faith in him.

He has already laid out the plan for my life, and while I don’t plan to be a rebel and throw my fists up in protest about the situation, I do know that the Lord knows what is best for me and my family. He tells me in 3 John: 2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospereth.” Isn’t it interesting that there is a connection between prospering, being in health and feeding our soul, so whether it is in a building or just in my prayer closet at home: I know in whom I have believed.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8: 38-39).

I got to thinking about everything the other day, and one of the most profound thoughts I’ve had in a long time came to mind:

Do you remember the story about Chicken Little and his warning that “the sky is falling”? It seems that everyone became fearful and started looking up watching for when the sky would actually fall. The chickens were paralyzed with fear. Okay, I could leave it there, but what if everybody was so fearful and focused on something that may never happen, that they didn’t see the present danger of falling off the cliff that was ahead because they were too busy looking up in fear. I know there are people who are in dire need of prayer as they battle this pandemic; however, there are those people who are not sick, that need to work, also.

We have got to turn our attention to the Lord. The enemy of our soul would like nothing better than to stop the church from reaching the lost. Yes, we have restrictions on gathering at this time; yes, it is terrible that the government is allowed to trample all over our rights as citizens of the United States. I get that.  I learned to wash and sanitize my hands at an early age, and the proper way to cover my mouth when I cough or sneeze. I also learned to stay home if I was sick, but heaven forbid if I wanted to stay home from school, when I was well. Use common sense. Mama taught me that.

I still don’t understand the difference in socially distancing at Wal-Mart with considerably more people around you, than socially distancing in the sanctuary at a church, where only 10 people are allowed to gather? Are my spiritual needs any less essential than my physical needs? And, no I don’t have answers to those questions, but this is what I do know:

No matter how restricted we are because we must obey the laws of the land, what Satan intended for evil, God will bring good from it. Have you noticed? More churches are streaming their services, online? I can’t even keep up with the number of videos that I am following from various churches where the emphasis is to preach the gospel, and encourage the saints, and I don’t even need to leave my computer to be a part of the church. I still can reach out in many ways, where before the restrictions I may have just passed someone by without an encouraging word.

The bottom line is Satan has lost this battle. He can not stop the church. Whose report will I believe? I shall believe the report of the Lord. So do not be discouraged, be kind, and keep praying and believing that God can turn this thing around. In this week’s Lattereign, we consider the following question Have you Lost Faith in Your Prayers?

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For Such a Time as This, We are Called to Trust God.

It is nonsense to think that God is not aware of the circumstances that we are facing in this season of our lives. He has a plan; so I need to trust in it. I know that God is greater than any problem that I might have and that nothing can separate me from his love. I must continue to worship and praise his holy name because “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” In my heart I know that all is well with my soul, and that no matter what is  thrown in my path along the way, the Lord is still in control. He isn’t out to destroy his church, but he is working a deeper work in our spirits.

It is time to take all of our plans, and agendas, and programs so carefully executed, and put them aside to allow the Lord to do a work in our lives. By man’s law we have been limited in numbers that can worship in one place; but, it hasn’t stopped the church! We worship in the streets, at home, in our prayer closets, on the internet, literally everywhere we are allowed to go, we are reaching people with the gospel. “It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by you,” as the song goes.

Sometime we do need to get out of our routine, because it can become so familiar to us that we lose sight of the value and the privileges that we do have to be in fellowship with others. We find strength and encouragement when we get together, but does that have to stop just because of our restrictions? I think not. It’s time that we as a church stand up and boldly go before the throne of grace to plead our case. We can do it without any other consequences besides answered prayers.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

In this week’s Lattereign, the Lord reminds us to trust him.

 I will lift up mine eyes Unto the Hills

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If it Wasn’t for the Lighthouse, Where Would This Ship Be?

There is a place of safety and it is the church. When the world is so confusing, we can find peace in the church. What comprises a church? It is more than a building, or a grand cathedral. It is so much more than a hut, or a brush arbor as it was in the early days. It is more than a tent which was carried from location to location. The church was built upon a rock.

With the pandemic, people have had to go out of their comfort zones, and although we don’t meet in a building, we don’t miss our time of worship and praise. Today, we celebrate the Resurrection and what does that means for us as believers? We are free to worship. Jesus paid the price of our salvation at Calvary.

“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).

We have a promise from God that he will have a glorious church. In Ephesians 5:27, the bible says, “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

If we will learn to rise above our circumstances and use this time to reset our priorities, and make our way back to the Lord; then, we win!

This song has been a blessing through the years, and I wanted to share it with you. Brother Bobby Taylor, from the Pentecostals of Greenville, NC, sings.

If it wasn’t for the Lighthouse, Where Would This Ship Be?  (Click on the link; it opens in a new window).

Indeed, where would we be?  In this week’s Lattereign, consider this question:

The Lord is my strength whom shall I fear? 

Stay safe and be blessed.

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Resting Under the Shadow of the Almighty

During this pandemic, I have learned that the Lord is faithful. He gives us rest even in uncertainty. We will overcome this, and in Jesus Name, I look forward to what the Lord has in store for his church. Yes, we may need to have the church online as opposed to meeting in a formal setting, but didn’t the early church go to the people? If nothing else good comes of this, we have seen more people reaching beyond the four walls to the world. I could be gloom and doom; but, I choose to rejoice in the God of my salvation. He knows my name, and that’s good enough for me.   

 “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:

To show forth thy loving-kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,

Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.

For thou, Lord, has made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.

O Lord, how great are thy works! And thy thoughts are very deep” (Psalm 92:1-5).

In America, we have liberty. In Jesus, we have liberty that will set us free by the power of the Holy Ghost. He whom the son sets free is free indeed. Our world may be troubled and uncertain, but we can be established in Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.

If we keep praying, keep believing that the Lord will deliver us and that he is a present help in the time of trouble, then we reap the victories.

 

“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;”

(2 Corinthians 4:8-9).

“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly….But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”

Romans 5:5-6, 8

I am blessed to be a part of the Pentecostals of Greenville. My thoughts tonight are tumbling through my mind and can’t be contained. I feel like we’ve been called to prayer as a nation, and we are united together with a common bond: reaching out to the lost. I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth. I can have peace even when the world in which I live is in chaos.

My hope is in Jesus and the things of the world are only temporal. God, on the other hand, is eternal and he loves me with an everlasting and unconditional love. God bless America.

We welcome you to celebrate another opportunity to worship the Lord, freely. It requires no building, or special place. We are blessed that we can be in his presence. I am thankful that we have hope in him.

In this week’s Lattereign, we are reminded that There’s Nothing too hard for God (click on the link and it will open in a new window).

Stay safe, and be blessed.

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Okay, Lord, You Have my Attention.

If nothing else is learned through this pandemic, we have learned that we can unite in prayer as a nation. Lord, you have my attention. I ask for forgiveness, for allowing other things to take priority in my life.

It’s not that we aren’t willing to do the will of God: we are, but too often we allow ourselves to get too busy to focus on what really matters. My Martha spirit, of busyness overtakes my Mary spirit of sitting at Jesus feet.

We have to be entertained, active, needed, productive, with all of the whirlwinds that these things cause. If you have ever been on a merry-go-round you know what it’s like to go faster and faster in circles. Your heart races, your head spins, and a million trees above swirl as you continue to go nowhere but in circles. Just let one person stop the merry-go-round abruptly and you better hold on because in your mind it is still spinning.

A profound thought about spinning on a merry-go-round: when you stop, you are at the same place that you started, and although it took a great deal of effort to keep it going, you made no progress.

The pandemic has allowed us to get off of the merry-go-round, and focus on one thing at the time. Those things that truly matter, like taking care of our four walls, our families, and drawing closer to the Lord as we try to figure this out. We learn that Jesus is more than enough to supply all our needs.

I believe that after this pandemic is over, and it will be, we will see the greatest revival of all time as the people begin to turn their attention back to the Lord. That is my prayer and my hope. Be blessed and stay safe.

In this week’s Lattereign, we focus on prayer. Bind the sacrifice with strong cords . (This link opens in a new window.)

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Claim Your Promise!

“Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.

And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border” (Jeremiah 31:16, 17).

“Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). You may have prayed for years for a need or a desire in your heart and it still has not come to pass. NEVER GIVE UP! You have a choice to make: Believe God answers prayer; or never have your prayers answered; for without believing, it will not come to pass. Sometimes it is hard to keep praying when you feel that your prayers are not reaching any higher than the ceiling. Persevere. Endure. Why not choose to believe God in faith? You really don’t have any other choice but to believe that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

If you want to see miracles in your life: BELIEVE. NEVER GIVE UP!

The Lord has already heard your prayers and intercessions. He is pleased with your worship, your commitment to keep growing in the faith, and your desire to build a strong relationship with him. Let’s keep the wheels of revival moving throughout our nation. We have a mission to accomplish: who will rise up and accept the calling that the Lord has placed on your life?

We see daily that people are turning to the Lord, because it is time. Hold on to your promises! They are not in vain.

This is the year of prayer; today, let’s make this temple—a place of worship. Some people may be worshiping from home, or in their cars, or in a church building. I am thankful that there are no limits on worship. No matter where you are, seek him while he may be found. Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:21).

To open the newsletter, click on the blue link and it will open in a new page. In this week’s Lattereign we need Something to Hold on To

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