Forgiving Others – Smooth Stones

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David brought down his giants using his Smooth Stones of trusting in the Lord and his word. Which is why Pastor Kirk encourages every believer to search and find smooth stones in the word of God in the area of your struggles [Your Giants]. David picked Five Smooth Stones to bring down Goliath so we have identified five word of God to help you overcome the spirit of unforgiveness. Memorize them, practice them and use them to bring down the Spirit of Unforgiveness  and receive your victory Today.
 
Five Smooth Stones for Forgiving:
 

Matthew 6:14-15 – For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Luke 6:27-28 – But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.

Mark 11:25 – But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.

Ephesians 4:31-32 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Colossians 3:13 – Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

 
Bring down your strongholds in your life using these precious word of God [Smooth Stones] regarding Forgiving others who have hurt you. Walk in the freedom of Forgiveness!
 
Prayer:
 
Dear Heavenly Father, 
 
I thank you for opening my eyes to see that as a forgiven child of God, I need to forgive others. I am willingly forgiving everyone who has hurt me. I pray for them to bless them. Please help me to walk in your forgiveness all my life.
 
In Jesus Name
Amen

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Sweet Heart Dinner 2015

Sweet heart dinner celebrated at Harvest Time Worship Center on February 13, 2015. Some pictures from the celebration


You are a Midwife Today

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 By Jaisam Daniel 
 
A few years back one of my friends invited my wife and I to his home for a prayer gathering.  They were expecting a baby in a few months. It was kind of like a baby shower, and as is common in our culture, we were invited as a family. My friend wanted me to share a message from God’s word and pray for a safe delivery. He and his wife had lost their first child in the womb and were anxious all through this pregnancy. I promised him that we would be there.

 

The day to visit their home arrived quickly, but I still didn’t have any word to share. On that morning, I was in prayer asking God, “What is this childless man going to share today for this wonderful couple?” Yes, at that time, my wife Mercy and I were childless.  After four years of marriage we were waiting and longing for a child in our own lives. Whenever we went to family parties many would ask about our children. Though they would ask innocently, it would trigger longing emotions in me to hold our own child in my hands.

 

It was that morning, when on my knees, and in his unique way, the Lord gave me a promise in the word. He addressed two issues (double edged sword) from Exodus 1:19, “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women,” the midwives replied. “They are more vigorous and have their babies so quickly that we cannot get there in time.” He told me that, “You are a Midwife Today!, Go and help bring forth godly children”. On that day, in the prayer meeting, we prayed over them. I shared God’s word and encouraged my friend’s wife assuring her that she would have a safe delivery. I cited God’s word, “Because God is with her, she is strong enough in the Lord to bring this child safely into the world.” After a few months I heard from my friend that his wife had delivered a beautiful little baby boy. It was a joy to hold that boy in our hands.

 

This greatly encouraged my wife and I in our journey of love and our walk with the Lord. We continued spending more time visiting friends and families helping them in raising their children. In those days, whenever I lifted a child, I would be reminded that I am a midwife to help raise this child and to be a godly example. Our yearning for a child turned into joyful celebrations of new lives all around us.

 

If you are wondering what happened to my wife and I, the midwife story does not end there. The Bible says in Exodus 1:20-21, “So God was good to the midwives, and the Israelites continued to multiply, growing more and more powerful. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own. Yes, indeed the Lord was good to us and gave us our own child! Three years after this, Mercy and I received Nathan, our first child who is now 2 years old and growing up quickly. What’s more, as you read this article, we will be holding another boy child. My wife is due with our second child next week. Oh my goodness, we serve a faithful God! Just one word from the living God can transform us to lives of blessing to others.

 

The Christian life can be lived with great purpose as you see a need in those around you and help meet their need. Today you might be waiting for a blessing in your life from God. God wants you to be a midwife and help people in need. Living a midwife life today, will alleviate your pain in waiting!

The One who promised you will be good to you too.

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life” Proverbs 13:12

 



When the king smiles, there is life…

 By Mary Ruth Carangelo  
 
Proverbs 16:15 – “When the king smiles, there is life”
 
This holiday season, I have been inspired to see Jesus in a similar way, but different angle. My 6 year old has gained a love for the song ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and asked what the song meant. This forced me to listen to the same words that I’ve heard for 30 years but never considered. In that act of getting my boy to understand, I myself felt like a child just learning about Jesus.
 
Granted this song is fictional, it paints a beautiful picture of our relationship with Christ. The little boy in this song was told of the Savior of the world and that these able (possibly wealthy) people were going to bring their ‘finest gifts’ to this baby. Now, something stuck out to me here. What is a baby going to do with fine gifts? When we give gifts to a newborn, it is merely a tool for the parents to use. Jesus probably didn’t even notice them. This boy had nothing to give…nothing! He stated he was a poor boy, just as Jesus was.
 

We are similar in this fashion. What can we offer to anyone of royalty that they don’t already have? So the boy gave only what he had, a drum beat….music….worship. Now, the gifts the others gave were material, but material things pass away. This boy played with all he had. “I played my drum for him, I played my best for him”. Our best is with everything in our heart. Do you remember what happened next? This baby did only what a baby could do in response to something pleasing…Jesus smiled. How amazing is it to have the smile of Jesus on us? His smile changes us. It brings life and hope.

So this Christmas season, are we going to just be nonchalant in our celebrations or are we going to give Jesus all we’ve got? I know for myself, I will be playing my drum with all my heart in hopes to gain a smile from my King.



Thanksgiving

 
 By Rachel Cunningham  
 
Thanksgiving, due to the season, may seem like a cliche topic, however scripturally speaking it is anything but. Psalm 100:4 says, “ Enter His gates with Thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and bless His name!” 
 
The word Thanksgiving is defined as,“ the expression of gratitude, especially to God.” As Christians we have a lot to be thankful for. Every morning we wake up, every breath that we take, every morsel of food we eat, are all blessings from God. It’s so easy to take our blessings for granted or to even get lax in showing our gratitude. As a child we are taught when receiving a gift to always make sure to thank the gift giver. Why should God be any different?
 

How can we thank God?

  • By singing and praising his name – Psalm 95:1 – “ Come let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout Joyfully to the rock of our salvation.”
  • By helping others – Proverbs 3:27 – “ Never walk away from someone who deserves help; Your hand is Gods hand for that person.”
  • Simply take time each day and verbally thank Him for all He has done for you – 1 Chronicles 16:34 – “ Give thanks to the Lord for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.
 
Thanksgiving isn’t just seasonal, it’s a year round reflection of our hearts! God loves us no matter who we are, what we do, or where we come from. If for no other reason, that alone is enough for God to deserve our Thankfulness.
 
Reflect:
  • What are you thankful for this season?