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At The Cross

“You forgave me! All my guilt is gone.”
Ps 32:5 NLT

CONFESSIONS OF A SECRET SINNER

David said, “I confessed all my sins to you…And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” Julie Ann Barnhill writes: “If you’re tired of pretending you have it all together, it’s time to act. For too long Christian women in particular have believed they’re the only ones dealing with shameful issues, agonizing regrets, and skeletons in their closet. Once we open up to God, ourselves, and others, we experience exhilarating freedom and peace. A woman wrote to me: ‘I had an abortion when I was eighteen. Nobody knows. For years I marked the date on my calendar and grieved for the child nobody knew about, and the young woman who bore the guilt alone. No more! Now I know I’m not alone, and for the first time in my life I truly believe God is bigger than my secret—and He’s willing to forgive.’ Secrets only hold power when they’re hidden. Once they’re revealed in the light of God’s love they lose their control. However, there are some things to consider before opening up to someone: (1) If that person repeats things others have shared in confidence, guess who’s up next for discussion? (2) Beware of someone who’s apt to offer unsolicited advice, then take offense when it’s ignored. (3) Stay away from somebody who tries to ‘fix’ you, and tells you not to worry about your secrets. Instead, look for someone who: (a) has good sense and knows when to ‘back off’ and/or move forward when you’re upset; (b) is up-front about their own struggles; (c) is quick to listen and slow to speak; (d) undergirds their words and counsel with scriptural truths.”

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Posted by on September 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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What’s Your Secret?

“You can’t hide behind a religious mask…sooner or later the mask will slip.”
Lk 12:2 TM

CONFESSIONS OF A SECRET SINNER (Part 1)

Inspirational speaker and author Julie Ann Barnhill writes: “I tend to be a stealthy sinner—a cloistered screw-up. Most of my life I’ve managed to fly under the radar…to keep 99.9 percent of such things hidden. As someone who attended church and appeared to manage a happy family, I avoided glaring attention to the shadow-side of my life—but at great cost. Lying about my spending led to financial problems in my marriage. Covetousness robbed me of friendships and contentment. The teenage anger that sent me reeling in fits of self-mutilation, exploded years later in outbursts of abusive anger towards my children. And when alcohol beckoned during periods of loneliness and depression, I heeded its call. Maybe you’re thinking, ‘So, you’ve told us a few secrets from your life—they don’t compare to mine.’ Seeing who has the most horrifying secret isn’t the point; we need to embrace the truth that we aren’t alone in our secret places…Confession for confession’s sake easily turns into tabloid moments like daytime talk shows. It’s not enough to spill the beans. Genuine confession leads to radical forgiveness that’s only available through Christ. It covers whatever we’ve done, no matter how bad it is. Jesus knows our secrets and they can never stop Him from loving us. They can, however, create a barrier between us and the shame-free life He desires for us. We confess our sins so we can find redemption, rescue, and eternal life. We share our secret places with trusted friends so we might know the reality of divine healing through flesh-and-blood relationships with those we love.”

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Posted by on September 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Release

“If you have anything against anyone, forgive him.”
Mk 11:25 NKJV

REMEMBER TO FORGET

No matter how much two people love each other, conflicts are sure to arise that call for extending grace and showing forgiveness. Do you know that couples who are happy and stay married have the same number of disagreements and conflicts as couples who are unhappy and get divorced? Statistically, that is true! It’s not the absence of conflict that preserves marriage, but the ability to manage conflict when it happens. So how do you “manage” conflict? By practicing the kind of self-control that keeps conflicts from mushrooming into hurtful and divisive standoffs. It also means knowing what to do with hurt feelings like anger, disappointment, and dashed expectations. In other words, it means knowing how to forgive it and forget it. But emotional hurt and tension are almost impossible to forget; the harder we try, the more we remember. So what’s the answer? Remember to forget! Try to act like God, who chooses not to hold against us what He knows about us. He says in His Word: “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins” (Isa 43:25 NKJV). That means if you are holding something against your spouse, there’s only one solution: Forgive it and forget it. You may never forget how you’ve been hurt, but you can choose to forgive it and move on. No, it’s not easy, but you can do it. How? By remembering the things, known or unknown to others, that God has forgiven you for and extending that same grace to your spouse.

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Question of the day from me to you:

  1. Who do you need to forgive?
  2. What is prolonging the process of your healing?
  3. Have you surrendered the hurt, the pain to God?
 
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Posted by on July 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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The Release

Get ready to do a new thing this year. Remember to give Praise, receive Grace, walk in Favor and Trust the Father in the new year!:

“Don’t keep going over old history. I’m about to do something brand-new.”
Isa 43:18-19 

LET GO OF YOUR PAST

Comedian Jerry Lewis joked that his best wedding gift was a film of the ceremony—because when things got really bad in his marriage he could go into a room by himself, run the film backwards, and walk out a free man! We smile, but you can’t go back and rewrite history any more than you can unscramble an egg. When you dwell on the past it’s always at the expense of the future, but when you learn from the past it has the potential to make your future better. Whenever you find yourself saying, “If I knew then what I know now,” remind yourself that unless you grow you’ll be saying the same thing ten or twenty years from now. You say, “If only I’d been willing to forgive my spouse instead of punishing them, maybe I could have kept my marriage together and built a great relationship.” Maybe you struggle with the memory of an abortion, wondering about the child who might have been and the joy he or she might have brought. Perhaps you’re a good person who did a bad thing and ended up with a felony record; now you’re saying, “If only…” Well, here’s what God says: (1) “Your sins are forgiven in Jesus’ name” (1Jn 2:12 TM). (2) “I…will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again” (Isa 43:25 NLT). (3) “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history…I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?…I’m making a [way for you].” The word for you today is: Let go of your past.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Anger Management

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31‭-‬32 KJV http://bible.com/1/eph.4.31-32.KJV:

Happy New Month everyone. I hope your’e all doing well. Yet another day that God has blessed us to see. We give him all the glory. May our hearts be filled with gratitude and our mouths be filled with praise. Today’s blog post is about anger management. Many times, it’s so easy for us to be fueled up over a situation. We hold so much anger within our souls and that alone can have an effect on us. As children of the most high, we are not called to be like the world. It is very important that we forgive our brothers and sisters whether they are in Christ or not. Sometimes, we await for the person that wronged us to come and apologize to us but many times, we know that it won’t happen. “Hurt people hurt people.” If we don’t show love, how would they see the reflection of God in our lives. Yes, we are not perfect but understanding that we will never be perfect is key. God hasn’t called us to pay the price. He has already paid it all. May God help us to live a life that is pleasing unto him. Below is the devotional for today. I hope you can take something away from it. Stay Blessed & Encouraged. 🙂

“Don’t sin by letting anger control you.”
Ephesians 4:26 NLT

Here’s a Bible plan for growth that includes anger management: “Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil…Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them…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” (vv. 23-32 NLT). God gave you every emotion you have, including anger. But He wants you to handle it the right way. Note the words “let us…tell the truth.” When you’re angry, instead of denying it, use it to bring about positive change. Saying, “I’ve been feeling angry because I value our relationship and I’d like to talk about it,” brings healing and solutions. Pretending you’re not angry when you are is basically dishonest. So is exaggeration. “You never listen to me…You always ignore my wishes…Nobody does anything around here except me.” Such generalizations are untrue and serve only to aggravate and polarize, guaranteeing the problem gets obscured and goes unsolved. God’s will is for you to control your anger rather than letting your anger control you.

When it comes to practicing anger management, here are two important Bible principles: (1) Don’t blame people and things. Blaming is a way of evading responsibility while pointing your finger elsewhere. “If only you’d arrive on time, I wouldn’t have to nag you,” or “If you’d quit nagging me, maybe I’d start being on time.” Words like that don’t help, they just antagonize the other person, perpetuate your anger, and fail to get the results you want. (2) Don’t use words as weapons or a form of control. Instead keep your emotions in check and express them in a healthy way. Remember, your goal is to solve the problem and strengthen the relationship, not leave wounds that fester. Is this easy to do? No—that’s why you need God’s help. The Bible says that your words can crush the other person’s spirit (See Pr 18:14), break their heart (See Pr 15:4), and destroy the relationship (See Pr 18:21). Solomon said that angry words “go down into a man’s inmost parts” (Pr 26:22 NIV). What you say can live in the memory of another person their whole life—all the way to the grave. Is that what you want? Surely not! On the other hand, anger properly managed never needs to be regretted or repented of. Learn to discern the difference between the anger you feel and the words you speak. Anger can reveal what needs to be changed in the relationship. So ask God to show you what needs changing—first in yourself, then in the other person.

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Posted by on April 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Saved By Grace

Saved By Grace

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. -2 Corinthians 8:9

Where would i be without his grace? Consumed and elsewhere. His grace has kept me and sustained me. I am that I am because of Jesus Christ. Grace = unmerited, undeserved favor.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Strive Youth Ministry

Strive Youth Ministry

Strive for Righteousness
Strive for humility
Strive for truth
Strive for God’s Kingdom
Strive for Christ like characters

Come as you are. The Lord is waiting on you. We come on the line every Wednesdays for Bible Studies and on Saturdays we join as one for Prayers/ testimonies at 10pm Est/9pm Cst. Our mission is to expand our prayer line across the world. Spread the Gospel to the lost. Make this ministry a tool for the Holy Spirit to use. Equip young ambassadors with the Holy Bible. God has called us to spread his word. For it written in Romans 10:14, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” We are the voices for the silenced souls. You have been called to do great things. Go and spread the word. May God bless you in doing his work. May the good Lord reward you and meet you in your times of needs. May the blessings on Abraham be given to you in your favor. Jesus loves you. He knows my name, He knows your name. You are not forgotten. Someone, somewhere loves you. You are forgiven. Your burden, take it to the cross. Lay it there. Rest in the arms of your creator. Have a blessed day.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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