SparkPeople Sword And Spirit Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=60602 Proclaiming God's promises by His Spirit in the face of life's problems (Ephesians 6:17) And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; SparkPeople Sword And Spirit Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=60602 Spiritual Dieting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x59845975 Spiritual Dieting <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> The world is obsessed with physical fitness. You can turn on the TV any time of day or night and you will find people bending, stretching, or twisting their bodies in different forms of exercise. Some have elevated exercise and physical fitness to religion status. Yoga and Far Eastern religions teach their message through transcendental physical exercise. <BR> <BR> It seems that every conceivable machine has been developed to help men a... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:48:17 EST Faith vs. Works http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x59811631 Faith vs. Works <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks" (Luke 6:45). <BR> <BR> Your heart must be established in faith in order to move in the area of your need. Faith is believing in your heart that God's Word is true and that belief is so established, that out of the abundance of your heart your m... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:03:20 EST Your Vote Matters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x59659447 Your Vote Matters <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is Election Day in the <BR> United States of America. <BR> <BR> You are responsible for your vote. In the same way that Joshua and Caleb were blessed, you will be blessed if you vote for godly principles and continue to stand in faith. <BR> <BR> Your Vote Matters <BR> <BR> I live in a democratic country, the United States of America. As a democratic nation, the people are allowed to vote for the candidates and issues t... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 08:03:16 EST End Of The Year Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26510x60602x59627420 End Of The Year Challenge: <BR> <BR> Let's finish 2014 with a spirit of excellence in our healthy living lifestyle goals. <BR> <BR> Challenge guidelines: <BR> **Weigh only once a week - post on this thread with the amount your weight loss or gain <BR> **Stay true to YOUR nutritional plan for food and water consumption as well as exercise <BR> **Post feelings, thoughts, scriptures that have impacted your ability to win over the desires of your flesh, your healthy food choices and how you act... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 07:50:02 EST Defeating Deception And Condemnation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x59530744 Defeating Deception And Condemnation <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> One of the greatest tools the enemy uses to destroy lives is condemnation. He is the king of guilt and he feeds on the insecurity of those who are already fighting for survival. He takes the failures of the past and brings them into the present, then uses these thoughts to bring guilt, regret, and condemnation. <BR> <BR> The definition of condemnation is a sense of guilt and the feeling that punishment is deserved. I... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:55:24 EST Overcoming a Negative Body Image http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26510x60602x58896610 Overcoming a Negative Body Image <BR> By Kimberly Taylor <BR> <BR> I used to wish I had actress Halle Berry's body. There, I said it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Christians are not immune to having a negative body image. I was on a message board years ago and one of the women mentioned that she had watched the Ms. Universe competition the previous night. She was feeling depressed because she had compared herself to the beautiful women in the competition. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> She found herself lacking... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:24:44 EST Where do you go when you have a need? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x58835224 Tonight, as I was reading the Word, the Lord showed me something that I never noticed before. I was reading in John 21. The chapter goes like this: <BR> <BR> 21 After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” <BR> <BR> They said t... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:46:27 EST The Heart Of The Matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26510x60602x58737503 ***This is from an email devotional that I receive. It is by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland and all credit for it goes to them! <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>*************************** <BR> The Heart of the Matter <BR> Posted: 03 Aug 2012 05:00 PM PDT <BR> "For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart" (1 Sam. 16:7). <BR> <BR> Too often we ask God to fix the problems ar... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 07:50:23 EST But it's Taking Too Long http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x58428535 But it's Taking Too Long <BR> By Kimberly Taylor <BR> <BR> Do you ever struggle with impatience regarding seeing the results of your health efforts? I know the feeling! I have a short story to share that may help. <BR> <BR> A mature lady in her 60s decided that she wanted to become a doctor. She told a friend of hers about her intention. But instead of support, the friend scoffed and said, "Are you crazy? How long is that going to take...8, 10 years? Why, you'll be in your 70s by then!" <B... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 13:21:32 EST Overcoming Your Struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x58415362 Overcoming Your Struggle <BR> By Kimberly Taylor <BR> <BR> A grandfather tells his grandson: "I've got a terrible struggle on the inside of me. I have two natures. One nature is evil - full of anger, pride, envy, jealousy, self-pity, fear, ingratitude, and without restraint. The other nature is good - loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, patient, gentle, faithful, and self-controlled. That same struggle is going on inside of every person who accepts Jesus as their Savior too." <BR> <BR> After th... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:09:43 EST The Cure For Insecurity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x58341314 The Cure For Insecurity <BR> By Kimberly Taylor <BR> <BR> If you are an emotionally insecure person, you are living on shaky ground. The dictionary defines insecurity as unstable, rickety, rocky, wobbly, and unsteady. As a formerly insecure person, I know that is an uncomfortable place to live! <BR> <BR> In the natural, just imagine how you'd feel if you were worried constantly that an earthquake was about to hit? Wouldn't you be preoccupied with having a safe place to run to? <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:28:31 EST Prayer To Conquer The Spirit Of Fear http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x58277357 Prayer To Conquer The Spirit Of Fear <BR> By Kimberly Taylor <BR> <BR> I am so mad right now. I just spoke to a dear friend who is combating the spirit of fear and anxiety. She is a strong woman of God who knows the word. And yet, fear is threatening to take away her peace and joy. I felt righteous indignation that the enemy would dare to mentally attack this precious lady! <BR> <BR> I believe the increase of fear is not a coincidence among the saints of God. We have a real enemy who is out... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:56:19 EST The Invisible Barrier Of Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x58255794 The Invisible Barrier of Faith <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> When the apostle James was writing to the church, he said to consider it all joy when you encounter various trials. We are in a time when many people are experiencing various types of trials in their lives. But as you experience problems in life, whether they are physical, financial, or emotional, you must know this- your problem is not the issue. It's how you react to your problem that will determine your destiny. <BR> <BR... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:18:47 EST Walk In Perfect Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x58232958 Walk In Perfect Love <BR> by Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> As we near the return of Jesus, one thing becomes increasingly clear. The prophecies of the Bible are being fulfilled at an accelerated rate. For centuries, theologians have spoken of the time to come, but the time to come is now here. We are in the time of the Glorious Church. <BR> <BR> God loves you and Satan hates what God loves. Our Savior will return and when He does, He is returning for a church that is walking in the anointing... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:40:52 EST The Hidden Secret of Daily Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26510x60602x58106068 The Hidden Secret of Daily Success <BR> By Kimberly Talor <BR> <BR> "Discipline is training yourself to do what you ought to do, whether you feel like it or not." Wow! I read that definition earlier in the week and I have been using it on myself after I decided I wanted to get an earlier start to my day. I wanted to start my Bible reading at 5:00 a.m. and then exercise after that. <BR> <BR> But the first morning after my decision, the resistance started. I was sleeping good! Then I remember... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 09:47:01 EST Digestive Health -- All Disease Begins In The Gut http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26510x60602x58038813 This article is written by Dr. Mark Virkler of Communion With God Ministries. It is not my teaching and all credit for it goes to Dr. Virkler. I am simply posting it to point people to what he has learned and is teaching. Please see the article at <link>www.cwgministries.org/blogs/digestiv<BR>e-health-all-disease-begins-gut </link> <BR> <BR> You may not agree with everything he says, but hopefully there will be some information here that you can glean that will help you in your journe... Thu, 29 May 2014 12:09:37 EST Stop The Food Fights http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57970236 Are you wasting time playing games you cannot win? Back in the 1980s, there was a movie called "War Games" about a teen-aged boy who hacks into a computer at the U.S. Department of Defense, the one responsible for launching nuclear weapons. <BR> <BR> By mistake, the boy sets off a computer sequence to launch a nuclear weapon attack against Russia. He tries to stop it, knowing if the attack succeeds, Russia would strike the U.S. back with their own nuclear arsenal, causing destruction to bot... Fri, 23 May 2014 08:04:44 EST Prescription for a Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57958791 Prescription for a Recovery <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> When you feel depressed and discouraged and the pressures make you feel like giving up, take the following medicine daily and you will recover. <BR> <BR> 1) Return to God's camp. (I didn't say religion.) <BR> <BR> Get into the Word. Get into fellowship. Get into worship (corporate and private). Get into sowing. Hang around with godly people. This problem will require time to heal, so you must not find a "fast-food" church. Y... Thu, 22 May 2014 07:20:06 EST Hi My name is Marsha http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x60602x57949812 Thanks team for being on this site. I have struggled for years trying to lose weight but today I am declaring I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. I am an overcomer by the BLOOD of the Lamb!!! <em>524</em> Wed, 21 May 2014 11:06:25 EST A Scale Cannot Measure Your Worth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57883975 A Scale Cannot Measure Your Worth <BR> By Kimberly Taylor <BR> <BR> One of my pet peeves when it comes to weight loss is the practice of "scale worship." If you have ever been on a diet, tell me if this sounds familiar: <BR> <BR> If the scale is down a few pounds, you get permission to feel good about yourself. You want to celebrate and usually, that means eating more or eating some extra "treats." <BR> If the scale is up or staying the same, you get depressed. To make yourself feel better... Thu, 15 May 2014 13:48:36 EST The Hidden Reason You Overeat (Revisited) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57859176 The Hidden Reason You Overeat (Revisited) <BR> By Kimberly Taylor <BR> <BR> Just the other day, I was craving some crackers and decided to buy brown rice crackers. They were tasty and had healthy ingredients. What could be the problem? <BR> <BR> The problem was that the next day, I was thinking too much about having some more of those brown rice crackers. My alarm system went off. Those crackers had hijacked my brain! <BR> <BR> If you are having problems with overeating or sticking with y... Tue, 13 May 2014 12:16:27 EST Do You Deserve What You Get? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57762515 Do You Deserve What You Get? <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Grace is so great and so wonderful that we have trouble comprehending it. God's grace is so great that it cannot even be compared to the fall of man. But just because we don't understand it doesn't mean we should ignore it. God's grace has been defined by many as unmerited favor. And that is true. God's grace is unmerited favor. But it is so much more. <BR> <BR> God's grace is God empowering man to do what would normally be i... Mon, 5 May 2014 08:30:48 EST How To Finish Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57762491 How To Finish Well <BR> By Kimberly Taylor <BR> <BR> Have you ever started a project but were unable to finish it? It happens all the time, especially when it comes to health goals! <BR> But in Luke 14:28-30, Jesus gave a great principle on how to finish well. You can use this same secret to succeed in any endeavor. <BR> What is the secret? See if you can find it: <BR> "For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish i... Mon, 5 May 2014 08:28:16 EST Feeling like its time for me to step aside http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57659985 Be humble daily. .and repent daily as I travel through.. my job is to listen for the Lord's instructions through His Holy Spirit.. through prayer. . Knowing God will not give me more than I csn handle by this world standards I am considered a failures.. maybe so but I am living for a higher calling in life to try daily to keep as close as I can to God Sun, 27 Apr 2014 05:31:51 EST Feeling like its time for me to step aside http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57659983 Be humble daily. .and repent daily as I travel through.. my job is to listen for the Lord's instructions through His Holy Spirit.. through prayer. . Knowing God will not give me more than I csn handle by this world standards I am considered a failures.. maybe so but I am living for a higher calling in life to try daily to keep as close as I can to God Sun, 27 Apr 2014 05:31:27 EST The Seed Of The Woman http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57638384 The Seed of the Woman <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> In the beginning, Adam was placed in a Garden east of Eden. God saw that there was no one comparable to Adam, so out of Adam's side God formed a mate for him. Adam and Eve were pleasing in the sight of God and they were given the command to replenish the earth. <BR> <BR> Everything seemed to be going well until Satan tricked them into giving up their authority over the earth. Through Adam, sin was brought into the world and the punis... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:03:32 EST Fixing Your Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57616386 Fixing Your Heart <BR> By Kimberly Taylor <BR> <BR> Are you dealing with life issues? Although your issues may be different from mine, we have this in common; our issues can usually be traced to one or more of these categories: health, relationships, or finances. <BR> <BR> In Proverbs 4:23, the Bible tell us where these issues originate - and how to fix them at the core: "Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life." <BR> <BR> Since all issues originate from... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:53:06 EST Do You Want To Be MADE Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26510x60602x57600543 Do you want to be MADE Well <BR> By Kimberly Taylor <BR> <BR> Every since God challenged me with that daily question, my answer has been "Yes." But saying "Yes" each day is not always comfortable. Why? Because saying "Yes" requires that you say "No" to some things. Even those things to which others may still be saying "Yes!" <BR> <BR> Being different can be uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> Last week, I wrote an article called "Wellness is a Daily Choice" on the TBYT website and part of that story ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:26:42 EST Faith Never Gives Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57600470 Faith Never Gives Up <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Several years ago, my wife and I had a weekly Bible study in our home. We would sit around the living room with our Bibles and study the Word of God. One evening, we had a diversified group of pastors and others in church leadership attend from several denominational and non-denominational churches, along with some folks who didn't go to church anywhere. It was an exciting time. We didn't care where anyone went to church. All we cared ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:16:31 EST Oh Hallelujah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57566791 This brought me to tears so I wanted to share it with you. <BR> <BR> <link>www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0E02FMNU </link> <BR> <BR> Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 "I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain." <BR> <BR> Philippians 3:12 ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:27:33 EST Do Not Despise Small Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57518231 Do Not Despise Small Beginnings <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Never underestimate something small. Never belittle or ridicule small beginnings and understand that everything that is large is made from countless things that are small. <BR> <BR> My dad, who was a great businessman, told me when I was young that if I would take care of my nickels that my dollars would take care of themselves. While it is true that a person can overly focus on small things and micro-manage to a point of ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:53:55 EST We've Been Made More Than Conquerors http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57505268 This song has been running through my mind since Saturday. Evidently someone needs to hear it besides me! It's not the best you tube of it, but it's the best I could find. Since I can't get the link to work, you will have to copy and paste it into your browser. So sorry! <BR> <BR> The bottom line is that through the blood of Jesus we have been made conquerors! The battle has already been won and we are the victors! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:53:45 EST Empowered To Do What He Wants Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57470133 Empowered To Do What He Wants Done <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> "According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ" (1 Cor. 3:10-11). <BR> <BR> The implication of this scripture is that we must build with the same substance that Paul built with. Paul built his ministry b... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:11:47 EST God Does Not Abort Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57341477 God Does Not Abort Dreams <BR> By Jerry Savelle <BR> <BR> A dream is a seed that God plants in the fertile soil of your heart. In order for a seed to produce fruit, it must go through a process of development. <BR> <BR> The first stage is conception. Conception is when God places a vision or a dream in your heart. Once the dream is in your heart, it must go through the second stage—development—before you can give birth to the fulfillment. <BR> <BR> The time of conception until the time o... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:40:18 EST Reasons for starting the music thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57337853 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I started a music thread with You Tube with a purpose in mind. <BR> <BR> My Intention with the new music thread is for us all to contribute and keep it for a "rainy day" <BR> <BR> That way if you are depressed and wish you can turn to everyone's songs and have the team and God lighten up your load. Playing Christian inspiring music can be very therauputic and can cleanse the soul. <BR> <BR> Especially for me as I am single and not well connected personally yet to my ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:14:25 EST Favorite Youtube Worship Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57334413 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEftnZY39rE </link> <BR> <BR> Did You Hear The Mountains Tremble. <BR> <BR> By Jesus Culture!!! <BR> <BR> Awesome Friends!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I would like to start a thread of team members favorite Christian music and links from YouTube. <BR> <BR> Chris Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:48:39 EST Living Above Regret http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57326743 Living Above Regret <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> The world is full of people who live their lives wondering what might have been, what could have been, or what should have been had they only made different choices all those years ago. <BR> <BR> Too often when a person is young, they lack the wisdom to make the hard choices that can benefit their future. Many times the young make choices based on the feelings of the moment, or are forced into choices because of peer pressure or paren... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:58:07 EST Dealing With Disappointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57281659 Dealing with Disappointment <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Let's find out what God says about one of the most dramatic problems in the church today - disappointment. <BR> <BR> Disappointment is something that most people feel is not really a problem, because they feel they can easily handle it. If the devil can convince you that a disappointment is not really a problem, then you will not deal with it. Or if he puts something in your life that you feel you can handle on your own, you p... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:22:07 EST You Alone, Lord, Are Worthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57279133 I got up this morning to hear this song running through my mind! It brings me back to the reality of what is really important in this life....is it all about me, my wants and needs, or is it about Him, the Lord, His needs and wants being met through my life. I hope it touches your heart as well and helps to put things in proper perspective for you as it did for me. <BR> <BR> Sometimes life tries to overwhelm us and we forget that God is there, waiting for our worship for it says in Psalm ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:07:32 EST Three Ways To Handle Emotional Storms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26510x60602x57265674 By Kimberly Taylor <BR> <BR> Do you know what the enemy's #1 trick is during an emotional storm? He wants you to believe that just because you are going through a tough time now, it will always be that way. Such a lie! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I thought about this during a recent exercise session. I realized that each workout is like a "fire drill" on handling emotional storms. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are the three things exercise has taught me about handling challenging times w... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:00:42 EST Your Mite Activates His Might http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x57194031 Your Mite Activates His Might <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> One time Jesus was sitting opposite the treasury and watched how people were putting in their money. He noticed that the rich cast in a lot but that a widow only put in two small coins. (Mark 12:41-42.) The King James Version of the Bible calls the coins mites. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A mite was a coin issued by the Duke of Brabant and the Count of Flanders a few years before the King James translation of the Bible... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 07:55:15 EST Getting Offended Hinders Your Miracle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57096653 Getting Offended Hinders Your Miracle <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The apostle Paul made an interesting statement when writing to Titus, whom he called his "partner and fellow worker" (2 Cor. 8:23), and "a true son in our common faith" (Titus 1:40). <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In the first sentence of his letter, Paul said that God cannot lie. (Titus 1:2.) This one statement alone is the most important statement in the Bible. Without this one truth, everything we believe-all ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:17:39 EST Control Your Tongue With God's Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26510x60602x57036744 Control Your Tongue With God's Word <BR> <BR> Posted: 06 Mar 2012 10:00 PM PST <BR> "Even so the tongue is a little member, and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest a tiny spark can set ablaze" (James 3:5 AMP). <BR> <BR> James is saying that just as a spark can set a forest ablaze to destroy it or set a fire ablaze to keep us warm, we can use our tongues to destroy ourselves or to make ourselves victorious. <BR> <BR> Our words will make us or break us. If w... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 07:50:44 EST Heavenly Minded http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x57036621 Heavenly Minded <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> The other day, I heard a young man who was a new Christian talking about Jesus and the Bible. He was joyful and excited. In fact, he was so excited about the things of God that the other person evidently felt it was their duty to shed some reality on the conversation. The older person looked at the young man with a very serious expression and said, "When I first became a Christian I was excited like you, but later I matured. If you don't wa... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 07:36:48 EST Radical Wellbeing: Interview With Dr. Rita Hancock http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26510x60602x56999043 ***This is from an email that I received from Kimberly Taylor of Take Back Your Temple. I thought it might be of interest to some of you on our team! <BR> God bless! <BR> Avanell <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***************************** <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you know that emotional stress can cause physical pain and illness? I was thrilled to interview Dr. Rita Hancock, the author of the book "Radical Well-being: A Biblica... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 08:29:54 EST Developing Your Most Important Skill http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56998744 Developing Your Most Important Skill <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Jeremiah 9:23-24 says, "Thus says the Lord: 'Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,' says the Lord." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'd like to take a few m... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 08:07:25 EST Miracles In The Church http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56945781 Miracles in the Church <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> If I were to ask you if you believed in miracles, what would you say? Well, if you are a Christian, the answer should be yes, because miracles are a major part of the church. Let me explain. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When we read about the offices in the church, we usually read Ephesians 4:11-12 where it says, "He Himself [referring to Jesus] gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:15:40 EST Lay Aside Every Unnecessary Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56893640 Please see this blog of Rick Renner's. I think it is a worthy read! <link>www.renner.org/blog/ </link> <BR> <BR> We all have weights that hold us down that we need to "lay aside"! <BR> <BR> God bless you all! Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:38:33 EST My friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56862286 Here is the reason why I am goofy.. Love this family.. He is well worth a ticket if he is in your area.. He called and they will be here in Aug.. Love him.. Keep laughing <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmMKb9cu8jw </link> <BR> <BR> He is crazy.. Here is 101 ways not to curse <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEssh7zRNOk </link> <BR> <BR> He is nuts... Love Just me Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:07:51 EST The Mindset Of God http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56804530 The Mindset of God <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> "The LORD has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless those who fear the LORD, both small and great. May the LORD give you increase more and more, you and your children. May you be blessed by the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's; But the earth He has given to the children of men" (Psalm 115:12-16). <BR> <BR> <B... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 07:32:01 EST Jerusalems cry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56766924 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO1FBzsaQZ8 </link> <BR> <BR> ay this touch someone's heart.... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:29:04 EST Short and sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56766563 Facing struggles is a part of life. If you begin to feel weighed down, let God help you carry your burdens. He will help you find a reason to smile. If you need a simple reason to smile Just ask.. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:03:41 EST Who Really Struggles the Most? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56764793 I read a status message online the other day that said "“God only puts us through as much as we can handle, so the people who struggle the most have been chosen to be the strongest ones.” Do you ever wonder who struggles the most? Did you get chosen to be one of the strong ones? Here's my thoughts about this. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.worshipmelodies.com/2014/<BR>02/who-really-suffers-most.html </link> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:20:58 EST How Do You Pay Other's Back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56675041 Remember those times when someone embarrassed you, made you angry, frustrated you, or caused road rage in you? Ever stop to wonder if this is how God wants you to react? Here's my latest blog post, and something you really need to consider when dealing with other people. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.worshipmelodies.com/2014/<BR>02/how-do-you-pay-others-back.html </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:23:02 EST Someone stole my idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56644443 I do this but the questions are different.. Have fun.. It is Winter and when I see someone down in the dumps I do the same thing and it does work.. I enjoy seeing someone in a terrible Mood and then I strike.. Try it not only will they smile but so will you.. In His Grace Just Me Jane <BR> <BR> <link>www.godvine.com/2-People-Spread-Love<BR>-to-Strangers-by-Doing-Something-You-d<BR>-Never-Think-Of-4658.html?utm_source=G<BR>odVine%20Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_ca<BR>mpaign=02/04/2014 </link>... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 12:56:08 EST It's Supernatural http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56626967 Before I awoke this morning the Lord was speaking to my heart about the power of His Spirit and the role that He plays in the life of a believer in Christ Jesus. Some of these scriptures were rolling through my mind in the minutes just before I awoke. <BR> <BR> Matthew 3:11, 12 NKJV "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. "His winnowing fan ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 09:34:23 EST Do You Use Holy Emotions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56594356 NEW BLOG POST: Recently in an online forum that I take part in, a lady asked “What are holy emotions?”. It got me thinking. After some research this is what I came up with... <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.worshipmelodies.com/2014/<BR>01/do-you-use-holy-emotions.html </link> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:12:19 EST Steadfast Patience And Endurance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56586718 Hebrews 10:35, 36 AMP Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward. For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and full accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised. <BR> <BR> Word from the Lord this morning: <BR> "Look at where you've come from, Child. Do not be discouraged over the progress that you have made. You will not lose... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:21:40 EST Be Steadfast And Immovable http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56559441 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 AMP Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours. Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither. Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do n... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:22:20 EST Self-Discipline And Self-Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56550309 Self-discipline -- by definition from yourdictionary.com, is the correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement. <BR> <BR> Self-control -- by definition from yourdictionary.com, is restraint exercised over one's own impulses, emotions, or desires. <BR> <BR> Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary says that discipline as a noun is education; instruction; cultivation and improvement and as a verb it is to instruct or educate; to inform the mind; to prepare by instructing in correct pr... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:10:08 EST Moved Bible Teaching blogs to my Website http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56546161 Hello, Family, a few folks had asked where I put my Bible teaching/sparkblogs. (I recently did a clean-up of my sparkpage and blogs.) <BR> <BR> For any who are interested, I moved the previous blogs to date to my teaching website under Sword Studies here: <BR> <BR> <link>godswordofpower.weebly.com/sword-stu<BR>dies-blog.html </link> <BR> <BR> Thank you and God bless! <BR> <em>247</em> Karen Tue, 28 Jan 2014 08:39:22 EST The Road To Transformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56532051 Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary: <BR> Transform -- To change the form of; to change the shape or appearance; to metamorphose; as a caterpillar transformed into a butterfly. In theology, to change the natural disposition and temper of man from a state of enmity to God and His law, into the image of God, or into a disposition and temper conformed to the will of God. <BR> <BR> Romans 12:2 NLT Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by cha... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:28:37 EST The Spirit Of Excellency http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56518461 Daniel 5:11-14 NKJV "There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father -- your father the ing -- made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers. "Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas were found in this Daniel, who... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 07:54:57 EST I am back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56508824 I am home and had a great time.. Met cousins I haven't seen in 38 years.. I only said I am not 95lbs and not a size 1.. We all laughed at each other and enjoyed our time.. My Aunt Maggie was not at home so we went to the commentary and I was reading his memorial and I just said I really wanted to see Aunt Maggie.. I stood up and she was behind me.. I learned to say "My beautiful face" in Spanish.. She hugged me and said I love you my little bambino and I just looked cause it was in English.. ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 11:39:53 EST Form Habits Of Following The Holy Spirit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56506342 Galatians 5:16 AMP But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God). <BR> <BR> Word from the Lord: <BR> "My Child, form habits of yielding to the direction and guidance of My Spirit. Allow Him to be in the driver's seat of your life. Let Him make the call about what is right or wrong, what will be in or out of your plan ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 08:01:42 EST Implementing The Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56494185 Proverbs 23:12 NKJV Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge. <BR> <BR> Proverbs 29:18 NLT When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is happy. <BR> <BR> James 1:21-25 NLT So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls. And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don't obey, you are on... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:21:50 EST It's Not A Diet; It's A Nutritional Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56480652 Col. 3:9, 10 AMP Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices, And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it. <BR> <BR> Col. 3:5 AMP So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is eart... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:22:15 EST Eat Sensibly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56466394 Word from the Lord: <BR> <BR> "Eat sensibly, Child. Remember you are eating to live and not living to eat. Do not lose confidence in the process. When you make the right choices and eat portion sizes that will fuel your body the weight will drop off and you will maintain at the size I designed for your body to be. Do not try to be someone else's size. The important thing is that you be the person that I created you to be and that you are healthy and fit to carry out the plan that I have... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:17:25 EST need a prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56461378 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> This might not seem to be a serious prayer to some need but I ask for prayer anyway. We are on a new operating computer system at school. I submit assignments and do weekly quizzes and attend a 3 hour class. The system seems a bit unstable. I took an exam tonight and feel I should have got an high b or an a on the quiz. The computer scored me a zero and won't let me review my exam. Please say a small prayer that my work is saved and I will get this corrected. I have a c... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:38:12 EST Light Always Overpowers Darkness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x56455130 Light Always Overpowers Darkness <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> "God is light" is a very interesting truth. (1 John 1:5.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We know that light travels at the speed of 299,792,458 meters per second or 186,282 miles per second. That's faster than most people can comprehend. But let me ask you this. How fast does darkness travel? Well, I'll tell you. Darkness doesn't move. It has no light. Darkness only exists where there is no light, because light always overpowers d... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:33:30 EST Seek God's Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56451737 Proverbs 24:3-6 NKJV Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; By knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is strong, Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors there is safety. <BR> <BR> "My Child, arm yourself with My wisdom. Make wise choices in what food you put into your body. Pray and seek My direction for in it is the key to good... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:03:29 EST Follow God's Instructions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56437383 Instruction from the Lord: <BR> <BR> "Follow My instruction and guidance, Child, in what you put back into your body. You have removed the harmful items that have caused you distress, both physically and emotionally. Now, do not reintroduce them into your body. Instead continue on the course that you have taken and add to your diet more foods that are filled with life-giving organisms. Do not consume that which is filled with dead, empty calories or you will be right back in the state fr... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:14:10 EST Winning Words Create Winners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x56398609 Winning Words Create Winners <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Let me ask you something. How do you see yourself? Do you see yourself as a victorious person, able to conquer the problems of the world? Do you see yourself as an overcomer? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There's an old hymn that says, "I'm just a poor old sinner, saved by grace." This song has a nice old melody and the words sound really religious. The only problem is the words are not completely true. A partial truth always sounds ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:04:09 EST The Power Within http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56398474 Romans 6:14 KJV For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. <BR> <BR> Grace -- charis -- God's redemptive mercy, and the pleasure or joy He designs for the recipient; thus it is set in contrast with debt. <BR> <BR> Romans 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. <BR> <BR> Debtors -- opheiletes -- one who owes anything to another. <BR> <BR> I don't owe anything to my flesh because I am dead to sin a... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 07:54:16 EST Prescription For Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56385350 Ephesians 5:25-27 KJV Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. <BR> <BR> The Word of God washes the toxic thinking from the mind of an individual. Jesus died that we might be cleansed so we could be a glorious church... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:12:01 EST Addictions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56370721 Wikipedia -- Addiction is the continued repetition of a behavior despite adverse consequences, or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors. <BR> <BR> Websters 1828 Dictionary -- Addiction -- the act of devoting or giving up in practice; the state of being devoted. <BR> <BR> Addicted -- devoted by customary practice. <BR> <BR> Partaking of the addiction releases dopamine into the brain which gives you an overall feeling of well being. The feeling of comfort or well-being reinfor... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 07:37:33 EST A Word Of God Land Mine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x56356803 A Word of God Land Mine <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> In 1 Timothy 6:12, we are told to fight the good fight of faith. That is the only war we as Christians are to wage as New Testament believers. Satan has been defeated by Jesus in the spirit realm and he does not have access to the spirit of a Christian. So he attacks us in the realm of the soul. Yes, we must fight the battle of faith, but where does this battle take place? The battle of faith takes place in the mind. <BR> <BR> <B... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:43:59 EST On my way.. See you soon.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56353410 On my way to CA.. Huge surprise to kin.. 30 years and I am not a size one and 95 lbs.. Pray for me.. I will be back on the 24 th.. Love to all.. Jane <BR> If I get lost in one of the tunnels.. Not sure if I will survive .. They may have to send a search party to find me.. Miss each of you.. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:25:47 EST Overcoming Through Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56341735 Overcoming Through Faith <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> "Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and th... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:32:02 EST Mindless Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56341529 2 Timothy 1:13-14 AMP Hold fast and follow the pattern of wholesome and sound teaching which you have heard from me, in [all] the faith and love which are [for us] in Christ Jesus. Guard and keep [with the greatest care] the precious and excellently adapted [Truth] which has been entrusted [to you], by the [help of the] Holy Spirit Who makes His home in us. <BR> <BR> 2 Timothy 3:14-17 AMP But as for you, continue to hold to the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced, ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:18:38 EST Be ye kind to one another.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56339495 Teachers dedicate their lives to educating their students, but one teacher in Denver, Colorado, is actually risking her life for one of her students. Jen Sculley is a teacher who, out of the kindness of her own heart, is donating her kidney to one of her students in need. <BR> She is a match, plus she wants to give that child the gift of life. Jen lost an aunt to cancer and didn’t want to see a student succumb to the same fate. She learned one student had kidney disease… “And as she was telli... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 01:29:01 EST Set Your Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56328072 Col. 3:2 AMP And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer: If you desire victory over your problems, if you truly want to live the resurrection life, you must have backbone and not just wishbone! You must be determined to have victory and refuse to settle for anything less than the best that God has for you. You must be active, not passive. Right action begins with right thinking. Do not be pas... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 09:36:16 EST The Power Of Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56315228 1 Peter 4:1, 2; 7, 8 AMP <BR> <BR> SO, SINCE Christ suffered in the flesh for us, for you, arm yourselves with the same thought and purpose [patiently to suffer rather than fail to please God]. For whoever has suffered in the flesh [having the mind of Christ] is done with [intentional] sin [has stopped pleasing himself and the world, and pleases God]. So that he can no longer spend the rest of his natural life living by [his] human appetites and desires, but [he lives] for what God wills. ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 09:50:28 EST Release The Toxins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56300813 "My Child, your emotions are directly tied to your desire to eat. When you are upset your first thought is to turn to food, instead of turning to the only One who can comfort you. I am the Comforter; nothing can adequately take My place. Cast those cares upon Me and let Me shoulder them. <BR> <BR> Cleanse your inner being of all emotional baggage and release the toxins of them. Release your cares and let them go. Confess your sin to Me and be forgiven and then receive My forgiveness. D... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:24:53 EST A "Living" Sacrifice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56270794 "A sacrifice does not get up and walk off the altar, Child. It dies to the way life has been for it. The Apostle Paul regarded it as "dying daily". As a living sacrifice a person dies every day to the old way of life, her fleshly desires and the old way of thinking. A living sacrifice lives life as I change it. The old man with all it's selfish nature and fleshly desires is crucified and the new man is put on, renewed in righteousness and holiness. You are being changed daily as you pre... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 08:15:11 EST Believe In Your Dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56255965 Believe In Your Dream <BR> by Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Believe in Your Dream <BR> <BR> When God imparts His destiny into your heart, it becomes a dream that burns with energy. As enthusiasm builds and you share your dream with your family and friends, many times you will discover that they do not share the same excitement. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In Genesis 37:5, the Bible says that Joseph had a dream. He told it to his brothers and the result was, they hated him. But the truth is, where... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 08:45:34 EST Transformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56255749 The Lord spoke to my heart at the beginning of the year and said that 2014 was to be my year of transformation. This morning He has been sharing with me how transformation comes about in a person's life. <BR> <BR> This is what He spoke to my heart this morning: <BR> <BR> "My Child, when you present your body unto Me as a living sacrifice you are giving me permission to kill those desires and cravings within you that have for so long led you to fulfill the lust of the flesh and of the eyes.... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 08:29:15 EST Recipe for a Miracle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56244029 Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. <BR> <BR> Recipe for a Miracle <BR> <BR> 1 cup Tension <BR> 2 cups Stress <BR> 1 &#65533; teaspoons of Guilt <BR> 2 heaping cups of Limited Time <BR> 3/4 tablespoon of Urgency <BR> A dash of "No Other Choice" <BR> 3 heaping cups of Faith <BR> <BR> Fold ingredients gently into a bowl. Mix vigorously and add a ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:03:26 EST Are We Living By Ordinary Impulses Or God's Word? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26510x60602x56239780 1 Corinthians 3:2, 3 AMP I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not yet strong enough [to be ready for it]; but even yet you are not strong enough [to be ready for it], For you are still [unspiritual, having the nature] of the flesh [under the control of ordinary impulses]. For as long as [there are] envying and jealousy and wrangling and factions among you, are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men? <BR> <... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 08:50:38 EST You never Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56227747 <BR> <BR> You Never Know <BR> <BR> You never know when someone <BR> might catch a dream from you. <BR> Or something you say may open up the windows <BR> of a mind that seeks light; <BR> The way you live may not matter at all, <BR> But you never know, it might. <BR> <BR> And just in case it could be <BR> that another's life, through you, <BR> might possibly change for the better <BR> with a better and brighter view, <BR> it seems it might be worth a try <BR> at pointing the wa... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 13:28:45 EST words of Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26512x60602x56213966 Watch your thoughts ; they become words. <BR> Watch your words; they become actions. <BR> Watch your actions; they become habits.. <BR> Watch your habits; they become character. <BR> Watch your character; it becomes your destiny Sat, 4 Jan 2014 15:05:00 EST The Journey To Wholeness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56208914 3 John 2 KJV Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. <BR> <BR> God, through the Apostle Paul, said that "above all things" he wanted us to succeed in reaching the destination of good health! <BR> <BR> Prosper - Greek word eudoo #2137 -- means "to help on the road; succeed in reaching; succeed in business affairs -- have a prosperous journey. <BR> <BR> Health - Greek word hugiaino -- #5198 -- means to have sound health; be w... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 08:36:14 EST My Body Is The Temple of the Holy Spirit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56193609 1/3/14 <BR> <BR> "Quiet yourself before Me, Child, and listen. Your spirit is more receptive when your soul is at rest. Quiet your emotions, and be at peace within and you will hear the still, small voice by which I speak. Turn within to where My Spirit resides in your inner being for that is where I am. Have I not said that the kingdom of God is within you? Cultivate the atmosphere in which I may speak and you may hear. Learn to turn to Me for all your decisions, whether they seem big... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 08:16:11 EST Listen And Live! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56178275 The Lord has been teaching me about how to live by the Spirit where food is concerned. This is what He spoke to my heart about this morning. <BR> <BR> "Listen to your body, Child. Listen to how it reacts to different foods. Your body will tell you whether that food is user friendly to it. It tells you through the aches and pains that some foods are not good for your particular body. Learn to follow the directions that it gives you as well as the instructions that I give by My Spirit. L... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 09:10:18 EST Enough Is Enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x56160727 Enough is Enough <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Your life can change. You can change. Things do not have to be the way they have always been. But as you well know, as long as you keep believing and saying what you've always believed and said, you will continue to have what you've always had. "Nothing is going to change until something changes." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> God is the God of change. Even though He remains the same throughout eternity, He sent Jesus so that we would no longer ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 08:19:40 EST Sleeping In The Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x56039748 Sleeping in the Storm <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> It was in the middle of the night and I was awake. The reason was because of a storm in my life. The sea was tossing my boat and it looked like it was going to sink. The storm was relentless and had no appearance of letting up. What should we do when it looks like all is lost and it looks like there is no hope? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The first thing we do is quit looking at the storm. Studying the storm and rating the storm does noth... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 07:44:37 EST The New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55985912 As we move into this new year I am reminded of the winter and how cold and barren everything appears to be at this time of the year. We think about Spring and long for those days when we see the trees budding and the grass turning green. But what about winter? Are we too quick to wish it away? Is there a purpose in the winter times of our lives? Is it a time of true barrenness or is it a time of preparation for the new things that God is getting ready to do? <BR> <BR> As the New Year ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 08:22:06 EST The #1 Key To Permanent Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26510x60602x55887502 The #1 Key To Permanent Change <BR> By Kimberly Taylor <BR> <BR> In the 20 years after high school, I gained 100 pounds. To deal with that, I went on and off of quick weight loss diets. It was a depressing cycle - lose weight, gain back even more. <BR> <BR> <BR> But one day, I'd had enough. It took chest pain to get my attention. I realized that, because my health issue wasn't a temporary problem, a temporary solution would not work. <BR> <BR> <BR> My body had given me valuable informat... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 11:32:45 EST Supernatural Peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55873194 Supernatural Peace <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Generally speaking, the world is in bad shape. When we turn on the news, we hear of wars, rapes, gang warfare, and terminal disease. Recently, one of the most watched television programs was an actual murder case. It's sad, but the world has nothing better to offer. That's the world. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As Christians, we should not be affected by the things around us. We should not let the things of the world, no matter how bad they ... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 08:01:39 EST fasting? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55852675 one of my friend preached a message about the 3 most powerful weapons to overcome the evil one break down strongholds. the 3 most powerful weapons are: 1. Studying the word <BR> <BR> 2. praying, 3. fasting <BR> <BR> I began #1 I am studying the psalms with a friend of mine in the bible <BR> <BR> for praying I am going to begin keeping a journal of my heart to heart talks with God and what he speaks to me. <BR> <BR> #3 Fasting I am not familiar with this so what does this do in breaking s... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 14:19:24 EST What are you thankful for?????????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55829385 Hi Guys <BR> <BR> I was feeling physically and emotionally in bondage this morning and week and just couldn't get out of bed to work today. This week took a toll on me. As a newer Christian alone on the holidays I was feeling empty sad and wallowing in self pity. I am healed of bipolar just waiting in faith to be off all meds. To be off my anti depressant and to do so well during this season is truly a sign of God's power and strength. When I get out of bed my back aches bad and I slept wro... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 19:09:21 EST Important -- Please Read and Respond http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55761918 I've been thinking, Friends, and would like to have your opinion on this team. There's not a lot of interaction anymore and I sometimes wonder if I'm talking to the wind. I appreciate the few of you who have expressed that the team is meeting a need in your life, but for the most part it seems as if everyone else has gone their own way. I have considered pulling out of SP and broadening another ministry that I'm involved with. I need some interaction from you to let me know if this is som... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:52:36 EST Do We Really Need Preachers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55760047 Do We Really Need Preachers? <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> What is the purpose of the ministry gifts? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ" (Eph. 4:11-12). <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Years ago I was attending a Bible study at a fellow church member's home. At the time I was not the pastor of a church. ... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:48:05 EST Using Words To Overcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55702424 Using Words to Overcome <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> The Word of God has countless scriptures to show us that we will have what we speak. Our words are vitally important. Remember, life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). The reason Jesus warned us about using idle or useless words in Matthew 12:36 was because our words have the power to accept or reject the promises found in our covenant with God. What we confess is a very important thing. Sometimes we forget h... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 07:49:26 EST A word from the Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55654382 A daily post from the Word of God Sat, 16 Nov 2013 08:55:50 EST How To Stop http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55618849 How to Stop <BR> by Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> "Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it." (James 4:17 NLT) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Years ago, a young high school boy sat in my office. He was hurting. He had just returned from the doctor and was told that he had cancer in his mouth. Even though he was young, he had been chewing tobacco for years. He knew he should quit chewing, he wanted to quit chewing, but he did not quit chewing and developed cancer. He needed ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:25:43 EST The Parallel Flow Of The Spirit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x55606647 The Parallel Flow of the Spirit <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> "Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant.... 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 d... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:42:55 EST Thankful For God's Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55606475 Thankful for God's Blessings <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> November 12, 2013 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> By Gary Rogers <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mike was traveling through town. He shared with me that he was just released from a Texas prison. After three years of being away from his wife and family, his goal was to make it home to Kansas. For some reason, Mike and I really connected. Not because we looked anything alike. Mike was very tall and African-American. I'm barely 5-foot-9 and a pale-faced one-f... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:33:19 EST 5-minute Faith Booster http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x55562360 5-minute Faith Booster <BR> By Kimberly Taylor <BR> <BR> God taught me a lesson about faith last year, which I was reminded of as I battled cold symptoms this week. I had a cold around this same time last year too when I decided to take a decongestant for relief. I opened the package and took out 2 pills when God stopped me and told me to look at the box. I did. Then He said something very profound: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "You are about to take these pills simply because you believe the man... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 10:06:38 EST Small Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55560679 Small Victories <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> November 8, 2013 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> By Ken Horn <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As I stepped onto the trail near our house, I saw a familiar face. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I walk this trail frequently, and he was one of the regulars, often seen slowly ambling down the path. I usually exchanged pleasantries with him as I walked by. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> But this time he stopped me. "C'mere," he said, and motioned me over to where he sat. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 08:02:12 EST Don't Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55560640 Don't Give Up <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Let me ask you a question. When you have a problem in your life, and you've done everything spiritually you know to do, what do you do then? When you have prayed and when you have made the confession of faith and it looks like nothing has changed, what do you do? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This question is often asked to those of us in the ministry. As a pastor of a growing church, this is a question that continually arises. So, what's the answe... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 07:58:48 EST Pray For Someone Else http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x55548487 Pray for Someone Else <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Have you ever gone to church or to a friend, and you were so down that you felt like you just didn't have much to give? And then when you left, you even had less? Well, this shouldn't be. We are to encourage one another and build each other up. (1 Thess. 5:11; 1 Peter 4:8-10.) We are not to tear each other down with our words. Likewise, we are not to abandon brothers and sisters in the Lord who need help. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It ha... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 08:35:18 EST How To Keep Your Heart From Strife And Offense #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55544341 MORE PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS To Keep Your Heart Free of Offense and Strife in Tense Moments! <BR> By Rick Renner <BR> <BR> Hope this is helpful.... if yes, please "share" it... Here we go. Let's start with #8 <BR> <BR> LEARN TO BE FLEXIBLE. <BR> You must develop the ability to adapt to a changing environment. Conflicts often arise when a change occurs in schedule or priority. Change is unavoidable in life. Anything that remains stagnate all the time is either dead or on the verge of dying. Te... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 21:55:42 EST I'm So Hurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55535869 I'm So Hurt <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> I'm So Hurt <BR> <BR> A few days ago, I was driving down the highway with the top down in the Blue Flame, which is the name I lovingly gave to my blue Corvette, and I was really feeling cool. I turned on the radio to the oldies station in order to hear a song that actually had a melody. A commercial was just ending and the first words of the song from the fifties were "I'm so hurt." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The song continued to explain why the... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 08:31:26 EST How To Keep Your Heart From Strife And Offense http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55535627 12 Practical Suggestions To Help Keep Your Heart <BR> Free of Offense and Strife in Tense Moments! <BR> By Rick Renner <BR> <BR> When a situation arises that could make you get offended or into strife, try these suggestions to keep the door closed, so the devil can't destroy your relationship with that person or group of people. The following is what the Holy Spirit has taught me over the years in moments when things seem "tense." Tomorrow I'll post the rest of them... I pray these are worth... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 08:11:32 EST RRR Effect http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55525497 It has been a interesting week.. and we have been going to different Churches to find another one.. I went to this Church this past Sunday.. Lord knows I miss Teaching and the Halloween was something I do to keep the kids out of the yard.. I sit at the end and I had Blogged about the night.. 300 Children's Tracts and 30 bags of candy... I figure if the message gets out there is a seed planted someone God will send to water it.. This Pastor gave us the three R's and now His seed is Planted and... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 11:30:38 EST Is Hell real..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55476680 I was sent this link.. I am not sure if I am putting it in the wrong place and If it is Please forgive me Team Leaders and Co-Leaders.. I listen to this and it is something you have to listen to the end.. Move if you want but it is where I put it.. If the link don't work copy paste in the search Bar.. and May He Bless it and I know two that needed this.. I just wanted to put it here for anyone that can hear and use as a tool to show those we love and wonder... We all have hard headed people t... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 14:15:44 EST Preparation For Deliverance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55462256 Preparation For Deliverance <BR> By Kimberly Taylor <BR> <BR> I'm substitute teaching Sunday School this upcoming Sunday and the lesson is called "Preparation for Deliverance." It is about God appearing to Moses to tell him that God was going to deliver the children of Israel from slavery (see Exodus 3:7-17). <BR> <BR> <BR> As I was writing my lesson notes, I was meditating on the word "deliverance," specifically its root word "deliver." On the table right next to me, I had a little packag... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:12:10 EST Authority Over Fear http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55461025 Authority Over Fear <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A few years ago a lady called me from the basement of her home. She was afraid and under great fear. When I asked her what was wrong, she began to tell me stories of strange things that were happening and of the voices she kept hearing. Although the lady claimed to be a Christian, she said she knew the voices were demons because she had once dabbled in the occult. I felt she was right. After all, Jesus said His sheep would ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:37:02 EST How To Develop GOD Confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55447648 How To Develop GOD Confidence <BR> by Kimberly Taylor <BR> <BR> Confidence is belief in your ability to achieve your goals, no matter what obstacles you face. As a believer in Christ, you have the very source of confidence with you at all times: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). <BR> <BR> <BR> Courage and confidence are two sides of the same coin; If you are courageous enough to do what you know is right, then confidence will surely follow! <BR> ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 08:35:15 EST Our Key to a low stressful day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55425144 Do you know about the keys..? Here is the list.. Check them when you get the chance cause it is good for the Soul... In His Love and Grace Jane <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> KEYS FOR LIVING <BR> <BR> 1. The best way to get even is to forget... <BR> <BR> 2. Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death... <BR> <BR> 3. God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts... <BR> <BR> 4. Some folks wear their halos much too tightly... <BR> <BR> 5. Some marriages are made in heaven, but they A... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 13:37:13 EST God's Power Is Limitless http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55421547 God's Power Is Limitless <BR> by Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Do you place limits on God's power? Is there a point in going through a trial where you feel that it's beyond God's will and power to deliver you? Or you don't trust Him to deliver you? How far will you go before you draw the line? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In the year 605 BC, Daniel and his friends were deported to Babylon. Daniel had three close friends - Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. The king, Nebuchadnezzar, renamed them. He re... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 08:53:56 EST Respect Your Small Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55388303 Respect Your Small Beginnings <BR> By Kimberly Taylor <BR> takebackyourtemple.com <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I had a young mother write me through Facebook a couple of days ago about her attempts to lose weight. She listed many health issues as her barriers to weight loss and asked the question, "Do you think God can help me?" <BR> <BR> <BR> I answered, "Yes. It will require faith and patience on your part, but God is greater than any of the challenges you've had to deal with. Wouldn't you agre... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:12:36 EST Are you willing..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55364442 Do you consider the story you are about to leave.. Are you willing..? The Post office had a motto .."Come Rain Sleet and Snow the mail will go on.." In the Western movies you saw a Stage Coach and one ridding Shot gun...Are you willing.. I have a lady about 76 now and for years she has wondered down town in Vineland NJ where she lives.. She walks around and hands out tracts... Winter summer spring and fall .. I just wonder how many lives she has touched,, Now read to the end and ask yourself.... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:05:50 EST Why Are You Afraid? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55350139 Why Are You Afraid? <BR> by Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Jesus and His disciples were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee and the intention was to simply cross to the other side. (Mark 4.) It seemed like an easy thing to do. They had done it dozens of times. But this trip was different. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been on the Galilee more than once in a boat that was a replica of the large boat Jesus would have been traveling on. At that time, there were small fishing boats and large ones. But... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 08:10:07 EST We are all these at times http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55342145 As we walk through our day we tend to wish for things.. Less weight .. Beauty... Best Friends Those who have forgotten about you and you want them back.. The things we want is outer things but God sees the inside and knows the heart and gives each of us the best.. What do you wish for..... Read this and then I bet you will not think of yourself but those who we pass.. Put Joy in your life... Jesus... Others... You <BR> <BR> The World is Mine...Author unknown <BR> <BR> Today, upon a bus, ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:44:01 EST Do you PUSH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55340173 Do we want to do it ourselves or do we need the help.... Jesus... I seems just too simple to ask.. We tend to try and do it with out help.. Ask Christ to give you a hand and get to work.. all we have to do is PUSH.. Now read to the end and see if you ask or are you doing it yourself with out asking Him fist.. He is your strength an Nothing is impossible with His help in what we want to accomplish in this... our life... <BR> P.U.S.H. <BR> <BR> A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when s... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:30:42 EST Grace Draws And Condemnation Repels http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55338027 Grace Draws and Condemnation Repels <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?" (Romans 6:1). <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When we teach, we can teach with an attitude of grace or with an attitude of condemnation. When I was young, I was in old-time revival tent meetings where the evangelist actually made me feel so condemned that I felt there was no way I could ever be good enough for God. I remember the evangelist preaching again... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 08:18:05 EST Hello... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x60602x55331613 Just wanted to say hi. Glad <BR> to be here. Be blessed. <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 17:15:20 EST There Is No Division In God's Kingdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55282510 There Is No Division in God's Kingdom <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My desire has always been to teach God's Word clearly. I was raised in a Southern Baptist household. My mother taught the youth Sunday School class and my father was an ordained Southern Baptist deacon. We were at church every time the doors were open and I atte... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:23:50 EST God's Shadow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55269957 God's Shadow <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> October 15, 2013 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> By Ron Johnson <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I grew up in a church where each Sunday evening service was concluded with a season of prayer. We would gather and kneel around the altar at the front of the church praying and seeking God. It was a precious time of basking in the Lord's presence. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Often I would kneel alongside Dad, and we would pray together. As we knelt, our pastor would walk along the ... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 08:22:30 EST Prayer needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55251491 I had a meeting with the Pastors wife today and asked if they needed help with the afternoon program for children. I suggested that I be a floater for troubled children that they are having to spend a lot of time with instead of teaching their class (I have had early Childhood development and some mental illness training). The Lord definitely led me to say this, I went totally off subject and I surprised myself that it even came out of my mouth. <BR> She told me how they where going to have t... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 18:17:40 EST What if there were.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55230572 If there was no later what would we do... He never promises the next minute what would you do..? Change our thought or finish that book or help out a friend. What would you do..? Read and ask yourself What if there was no more time....? <BR> IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES <BR> <BR> If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord your soul to keep. <BR> <BR> If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door,... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 19:46:27 EST God Is Faithful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55223873 There are several of you that I personally know are going through some "faith challenges" right now. I really felt this devotional was just for you to build your faith and strengthen you as you seek God's will and direction for your life! He is FAITHFUL! <BR> <BR> You can't put a price on someone who is committed to you in good times and bad, even at great personal cost. A faithful friend doesn't stick with you just out of obligation, but out of love. <BR> <BR> <BR> God proved His love f... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 08:06:36 EST Always give your best http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55219431 Sometimes we do the best we can and sometimes we don't give 100%... We tend to cut corners and look over things that we know should be done but just doing it half way to get it done quickly.. Not one of us is perfect and we tend to try too hard when it is just something simple.. I was always the one to get through an argument sake would just take the blame.. I did it one time when I was going back to school at an older age.. I worked at a bank and someone had made a mistake. I said I probable... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:48:06 EST Holding Pattern http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55213399 Sometimes things get us into a holding pattern... What do you do..? I tend to sit back and wait for an answer.. but what happens when we want an answer right now.. Remember He sometimes say hold on and sometimes He says No.. Like a child some tend to stop their feet and have a temper tantrum ..Sometimes it is just not the minute we want it and He thinks we should wait .. As humans we don't like to cause we are in a hurry and don't understand the whole picture.. Sit back and let Him figure out... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:24:48 EST The Best Recommendation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55211656 This morning as I awoke and was reminded that it was my birthday I began thinking about how brief life is and the desire that God has placed on my heart to have an impact on people's lives for eternity for Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. My understanding of the brevity of life was brought into a clearer understanding when my brother passed away a few weeks ago. Today is my 64th birthday and I am, once again, quickened in my heart about having an impact on people's lives for Jesus Chris... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 08:17:42 EST Your Words Are Multidim ensional http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x55199047 Your Words Are Multidimensional <BR> by Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Hebrews 3:12-13 says, "Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> On the surface this verse may seem complicated, but the theme is really quite simple. This is another scripture telling us that we who are believers need ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 08:37:11 EST I do this How about you..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55176489 Guilty or not we all tend to sometimes leave Him out in the cold when He needs to be right beside you all the time... It is free of charge and all we have to do is ask.. Help is a Prayer away and we over look it.. It is a little thing we can do as our day goes and we forget to do it.. It don't cost anything or belong to a certain group or a Church.. It is open invitation 24-7 ... and come as you are.. Not bad.. Try it out and let Him be your Pilot for a while and see how you like it.. You jus... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 15:09:05 EST God Is "Counselor" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x55158521 God Is "Counselor" <BR> By Kimberly Taylor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In one of the most powerful bible prayers, found in Colossians 1:9-10, the apostle Paul asks God for His wisdom and knowledge to fill His people: "For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work an... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 07:21:00 EST Mud Puddles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55128737 Should we walk around or jump in..? Our small town went to pot and there is only a few of those who you don't want to look in their eyes.. I saw a man holding a sign.. He looked hungry and I went across the street and bought him a meal and handed it to him.. He said he was looking for money.. I told him I was sorry but I thought that you were hungry.. I told him he should change the sign.. I went into a local Thrift Store and she said he does that to keep up with a habit.. She said any of the... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 15:09:11 EST Spiritual Dieting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26510x60602x55123591 Spiritual Dieting by Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> The world is obsessed with physical fitness. You can turn on the TV any time of day or night and you will find people bending, stretching, or twisting their bodies in different forms of exercise. Some have elevated exercise and physical fitness to religion status. Yoga and Far Eastern religions teach their message through transcendental physical exercise. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It seems that every conceivable machine has been developed to hel... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:04:40 EST How Great is Our God http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55100866 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> HOW GREAT IS MY GOD <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our Creator and Redeemer . . . And do we THINK about it??? <BR> <BR> God's accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs. . . .. . <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> -the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days; <BR> <BR> -those of the canary in 14 days; <BR> <BR> -those of the barnyard hen in 21 days; <BR> <BR> -The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days; <BR> <BR> -those of the mallard in 35 days <BR> ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 13:12:39 EST Katie's testimony http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26512x60602x55088743 it's a two part one that has taken place the past two Sunday evenings. 9-22 and 9-29. <BR> The first part of my testimony came last Sunday evening 9-22-2013. at church a missionary was asked to speak but before she spoke God used her to pray for people. When it was my turn to go forward I asked for prayer to be free from all the years of abuse/trauma I experinced as well as to break the cycle of attracting abusers. She prayed over me and prayed that all memories/ pain/ hurt would be erased.... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 16:06:03 EST Look at your hands http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55086946 Look at your Hands I looked at mine.. What do you see <BR> Grandpa's Hands............... <BR> This is good. I'll never look at my hands the same! I Pray you look at everyone's hands differently when you reach out to help another as we need help sometimes.. I am a Senior and I know I need help every once in a while.. Be thankful that you can.. <BR> <BR> Grandpa, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. He didn't move, just sat with his head down staring at his han... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:02:41 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55086798 Forgive me if I goofed up here, but I wanted to say thank you for the sunshine goodie and the inspiring and encouraging words. I looked for a thread to just talk in general but didn't see one. Perhaps I missed it? Again, thank you and God bless all of you this day. <em>247</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:51:02 EST Please read till the end.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55086073 Think of this.. What if we were only able to hear..? Would be be silent or give good thought to those around us.. It is a little long but well worth the reading.. May God Bless each word and give us more to talk about.. Even though we don't see each other we can always be encouragement to those who we share with.. Have a great one.. Love in Christ Jane <BR> <BR> <BR> A STORY TO MAKE US THINK <BR> <BR> Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to si... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:40:52 EST Praising God http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x55083420 Being new to the town, it has been really hard to find a church family where I felt I could fit in. Out of desperation we tried a church denomination we would not usually go to. We continued to go to make sure they where Bible believing Christians. As it turned out the church was a mix of denominations, and everyone excepted their different beliefs, and the preaching was straight up with explanations from the original language (Hebrew and Greek). <BR> I am so blessed to have been led here. T... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 08:18:57 EST Take These Spiritual Vitamins Daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55039471 Proverbs 4:20-22 says, "20...attend to My words; consent and submit to My sayings. <BR> 21 Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh." <BR> <BR> In understanding the ancient Hebrew, in verse 22, "life" refers to living, sustaining life, and reviving. "Healing and health" means healing, a cure, and medicine. "Flesh" refers to the total being of a man (or woman), including the ... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:31:05 EST What do we leave for others http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55018605 What do we leave for others.. Do we give our best or what is left over..? I think we should leave the best we have to help someone out.. A favorite disk or a blanket maybe a smile.. There is a lot we give to others each day.. Maybe small but leave an impression to those who it is meant for.. Think of this <BR> A PILLOW AND A BLANKET <BR> <BR> A long time ago, a young, wealthy girl was getting ready for bed. She was saying her prayers when she heard a muffled crying coming through her wind... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:50:26 EST I'm actually losing weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26512x60602x55014645 Praise God! I weighed in this morning and have lost a bunch of weight! <BR> Here's a link for y'all. It's a pretty cool song especially if you like Patty Loveless. <BR> Someone gave me the CD soundtrack to "The Apostle" so I could sing something in a few weeks at church. I've been playing it in the car, and it's got alot of great stuff on it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPi7ISBz-BQ&<BR>list=PL56D2167D938F413C </link> <BR> <BR> Have a great day everybody, enjoy the song! <BR> ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 08:42:38 EST A simple request for a glass of water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x55005864 In this day and time we are very careful.. It seems as if I let God do the driving cause I was told I have no fear of others.. I take a simple request and do my best to beat it into something that can be useful.. I guess I just feel that if God puts me somewhere I am to try and help.. 99% of the time my husband is correct.. He had told me many times that the drive to the Church I go to is dangerous and the neighborhood is not safe.. I was coming home and there was Gods answer to show me it ca... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:32:15 EST Special Prayer, Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54987736 My brother, Larry, went home to be with the Lord this evening. I would appreciate you lifting Larry's family up in prayer. I am rejoicing that he is no longer in pain, but I am saddened that I did not get to see him. I had purchased an airline ticket to fly to Utah on October 2 to visit him. I know that He is in the presence of Jesus tonight, running and leaping and praising the Lord! Thank you, in advance, for your prayers! Sat, 21 Sep 2013 22:32:16 EST HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE JESUS NUMBER TWO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54973105 I was reading the story of the resurrection from John this morning and how glorious it is to me every time I read it. I can not say how much I Love Him because, I just don't have the words, but I can say "Look how much he loved us. And can you imagine how Mary felt when he simply said "Mary" and instantly she knew when he said her name that it was Jesus (Teacher). Can you imagine the love that filled that tomb that morning. How can we not love Him with every fiber of our being. Have a ble... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:23:01 EST Out of the Mouth of Babes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54947631 Re read if need be and I Pray we all follow the example that is presented to us.. <BR> <BR> A BIG GOD <BR> This is a story about a little girl who, on the way home from church, turned to her mother and said, "Mommy, the Preacher's sermon this morning confused me." <BR> The mother said, "Oh! Why is that? <BR> The girl replied, "Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. Is that true?" <BR> "Yes, that's true," the mother replied. <BR> "He also said that God lives within us. Is that true ... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:30:55 EST Keep Praying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54937455 Keep Praying..... 9c and doing fine.. She is pushing... LOL Jane Tue, 17 Sep 2013 18:31:17 EST Pray for a safe delevery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54936357 I just got a call that my friend.. like a sister.. He Son that I almost delivered is on their way to Ft Hood.. The baby is on its way.. Now just waiting for the phone call of her getting here safe and sound.. Little Kaylee will be here soon.. Pray for an easy delivery and the baby to be fine.. All toes and fingers.. Love Jane <BR> I will post as soon as I get the news.. I am going to be a Second Grand Mom and I am happy to have her a part of my brood of 8 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:24:22 EST 10 Rules http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54936304 I am putting this on my fridge.. We all need to heed to this and make an appoint to keep this ready to use every day as we go thought the steps of our busy day... <BR> <BR> <BR> 10 RULES FOR A BLESSED DAY <BR> <BR> 1. TODAY I WILL NOT STRIKE BACK . . . <BR> If someone is rude, if someone is impatient, if someone is unkind, I will not respond in a like manner. <BR> <BR> 2. TODAY I WILL ASK GOD TO BLESS MY 'ENEMY' <BR> If I come across someone who treats me harshly or unfairly, I will qui... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:18:40 EST What do you hear http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54901801 Will you hear the call..? It is the little voice that is gentle and small.. maybe we think of it as a conscience... like in the cartoons.. saten on one side and the Angel on the other..? I think it is the Spirit that tends to nudge us in the way we need to go.. The light we fuss at when we are in a hurry..? It may just avoided an accident and a few minutes late..? I don't fret over the small stuff and If I am late there is a reason.. When we look back and see the one set of foot Prints in the... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 17:55:28 EST God's Kingdom Is Not Shaken http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54885433 Wars, Earthquakes, and Tsunamis -- <BR> God's Kingdom is Not Shaken <BR> By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Over the last few months there has been a great move of the Holy Spirit in the Church. Even though we are living in perilous times, the power of God has not been shaken. Wars, major earthquakes, tsunamis, and nuclear weapons are constantly in the news, but this does not affect the Kingdom of God. Repossessions are at an all-time high, retirement funds have been broken, and many are looking... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 07:12:52 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54882136 Had the best week ever.. We had visited this Church on Sunday.. They were Celebrating 177 years of service for the Lord.. I met a man by the name of Jim Hughes... He is from Newfield and he goes all over.. He was so Awesome I went every night besides Monday.. I can't drive at night.. He is a great man of God and serves the word as if you spoon feed a child.. He presents it to you most of the time in drama.. If he is in your area.. Don't miss him.. It is worth the drive and your time.. If you ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:28:05 EST Do we go to ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54881992 Do we go to Church to visit and enjoy friendship once a week...? Do we see the one who waits and watches when we walk in and leave.. Look and see if you know the one who does this.. <BR> VISITING DAY <BR> <BR> He was looking forward to this moment all day long, after 6 days of labor and it finally arrived - Visiting Day! <BR> <BR> The man with the keys arrived to swing open the large, heavy doors. The cold gray hall springs to life in the warm glow of light. He could hardly control His em... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:19:54 EST Prayers According To God's Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54873821 God loves for us to pray His word back to Him. I have learned through the years that if I want to see growth in my own spiritual life or that of my friends and family the best way to do that is to pray God's word over our lives. So here is my prayer for you today based on Paul's prayer for the saints in Colossae: <BR> <BR> Colossians 1:3-6; 9-14 NCV In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, because we have heard about the faith you have in Christ Jes... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 07:41:56 EST The Visitor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54853105 Sometimes we over look things that are right smack dab in the face.. I read this and this is just what happened to me when I was looking for a Church Home.. I am now looking for a new Home to call my place of worship.. Look around and notice that person that may be a visitor and let them know they are so welcomed to be there.. This is a thing everyone should do.. It is a calling to wake up Christians and be diligent and notice those who walk in.. They are there looking for an answer to see wh... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:30:33 EST Hammer and Nails http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54837800 How many scars we leave and at times we are not aware of.. Take your walk with Him today and as I will try not be be a stumbling block to those who are around me.. <BR> THE FENCE <BR> <BR> There was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Then it gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 10:42:02 EST Seek the Lord! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54835405 I was reading Psalm 105 this morning, and the Holy Spirit lighted up these verses for me: <BR> <BR> Psalm 105:1-4 <BR> O give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name, make known His doings among the peoples! <BR> <BR> 2 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His marvelous deeds and devoutly praise them. <BR> <BR> 3 Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek and require the Lord [as their indispensable necessity]. <BR> <BR> 4 Seek, inquire of ... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 07:35:26 EST Blessed - Believe it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54824886 <BR> Look at What You Have <BR> by Max Lucado <BR> <BR> Linger too long in the stench of your hurt, and you’ll smell like the toxin you despise. I spent too much of a summer sludging through sludge. Oil field work is dirty at best. But the dirtiest job of all? Shoveling silt out of empty oil tanks. The foreman saved such jobs for the summer help. Thanks boss! My mom burned my work clothes. The stink stuck! <BR> <BR> Your hurts can do the same. The better option? Look at what you... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 10:14:40 EST Do you notice everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54814916 Say hello and greet someone new at your Church on Sunday.. You may be entertaining an Angel...? Have a Blessed weekend... <BR> THE HOMELESS MAN <BR> <BR> It was a cold winter's day that Sunday. The parking lot to the church was filling up quickly. I noticed as I got out of my car that fellow church members were whispering among themselves as they walked to the church. As I got closer I saw a man leaned up against the wall outside the church. He was almost laying down as if he was asleep. ... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 12:20:17 EST God can use even me.... I am back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54804084 GOD CAN USE YOU!! <BR> <BR> There are many reasons why God shouldn't have called you. <BR> <BR> But don't worry. You're in good company . . . <BR> <BR> Moses stuttered. <BR> David's armor didn't fit. <BR> John Mark was rejected by Paul. <BR> Timothy had ulcers. <BR> Hosea's wife was a prostitute. <BR> Amos' only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning. <BR> Jacob was a liar. <BR> David had an affair. <BR> Solomon was too rich. <BR> Jesus was too poor. <BR> Abraham was too old. <B... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 12:09:20 EST Thursday Devotional MP3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54789935 <BR> His Child Forever <BR> Today's MP3(from Max Lucado) <BR> <BR> I’m entering my fourth decade as a pastor and I’ve learned the question to ask. If we were having this talk over coffee and you were telling me about your tough times, I’d lean across the table and say, “What do you still have that you cannot lose?” The difficulties have taken much away. I get that. But there’s one gift your troubles cannot touch. Your destiny. Can we talk about it? <BR> <BR> You are God’s child. He saw... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 10:04:57 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54779412 Hi, <BR> It's great to be here! I've been on SP for about 2 weeks, and I'm happy to have found some brothers and sisters here! <BR> I am a grandmother of 3, and I lead worship at my local church 3 weeks a month. <BR> Good to meet you all and move along this road to better overall health. <BR> I've always been pretty fit, but hit a wall with menopause and long story short, here I am at Sparkpeople. <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 4 Sep 2013 12:50:53 EST Just joined - I need your prayers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54770651 My husband and I are experiencing financial problems. He's disabled, and I was laid off some time ago from a job I'd had for 7 and a half years. I haven't found anything but part time work since that time. It is hard for us but we pray over every meal as we know it comes from the Lord. We've seen miracles happen when my husband went thru a serious health situation and the Lord brought him thru. Please pray that I will stop looking back to the day I lost that job, and that I can move on with m... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 20:43:22 EST Word From The Lord 9-1-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54736359 This morning the Lord has been prompting me to look for new things in our lives. He started with this scripture: <BR> <BR> Isaiah 42:9: "Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them." <BR> <BR> Then He gave me this word of prophecy: <BR> <BR> "As doors may be closing on things in your life, do not be discouraged, says the Lord. For I am doing a new thing in you. Listen and look up for your redemption draws nigh, says... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 08:12:27 EST He Was There But They Refused To See. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54725561 <BR> Daily Bible Reading from BibleStudyTools.com <BR> August 31, 2013 - New American Standard <BR> John 8:48-59 <BR> 48 The Jews answered and said to Him, "Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon ?" 49 Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon ; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. 50 "But I do not seek My glory ; there is One who seeks and judges. 51 "Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death." 52 The Jews said to Him, "Now we ... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 08:55:29 EST But what do we do when they hurt us deeply? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54720150 A friend lost not to death but to hurtful words or deeds over which we have no control. Do we take the bitterness inside? Do we take on an unforgiving spirit? Do we want to hurt back? What do we do? Our humanity wants retaliation. How dare they do this to us? I have felt those very feelings within the last 24 hours. Then I look at the scriptures. Have they done to me anything like what they did to my Lord? They have not. What a blessing HE gave us on the cross when He said " Father forgi... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 18:59:28 EST The Father's Arms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54701775 The Father's Arms - by Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> One day I watched as a two-year old boy stood on the edge of a table. His father was close and was holding out his arms. The young boy fell forward and the father caught him in his arms. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The father stood the young boy back on the table and this time stepped back a few feet. The young boy, with a smile on his face, began leaning forward again. The father immediately stepped up and caught the boy. This happe... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 08:22:27 EST The Law and the law of Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54691064 Romans 3:21-28 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference; 23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood,26 to declare I s... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:18:54 EST Urgent Prayer Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54686451 Please pray for a little 12 year old girl who we will call Vicki whose life is in peril. She lives with her drug addicted father and her mother is deceased. He has threatened her with beating with belts if she asks for anything for school. He has drug parties in their home and locks her out of the house as well as locks her in the closets and has threatened her life if she tells where he keeps his drugs. This child is in peril. I received this call about 30 to 45 minutes ago but felt I cou... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:45:33 EST Hey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54685980 I wanted to let you all know I am going to be off line .. I am headed to Alabama for a week to visit family but will be back on the third of Sept. Take care and Pray.. I hate to fly.. God Bless each of you and Thanks so much for positive feed back.. In His Love and Grace Jane Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:43:13 EST Please go to my page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54655181 Please go to my page for the info to the story I posted... In His Grace and Love Jane Sun, 25 Aug 2013 15:20:39 EST Do you have the time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54654810 I think I need to write my blog.. This was my favorite saying and God broke me of this bad habit and changed my life with it.. I Pray that it touches yours as it did mine in 1974.. <BR> The Poem <BR> I knelt to pray but not for long, <BR> I had too much to do. <BR> I had to hurry and get to work <BR> For bills would soon be due. <BR> So I knelt and said a hurried prayer, <BR> And jumped up off my knees.. <BR> My Christian duty was now done <BR> My soul could rest at ease...... <BR> A... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 14:43:52 EST John 3:16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54646519 JOHN 3:16 <BR> <BR> In the city of Chicago, one cold, dark night, a blizzard was setting in. A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner, the people were in and out of the cold. The little boy was so cold that he wasn't trying to sell many papers. He walked up to a policeman and said, "Mister, you wouldn't happen to know where a poor boy could find a warm place to sleep tonight would you? You see, I sleep in a box up around the corner there and down the alley and it's awful cold in ... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 19:41:09 EST Emergency Numbers to have on hand.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54646357 EMERGENCY NUMBERS <BR> <BR> Emergency numbers may be dialed direct. No operator assistance is necessary. <BR> <BR> EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS <BR> When in sorrow, ......................................... call John 14 <BR> When men fail you, ..................................... call Psalm 27 <BR> If you want to be fruitful, ............................. call John 15 <BR> When you have sinned, .................................. call Psalm 51 <BR> When you worry, ................................ Sat, 24 Aug 2013 19:25:00 EST The Challenge In Relationships http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54628497 I was praying recently about a situation in my life and as I prayed about it I immediately heard the Holy Spirit speak this verse to me in answer to my problem: <BR> <BR> James 1:19, 20 NLT My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Your anger can never make things right in God's sight. <BR> <BR> Since I have quieter, more passive type of personality it usually isn't too difficult for me to hold my tongue and think before I speak. But there ar... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 08:09:47 EST Watch How you walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54610948 Everyone watches the way we walk.. they want to see you trip or fall so they could say "There goes that so call Christian..." Everyone tends to trip now and then but be careful cause people watch every step... <BR> <BR> Now this is the Living Bible: <BR> <BR> His name is Tim. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans, and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entir four years of college. <BR> <BR> He is brilliant. Kind of profound and very, very bright. He beca... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:52:23 EST Shake a Soldiers Hand every day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54605796 Shake that hand that passes you by cause he is one who provides the safety net we sleep under.. It was a choice they make to join.. just like my daughter...To Serve and Protect No Matter the Cost.. Pray for them and know it was their choice.. They don't do it for the money cause it is not there.. God Bless each one who reads this.. <BR> <BR> Just Stay <BR> <BR> <BR> A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. <BR> <BR> "Your son is here," she said to the old man. <BR> ... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:08:49 EST Here is the answer...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54605323 Thank the Lord... I relieved an answer by e-mail today by this little story.. I had asked an opinion the other day and He sent it to me by this little story.. Thanks to a friend I had just met.. He did his part by just reading and a encouraging word.. I know he will see this Thanks new friend .. <BR> <BR> CLOSED DOORS <BR> <BR> We need to learn to praise the Lord as much for a closed door as we do an open door. The reason God closes doors is because He has not prepared anything over there... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 10:27:46 EST Moms operation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54591956 Please pray for my mom, Fran, she is going in to get an aggressive tumor removed Wednesday morning, that has not been tested for cancer so we have no idea what they will find. To make matters worse we don't know if her heart is strong enough for the operation because of a blockage. <BR> I am praying for your mom too Xen. <BR> Linda Tue, 20 Aug 2013 09:25:46 EST Offense Stops The Blessing Of God http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54582461 Offense Stops The Blessing Of God by Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> One of the most destructive, yet prevalent, issues that plagues the Christian community today is the vast number of people who are hurt and offended. As Christians, we must realize that offense is a very serious business. Make no mistake about it, the devil wants you to become hurt and offended in order to make you ineffective as a Christian-whether the offense you hold is against your spouse, your children, your ne... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:55:47 EST Think of Jesus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54580567 I saw this and knew I needed to share it with someone and It is whoever needs a pick me up this morning.. Keep on a going and Keep in mind who needs our thoughts first and for most.. In His Grace and Love Jane <BR> THINK OF JESUS <BR> <BR> Think of JESUS <BR> there beside you, <BR> like a friend <BR> who is glad to know you- <BR> Feel the comfort <BR> of HIS presence <BR> and the kindness. <BR> <BR> Think of JESUS <BR> warmly smiling, <BR> telling stories, <BR> sharing laughter, <BR> Brin... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:12:26 EST Prayer needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54543793 Hi everyone I am in need of some prayer. I have confided in Chris about my son but need as much prayer as possible. <BR> My son is 26 years old and is a drug addict. He has had a back problem for years where his back and hips are fusing together because of a form of arthritis. <BR> He has been to several doctors, pain management and physical therapy, but they will not give him pain meds. So he took it on himself to get them from the street. Now years later he looks like a skeleton and all da... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 09:24:16 EST Overcoming Condemnation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54530435 Have you ever seen a house that has been condemned? It means it is no longer fit for occupancy. They are sad-looking houses, with boarded up windows, overgrown land, and everything falling apart and caving in. Condemned buildings are destined for one thing - tearing down and total destruction. <BR> <BR> This is exactly what the enemy of our souls - Satan - seeks to do in our lives through condemnation. <BR> <BR> How many times have you done something that left you feeling that God was an... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 07:37:47 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x60602x54500340 Karen, Thank You for inviting me!! <BR> <BR> I'm 52, been married to my wonderful husband for 32 years and we have a wonderful son, beautiful daughter-in-law and a dog that rules the house. Due to my husbands military career we have lived many places but are back in Georgia where my Parents say my accent has returned. My friends from the northern states say it never left!LOL <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone here! Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:54:20 EST Whose Report Will You Believe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54491292 This is a devotional that I received this morning that really spoke to my heart. I want to share it with you! It is written by a Pastor friend of mine, Dr. Larry Ollison, who pastors Walk on the Water Faith Church in Osage Beach, Missouri. <BR> <BR> DEFEATING DISCOURAGEMENT <BR> <BR> Have you ever been discouraged? I mean really discouraged. So discouraged that you felt like giving up? Are you discouraged today? Do you feel like giving up right now? If you answered yes, I have good news f... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:41:06 EST Pray for my son who is a pastor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54458002 While my Son was away this week in training to involve his church in a greater way to reach the immigrants in his community for Christ, three of his church members died. He has to return home today and preach two funerals tomorrow. I can only imagine how much the church needs our prayers as well. <BR> Thank you in advance. Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:16:25 EST My Box http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54457882 I guess if those who know me already know I do the Military Boxes to young men and Women while they are Overseas.. I will have six by the end of the year.. Pray that the Lord will provide for all and more.. But on the subject of Boxes.. A story cam into me and I thought that is was a good one for me and I Pray it will be a good one for you.. Enjoy Little Thorn <BR> <BR> THE BOXES <BR> <BR> I have in my hands two boxes <BR> Which God gave me to hold. <BR> He said, "P... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:05:17 EST Bible in 50 words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54445429 THE BIBLE IN 50 WORDS <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> God made <BR> <BR> Adam bit <BR> <BR> Noah arked <BR> <BR> Abraham split <BR> <BR> Joseph ruled <BR> <BR> Jacob fooled <BR> <BR> Bush talked <BR> <BR> Moses balked <BR> <BR> Pharaoh plagued <BR> <BR> People walked <BR> <BR> Sea divided <BR> <BR> Tablets guided <BR> <BR> Promise landed <BR> <BR> Saul freaked <BR> <BR> David peeked... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 11:30:51 EST Neighbor HEALED of Back Surgery gone wrong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26512x60602x54445337 Family, I have awesome news from my sister! <BR> <BR> Her next door neighbor, a man in his 70s, had always been pretty active, hiking and walking and biking daily. But he had a nagging back issue that would flare up frequently and incapacitate him. His doctor told him that he needed back laser surgery to fix the problem, and that if he didn't have it, his back would get worse and he would be crippled. So this man talked to his insurance company and they would not pay for the laser surgery ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 11:22:08 EST Do you know who he is? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54414197 ONE SOLITARY LIFE <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. <BR> <BR> He grew up in still another village, where he worked in a carpenter shop <BR> <BR> until he was 30. <BR> <BR> Then for three years he was an itinerant preacher. <BR> <BR> He never wrote a book. <BR> <BR> He never held an office. <BR> <BR> He never had a family or owned a house. <BR> <BR> He didn't go to college. <BR> <BR> He never traveled more than 200 miles from the ... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 01:35:00 EST Encouraging Music to Lift Your Spirits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54413630 Family, tonight I was listening to worship songs and felt I should share this one as so many - including myself - are going through challenges and troubles. <BR> <BR> This song is very encouraging... the Lord really spoke to me through it. Please take a few minutes and listen: <BR> <BR> Where Does My Help Come From? by Paul Wilbur (Shalom Jerusalem CD) <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv2H2fJgKpg </link> <BR> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 00:00:52 EST Learning through Patience and Comfort http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54410766 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4 <BR> <BR> Everything written in the Scriptures was written to teach us, in order that we might have hope through the patience and encouragement which the Scriptures give us . <BR> <BR> There were 40 men who wrote the Bible over a period of about 1,600 years, these men were known as prophets. With so many different writers and circums... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 20:25:20 EST My Will List http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54407619 I recently made a blog post titled "My Wishlist....No My Will list". It was basically me making a list of all the things I wished for myself (ex. I want to figure out why I get so frustrated and angry sometimes), and then changing all of my wants to Wills. I want to feel good when I'm alone <BR> - I want to figure out why I get so frustrated and angry sometimes <BR> - I want to be able to tell someone I love how I feel, and for them to understand <BR> -I want to understand how I feel <... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 15:00:25 EST SOAKING PRAYER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54400451 As Christians, we most certainly spend time in prayer each day. The Lord wants to be our “go-to” for every need in life, and so we should feel confident going to Him every day, at any time, with any need. We can talk to Him about anything. We can ask Him anything. We can ask Him FOR anything that He has told us in His Word that we may have, and His Word covers a lot of ground in terms of God’s desire and willingness to heal us, to provide for us, to meet our needs, and to take care of us in ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 02:01:48 EST Hugs for those who cared http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54380776 Thanks so much for the Prayers for a friend.. There was only tow sites where anyone Prayed for this lady to you a Salute.. <BR> HUGS <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> No moving parts, no batteries. <BR> <BR> No monthly payments and no fees; <BR> <BR> Inflation proof, non-taxable, <BR> <BR> In fact, it's quite relaxable; <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It can't be stolen, won't pollute, <BR> <BR> One size fits all, do not dilute. <BR> <BR> It uses little energy, <BR> <BR> But yields results enormously. ... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 12:45:51 EST Emergancy Prayer Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54368859 This is a lady I council on line.. The only thing I did was remove her last name PRAYER NOW.. Help this Godly Woman out.. She is on edge now and It is because of Family and Please stop and say a prayer for her safety.. I will be on the Phone with her now.. Love In Christ and In His Grace Jane <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank Jane, I really needed that and in spite of your trouble I would like for you to do me a favor, will you, Robert, your Pastor, church members or who ever you can get to pray, ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 13:01:17 EST Jesus Is The Bread Of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54364011 Jesus is the Bread of Life -- By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> <BR> "Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, 'Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost'" (John 6:11-12). <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When you break and distribute the Bread of Life -- the Word -- the same thing will happ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 07:09:09 EST Negative Self-Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54363767 I received this devotional from Kimberly Taylor of "Take Back Your Temple" this morning and wanted to pass it on to you. It follows the theme of our team of proclaiming God's promises in the face of life's problems! <BR> <BR> Can negative self talk destroy your health? I believe it can. My own battle with it started when I was 12. I told myself that I was fat, even though I wasn't. That negative inner dialogue created a new reality for me: I became obese and stayed that way for over 20 yea... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 06:48:27 EST Are You A Believer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54322691 Good Morning, Team! This is a devotional from a blog that I receive. I was blessed by it this morning and wanted to pass it on to you! May you be encouraged by it and use it to apply the truth of God's word to your own life. <BR> <BR> Believing is more than just mental assent to something that you agree is true. In the area of God's word it includes acting on what you agree is true. That means that you take God's word into your heart, meditating on it and applying it to your life thro... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:44:06 EST Devotional - Shout, Your Victory Is Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54297627 Good Morning, Team, <BR> <BR> This is a devotional that I received this morning. I felt that it spoke very strongly to the theme of our Team, so I wanted to share it with you! <BR> <BR> Be blessed on this Lord's Day. We are having a good time visiting family, but I am still reading your posts, praying for each of you and the direction we need to go with our teachings and posts when I get back home. I send blessings to you from me for God to work in each of your lives in a new, fresh way ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 08:12:58 EST need scriptures for protection from attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54291587 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I am safe at my parents home till Thursday when I go back home from vacation. I am told by my friend who has been gathering the mail that there has been an armed robbery on the property in my absence. That is in addition to a burgrly or a residence earlier in the summer. <BR> <BR> A good friend recommended Psalm 91. Are their any other suggestions for passages or verses about protection. BTW I was saved only 9 months ago so any help would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Ch... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 17:23:02 EST Salvation Comes To A Scammer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26512x60602x54269545 A couple of days ago we received a phone call. My husband answered and spoke with the gentleman. This man had good news for us! We had just won 2.5 million dollars and UPS was on their way with it but we had to hurry and wire him $3,500 to pay the taxes on it before UPS could deliver it. Gerald played along with him for a while and then confronted him about being a SCAMMER! He seemed to be surprised when Gerald told him that he really DID care for him and understood that he might be in a... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:19:50 EST Are You Looking For Your Deliverance? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54253385 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:19 <BR> <BR> BUT....such a small word....and it carries such a large significance. You may be in the midst of difficult circumstances....BUT the LORD..... <BR> <BR> You can't look at just where you are today....you're trying your best to live a godly life and yet problems always seem to be looming over your head. Do you just have to sit back and ride out the storms? I think we can look at God's Wo... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:19:05 EST What is your Gripe today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54244227 ANGELS <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's guest room. Instead the angels were given a space in the cold basement. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied..."Things aren't always what they seem". <BR> <BR> <BR>... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:53:56 EST Inspirational Story About God's Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54242778 This story comes from Communion With God's website and is a journal entry of a lady who wrote a final paper for her course with Christian Leadership University on the course "Communion With God". I thought was very good and wanted to pass it on to you. <BR> <BR> <link>www.cwgministries.org/blogs/god-help<BR>s-mary-overcome-judgmental-attitude </link> <BR> <BR> It really goes along with some of the posts that I have written lately and even in addressing our "Rules of Conduct". Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:34:06 EST Jesus, Be The Center http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54235887 Is Jesus the center of YOUR life? Paul said it this way: <BR> <BR> "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. "I do not set aside the grace of God' for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain." Galatians 2:20,21 <BR> <BR> If there was any other way to earn salvation there would have been no way that Jesus... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 08:45:53 EST Hidden Impact http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54220951 Hidden Impact <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> July 22, 2013 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> By Randy Mantik <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Was this day really necessary?" read the bumper sticker. It reminded me of one of my wife, Debbie's, personal favorites, "Today was a complete waste of make-up." We naturally question the effectiveness of our lives. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You might remember the popular song recorded in the mid-'60s by Simon and Garfunkel that begins, "Hello darkness, my old friend." You may no... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:17:46 EST Blessed Is She Who Believed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54208670 Luke 1:45 "Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord." <BR> <BR> Mary had been told that she would give birth to the Christ Child and that she had become pregnant by the Holy Spirit. As a young girl you can imagine what an impossibility that would have seemed to be to her young heart's understanding. And yet when the angel of the Lord, Gabriel, had spoken those things to her heart she fully embraced them as the "word" fr... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 08:18:56 EST I am so happy to have a faith based team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x60602x54200483 I have been on Spark People for a couple months now and was so happy to hear there was a team for fellow believers! <BR> My name is Linda. I live in a small town called Brownville in Maine. My husband was a Pastor of homeless shelters for 4 years and I was the administrator. We just recently have moved to Brownville after a failed church/shelter in Parkman. My husband has bipolar really bad and it has gotten worse since the move. He doesn't take meds for it because he has a reaction to them ... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 13:12:57 EST Psalm 121 & Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54196941 Psalm 121 NLT <BR> <BR> 1 I look up to the mountains-- <BR> does my help come from there? <BR> 2 My help comes from the LORD, <BR> who made the heavens and the earth! <BR> 3 He will not let you stumble and fall; <BR> the one who watches over you will not sleep. <BR> 4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel <BR> never tires and never sleeps. <BR> 5 The LORD himself watches over you! <BR> The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. <BR> 6 The sun will not hurt y... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 07:14:03 EST Asking for Prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54190834 My Grandfather was released from the hospital and home with hospice almost 2 weeks ago. He is in heart, kidney and liver failure. My Aunt who has been staying with him and his wife this week has called and said the nurse thinks he will pass today. We have been expecting this and my Aunt says he seems very comfortable. This is a wonderful man who brought a great step grandma into my life several years ago. I want his passing to go easy as possible. I would appreciate any prayers to help him o... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 16:16:45 EST Leaders Need A Vision - By Dr. Larry Ollison http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54185245 Leaders Need A Vision - By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Leaders Need a Vision <BR> <BR> <BR> Every Christian should have a vision of what God has for them to do in their life. One of the biggest problems we have in the church today is people working without direction. Have you ever met someone who always seems to stay busy, but never really accomplishes anything? They are involved in all types of projects and duties but never quite reach their goal. Or, if they do reach their goal, ther... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 07:30:50 EST Pulling Up To The Pump http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54185154 This morning as I was praying the Lord reminded me that no one can give out without being refilled. Just as a car pulls up to the gas pump for refueling so we must draw near to Him to be filled with His strength, His power, His anointing to do the things that He has called us to do. Whether you have been called to minster His love to the world or to just your own personal friends and family you will be depleted emotionally if you do not pull up to the spout where the glory comes out and be ... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 07:23:04 EST Faith stopped a manic episode tonight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26512x60602x54180117 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I am sorry friends ;-( <BR> <BR> I should have put this in a blog. It is a honest mistake and won't happen again. I promise. I won't put another one up. <BR> <BR> I suffer from Bipolar disorder. Last night I went fell asleep in a love seat really late and woke up cold at 4:30 and was unable to get back to sleep. <BR> <BR> Lack of sleep isn't good for people who have my condition. It can start a cycle of mania followed by depression. I take medicine but I have had a m... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:58:51 EST See if this fits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54178678 10 LITTLE CHRISTIANS <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 10 Little Christians standing in line <BR> <BR> 1 disliked the preacher, then there were 9 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 9 little Christians stayed up very late <BR> <BR> 1 overslept Sunday, then there were 8 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 8 little Christians on their way to Heaven <BR> <BR> 1 took the low road and then there were 7 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 7 little Christians chirping like chicks <BR> <BR> 1 disliked music, then there were 6 <BR> <BR> <B... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:26:04 EST What do the Beatitudes mean to you friends. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54178303 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I am an inexperienced Christian. I am doing an informal private blog with a few close experienced friends. I have only been saved 9 months or so. I have been using the NIV with a guide. The guide is almost useless here and is very vague and only speaks of vague generalties. <BR> <BR> So my question is what do you think personally about the Beatitudes??? What do they mean to you Sisters and Brothers. I covered Mathew 5 1-12 but was frankly lost in my discussion today... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:49:37 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x60602x54178159 I am a friend of Chris,, and He said that I may fit in here.. He also said you are in the spirit of our Lord and that is a great thing.. I am a retired Pre-K Teacher and run my Ministry from my home.. It is for our Men and Women Overseas.. I am a Mother of 4 and a Mom to many.. I have had a few ups and a few downs in the past couple of weeks.. I am a nut and love to laugh .. I have found a few things I think I will share with you and say a Prayer for those who give us the Freedom to join and ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:35:27 EST TODAY'S THOUGHT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54174881 TODAY’S THOUGHT <BR> 7/18 <BR> People will not seek the Lord until they are first sought by the Lord. People will not love the Lord until they are first loved by the Lord. God always makes the first move in this thing called salvation. After all, man is “dead in trespasses and sins” and cannot seek the Lord. Jesus came to the world for the sole purpose of “seeking and saving that which was lost”. I know that we want to elevate man in these days. No one wants to believe that man is totally dep... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:30:34 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 7/18/201 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54174186 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 7/18/2013 <BR> <BR> Isaiah 1:18 <BR> THE INVITATION TO CLEANSING, Lesson 6a <BR> <BR> The prophet Isaiah ministered during a turbulent time in Israel’s history. The nation had abandoned the way of the Lord and was living in open sin and idolatry. The verses leading up to our text chronicle a scene of rebellion and sin. <BR> <BR> v. 2 – The people were in open rebellion against the Lord <BR> v. 3 – They refused to acknowledge God and, spiritually, t... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:38:19 EST Commanding Your Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54172628 A great book to read about learning of the importance of your words and the effect they have on your day, your lives, and the lives of those around you is Dr. Cindy Trimm's book "Commanding Your Morning". She teaches in this book how to unleash the power of God in your life. At the end of the book are pages and pages of sound, biblical declarations to speak over yourself to effect change in the spiritual realm that eventually will be manifested in the natural. <BR> <BR> Proverbs 18:21 D... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:25:26 EST The Liberty Of Grace http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54172536 The Liberty of Grace - By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> I was recently at a restaurant with a friend who was on a diet. We all know that eating at most public restaurants while trying to lose weight can be a challenge. But this trip to the restaurant gave me spiritual revelation. As my friend looked over the menu, these words kept coming out of his mouth. "I can't have that. Oh my, that looks good, but I can't have that. Oh my goodness, I sure would want some of that, but I can't have that eit... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:18:00 EST 4 Keys To Hearing God's Voice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54172493 There are four basic keys to hearing God's voice as taught in the book by the same name by Dr. Mark Virkler. If you want to learn more about it you may order this book at <link>www.cwgministries.org/ </link> . <BR> <BR> The keys are: 1) Stillness - quiet yourself in the presence of God. Get away to a place where you can spend time with Him without interruption; 2) Vision - Fix the eyes of your heart on Jesus and look for vision as you pray; 3) Spontaneity - God's voice often comes ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:13:33 EST What's Going On In Your Life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54164419 Here's the place where we will share together as family members! What's new with you? <BR> <BR> I am starting on Lesson 5 for my college course, Visionary Leadership. This team is a result of that teaching. I am being challenged to apply what I learn so you all are a part of this course's application for me. Thanks for your help! Every member is a special one to me and I value each of your friendships! <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:45:45 EST What Steps Are You Taking Towards Good Health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26510x60602x54163079 I am infusing my water with fruits. This morning I crushed a strawberry and put it in my water. No artificial flavors or sweeteners, just water with a little fruit flavoring! Yum! <BR> <BR> I also start my day with green smoothies. I use 3/4 c of unsweetened almond milk, 3/4 scoop of GNC chocolate 100% whey, a frozen banana, 1 T. ground flax seed, 2 cups fresh spinach and 7 ice cubes. I blend that together in a Ninja blender that liquifies and produces a large enough smoothie for both m... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:53:31 EST Tools For Victory - By Dr. Larry Ollison http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54159930 Tools For Victory - By Dr. Larry Ollison <BR> <BR> Satan is relentless. He doesn't give up. He knows that one Spirit-filled Christian, walking in faith, can deal a severe blow to his kingdom. Even though Satan has been defeated and his destiny has been sealed, he doesn't believe it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Jesus said in John 8:44 that Satan "does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father o... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:11:32 EST God's Word For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60602x54159386 Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. <BR> <BR> God's word is powerful. When it goes forth from His mouth it creates and produces fruit; light instead of darkness, order instead of chaos, peace instead of turmoil, health instead of sickness, supply instead of lack; His word is powerful! <BR> <BR> When the Holy Spirit gives you a "Rhema" wo... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 07:19:32 EST Helpful Links http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54152582 Here are some links to sites that offer good, biblical declarations to help us fight the good fight of faith. <BR> <BR> <link>www.joycemeyer.org/articles/ea.aspx?<BR>article=knowing_who_i_am_in_christ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.kcm.org/real-help/confession/my-<BR>faith-works-confession </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.godismysource.org/scripture-conf<BR>essions/ </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:43:28 EST God's Covenant of Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26510x60602x54152226 God began way back in the Old Testament lining out the covenant of health that He meant for His children to have. One of the Old Testament scriptures that foretold of it was in Exodus 15, 25, 26: <BR> <BR> So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, and said, "If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:02:26 EST Let's Help Each Other Strengthen Our Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54150145 Romans 14:1,2 Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. <BR> <BR> Here are some scriptures that I speak over myself to help in developing my faith. I call them my "Spiritual Vitamins". When read out loud the Word of God enters your heart through two gates, the eye gate and the ear gate. With consistent declaration the spirit man is built up and strengthened. What script... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:42:11 EST Personal Testimony of God's Faithfulness to Heal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26512x60602x54148919 The day that we had long awaited was finally here. It was the birth of my third grandson, Samuel Josiah. He was named after two Old Testament figures, the prophet Samuel and a godly king, Josiah, and I just knew God had a special plan for his life. My daughter-in-law had experienced difficulty carrying each of her babies to full term pregnancies so we were excited in knowing that one more baby had arrived at the proper time. But our jubilation over his birth was suddenly shattered when th... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:03:21 EST Knowing and Applying God's truth sets you free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26511x60602x54148697 How many times have you heard people say, "it's the truth that sets you free"? But it is much more than the truth that sets a person free. That statement has been pulled from it's context. Jesus said in John 8:31, 32: Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." <BR> <BR> It is abiding in God's word that brings the truth that sets a person free and it is in person... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:46:08 EST God's Word on health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26510x60602x54148576 God's word has a lot to say about taking care of our physical bodies. One primary scripture that shows that is 3 John 2: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. <BR> <BR> Our soul is our mind, will and emotions. So if we are to prosper in health according to the prosperity of our mind, will and emotions then that means that our soul needs to be healthy. Our minds need to be renewed to the word of God to know exactly how God feels a... 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