My Thoughts by Angie Vanek

The life that is empty will remain empty until you fill it with something that brings more than instant satisfaction, like turning to my friends will always be a failing, TEMPORARY solution. It’s easy for us to keep our eye on the hurt and disappointment that happens in life. Sometimes those fears and pains can become consuming and debilitating. Sometimes following God is harder than we expected or His way just doesn’t make sense. But the Lord says: “For as the heavens are higher than earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 NKJV
It’s kind of hard not to get caught up in ourselves. It happens, and our God is so good, patient and gracious with us. Matthew 18:11 reassures us that Jesus has come for the broken hearted (“For the Son of Man has come to save that which is lost.” (Matthew 18:11 NKJV).

When we take our eyes, our heart and our mind off His word, our hearts become confused, lonely and scared, or even angry. The Bible even tells us that; “For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” (James 3:6 NKJV) It can be difficult to turn around and seek Him, but the more you turn to Him, the more you will see Him working and the more understanding you will gain regarding where He is calling you. We weren’t meant to walk this journey alone and we certainly weren’t meant to try and lead it on our own efforts.

Jesus will ALWAYS be that fine line, the big line, the black, the white and the grey. He is the left and the right, the beginning and the end. He wants to be our EVERYTHING. He wants to be our all! Often the emotional disappointments we are wanting fulfilled are those same things God is desiring to hear from us. He wants to know our hopes and dreams, our joy and sadness, our hearts and our minds. He truly is a God who wants to be the center of our lives.

So, when you’re seeking ways to fill that void, that emptiness and any other emotion or physical gap…don’t forget God. So, when you’re seeking ways to fill that void, that emptiness and any other emotional or physical gap, don’t forget God is waiting, so grab your Bible! Have a God-chat, some prayer time or a God-surrendering fellowship with your brothers and sisters.

Angie

God’s Waterfall

How’s your day going? How’s your week going? Are you worried about your finances, your kids, your job? Or are you just weary? Maybe life has become too much.  I know,  sometimes I too get worried about the things that are swirling around me. Sometimes I come to the point of being so overwhelmed by the things that are happening around me that I just have to…STOP!!

So, I take a deep breath, close my eyes and I’m standing in a river with a beautiful waterfall. As I walk over to the waterfall I can feel the spray of the waterfall on my face. As I walk into the waterfall and let it pour over me, I look up through the waterfall and see my Father pouring His love over me and saying “I have you, it’s going to be ok.” I begin to dance, sing, jump up and down and just let the waterfall pour over me. My cares, worries and weariness fade away. I have been refreshed in the waterfall of God.

God knows our worries. He knows what keeps us up at night. He knows our every need because we are His children! The Word says in Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus.

sipisopisoGod gave me the vision of the waterfall during a time of tribulation when I needed Him so much.  Now, the vision is my balm anytime I need it. Do you need God’s waterfall of love poured over you today?  Go to the river and stand in the waterfall, dance in the waterfall and let the love of God pour over you even when the storms are ragging around you. Let God give you the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Ruth

Arise church!

I find myself more and more thankful every day for the Body of Christ. I see Jesus more every day too because I see Him in the lives of believers all around me. I see the awesome power of the Holy Spirit moving though His body; exhorting them, leading them, and infusing them with power to accomplish the establishment of God’s Kingdom on the earth.
1 Corinthians 4:20 (NKJV) For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. The power and authority that God’s people are going to walk in, is, and will be, forever life changing, and that is something to get excited about!  

I am so excited to see 2017 unfold as the church comes forth in the giftings the Lord is pouring out upon His people. I believe the Lord will continually pour out His Spirit on those who cry out to Him, seeking the power and authority He so wants to give His church.

The Word says in Romans 12:6-8 (NKJV) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

It’s not enough to desire the gifts, but we must purpose to use the gifts once they are obtained. God, who has given us His gifts, is expecting us to go out under the power of them to impact a world that needs what we have even though they are not aware of it.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.​

As you hunger and thirst after God, He will give you all that you are in need of. When you walk with Him, in Him and for Him, and not for self, that is when we will see the manifestation of His power flow through the Body, which is you and me. Pray and seek to be used by God for the building and expansion of His Kingdom. There is so much to do, and God tells us the “workers are few”. If you don’t know where to go or what to do, seek the Mothers and Fathers and Sisters and Brothers God provides. They are waiting for you to come forth with your questions so they can help you discover God’s plan for you. The heavens are waiting for your declarations and decrees to come forth. But this won’t happen if you have unanswered questions holding you back.

I am expecting more signs and wonders and miracles to come forth in 2017. 

Arise church! There is much to be done and God wants to use YOU. Be encouraged for He is with you, you don’t go alone. He has placed you in His Body so the strength and encouragement of others is yours always.

~ Pastor Tammy 

No One Knew His Name

 3:16-17 (NKJV)

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes In Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

God lost His children not too long after He created them because sin built a wall between them.  But, God had a plan.  When the time was right He would send part of Himself to earth to be the sacrifice that was needed for the wall of sin to be torn down.  The world had been told for hundreds and hundreds of years that a Savior would come.  But, when the time came, all the signs were ignored because the Savior came as a babe, not a king.  Don’t you miss the signs of God calling you back to Him; to the safety of a garden built by God for His children.

No One Knew His Name

The babe was born for all mankind
But no one knew His name.
He left his Father, where He was King
and to earth as a babe He came.

Mary and Joseph had traveled so far
knowing Jesus was soon to be born.
With no room at the inn their choices were few
but the stable left Mary’s heart torn.

As Mary labored to birth God’s babe,
the angels a concert they gave,
to the shepherds, the lowly, the announcement came
as Jesus, in a manger, was laid.

Though shepherds came to pay respect
to the baby the angels proclaimed.
Bethlehem lay fast asleep
so nobody knew His name.

The Star shone announcing the birth,
the One foretold through the ages.
But the people were caught up in the myth they believed
the one told by priests and sages.

A great and mighty king would come
to vanquish their foes all around.
So they looked for a crown, a warrior, a king,
for the trumpets to give mighty sounds.

No one looked for the babe God had planned,
His Son who would one day become,
the sacrifice needed so sins are forgiven
and back to our Father we’d come.

The babe was born for all mankind,
but no one knew His name.
His road was set from birth to death.
It was the reason that He came.

To restore God’s children back to Him,
out of Love, for it brought no fame,
cause the world didn’t get why He was here,
and they didn’t know His name.

Are Your Children Your God?

Many times, I see parents who put their children above everything; above their other children, their marriage and their relationship with God. These parents are sometimes referred to as ‘helicopter parents (however I call them child worshipers) as they persistently hover over their children, micro-managing their every activity. These parents pay close attention to every detail of their children lives trying to shield them from every Injury, failure and most importantly, rejection. They want ‘HAPPY KIDS’ and believe pastors, teachers and others should pay attention to their children in the same “helicopter” way.Research by professors at Brigham Young University indicate that, despite their good intentions, helicopter parents’ overprotective nature might be the reason their children sometimes skip class and turn in assignments late.

Professors Laura Padilla-Walker and Larry Nelson studied 438 students from four universities around the country. About one-fourth of the students reported that parents “make important decisions for me.” And about one-third of the parents reported that they make important decisions for their children.

In their analysis of the data, Padilla-Walker and Nelson found that this seems to backfire in terms of school engagement. As they write in the October 2014 issue of the Journal of Adolescence, this is about more than just homework.

“It would seem that emerging adults should be personally invested in their own growth and development by solving their own problems with roommates, making their own decisions about employment, and seeking their own help from professors,” write the study authors. “By not doing so, emerging adults may be robbing themselves of the experiences and practice necessary to develop skills that are essential for success in marriage, careers, and adult social interactions.”

So, let’s look at some of the ways parents treat children as their god by asking this question “Are your children your god?”

1. Your time with your children keeps you from personal worship, prayer, and bible study?

2. When your need to make your children happy keeps you from appropriately disciplining them.

3. Your children are an excuse for not going to church or serving in the church.

4. When your identity is found in your children to the point that you are easily puffed up or easily shattered based on your children’s actions.

5. When your children’s activities become a barrier to you sharing your faith or interacting with your community.

6. When you live in constant fear for them, often losing sleep, and irrationally trying to over protect them.

7. When you use your kids to make yourself look good.

8. When you need your kids to like you so you give them what they want out of a fear of rejection.

9. Your time, energy, and focus says your children mean more to you than your spouse.

10. You easily become offended when others don’t treat your children special.

And there are so many more questions we could ask, however, the biggest question is “Where is your trust?” I recall my wife telling me how she felt I was too hard on our boys, how I didn’t worry enough or was at times harsh with them about things she felt were trivial. I would then remind her that someday our boys would be the head of their households, employees, husbands and fathers. I had to allow them to fail so that they in turn would learn how to overcome in times of adversity and I had to be harsh with them so they would be accountable for how they were as head of their households, employees, husbands and fathers. I had to show them that my trust was in the Lord for their wellbeing, as we often would pray over our children, lay hands on them and anointing them with oil, we would declare the word of the Lord over them.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26).

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)

Rather than hovering over and worshipping your children, speak life into your children and equip them for the ups and downs. Equip them for the successes and failures of life. Equip them to be good employees, husband/wives, fathers/mothers and citizens, both in the natural and the spiritual. The word of the Lord says;

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

So, I’ll leave you with this final question, where is your trust?

“… But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15  

 Pastor Jose

What Image Are You Living And Giving?

I’m sure by now most people have heard the phrase garbage in garbage out but what exactly does that mean??? Kind of like how Pastor Victor has been preaching about becoming and not becoming a part of our culture. We literally become what we consume and I’m not talking food. I often tell my girls even if someone chooses not to stand for God they’re still standing for something.

Listen to the lyrics in a lot of the songs today. There’s a whole lot of sadness, confusion and anger. That is not where God calls us. We as a culture, a public, a human race are allowing ourselves to be deceived and many are so lost they don’t even hear what they allow themselves to be subjected to. So now we have garbage in but what goes in will come out. What image are you living and giving?

“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:5-6‬ ‭NLT

There is power in the name of Jesus!

In today’s world so many people are running to other things such as drugs and alcohol and then wondering why they have so much anxiety going on in their lives.

Have you ever thought about pursuing His power? When we pursue the Lord’s power, oh, how it changes things. When we pursue the Lords power, His words become an encouragement to us that could bring us out of anything we are going through or dealing with. It changes our perspective on life because His words bring life.

“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:25‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

I lead Tuesday morning prayer at our church. I believe there is so much power in prayer yet we only have about 10 women who come faithfully to pray. The greatest and most powerful weapon God has given us, as His children, is prayer. It’s sad to say there are but a few that use it daily. Why is that? Do Christians not believe in prayer or its power?

God said if we ask, He will do according to His power. Have you ever asked God to do something by faith and you truly believe God could do it even though it looked impossible? We recently had baptisms at our church and one of the men that was getting baptized said he didn’t know if he could be there on time due to his job. He said that it is impossible to get time off this time of year. So, I told him we were going to pray and pursue God’s power in this. He thought getting to church in time to be baptized was impossible but prayer changed everything. He got there on time to get baptized with the rest of his class, and was greatly blessed by the event. What a testimony to the power of prayer. Amen!

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, Ephesians‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬

New Wine Fellowship Prayer Services:

img_3241Prayer Warriors meet every Tuesday morning at 10a.m.
Men’s Prayer Service Monday Nights at 7p.m.
Watch and Pray every other Sunday Night at 6p.m.
Pre Service Prayer Sundays 9:45a.m and Wednesdays 6:15p.m.

Cecila

Biblical Voting 

As I am writing this we have less than two weeks until we vote for our next President of the United States. The noise that surrounds us is deafening. I’m married to a political science major so it’s not unusual to hear multiple people on different stations at once. As I’m typing this the house is quite. Hubby is gone, the TV is off and so is the radio.I need to hear what the Lord is saying.

Don’t misunderstand me. I believe that we need to be an informed person. We are to be aware of the information that is or isn’t out there. I just know that God is in control.

The Lord has a peace that passes all understanding. Just as we need to vote, we need to rest in the arms of our Lord. In Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens and I will give you rest. Place my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest for your souls, because my yoke is pleasant, and my burden is light.”

My confidence is in the word of God. My rest is in the word of God. My strength is in the word of God.

I’m not basing my decision when I vote on mans opinion but on what my God says. What does His word say? What does He say??

Debbie Searing 

A Boy and His Cheerios

On a recent motorcycle trip through the Smokey Mountains my riding partner and I would spend each morning in the hotel eating area enjoying breakfast and going over maps of our rides for the day. We would observe and sometimes interact with others rushing to get their day of travel started.  
One morning I noticed a mother enter the very crowded room with two children in tow. A young daughter of about six and a younger son of about four. A few moments later I nearly tripped over the small young boy who was stooped down in the middle of the crowded room with a Styrofoam bowl of dry cheerios that he had spilled all over the floor. In the midst of the flurry of activity around him he was patiently attempting to pick up the mess he had created, one Cheerio at a time. While what must have looked like giants maneuvered around him, threatening to step on him and on his mess, making things worse, the little boy patiently continued to pick up his Cheerios.

Our table was the closest to him so as I set my items down I grabbed a map and returned to the little boy. Setting the map down I helped him use it as a dust pan and together we brushed the Cheerios up onto the map and return them to his bowl. Making sure that the boy would throw the Cheerios away I noticed and nodded to a thankful mother who was busily assisting her little girl.

Upon returning to my table the thought occurred to me that that is just how God is with us. So often, in spite of our best efforts, we make a mess of things. Sometimes our mess looks impossible to clean up, like picking up 40 Cheerios one at a time in a crowded room. As we quietly go about our way attempting to clean up our own messes we are acutely aware that what appear like giants around us are threatening to make our mess worse.  

 It is at times like this that we need to remember and stand on the Word in Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.” Our God sees our troubles and will never leave us or forsake us. Also we must be aware of those opportunities that show up when we can be used by God to do His work. While we frequently never give it a second thought, we need to take a moment to humbly thank God for putting us in positions to help others in their time of need.

Mike

 

A Nation Under God

Now is the time for every Christian to arise and let their voices be heard across this nation!
It is crucial for every Christian to join together as the body of Christ and not allow someone else to decide our future for us. Our future depends on our prayers and actions. It is time for us as Christians, to use our voices. We have the right to vote and use our voices to express our faith.

 Isaiah 60:1 (NKJV)

Arise, shine;

For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.

There is one GOD and His truth endures to all generations. Since our great nation was founded on great Christian values (IN GOD WE TRUST) let it be known that we are a nation that will turn to God.

This nation struggles today. Our leaders in government have forgotten the real meaning of IN GOD WE TRUST.

• Once we were prosperous and blessed

• Once we were a strong nation

Look at what’s happening in our schools and places where the Bible has been removed. Let’s welcome GOD back into all areas of our nation. Enough with the empty promises, don’t we know that all the power and glory belongs to GOD?

Proverbs 3:5-6 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Frank