​Encouragement for June 6, 2017

“Applying wisdom to your life each day will help you keep distractions and foolishness away.” 

If a person is not open and receptive to learn, they will not be knowledgeable of the things that are, and have been taught to them, no matter how many times someone has been, and is willing to teach them. Everyone plays the role of a student at some time or another in their life. Just because a person may go to school does not mean the person is there to learn. If a person’s mind is closed, they will never know or understand anything that has been taught to them, no matter how many times the person may step into a classroom. 

Proverb 14:18 says “Fools are rewarded with more foolishness. Smart people are rewarded with knowledge.” (ERV)

Be blessed, be encouraged

and have a great day.

~Carla~

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Encouragement for May 20, 2017

“A word of wisdom a day keeps distractions and foolishness away.”

When a person pours and deposits into the life of others; as well as teach, impact, empower and positively influence other people, it is because they care and want the best for those individuals. In life, lessons are taught in order that we may grow, mature, become wise, as well as knowledgeable. Because God desires that no one be ignorant, a person should value and take to heart when someone is sent into their life to help them because the other person’s purpose is to push other people further down the road, so that a person not become stagnant, stunted, stuck nor still.

Proverbs 13:13-14 says “Those who reject what they are taught will pay for it, but those who obey what they are told will be rewarded. The teaching of a wise person gives life. It is like a fountain that can save people from death.” (NCV)

Be blessed, be encouraged

and have a great day.

~Carla~

 Jesus Prays for Those Who Belong to Him

Here are notes from this week’s class in “The Book of John.”

Date: March 22, 2017

Lesson: Jesus Prays for Those Who Belong to Him  


Scripture References: John 17

                                      

 Outline:

1) Jesus Prays for Himself (John

     17:1-5)

2) Jesus Prays for His Disciples

     (John 17:6-19)

3) Jesus Prays for All Believers

     (John 17:20-26)

Principle #1) Eternal life is a new life in relationship with God that you live day by day.
Principle #2) The love Jesus has for His own brings confident, joy-filled living. 
Principle #3) Unity and love provide a powerful witness for Jesus Christ. 

Notes:

1) Glorify means “to acknowledge the true worth of someone.” 

2) God is worthy to be prioritized.

3) Jesus brought glory to God by finishing the work that God had given Him to do.

4) Everyone has work to do.

5) Eternal life is a quality of existence, and it starts the moment that a person believes.

6) Knowing God means “experiencing His presence.” 

7) Prayer connects a person to God and renews a person’s thinking. 

8) God’s mission for redemption of man will be accomplished.

9) People who believe in Jesus Christ are “personal gifts” that God have given to Jesus as His own.

10) A person does not have to be perfect, in order to bring glory to God. 

11) Obedience equals obstacles. 

12) Temptation to sin is a person’s greatest danger.

13) God is always in control and always at work.

14) The more time you spend with a person, you become like that person; so it is with God.

15) Jesus’ prayer for people is to be unified; to become one.

16) Lost people cannot be faulted for being blind.

Practical Christianity: ABC’s of Faith

Notes from this morning’s message

Date: March 19, 2017 
  

Speaker: Bishop Sherman C. Allen


Scripture References: Genesis 12:2-3, 22:1-14, Hebrews 4:11-16 & 11:1-6

Notes

1) Acceptance – l am accepted by God. 

2) Belief – l am a believer. 

3) Confession – my confession  will not waiver. 

4) Our need to perform is driven by our desire to be accepted.

5) l am going to rest in God this year. 

6) Not resting in God will cause you to be an unbeliever. 

7) Everyone wants to be accepted. 

8) Our greatest fears are always centered around and rooted in issues of failure and rejection. 

9) Sometimes, you have to understand that you will not understand.

10) Man’s nature is to cover up.

11) God can still see a person’s nakedness with clothes on.

12) Just as Jesus saved man as an adult, He could have saved man while He was an infant because He had just as much power, even as a child.

13) Mercy is not for the innocent; it is for those who are guilty.

14) God has to teach man how to trust Him while in the process of tracing Him.

15) Sometimes, in order for God to get you where He is trying to take you, He has to cut some pieces of your life out.

16) Every time God is trying to take you to another level, He puts something under you.

17) Whenever God tells you to do something, it will always exceed your ability. 

18) People want the promise, and not the process. 

19) If God said it, He does not need any help.

20) God will allow your mess to be a testimony of your miracle. 

21) The promise, once secured will always be tested in order to see whether you love the promise more than the promise keeper.

22) You will know that you are in the right place when God gets ready to separate you from people.

23) You are not responsible for the provision; just for the sacrifice. 

24) Whenever God is silent, it is because you are going in the right direction.

​Encouragement for March 15, 2017

“A word of wisdom a day keeps distractions and foolishness away.”

When you are a Child of God, you should desire to seek after wisdom so that you may be wise, mature and knowledgeable of the things of God. Being open and receptive to God will cause you to understand things in which those who are closed-minded and unreceptive will never understand. 

Psalm 119:125 says “I am your servant. Give me wisdom so I can understand your rules.” (NCV)

Be blessed, be encouraged

and have a great day.

~Carla~

Encouragement for March 13, 2017

“A word of wisdom a day keeps distractions and foolishness away.”

God’s word can be applied to any, and every situation and circumstance that occurs within your life. Because the word of God has no expiration date, the word will never spoil nor will it ever go out of style. There are no limitations or restrictions on God’s word. Not only is the word of God good and helpful, but it also can be used at all times. In order for a person to receive effective results from the word, the individual must trust and obey the word.

Psalms 119:96, 97, 101 & 102 says “Everything I see has its limits, but your commands have none. How I love your teachings! I think about them all day long. I have avoided every evil way so I could obey your word. I haven’t walked away from your laws, because you yourself are my teacher.” (NCV)

Be blessed, be encouraged

and have a great day.

~Carla~

The Holy Spirit’s Ministry 

Here are notes from this week’s class in “The Book of John.”

Date: March 8, 2017

Lesson: The Holy Spirit’s Ministry  

Scripture References: John 16:5-33

Outline:

1) The Promised Spirit (John 16:5-15)

2) The Promised Victory (John 16:16-33)

Principle #1) The Holy Spirit guides believers into a God-glorifying life.
Principle #2) Jesus’ victory guarantees our peace and joy in this troubled world.

Notes:

1) When you walk in God, He will cause you to stand up straight. 

2) Convict means “to convince the person of their sins.”

3) Jesus does not force anyone to accept Him.

4) Jesus is who He says that He is.

5) Our righteousness is like trash; we cannot live up to it.

6) We are all born in a world of sin, which means under Satan’s control until God saves us.

7) Because the Spirit is truth, He will never guide us to any wrong territory. 

8) The Holy Spirit will never speak to us outside of God’s will.

9) Jesus expects us to ask Him questions because He knows that we do not know everything. 

10) Victory comes from standing on the promises of Jesus. 

11) Prayer is big to Jesus; that is why He desires us to pray “in the name of Jesus.”

12) What we ask “in the name of Jesus”, He is faithful to answer.

13) Scripture does not and will not contradict itself. 

14) When you have a relationship with Jesus, it gives you access to the Father.

15) God knows how to satisfy the heart of every person. 

16) Our hope is never in a miracle; it is always in the miracle worker, God Himself.

17) For a believer, there is no future without God.

Disqualified, But Chosen 

Notes from this morning’s message

Date: January 29, 2017

Title: Disqualified, But Chosen

Speaker: Bishop Sherman C. Gee Allen


Scripture References: Isaiah 48:9-11, Romans 8:29-30, 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, Ephesians 1:3-6, Hebrews 12:5-11 and 1 Peter 4:1-2

Notes

1) If you cannot handle trials, you are not ready for God’s glory.

2) Though you may be disqualified, know that you are still chosen.

3) Sometimes God will call you in the furnace of affliction.

4) You cannot get wrinkles out with a cold iron.

5) The way to know that you are anointed is how you handle your attacks.

6) Whatever it takes for God to keep me humble, that is what l want Him to do.

7) Some people feel as if their past could mess up God’s reputation. 

8) From the pulpit to the pews, no one is qualified. 

9) You are not an afterthought; God chose you before you were born.

10) You control your environment because you are a spiritual thermostat. 

11) Even though you are chosen,  you still need people.

12) People who are really called to your life will frustrate you.

13) People who reject you will reject you because of your potential. 

14) People expel what they cannot handle.

15) God knows our struggles before He calls us.

16) Justified means “God made it right.”

17) Stop looking at being unqualified. 

18) God is about to give you some alternative facts.

19) In the natural, alternative facts are lies; in the spiritual, they are faith.

20) God uses people who are flawed to perfect their faith.

21) Worship will let you qualify for things that you are not qualified for.

22) Whenever a person receives something that they did not work for, they will let their guard down.

23) Some people will not admit their flaws.

24) God will not overlook your problems, but will use them to perfect your potential. 

25) A sign that God will give you to let you know that He loves you is when He does not let you get away with things.

26) When God gets ready to bring you to another level or another realm, He causes you to suffer.

27) The danger of spiritual success is pride and the danger of spiritual revelation is self-righteousness. 

What Happens When Your Dream Becomes A Nightmare 

​Notes from Sunday morning’s message (11 a.m.)


Date: January 22, 2017

Title: What Happens When Your Dream Becomes A Nightmare 

Speaker: Prophet Luther McKinstry

Scripture References: Genesis 37:18-19 and Isaiah 46:1-13

Notes

1) So many people are trying to pacify sin.

2) There is a difference between wickedness and weakness. 

3) Leaving a house prematurely can cause a person to have an abortion. 

4) We got next!

5) What happens when your dream becomes a nightmare?

6) People are only jealous of you because of the gifts that God have given you.

7) People who lie on you only push you closer to your promise. 

8) The Lord is with us!

9) You have a date with the king.

10) If it had not been for your praise, you would be dead.

11) When you name your seed, you give rights to it.

12) Whenever you hear God’s Word, you seal it with a seed.

 

 

    

 Jesus’ Anointing and Arrival

Here are notes from this week’s class in “The Book of John.”

Date: January 25, 2017

Lesson: Jesus’ Anointing and Arrival in Jerusalem   

Scripture Reference: John 12

Outline: 

1) Anointing in Bethany (John 12:1-11)

2) Arrival in Jerusalem (John 12:12-19)

3) Announcement of the Son of Man’s Sacrifice (John 12:20-50)


Principle #1) God uses our trials to transform our faith into an adoring faith.
Principle #2) God sent His only Son to save people from their sins rather than a situation.
Principle #3) God calls His people to die to self in order to represent Jesus Christ properly.  

                         

Notes:

1) As Jesus is lifted high, may we be drawn to His beauty. 

2) Jesus has a way of speaking to the living dead and causing them to come alive.

3) When we serve, it is not about us; it is about Jesus. 

4) The power of the Holy Spirit is the only one who can take a heart and soften it.

5) Jesus knows everything and is never confused; not like us.

6) God wants us to be saved from our sins; not from situations. 

7) Jesus Christ is not a concept; He is a life-giving reality. 

8) Losing your life means “spiritual death.”

9) People who serve have a kingdom perspective. 

10) Christ’s life is reproduced in the hearts of those who are knitted with Him.

11) God will always use the right moment to expose our hearts.