Faith Messages to build your faith

Sunday, May 31, 2015


May every heartbeat, beat for You

Heavenly Father…

May I love You well.

May I always obey You.

May my heart seek You.

May I follow Your truth.

May my heart burn for You.

May I follow Your guidance.

May I always rejoice in You.

May my eyes be focused on You.

May my feet stay on Your path.

May I have a heart of gratitude.

May my heart always be open to You.

May I enjoy the life You’ve given me.

May my mind be renewed by Your truth.

May nothing and no one come before You.

May I honor You and bring glory to Your name.

May I be on fire to spread Your love and truth.

May I encourage and build up the body of Christ.

May I live in Your love to show others Your love.

May the gifting You have given be kindled afresh.

May my ears be tuned to hear You above all others.

May my heart sing your praises for now and forevermore.

May I love You with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in You.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing   to You.

May Your glory shine throughout the nations to bring the nations to Your glory.

May every person come to know Your Son, Jesus Christ, as their personal Savior.

May every beat of my heart, beat with Your love, to show Your amazing love to the world.
Posted: 23 Mar 2015 07:00 AM PDT

A Mom’s Greatest Resource

By Jill Savage on Mar 25, 2015 05:04 am
WalkingWithGodIntheSeasonOfMotherhoodToday’s post is an excerpt from Walking 
with God in the Season of Motherhood
by Melissa B. Kruger.
"It’s a reminder that prayer is truly our
greatest resource.

In addition to building up our children,
prayer nurtures an inner calm that protects
and quiets my heart in the ups and downs of

God uses my prayers to work His plan and to give 
peace to my soul."

Today’s Bible verse: Prov. 21:23 "Whosoever keepeth his 
mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from trouble."

Today’s quote: Lenn L. Latham from Let God In (pg 29- 
out of print) "Christ, our Saviour, can be reached through 
prayer at any time and in any place. The only price we have 
to pay for his help is the surrender of our foolish pride."

6/2- Tuesday's post:  #67 Relationships and Rules
C. Peter Wagner

4th- Thursday's post:  #68 Who Is Holy?
C. Peter Wagner

6th- Saturday's post:  Hope Lives
Dave Branon

7th- Sunday evening's post:  The Value of Church Membership      
Jean Oathout (save 
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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Mysterious Ways: A Friend on the Freeway

Brad VanderArk : I cruised down the wide-open freeway in my red Chevy pickup and glanced at the dashboard clock. 5:30 AM. 
Only a few hours till I’d arrive in Ellsworth, Michigan, my hometown. After a weekend in Detroit visiting my fiancĂ©’s family, it was time to get back to work. 
I had a plumbing job at 9:00, sharp. I stepped on the gas, picked up speed, and… Pop! That noise didn’t sound good.
My eyes darted to the rearview mirror. A black rubber strip had whipped out from underneath my truck and fallen to the road behind me, dancing in a long coil as it settled on the asphalt. The engine belt!
I shifted into neutral and pulled onto the shoulder. Without an engine belt, my truck’s battery would die in minutes. I was the only car on the road, and I didn’t have a cell phone to call for help. Now what?
I needed a miracle. Or someone like my dad, a top-notch mechanic back in Ellsworth. Everyone there knew Keith VanderArk as the kind of guy who’d give a stranger the shirt off his own back. 
If he drove past a waylaid traveler, he’d do everything he could to get them back on the road and wouldn’t ask for a cent in return. People like Dad were a rarity.
I’d been stranded a good hour when an 18-wheeler pulled up behind me. A big, hulking trucker stepped out. “Mind if I take a look?” He popped the hood, examined my engine. “My son has an auto garage a few miles away,” he said. “Hop in.”
Should I trust this guy? I glanced at the clock. If I wanted to make my appointment, I didn’t have a choice.
A minute later I was at the garage. His son had the exact belt my Chevy needed, and they even offered to install it, on the house.

    “Where you headed?” the trucker asked.
    “Ellsworth,” I replied.
“I know a guy from there,” he said. “Once, my truck broke down along the freeway at 4 AM in a blizzard. I’d just started a new job. I thought that might be the end of it! Until a stranger stopped by, a mechanic. That guy saved my neck and wouldn’t take a cent.”
    “Do you remember his name?” I asked.
    “I sure do,” he said. “Keith VanderArk. Know him?”

Guideposts Mysterious Ways

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We are ever surprised at Your provisions! Forgive us when 
we fail to recognize each time.  Enable us to rejoice in how 
you continue to get us out of our scraps, (like misplacing 
         glasses and car keys). 
         We are grateful many times over during the day, at Your 

ability and concern in various ways to help us. May we 

be careful to give You the praise and honor for such times,
and may our hearts be always ready to rejoice at Your 
ability to provide! 
I ask this in the precious Name of Jesus. Amen

Today’s Bible verse: Ps. 62:5 "My soul, wait thou upon God; for my expectation is from him."

Today’s quote:   Lisa Buffaloe - "Living in the moment, trusting the Lord, trusting that His timing is perfect, and His ways are the best, brings freedom, peace, and joy."

Some thoughts today: Many plans of man God directs. We have to value the vision God gives.

- There are steps to take in order that the vision doesn't perish 
(Prov. 29:18).We are encouraged to not let opportunities slip through our fingers. 

- In times of darkness, we learn that the Lord can become close and dear to us. Trust him.

31st- Sunday evening’s post:  May..
Lisa Buffaloe

6/2nd- Tuesday's post:  #67 Relationships and Rules
C. Peter Wagner

4th- Thursday's post;  #68 Who Is Holy?
C. Peter Wagner

6th- Saturday's post: The Value of Church Membership
Jean Oathout

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

#66 The "Bless Me" Trap

C. Peter Wagner: In August 1990, 25,000 charismatics gathered in the Indianapolis Hoosier Dome for the third largest congress of its kind.

Some observers felt the meeting represented a turning point of sorts for the charismatic movement. A Christianity Today editorial commented approvingly that this time the charismatics did not gather just for hand raising, fervent praying and exuberant singing as they had in the past.

This time they were challenged to move out in aggressive evangelism at home and abroad, especially targeting the poor.

In fact, Christianity Today was bold enough to suggest that Indianapolis was an indication that the charismatic movement is "coming of age."

What is it that would cause some evangelicals and others to regard the 30-year-old charismatic movement as less than mature? Vinson Synan, the congress director and chairperson of the sponsoring North American Renewal Service Committee, probably put his finger on it when he said, "This was not a bless me conference."

Synan was comparing the attendance of the 1977 Kansas City conference (50,000) and the 1987 New Orleans conference (35,000) to the 25,000 in Indianapolis.

Both Kansas City and New Orleans were regarded by the leadership as "bless me" events. But the theme of Indianapolis was "Evangelize the WorldNow!

Synan's view is that when the emphasis shifted from bless me to bless them, the interest among charismatics dropped considerably, and so did the attendance.

Charismatics certainly do not hold a corner on the bless me brand of Christianity despite the disproportionately high profile of some rather questionable application of healing and prosperity teaching.

Countless thousands of non-charismatic churches also suffer severe cases of "koinonitis," which is legitimate Christian fellowship gone to seed. "Visitors welcome" signs over the front door of the church mean virtually nothing in all too many cases. The bless me trap knows no denominational boundaries.

Churches, of course, should bless me. Few people would attend if there were no personal benefits. Jesus says, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28)

We invite our hurting friends to come to church with us so they can experience emotional, physical and spiritual healing. In a real and legitimate sense the church is seen as a hospital to care for the wounded.

But while the Church rightly functions as a hospital for healing the wounded, it must also be seen as a barracks for the warriors. It is a place for teaching, training, equipping and spiritual conditioning.

It is a place where people are filled with the Holy Spirit and power not simply to bless me but also to be witnesses for Jesus in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the earth.

The Church does what healing is necessary but the primary function of the healing is to build up the troops for moving out to the front lines in Kingdom ministries of all kinds.

#66 The "Bless Me" Trap
By C. Peter Wagner
(pgs. 114 , 115) Regal Books

We do invite our hurting friends to come to church with 
us so they can experience emotional, physical and 
spiritual healing. In a real and legitimate sense the 
church is seen as a hospital to care for the wounded.

Our church is also to be a place where people are filled 
with the Holy Spirit and power not simply to be
blessed, but then to be witnesses for Jesus.

May this become our goal; to be used by Him to pray
for others to find Him as Savior and Lord, and
to dedicate their lives to His service.
I ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: Ps. 128:1 "Blessed is everyone that feareth the LORD: that walketh in his ways."

Today’s quote: Brennan Manning -“In every encounter we either give life or we drain it; there is no neutral exchange.”

Some thoughts today: Grace and truth come through Jesus Christ. He's the answer for the world. The truth that liberates the soul. (See John 1:14-17) Grace is the substance to change us into His likeness.

- Jesus is the way to God. What He did is sufficient to reconciling us to the Father, giving us a life-changing experience. (See Romans 5:8-11)

- God begins a saving work in us when we open our hearts and lives to Jesus. (See Romans 6:23)

30th- Saturday’s post:  Mysterious Ways: A Friend on the Freeway   Keith VanderArk

31st- Sunday evening's post:  May..
Lisa Buffaloe

June 2nd- Tuesday's post:  #67 Relationships and Rules
C. Peter Wagner

4th- Thursday's post:  #68 Who Is Holy? 
C. Peter Wagner

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

#65 Cleanse Your Hands and Purify Your Hearts

C. Peter Wagner: In His instructions for 
submitting to God, Jesus says, "Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded" (Jas. 4:8).

Cleansing the hands refers to what you do, and purifying the hearts is what you think or feel. Put together, this is a call to holiness, and holiness includes both attitude and action.

Developing holiness is essential for a spiritual warrior. Unfortunately, various aspects of holiness have been so blown out of biblical proportion in resent times that holiness has become not a blessing for spiritual warfare as God intends it, but a barrier to effective spiritual warfare.

This is an important enough aspect of spiritual boot camp training that I feel it needs considerable attention in this chapter.

Holiness for Warfare

Holiness is as indispensable for a spiritual warrior as is good eyesight for a military fighter pilot. Most Christian leaders will agree with this, but some go on to develop the idea of holiness on a first grade Dick and Jane level.

The deal with the milk of the Word on holiness, but do not seem to get to the meat. And others, in their commendable desire to emphasize holiness, tend toward an extreme that would imply holiness is an end in itself.

If God just blesses us with enough holiness, if we concentrate on polishing Christians to a high enough luster, effective ministry will supposedly flow forth on its own.

This may be somewhat of a caricature, but it is one of the current approaches that can easily lead to the bless me trap. To be effective in spiritual warfare, we need to understand some of the deeper implications of holiness.

[My following posts of Wagner's messages on this subject will cover these needs...]

#65 Cleans Your Hands and Purify Your Hearts
By C. Peter Wagner
(pgs. 113-116) Regal Books


see that this is an important aspect of 
spiritual boot camp training, so I ask for guidance 
to have correct attitudes and actions. I want to 
develop holiness, as it is essential for my prayer times.

My desire is for this blessing to create 

power in my own praying, as You intended it. 
I ask that You help me to be open to what needs
to change, so as to please You. 
In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Today’s Bible verse:  Ps. 103:3 "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases."

Today’s quote: Linda W. Rooks - "Only in the deeper mysteries of God can healing begin and hope be found. For with God, a broken heart is not the end result but a transition. Your pain can become an open door for God to enter in and touch you in the deep places of your life—if you will let him."  (Taken from her book, Broken Heart on Hold  pg. 20)

Some thoughts today: Is it possible that others can see Jesus in us? Is it a high definition?  Do we reflect His character and confidence?

- We are told to guard what we have entrusted to Jesus. (2 Tim. 1:12) 

Jesus is the Healer, Deliverer, compassionate Friend, Protector, and Helper; even in old age! We shall "flourish like a palm tree"!  (Ps. 92:12-15)

Heb. 12:15 tells us to not allow a root of bitterness to defile us.

28th- Thursday’s post:  #66 The "Bless Me" Trap
C. Peter Wagner)

30th- Saturday's post:  A Mysterious Way: A Friend on the Freeway Keith VanderArk

31st- Sunday evening's post:  May..
Lisa Buffaloe

June 2nd- Tuesday's post:  #67 Relationships and Rules
C. Peter Wagner

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Sunday, May 24, 2015


Mary SoutherlandPrayer really is so simple. We try to complicate it, and if I do say so myself, we manage to do a fairly good job of it.

Everyone prays when in crisis.

When the house is on fire, the kids are driving you nuts, the job is in jeopardy, the health challenge is serious, the finances are failing – it is amazing how even the ungodly will resort to prayer. 

It is built into our very being to cry out to God when we are desperate.

But is that all prayer is? Is talking with God only for desperate people in desperate moments?

I really do want to know God’s will for my life. I desperately need His wisdom to get through every day. I just tend to look for it in the wrong places.

Instead of first looking in His Word, I scour the pages of self-help books. Now there is nothing wrong with those books – as long as they take second place to the Word of God.

Instead of instantly dropping to my knees to pray, I call a godly friend for a quick-fix solution. Now there is nothing wrong with looking for wisdom from godly friends – as long as we understand that they should be confirmation of what God has already told us.

Our questions about the best and highest plan for life should be directed to the One who created that life – the One who knows us best and loves us most – God.

Here is the good news. If we ask Him, He will tell us. And the way we ask is through prayer.

Prayer is simply communication with God, a heart-to-heart conversation with Him. Prayer is our source of power and strength. And we need to stay plugged into that source.

In one of her books, Bible teacher Evelyn Christenson tells a story that drives home the importance of prayer in our lives. 

She needed to drop something off at her church office and decided to take a shortcut through the auditorium. When she opened the auditorium doors, she ran into the janitor, a man who had worked there for years. Unfortunately, he was losing his memory due to an illness, but the staff chose to keep him employed until retirement.

As she chatted with him, she couldn’t help but notice that he was drenched in sweat and had obviously been working very hard. When she asked what he’d been doing, the man smiled and proudly explained, “Why, I just vacuumed the whole auditorium!” 

Evelyn glanced around the huge auditorium and then looked down to see the vacuum cleaner cord lying on the floor. It had never been plugged in.

How sad! Maybe. But what is even sadder is the fact that many of us try to live the Christian life – unplugged – separated from our greatest source of power – prayer.

Prayer ushers us into God’s presence. 
And in His presence is everything we
need, wrapped in His perfect will.

As we walk in daily obedience, God will direct our prayers and shape our desires so that His plan becomes clear. 

Oh, we won’t see it all. But we will see enough for the next step. And that is all we need.

1 John 5:14 “This is the assurance we have in approaching God. That if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

We cannot hear His voice or experience His power without spending time with Him. It is that simple. And the thing that really rocks my world is that He stands - waiting and wanting to spend time with me.

With. Me.
My God wants to spend time with me.
He longs to hear my voice.
He loves me, and He really does long for me to come to Him in prayer.  
And the same is true for you.
Come to Him today.
Just come … and pray.

Let’s Pray
    Father, I come to You right now … pouring out my heart and soul. Every dream, every fear, every longing, every hope … I lay it all at Your feet. I want to know Your plan for my life, and I want to live out that plan. Please guide my steps. Teach me how to follow You and honor You all the days of my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Now It’s Your Turn
Read and memorize Hebrews 4:16  “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Grab your journal. Write this verse in your own words. What does it mean to you? How would you rate your prayer life – plugged in or unplugged? What one change can you make this week to make your prayer life more powerful?

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April 22, 2015
Mary Southerland

Today’s Truth
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me" (John 10:27).

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Today's Bible verse: Ps. 22:22 "I Will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you."

Our thought today: Mary has some good advice for us today! May we remember her words,"He stands - waiting and wanting to spend time with me."

26th- Tuesday’s post: #65  Cleanse Your Hands, and Purify Your Hearts C. Peter Wagner

28th- Thursday's post: #66  The "Bless Me" Trap
C. Peter Wagner

30th- Saturday's post:  Mysterious Ways: A Friend on the Freeway

Keith VanderArk

31st- Sunday evening's post:  Hope Lives

Dave Branon

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