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2016, September 14

​What a wonderful prophecy about why the Lord would come.

Isa 61:3 “To console those who mourn in Zion,To give them beauty for ashes,The oil of joy for mourning,The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;That they may be called trees of righteousness,The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

– Sister Brandi Woods

2016, September 13

​”Could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mt 26:40-41)

Jesus said these words while in Gethsemane’s garden. In a time of extreme testing He warned the disciples of the inability of the flesh to stay alert for even an hour.  The disciples failed to stay awake three times. They did not have, within themselves, the power to stay alert and pray. 
We must never underestimate the infirmity of the flesh. Also, we must be careful not to cater to the flesh to make it easier on the flesh to the neglect of the spirit. 
When Paul came to Troas (Acts 20) to preach the disciples forced willingly subdued their own flesh in order to feed their spirit’s through Paul’s ministration. Because he had to leave the next day, he prolonged his message until midnight. No doubt both he and they were waging war against the weariness of the flesh but they knew it was worth it. Eutychus, a young man, was overcome by sleep and fell out of the third story window and died. No one accused Paul, saying “why did you preach so long” but rather they went down and healed him…and Paul continued on preaching until dawn! That is a demonstration of having preference for spiritual things; seeking those things which are above (Col 3:1-2); and making no provision for the flesh (Rom 13:14). It is regrettably common for man to seek ways to make it easy or convenient for their flesh and this often is to the neglect of spiritual things. Furthermore, it is common for man to extend himself in worldly affairs – making sacrifices of money, time, etc. These things are revealing of the heart. 
Let the people of God heed the word of the Savior, “the spirit indeed is willing, the flesh is weak” and let us seek grace to walk after the spirit and not fulfill the lists of the flesh.
– Brother Pat Woods

2016, September 12

​”I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.” John 10:9

Will be saved, not might be saved.  Jesus is the gate, the only path to take to the Father.  

Jesus, our gate, our path, our shepherd, our navigator and guide. Our compass when we’re lost, our light in the dark.  The bible couldn’t be more clear.

“But small is the gate, and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it .”  Matthew 7:14

This life has many bumps and turns in the road.  Thankfully, we know which direction to take when we reach a fork in the road.  

All who enter through the gate will never be lost, at least not for long.  Our internal navigational system, the Holy Spirit, will recalculate and put us back on the right path every time.  

-Sister Kasey Stokes

2016, September 7

​”All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16 

 Let us never take for granted the divinely inspired writings that are recorded in the bible. Every word contained in the scriptures is useful, purposely composed, and preserved for our benefit. We live not by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from God. Search the scriptures that you might find Jesus and partake daily of the necessary nourishment that is received as we read and keep the things that are said. 

– Sister Brandi Woods

2016, September 6

​Jesus said, “whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Lk 14:33).

Anything that ties us down, enslaves us…even if that thing is a “good thing.” If we are not willing to forsake it in order to gain Christ, we will, in the end, have neither. Included in this phrase “all things” are family, houses, lands and even our own lives. Jesus knows that these dear things and our desire to preserve them may come to compete with our love for Him. And we can’t serve two masters. But whoever does forsake these things will receive an hundredfold in this life and eternal life in the world to come. No one will be ashamed for following Jesus. The very first disciples whom Jesus called “forsook all and followed Him” (Lk 5:11). Will you do the same? 

-Brother Pat Woods

2016, September 5

​The following are some “Final” words in the epistles. They are a sort of conclusion to what was already said. They are not necessarily the major doctrines set forth in the apostles’ writings but are concluding exhortations that the readers might live in the doctrine that was taught. I find them encouraging and desirable. 
2 Corinthians 13:11

Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Ephesians 6:10

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Philippians 3:1

Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.
Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
1 Thessalonians 4:1

Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God. 
2 Thessalonians 3:1

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for not all men have faith. 
2 Timothy 4:8

Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
1 Peter 3:8-9

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.

-Brother Pat Woods

2016, September 4

​”Shout joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the the Lord with gladness, come before Him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God, it is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.”Psalm 100: 1-3

Singing His praises must be such a beautiful aroma for our Lord, coming from our hearts will never be off key or out of tune.  Our Father loves us who believe and trust in Him and Him alone.  Today… Make a joyful noise unto our Lord and please Him  like none other.
-Sister Kasey Stokes

2016, September 2

​”And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” Dan 4:35.

Let that resonate in your mind and heart. If God can do whatever He wants and you have been appointed to obtain salvation through faith in Christ. Who can stop it? 

 By the way, this came out of the mouth of a heathen king. How much greater insights do we have, having been given the mind of Christ, the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, and the gospel of Christ. I exhort you to declare the decree of your King.

-Brother Erik Olmsted

2016, September 1

​”Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ” 2Cor1:3-5

If you are seeking comfort by someone or something other than God you will search in vain. God is rich in mercy, it is his very nature and he is the creator and deliver of ALL comfort. Run to him during your tribulation and remember that those that are given much, much is required. The comfort you receive is to be utilized in comforting others. Allow God to use you to minister comfort. 
-Sister Brandi Woods

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