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The Power Of Prayer

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My hubby requested to our pastor that he would like to preach in our church before we leave Texas for the Philippines. So my hubby got to preach Wednesday night. His message was about PRAYER. Before he started his message, he told the congregation how the good Lord has answered our prayers. For many months, we've been praying to the good Lord that we can sell our house and give us the means so we can go back to the Philippines. My hubby even set a goal that he would like to go to the Philippines by the end of this year. I told him it's impossible because it's not easy to sell a house these days. It was already October and still we didn't have a buyer. But then, we kept on praying and believing that God will answer our prayers in His time and He did. God sent us a buyer of our house on the 1st week of November. Now we're getting ready to go back to the Philippines. It's really amazing how the good Lord answers prayers. If you pray, believe that you will receive …

Christmas Invitation

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You are cordially invited to A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!!!Guest of Honor: Jesus Christ Date: Every day. Traditionally, December 25
but He's always around, so the date is flexible... Time: Whenever you're ready.
(Please don't be late, though, or you'll miss out on all the fun!) Place: In your heart.... He'll meet you there.
(You'll hear Him knock.)Attire: Come as you are... grubbies are okay.
He'll be washing our clothes anyway. He said something about
new white robes and crowns for everyone who stays till the last.Tickets: Admission is free. He's
already paid for everyone...
(He says you wouldn't have been
able to afford it anyway...
it cost Him everything He had. But
you do need to accept the ticket!!Refreshments: New wine, bread, and a
far-out drink He calls "Living Water,"

Requirements for Answered Prayer

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READ | John 14:12-14
Jesus taught many things about prayer and its central role in a believer’s life. He also promised that our petitions will be answered when we meet certain requirements.

One condition is mentioned in John 14:14: after receiving Christ as our personal Savior, we have the right to present requests in Jesus’ name, which means praying something that the Lord Himself might pray. Whenever we exercise this privilege, we must come to the Father, depending not on our own good works or character but on the merits of Christ alone. Jesus’ atoning death on the cross is the only basis for approaching God and being assured of receiving an answer to our petitions.

A second requirement is separation from all known sin. Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” This refers to ungodly behaviors and thought patterns which we know are wrong but refuse to give up. Remember, God looks at our heart attitude. If we struggle against our sinful ways, griev…

Answered Prayers

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I am writing this to share to everybody how the good Lord had answered our prayers in His perfect time. My hubby and I had plans to go back to the Philippines and live there. God had also impressed on our hearts to start a ministry there for the Lord. But we can't just go there right away. I have to wait for my US citizenship to be done, we have to sell our house and also wait for the payment from Cheasepeak company for our land with gas in Alvarado. My hubby had put the For Sale sign in front of our house more than a year ago. At that time I haven't filed for my US citizenship yet. There were lots of people who called and came and look at our house. Most of them were interested to buy it but they backed off when we told them we wanted cash for the payment. They can't get a loan from the bank. Then I filed for my US citizenship and it really took a while to wait for it. It was a long process. Still there were number of people who came and look at our house but no bite yet.…

Of All The Joys

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At times I'm so discouraged
with problems of the day
I fail to see the joyful things
that are along the way
When troubles overwhelm me
It's then my nerves may fray
that's when I need to take the time

To simply sit and pray
Reflecting on God's many the gifts
It makes me so aware
Of all the joy in little things
around me everywhere!
I must try to remember
though problems come my way
not to miss the joyful things
and the beauty of the day.

Watching God Work

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READ | Ephesians 3:14-21

A modern tragedy in the church is that so few Christians are aware of the Lord's work in their daily life. Most believers rejoice when God answers prayer and marvel when He reveals a new scriptural concept. Yet too few of us expect Him to have any interest in our relationships or workday. We must remember that the Lord is involved in all aspects of our life, and we can see Him move if we look at things with His perspective.

First, we must have a right relationship with God. We will be blind to His work until we trust His Son as our personal Savior. At the moment of salvation, we're each given an amazing gift, the Holy Spirit, who provides spiritual discernment. He helps us see how situations that may appear insignificant or negative are actually part of the Father's plan to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ.

Second, we ought to be characterized by prayerfulness. Talking to God places Him at the center of our focus and makes us attentive to His w…

Thank You Lord!

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Lord, I want to thank you for all the things you have done. You are so good Lord and I want to praise and worship you all the days of my life. My life is yours Lord and use me to be your vessel of honor. Lord I want to thank you for giving my brother Celso a job in Singapore and for answering our prayers that he will pass the medical test so he can get a work permit there. I want to thank also those who prayed for my brother. God knows who you are and I believe God will return the favor to you. Lord continue to be with my brother and protect him there. Help him to adjust quickly in his job. Give him also peace so he will not miss his family that much. I thank you Lord for you saved my brother before he went to Singapore. I know that you will guide him and be with him as he work there so he can support his family. Continue to bless him in his health, his job and most especially his spiritual life. I pray that he will develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.…

The Sky Angel Cowboy

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Here's a video of a little boy who is as young as he is, he had blessed a lot of people by sharing this voice message. He really touched my heart. God can truly use anybody to touch other people's hearts with Gods love and His word and this time He used this young boy named Logan. If only a small part of the world knew God as he seem to, what a better world this would be. Just watch the video below.



The Five Sins of Christian Women

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I've been reading this book entitled The Five Sins of Christian Women by Dr. Marlene Evans. I wanted to write about it here and share what I read. I'm not yet done reading it but I already learned a lot of lessons while reading this book. According to the author these are the five sins of christian women:

1) Nerves, Worry and Depression- Most of us commit this sin and I admit I'm one of them. I'm a worrier and sometimes I just can't help it. But now I have something to control it and that is through prayers. As they say, why worry when you can pray. Commit everything to the Lord and I find it effective.

2) Gossip and a Critical Spirit - Now, we women are really very fond of this thing, gossiping about others and criticizing them. So we better shut our mouth if we don't have anything good to say about other people or else we'll fall into this sin. No talk, no mistake.

3) Lack of Loving Your Husband and Children - We must love and obey our husband and try to ple…

How Prayer Help Us

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P- Prepares the heart. Proverbs 16:1 THE PREPARATION OF THE HEART IN MAN AND THE ANSWER OF THE TONGUE, IS FROM THE LORD.
R- Renews, Psalm. 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right Spirit within me.
It repairs the decay of spiritual strength. It renews a constant spirit within us
A- Apply, Proverbs 2:2 So that those incline thine ear unto wisdom and apply thine heart to understanding.
Y- Yield, Psalm 40:8 I delight to do thy will O my God, yea thy law is written in my heart.
We must stop opposing or objecting to what God is telling us, yield our heart, soul and body to His ever command.
E- Enlightens, Ephesians. 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.
R- Request, Philippians. 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.

Prayer is very important in a Christ…

What A Day That Will Be!

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The lyrics of the following song really touched me. The first time I heard this song was when we sang it in the church and my tears rolled down my checks while we were singing this song. They were tears of joy knowing that someday when I get to see my Savior, that would be a glorious day!

What A Day That Will Be

There is coming a day when no heartaches shall come
No more clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eye.
All is peace forevermore on that happy golden shore,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

There'll be no sorrow there, no more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no pain, no more parting over there;
And forever I will be with the One who died for me,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon Hi…

Our Help In Prayer

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Does this sound familiar? Determined to spend more time in prayer, you come to the appointed hour, drop to your knees, open your mouth and draw a blank. Sure, you manage a few words about what you need the Lord to do for you and your family, but you should be praying for more than that, shouldn't you?

Yes, you should. The Christian's needs are indeed God's concern; not even the smallest detail escapes His notice. However, He tells His people to imitate Jesus: "they should not merely look out for [their] own personal interests, but also for the interests of others." (Philippians 2:4).

Selfless prayer, though, isn't natural to us. We too easily think of God as a "genie", someone to do our bidding as we live life our own way. Thankfully, God has supplied a Helper. The Holy Spirit, our willing and able partner in praying effectively, intercedes for us when we can't pray as we should. (Romans 8:26).

How should we cooperate with the Spirit's interces…

Paid In Full

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I got this from my e-mail and I was really blessed while reading it. I thought of sharing it here and it's my prayer that you will be blessed too.

After living what I felt was a 'decent' life, my time on earth came to the end.

The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house.

The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table.

As I looked around I saw the 'prosecutor.'

He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me.

He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen.

I sat down and looked to my left and there sat My Attorney, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed so familiar to me, I felt I knew Him.

The corner door flew open and there appeared the Judge in full flowing robes.

He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the room I couldn't take my eyes off of Him.

As He took His seat behind the bench, He said, 'Let us begin.'

T…

My Brother and His Wife Got Saved

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I have 3 siblings, a sister next to me and 2 younger brothers. Three of us got saved many years ago except my brother Celso. I've been praying to the good Lord to save my brother and I even cried out his name to the Lord every time I pray that he will open his heart and accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. I've been trying to witness to him many times and he kept saying he is saved. But he doesn't go to church on Sundays and he still drinks beer with his friends.

Lately I haven't been sleeping good due to the ringing in my ears. But the Lord had used this for good. Since I can't sleep last Thursday, I went online early in the morning here in Texas and it was evening in the Philippines. My brother saw me online and he called me. I talked to him and his wife and I saw in the webcam too their newborn baby. While talking to my sister-in-law, I talked to her heart to heart and I asked if she wants to get saved and know for sure that if she dies, she'll go to h…

The Right Response To Our Trials

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Discerning the right response to trials is impossible without God's wisdom. Formulating your own theories, making your own guesses, and imagining your own reasons for hardships are worthless. Only under the guidance of divine wisdom can you begin to see through the tragedy, uncover God's purpose, and discern the appropriate responses. There are a number of wise response to trying times.

(1) We must be persuaded that the Lord is in control of the timing and intensity of the trial.

It may last a day, week, year, or decade. First Peter 5:6-7 promises that if we put ourself under God's authority, He will be faithful to resolve our difficulties in His time. We may want Him to act sooner, but only He knows the perfect time to accomplish His purpose in our life.

(2) We must recognize that God has a specific purpose for allowing each trial in our lives.Because He is a loving Father, He will not prevent every challenge. However, the Lord will always endow His children with power to…

The Blood Of Jesus

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One night in a church service a young woman felt the tug of God at her heart. She responded to God's call and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. The young woman had a very rough past, involving alcohol, drugs, and prostitution. But, the change in her was evident. As time went on, she became a faithful member of the church. She eventually became involved in the ministry, teaching young children. It was not very long until this faithful young woman had caught the eye and heart of the pastor's son. The relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans. This is when the problems began. You see, about one half of the church did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was suitable for a pastor's son. The church began to argue and fight about the matter. So they decided to have a meeting. As the people made their arguments and tensions increased, the meeting was getting completely out of hand. The young woman became very upset about all t…

Island Of Feelings

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Once upon a time there was an island where all the feelings lived; happiness, sadness, knowledge, and all the others, including love. One day it was announced to all of the feelings that the island was
going to sink to the bottom of the ocean. So all the feelings prepared their boats to leave. Love was the only one that stayed. She wanted to preserve the island paradise until the last possible moment.

When the island was almost totally under, love decided it was time to leave. She began looking for someone to ask for help. Just then Richness was passing by in a grand boat. Love asked, "Richness, can I come with you on your boat?"

Richness answered, " I'm sorry, but there is a lot of silver and gold on my boat and there would be no room for you anywhere."

Then Love decided to ask Vanity for help who was passing in a beautiful vessel.Love cried out, "Vanity, help me please." "I can't help you", Vanity said, " You are all wet and will dama…

My Personal Testimony (Part II)

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I can say that my life is very colorful, full of drama, joys and trials. Sometimes just thinking of making my life story open to others who barely know me make me feel uneasy but I am doing this just to show how the good Lord has worked in my life and that everything that happened in my life, God had a reason. You have read in my previous post how a very big trial has hit me and just more than a year after, another big trial befell me.

I had a boyfriend whom I loved so much and he was very loving and affectionate to me. He had been with me when I was in my lowest moments in my life. He had seen what I’ve been through when I was battling the cancer and he had accompanied me during my chemotherapy for 4 consecutive months. During those times that I thought I was going to die, he didn’t leave me. He stayed by my side. I was even ashamed to face him at that time because I looked so ugly, no hair because of the chemo and I was so thin and dark. I didn’t want to face him at first but he insi…

Just For Today

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--Smile at a stranger.
--Listen to someone's heart.
--Drop a coin where a child can find it.
--Learn something new, then teach it to someone else.
--Tell someone you're thinking of them.
--Hug a loved one.
--Don't hold a grudge.
--Don't be afraid to say "I'm sorry."
--Look a child in the eye and tell them how great they are.
--Don't kill that spider in your house, he's just lost, so show him the way out.
--Look beyond the face of a person into their heart.
--Make a promise, and keep it.
--Call someone, for no other reason than to just say "Hi."
--Show kindness to an animal.
--Stand up for what you believe in.
--Smell the rain, feel the breeze, listen to the wind, enjoy the sun.
--Use all your senses to their fullest.
--Cherish all your TODAYS!

Great advice for today, any day, and EVERYDAY.

Why Praise God?

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I had the opportunity to preach this message last Sunday night in our church. I praise God for he called me to be a preacher and delivered me from the pit of sin.

TEXT PSALM 92:1


YOU NEED TO SET ASIDE TIME TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE TO GOD FOR THE BLESSINGS HE'S GIVEN YOU. PSALM 92:1 SAYS 'IT IS GOOD TO GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, AND TO SING PRAISES TO THY NAME O MOST HIGH. WE THINK WE ONLY HAVE TO GIVE THANKS AND PRAISE AT THANKSGIVING.
BUT IN REALITY WE SHOULD GIVE THANKS AND PRAISE GOD WITH EVERY BREATH WE TAKE, MORNING
EVENING, NOONTIME, AND NIGHTTIME. THERE IS 7 REASONS WE SHOULD PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY.

1 (PRAISE HELPS US READJUST OUR FOCUS) TENSION, STRESS, AND PRESSURE OF THIS WORLD DISTRACT US FROM GOD.OUR THINKING, OUR INTEREST, AND OUR USE OF TIME BECOME SELF-CENTERED INSTEAD OF SPIRIT-LED. WHEN WE PRAISE HIM, WE REMEMBER THAT OUR LIVES SHOULD CENTER AROUND GOD ALMIGHTY.PRAISE REFOCUS US ON ETERNAL MATTERS.

2 (PR…

Victory

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I refused to be discouraged
To be sad, or to cry;
I refuse to be downhearted,
and here's the reason why...
I have a God who's mighty,
Who's sovereign and supreme;
I have a God who loves me,
and I am on His team.
He is all wise and powerful,
Jesus is His name;
Though everything is changeable,
My God remains the same.
My God knows all that's happening;
Beginning to the end,
His presence is my comfort,
He is my dearest friend.
When sickness comes to weaken me,
To bring my head down low,
I call upon my mighty God;
Into His arms I go.
When circumstances threaten
to rob me from my peace;
He draws me close unto His breast,
Where all my strivings cease.
And when my heart melts within me,
and weakness takes control;
He gathers me into His arms,
He soothes my heart and soul.
The great "I AM" is with me,
My life is in His hand,
The "Son of God" is my hope,
It's in His strength I stand.
I refuse to be defeated,
My eyes are on my God;
He has promised to be with me,
as through this life I trod…

Made For Praise

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READ | Psalm 100:1-5

Think about the husband who doesn't communicate with his wife unless he needs something. If the only time he interacts with her is when he has a need, then she's not being loved. She's being used.

But don't we sometimes treat God the same way? We lift prayer request after prayer request. And yet we fail to give Him admiration and praise. How frequently do we attempt to use the Lord to fill our selfish needs?

First Peter 2:9 says we exist to praise God. Our worries and concerns are of great importance to Him. But He also wants us to come to Him with a worshipful heart, not an attitude of self-centeredness.

You may ask, "What's the point of praise?" When you begin to worship the Lord, your focus shifts to Him. Then you'll begin to recall the ways in which He's impacted your life. As Psalm 105:5 says, "Remember His wonders which He has done, His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth."

Praising the Lord is one of the…

Jesus Christ Is My Healer (My Personal Testimony Part I)

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Here is one chapter in my life that will always stay fresh in my mind. Sometimes I don’t want to think about it because it brings back a tremendous feeling in me but the Holy Spirit has been leading me to share it here in my blog. This experience in my life is a living proof that God is still the same yesterday, today and forever and miracles happen when we pray. I’m not telling this to glorify myself or anybody but to glorify the name of Jesus, my Healer.

It was September 1995 when I felt a lump in my left breast while I was taking a bath. I got worried but I can’t go to the doctor at that time because I had no money, no job and my grandmother who had been supporting us from her pension just passed away. My sister Violy was the sole bread-winner at that time and life was not that easy. I am a college graduate but it's not easy to get a job in the Philippines. I tried my best to look for one and I applied in different offices but no luck. Then after a few months of searching and a…

Directions To Home

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Make a right onto believeth Blvd.

Keep straight and go through the green light which is Jesus Christ.

There, you must turn onto the bridge of faith, which is over troubled water

When you get off the bridge, make a Right turn and keep straight.

You are on the King's highway- Heaven Bound.

Keep going for three miles; One for the Father, One for the Son, and One for the Holy Ghost.

Then exit off onto Grace Blvd. From there make Right on Gospel Lane

Keep straight and then make another right on Prayer Road.

As you go on your way, Yield Not to the Traffic on Temptation Ave.

Also avoid Sin Street because it is a Dead End.

Pass up Envy Drive, and Hate Avenue,

Also, pass up Hypocrisy Street, Gossiping Lane, and Backbiting Blvd.

However you have to go down Long-suffering Lane, Persecution Blvd. and Trials and Tribulation Ave.

But that's alright because Victory Street is straight ahead!
AM…

Someone Else

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We are all saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our church's most valuable members, Someone Else.

Someone's passing created a vacancy that will be difficult to be.

Else has been with us for many years, and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than a normal person's share of the work.

Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results: Someone Else can work with that group."

Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone's list- Someone Else.

"Let Someone Else do it" was a common refrain heard throughout the church.

It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the largest givers in the church. Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed Someone Else would make up the difference.

Someone Else was a wonderful person, sometimes appearing superhuman; but a person can only do so much.

Were the truth known,…

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS

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When in sorrow............................call John 14
When men fail you........................call Psalm 27
When you have sinned.....................call Psalm 51
When you worry....................call Matthew 6:19-34
When you are in danger...................call Psalm 91
When God seems far away.................call Psalm 139
When your faith needs stirring.........call Hebrews 11
When you are lonely and fearful..........call Psalm 23
When you grow bitter and critical.call I Corinthians 13
When you feel down and out....... ...call Romans 8:31
When you want peace and rest.....call Matthew 11:25-30
When the world seems bigger than God.....call Psalm 90
When you want Christian assurance...call Romans 8:1-30
When you leave home for labor or travel..call Psalm 121
When your prayers grow narrow or selfish.call Psalm 67
When you want courage for a task.........call Joshua 1
When you think of investments and returns..call Mark 10
If you are depressed........... .........call Psalm 27
If your pocketbook is emp…