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  1. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. (‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭24‬ NIV)
    God is doing something so amazing with his people. He is making his presesence known in each of our lives!!!

  2. Last night’s prayer service was incredible! We found ourselves inside the Lord, just like a baby in the womb. No trouble or worries exist there and no enemy can attack. There is healing and growth there and the love of God literally surrounds. It’s hard to describe, but even time seems to stop and our past fades away. David writes about this place in the Psalms….the secret hiding place of God, and it is not a temple or building, it is Him!

    For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5

    You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7

  3. Isaiah 54:4-5 “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.
    Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
    You will forget the shame of your youth
    and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
    For your Maker is your husband—
    the Lord Almighty is his name—
    the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
    he is called the God of all the earth.

    Last week’s sermon and the verses Pastor shared have been really encouraging me, as I keep meditating on all that the Lord is doing during this special season. He is taking away our regrets and restoring to us the joy of our salvation. We are forgetting about the past and pressing on towards the future, knowing that the best is yet to come! How many times in life do you get a do over?
    I know when I was a kid and we played kick ball you would hear “do over” and get another chance to do something over again. It seems as an adult we don’t get too many do overs. Pastor Janeth shared God is giving us a chance to do things over, with him, leading our steps and guiding our way. That only God can take all that was meant for bad in our lives and turn it for good. He can redeem any situation and turn it for his glory! I am so excited for all that the Lord is doing during this season and that I can “Forget It” when it comes to my past, and press on to the hope that is in Jesus!

    Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
    See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

  4. Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

    Many of us are in slavery today, but don’t even realize it. There was a time in my life when I was a slave to anxiety, worry, doubt, sin, and sadness. I was trying to do my best, but failing miserably. My mind was concerned about tomorrow’s worries, before the day was even over. I had heard of the promises of God, and victory in Jesus but was struggling, just to get through the day. I knew what it meant when the Bible talks about being burdened by a yoke of slavery. The Lord showed me I couldn’t escape all that troubled me, and that I would never be good enough to earn my salvation. The more I tried the more I failed. Last nights Bible Study reminded me as we went over Galatians, all that the Lord has done in my life. The Lord showed me that there was not one good thing in me, and that I needed the Holy Spirit to calm, comfort, and rescue me. To save me from myself, and the way I was doing things. It is not a work of man, and no man can do it, without the Lord. It is a miracle of God when he transforms your life, and it’s for today! I can testify that not only has God broken the yoke of slavery over my life, but I have seen it broken over so many of my brothers and sisters, in Church. When that yoke is broken thankfulness overflows from the heart, and causes you to not want to live the way you used to live, vile, and sinning against the Lord. After seeing what I have been rescued from, now my heart wants to obey him. When the Lord rescues you, it would be foolish to every go back to willingly sinning against the Lord and calling it grace. It’s like taking a gift you have been given and trampling all over it. Who would do that? I am falling in love with the one that has saved my soul. I rejoice that we are seeing our lives restored and our faith renewed every day! Bible Study has brought life into areas of my life that were dead, and the Lord has awoken me to his amazing love and mercy over my life. It is freedom to serve him, love him, and enjoy doing it! Just like Pastor Janeth has been teaching us! Praise Jesus!!!

  5. I am really thankful for our teaching last nigth in bible study. His Word is coming alive. As we are studying the book of Galatians we can see so much about what Christ did for us. There are a few things that really hit home for me. So many people were talking about being free, and how we can define this freedom from the Lord as an undeserved privilege to be in his house, the privilege to worship him, to learn how to truly be his disciples. That this privilege is by faith, granted through the life, death and resurrection of Christ for His Church! The biggest thing for me is understanding deeper the power of the Cross of Christ, if I truly believe that He died for me to save me, then I understand that he came to save me from the wrath of God the Father, He came to save me from myself, my evil ways, my life apart from God.
    Romans 3:10 “No one is righteous, All have turned away and become useless” further down in verse 21 tells us “But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him, by placing our faith in Jesus Christ!” The work done on The Cross by Him.

    Pastor Janeth opened it up for me and how she kept on showing us that it means “An Exchange” I need saving from myself, even everyday, and how from the first moment I accepted the good news through now I can go to the cross and exchange everything that is wrong with me for everything that is right with Him! Salvation, all by faith! My vileness for His purity, my darkness for His light, my lust for His singleness of Mind and undivided heart, my hatred for His love. It means that “The old self is truly crucified with Christ” we carry a cross of victory, we do not continue to sin and live as if we do not know Him, thinking we have a “ticket to heaven” no,but we become sons and daughters of God by the way we live, because we are thankful for what he has done for us!

    We have overcome by the blood of the Lamb ( Jesus Christ) and The Word of our testimony, He broke the power of sin, (Our sinful nature, sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, fights, jealousy, anger, selfishness, envy, alcoholism, wild parties and other sins like these) Anyone living this sort of life will not enter the kingdom of God!
    Galatians 5:20-21 but thanks be to The Lamb for “The exchange” my old life for His life! which is Love, joy, peace, patients, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Galatians 5:22 all by His Spirit. Amen!

  6. Galatians 3:26-27 NIV
    You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

    These past months God has been working a miracle allowing not just myself but our whole family to become His sons and daughters. To be of the same blood line, mind set and heart sharing in His desires and love. A transformation that occurs by the power of the Holy Spirit completing His work in us fulfilling His word in us. Removing every covering we have created that has separated us from Him. Now Christ being our covering, shelter and refuge, my salvation. True love is here and allowed me, us to inherit the love and family of our Lord through Jesus Christ His Son our Savior.

    Praise The lord for the season that we are currently in! Praise God for His transforming power is still at work today! Hallelujah for the salvation we have in The lord Jesus Christ and the love of the father we have through Him.

    God Bless UFC!

  7. I usually get to Tuesday night’s a little late and this past week God brought me into the service at just the perfect time. His timing is PERFECT for what I needed to hear and I came with expectation to meet with him. His presence when I walked through the door even before entering into the sanctuary was so tangible and sweet. As the Holy Spirit was moving through Pastor Janeth and she was speaking about the past 10 yrs being over and that everything is being made new. The Lord was saying what was will no longer be and that he is erasing all of my past, this touched my heart deeply. God is opening my eyes to see his power, and love in such a new way, and I believe that he is starting to transform my life on the inside only to be a reflection of his glory. I will never be the same again, praise God for he is turning all things around.

    Joel 2:25-26 “ I will repay you for all the years the locusts have eaten- the great locust and the young locust, the other locust and the locust swarm- my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.”

    The Lord had spoken to me in the morning on Tuesday and I heard him say to me “Today is a new day, it’s time to let everything go and surrender it all to me.” I cannot do it on my own and that is why I am in need of a savior every single day. I’m in awe of God and just how detailed he is and that he cares for his own so much. The fact that the God of creation chooses to speak to those who are listening and actually confirms his word is the intimate relationship that he is looking for from us.

  8. Last night during service the Lord reminded me of how I’ve never had a father daughter dance as a child, but how I was so eager to just have one. I had actually completely forgotten about it, but the Lord reminded me of it last night. It was so amazing that He bought back that memory and He told me last night that we would dance. The entire service I was just dancing with my father, I finally got my father daughter dance! The Lord truly fulfills every crack or lacking we may have, even ones so small we may have forgotten about! He told me that he remembered and showed me an entire timeline of me dancing with him, from standing on His feet to dancing with him now! Showing me that he has been my father my entire life, even when I didn’t know it. Praise God, for his love truly does endure forever! I am so thankful for all that he shows me every day and I can’t wait for what more He will show me!

  9. With Jesus we are overcomers, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
    Jesus has brought us over, around, and through so many seemingly impossible obstacles over these past 10 years. Along the way we become more grateful to Him for what He has done for us, we appreciate each other more, and we never stop standing in awe of His Glory. In our pastors alone, we’ve seen passion, devotion, and stamina that can only be ordained by God. We’ve seen so many of our brothers and sisters grow in their love and devotion to Jesus. We’ve all watched God crumble insurmountable walls and breath new life into those who call upon His name. Children that no longer go hungry are going to school and college in Honduras. They are graduating into jobs and professions, (here too) that they never dreamed they could. Yet, they are most happy with the opportunity to know God and shine for Him. As if this were not enough to ponder over for the rest of our lives, God tells us He’s doing something NEW! Tuesday night, God was speaking new plans and promises into our lives. The next ten years will be greater than the last. The excitement can’t be contained, I know many of you are feeling it. Always on the move – what will God do next?

    Isaiah 43:18,19 -“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

  10. On Sunday, God brought his word to life, speaking so clearly about how Jesus took away the shame of sin by being shamed himself on the cross. Shame ruled man starting with Adam and Eve when they sinned and realized they were naked in the garden all the way to when Jesus was crucified and shame still rules many of us today… but Jesus was naked for us up on that cross – he bore the scorn, the embarrassment of sin even though he never sinned – so that we could be freed from the shame of our sin. “For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” Heb. 12:2

    The Gospel of Jesus is alive today still exchanging sin for justice, holiness and life, still conquering shame and bringing freedom to all who put their trust in Him. What Jesus did so many years ago is still unlocking chains of sin and bondage, still overcoming even the darkest shame with his love and light every single day. What power- what awesome love for us who deserve death and yet have been given the chance to be free and made new! Thank you Jesus! This is why those who put their faith in Jesus are not ashamed of the Gospel because by its power- all shame is taken away, the punishment of sin is fulfilled and resurrected life is given so that we can demonstrate the power of the cross in our new, transformed lives!

  11. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

    This has been one of my favorite verses for a long time and as we went through the Word last night in Bible Study, the Lord really spoke to me so much more about it. Seeing the FLESH of Christ crucified. My FLESH, my sin, is to be put to death that the POWER of the life of Christ could be displayed in me. Lord, change me even today with Your Word and Your conviction that I may be filled to overflowing with the transforming power of the life of Christ!

  12. ““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.””
    John 16:33 NIV

    This word has been on my heart the past few days. After tonight’s bible study in Galatians this word stands in agreement with the word Pastor Janeth vividly spoke to us. The challenge to look at the cross and see what Jesus did when he went to the cross. He nailed the flesh (sin) to the cross. By nailing that flesh the very thing that works in opposition to God he made a way to God. Having nothing to do with me (flesh), but through faith and faith alone! Hallelujah!

  13. “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.” – Colossians 1:27-28

    The Holy Spirit has been coming in such power, filling and empowering the people of God for all that we are called to do! And what are we called to do?? Whether it’s preaching, teaching, being a prayer warrior or anything else that He has planned for us, it all comes down to one thing — We are called to be filled with the HOLY Spirit, so we can live HOLY lives unto God and show the whole world that the glory of the Most High God that is alive and active within us!

    For me, the cry of my heart is “More, Lord, MORE! Fill me with more of you so I can be fully mature in you, filled with wisdom and love to proclaim your glory to the nations!”

    I canNOT wait to meet with my King tonight and to be in His powerful, transforming presence!

  14. This Thursday during bible study I experienced the holy Spirit like I never have before. I was truly possessed by the Holy Spirit at that moment, nothing else mattered. I just remember smiling and just following the Holy Spirit as he was moving .anywhere the Holy Spirit went I went. Every time I took a breath I felt the Spirit enter deeper into me. I was in so much peace! God is amazing, he is doing so much not just in me, but in this season with so many people. Thank you Lord for your mercy, love, and grace! I know I deserve nothing, but your love is everything I could ever need! I can’t wait to see what God does. I’m coming with expectation, you will be surprised how the Holy Spirit moves within you when you come ready and believing!

  15. Church, as I’m sitting here looking forward to meeting with all of you tonight I was remembering what the Lord was showing me on Tuesday night. As the worship team was singing the song, “My Romance”, -Look at the way the flowers bloom for you. They want to show you their beauty, Lord, -it brought to my mind, images of us as the flowers. I have never imagined it this way before, though I love this song and have listened to it a 1000 times.

    Praying to be filled with the Holy Spirit that we may show the Lord our beauty! See you soon.

  16. Titus 1
    V1. Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the Faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness
    V2. In the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,
    V3. and which now at his Appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,

    I have been loving this part of this chapter. My heart translates it and sees the realness of it for us in the church. Through our Pastors our faith has further so much, each time we meet, The Holy Spirit just does something different and new, you just don’t know what’s going to happen and weather it’s time to bow down in repentance or be lifted up in honor by The Lord, it’s always good. Our Faith furthers, for each time that hope of Eternal Life in Christ just goes deeper because of the knowledge of the Truth of His Word, and more goodness is produced! So much light keeps entering as our Pastors continue to preach this way of Life, this sound doctrine, faith with obedience to us. And all because is what Our Father has wanted for His elect! This is the appointed season as Pastor Janeth told us this past Tuesday, when we felt the Holy Spirit move in such a unique way, to go up, Alijah. Oh may The Lord Jesus Christ truly walk in the flesh in each one of us!

  17. 1 Chronicles 22:19 – “Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God; arise, therefore, and build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God into the house that is to be built for the name of the Lord.”

    Even though I can’t make most Tuesday evening prayer services, the Lord has never ceased to send His Spirit to minister to me too as I seek after Him and hear of all He has done. As I was asking Him this morning to reveal more of His Spirit, He led me to 1 Chronicles 22 and throughout His Word and began to really talk to me about His sanctuary, the Church. He reminded me of 1 Corinthians 3:16 where it says, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” As I seek the Lord and set my heart and soul on Him (Jer. 29:13), I’m building up His sanctuary being boldly declared His temple in whom the Spirit dwells. That is awesome, but I see in the Scripture that it doesn’t end there.

    Why is the Lord building up His sanctuary, His church, His people?

    First, that we can “bring in the ark of the covenant of the Lord” – the testimony of His power, His provision, and His Word to deliver us. He is rising up in me a gratitude for what He has done through His Word to set me free from my own powerless actions and ways of thinking like never before. I’ve been stopped by the Lord at every point where I tried to go back and rely on my own way of doing things. It failed every time. But in His Spirit, I can testify of the power of God alone, that there is truly nothing I can do apart from Him (John 15:5). In that, giving up of myself and the world’s patterns of doing things, I “remain in Christ” and can finally demonstrate the loyalty my God has deserved.

    Second, that we can bring in “the holy vessels of God” – ourselves rebirthed and renewed by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5) for holiness unto Him. I see how little the Lord cares for the things I think I can bring Him apart from holiness and am convicted by the lack of holiness I’ve truly demonstrated. But without holiness, I can’t see God (Heb. 12:14) and I refuse to go any longer without genuinely seeing and knowing my Lord.

    And finally, that we would be “built [up] for the name of the Lord” – for His glory, for His pleasure, for His renown. Despite the privilege and the awe there is to be a part of this, it’s still all about Him. Lord, let me be changed and convicted and reborn into a life of holiness for Your namesake! That is what it is to build the sanctuary of the Lord. That is what it is to be His temple. Praise the Lord!

  18. John 14:13-14 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

    What a faithful, powerful, and miraculous God we serve! God has put a fire in my soul that is increasing my faith, drawing me nearer to Him, making the word come alive, and arising expectation. The verse I shared above is one God has been speaking to me a lot this year and I believe it so I keep asking for more, knowing that in His perfect timing He will do it so His power be displayed and His purpose done. I have been asking for tongues this year and last night at service I heard God tell me; “I have been waiting for this”…then filled me with a tongue of the nation. He sent down many tongues, healings, revelations, and filled the whole church with His thick, real, loving, powerful Holy Spirit. Hallelujah He is Mighty!!!

    Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

  19. These holy days have been amazing.
    Reading the scriptures in the Old Testament beginning with the Passover in Exodus through to Isaiah prophesying of Christ’s coming; then moving to the Gospels telling of Jesus’s works has stirred an expectation and excitement in my soul like never before. Truly God is who He says He is! He never changes for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. When I see what God has already done, how he has moved throughout His people it increases my faith to look for what He will do now – today – in my life. This is a season like no other!!

  20. On Thursday night the last supper was such a special night and I have never seen the washing of the disciples feet as I did that night. Jesus came on this earth and showed the greatest example of humility,love,laying down of one’s life, what a true servant looks like.

    When Pastor Janeth was speaking about the basin that Jesus used to wash his disciples feet with and how it is the Good News, the word of God, it touched my heart because I have never seen or heard it that way, I never understood what that really meant. It’s only the Holy Spirit who can bring that revelation and brings illumination of the word of God.
    We are called to wash one another with his word, by truth, and are called to love and serve just as Jesus Christ did. What a beautiful passage John 13 is and I will never see it the same way again. Thank you Lord that you are opening up my eyes and ears to the revelation of your word in such a new way.

    John 13:5-7

    After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
    He came to Simon Peter, who said to him “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
    Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I ‘am doing, but later you will understand.”

    Jesus is such a teacher and throughout the scriptures he continuously is showing me how to be a true disciple and to follow him!!

  21. Exodus 8:23 “I will make a distinction between my people and your people.”

    Passover has begun, and I can testify that God is certainly making a distinction between His people so that His power be displayed! Just this week God has set me apart in my classes, at work, and in conversations with other people. Where others have been confused, frustrated, and unable…God has given me understanding, perseverance, and the ability to do all things through Him who gives me strength! I am so excited to be spending this powerful time with the church, and can’t wait to see how God will continue to move and grow us!

    Deuteronomy 8:7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land…

  22. Exodus 12-12-13 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

    As we are learning about the Passover this week these verses really stuck out to me. The Israelites were spared as they put the blood over their doors, from the destructive plague that brought judgment on all the Gods of Egypt. The plague passed over them. Sin is the plague we carry, and sin brings death, and separation from God. He is a God of justice and sin cannot stand in his prescence. The only way we can be saved from sin and death is by a blood sacrifice. Jesus became the blood sacrifice for us by dying on the cross, so death would pass over us just like it passed over the Israelites. It is his sacrifice that makes a way for us to come into his Kingdom. It was the ultimate sacrifice for Jesus to give up his life. So it can never be taken lightly. His grace and mercy extended to me, who didn’t deserve it, causes gratefulness that springs up, and makes me want to honor him with my life. I can’t think of any other way to thank him, for all he has done for me. Jesus has made a way for us!

  23. At Sunday’s service, as Pastor Janeth preached about the heart of Palm Sunday and its relevance still today, I was hit by the power found in the humility and love of the Lord Jesus Christ. In Matthew 21, The Triumphal Entry, Matthew quotes the prophecy from Zechariah 9:9 – “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey'”. At the outset, the faith needed to follow our Lord, who still comes gentle and riding on a donkey (humble and not as the world would expect), became clear; but as Pastor continued to preach on who the daughters of Zion were, I was convicted again at the great mercy of our God.

    In Isaiah 3, we read that these women were haughty, arrogant, and under the Lord’s wrath – those worthy of His judgement. Then in Isaiah 62 the Lord makes a proclamation to the ends of the earth that the Savior comes for them. “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your Savior comes! See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.’ They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.” (Isaiah 62:11-12)

    After service, the Lord led me to Songs of Songs 3:11 that says, “Come out, you daughters of Zion, and look at King Solomon wearing the crown, the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, the day his heart rejoiced.”

    When I look at the Word together, I see our humble King come for a wicked, haughty, arrogant people like myself, deserving of His wrath, yet offered instead salvation and redemption with joy in His heart as a bridegroom to His church. I find what it means to be a true worshipper. Lord Jesus, I rejoice in this Holy Week in Your incredible love for me and Your willingness to redeem and transform me from wickedness into a true worshipper of God! Hosanna to God in the Highest!! Blessed be the Name of the Lord!!

  24. Remembering the word Pastor Janeth preached this year- that 2017 is a year like no other. It is the year of the olive tree. When difficult circumstances come and we are squeezed like an olive, we can take heart! It’s in the squeezing that the oil of the olive comes forth! It is the oil that makes the olive taste so good. The Lord comes, and He takes all that was meant for bad in our lives and turns it for good. Our lives change from bitter to sweet because of Him.

    I am so encouraged that every time we come together as a church, we are experiencing the sweetness of the presence of God. Salvation is here because the King is here, and I cannot help but to leave changed. His oil of joy is irresistible! And there’s so much more!

  25. Hosanna in the highest… This resounds in my heart everyday. Jesus came to save me, not just from the consequences of my sin but to His Kingdom. Though I stumble along the way, I’ll always come back to this-God’s plan. He sent his Son to deliver me from slavery to royalty.… not just from myself but to Himself… hallelujah! What good is it, to gain the world and lose your soul? (Luke 9:25)

    Praise God, who opens my eyes to see the futility of what the world has to offer. Praise God who opens my eyes to His Kingdom everlasting!

    Matthew 21:9 – The crowds going ahead of him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the son of David; Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!”

    All glory to our King, Jesus!

  26. “That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:20-24‬ NIV

    This past week following the word of God and The Holy Spirit has left me changed for life! It is two different things to hear about Christ and to hear and then learn about Christ by following in the power of The Holy Spirit.

    God has made a way through Jesus Christ to take off the man that is useless, weak, and evil to be transformed even in the mindset; the inner thoughts and desires that make us who we are. That we as worshippers of God may be transformed to be like God in truth, holiness and righteousness.

    Praise be to the one true, powerful, living God who by His word and Holy Spirit is still making all things new!

    Be blessed

  27. 1 John 5:3-4

    3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

    Amen! There is victory in Jesus Christ! There is victory in a life lived for God through God. Thank you Lord for your love, for your grace, for your mercy and for allowing the wild olive shoots to be grafted in and overcome the world! Hallelujah!

  28. Ephesians 4:23-24
    To be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

    I thank God for all he has done, and for all he is doing. This is a new season, a season where God in his love and goodness (grace and mercy) is allowing things meant for harm to pass over. This is the time to come out, and rejoice. How blessed are we that we can worship, and exalt our Lord and Savior in private, and in public. I pray that God will give us all a heart of love, to make a statement like the woman (Mary) did with the expensive alabaster jar of perfume. She broke open the jar and poured it on the head and feet of the Son of God just before He poured Himself out for our sin by dying on the cross. She honored Jesus, and unknowingly anointed His body for burial.

  29. As Pastor has been talking about Passover these last few weeks I was reminded of something that just recently happened. My friend and I were driving home and were almost in a car accident, and could have gotten T-boned. But God had his hand over us and protected us. I’m very thankful that God had the car accident pass us over.

  30. Everytime we come together the Lord increases among us and does something new no matter what the occasion. In good times and even when there is trouble God unites us. I see the Israelite’s in our Exodus reading the same way, when the plagues came God made a distinction between them and the Egyptians….He brought them even closer together.

    22 But this time I will spare the region of Goshen, where my people live. No flies will be found there. Then you will know that I am the Lord and that I am present even in the heart of your land. 23 I will make a clear distinction between[a] my people and your people. – Exodus 8

    Finally the Israelite’s were led out of Egypt as one people with one God and one purpose to their steps. I’m excited to leave the old ways and ways of the past with you all! Moving on to new things as one people with one deliverer, all the while knowing that…”The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23

  31. The message of Passover and this season God is bringing us into is really exciting! He has been opening my eyes to see and understand what Passover really means, and there is expectation that this Passover and Easter season will be unlike any other in the past…it truly is the season where that which once weighed us down must pass over, and the newness is coming! And it’s all because the covenant He made…nothing of our own doing or merit, but of the covenant of love that He established…how awesome it is to be a part of that covenant!

  32. I will sing of the Lords great love forever with my mouth I will make his faithfulness known! (Ps.89)
    It’s been amazing to see the power of the Holy Spirit moving in our services and transforming lives. I know my life has been changed-and more recently a fire has grown! Forces beyond my control are driving me to the Lord.
    I remember a time before Christ came in when I had no desire of seeking him ,no way of finding him, and different forces beyond my control lead me away from Christ. But now, to God be the glory! He is a God of transformation, causing me to seek him-and find him! I can’t get enough and now I just want to live in his presence. That is why I will sing of his great love, and make his faithfulness known. I can’t wait to see what the Lord will do with us the next time we meet.

  33. “God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.”
    – Exodus 2:24-25

    This verse that Pastor Janeth shared on Tuesday night really hit me. She taught that God is a God of covenant. Additionally, that the Word “concerned” translates to knowing one intimately. She also spoke about the perfect timing of God. In the reading the Israelites had been distant from God for hundreds of years. Yet, it was now, at the perfect time that the Lord remembered his promise and moved in a mighty way.

    I’ve been reflecting these last few days on the promises that God has spoken to me over the years. Perhaps I haven’t seen the fruit YET, but this teaching encouraged and strengthened my faith. God is a God of covenant; not an empty promise, but a covenant based on an intimate relationship. This relationship is rooted in knowing that He is faithful to His Word and promises. His timing is perfect. His Word and this teaching has brought me a renewed hope and expectation in the Lord. I can’t wait to see how God will move in this season!

  34. Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

    I am so thankful for our Pastors ministry that has always encouraged the involvement of children, and shown by example the investment of training up the next generation to know the ways of God and to fall in love with Him..truly we have shepherds with the heart of Jesus.
    It is amazing to see Tuesday night corporate prayer, with every generation praying together…teens, children, parents, grandparents, babies, married couples and singles from all different backgrounds and nationalities but ONE and the SAME GOD!!
    So it’s no surprise that our daily prayer groups, meeting every week, reflect the same diversity. Monday’s evening group ages range from people in their 70’s to 50’s, 30’s and singles in their 20’s right down to 14 month old twins. These little ones have been coming since they were only a few months old and they are becoming more vocal during prayer—-making sounds while they play like they are agreeing with the grownups as we pray…pointing to pictures in their toddler bibles saying ABBA…ABBA!
    But something very wonderful happened this Monday—as prayer was concluding and the Lord’s presence fell in the room…all the natural activity of toddlers stopped and these little ones were touched by the tangible peace of God’s presence…there was the sweetest hush that enveloped each person there for some time—these children, with eyes wide open, seemed as though they were being swaddled as with a blanket— they felt His touch and knew He was in the room! God is real and they responded with such sweet reverence!!!!
    Psalm 8:2 Through the praise of children and infants You have established a stronghold against Your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
    Thy KINGDOM Come!!!

  35. Praise God for today is the day of salvation and that he is in the business of saving his people on a daily basis.

    ” Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed;
    save me and I will be saved,
    for you are the one that I praise”.
    Jeremiah 17:14

    This verse brings my heart hope to know that God is the only one who can save a wretch like me. He is saving the ones that continue to seek him everyday that he wakes us up and gives breath in our lungs. Thank you Lord for you are a great and mighty God; You are the healer,redeemer,merciful savior. Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord O my soul!!

  36. If it had not been for the Lord rescuing me, I would be destitute and without hope. He came at a time when I needed him most in my life, when the world around me was falling apart. He proved himself faithful, when all I had planned for my future, went in a completely different direction, then I was prepared for. It was during that time that the Lord came through and poured out his love upon me, and my three sons. He has become to us more than we could have ever imagined. He surrounded us with Pastors and our Church family to help guide us through the difficult times, and also offer encouragement along the way. He has been our rock, our strength, our provider, our rest, and our foundation. Thank You Lord for your great mercy and love. I will never forget all you have done for me and my family!

    Psalm 91:1-2
    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
    I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

  37. “And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.” Exodus 4:31 This verse stood out to me because we see the power of God every day- we see it in the thunderstorm, in the magnificence of a bright, golden sunset, in the vastness of the sea. Looking at creation, we can see how great, big and wonderful God is, but it’s when God opens our eyes to see that the God of the universe is concerned about us, that we begin to understand how worthy he is of our worship.

    This mighty God left the throne of heaven for us, came to earth as a man, lived as a man and died a criminal’s death though he was perfect and without sin. What an amazing God! Who are we that God would think of us? but he does, and he reveals his concern for us, so that we can live our lives bowed down in worship as we were created to do.

    “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.” Psalm 30: 11-12

  38. Today’s message is so beautiful, it has prepared my heart to go after God all the more just because He is so worthy and beautiful! Pastor Janeth really brought this passage to life in Mark 14v3

    v3 . While He was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a women came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on His head.

    Let our lives be the very jars broken before the Lord in our everyday lives, day and night, at home, at work, and every affair of our days. Let our lives be poured out in true worship (Spirit and truth) at Church when we meet together. I pray that our worship reaches our Lord they way that this women’s perfume reached Jesus. This is us, His Church as Pastor preached, giving up everything else just to be at His feet ready to do His will.

    “As for me and my house, we will serve The Lord!” Sunday, monday, tuesday, thursday and all over again, in His House!!

  39. Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
    Yes, Lord WE BELIEVE! Thank you, Father for showing up each and every time we meet. On Tuesday I was driving to the prayer service after grad class, and such expectation and joy filled my heart knowing I was going to meet with the Lord. When I entered the sanctuary His presence was so tangible. I could feel a wave of peace wash over me taking away every care of the world… all the busyness of the day. I could see the peace of his presence all around me as he was meeting with each person. I could hear his peace as he sang over me and spoke sweetly to me. All I had been asking him during the day he answered while I was standing in His presence. I’m in awe of His great love showered on us, on me in such a way.

  40. Matthew 19:25-26
    25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
    26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

    The Lord in the last few weeks has been reminding me of how powerful His Holy Spirit is. Salvation is not something to be taken lightly, but it really is a mighty work of God, probably one of the most powerful works. For Him to come and take a mans desire, nature, and the very being of who He is and change it to be His is nothing short of a miracle. In this season he has shown me where my expectation for His Spirit to move had been, and has been risking it to where it needs to be. I am so excited to be apart of what The Lord is doing right now. And can’t wait to see what he will continue to do in the next few weeks. Thank you Lord that you are so good and kind and merciful, that You do not treat us as our sins deserve!

  41. In the past few weeks Gods been doing a lot, words can’t even begin to explain. God has really been opening my eyes and showing me the importance of coming with expectations and not selling Him short. I have seen the Holy Spirit move in ways I never thought was possible, the way the Holy Spirit has moved these past weeks just blows my mind. I’m excited to see what else God will do this season and see the Holy Spirit move in my and the church. I’m definitely expecting and excited to see what is about to come.

  42. John 6:32-33
    32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

    Hallelujah Church Family! Praise and Glory to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for dying in my place so that I may live.
    Now, it is my honor, my privilege and my pleasure, to lay my life down, for Him and to Him.
    Life means Christ and Christ is Life. He is the Vine, I am a branch.
    John 15:3-4
    3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

    I’m so excited to be serving such an AWESOME GOD! This is what He has been showing me this season, that I am truly alive in Him alone!
    John 6:53

    53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
    AMEN!

    What a time to be alive! THANK YOU GOD OF HEAVENLY HOSTS, for all you’ve done, have been doing and are going to to do in my life! Praise you Holy name!

  43. Acts 2:38 – Therefore, let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ….Repent (CHANGE YOUR VIEWS AND PURPOSE TO ACCEPT THE WILL OF GOD IN YOUR INNER SELVES INSTEAD OF REJECTING IT) …AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

    I have been a “Christian”, by label only,  for over 30 years…knew the Bible, sang the worship songs and, yet, never made Jesus my Lord.  I rejected His right to have authority over me.  Recently, after many months of repentance, the Holy Spirit unveiled my eyes to see His precious personal sacrifice for me and understand how Jesus defeated the power of sin in His flesh purchase my forgiveness and set me apart to obey His word. I am a new creation! 

    His word directs me and keeps me in the truth of the reality of His kingdom…not my kingdom.  Seeing His beauty and receiving His love daily compels me to desire His will, not mine.  Our Tuesday night encounters with His presence have brought healing, restoration and hope to every aspect of my life!  I am a “senior citizen”, but have more energy, joy and sharpness in my thinking than when I was young….Praise the Lord!
      YOU HAVE MADE KNOWN TO ME THE WAYS OF LIFE: YOU WILL ENRAPTURE ME (diffusing my soul with joy) WITH AND IN YOUR PRESENCE.
    Instead of dreading my future, I have a joyful expectation of doing all the works that God has ordained for me (Ephesians 2:10), and am joyfully working with babies who will grow up knowing and being the Priests of God!  Only in His glorious presence can one be filled and changed by His Spirit, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead! Thank you Lord!

  44. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17

    The Lord has been showing me so much within the last month. Time and time again his Spirit has showed up in the church and the freedom that comes with it comes on each of us. Like never before I have actually felt the Spirit inside of me flowing like the powerful waves in the ocean. God is truly meeting with us here and because of his spirit I feel Free.

  45. All I have to say is “What an amazing God we serve”!! What an honor it is to be a child of the living God, the Lord has been giving me a deeper understanding of what a child of God looks like, that I am His child and that there is no other way to to enter His Kingdom but like a child (Matthew 18: 3-5); being His child I can be assured that I don’t have to worry or be afraid of what this world throws at me because in this world I may have trouble but all I have to do is believe and know that the Lord will get me over this mountain because He has already overcome the world (John 16:33). All I have to do is ask for anything in His name (Jesus Christ) and know that He has nothing but good things in store for me because if His children ask and wait in “EXPECTATION” then how much more will our Heavenly Father give us good gifts (Matthew 7:9-11). In these past few weeks the Lord has given me laughter and a joy that only He can give, I can’t believe how just not to long ago at service how I was playing patty cake and really enjoyed doing that and just laughing, having a good time with the Lord. The Lord is restoring my childhood and giving me back the time that was stolen! The word of God is coming alive in my heart and there’s peace that comes with that. THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH!!!!!

  46. “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” -Ephesians 6:13-18

    During prayer service on Tuesday, one of the things the Lord revealed to me was that He has given me another chance. He listens to my requests and wants me to admit my struggles. The Lord wants me to go to Him with all that I am and all that I have. Then I should stand firm in the truth of His word, allowing Him to fight my battles. Jesus is the God of hope!

    “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” – John 15:4

    Truly believing in Christ means that I am faithful and obedient to the Lord’s​ guidance in my daily life. I know it’s the Lord when what is on my heart lines up with the Bible. I thank God for His grace and mercies. I thank Him for His abundant love.

  47. Psalms 5:3 In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.

    Truly the last couple of weeks God has been telling me to come expecting when we come together. And with that God has been doing amazing things, his presence has been so tangible. He has been answering my prayers and restoring my life and bringing me into a more personal relationship. I feel so blessed to be able to come into his presence. God is amazing and so personal with every single one of us it blows my mind. He gives us exactly what we need in his perfect timing. Thank you Lord for your pouring of your love, your joy and your peace!

  48. How amazing is our God! We can feel Him and see Him moving in miraculous ways in our church. His word is literally coming to life in each of us. In the past few services there has been so much laughter, freedom, and even games…and his word says the joy of the Lord will be your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). After each of these services that He has filled us with JOY we really have been strengthened. His joy is so great that no matter what we have to do in a day (work, school, errands, tough decisions) we endure in joy because we are still filled with it! I am so excited to see how God will continue to bring His word to LIFE in us!

    Luke 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.

  49. Being in the presence of the Lord last night was so amazing! Being filled with His love, His joy, His light, and being used to spread it all was incredible!

    John 14:22 “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do ever greater things than these, because I am going to the Father”

    Last night, the Lord really showed me that by believing and trusting in Him, anything can be done! He showed how we are to be His lighthouses, breaking through the darkness and bringing light onto those who are unable to find Him! As our faith in Him grows, the light within us multiples, becoming stronger and brighter! We have been called so that we may feed His word to those who are hungry and glorify his Holy name!! Hallelujah!!

  50. Yes, the last few weeks have been amazing! The Lord knows each and everyone one of us, our prayers, our struggles, our joy, Each week he has been building upon a foundation he has laid, so that a new creation can be birthed in me, and not just me, all of us. He has given me back the laughter of being a child. And just seeing and understanding the work of the spirit, and coming into His presence in a new and different way.
    Ephesians 2:21-22
    The whole building, is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in th Lord. (The Church)
    I am being bullt in him to become a dwelling place in which God lives by his spirit.
    Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy, thank you for coming to our rescue, showing us who we are, and most importantly who you are. The God of peace be with you all.

  51. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. – Matthew 5:6
    At Tuesday’s prayer service the Lord showed me how he responds when we are looking to Him for more. He keeps pouring out His Spirit more and more, filling us up and preparing us to do His will. It reminds me of a man who cannot wait to be with the one he loves and works to prepare a home and cannot wait to lift that veil and live as one with his wife. I see the Lord doing the same thing with United Faith Church, making this amazing home where He cares for us, tends to our needs, heals our wounds, teaches and trains us. Being at every service is like walking into this kind of home and I can’t wait to see all that the Lord has planned for His household when we are hungry and thirsty to be filled!

  52. The Lord is breaking the powers of hell over my life in such a tremendous way. Every week He does something new and it is so incredible. There are things that I’ve struggled with since childhood and have never been able to overcome, yet in His presence they are instantly shattered and suddenly what seemed so difficult to chase out of my mind is gone and has no hold on me anymore. And just when I thought I knew what joy was, the Lord fills me even more and I can’t help but smile all day long.

  53. “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.”
    John 1:18 NIV
    What an amazing night we had with the Lord.Lately I have been praying for multiple things in my life to come forth. Last night the alter was opened for anyone who needed prayer.As the Lord began to speak to me the emotion I felt was overwhelming. All that I had prayed, questions I had asked the Lord during quiet moments with him he answered! He heard me and he answered me! It’s overwhelming how personal God is. To have a person I barely know be used by God to speak such intimate things about my life. God is not dead ,he hears us and wants to be apart of every moment in our lives.

  54. “I will restore all the years that the locusts have eaten-” Joel 2:25

    I am so blown away at the presence of the Lord! Not only is He so faithful to come when we call out for Him, but He comes in a new way every time!! Over the past couple of weeks, the Lord has been bringing forth a joy like never before — bringing forth a new song, a new dance…a new patty-cake! 🙂 He is my Father in Heaven, restoring my child-like joy beyond anything I could have ever imagined and I can’t thank Him enough! PRAISE GOD!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  55. What an exciting time! Last night was amazing as the presence of God filled the church and it’s people. The Lord spoke to each of us and showered us with his love, grace and mercy. Who is like our God? What can compare to him? He has risen me up from the grave where the flesh has died and given me new life. Psalm 73:25-26 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Amen! Great is the Lord and worthy of all praise. Thank you Holy father for meeting with us! Your are our hope and our joy!

  56. “I KEEP ASKING that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father may give you the Spirit
    of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.”  Eph. 1:17
    This one verse that begins Paul’s powerful prayer has been on my heart.  The first three words speak perserverance
    through trusting God’s word to be true. 
    This is a time of continual asking, seeking, knocking.  As God’s word encourages us in Matthew 7:7,8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you…..”
    WE ASK, as your word instructs us, for the SPIRIT OF WISDOM (Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God to overtake our minds, our wills, our emotions….to ultimately die to our sinful nature and be led by the Holy Spirit as His sons and daughters!)
    WE ASK for REVELATION (for opening our spiritual eyes to see and understand and know who God Almighty is through seeing and understanding and knowing who Jesus Christ is, revealed to us through His word) so that we may KNOW HIM BETTER….. Knowing Jesus Christ THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE more and more….
    “NOW THIS  IS ETERNAL LIFE;  THAT THEY MAY KNOW YOU, THE ONLY TRUE GOD, AND JESUS CHRIST WHOM YOU HAVE SENT.” 
    HALLELUJAH!!!
    Thank you Jesus for your mercy, grace and your unfailing love towards your church.

  57. The Lord met us last night at prayer and words can hardly explain what it was like to be in his presence. What I know for sure is that each time I’m in his presence, I change. My desires are changing, my faith is increasing and last night I began to understand what an amazing thing it is to be called by God. The way the Holy Spirit moved and spoke to each one of us so powerfully and intimately, was a tangible representation that God is looking simply for willing vessels to demonstrate his magnificence through- that’s the call.

    In Ephesians 4:1, Paul talks about living lives worthy of the calling we have received and in 2 Timothy 2:4, it says that a soldier does not get entangled in civilian affairs but rather tries to please his commanding officer. We were called by name for a purpose- to show the world who he is, so that he could shine through us, simple jars of clay. Such a great call- every other purpose in this world pales in comparison. The more I am in his presence, the more the Holy Spirit equips me to live the life he has called me to- a life that demonstrates what a powerful, loving, awesome God he is!

  58. The Lord is truly in the house!! The last two Tuesdays I felt the spirt of the lord like never before. I know the Lord is doing something new. It seems that each time we gather together the Lords presence is getting stronger and stronger. It truly is the season to grow. I can’t wait to Sunday!!

  59. These past couple of Tuesday night prayer services the presence of God is coming so strongly. The power of the Holy Spirit is tangible and transforming his people into the newness. When we come in expectation to meet with the creator, and King of Kings he is beyond faithful to show up and speak to his church who are calling upon him.

    Luke 1:37
    “For nothing is impossible with God”. He spoke this into my heart last night and as I woke up today, I was excited because I believe in my heart that he is about to do a new thing in my life. God is about to do the impossible with each one of us, his bride, and bring us into a place like never before.

  60. Last night’s prayer service was so awesome, His presence so tangible! The Lord always knows what we need and last night, in many ways, I heard Him speak to me personally. I was filled with His love and hope for the future, hope in how He will change me and how I will get to know Him more. It is resurrection time and I am looking forward to coming into more freedom, newness and life through Him and His power! No matter what our day was like and what things come our way He is the answer, He is refreshing and He is life!

  61. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
    Psalms 16:11 NLT

    You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.
    Psalms 63:5 NLT

    There is no greater Joy, Peace and Love then being in the presence of God. The presence of God Tuesday night was so powerful and so tangible.
    Thank you Lord that the King of the Heavens and Earth would come down and meet with us personally! That His Holy Spirit would bring Love, Healing and Hope!

  62. I woke up today singing the line from that song Shekinah Glory. ” The Lord has given us freedom, given us freedom, given us joy!” That is the only way I can describe last nights prayer service. The Holy Spirit came during prayer and it revived me after such a hectic day. Words can’t even give justice to how the Lord is moving in our Church. He knows exactly what we need each time we meet, and he fills us. Whether it be his life changing word, that is going out to do all that he purposes it to do, or his sweet presence filling us up, and bringing us peace and joy. The Lord is moving, and he will not be stopped! I have never been more excited or in anticipation of what the Lord is going to do. Last night the Lord gave me Remain in me and I will remain in you. John 15:4. I can think of nothing more satisfying than remaining in him. There is no place in the world I would rather be, than with Him, in his Church, and in his presence, serving him all the days of my life!

  63. Ps.68
    v. 19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.
    v.20 Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.

    Our Lord is amazing, just when things seem to get dark and our every day lives can get overwhelming, just in time He reminds us of who He is! In His presence He does remind us that He bears our burdens so we can take His. He saves us by reminding us of His Son and what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross, so we never look anywhere else. He reminds us that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and only thru Jesus we escape from death! as Jesus Christ broke the power of death over us so we can be free to worship, serve and enjoy Him.

    Tonight in our prayer service I experienced just this, a renewal and relief from my burdens, my everyday life and concerns and The Father reminded me of who I was called to be in His kingdom, for the work He has prepared us for before the world started, through our Pastor’s faithful guidance! God’s presence and deep peace entered me by His Holy Spirit and I am strengthened to go after all that He has for me and my family, for He is a God who saves!

    v.35 You, God are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to His people. Praise be to God!!

  64. Church I am so excited to meet with all of you and the Lord tonight at prayer service!!! As we have been learning about the true unveiling and sanctification with the Lord, I know God has placed an urgency in our hearts to run to Him like never before. When we seek God we find Him…certainly we have found this to be true as these past weeks at Bible Study and Prayer God has met with us and filled us with His power, joy, love, and freedom!!!

    Let us keep seeking, working, and expecting so that God may empower us to do His work here on Earth.

    I am looking forward to what God has planned for His people tonight!

  65. Psalm 28: 6-9….Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.

    How amazing is it that we can trust in the Lord in ALL things! The Lord renews us everyday! He is our hope, regardless of the circumstances! His word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path! Thank you Lord!

  66. I woke up with this verse this morning and it reminded me of Pastor Janeth’s sermon that I’ve been thinking about all week.
    Isaiah 60:1- 2, 5a “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon. you. 2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” 5a “Then you will look and be radiant your heart will throb and swell with joy”

    I’ve been reflecting on the part of Pastor Janeth’s sermon as she described the Bride of Christ and I keep coming back to her description of the bride walking toward the groom and her radiance as the veil is lifted and she sees him face to face. The Lord has been speaking to me about this. As the bride is before the groom that is us before the Lord. So radiant and bursting with love for God and beaming with the expectation of a life together. Each and every day we get to wake up with that same expectation and love for the Lord. Every day we get to await our King no matter what is going on around us (darkness covers the earth vs. 2) we have hope and expectation that our Lord and King is coming back for us, His Bride. Thank you Lord!

  67. “O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
    For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”
    – Psalm 95:1-3

    The Lord has done amazing things over the last few weeks. Truly those that seek God will find Him! Each time the Lord has increased the expectation in my heart: to hear His voice, to understand His Word, to see Him move in my life and others. He is the amazing, powerful, tangible God. He is the King who reigns in All authority and also the patient loving Father who desires all of His children to be gathered around Him. His character and personality is boundless! My expectation is growing daily to know God and as His child to become more and more like him.

  68. Exodus 33:14: The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

    Praise God, the author of our rest! Last week Pastor gave us a prayer focus that was to make every effort to enter God’s rest. It is not in the world that we find rest, but God. God has not called us to seek relief through “taking a break” or media, but through Him and His presence. After long days of work or school, it’s easy to simply want to sit back and relax, but God has instead called us away from the ways of our flesh and much higher! He will guide us to a much greater peace and joy that will not fade away! A peace in which He, the creator of all things, is walking with us! Thank you, God, for giving me your rest.

  69. What a great feast we’ve been sharing in this great season of expectation. There has been so much that God has been bringing to us. As we’ve been reading Ephesians, Gods grace and my awareness of my natural ancestry has been heightened. I’ve thought about my parents and grandparents before them, but never much about where my ancestors were when Jesus was on earth. They were thousands of miles from Israel, doing and worshiping whatever was part of their culture. Clueless with no knowledge of God….Only by Grace have my eyes been opened to God and my need for a savior.
    Ephesians 2:11,12 – remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh, that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the Commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants a promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

    This has become very real to me this season, Very personal. I wasn’t supposed to know the Lord or know that I was in need of a Savior. And that salvation isn’t the whole of it, but also sanctification. We are meant to be built into God’s sanctified temple. It was very sobering when Pastor mentioned that the third temple will be built in Jerusalem, but we won’t be invited in.

    It overwhelms me to think of this love that God has lavished over us, heirs with Jesus to his kingdom.

    Expecting to grow in holiness because it is where the Father is and that’s where I want to be. Jesus lead me.

  70. This has been an incredible time in the presence of the Lord…. and I feel like He is just getting started. His presence is coming on every service like a wave washing over us and smoothing over all the jagged worldly edges, He is truly molding us into His image! I know He is on the verge of a huge move, as if He hasn’t done so much already. I am so blessed to be made alive in Christ and to be adopted into His family, to be called a son of God…. such an unthinkable honor for someone so undeserving. I know it was a few weeks ago, but I keep thinking of when Pastor said that true freedom is when what you want to do is what you ought to do. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard it so clear and succinct. God is making me His own.

  71. Bless the lord oh my soul, there is freedom from the kingdom of the air! There is power in the name of Jesus! Awesome is the lord most high! He has given us power to say no to ungodliness and yes to righteousness. God is causing his Church to prepare for the king. He is calling and empowering his bride to prepare for her groom. We dont want any other lover. Let the joy of the lord strengthen our inmost being! For I am overjoyed to be a part of Gods kingdom. He has called me to prepare. He has said he is coming. He is coming for those who have loved him even though they once did not know him.
    Psalm 16
    “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places, surely I have a delightful inheritance.”
    “You make known to me the path of life, in your presence there is fullness of joy, at your right hand is pleasure forevermore.”

  72. Praise God! His presence has been so tangible and powerful this week and his word is coming forth and opening my eyes to the reality of his kingdom like never before! Tuesday night, Pastor taught on the justice of God and I am seeing it all throughout the gospel.

    Matt 12:18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.”

    Many look at the world today and say, there’s war, children dying, poverty – if God is just, how can he let it all happen? But God’s response to the injustice in this world caused by Satan, the “ruler of the kingdom of the air,” was given more than 2000 years ago (and planned from the beginning of time) when he sent his Son to take our punishment and restore justice to all those who believe in him. God made the perfect way for his just nature to be satisfied through the death of his own Son. We often want justice in our own way, what we think justice is or for justice to be had by our own hands. I thank God that my ways never worked and I could never satisfy the debt I owed because his justice so greatly surpasses what I deserve or could ever earn or even imagine. And because of the justice shown to me, I can now proclaim and demonstrate the same justice through Jesus to the nations. God’s kingdom is a kingdom of justice.

    Hebrews 1:8 “But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.”

  73. I love the verse the Lord spoke to Luke about the working of God’s power. As we spoke last night about the power of God, it is amazing to meditate on the truth that the same incredible power that rose our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, not only saves me from the penalty of death for my sin, but brings forth victory for me to overcome the power of Satan here on earth. It is the power to say “No!” to sin, the power to establish obedience to the sweet voice of the Holy Spirit, and the power to produce the fruit of God even in someone like me.

    Truly there is joy in the house of the Lord!! And as my heart continues to be transformed to become that house and dwelling in which the Lord lives, the more that joy is mine!! Praise You Lord!

  74. God is sooooo good! We have been talking a lot about living everyday in expectation of The Lord, in expectation of his goodness, in expectation of a transformation, in expectation that his will, will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I want to testify that when we live in expectation, God answers us in a way that far surpasses anything we could have ever thought or imagined.

    I was so excited to come to Tuesday night prayer. I came in expecting that I was going to meet with the King of Kings, and church, God did come and meet with me! I encountered The Lord that night in a way that I couldn’t have even imagined. He came and filled me with so much joy, so much love, so much strength, that I felt it all bursting out of me.

    God says when you seek me, you’ll find me. He says we have the confidence to come before and ask anything according to his will and He will hear us. He calls us to be transformed with ever-increasing glory…

    God is faithful and God does not lie. So seek, ask, live in expectation of being transformed in ever-increasing glory, and watch and see as God does more than you could ever ask or imagined!

  75. I am so thankful for the way God has called me to be in His house and opened my ears to really hear His word! Last night we talked about the purpose of the Holy Spirit and how it enters us to fill us with the power of strength to overcome this world…To overcome the lies, desires, greed, and complete life of sensuality that we are trained to idolize in the world.(Ephesians 3:16-17 4:1-24)

    God reminded me what the strength of the Holy Spirit looks like through Jesus following His baptism. Immediately after He was baptized and anointed with the Spirit, He was in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights and then tempted by satan (Matthew 3:13-17 4:1-11). I cannot begin to imagine the hunger, fatigue, irritation, and weakness that the flesh of Jesus must have felt….but the Spirit of God gave Him the strength to overcome all of those worldly needs/weaknesses/excuses and to stand firm crushing satan with force!

    This is the very SAME Spirit that is now at work in me, so I will beat my body into submission to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and trust that He will give me the strength to not only overcome the world but to also deliver others that are trapped! (1Corinthians 9:27)

    1John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world

    Hallelujah!!!

  76. Praise the Lord that there is joy in the house of God! Praise God that His power is being made known through his Church! (Eph. 10)
    Praise the Jesus, for the power of the gospel, that causes a man to come out of sin and death, and into life and godliness!
    Praise the Lord for his grace that gives us the power to serve Him…and Him alone!

    The Apostle Paul said in Eph. 3:6,
    “I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.”
    Praise the Lord!

  77. Isaiah 9:2-7…The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; of those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest; as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in battle will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

    The Lord has been doing amazing things, UFC! He has given us light and hope in this dark world, he has given us joy in our sorrow and he has broken the chains that have bound us for our entire lives…chains of insecurity, fear, despair! Jesus Christ died for each and every one of us so that we could come to know the Father! The Lord reigns with JUSTICE and RIGHTEOUSNESS from that time on and FOREVER! Praise be to God!!! Praying that we all come prepared and expecting tonight! So excited!

  78. It has truly been an amazing time at UFC! God has been coming through and changing lives in new and awesome ways! Something that has really stuck with me is from the sermon on Sunday, where Pastor Janeth was teaching about how marriage reflects Christ and the church. We are to be a pure and spotless bride that are set apart for the Lord—made holy for Him and Him alone! Part of our reading for Bible study is Ephesians 1:4: “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.” He chose us! He loved us first! He predestined us to be His! When we come into the realization that He has called us as His own, we can’t go back to being who we were! He has loved me through every single season, from before I was born, and that love has included discipline that has brought me into a deeper understanding of who He is and the joy of coming into a deeper relationship with Him. Truly, once we are in Christ and at the foot of the cross, we are in freedom! Pastor also spoke on Sunday about how if a bride was about to leave with a stain on her dress, she would have to clean it up, she would never leave with that stain on the dress. Oh the joy of knowing that the Bridegroom Jesus will be coming back for His church that has made themselves ready for Him! I am so thankful that He has called us to be His and for the glory He has called us to, for Him and His Name alone! What can He not do?!?!

  79. I am really thankful for Pastor’s teaching on justice last night. I have never really understood the real meaning of Isaiah 58 until now. Ephesians 5:10 says “find out what pleases the Lord.” We learned in Isaiah 58 that the Lord desires a lifetime of fasting… the kind of fasting where we are forever seeking to bring His justice to others.

    I think about how God has brought justice into my life. I have been fought for, cared for, and shown a whole new way of life that I had never known, demonstrated through Pastor and her family- a life of true peace, joy, laughter, and love that can only be found in Christ. (I know we all got to taste of that joy and laughter last night!)

    After last night’s teaching, I am reflecting on all the ways God has brought justice to me and how it is time for me to bring God’s justice to others.

  80. I am still rejoicing over last night’s prayer service. Never have I experienced such joy! I woke up this morning thanking the Lord for his faithfulness to our Church, as he always comes through for us. Nothing can restore a soul like the presence of God. He can take a place that is arid and dry, fill it up with his refreshing waters, and bring life into the dead areas in our lives. Where there is tiredness he brings energy, where there is stress, he replaces it with peace. When the Lord shows up you never want to be without him, for even a minute. You can think of nothing more than wanting to serve him, all the days of your life! He came through for all of us last night. Just like the below Psalm says my mouth was filled with laughter. I felt like a child so full of hope and faith that I believe the Lord could do absolutely anything! None of us wanted to leave. “The Lord has done great things for them.” All day at work when I thought about last night I smiled. Nothing can take away the joy that only the Lord can give. It’s not like the world gives that slowly fades. It lasts and brings your faith to such new levels. I am really in expectation for all the Lord will continue to do!

    Psalm 126:2-3
    Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
    Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
    The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy.

  81. What a powerful message from Pastor last week when she spoke about how quickly God’s glory faded from Moses’s face because he was under the Old Covenant. The Old Covenant, with all its rules and regulations, could only change a person on the outside. It could never reach down deep inside to change the heart. That was me for years, trying to follow the rules but never having a transformed heart.
    I’m thankful today that the Father sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the mediator of a new and better covenant! Under the New Covenant, God’s glory doesn’t have to fade away. Instead of rules and regulations, I get to know Him and love Him! He has changed my heart. He has transformed me from the inside out and is taking me from glory to glory… ever increasing…always going forward!
    2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

  82. Good afternoon Church!

    This morning the Lord brought me to Psalm 45 and I wanted to share a few verses. We have been talking about being the radiant bride of Christ, and last night we were filled with the joy of the Lord, learned about God’s justice, and declared that it smells like victory!
    This Psalm talks exactly about each of those things…how great is God’s timing?!

    v4. In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility, and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.
    v6. Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever’ a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
    v7…therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.
    v11. Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.
    v13. All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold.
    v15. Led in with joy and gladness, they enter the palace of the king.

    I encourage everyone to read the psalm in its entirety, being I only listed a few of its wonderful verses.
    May we reflect the Glory of the Lord this day and go forth with the JOY of the Lord as our strength!

  83. Hello UFC,
    I want to share what God has been speaking and doing in me.
    In many ways the demands for my time and testing of my abilities at work have been increasing more and more. In all that goes on in the hospital on a daily basis and what is expected of me to repair equipment, attend meetings, document procedures and inventories, interview perspective job applicants, mentor and train interns from surrounding local colleges, and generally serve the needs of others that need help, I see my great need for God to lead me. As I have been relying on the Lord He has directed me on how to obey, move, speak, and act so as not to dishonor Him. The Lord has revealed that it is truly a new season because in all of this change and the increasing demands on me it is really not for me to be a better employee, but a training in trusting, relying, and obeying the very words God has spoken to me. All that is allowed to happen in my life is an opportunity to honor and glorify God. I am so thankful that we have Pastors that teach and preach the full counsel of God.
    So I’m reminded of God’s word that simply reads:
    Philippians 4:13
    13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
    A small and simple verse in His word, but when believed on and acted on it becomes the Living and Active Word of God!
    God bless you all, my family.

  84. Oh boy, Ephesians 1, I’m still in it! There’s so very much, what Christ did for us and what His Holy Spirit does in us.
    “In Him” am I in Him today? I pray so,..everyday I should be seriously dealing with just that.. I have been ransomed through the blood of Jesus – a sacrifice for the full range of forgiveness to restore me to a right relationship with God, to peace, to love, to victory against satan. The full range of “In Him”. Can I even grasp the depths!
    And God said, let there be light.
    John 1:4 reads In Him was life and that life was the light of all mankind.
    Ephesians 1:4 For he chose us “In Him” before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
    “In Him” united with Jesus, in the presence of the Lord.
    I pray the eyes of my heart be opened in everyway to the fullness of Him who fills every thing in every way. Bless you Lord and bless your Holy Church.

  85. It is life changing, transforming and awe inspiring to be under the teaching and preaching of our pastors. Pastor Janeth was teaching us from the book of Ephesians about Christ and our spiritual blessings through Him this past Thursday. It really hit my mind and my heart when she told us “God has given the earth to satan but He has given us The Kingdom!” His Kingdom. When I look around me I see that all that is in this world is truly nothing. I realize what I have been given, after being dead in my transgressions and sins, following the ways of this world and the ruler of the kingdom of this air, the spirit who is at work in those who disobey (Ephesians 2) and deserving of wrath. But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy made me alive with Christ even when I was dead in all my transgressions.
    It is by Grace that I have been saved. Saved from myself and saved from the wrath of God. I have been given a kingdom, of mercy, love, forgiveness, abundant life, fellowship with God The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, a kingdom of restoration, love for God and from God, love of one another, signs, wanders, miracles, healing of all kind, The Bride of Christ, and all for the Glory of our Eternal, most wonderful, sweetest, righteous, just and all powerful God.
    \Thank you Father for The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ thru whom we have redemption!

  86. Hello UFC,
    This verse in Ephesians 1:4-6 has really been blowing my mind and hitting my heart.
    “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ in accordance with his pleasure and will- to the praise of his glorious grace, which he freely given us in the One he loves”.

    The God of all creation thought of me, us, his church before the beginning of time and has the perfect plan already laid out before me to follow and obey. There is nothing in me that is holy or can be without his holy spirit living inside of my heart and guiding me each and every day as to what his will is. When I read this it gives me a hope and faith that is only coming from Jesus Christ. To know that he hand picked me and each one of us to be here at United Faith Church for such a time as this what a great love that could only come from God the Father. I’m so undeserving of it, and in seeing this knowing that he paid the price for me on the cross, it is beginning to stir up thankfulness that I have not had before.

    Jeremiah 1:5 says :
    “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart”.

    All I can say is this is crazy to me. What a loving God that he would set me apart before I was even formed to be a part of his family and his great plan. He knew me and that is so intimate and detailed of the mighty God we serve. My mind cannot comprehend it, nor does it need to. I believe in my heart that he has called me for such a time ONLY to make his name known. What a great salvation he has called the chosen ones to. I’m SO thankful that God is opening up my eyes to come into a real relationship with him, to come into truly knowing God and the transforming power that he is able to do it and I cannot!

    Blessings Church!!!

  87. Sunday service was a powerful reminder of the gift of grace that we have received from God the father through his Son Jesus Christ. So many around the world are still trying to cleanse themselves to enter into the presence of the living God. Through ritual, repetition, and sacrifice they work for the chance to enter into that holy place where God resides. But we who have not worked, enter in through the torn curtain (the body of Jesus) and see God face to face. Not at all to be taken lightly as we freely receive something that has cost so much. I am so thankful that God has granted the opportunity for us to see him, touch him, to abide with him. Especially when we were once transgressors, and far from Him, but He has brought us near through the blood of Christ. (Eph. 2:13)
    Let us draw near to God and make our union known!

  88. I wanted to share what the Lord has been showing me since our last bible study. Pastor started out on Thursday speaking about the “Parable of the Sower” found in Matthew 13. As she was speaking I began to really see how important our foundation as Christians really is. If we are not built upon the rock, which is Jesus, then we will never truly be saved. We might look good for awhile but we will never bear the fruit that we are supposed to bear. Jesus died on the cross so that I may live. Not to just live my own way or do my own thing but to live an abundant life. Not an abundance of the things of this world but in abundance of peace, joy, love and so much more. To live in the power and authority that He has placed inside of us that we can only receive because of His obedience unto death. Pastor talked about how when we aren’t walking in obedience we loose God along the way. When we decide to go off the path or make our own choices we essentially loose God. Some people think that that doesn’t happen but it does because I have been there. God can not live with sin. It’s as simple as that. After hearing this message on Thursday I kept thinking about the verse in Joshua 24:15. It says “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” There is no back sliding in the kingdom of God. You are either for Him or against Him. Just like in the army you are either a soldier or you aren’t. There is no inbetween. This day and forever me and my household will serve the Lord !

  89. To those that attended United Faith Church today and heard the message, I want to say wow! The message of the purpose for the church was so amazing as the Lord moved in Pastor Janeth to reveal the truths that have been forgotten by our culture today. Never will I see marriage the same, never will I see the church the same. The unity between a man and a woman being a representation of God and the Church leaves me in awe of His perfect design of the world around us! The Lord has lifted the veil from over my eyes to see the Bridegroom for who He is!

    We are truly blessed and can never remain the same!

    Bless you guys,

    Dwight

  90. Since Tuesday’s Prayer Service, the Lord has been speaking to me more and more about what it means not just to show up to services ready and expecting, but to live in expectation constantly. As I’m searching the Word, I quickly see how many of the places where the Lord speaks of hope, it actually means expectation.

    Psalms 62:5 – “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation [is] from him.”

    There is certainty and faith, more than what I typically attribute to “hope”, that cannot be separated from our expectation of the power and presence of God. I saw that on Tuesday and I see it constantly in Pastor Janeth’s life and in others that have committed themselves to that mindset. That’s the heart the Lord is beginning to stir up in me, and that I’m stirring up myself, because I won’t forget the fruit of what I saw accomplished in Honduras. I won’t forget that it was Pastor Janeth at 16 years old that set the lives of those in Nueva Suyapa on the course that led them to where they are now. I have seen what faith and expectation in God can accomplish through a willing vessel. I now want to be a vessel for that purpose as well!

  91. One of the things that I remember the most about the wedding in Honduras was the spirit I saw in the bride and the groom towards the Lord. Don’t get me wrong, they were so excited, but in the couple days leading up to the wedding itself, they spoke so much of the Lord and what He had done. They boasted of His goodness and, through their speech and their lives, made constant petitions for their friends to rejoice in the Lord with the same hope they had.

    “For as a young man marries a virgin, So your sons will marry you; And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So your God will rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:5

    I saw a young man rejoice in the Lord so much and all the more as he awaited his wedding day. I can’t begin to imagine what awaits me if God rejoices over me in this way – so I’m choosing even today to marry the Lord, trusting that the veil is being removed and I am being transformed. How great are the promises of God for us!

    As someone who has focused so much on emotions and situations and really just self-centeredness, I was convicted by the demonstration of their love for the Lord, for each other, and for their friends. Remembering the joy I saw in them, and challenged all the more by Pastor Janeth’s sermon yesterday, I wait with expectation to know the power of Christ and His resurrection in me to the extent God has for me, not simply to the extent that I can perceive it or am comfortable with it.

    I desire the power of a transformed life, of an undying love, and of a hope that propels fruitful Christian living in the same ways that I’ve seen it lived before me. Instead of it being because I want to feel a certain way though, it’s because my heart yearns for others like those at El Pichete to have the same joy and hope I’ve seen in the lives of those taking shape in Nueva Suyapa. And I want to be a part of it.

  92. As many of you know, we care for a lot of children in Honduras. Every Sunday morning we have 80-90 kids that come to children’s church… and we feed every one of them! It is absolutely incredible to see the joy the Lord brings each of these kids. They come to church knowing that God is a treasure…in His house they receive food and are taken care of!

    Because the Lord is seen and treated as the treasure that He is, there is such a selflessness that pours out. Not only among the teachers who wake up early to teach the kids before adult service, or the women who come to cook for all of the kids before service, but this selflessness is in the children as well. After church on Sunday, we went down the mountain to visit our children in El Pichete (who we also saw earlier in the morning). We brought them candy and they were so excited and thankful for one piece of candy. The kids that had siblings took their first piece and said they would bring it to their brother or sister. When I went to give the kids another piece of candy they all told me “I was already given one”. When I told them “I know, would you like another…it is for you” they lit up saying thank you and hugging one another, celebrating for this treat that God provided.

    These are kids that are sometimes only fed when coming to the church and yet when offered more candy were restrained to make sure everyone else had a piece first. What selflessness, humility, and thankfulness are in the hearts of these children because they treasure all that God does for them. I am praying we will all see God as the treasure He is, just like these kids do!

    Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

  93. The Lord revealed to me that my hands are blessed because they are USED TO bless!

    In Honduras we talked a lot about the justice of God. What is God’s justice and how is it displayed on Earth as it is in Heaven? The Lord is just when His people live a life of fasting which He tells us about in Isaiah 58.
    “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? To share your food with hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter…”

    We have seen this life of fasting and the reward over and over again through Pastors’ lives. I was able to further see so clearly this fasting in action by the way (as Patty talked about) sacrifices were made for us. I also think about how around Christmas time our church in Nueva Suyapa wrapped up portions of their food and gave it to the poor. When they told Pastor Janeth about this she replied “…but you’re poor!” Being there with everyone and recalling this story brought Isaiah 58 to life, our people are poor and yet they give all that they have for others that are poor (this is true fasting). As a result, they receive showers of blessings as promised in Isaiah 58 “…your light will break forth like the day, righteousness will go before you, the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard”.

    There is only life in fasting. It is the time to “loose the chains of injustice”. It is wrong that our family is sleeping in mud, in houses without concrete that flood when it rains, that our children are failing gym class because they cannot afford a gym uniform!

    Colossians 3:23 says “whatever you do work heartedly for the Lord and not for man, knowing it is from the Lord you receive your reward”. Let us do the work of God (Isaiah 58) and bring justice to the unjust!

    …my hands are blessed because they are used to bless

  94. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35

    So much of what I experienced in Honduras comes back to love. I can’t describe how grateful I am for seeing the love displayed in this church and as I was asking the Lord more about it, He began to change my heart. See I realized that I’ve called those at Iglesia Fe Unida my brothers and sisters for so long, but being there and seeing the need and hearing more of their stories, I began asking myself – “If my sister was hungry, would I go to bed leaving her in that position?” or “If my brother had no roof, would I go to sleep without providing it knowing I had the means to do so?”. I wouldn’t and I won’t anymore.

    “All the believers were together and had everything in common.” Acts 2:44

    The Lord is transforming how I look at what it means to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, of what it means to love.

  95. One of the most powerful things I encountered while in Honduras was the dependency everyone has on one another and the Lord. There is nothing to “hide behind” in Honduras and so everyone knows exactly what is going on with one another and they rely on each other and God to be fed, sheltered, sent to school, and so on and so forth. Because of this dependency there is such an abundance of love and care for one another. If one doesn’t look good, no one looks good because they are all united.
    Just because we in America have things and are able to “take care of ourselves” the dependency on one another and the Lord should still be the same… “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

    What the Lord was really able to show me is that it goes back to our sermon a couple of weeks ago about remaining with the Lord and really knowing that: “apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). When we are truly connected we remain and are one. This oneness is what produces a contagious joy that never ends, for when the church is one, God is pleased.

    “then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind” Philippians 2:2

  96. “For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself.” Romans 14:7

    As we’re reading Romans and I look at my time spent in Honduras, this verse jumped out at me. During the time we spent with the church in Honduras, the people there demonstrated what it means not to live for themselves. The needs in their lives have taught them to rely on one another completely – loving each other, taking care of one another, and helping to provide for one another – and we were blessed to experience it first hand as well, seeing it in the cost it took to care for me.

    I saw it in Blanca and Chali in every meal that I ate that was painstakingly prepared with fresh water separate from what everyone else made. Not only did they rise early and work diligently to prepare meals for hundreds of people, but they prepared separate meals for each of us to ensure we didn’t get sick, and not one of us did. There was a cost to them to ensure my health.

    The same was true for our drivers. At different times throughout the week Carlos, Brian, Johnny, or Ronald took time off of work or stayed up late despite having work early the next morning to drive us to and from our hotel or different locations. They loaded and unloaded the trucks, went all over town with us, and dropped us off and found parking at each point to ensure we had the transportation we needed. One of the drivers literally fell asleep at the dinner table when given the night off, and one I saw making up for work on his laptop in the time he had to do so. They considered it joy to provide transportation for us, but again I saw the cost.

    As we were leaving, the young adults had gotten presents for each of us as well to remind us of our time with them. Many of them have been unable to find jobs and still live in such poverty, but they pooled their money to ensure we each had something to go home with. I may never know the cost to some of them to provide me those gifts, but I won’t forget it.

    And that’s just a few examples. In this last week the Lord began to really open my eyes to see more and more the ways I’ve taken for granted the cost it takes to love and to serve truly and consistently. He’s beginning to show me more and more of the cost my Pastors and their family have paid to demonstrate the gospel to me and show me the love of Christ and again I’m challenged to be like-minded. To look at my life and see the ways I’ve lived for myself and purposing my heart to live for others because of the same love I’ve seen demonstrated to me.

  97. I cannot describe being in Honduras with all of our brothers and sisters in any better way than this:

    “As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy” Luke 1:44

    My spirit leapt in the presence of our family because the Holy Spirit is one and so it is recognized in any place no matter the language. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have spent time with everyone and I look forward to sharing all that I have learned and experienced!

  98. “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:7

    I can’t wait to tell all of you of the things the Lord did and taught me during my time in Honduras, but I’ll start with one of the first things that really blew me away, the way we were welcomed when we arrived – truly as brothers and sisters in the family of God. Their love for us runs so genuine and deep and it was easily poured out as they hugged us and kissed us and held us and laughed with us, asking about all of you as they asked about us. It was amazing to experience their love and gratitude – and it was humbling.

    I had heard many of their stories from Pastor and knew of a lot of their circumstances, so seeing their hope in the Lord and the way it was poured out demonstrated such a pure love that I knew I didn’t deserve, but received because of Pastor Janeth’s love and faithfulness towards them for all of these years. Where in so many ways I have simply soaked it up, they have held on to it as a lifeline in their hearts from which everything else poured out. “For out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45 Their blessings and love towards us was the fruit of the years of blessings and love poured out to them and it challenges me to do the same, to take all that I have received and to give it back out.

  99. Psalm 86-11-13
    Teach me your way, O Lord,
    and I will walk in your truth;
    give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear you name.
    I will praise you, O Lord my God, with
    all of my heart;
    I will glorify your name forever.
    For great is your love toward me;
    you have delivered me from the
    depths of the grave.
    Psalm 86-11-13

    This really touched my heart while reading it. As David cried out to God to know him it reminded me, of how we have been learning the word, and how important it is, so we can follow him. I found myself also praying for an undivided heart, a heart that is fully devoted to God. The praising God part came easily as this week he has really been opening my eyes to all that the he has done for me, and my family. I deserved the grave as the Psalmist wrote, yet Jesus made a way for me and delivered me from the grave. This has been such a special week, and I am thankful to the Lord for it!

  100. Psalm 51:6
    Surely you desire truth in the inner parts, you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

    What a love that the Father has that He desires to place truth and teach us wisdom in our inmost being. The Gospel of The Lord Jesus Christ is one that is not powerless but changes a man not through the ability of that man but through the ability of God! There are physical and sometimes habitual things that person may change about themselves. However to be able to change the inner most part of oneself is impossible, it is as impossible as changing one’s DNA. However with God through the Lord Jesus Christ transformation is what He can do through faith in His word and Spirit.

    These past weeks have been transforming for me and my household. I have been touched by God, enlightened and even felt His presence. There has been transformation in parts, but these past weeks God has been able to go DEEP! Down to the inner man, the core of who I am. Through faith in The Lord Jesus Christ, God has made a way were through obedience in His word and The Holy Spirit transformation comes! His truths are entering my inner most being and through His word with the Holy Spirit He is teaching me by His wisdom that comes from His truth. The way I think, perceive and even feel toward the way I live have been completely changed and freedom has come. Joy has been entering, His love has been increasing and His salvation is here. The love that is in this verse is the love a Father has while teaching His son as He desires the best for His child. What a deep and intimate love.

    Thank God for His truth and wisdom that when enters an individual to the core of who they are produces salvation and transformation. I am excited for service tomorrow and all that is to come in our Savior The Lord Jesus Christ. Thank God for such a love that He desires to share with us.

    Ephesians 3:16-17
    I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in you inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

    God bless you UFC!

    See you all tomorrow as we celebrate the Love of Our King, Father and Savior!

  101. Job 19:25-27
    As I was thinking about people of faith I was led to these verses. We know Job’s story. God allowed Satan to run rampant over Job. Sores, boils that were so irritating he was scratching them with pieces of broken glass. His 3 friends were of no help. Their idea was that Job must have sinned and therefore God was punishing him. Yet even in his suffering, even though he said God counted him as an enemy. That his friends, family, servants and acquaintances had shunned and forgotten him he said “i know my that my Redeemer lives, and in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes– I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”
    I thought about how beautiful were his words. Knowing he needed a savior but also knowing there WAS and IS a savior. That he would see the face of his redeemer and be rescued from all his troubles. He didn’t know there was a Jesus but in his heart the spirit of God worked to give him knowledge of what would come. Praise you O Lord and King for the revelation you give to those who “fear the lord and shun evil”. Faith through our savior and redeemer Jesus Christ by which we come into peace with God. And we rejoice in this hope as Job rejoiced in his.

  102. Romans 8:37-39
    No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
    For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
    Neither height nor depth, nor anything else is a creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    For two weeks God, has had me pray this out loud while listening to each word in the verses and they are bearing life to my soul. It truly is a miracle when the word of God does not simply remain on a page but is activated in our lives bearing life! These verses are alive and true, and now alive in my heart.

    In everything we who are called by God through Christ Jesus are more than conquerors through His power knowing He loved us first, trusting in His love. Trusting in His word especially when tested means that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. When God instilling that faith in His word by standing each time these past two weeks has caused that truth to become my truth. I am convinced that nothing can separate me from the love of God through Christ Jesus.

    As we take that word and when we stand in faith in the word of God Jesus Christ becomes our Lord. God becomes our father. A transformation begins to occur taking us away from trusting in self and or emotion, or intellect and we become a new creation. Therefore, the Word is alive in our lives. In the standing through the times of testing right then is when we are NOT separated from God but we remain with Him through the power of His love. Right at that moment that we stand we are saved as we trust His word, The Cross and the Holy Spirit.
    Be convinced that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
    Rejoice that through His love for us nothing can separate us from God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    God Bless UFC!

  103. In the reading this week, the Lord was speaking to me through Hebrews 6:7-8. “Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.”

    The land that produces thorns and thistles is the land that was cursed because of Adam’s sin, because he rebelled against the word of God and disobeyed. Gen. 3:17-18 says “cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you.” This land is man, cursed because of sin, hard, fallow and dry but it was not intended for man to stay this way. God had a way to bring his people back to the fertile, fruitful garden he created. In the Old Testament, if someone shed blood, only their blood could break the curse and in the New Testament we know that the wages of sin is death. Instead of us being required to shed our blood for our sin – Jesus stood in our place and shed his blood in our stead. When his blood hit the ground, the curse was broken, we no longer need to be the hard, barren land that produces only thorns and thistles but can be restored back to what we were created to be- a well-watered garden that produces the abundant fruit of the word.

    In Genesis, the garden was flourishing and bountiful with all sorts of plants and vegetation and God provided streams that came up from the earth to water the whole land. The river he provided had four parts – Pishon, Gihon, Tigris and Euphrates. When I looked up each of these words, they revealed the Lord’s heart for his garden and how his great design was for us to be the first land- the one that produces a crop that is useful. Pishon = increase, Gihon = bursting forth, Tigris = rapid and Euphrates = fruitfulness. God has provided us his word, the streams of life so that we can bear fruit that testifies of him, fruit that multiplies, bursts forth and is abundant. And this fruit lasts because the curse was broken once and for all…

    Ezekiel 34:26-27 “I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing. The trees will yield fruit and the ground will yield their crops; the people will be secure in their land. they will know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hands of those who enslaved them.”

  104. Matthew 22:37-39
    Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
    This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it.
    Love your neighbor as yourself.”

    Hey Church of The Most High,

    I am so excited for this new year! I am so excited because God this year is going to cause His people to accomplish the first two commandments through a powerful supernatural move of the Holy Spirit! God this year more then ever has made it clear to me and my house hold how we were never meant to “love” God with our love, try do it in our strength, and that to truly love is never without cost, joy and never burdensome. This year, this month, this very week I know that the Most High is making a way through the Holy Spirit to cause us His people to be able to do what we want to do according to His will. We are able to love God!

    Hallelujah to the Most High for He will cause us His people, my house including myself to love Him with a Godly love.
    To be able to do what I want to do according with my Lord, Savior and my King. LOVE!
    To Love Him and His people with my whole being through Him!
    Hallelujah!

    God Bless You UFC!

  105. Ephesians 4
    Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ

    4 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

    Hello Church, Praise God and all He is doing in our family.
    As I woke this morning, the Lord gave me this word, “Baptism”. I asked for a deeper knowledge of what He was telling me, but I never saw it this way.
    God was showing me, Baptism IS (Water) but it went deeper than that. God showed me that each time we seek his word and open our bibles, his light appears shining and speaking into our soul. God’s word causes this baptism(purification of thought) in our mind and our souls, cleansing us of our impurities. I was amazed and even now, I’m thinking of how this fits in with the Pastor speaking about how the streams should be flowing smoothly in us!
    Let your river flow through us, Christ, Jesus our Savior! Amen!

    John 7:38
    Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

    Thank you God of all creation, for the privilege to serve you and glorify your Holy Name!! I pray that we all (one family) are worthy of the calling we have received!
    What an AWESOME time to be alive! Hallelujah!

  106. Hebrews 3:12-15…See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as t is call “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”

    This verse from our reading this week really hit my heart. Sin is deceitful, which means it leads us away from God. If we do not walk on this journey with our Lord Jesus Christ on a DAILY basis, we will eventually be overtaken by sin. The word of God clearly says we must do this to the very end. Thank you for your word…(the truth) that is sharper than any double-edged sword!

  107. 2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
    After last night at prayer service, as Pastor Janeth talked about how the Word is everything and how it will transform us this year, I see this verse. Knowledge of him means that we have sight because we have the Word inside of us ready to light the way, ready to meet every challenge on our journey. Not something external that we go after in a time of need, it has to already be inside. Just like on a road trip you can only use what you take with you and you never know what you might run into, but the Word is everything we need!

  108. It’s officially been the first week of the new year, and I am excited to say Happy New Year, UFC! It isn’t just a new year, it’s a new time for the church and for all of us. It’s a new season in every single way! As Pastor Janeth taught about on New Years, it is all about JESUS and HIM alone! I can’t wait to see what will happen this year and season as God brings us into a new place, a new time, a new walk with Him! HAPPY NEW BEGINNINGS!

  109.   This week while visiting patients at the hospital, a rather “outspoken” nurse ​asked,​ “what do you do here​?​”. I told her I pray for people and she said ​rather​ loud​ly​ “no, I mean what exactly do you do here​?​”. I responded​ by​ saying “I pray for people who want prayer”. She ​responded boldly​, “then pray for God to give me money​.​ ​T​hat’s all I need”. I responded “let’s be honest, that’s not all you need. That’s not all anybody needs”. ​”​Yes it is​.​ Every night I pray “God, give me money, and He never does”.
       This morning, while on the treadmill, the Holy Spirit said “the only difference between her and ​where​ your heart was for many years, is ​that ​she had no religion so she would ​say what was on her heart​. She had the guts to be honest! You always tried to protect your reputation!​”​
       It really made me reflect once again how God has changed this heart of “the love of money” to a heart that “wants to share the gospel and who Jesus Christ is” at every opportunity. The most exciting part of every day use​d​ to be “how much did I sell today and how much did the stock market ​go​ up”. Today it is “God is touching that person or that person heard the gospel for the first time today or look how God is changing that person!​”​
        Only God​…..​ Only God can change a man’s heart and I pray He continues to work in mine and yours everyday to become more like Jesus Christ.
    I am just so thankful for His grace and His mercy.
        What an amazing God we serve!

  110. So many people are out in the world blind to God, without hope, and are just trying to get by. Yet the Lord in his mercy has made a way for us to hear the powerful gospel message. The message of the cross has the power to transform a life. It is transforming mine, and so many people around me. We don’t have to remain in a state of hopelessness, unrest, or fear of the future ahead; instead, we can choose to trust in the Lord. He is the one who has all the answers we need. He has given us his instruction book The Bible for every situation we have in life. As we are delving deeper into the word every week at Bible study, we are learning how powerful the word is, and how to apply it to our daily lives. As the Holy Spirit renews us and activates his word in us, it brings life and hope, not only to us, but also to those around us. I am looking forward to 2017 and all the plans that the Lord has for us! Those who trust in him are never disappointed!

    Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

  111. Psalm 32 1-6
    Blessed (how joyful) is the ones whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
    Blessed (how joyful) is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them, and whose whose spirit is in no deceit.
    When I kept silent, my bones became brittle from my groaning all day long.
    For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was drained as in heat of summer.
    Then I acknowledged my sin to You, and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “l will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forave the guilt of my sin.
    Selah (rest)
    Therefore let all the Faithful pray to You while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    The good news is there is a Road Block, do not enter, the past is over!!! We are not the same. Dont turn around, keep moving, dont look back. For the Lord has done it, He has wiped it clean, like an Etch o stetch. We can now move on in the divine nature of the kingdom.
    2 Peter 1:4
    By this he has given us very great and precious promises, co that through them we may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires.
    Its a new trail marked with justice and righteousness, and is lit with His footprints to assure the Way, when we remain in Him with the obediance to the Father. Wow! No longer blind and lost. The waters will not overtake us as in the flood, we will draw that water simply by staying on course, drawing from the water that satifies, life sustaining. The new life of peace.
    Lord thank you for your life. Thank you for lighting our path, I pray your eternal Word as a lamp unto your peoples feet this day and forever..Thank you so much..

  112. Something I am understanding more deeply is the nature of God; To us, it is incomprehensible. Our God is a being that existed before time and created reality as we know it. Every atom draws its origin to Him. His rules are not ours, and it is likely that we could not comprehend His mind. This is a being that we should not know, and yet He desires us to. He wants to be near to us, and for us to know Him and His ways. More than that, He wishes to be our father and friend, as Jesus has said, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15)”

    This seemingly unknowable God has decided to make contact with His creation through and as Jesus Christ, revealing the Father and making Him known. He has chosen to call us friends, if only we will choose to know Him and follow His ways in return. This is the God that created all things, and yet wants me to enter fellowship with Him and be filled with Him, entering into His likeness. In this new year, I will choose to know Him and take a hold of everything Jesus Christ has revealed about the Father, not just to come to church and serve, but to really KNOW HIM and be His friend.

  113. Praise the Lord! What a week, as we heard the word on thursday, He is that sheild, He is that Rod, and His staff guides us…Jesus guides us to the Father. I thank God for being there, I thank Jesus for standing in the gap for my soul. I thank God for making this season calm and bright. I’m excited for tonight…the King is coming…Merry Christmas to all my family of United Faith Church here and in Honduras..Thank you, thank you, thank you…

  114. As Pastor joyfully preached this Sunday on the Word being lit up within us, I kept thinking just how important this message truly is. As she was speaking how the Word is a lamp unto our feet (Ps 113)…I was reminded how we read proverbs for bible study a few months back and how the Lord contrasts the foolish with the wise. Proverbs culminates with the Proverbs 31 woman…who represents the one who heeds the Word (as it teaches in Proverbs) and is wise for salvation…she is the bride of Christ (as we have been blessed with many sermons on)…men and women who make up His church…HER LAMP DOES NOT GO OUT! (Prov31:18).
    This is the very message of Christ’s parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids(Matt 25)! 10 bridesmaids were waiting for the Groom to call them to the wedding feast…all ten had lamps but only 5 had oil to light up the night and 5 did not—the wise ones didn’t just read the word (lamp) they obeyed it and were given oil to light it up!!! God gives the Holy Spirit (oil) to those who obey (Acts 5:32). They are not just readers of the word but the doers of the Word! They remain in Him and He remains in them…He is the unending power source of oil that ignites the lamp and brings us into eternal Life!!! Jesus is saying only those whose lamps are lit inherit the Kingdom of heaven! He gives Wisdom for Salvation…He is Good News of peace and reconciliation with God! He is the Word of Life that brings Light to mankind…”to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death(world), to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1:79 from Sunday’s sermon).
    Joy to the world!

  115. On Monday and Thursday night, Pastor was speaking about letting God direct people to our church instead of us advertising.
    Friday at the Rehab/Nursing facility, I was in the room of a patient and a worker comes in and says “excuse me, aren’t you the bible guy”? She proceeds to ask me “what time is the service at your church because I want to go there this Sunday”. I never spoke to her before, but God brought her in this guys room because she was searching for our church! Praise God He is moving!
        This is a follow up to my blog on 10-8-16 sharing how God healed the man and allowed him to walk after about 3 years of being in a wheel chair and very nearly dying. This man continues to progress to the point that about 3 weeks ago they started physical therapy walking again and now Hospice is being cancelled. His Hospice person is so touched by what the Lord has done that he said he wants to bring his family to Christmas eve service. Since the healing, this worker attends the weekly service at the rehab.
    What an amazing God we serve!

  116. “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.” 1John 5:1-2
    The Lord gave me this word this morning from our weekly reading. It reminds me of Pastors sermon on Sunday when she was speaking on the wells of Isaac and how he continued to dig and dig and dig again. As Pastor said though wells had been previously stopped up Isaac (loved God by) never giving up on the hope of that well providing for his family and the entire community to drink from. This word speaks loud because Isaac knew it was God who commanded him to continue to dig and gave him success even to this day where the well remains. Then Pastor commanded that the church (us) is called to be those wells. So she said that we must dig !! I ask God and He brought me to Psalm 119:10-16 ” I seek you with all my heart, do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I may not sin against you. Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.”
    Praise God we are given the full counsel of Him who is seated on His throne in the Heavens !! Thank you Lord for opening our eyes to your precepts. Thank you Lord that as we seek you we will become those wells that overflow of your goodness!!

  117. “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3

    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

    I love the joy that Pastor preached about on Sunday that comes with digging deep the wells of God in our hearts. It reminded me of the verse in Romans that really speaks of what that salvation brings – not just joy, but peace, trust, and hope – by the power of the Holy Spirit. I praise God for His Word that is springing up new life and for the power of His Holy Spirit who is teaching me daily more of what it means to trust in God. Praise You Lord!

  118. Since ancient times no one has heard,
    no ear has percieved,
    no eye has seen any God besides you,
    who acts on behalf of those who
    wait for him. Isaiah 64:4

    There was a time I believed I would never laugh again or that my heart would never stop hurting. When all of the plans I had for myself fell apart. I was devastated, and convinced that I would never be able to pick up the pieces of my broken life. It was during that time that the Lord came through and showed his love to me in a way that only he could do it. He brought Pastors family and dear friends to be his arms of love, to support both me, and my sons. Whether it came in the form of a warm meal, an encouraging phone call, a driving lesson for my son, or a night out of my house with friends, the Lord always came through. The sermons every Sunday pulled me out of the pit of despair and brought healing to my heart and mind. The Lord was pushing me to go forward even when I felt it was not possible. It was during those times when the Lord used the Church, to be his hands and feet. The Lord surrounded me with love when I needed it most. This Thanksgiving I was laughing so hard that tears were coming out of my eyes and it hit me. The Lord has done it. He has brought joy back into my heart. I am no longer in that place of hurt, and sadness. He has healed my broken heart. As the verse above says I have seen God act on my behalf and it has touched me in ways words can’t explain. I can speak of his faithfulness because I have experienced it. Just as his very word speaks of. Thank you Lord for your amazing love!

  119. Colossians 1:13-14
    For he has rescued us from the dominion of darknes and brought us into the kingdom of the son he loves. In whom we have redemption the forgiveness of sins.

    Happy thanksgiving United faith!!!

    It feels more like Christmas morning today! You know the excitement and anticipation that comes when you first wake up whether your young or old it doesn’t matter! My excitement comes from coming into the knowledge and understanding that I have been rescued! The lord Jesus looked down and saw the world steeped in wickedness and overwhelming darkness and like someone drowning in the water being pulled up to safety he grabbed my hand and pulled me up and took me in his loving arms and said you are safe now…with me! I’m understanding that things will still happen that I will go through to test my faith and see if I continue to believe in him but, he has rescued me before, is rescuing me today, and will continue to rescue me forever because that is what salvation is! Everytime I allow the Lord to rescue me I am obtaining more understanding of who he is and able to walk , think, act, and look more like Jesus and will soon help to rescue others with the same truths that set me free!!!
    Thank you Jesus so much for pulling me up out of the water when I was drowning in my own sin. You are soo amazing and truly there is no one like you!!!

  120. Give thanks to the Lord, for he alone is good!
    Enter his courts with thanksgiving and praise.
    Thank you for you have lifted my head.
    Thank you for you have shown me your grace, by openning my eyes, and because of that grace you have given your mercy.
    Thank you you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, your love never fails.
    Thank you for the family united in faith, and my pastors for loving , when I was unlovable. Thank you for the sanctuary, you have lavished on your people.
    Thank you king of kings…one day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere…
    Praise Him

  121. 1 John 3:1-3
    “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,[a] we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”
    If I ever had any idea of who I am, whatever it was; must be destroyed with my flesh daily.
    The one and only God of the universe has and always will love His children. There are no conditions that can change this fact. But we cannot stay the same. I can speak of how much love God has for me by going into my personal story of discipline, mercy, and love by saving my life from the cancer that was supposed to kill me. More importantly I will speak of how much He demonstrated His love for me and all His children when He suffered and died on the cross for all of our sins. There is no one else who could ever accomplish the reconciliation to the Father and demonstrate this love as selflessly as Jesus did. He truly has lavished His love on us. Jesus Christ is the savoir of the world!
    Without thankfulness to God for the love He lavished on me, my life is one of mediocracy.
    But with a heart of thanksgiving and the hope I have in Him I can live a significant life in Him that demonstrates the same love that Jesus Christ has for those who love Him.
    Thank you Lord Jesus for the hope you have given me by showing me my sins and giving me the opportunity to turn from them.
    He will reveal the sons of God to the world and His glory be known as we purify ourselves as He is pure.
    Thank you Lord for you are good and your love endures forever.

  122. 13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. 1 John 4:13-16

    I am seeing so much lately, how much I need the Holy Spirit and also how much the gift of his Holy Spirit is the biggest demonstration of the Love God has for us. Without the Spirit, I can’t do anything that’s holy, I can’t be righteous, I can’t please God – but Jesus made it so that he can live in us through his Spirit, who leads us into everything that’s godly. The last verse, we rely on the love of God really hit me. I can trust and rest in the fact that God loved me so much that he gave me his very own Spirit so that I can be just like him! What love! Thank you Lord for your precious Spirit!

  123. So often we say that God’s timing is always perfect.  Yesterday that became a reality for me in a huge way.
      I share the bible with a lady at rehab.  She genuinely  loves learning the word and is always eager and
    ready to schedule a time to get together. I was going to meet her there later in the
    afternoon, but was led to go there earlier, at 11:00. 
    When I arrived at her room, her door was closed.  I knocked but there was no answer.  I slowly pushed the
    door open, quietly calling her name.  To my surprise, the lady was lying sideways on her bed, passed out.  I gently
    shook her, calling her name, but with very little response.
    She is diabetic, and I sensed immediately what was going on…..low sugar. I prayed a quick prayer and  I ran to the
    nurse’s station to get help. Having no idea how long she had been in this state, I knew time was critical.  Thankfully 2 nurses responded 
     and were able to give her glucose and some orange juice as she slowly came around.  Her blood sugar had literally plummeted to 32.
      She shared later that if it had gone any lower,she would have gone into seizures.  This lady’s room is at the very end of the hall,
    and not one person, other than the nurses that I had ran to get,  came by the entire hour I was with her.   
    I praise God that He led me to see her when He did.  I praise God that His mercies are new every morning.  I praise God that
    I was witness to  His mercy and His perfect timing and that a life was spared to come to know Him. 
    How awesome is our God saves!

  124. The Lord woke me up this morning with the word “Salvation.” What joy and peace there is in knowing that He is the ark of my salvation.

    Through Jesus Christ, the Father has saved me from sin and from stumbling around in the dark. But what is even more incredible is that He has saved me to Himself! Lord, what a great salvation you are for those who put their trust in you!

    1 Peter 1:8-9
    Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

  125. What a blessing to be able to come together in the presence of God!… then again, and then again, and again. Praise God for His faithfulness.

    Pastor’s teachings on Noah and the Ark has been a great banquet hasn’t it? It is still feeding me and leaving me with a desire to go back for more. Noah’s heart for God, the people who thought he was crazy, his saved family, the storm, the migration of the animals, the raven and the dove; waiting on God, His covenant , the rainbow, there’s too much to write about. Over all though, what stands out is the Sovereignty of God.

    Along with the account of Noah, the one of Zacchaeus keeps running through my mind. Luke 19 tells us that he was the chief tax-collector that had heard about Jesus and his healing miracles. He was a short man with many short comings, as well. It didn’t stop him from finding a way to see Jesus when he heard that he was passing through his hometown. The crowds made it impossible for Zacchaeus to get a glimpse. So he ran ahead, where he knew Jesus would walk and climbed a tree. Most would be too embarrassed to do such a thing, but he had to see Jesus for himself! Such determination! Jesus called him down and Zacchaeus ‘ life was changed forever.

    What I love about this is, God knew the storm was coming. He knew Jesus would be walking through Jericho at that time. He provided the ark for Noah and He provided the tree for Zacchaeus.

    God’s Sovereignty remains. The bible tells us Jesus is coming again and the times will be like the days of Noah. The world is a crazy and unsteady place, seemingly spinning out of control. No worries to those who remain in Him, though. God is faithful. He has provided for us, as well. Our Ark and Tree of Life is in Jesus, our Salvation.

    God’s Word is Good and plentiful, always drawing us back for more. Praise be to God.

  126. Woke up this morning singing a song we sing at Church by the Newsboys. This is the chorus.

    Make a way for
    Make a way for
    Make a way for the King
    The King is coming

    I realized when singing it the only way I could describe my feelings would be the word content or as we learned last night, shalom.

    Content- in a state of peaceful happiness.

    Shalom- peace

    Last nights teaching brought me to a new level of trust in the Lord. Pastor Janeth taught about coming back to the covenant with God, not worrying about the future, and that God is more than able. There was so much more but those are just a few points that really touched my heart. What a way to start the day! Praise Jesus!

  127. “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere” Psalm 84:10a NIV

    UFC, What an amazing week this has been gathering together and worshiping in the beautiful home the LORD has provided for us. Truly nothing compares to praising and worshiping him day and night or being in the sanctuary praying in the peacefulness of his presence.

    Yes Lord, “A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else!” Psalm 84:10a NLT

  128. This morning I just have to praise Jesus for all that he has done and thank him. As my son and I were praying the Lord brought us to
    Psalm 126.

    Psalm 126:1-3
    When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion,
    we were like men who dreamed.
    Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
    Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things
    for them.
    The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy.

    My son shared that verse with me last week and then Pastor Jerry read it this Sunday. The Lord keeps confirming his word and what he is doing during this time. There is such a joy and expectation in the Lords house. Words can’t even explain. All of his promises are coming true, as we have found a shelter in the house of the most high God. His presence breaks through, is so sweet, and refreshing. All things are being made new. We have entered a new season and it is like no other we have experienced before. Thank You Lord! You truly have done great things for us!!!

  129. “I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.
    I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.” – Psalm 89:1-2

    The Lord is faithful! He is a God who answers prayer. He is a God who saves! His love endures forever! The Lord is truly amazing and I’m excited for what is to come!

  130. “I will perpetuate your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.”
    – Psalm 45:17

    This is such an exciting time; not because of a building, but because God is showing Himself to be Faithful. Reflecting back over these last ten years, I have seen the Lord’s faithfulness time and time again. We always had a place to meet together and worship Him: rain or shine, morning or night, indoors or outside in a tent. Now the Lord has given us a place to call home. A place where generations will be raised to love the Lord with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength. I’m looking forward to continue to grow in the Lord and to raise up the future generations – to tell them about the greatness of my God and to demonstrate to the nations that His Word never fails!

  131. Amen Silas!! Yes, come and see what he has done. I love this, and I thought of 1 corinithians 13:4-8
    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud.
    5 It does not dishonor others, it is NOT self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record od wrong.
    6 Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth.
    7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
    8 Love never fails.
    I was the opposite of all these verses. But Gods love never fails!! He has chose a people for himself, he has molded us, pruned us, cleansed us, even made us shine. All for his Glory, he has used our pastors to display his love, love I knew nothing about. Pastors Jerry an Janeth have loved us as Christ has. Through every moment of our lives.
    Gods love never fails, come and see what he has done. What good has come from his love….a people who rejoice in the truth of the gospel. A people who have become a family. And now, we have a home, a beautiful place we call home. GRateful. You know, the first time setting foot in the new “church house” was exciting, and amazing, and awesome, but seeing all my family, and my pastors fill this new home for the new season and the rest of our days was so beautiful. Love never fails. Bless your heart My King. Thank you!

  132. Acts 1:21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord was living among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us.
    The main requirement of Judas Iscariot’s replacement was that the person be there from the beginning of Christ’s ministry to His ascension into heaven. This person was a legitimate witness because he saw everything and none of it was “hear say”.
    I have been blessed to be one of those who have been at UFC from the very beginning. In the early days of UFC, we didn’t know where or when our service would be many times until the day before the Lord gave us a place. We could be in a tent, the Holiday Inn, a community center, a school, several homes, and it could be a Saturday or Sunday, morning, afternoon or evening. Where and whenever it was, the Lord ALWAYS was there.
    I have witnessed Pastors that have spent hundreds/thousands of hours with so many individuals whose lives have changed and the people got to know God. I have seen others leave after the same amount of hours and love had been poured into them, which resulted in many tears to many people at UFC.
    I have witnessed so many marriages saved from divorce and families “become Godly families” in the last ten years.
    I have witnessed the extreme amount of energy and passion the Lord has blessed Pastor Janeth with and I have seen her give and give that eventually be so exhausted she needed assistance to get out of the car and into their house.
    I have been blessed to share thousands of tears and thousands of laughs with the Pastors.
    I have witnessed people who thought they knew God for many years come to realize they didn’t know Him at all.
    I have been so blessed to see many days when some people got baptized or “touched” that “life was changed forever”.
    I have witnessed numerous miracles where people have been spiritually and physically healed.
    I have witnessed these same people be blessed with a church building that is “more then we could imagine” as we traveled as nomads over the last ten years.

    To God be all the GLORY!
    What an amazing God we serve.

  133. It is so exciting to be in the Lord’s house and be in His presence and I am so thankful that the Lord has called me to himself and kept me here for His purpose. l am truly looking forward to growing and learning how to move with the Spirit of the Lord this year. I don’t know where it’s going to lead me but I know it’s going to be awesome!

  134. I’m so excited for the grand opening of the new building tomorrow and all that God is going to do! I feel like a kid that is starting school tomorrow, that’s the only way to explain the excitement I have. I can’t wait to see what what God is going to do with each of us and how He is going to move in this new season. I’m ready this new season, ready to grow, and ready to mature in The Lord.

  135. I am just in awe of the Lord and all that he is doing in our lives. I have been reflecting on the last ten years and how faithful the Lord has been to each of us on this journey to our new home. We have lacked for nothing. For my Sons and I we have come to know the Lords love, and understand that even in our hardest times, he is the one who is faithful. We have never had to walk alone. Whether it be from an encouraging word at Bible Study, a powerful Youth Group message, a transforming Sermon from our Pastors, or simply knowing people are praying for us, the Lord always came through. He has encouraged us daily as we found our hope in him. He brought our family joy as we cracked up in laughter at our Church events over the years, and came to understand life with the Lord is joyful! Every week I watched the Lord transforming people’s lives around me. He was restoring hope, bringing peace, and joy, while we waited on the Lord to prepare our new home. It’s been a journey, yes, but in it we have found the most precious gift of all. We have found this amazing God that far outways anything else in life!!! I am looking forward to all he is going to do in this new season! Thank you Lord!!! You are amazing!!!

    Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. Psalm 145:3

  136. Glory be to God! He has done it!
    1 Thess 5:24-Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
    Gideon has been on my mind today. What can’t God do with but a few? The building that He raised for us is beautiful and it is such a blessing to have a place to call home, but the real treasure is God’s presence. We are overjoyed that we can come together to worship God for as long as we want. We bless Your Holy Name!
    Thank you, Lord, for your goodness, for our pastors’ faithfulness and for their example of love, reverence, and obedience. Thank you for their family and all the UFC family, old and new. Thank you for all those that are on their way. May the narrow gate be wide here. May praises always ring out here, from one generation to the next.

  137. “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” – Psalm 95:1-2

    Thank you, Lord! I’m in awe of Your goodness and faithfulness. Your Word does not return back void! Lord Jesus, You ARE the pearl of great worth. Nothing compares to Your majesty. Thank you, Lord for you truly lavish Your love on your children!

  138. WOW! That is the only way to describe the awesome presence and power of our God of Jacob!
    I entered the sanctuary today in excitement and expectation. When I left the sanctuary I was humbled and filled with joy.
    We have truly entered the land of milk and honey! There is a peace upon me that I have never felt before!
    Praise be to The HOLY ONE OF ISREAL!

    Isaiah 43:1-2
    Israel’s Only Savior
    43 But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
    “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
    2 When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
    and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
    When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.

    Now I see what God means when He commanded perseverance!

    Revelation 2:19
    I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.
    What a time to be alive…in the Lord Jesus Christ! Amazing Grace, it is the only way this can be described!

  139. John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
    Last night celebrating with the church was such a special time I will never forget. We truly are one with each other and one with the Lord! I am so thankful that God has brought me to United Faith Church where I know that I am never alone. Today I was talking on the phone with Brenda about my schooling and classes for next semester and it touched my heart how much she cared to go through each detail and speak with the wisdom of the Lord to direct me. The love of God is evident in this place…we are surrounded by brothers and sisters that really care and love, are always there no matter how big or small a need, and are always guiding us to the word of God. Thank you Father for the family you have brought me into!

  140. John 1
    46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathaniel asked.

    “Come and see,” said Philip.

    The Lord showed me something amazing from this verse from last weeks reading. Nazareth had a bad reputation and nobody expected anything but more of the same to come out of that city. As Nathaniel is asking about Jesus from Nazareth Phillip responded with “Come and see.” Jesus came to overturn the past and the reputation of the old ways. Out of a city of nobody’s came the hope of the world. Come and see the change in our own lives! Where there was hatred he has replaced it with love. Jesus came to overturn the old generations. All thing are possible for the one who was there at the beginning of the universe; the only one who knew you before you were in your mothers womb.

  141. As I was praying today, the Lord led me to the mount of transfiguration. When Jesus was at the top of the mountain with his three disciples – “he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light” Matt 17:2. On this mountain Jesus, the man, was transfigured where his full glory, being fully God, shown so bright it was brighter than the sun and the whitest light and he says today that he is still being transfigured today… within us, within his church.

    In John 1 it says that Jesus is the Word of God and the light of all mankind. There’s nothing good in man- never has, never will be… but when we receive the word of God and believe in it – Jesus (the word) is transfigured within us! This is his glory being made known in us… Christ in me the hope of glory! If the light of the glory of the back of God that Moses saw was bright enough to cause Moses’ face to shine… how bright is the light we have when Jesus reveals his full glory by being transfigured within us!

    So God says to Jesus on the mountain, “this is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” When the word in us is transfigured into the glory of the Son, he says these same words to us and is pleased to call us his sons and daughters. Then we shine just as bright as Jesus did because it’s not us that shines, it’s his glory inside of us, the very same glory revealed on that mountain!

  142. This Tuesday I went fishing for probably the first time in about two months. When I got home ( with no fish ) I received a text from a friend in Florida that I had not heard from since July. The text read “continue to drop the nets and “FISH FOR MEN”.
    That afternoon early in a conversation with a patient and his son at the hospital, I was asked “so how long have you been a FISHER OF MEN”? The Lord blessed my friend and I as He showed how personal He is involved with our lives.
    Later in the afternoon, the Lord opened the heart of a woman who came so close to saying “no thanks” to the offer to pray with her. She never had much to do with God in her 40 some years of a very tough life. After discussions and hearing the gospel, she was so excited about hearing “the truth of the gospel”. As I was leaving her room, she said “I came so close to saying no to the offer for prayer”. ” I just don’t know why I said yes, but I am so thankful for today”.
    When she was given a bible the following day, she was like a child receiving the gift they most desired on Christmas day. She couldn’t wait to read it! Praise the Lord for the power of His gospel. What an amazing God we serve.

  143. Hallelujah to The Lord! I just want to share my thankfulness to God for the faith He is rising up in my heart and for showing me that He is who He says He is!
    He really does reward those who diligently seek Him, provide all things for those who seek His kingdom first, and work all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose! Whether it’s school work, job work, or any type of work- God’s showing me that when I choose to keep Him the priority, He is faithful to come through, and He exceeds any expectations I have.
    Last week, everything in me wanted to study for a big test that I had coming up instead of spending much needed time with God. But I knew that His Word said to seek Him first and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him (Matthew 6:33 and Hebrews 11:6), so I submitted to it and I trusted Him.
    Taking time out of a busy week to seek The Lord feels risky when I have a big test or assignment due soon… It can even feel a little bit like walking into the lion’s den. But it’s when we step into the lion’s den and place our trust in God and His Word that He has the chance to prove His faithfulness!
    Moving forward, my mind is set on The Lord and my trust in His Word is strengthened. Because The Lord answered me when I sought Him and because He proved His Word to be faithful and true, I know that I can stand on it again and again. Thank You, Lord!

  144. I thank God for the discipline He has shown me. Imagine a soldier without discipline; how they would lack a backbone and not be able to stand in the heat of battle. And yes, that discipline is difficult, but it is necessary if that soldier is to function properly and it produces confidence and peace within. God disciplines His children because He knows they need it to make them all that they can be, so that they can stand firm in who they are in Him and heed His words. Truly we are soldiers (disciples) in the army of the living God. I am so thankful for the messages and sermons that Pastor Janeth has been giving us this past month, and I am thankful to have been raised in this church.

  145. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever!

    It was truly an amazing day. I will never forget this man’s face as he stood up and raised his hands. He had such a look of faith and awe. But what will stick in my heart forever is how he joyfully and tearfully praised God as he shared with his fellow residents after the service and declared to them that “God is real!!” As he was speaking to everyone his expression was beyond that of amazement…his face beamed in the glow of the Lords presence but as I asked the Lord what I was seeing in the mans expression, He showed me that it was gratefulness! Thankfulness has a face!
    A beautiful pure and radiant face! The face that each of us who have been touched by Jesus to follow after Him (which truly is a healing) should reflect each and every day!

    Luke 17:11-19 “Now on His way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As He was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met Him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, ‘Jesus, Master, have pity on us!’ When He saw them, He said, ‘Go, show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw Himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him-and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?’ Then He said to him, ‘Rise and go; your faith has made you well.’”

  146. ​This week God moved miraculously in a ​rehab/nursing ​patient ​that has not walked in a very long time. His wife had always asked us to pray for him. He had been in the hospital with a stroke, he had a feeding tube put in because he couldn’t swallow, was on hospice and was brought to service each ​T​hursday in a bed. He had since​ ​progressed to being able to sit in a reclining chair. In the past, this man seemingly wanted nothing to do with God. T​his day, ​ however…….
    During the worship time of the service​,​​ he​ st​ood​ up raising his arms, praising God and is saying “God is letting me walk”. The nurse ​quickly​ set him down a​s​ he proceeded to raise his hands​ during praise and worship​. When the message​ from John 9 was​ ​finished​, he stands up, walks unassisted over to ​each of ​us, ​his ​hands still raised, and hugs everyone saying “Praise God, God is healing me and letting me walk!”. ​He​ then ​speaks​ loudly thanking God and turning around he​ ​beg​an​ to tell​ the other patients​ “God can heal you too!”​ ​He then walks out​ ( probably about 100 feet)​ unassisted with an amazed aid following closely behind him. The staff, a doctor, the head of PT and the patients were amazed what God did. They were in awe. ​
    There was also a woman who was smiling ear to ear and clapping throughout the entire praise and worship time. The head activities person said” in the last year I have never even seen her smile”.
    Before the above took place, the PT man ​as​ked me ​”​​what church are we from?”​.​ Upon speaking further with this man, ​we​ found that he and his family live directly across from our church. He said “every time I drive by that building I felt a special presence and didn’t ​even ​know it was a church. I just knew it was something special with the feeling I always get passing it.​”​
    What an amazing God we serve! He is touching the community. Prayers are being answered!

  147. 1 Corinthians 5
    17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!
    18: All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself thru Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
    19: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sin against them and He has committed to us the
    message of reconciliation.

    With all the newness God is arising through Pastor Janeth’s message on The power of The Cross of Jesus Christ I think of this verses… Through Christ Jesus God has allowed us to come into repentance from our old life. The Cross was the ultimate price Jesus paid for us, but I also think of the way He lived his life, living, teaching, demonstrating true Love for The Father and His brothers and sisters to the point that it cost His life, all so that we can truly believe and see that Our God is real and that to live a life following perfection is possible and that is what God The Father calls us to do. How many lives has Christ reconciled to God, families, situations, pasts, presents? all being reconciled to The Father. I know I am, my family is being reconciled to God every day and all that was on the wrong path is being made new by The Father thru Jesus Christ, no longer counting our sins against us because of His Gift of Jesus dying on the Cross and resurrecting to life for us, NOW we don’t have to be the same and be a slave to the old life! We can now be disciples for Life and make disciples, people who obey and Love the Father, and one another, just like Jesus did, like our Pastors and their family have demonstrated in all the years we have known them, we have seen the steadfast love for The Father and Jesus in their lives and towards us as their beloved Church by preaching and living in the Truth of His Word. We are being called to not only make our path straight through this powerful gift of The Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Church, but to go and reconcile everyone and everything around us through the Truth of the Gospel according to The Father’s will.

    The Old is gone and The new Is here!

  148. The last few weeks have been opening my eyes to what the Cross truly is for me. There is such power in the Cross! At the Cross Jesus defeated all darkness, He disarmed every power and enemy of His. What can He not do? Because of the Cross, and at the Cross, we too have that same power to be overcomers and to walk in Victory because of Jesus. I do not have to remain entangled by anything anymore, but when I fix my eyes on the Cross I come to freedom in Christ.

    A true disciple keeps their eyes fixed on the Cross, the Cross offends their flesh and they die to themselves to be transformed by the power of the Cross. As I am coming to understand all that the Cross is, I know I am and will be transformed by it.

     “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Colossians 2:13-15

  149. Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.

    What an Amazing God we serve. Over the last few weeks the sermons about the Cross really showed me that I am only to do as Jesus did and that is to follow the Father; in my home, at work, wherever I am, I am to be doing the Lord’s will, anything else is pointless and does not honor God. I was made to worship and honor God not by doing my will but His will only.

  150. Hebrews 12:10
    God disciplines us for our good that we may share in his holiness.
    Hebrews 12:12
    Therefore strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet.

    I want to thank the lord for all the teachings on the cross and the true purpose and power of the lord Jesus and his crucifixion. As I now see that Jesus was the first disciple that was taught and guided by his father, I see that he allowed the father to disciple him even to death on the cross for the joy set before him. I could never embrace the joy part of it because of all the lord suffered on the cross. Now I can see what the joy is! As he withstood the scorn and shame of the cross, freedom and life would come for so many! As we withstand discipline and submit to God’s discipline we are being brought from our old dead useless ways of living into a new life that shows us the way to become a man or woman of character, integrity, confidence, having wisdom, strength, love, self control and every quality and characteristic that God himself holds. So I now embrace the way of the cross that I would share in christs sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so somehow to attain to the resurrection from the dead… My dead heart to a heart of flesh, my insecurities to confidence, my ignorance to the mind of Christ… And soo much more comes through deciding to pick up the cross and let Jesus lead and guide all my paths to life and freedom! To be in the army of God… There is no place I would rather be. Thank you Jesus for making the way to life and freedom through the cross that your people may share in your holiness!

  151. Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23

    All week the Lord has been speaking to me about the freedom and obedience that comes from the cross. The cross defeated flesh and now perfects us. I am no longer bound by chains but am bound by love. This love produces obedience, for nothing can separate me from love (Romans 8:38-39). A true disciple of God follows the leaders placed before them, puts their faith in action, and trusts the word of the Lord. All of these things must be done in submission to the one we serve. Thank you God for the cross, for the power that breaks my chains and covers me in love. The power that brings me to obedience that I may follow you all of my days…may the obedience rise that God may steer us in every direction and go from Glory to Glory!

    If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. Deuteronomy 28:1

  152. I am so thankful for the cross of Jesus! In the recent sermons about the cross, God has been opening my eyes to the cross in a new way. The cross is not, as Jessie said in the blog post before mine, a polished, pretty cross. The cross is offensive to the ways of man, defeated all darkness and is victory, and is joy! Pastor Janeth said this past week that the cross is a trophy-it truly is! It is the prize! I am thankful that I can take up my cross and deny myself daily-and that when I do, Jesus is the prize that is at the end of the road! When we see what Jesus has done for us, how could we not pick up that cross? He was-and continues to be-victorious over every bit of flesh and every bit of darkness! Because of Him, I can live in victory and truth-seeing who I am without Him, but always being able to run to the foot of that cross! Praise God for His love and His sacrifice!

  153. Praise God for the way He is moving in His church! This week, I asked The Lord for wisdom- His word says in Proverbs 2:3-5, “…if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” ‭

    ‭He answered my prayers and it felt like this week my eyes were open and seeing clearly for the first time. For once, when I thought about or looked at others I didn’t only see myself, and my conversations weren’t about what I wanted to say but what God wanted to have said in those moments. I saw others’ needs and I saw their hearts because The Lord gave me understanding- understanding that it’s not about me! It’s about HIM and HIS purpose and HIS glory!

    Thank you, Lord, for the cross which offends the flesh! It’s what You did on the cross that makes it possible for me to say no to selfishness for the first time ever and become a true disciple of God.

  154. As I thought about the cross this week – I began to see why it’s so offensive to the ways of man. Growing up, the cross was a pretty symbol to me, I knew it meant hope, I knew it was the symbol of the gospel, but it was a polished cross in my mind because I did not know what it truly meant. I thought I could bear the cross and still follow my own ways. Now, as the cross offends my flesh daily, I see that it’s rugged, it’s a sign of rejection from the world, a symbol of death and being an outcast. The world, a place where man’s ways rule, hates the cross because it boldly offends everything the world stands for. As I pick up this cross that the world despises, my flesh dies because my flesh wants to be a part of the world and accepted by the world. But the Word is clear, I cannot be friends with the world and with God – so something has to die.

    What better way to die to the world and my flesh, which both lead to eternal death, than to cling to the cross – to be found at the foot of the ultimate sign of the rejection of the world. That is where I need to be, and the truth is, I’m not ashamed of that. I am not ashamed of the fact that I need to cling to a dirty, rejected, rugged cross daily in order to truly live. Clinging to the cross means the world will reject me, but it also means I will reject the world. The cross is the power to change a wretch like me, to turn a fool into someone wise, to resurrect someone that is dead to eternal life. I will cling to the old rugged cross – the symbol of rejection and death that the world will never know or understand holds the power of eternal life!

    “For or I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it has the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” Romans 1:16

  155. I just want to say thank you to the Lord for the cross. It’s the place where the Lord Jesus went willingly and gave up everything for me and for my sins. Thursdays teaching is still revealing to me the power of the cross. It was for the joy sent before him that he went there. How could it be joyful to endure such pain? It was because the Lord knew what needed to be done. The cross should compel us to be done with pride, selfishness, sin, our plans, and ways. To look to the one who directed us with his example, of perfect love. Jesus laid down his life for us by dying on the cross. I am thankful that everyday I look at the cross, and compare myself to the one who died on it, I can see how much farther I have to go. The cross is offensive to sin. It shows you your state compared to all that Jesus is, and stands for. Yet there is hope when we look at the cross. We see Jesus who is the only one that can do it in us, as we seek him, and walk in obediance to his word. I thank you for the cross, for in it, I find my hope and my future!

    Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

  156. After hearing Sunday’s message God had led me to Proverbs 26:2 which says: Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

    I had to share this powerful word, it reminded me of when Pastor told us how Jesus defeated all darkness forever on the cross…the venom meant to kill, fell back on the enemy because it had no place to land on Jesus.

    Hallelujah, forever the enemy is defeated and in Jesus we ARE more than conquerors!!!

  157. It is all about THE CROSS
    Last Monday evening Janet and I were listening to a sermon on YouTube. The speaker was commenting on these words of ​the Catholic saint, ​St. Francis of Assisi, “I share the gospel with people and sometimes I even use words”. His point was people will see what “good” lives you live and that is “the gospel you are preaching”.
    Amazingly the next day one of the Catholic patients at the hospital asked me, after I shared the true gospel with her, “did you ever hear what St. Francis of Assisi said about sharing the gospel by sometimes even using words”? Our discussion led to “if you shared the whole gospel, the wickedness of man, the need for a Savior, the blood shed on the cross for our sins, the resurrection power and laying your life down to follow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then your actions may​ ​be a testimony to the Lord.” However, if they never hear of the cross, they just think “we have nice neighbors” and when they die they spend eternity in the lake of fire. The gospel “without the words of the cross” is no gospel at all. This lady’s 40 something daughter then interjected “mom, he is absolutely right. What he is saying is the truth.” The mother said “I never saw it like that”. Praise God He orchestrated this meeting and the conversation with these two women and ​had blessed​ me to hear the message the previous night.
    St. Francis’ words are so contradictory to what Jesus Christ taught and what the word says​:​ ” I am not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes”​ and the scripture “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God”.​​​

    The power of the cross and His blood is everything!!!!!
    What an amazing God we serve!

  158. This morning I woke up with such joy thinking about the transformations that have taken place in this season of breakthrough. I thought of the kids coming out from youth group a few weeks ago. When my son came into the car he was radiant, full of life, beaming and smiling, talking about how amazing the night was with his leaders and Pastor Janeth. From that night he’s been a new person. He sees with new eyes, hears with new ears and even speaks and prays as one with a new mouth and heart. When we talk about things and I bring examples from the bible he now says, “I never saw it like that before,” where in the past, I was met with “I don’t get it,” silence, or resistance. Thank you Lord for breaking through in our lives!!!

    “Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.” Isaiah 35:5-6

  159. I will not forget.
    Eight years ago today, 9/9/08 I had my kidney transplant. That day the Lord granted me a new kidney, new physical life. As amazing as this kidney transplant was, and as thankful for this as I am, I praise God that His plan did not stop there. Through the years following my kidney transplant, His mercies have been unending. I thank God for His grace and the gift of repentance. To Him alone belongs all glory and honor and thanks for continuing to open my eyes to know Him more and more.
    I thank God that He has brought pastors into my life, using them to demonstrate His unfailing love in bringing truth that has and continues to set me free.

  160. Driving to work this morning I couldn’t help but sing,” my soul my, soul must sing.” Last year I struggled to get myself and my children out of the house in a timely manner.As the school year approached, I began to get anxious. A week before school, I broke down in a full panic before the Lord. I laid all my fears and concerns at his feet. I felt the Lord telling not to worry he has it under control. In his mercy he changed everything in my life, including the start time at work.The new start time is exactly what I needed to get my family out of the house in a timely manner, and me to work early! I can’t help but feel the Lord had indeed handled it.

    Isaiah 54:4 Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.

  161. God wants us to know that in the midst of struggle, His promises are true! We are his empty jars, his temples, and his instruments…that He can use us to bring glory to His name! He does not fight with the weapons of this world and his wisdom far surpasses all of man’s wisdom. Thank you Lord for the hope that you bring and for the promise of victory in the name of Jesus Christ!

    2 Chronicles 20:15…Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not your’s, but God’s.
    Deuteronomy 1:30…The Lord your God will fight for you.
    Exodus 14:14…The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

  162. Joshua 3:1-4 Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. After three days the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: ‘When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.’”

    Pastor spoke yesterday about how God cannot share his glory with another. This is a time where we are crossing into territory where we have never been before, and though there are giants/kings to defeat – the ark of God is with us and goes before us. Where the ark is, the glory of God is and where the glory of God is, there is victory over all of our enemies!

    God has been leading me and showing me the land that I need to take back for his glory. With each battle, he gives me the strategy to lead me into victory. I am so thankful for a God who calls me to move out of my same old position, where I have been comfortable, not victorious, to follow him into the place he’s leading his church, so that I can bring him glory. With God before us, who can be against us!

  163. You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you- Isaiah 26:3

    God IS doing the impossible or what the world calls impossible. I’m glad that nothing is too hard for God and this week, as certain challenges arose, God then challenged me and said, will you fear what the world fears or trust me as King? And when I began to rely on the Lord for strength, those mountains that used to seem so big, began to look like dust compared to the One who who created them and called them into existence. God is putting deeply into my heart the truth that He is Greater, He is Higher, He is Stronger. He is the true Refuge and Safe Harbor. When everything in life falls away, He will remain and for that I am both in awe and grateful.

  164. What an amazing season the Lord has brought forth! It truly is a season of breakthrough! Throughout this time, God has broken through mindsets I’ve had and fears that I’ve held my whole life – mindsets and fears that only God could break through and change – mindsets and fears that I’ve tried to change time and time again myself, but it was impossible…but God broke through them when I trusted Him and gave them to Him! The Lord has broken through and is continuing to break through! The peace of God is now replacing those fears and those mindsets! Thank God that He does the impossible! I am excited for what impossible things God will continue to do!

    “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
    Ephesians 3:20‭-‬21

  165. God is doing so much right now in His people! I am so thankful for how He put together the sermons from the last two weeks. Two weeks ago we learned about God being the God of the impossible, and this week, we learned about knowing who God is. The sermons go together so well! When we see God for who He is, the God who is able to do things that are impossible, we start to get to know Him as He truly is. Only God is able to truly change a person’s heart and make that person want to live for Him and His ways. Only God can rescue us from sin, selfishness, pride! And when we start to see Him doing this in us, we start to know that He can do what He says He will do. As we learned about Jonathan going up to attack the Philistines (1 Samuel 13:23-14:14), it’s amazing to see the faith that he had in the Lord. We learned about how he went along with his armor bearer and was in an exposed place as they came upon the Philistine camp. But Jonathan did not shrink back! Instead, he knew the Lord and knew that “Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few (1 Samuel 13:6).” Praise God that He gives us the same confidence in who He is today! He is my Deliverer and the One who is changing me still! Nothing can stop Him or His plans! Our God is able to save, and we know it is true, for we have seen it with our own eyes!

  166. …Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. – 1 Samuel 1:15

    We learned that Hannah’s prayer was answered because it was for God. This last week the Lord has done something amazing and has switched my life and my household around to show me that truly nothing powerful happens when motives are not solely for God. No matter how hard the trying, how zealous the effort, or how passionate the prayers.

    “Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites. Since he was as zealous for my honor among them as I am, I did not put an end to them in my zeal. – Numbers 25:11

    The Lord is zealous for His honor and for the generations to come that will honor Him. I thank God for breaking open my household and all of my old mindsets and ways with my family so that I can be about the generations and His honor…just like He is. This is really something so impossible for me to do, but not only is God able! He is a zealous God!

  167. I have to tell of the goodness of God. This season for me has been like no other. The Lord has given me joy! It isn’t like the joy that comes from everyday things that is only a temporary. The joy that is filling my heart has come from knowing that no matter what comes our way the Lord is powerful enough to handle it. He is rising up my faith in him every day as I continue to trust him more and more. He always comes through for me and for my family. He is the God of breakthrough! Even when times are darkest there is peace in knowing, he is with us, and that he has the plan ahead even when I cannot see it. It takes so many burdens off of my shoulders knowing that he is the one that is seated on the throne and that he is over and above all things. His ways and his timing is perfect. The plans of God will go forth and nothing is impossible for our God. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

    For God is King of all the earth;
    sing to him a psalm of praise.
    God reigns over the nations;
    God is seated on his holy throne.
    Psalm 47:7-8

    The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Psalm 103:19

  168. Ephesians 3:20
    GOD IS ABLE!!!….to do immeasurably more than all we can ask for or imagine according to his power that is at work in us.
    This is one of my favorite scriptures to quote. I would say “wow anything that I ask for according to gods will and when the things I ask for line up with his word he will give it to me.” I always seem to leave out the most important part of the scripture…according to his power that is at work IN ME!
    I think most of us were hoping before we came to know the truth that God would send a lightening bolt down and zap us and poof we had all of our prayers answered and our problems solved. Not so!
    As we have been learning that true salvation is coming when transformation is occurring inside of you and is seen by others around you. True faith propels us to move when God tells us to and trust that he is able to see us through and HE will do the work.
    As I have taken the challenge this week that pastor gave us to go deeper with God by stepping out and doing the things I have been affaid to do…miraculous things are occurring in my home. Things that I have been praying for a long time to change but did not believe that the power of God was inside of me; so I could not move.
    As I am coming to see, the abundant life begins when we step out of fear into faith and we see for ourselves in our own lives God does soo much more than we could even fathom according to his power when we let it work through us… Becoming Jesus in the flesh!
    Thank you Jesus… You defeated death, hell and the grave so I could do the same and walk like you did!

  169. Hallelujah! This week there was breakthrough in UFCs rehab/nursing home ministry. During the Wednesday afternoon worship, ​​several ​patients raised their hands and joined in to acknowledge the ​L​ord in Praise and thanks.​ One wheel chair patient that really struggles to walk stood up and raised her hands praising the Lord throughout the worship!​ Also, by sharing the truth of Gods word, a worker was led to the gift of repentance, set free from a lie that had caused discouragement and despair, to begin to walk in freedom and truth.
    GOD IS ABLE and He is demonstrating His powerful love. His truth is marching on!!

  170. “But be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you. ” 2 Samuel 12:24

    “Give thanks to the Lord of lords; His love endures forever. To Him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:3-4

    I love the power of gratitude and thanksgiving. Over this past week, the Lord has been reminding me of all the great things He has done for me and as I thank Him, I see the promise of the Lord that with thanksgiving I enter His gates. This, in many ways, is my “impossible”. The Lord has changed my heart from who I have been, once proud and stubborn and trusting in my own ways, but I now see and love His ways and the works of His hands, knowing completely that there is nothing good that comes from my own. Thanking Him for all the ways He has cupped me and led me and had mercy on me and loved me – His great works – is changing what I once thought could never be changed. Praise the Lord of lords, His great love has endured even for me!

  171. 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, 3 those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Psalm 107:1-2

    16 Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. 17 I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue.18 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;19 but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.20 Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! Psalm 66:16-20

    I love these verses and through this time of stepping out God is establishing in my life a stronger will to share more testimonies of how He has loved me and rescued me from so many trials (from robberies to provision to healings to the love He even poured out through my mother’s passing). To honor Him and have conversations that I haven’t had in the past where I would speak of all the things God has done in order to establish His reign in my life. I also pray that through sharing these personal testimonies of how mightily God has moved that others who the Lord has caused to fear Him would be drawn to Him.

  172. Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer,saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”” – 1Samuel 7:12

    When I read this I thought of a field. This field had a long post fence as long as the horizon, as far as the eye could see. Each post was a stone alter. It reminded me of the passage in Deuteronomy when it talks about walking with your children and telling them about the Lord – sharing the heart of God, His commands, His ways, what He has done for us.

    This is our legacy – to demonstrate to the world the power of God – to instill the heart of God in our children, building alters of thanksgiving and praise along the way.

    Thank you Lord for every place where You have helped, delivered, healed, saved – Ebenezer, the LORD has helped me this far! Praise Him!

  173. Acts 2:38 Peter replied, repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off- for all whom the Lord our God will call.
    Two years ago today, August 24, was a very special day for many at United Faith Church, including myself. That was the day many of us got baptized on the holy grounds of the church house.
    The day of baptism was a time of many tears and much joy as the Pastors held me. The baptism was the old man dying under water and a new man springing forth, touched by God, forgiven of so many sins, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. I know He did that for so many of us that blessed day!
    I thank the Lord for His grace, mercy, love and faithfulness He has shown to His children at UFC.
    What an amazing God we serve!

  174. 1 Corinthians 1:25- For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
    Proverbs 19:21- Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

    Pastor Jeff’s sermon on the God of the Impossible was inspiring and right on time! Unless we know that apart from God, we can do nothing good for the Lord, we will try to do things using our own wisdom and ideas! Unless we surrender who we are including our past experiences, our thoughts, ideas, etc., we cannot please God or do anything that is good! God wants to be glorified through us doing the “impossible” in our lives! Our purpose (point # 3 in the sermon) is to exemplify the power of God to glorify His name! The wisdom of man is not even comparable to the Lord’s wisdom! Thank you Lord for your Spirit of Holiness that leads us to do the impossible that we may honor your name!

  175. For about a year, I was having a problem with swallowing solid food. After taking a bite, the food would begin to get stuck in my throat, and I would have to take a drink to dislodge the food and find relief. Bob and I had been taking this issue before the Lord and were trusting Him to reveal the problem and provide the solution that would give Him glory. Pastor and some of the ladies from the morning prayer groups took this to the Lord and all had been praying for guidance with Bob and I.
    After undergoing various swallowing tests showing no improvement, a second endoscopy was suggested. Last week, that endoscopy was performed. After a week of my throat healing from the procedure, I noticed that I could swallow perfectly!! What a relief it is to be able to eat and not be concerned about choking! After a year of tests and procedures with no lasting results, my esophagus was perfectly stretched to provide easy, unrestricted swallowing.
    I give God all glory and thanks for this healing and for answered prayer. HALLELUJAH!!!!

  176. I wanted to share the word that the Lord put on my heart yesterday morning.

    It’s Song of Solomon 2:12-15 NIV

    SHE
    “Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”
    HE
    My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.”

    Amen

  177. Psalm 103:1 “Praise the Lord, o my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy Name.”

    Praise You, O Lord, that you have created us to worship You! Praise You, O Lord, that Your ways are higher than ours! Praise You, O Lord, for Your love towards Your people! Thank You for the new songs you are arising in all of our hearts! The Lord is faithful and good, who He is and what He alone has done cannot be matched. There is nothing and no one besides Him. Everything within me will praise You, for You are worthy of praise!

  178. 1 Chronicles 14:11
    So David and his troops went up to Baal perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “God did it!”exclaimed David. “He used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood!!” So they name that place Baal perazim “the Lord who bursts through!”

    Thursday, we were singing a song about the waters bursting up like a spring…as we climb with praise and prayer what can’t He do!!! Look and see all the great things He has done along the way!!! What encouragement, what joy to know we are on a pilgrimage to meet Him. Thank you oh mighty one..for you alone are good!!!

  179. “Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?” 1 Chronicles 17:16

    After being raised up as King, winning battle after battle, being victorious over every enemy- David remained humble before the Lord knowing that he’s nothing and it was only God who had brought him all the way from a lowly shepherd boy. Even the words that God spoke over him David said let it be done so that the people will say “the Lord Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel’s God!”

    Psalms 124 talks about what would have happened to us if God weren’t on our side. I realized I take for granted the safety I’ve had, the good health, the food on my table, being able to wake up in the morning, to be apart of his church- all of which I have not even come close to deserving. I took a long hard look at where I’d be if he weren’t on my side and I thought…who am I that you have brought me this far Lord?

    It’s all for his glory. The Lord searches all the earth to find just one that he can show his magnificence through. God has done so many miracles in our lives and our praises declare to the whole world that he is the Lord Almighty and our God! Thank you Lord for all you have done for me! In return, may my life be like David’s where you can do everything you want to do so that you get all the glory you deserve, for you are the Lord Almighty!

  180. This Sunday I learned that God testified concerning King David because David was a man after God’s heart and would do everything that God wanted him to do.

    Because David was devoted to God and to seeking out the wisdom of God, (through studying the word of God, by prayer, worship, and the guidance of the prophets and his advisers whom also served the Lord), he could do everything the Lord commanded because he knew God and knew what The Lord wanted. David pursued God, and the bible says seek and ye shall find knock and the door will be opened.

    God says in Ezra 7:9-10
    9 He had begun his journey from Babylon on the first day of the first month, and he arrived in Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month, for the gracious hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.

    The Lord calls us to be devoted to Him. Devoted to His word. Devoted to obeying him. Devoted to spreading the gospel. We have the privilege to come to know the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and the honor of carrying out everything he commands us to do.

    In Matthew 9:37-38 when Jesus was traveling throughout many towns teaching and spreading the good news, he saw the helpless crowds of people and had compassion on them and said to his disciples:
    37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

    Let us be devoted to the Word of the Lord, to seek after the heart of our King to know God; that we would be workers to bring in the harvest, to teach and spread the good news (Matthew 9:35), to teach obedience to the commands of God (Matthew 28:20), and to do everything He commands.

  181. Proverbs 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”

    I noticed something this week while doing the reading. Being the first book of Chronicles, it was mostly just names. The strange thing I noticed; having read it before, is that this time it was exciting. It was fun looking up the meanings behind the names and looking at the contexts. It was fun seeing the genealogies and the special hidden things within them. God has made reading fun. All in all it was enjoyable, as it is the glory of God to hide a matter and the glory of kings to seek them out. And the process of seeking it out was like a treasure hunt. And I feel so rich in knowing this wonderful King and coming to know Him and His character better each day, as the more I seek after him the more I find Him and the closer I feel to Him.

  182. I am very thankful for this past Sunday’s message, I was not able to be in service because one of my sons was sick, I was blessed to have been able to listen to it and see how The Lord is perfect with His Word for us…On Saturday night my family and I were talking about being the tents and temple of The Lord. One of our Scriptures Pastor Janeth used was in Amos 9:11 The Lord Restoring David’s fallen Shelter, tent, temple…

    And this is what The Lord was showing my family again on Saturday night thru these verses,
    Zechariah 6: v.12
    “Here is the man whose name is the Branch and he will branch out from His place and build the temple of the Lord. It is He who will build the temple of the Lord , and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. and He will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two.

    John 2:19
    v.19 Jesus answered them: “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in 3 days.”
    v.20 They (Pharisees) replied, ” It has taken 46 years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days??”
    v.21 But the temple he had spoken of was His body!

    Hebrews 8:1
    v.1 Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have a high priest who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by The Lord, not by mere human being.

    In Pastor Janeth’s message this past Sunday she spoke about rebuilding our temples and what it means, and one of the things she spoke about is of how people without the revelation of Jesus Christ are waiting to rebuild something that shines, wear beautiful clothing, keep routines, rituals, and all that looks good on the outside.

    As the Lord is bringing us as a Church and individually into The revelation of Christ we can start to see our True calling, our restoration to be the third temple of The Lord, not build by human hands, one that is lead from the inside out by The Spirit, one like Jesus, not by all the Words but by His powerful actions, like Jesus fearing God, and not men. Dwelling in The Father’s presence like Jesus, interceding and praying at all times, being a tabernacle and tent for The Lord, a Priest on this earth as it is in Heaven! Something that shines from the inside, that is clothed from the inside, good and pleasing to God, and this only thru the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Praise God for such a call.

  183. Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
    2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
    3 who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
    4 who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
    5 who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. – Psalm 103:1-5

    Today this is the song of my heart. How can we not praise the Lord?… He truly is the best! I will not forget all that the Lord has done for me. If He stopped today and never did another thing, I would still have more than enough to thank Him for all the rest of my days. The Lord is good there is no one better. Bless the Lord!

  184. Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. Isaiah 64:4

    As we wait on the Lord we lay down our busy days, our plans, our thoughts, and trust that his ways are better than ours. When we seek him as his word says we find him, and he is more precious than gold or silver. He is faithful to fulfill every promise and he sends his Holy Spirit to bring comfort, peace, and confirmation.
    The Lord is amazing and those who put their trust in him will never be disappointed! For even in our most difficult times if we look to him and wait for him who acts on our behalf, he will guide us. I am so thankful to serve such an amazing God! He is my strength, my hope, and my future.
    As for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

  185. Last Sunday we sang the song “Crown you Lord of all”. Pastor corrected us saying that the Lord is within us and He is already crowned Lord. To support this Psalms 93:2 actually says “The word in Your throne was established long ago;you are from all eternity.” What we actually want is for God to be Lord in our lives.

    Also, with this weekend’s prayer focus being having fear in the Lord; to be in awe of the Lord. If the Lord lives within me, fearing Him should not be an after thought. The Lord and His word should always be a part of me and be on my mind. He is a living God and the truth of His word is actively transforming lives. This includes mine and many other miraculous testimonies from our family in Jesus Christ. We should always be changing looking more and more like the character of the Lord.

    Romans 12:2 says “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” I thank God for His living word because it stands the test of time. His disposition never changes. Our lives may have many hills, valleys and mountains but the word of God is firm and comforting with a distinction of our lives with Him as Lord, versus without Him as Lord.

  186. God strengthens us in ways we would never understand. This week God has given me two amazing verses.
    The first was Zechariah 10:12 “I will strengthen them in the LORD and in his name they will walk, declares the LORD.”. In this verse God showed me that He will continually give me the strength to follow him. He is the one who gets us through our daily lives, not by our own strengths. OUR STRENGTH COMES FROM HIM! He’s how we persevere through problems so I will put my Faith in him.
    The second verse that the lord gave me was Colossians 2:6-7 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” I know that Jesus Christ has entered my heart and now the important part is that I continue to live my life rooted in him. If we receive such an amazing gift how could we turn away from it. God gave Jesus to give us a second chance in life. I will not misuse this great gift and I will stay rooted in this new life. I thank God for this gift. I want to devote this new life to God. Thank you Jesus for this chance to glorify you!

  187. Zechariah 4:6
    “This is the Word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit” Says The Lord Almighty
    The Spirit of The Lord is The Spirit of Truth, and by His Truth we are being set Free! No earthly might, no earthly power, ideas, opinions could ever empower us to do the true work of The Lord… This week The Lord touched us with a time of returning to Him, our Father in Heaven, to become His priest, “a people that have a special thing with God” as one of my young sons described it….by His Spirit He has reached into our hearts and continues to do so, so that we would be a people truly reflecting His Kingdom in the depth of who we are… A people born again of His Spirit! No longer going after every other thing and desiring every other but We are passing from our natural state of thinking (death) to His wonderful light.. (The Kingdom of The Son He Loves)

    Father in Heaven Thank you for guiding us by your Spirit and that by your Spirit you are awakening us more and more, giving us to be born again to worship and serve you in your temple, for giving your Son Jesus Christ for me, us, your beloved Church. Thank you for giving us Pastors that live by your Spirit and know how to love us and teach us by your Truth… I just wanted to say Thank you!

    Amen

  188. “Have I not commanded you? Be Strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

    ”’I am with you,’ declares the Lord.” Haggai 1:13

    The Lord spoke these words to me this week and showed me that he is with those who are with him. As I am learning to judge my own heart regarding what is for me vs. what is for his Kingdom – I see that when my heart is set on his kingdom and doing the work of his house, his is with me every step of the way to accomplish what he’s called me to do, so that I bring him glory.

    At work this week in the midst of a very busy time with new responsibilities and multiple nerve-racking presentations, the Lord showed himself faithful to be with me despite my fears and he caused me to triumph over all of them. He was with me- not to benefit me, but to advance his kingdom and to glorify himself through me. He was my strength this week and without him I would have failed miserably. But when I am purposed to bring him glory, and do the work he’s called me to – he causes me to succeed, he makes the work of my hands prosper.

    Thank you God for not leaving me or forsaking me, for teaching me that you are a God who is near to all who call on you in truth!

  189. “So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” – Zechariah 4:6

    This week of seeking the Lord has been amazing. God is revealing Himself to His people in a deeper way. He is shining His Light in our hearts; so that He will have for Himself a church that is wholly devoted to Him and will diligently serve in His House. This verse in Zechariah is special to me because it shows that transformation can only be done through the work of His Holy Spirit. Man will never be able to will himself to change old habits or patterns. Even repentance is a gift from Him! This is the promise from God to a heart that is willing and obedient to serve Him: He will do the work. I need only to obey and follow Him.

    Thank you Lord that you have not left me alone and orphaned, but you have sent your Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord, for the hope of restoration with You. As for me and my house, I shall serve in Your house all the days of my life.

  190. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24

    The past two weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a wise builder in the Kingdom of God. This verse keeps coming to the forefront of my mind. It’s so clear; listen to the Word of the Lord, build your life upon the Rock… Jesus, and live out His Word. Then when the rains (problems) come and the winds (troubles) blow in our lives, no matter what the situation or circumstance, we will remain standing… unmoved, because we are anchored in Him and in His Word. Thank you Lord that you are the foundation of our lives!

  191. Psalm 144:12-15
    Then our sons in their youth
    will be like well-nurtured plants,
    and our daughters will be like pillars
    carved to adorn a palace.
    Our barns will be filled
    with every kind of provision.
    Our sheep will increase by thousands,
    by tens of thousands in our fields; our oxen will draw heavy loads.
    There will be no breaching of walls,
    no going into captivity,
    no cry of distress in our streets.
    Blessed is the people of whom this is true;
    blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.

    This psalm is so connected with Pastors sermons these past Sundays on Nehemiah and Ezra …their names being the Comforter and Helper, who to the church is the Holy Spirit. God has called us out from captivity to restore the walls and house of the Lord- starting with the restoration of our very lives; to become the generation changers of our blood lines and community by raising the next generation to love and serve the Lord. We, his people, will restore His honor and Name among the nations— and the Lord will be exalted from one generation to the next, our sons and daughters flourishing in the courts of the Lord, and as this psalm states “There will be no breaching of walls!” as the Holy Spirit causes us to rise as living stones in strength and power to be that wall for the Lords children—no more going into captivity! For the children of the Lord shall dwell in the refuge of the Most High as they grow and are taught of the Lord—yes great shall be the peace of our children! Blessed is the people of whom this is true; blessed is the people whose God is the Lord!!!

  192. “To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless.”
    -Psalm 119:96

    This verse was on my heart this morning. The Lord’s word is full of endless wisdom! It is a light unto my path and a lamp unto my feet! Today, I praise God for His Word and the Holy Spirit- the helper- that gives us understanding of it. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and HIS perfection is unlimited- He is holy. Thank You, Father, for never leaving me nor forsaking me, but fully equipping me to do the good works you have planned for me to do! May Your good and pleasing will be done and may Your people stand on Your perfect Word as we build Your Kingdom in our hearts!

  193. We read Nehemiah earlier this week and one part that really hit me was verse 6:9
    “They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, ”Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.”
    “But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”

    We will always face opposition from the world, and Nehemiah was enduring a ton of opposition from Sanballat and his associates at the time, so did Nehemiah pray that they would just leave him alone? No, he prayed that God would make him able to endure whatever they threw at him!

    This reminds me of James 1:2-4
    “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”

    Sure God could have just blown Nehemiah’s enemies away, but then the Jews wouldn’t have had to endure anything and the other nations wouldn’t be as amazed at the Jews perseverance and know that God was with them. God will help us endure any trials that are against us, and he will give us the perseverance we need.

  194. As I studied Nehemiah this week I was also moved by the verse in 10:39 shared in Sunday’s message.
    ” We will not neglect the house of our God!”
    It reminded me of Psalm 69:9
    “for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.”

    The zeal for his house is unstoppable! It moves a godly man to action. It rebuilds cities, outruns horses, and flips the tables of idolatry in the house of God!

    A zealousness brings faith to action for one purpose. To restore to God what is rightfully His! To restore the hearts of men to God, at any cost, starting with yourself.

    Nehemiah could do nothing else other than what God has put in his heart! Let the zeal for his house arise! Let us as living stones be built up to display his honor and glory.
    Isaiah 61:4
    They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.

  195. Nehemiah 12:27
    At the dedication of the wall of jerusalem, the levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to Celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harp and lyres.

    As The Lord Our God is having us finish building the walls that sorround our hearts, mind and soul let us come into His House with great songs of expectation, joy, and thanksgiving! Thanking Him for all He has done on the cross for us, (the greatest wall!) but even just this past week, how so faithfully he has kept us, rose us above all circumstances and brought us to today! Us and our households, let us come to encounter the presence of our Lord once more…

    Amen

  196. Colossians 4:2 And pray that God may open a door for our message, that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ for which I am in chains”.

    The Lord opened doors this week to allow me to speak with two Jewish people. The first one was about 65 and she shared about Jewish traditions and beliefs she was raised in. She shared “we were taught so many traditions but never how to love God”. She heard about Jesus, but never before “heard the gospel of Jesus” and was touched as she heard about Jesus’ sacrifice, love and redemption for His followers. The term “Lamb of God” opened her eyes to the sacrifice the Lord made for us.
    The other person shared with me how they will speak loudly about the “blessings” of the Lord in Deuteronomy but only whisper the “curses in Deut 28”, and even the word “curses”. They do this because their fear of the Lord is so great and “the curses are so bad”.
    Neither one ever heard any of the prophecies in the old testament about Jesus as they concentrate on the first five books of the Old Testament 3 days a week in their temple.
    As I reflected on both conversations, I was even more grateful that He opened our eyes to reveal Himself to us Gentiles. “To my elect, my chosen, my predestined, the blessings, the cursing”, just took on deeper meaning this week. What an amazing God we serve. Thank you Lord!

  197. Nehemiah 2:5
    and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”

    From Pastor’s message on Nehemiah 1 and through our reading this week, the Lord was showing me that Nehemiah was a man of prayer, faith and action.

    He prayed to the Lord, confessed his sins, those of his ancestors and those of his people. He acknowledged that the Lord was right in scattering the Israelites, and he trusted in God to be merciful and to hear his prayer.

    But he didn’t stop there. He took the next step and believed that God was going to use him. He then took action and went to the rebuild the walls of Jerusalem himself.

    The Word of God is never idle and faith without works is dead. The time is now to pray for God to rebuild the walls, believe that God will rebuild the walls, and to take the next step and to be the one used by God, like Nehemiah was, to rebuild the walls.

  198. Isaiah 62:10-12
    Go out! Prepare the highway for my people to return! Smooth out the road; pull out the boulders; raise a flag for all the nations to see.
    The Lord has sent this message to every land: “Tell the people of Israel, ‘Look, your Savior is coming. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.'”
    They will be called the Holy People and the People Redeemed by the Lord. And Jerusalem will be known as the Desirable Place and the City NO Longer Forsaken.

    Thank you, Lord! For all the restoration, and redemption that has and is taking place, for the renewal of our hearts and mind.
    Lord, only you and your mighty power working in us can accomplish more than we can ask or think.
    Lord, help us to build the walls so our house is ready to serve and glorify You, and Your Kingdom Forever!!!!

  199. As I was reading Nehemiah I was able to see a heart of a man who had an enounter with God. Nehemiah was a man that was about God’s business. In Nehemiah 2:19-20 When Sanballat and Tobias began to Mock Nehemiah and question his works. Nehemiah was quick to answer  confidently saying “The God of heaven will give us Sucess”.

    It’s important to say focus on God at all times, even though the  enemy may be there to mock and question what we do but just like Nehemiah God will not give us more than we can handel and he will grant us sucess as we complete his works and continue to have daily encounters with him.

  200. “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14

    This week, starting with our sermon and continuing with the entire reading has been awesome. I learned a lot by reading the story of Nehemiah. Nehemiah heard of the condition of the wall in Jerusalem and began the story by repenting for his and his ancestors sins and meeting with the Lord, and THEN he went forth to rebuild the walls and do the work the Lord had called for him to do. He ended up doing more than rebuilding the walls, but brought reconciliation among the people and led others back to the Lord. And he never let the taunts, the threats or anything else stop him, but moved how God called him to move and came back with the Word and wisdom of the Lord! And this is for each of us, also.

    Sunday Pastor taught on Nehemiah and how the God of Comfort is with us and he will do it. He will lead us to rebuild our walls, which in turn builds the church. We each have work that was assigned for us to do and people we were called to bring the light of the Lord, the Word of God to. I am in awe that despite my past sins and who I once was, God will do it (rebuild) in me and through me!! I can’t even begin to thank Him enough that, He has kept me, is teaching me and is calling me forward! It has been so encouraging this week to move forward in what the Lord did Sunday and in what I learned through the reading and even again in Bible Study.

  201. Reading Nehemiah this week, as well as learning about it in Pastor’s sermon, has brought a deeper understanding of what the book is all about! I had always thought of Nehemiah as the book where the wall is rebuilt and not really seen how all the other pieces tie together. Nehemiah weeps before the Lord and repents of the sins he and his ancestors have committed before he goes to the king with the request to rebuild the wall. But not only does Nehemiah get to rebuild the wall, everything is provided for him to do so!
    Pastor Janeth had preached that there are times where we will have to see the things that hurt us and that we have done that hurt God and weep and repent, not just push them down as we so often do. It’s true! We have to see the wall that the Lord has put around our hearts so that no ungodly thing can come in and see where the breeches are, just as Jerusalem had. When we see those breeches, we can repent, get rid of them, and get to work rebuilding what was broken so that it will never be broken again!
    The Lord is the One who leads the way, and He is able to do it! He hears our prayer, and uses us for His glory, giving us the tools so that we can rebuild the wall with Him!

    “…They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.”-Nehemiah 2:18

  202. Nehemiah 4:1-2
    Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall. He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews, saying in front of his friends and the Samarian army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they’re doing? Do they think they can build the wall in a single day by just offering a few sacrifices? Do they actually think they can make something of stones from a rubbish heap—and charred ones at that?”

    When I look at the taunts of the enemy in my life they are harsh but would all be true…BUT…God has provided! He has given His seed that when worked can accomplish anything. Through His Word and His comfort I can do all things through Him who encourages. Sanballat thought they were just offering a “few sacrifices” but they were actually restoring the full service of God’s temple and the law, the house of bread, the house of praise and protection. Thank you Lord for only You can create a fortress from rubble!

  203. I have to say that the Lord has been showing me these past few weeks that He wants us to feed the nations Manna from Heaven (which is the word of God) the nations are hungry and we have the bread of life to feed the people of God so now the Lord is showing me that in order to feed the nations we must “GET RID OF ANY MORE YEAST THAT YET REMAINS ” (SIN) in our lives so we can start working and being used by God to advance His kingdom! It is time to start building those walls like Nehemiah so us as United Faith Church can be a refuge for those that God brings to us and leads us to and so we can comfort them the same way as the Lord has comforted us! 2 Corinthians 1:2-4 which reads: Praise to the God of all comfort, (3)praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, (4)who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God!

  204. The Lord had me reading the book of Nahum. God was speaking restoration for Jacob, Freedom for His people, and complete destruction of His enemies. When the Lord was speaking destruction upon Nineveh (a city that plotted against The Lord), He says in Nahum 2:13;
    “I am against you,” declares the LORD Almighty. “I will burn up your chariots in smoke, and the sword will devour your young lions. I will leave you no prey on the earth. The voices of your messengers will no longer be heard.”

    When it says, “the sword will devour the lions”, the sword is the Word of God. The Lord has blessed us with His word and we are to use it to devour the lions. In psalm 17:12-13 The Lord again talks about the sword being used to rescue His people from their enemies:

    12They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a fierce lion crouching in cover. 13 Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down; with your sword rescue me from the wicked.

    The sermon on Nehemiah 1 declared that we are anchored by the Word of God and The word is about to rise up to become the wall that will stop anything coming against it, it will never be breached. The word of God is powerful, the word of God is the sword and the wall. The word of God devours our enemies, keeps us anchored to The Lord(psalm 17:4), and keeps our enemies out of the temple.

    Nahum 1:15 “Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace! Celebrate your festivals, Judah, and fulfill your vows. No more will the wicked invade you; they will be completely destroyed.”

    The feet of the one who brings good news is Jesus, and Jesus is the WORD made flesh (John 1:14)
    God wants to restore and deliver his temple and wall that now we and our children and our childrens children will live in safety.

    Nahum 1:13 says, “Now I will break their yoke from your neck and tear your shackles away.”

    The time is Now!

  205. Nehemiah 4:14:
    ‘After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”’

    This verse has been really standing out to me. Israel’s enemies were plotting against them, since they were angry that the walls were being rebuilt. But the Israelites were not to fear, because the great and awesome God was going to deliver them as they rebuilt the walls and fought for their families. What a loving Father that He would want full deliverance for His people, and He would deliver them as they worked to repair the wall, even walls that had fallen due to their own rebellion towards God! When the enemy came to inflict fear or oppression on the Israelites, they were called to remember who their God was – their deliverer, their comforter, their all in all – and stand and fight for their families…the family of God! In the same way, I’m called to remember the great and awesome God – my deliverer, comforter, all in all – when the enemy tries to come to intimidate or destroy – to remember that I am called by the Most High God into full deliverance and sonship, and that He will continue to deliver me as I work to fill in the gaps and rebuild the wall!

  206. Nehemiah 8:9-10 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law. Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
    After hearing the words from the book of the law the people wept as God’s word convicted them. Yet the God of comfort was with them to have the walls of Jerusalem completed even though they had been opposed. Now it was time to rejoice. As we rebuild our own broken walls, with His word in our hearts, the God who says “Comfort, comfort my people” is with us. We still need that sword in one hand because the enemy will do anything to turn us aside from God’s will but in submission to the Lord, and in seeking only to please Him, His victory will be our victory. And we will rejoice.
    Psalm 145:21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.

  207. Sunday’s message was extremely powerful. God is a God of comfort. He is faithful and true, and brings His mighty word in His perfect timing to speak HIs love, comfort and to strengthen us to be able to persevere in our situations and trials. God’s word is meant to be a mirror to our hearts when we examine our lives in comparison to what God intends for us in His word. Nehemiah 8 reminds me that God/His word never changes. Back then, the Israelites had turned from the Lord and were again disobedient. The lord used Ezra and other Godly men to read the law to them.This brought tears as they saw their lives not aligned with the truth of God’s word. God had mercy on them, and turned their tears of sorrow into JOY, telling them not to grieve, for the joy of the Lord is their strength! The Lord ‘s chosen people were able to confess their sins, come into His favor once again, and finish God’s work of rebuilding the walls of the destroyed temple…all for the glory of His Name!
    Today, God’s unfailing love speaks joy to my heart, even as I write this. We are beyond blessed to have pastors filled with the spirit of God, followers of Christ, bringing truth and understanding of God’s word to us. The Holy Spirit has now become our truth, understanding, direction,comfort…leading us in unity with Jesus, the one way, truth and life….living lives that please Him, enabling us, through God’s grace, to be re-builders of the walls of our destroyed temples….all for the glory of His Name!
    Thank you, Jesus!!

  208. I love that we have been learning about taking the seed the Lord has given us and making bread that pleases our God. That as workers for the Kingdom there is an expectation that we will be constantly baking, being sure to have plenty to offer to all God sends our way, and producing a beautiful fragrance that is pleasing to the Lord.
    Nehemiah 4:17 …Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked.
    This word demonstrates the way to “bake” to work! As we each are building our portion of the spiritual wall to guard what has been entrusted to us we must do it with the sword of truth at our sides. When I am at work, school, home, everywhere, I must always have my hand on the sword quick to cut anything that opposes God. By knowing our sword (the word) we can speak it, destroy the plans of the enemy, and advance the Kingdom of our God.
    This is what baking for the Lord looks like!

  209. There is truly something amazing about the Lord’s peace. Life is run by seemingly out of control, random variables that we have very little power over, regardless of our own precautions and planning. But it is the power of God, the One who calls all things to order and is truly in control, which brings us true peace. And this is not some ignorant and worldly peace that implies things are okay and that we can take a break, but a peace that instead says “I am God, I am in control” and simply silences the chaos, for what outcomes do we have to worry about if God is in control of our lives? Nothing! For if He for us, what can truly be against us, for it is He who has the final say, and God is God.

  210. Matthew 6:33
    31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

    I want to thank God for how faithful He is to his people. When He and his kingdom are first in my life I don’t need to worry about the things the world worries about because He is the provider and care taker of his church. There are blessings for those who put all their trust in Him. I speak for myself when I say I have lacked for nothing when He is my everything!

  211. I wake every morning with thanksgiving in my heart to the Lord Jesus Christ. I am amazed at the mercy and love of God. The Lord has put a new song in my heart and I can’t help but worship him with all my heart. I was reading about King David in 1 Chronicles 16 and how he instructed the Levites to take up their instruments and give praise and worship to their God with a song of thanks.
    “7 That day David first appointed Asaph and his associates to give praise to the Lord in this manner: Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
    make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”
    I rejoice in him because he has saved my life forever and has done everything to reconcile me to God the Father. I know I can do nothing good without Jesus Christ.
    I am thankful for my Lord and savior and he has given me the desire to live for him.
    Praise his Holy Name forever !

  212. Amen Jessie!
    …for my house will be called a house of prayer.

    We certainly don’t need a building to pray for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done. We’ve been praying for a long time without it and the Lord has been faithful. However, now when I pray, I’m often seeing myself and others “in the sanctuary”! Sometimes I forget the church isn’t completed yet. It reminds me that God is a promise keeper. It reminds me that the Lord is always on the move. When the doors do open it won’t be because we’ve come to an end of a plan, but the beginning of many more to come! So excited to see where He will lead us!!!

    Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

  213. The Lords word is powerful and it causes things to change in our lives and opens our eyes to the world around us. The teachings on the bread have really begun a transformation in my life. We have been given the Lord, the bread of life that satisfies like no other bread. It’s time to share what we have been given in the word, and live it out with our actions.
    His word is causing me to want to please him more than pleasing man. To seek Gods will and apply it.
    Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

    It has propelled me to work harder at work, knowing the Lord sees all things, and is over all things. It causes us to want to help those around us, and go the extra mile. It’s the practical way to show the kingdom of God to those who don’t know him. Lord you are the bread of life and your word feeds us and changes us! You are the truth, and those that know you, will walk in the truth, seek your will in their lives, and live it out. Thank you Lord.

  214. “…for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Isaiah 56:7

    Many times Jesus tells us to ask, seek, knock (Matt 7:7, Luke 11:9), to seek him while he can be found (Isaiah 55:6)– not so that we can have what we want but so he can have what he wants.

    Our church that is being built is a physical representation of his house of prayer. Our Pastors and those involved in the decision making of all the many details, colors, flooring, where things will be, how things will be done, are constantly seeking God for what he wants – down to the simplest level of detail.

    We, as the church of God, are his temple, his house and if he is pleased with us seeking him for every detail of his church building, how much more are we to seek him for every detail of our lives to be what he wants, so we can be his dwelling place! He is establishing his kingdom here on earth in us so that the world can see what his home in heaven is like, where HE reigns and there is peace, joy, love, truth, provision and so much beyond what we can think or imagine. In a world where man builds everything for himself that will only rot and be destroyed- Praise God that he calls us to work for something greater- to represent heaven by praying and living out “thy will be done, thy kingdom come.”

    “And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to minister to him, love the name of the Lord and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant – these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer.” Isaiah 56:6-7

  215. This Sunday’s sermon is not only encouraging but practical. It had me thinking: in math there is the “Zero Property of Multiplication”. This property (or rule) states that when any number is multiplied by zero, the product will always be zero. It doesn’t matter what the number is, when you multiply it to zero, you get zero as the answer.

    It’s the same way with the Lord. No Word, no faith, no trust yields NOTHING. The Lord expects His people to not come to His House empty. Instead, we are to bring our praise, thanksgiving, and songs of worship. Even those that are empty and in need can bring their hearts before the Lord. I think of Hannah who was so distraught, yet she brought her honesty to the Lord–she knew and believed that God was who He said He was. One word of the Lord-one praise brought to the Lord is a start. The example Pastor gave on Sunday of the widow giving the last bits of the little she had left is so encouraging. God does miracles and He is faithful!

    “…so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,
    but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
    – Isaiah 55:11

  216. “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you… for my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.” John 6:53,55

    Without food and water, we’d die. So it is no coincidence that he says my body is real food and my blood is real drink. What does he mean by real? He is the only food and drink that is true. We can fill ourselves with every other thing, and it might seem like we are still alive, but it will only leave us empty, under-nourished and lead to death. Only Jesus and his word is true food that satisfies and endures forever.

    When Jesus told his disciples about bread that comes down from heaven and gives life they asked to have this bread always and his response was “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

    Father, give us this day our daily bread- for apart from you God there is no life, but in you is life everlasting!

  217. “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”-Proverbs 25:2

    Truly the Lord calls us to seek Him in all things! There is a worship song that states, “You don’t hide Yourself to tease us.” He does not hide a matter so that we feel discouraged and can’t attain what He has for us-He doesn’t hold out His promises just out of reach. Instead, He calls us to take the Word that we have been given and meditate on it and seek Him on where to go next, not take things into our own hands. Pastor Janeth’s sermon on Sunday was about taking what the Lord has given us and go deeper-not stopping and getting comfortable, but instead, working with the Lord to come to a deeper understanding of who He is and coming into a deeper relationship with Him! Thank You, Lord, for You are worth seeking out…better than gold, silver, diamonds, everything! You are that pearl of great worth, and worthy of all of our lives! I’m so thankful that we can seek You and come to know You in a new way, every single day!

  218. “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.”
    – Psalm 119:114

    The Lord is my safety and shield, He is a strong tower where I find peace. He is my hope, the anchor to my soul. His Word is Truth and guides me everyday. Thank you, Lord!

  219. Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,who thunders with mighty voice. Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the heavens. You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God! – Psalm 68:32-35

    Our God is higher and greater than all things! This psalm shows an awesome picture of His might and splender. I thank Him that I have been called to be His. And today I sing praises and thanks to such an awesome, powerful God.

  220. This morning the song that I keep singing is “Lord you are good and your mercy endureth forever”. It’s so true! The Lord has been so good to us! He has been so faithful time and time again! Thank you Lord for your continued mercy, love and forgiveness. You are faithful!!!

    For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5

  221. “I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.” Psalm 145:1

    Lord, every day I am amazed that you opened the eyes of my heart to begin to know you and that you called me out of this world to be your daughter. Your mercy and grace for me are irresistable – I am in awe of you and I will praise your name for ever and ever!

  222. Deut. 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. As I was seeking the Lord he showed me that as each generation honors him he blesses them to a thousand generations. And then the next to a thousand and so on. Each generation starts a new thousand years to all eternity. So he will always have his remnant to praise him. His children to honor him. A covenant of love that never ends. An everlasting and eternal blessing from God to those who love him and keep his commands. As a father, I can see now how very much it matters to the Lord to raise our children to love him by obeying his commands,teaching them by my loving him and obeying his commands, so that his blessing will remain throughout eternity. Praise the Lord!

  223. On Sunday we were given the command to advance, to shake off all that holds us back and to go to Kedesh! The past few nights I have been drawn to Psalm 63.

    Verses 2-8 say: I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.

    This psalm fills me with joy, perseverance, thankfulness, and praise for my Savior. Father, command me and I will go…because your love is better than life! Glory to your name Mighty King!

  224. Romans 15:13
    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, then you will overflow with confident hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    This scripture came to mind this week as I have been meditating on what hoping in the lord truly looks like. As I am coming to hope in Jesus for everything in my life, my soul is quickly settled when situations come up; where in the past fear would send me into chaos. Hope in Jesus is drawing me nearer to him everyday; where before fear would cause me to disconnect from Jesus. Hope in Jesus brings me peace and causes joy to overflow and confident hope is anchoring my soul as I wait on him to heal, restore, fill, empower, saturate, consume, and overtake every part of me; that I would be sanctified and set apart for him.

    He is the faithful one and he has done it! Amen!

  225. Psalm 25
    1 In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.
    3 No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame.
    5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

    The Lord has given such a great and living hope that never fails because He never fails. Even if I can’t yet see an answer to a prayer or a promise fulfilled, like Abraham who hoped against all odds and against all sight and logic…..I have the one who is Himself the answer and who is Himself the fulfillment of every promise.
    It is so much better to hope in the one who is the blesser instead of having hope of blessings.

  226. “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:5

    I don’t hope in the things I once hoped for anymore. My hope is in You, O Lord, for in You I have all I need and all I desire! I am filled with thanksgiving today over Your character and Your heart for me and I am so grateful that You are leading me more and more into Your truth. I bless Your Great Name!

  227. “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
    – Psalm 103:1-5

    Thank you Lord–You are the anchor to my soul. Soul: praise the Lord because He is GOOD!! There are so many things, the list is so long, to thank the Lord for today. Bless you Lord!

  228. I knew this week the full meaning of “How Great Thou Art” in my life. The Lord Jesus taught me what hoping in him truly means. You Lord are the Hope in my life. When I hope in you, you are there with me. When I hope in you, you give me your strength. When I hope in you, you give me your love. I know now the true meaning of hoping in the Lord Jesus Christ. He was not only with me on Monday when my need for him was so great, but he is with me always. Hoping in him is not just for one day but every day. Pastors email helped encourage me to draw my strength from the Lord with the following verse:

    Psalm 62: 5 “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him”

  229. Titus 3 v.6
    Whom he poured out us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, (Rebirth and Renewal thru His Holy Spirit) That having been Justified by Grace we may become heirs having The hope of Eternal Life.
    My Hope is in The Lord Jesus Christ – I have been reminded all week about This Hope in Christ Jesus and my only Prayer has been that He would be formed in me Through all and any circumstances, so my prayer list has shrunk! because all that I have faced this week, for my household and our Church building, The prayer has been – My hope is in The Lord Jesus Christ! God Just let Jesus be fully formed in me, in my Church, in my family, at my job…And I love Pastor’s word this is The “Apointed Season for that hope being revealed Thru The preaching entrusted to this Church by The command of God our Savior” Titus 1:3 Thank you Jesus that all that was lost is being restored!! Hope, true Hope is in The Lord Jesus Christ and the Power of His Word Thru His Beloved Church
    He is a good Daddy!

  230. The Lord has really been opening my eyes this past week and showing me that not only is he here with me now, but he has always been! Just last week I found out that I received a scholarship from work for school. This scholarship doesn’t only allow me to continue my schooling in September but it also covers about half of my tuition for that semester as well!! I know that a gift like this could come from no one other then My God!

    It is truly a blessing to know that I belong to God, that he is my protector, my provider, and my guide because His love is TRUE! I never knew what love was, but God filled that emptiness with his sweet love. The Lord is truly amazing in everything that he does and I cannot wait to see what is to come!!

  231. Late last night I woke up to fix my pillow and heard the lord speaking sweetly in my heart. “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” I thought am I dreaming? No, I wasn’t…. it is our Lord and savior who prays over us even as we sleep. He intercedes for us in the inner sanctuary on our behalf, constantly making petition for us. He is the great high priest whose ministry lasts forever because of the power of His indestructible life. I am glad to put my hope in Him and Him alone as he will never leave us empty handed or disappointed. We live in a world that offers no assurances, but we can be assured of Christ, who never changes. He is : provision, love, truth, life, joy, comfort, peace, bread, rest……..all that we need , we find in him. Let us hold unswervingly to the Hope we profess in Jesus Christ, the ANCHOR to our SOUL.

  232. What an awesome service it was today! Pastor Janeth’s message on Hebrews 6:13-20, speaking on God’s promises and hope, will continue to resonate with me all week and further. Jesus is truly our hope-He is the reward! He is our anchor! It ties so perfectly with another verse mentioned today, Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”
    I know that I have seen God’s faithfulness in my life, and I know that His promises are true! He says He gave us everything we need for life and godliness-it’s true! He says He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life-it’s true! He says He will never leave or forsake us-it’s true! And He says that He will come back for His people-it’s TRUE! We’ve talked a lot recently about how He is the God of the impossible…what can He not do? He’s God! I can’t wait to see what’s next!
    Thank You, God! You are faithful and true! Your promises are so amazing, and I know that I can put all of my hope in You!

  233. I just want to praise God for His timing and His goodness!!!!

    I had been praying about applying for a certification exam for a long time now, years really, but every time I came back to it, it just wasn’t time. Then a couple weeks ago, license requirements at my job changed and opened a door for my company to cover the cost of the test itself and I was selected as the individual to receive it. I began to move in what was needed for that, but the Lord STILL had different plans!

    Two days later I was notified of a scholarship opportunity that opened up nationally covering the cost not just of the test, but of organizational membership, study materials, books, and practice exams. I was awarded the scholarship a week later!

    How amazing is the love of God for us and how awesome is His timing! United Faith Church, can you believe this God we serve, who blesses us tremendously as we wait on Him?!?!

    “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8

    “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

  234. Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
    2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
    and extol him with music and song.
    3 For the Lord is the great God,
    the great King above all gods.
    4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
    and the mountain peaks belong to him.
    5 The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.
    6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
    7 for he is our God
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    the flock under his care. Psalm 95:1-7

    So thankful to be heading out to gather together as one to lift up the Name of Jesus! He is our Savior! He has done so much for us! He is our great and mighty King! He is our Creator! He loves us and cares for us! And in a little bit we will altogether extol his Holy Name with music and song. How great and awesome is our God, the Maker of heaven and earth! This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

  235. Yesterdays sermon on Ruth and Naomi is still touching my heart. As we learned Naomi and her family left the land of Judah due to the famine and went to the land of Moab. Judah was were Gods house was, and Moab was not a good place. During that time Naomi lost her husband and two sons and was left with her two daughter in laws Ruth and Orpah. It was a difficult time for them and Naomi realized she was bitter for all that had happened. She had left the place of worship in Judah and Gods house, and all she had in Moab was heartache and despair. We learned Naomi took responsibility for walking away from God. When we walk away from Gods will, and the place he has called us things happen and we lose our way. Yet even though she was in despair she kept taking in the word of God which we see when Naomi urged Ruth to leave her. But Ruth replied, ” Don’t urge me to leave your or turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Ruth 1:16. Ruth knew of Naomi’s God even during the trial. Naomi had shared with her who her God was.

    The good news is Naomi and Ruth returned to Judah and the house of God. Not only did the Lord redeem her situation but also her daughter in law Ruth. The Lord blessed them abundantly! The Lord provided them with food, someone to redeem their family line by marrying Ruth and also a child which kept their family line going. Who Jesse, David and eventually Jesus came from.

    Wow! Talk about a hope! Jesus has done that in my life and the lives of so many around me. He takes a hopeless situation and brings hope and redeems things we thought were impossible. Thank you so much Jesus! There is abundance in the house of the Lord. Thank you Lord for bringing me to your house, your word, and to a life so wonderful I couldn’t have even imagined!!!

  236. “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth. “God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.” Psalm‬ ‭47:1-2‬, 5-7

    I woke up this morning with such joy, expectation and thanksgiving! We serve the Living God… the Lord God Almighty who rules and reigns on high. Today and everyday I want to be a vessel of praise; clapping, singing, shouting out praise for the Lord is King! He is awesome! He delivers his people! He is mighty to save! He deserves ALL honor! He is worthy of ALL praise!

    I thank God that though I were once dead in my sins and unable to worship, unable to sing to God or shout or clap, I am now made alive in Christ! (Eph 2:5) The Lord has captured my heart, has set my feet dancing and a mouth that once couldn’t sing, can’t stop and hands that didn’t move, now clap to the Lord because he is worthy! He has set me free! Every day of my life I want to show my thankfulness to the Lord by being a vessel of praise and a vessel that honors and bears the name of the Lord Jesus.

  237. Happy Anniversary! 10 years and FOREVER MORE! I am yours, LORD and you are mine.

    PS 26:5
    I love the house where you live, O LORD,
    the place where your glory dwells.

    You have drawn me with your loving kindness…there is no place I’d rather be than in your arms of love.
    You are The LORD, there is no other…King Jesus, You reign over all!
    With you I’m safe. With you I rest. With you I remember and dream of what’s yet to come. With you my strength is renewed and my joy made complete.
    So blessed you call me your own.

  238. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through
    the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.
    1 peter 3-4

    Praise God for a living hope…. I am so thankful for all of God’s blessings, for our Pastors, for our new United Faith Church, and our Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Thankful for the chains that are broken, and for his mercy and grace. May we bring glory to His Name! The Name above all names
    Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

  239. How great is the Lord God Almighty and His love displayed through His Son, Jesus Christ!!!

    Between the doctrinal classes over the last several weeks, the sermons, and last night’s service, God has been revealing the power of His gospel – establishing His Lordship for His glory in those that are His. He led me to 2 Corinthians 4:5-6, “For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”

    Lord, let the light of Your glory shine in me and through me today!

  240. “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies to silence the foe and the avenger.”
    – Psalm 8:1-2

    The Name of the Lord is powerful! The Lord Jesus’ majesty reigns over all. Last night was incredible. The presence of the Lord to come and meet His people astounds me. I will never hear or see the Name of the Lord in the same way ever again. My praise and thanksgiving shall be a vessel that will be used to silence the enemy in this land. Praise the Lord, who reigns Most High!

  241. No, In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)

    Tonight was amazing, and truly I will never be the same again! It truly is a new season and as always it is because of the Lordship of Jesus Christ! The Lord Jesus Christ has delivered me from my past and broken all that once chained me. Truly there is nothing that can separate us from the love of Jesus Christ when He becomes our Lord. He is Lord of all and therefore above all.

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah for I have been set free in the love of The Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

    God Bless UFC

  242. I am so thankful for the classes we have had on doctrine these past few weeks! God has done so much through them, changing what I think about Him into who He really is! I know that He has elected me-from before the beginning of time-to be one who would bear His Name and follow Him all the days of my life! He wants us to really KNOW Him and KNOW His Word, fully, 100%, inside and outside. The fact that He would reveal Himself to us through His Word is amazing and humbling, as I see how much I did not deserve it. But praise God, His call is irrevocable (Rom. 11:29)! I am so thankful that He has given us these classes so that we can stand firm in what we believe and grow spiritually: “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves…” (Eph. 4:14). He is our firm foundation! He is the Rock that we can place our hopes on! Jesus is exactly Who He says He is! He doesn’t change! And after the sermon from Sunday, I can say that all my faith and hopes and dreams are in Him! Praise God for His love toward us, and I can’t wait to see what God will do in UFC!

  243. Wow! What a busy and exciting time it is, isn’t church? …to be called to such a time as this. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what God is going to do each new day!
    Last Thursday, early in the morning, I was praising and thanking God for keeping us through the night and giving us another day with new mercies and more chances to come to know God through seeking his will. Then this scripture flooded into my heart.
    Psalm 16:5. LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. 6. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.
    It caused me to reflect again, on all we’ve been learning. God is good all the time and worthy of my praise. How blessed am I? His grace is irresistible. Though I stumble, He lifts me up and still says “This is the way, walk in it…I am with you.”

  244. Colossians 1
    16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

    In the classes last week I learned so much about how God is above everything, ruler of everything, in charge of everything, He is everything. Which is something I have “known” but can now say I really understand it. There is nothing on earth created by anyone else, used for anyone else, or any other purpose then His. He calls it all into being and holds it all together. He has chosen me to be in His household and therefore to accomplish His purpose. What my life will look like being fully convinced of who He is and what His will is. Fully lived out for Him. Paul often spoke about how he is fully persuaded and fully convinced of the gospel. For me I can say I am fully convinced that God is everything He has said He is. We do so much in life because we believe it. We follow laws because we believe it will keep us safe or keep us out of trouble. We take medicine because we believe it will make us well. I will follow His word because I am fully convinced of the whole gospel that it will go well with my soul if I do!

    2 Timothy 3
    13 But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them.

  245. How fortunate are we to have been taught by Pastor Janeth how our church doctrine aligns with the truth of God’s word. We have been blessed with excellent leadership and I am grateful to God for ordaining our pastors for the work of his kingdom. His kingdom come. His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Deut; 32:2 “Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” As Pastor’s teaching has watered us like rain from heaven we will continue to grow for in and for the Lord’s kingdom work.

  246. Titus 3:4-7
    When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.[a] 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.

    Ezekiel 36:25-27
    I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean.i will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

    These 2 scriptures hit me so deeply throughout our recent teaching on our doctrine. As we studied where our church and its beliefs come from through the scriptures, I have been brought to a deeper level of understanding who my father in heaven is…his magnificent sovereignty, love, compassion and forgiveness towards someone like me. I am confident that Jesus cleansed me, saved me, and has given me new life out of a life that was dead and useless by the power of his Holy Spirit because I know and am FULLY CONVINCED that he is the God of the impossible and he is the God who breaths life into the dead and calls things that are not as though they are!

    Our doctrine is a doctrine of love that leads man to a relationship and reunites man with their father in heaven. A doctrine that created a family out of a people that were lost, wicked, depraved and without love or hope. A doctrine with the purpose and plan to demonstrate the love, power and victorious life that is in being a follower of Jesus Christ. A doctrine that is breaking religion, self motivated dead works and allowing the love of God….Jesus to show us the way to an abundant life here on earth.

    How???
    By removing our hearts of stone and giving us hearts of flesh that love him and each other…bringing heaven here on earth sanctifying( healing us and setting us apart) for God alone.

    THIS is united faith… THIS is my family

  247. When I remember our classes, our conversations, and comments I think of this passage:

    “As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
    -1 Peter 2:4-5

    Jesus is building his church with Living Stones, precious to Him! What an honor to hear the Word of the Lord which has resulted in unwavering faith. What a great privilege to be instructed in the Word of Truth — Rejected by men but precious to God and to His elect. I shall boast in Christ alone, my solid rock and firm foundation!

  248. I was raised Catholic and went to CCD classes for most of my childhood. I was that kid that always asked the questions and all I remember learning was to “have faith”. What does that even mean?

    Over the years at UFC I have been blessed to be taught the Word of God. Additionally, these doctrinal classes over the last few weeks have opened the Word to me in a deeper level. Faith is not in anything of my own, but simply that God is who He says He is and His Word is True. What peace! What freedom! Faith in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection, His call and election in my life — through no merit or work of my own– is my hope.

    “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
    – 1 Peter 3:15

  249. “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” – 2Timothy 2:19

    This verse has stood out to me the most during the doctrinal teachings that I have been so privileged to sit under. Just like a house built on an insecure foundation will inevitably crumble, so it is with our foundation in the Lord. God is securing what has been so shaky in me, removing the rocks in the ground with each class, and establishing real roots in my heart. He is laying a foundation that will not be able to be shaken so that I, just a vessel for the Lord chosen by grace, will become immovable. I have learned that being immovable in the face of wickedness, evil, and everything anti-God is what God really wants. I look forward to all that God is doing with me personally and here at UFC!

  250. 1Peter 2:24- He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness.

    1Peter 3:10-12- “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.

    The bible is very clear…as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we must live for righteousness and die to our sin. That doesn’t mean we can say a prayer and go on living everyday for ourselves. It means we give up our lives for Christ…we find a whole new purpose for living! We die to our old selves and our old ways and become born again. We start a new life walking with our Savior each and every day, learning his ways, his thoughts, his likes and his dislikes. We are dedicated to the one and only true God until the day we are taken up to be with him! Thank you Lord for all that you have done, all that you are doing, and all that you are about to do!

  251. 2 Timothy 2:20. In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use.

    The last three weeks of class I realized just how blessed I am to be a part of God’s kingdom. The Lord planted a seed in me before I was even thought of. He gave me everything that I would need in my walk. He made me for special purpose. A purpose to do his Will and to glorify his name. This class has opened up eyes to see that it is time to wake up and take off the grave clothes. There is work to be done in the Kingdom of God.

  252. These past doctrinal teachings at U.F.C. have been amazing and it has opened up my eyes more so to the Faith I believe in and it also has given me a deeper understanding of Christianity! Now I can truly say that I am ANCHORED in Christ and will not be swayed by any other teaching or doctrine that sets itself up against the sound doctrine of Christ. I have learned that salvation for us is to bring Heaven on earth and that it leads us with right standing with God. Salvation is not for us to be saved to just be saved but to do the “WILL” of God, it is not for our own comfort to be living however we want but to be transformed daily being conformed to the likeness and image of our God and destroying satans kingdom and establishing the Lords kingdom here on earth, Matt: 6:10 your kingdom come, your “WILL” be done, on earth as it is in Heaven!

  253. “‘On that day,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘I will take you, my servant Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will make you like my signet ring, for I have chosen you,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” – Haggai 2:23

    I am so overwhelmed with thankfulness to the Lord that He has chosen me—not because I am anything special or because I have anything to offer a King, but simply because from the beginning of time, he decided, in His perfect will, that I would serve Him and be a vessel meant for noble purposes.

    The Lord has used the doctrinal classes to solidify me in His TRUTH like never before. And in this solidification, I have found such freedom in knowing that it is He who works in me to move according to his pleasing and perfect will. The only way for me to be pleasing to the King of the Universe is to be filled with His Spirit of Holiness—and that is exactly what He has chosen me for! To be filled with the HOLY Spirit, so that HOLINESS may come forth in my life and bring Him praise!!

    The verse above really caught my heart—we have been CHOSEN by God to be like His signet ring. What does a signet ring do?? It establishes the AUTHORITY of the one who wears it. We have been chosen, elected and predestined by God to establish and be a seal of the authority and Lordship of the Lord Almighty to all of the ends of the earth, and to make His Mighty and Powerful name known!

    Praise be to the LORD of all Creation!!

  254. 1 Peter 5:5-7
    5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
    “God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”
    6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

    We serve a God that will lift his people up. The trouble of the world will never overcome someone who relies on the Lord. May we decrease in ourselves that he will increase. I’m so thankful that we serve a God who never leaves his own forsaken, but genuinely cares for his children and loves them. Nothing is impossible for the one who created the universe!

  255. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. – Isaiah 55:8

    The doctrinal classes at UFC have been amazing. To go deeper and really explore theology has challenged what I’ve known and interpreted from the Bible and taken my understanding of God’s word to new places. God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. I think what the experience overall has really taught me is just that: His Word holds His thoughts and His ways, and as I’m seeking Him and reading from His word, I truly have to check ALL of my thoughts,opinions and ideas at the door. The bible is the very word of God, and God alone.

  256. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16

    I am so thankful for the classes and for God opening up my eyes to see that he has chosen me not of anything that I have done but just by his grace and mercy. For I was predestined from the beginning of time. That he would call me out and open my eyes to see the love that he has poured on me and the call in my life. He has given me the Holy Spirit to make me a new creation to be used for his kingdom and bear fruit for his name. What a great calling that God would chose me the foolish thing of this world the worse of the worse to change my life so I may do Gods will and bear fruit for him. Thank you Lord!!

  257. The classes this past week have really impacted my life and my family. One of the verses that touched my heart was Ephesians 2:1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. I will be forever grateful for the Lord drawing me to him. It is not something I deserve, or could ever earn, but something that will cause me to want to serve him the rest of my life. I want to love him the way he has loved me and live a life, that reflects that. Thank you Lord!!!

  258. I am extremely grateful towards God for the teachings and sermons of this past month. I am just realizing the lengths of his love and how he has directed my life so that I may know him. By Gods will I was born in this time and in this country. By Gods will I was born to my parents, and by Gods will I wound up at this church, led by these pastors. By His will and His will alone he made himself known to me. All things within my life have led me to Him. God has chosen me, not on the virtue of anything on my part, but because He simply wanted to. I am in no way worthy of the call and life He has given me. All praise be to God, the author of all life!

  259. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will- to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
    – Ephesians 1:5-‬6 NIV

    God is doing something amazing!
    I’m so thankful for the classes we had. My eyes are being opened to see that there is nothing I can ever do or nothing I have done for God to have predestined me… chosen me to be set apart for his kindgom. To be a daughter of the Most High God.
    He did it in love, and for His pleasure and will to choose a person like me that is the worst, so that he will get all the glory. It has nothing to do with me.
    Thank you so much Lord for your unfailing Love.

  260. “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” – Ephesians 4:4-6

    I am so grateful to have been a part of these classes over the last few weeks and have learned so much. This verse really says a lot about what I have learned. There is only One God and One Way and it is so important to be united as His Church in One Mind, One Spirit, under One God so we can accomplish all He has set out for us from the beginning of time. We each have a purpose and a plan before we even existed and He has called us here, now, together to demonstrate His power and greatness.

    The last part says He is over all, through all, and in all…what can stand in His way? What can stop His plans? What can stop us when we are with Him? NOTHING!

    Thank you Lord for opening my eyes to see you more and to know your Word more for your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

  261. 1 Peter 1:3
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

    What an amazing God we serve! The doctrinal classes brought together for me what it really means to believe. I know that I am dead, helpless and hopeless without Him. I know that it is only by his mercy and His grace that He has called me who was dead to life. Thank you Lord for your sovereignty and power! Thank you for your choosing and election. Thank you for the new birth! Thank you Lord that those that are yours will persevere to the end.

  262. “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
    John 6:40 NIV

    “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.
    John 6:44 NIV

    These verses remind me of these past couple weeks in the doctrine classes. Pastor was giving an explanation of the order of salvation and how the very work of salvation is something that God alone does. In my worst sinful and wretched state he draws me to him and calls me his own. Once so far from God and now becoming his very own possesion there is a thankfullness welling up and a desire to follow with everything that I am. These past couple weeks God has given his spirit of power and love through the teachings we have received and today says wake up ! For today is the day of salvation. Now follow me, believe me, and obey my commands, make your calling an election sure. Pastor clearly explained there is no room for the flesh in this walk and Christ has the power his very Holy Spirit to help us obey. Your deliverer is coming and he will raise you up!! Thank you Lord for your promised holy spirit

  263. Romans 8:29-30
    “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”

    I am in awe that the Creator of all would elect me to be in His Kingdom – He foreknew me before the beginning of time to carry out His will, and now has equipped me to do so. The doctrine classes have been amazing – they have helped me understand and solidify my belief about how God is the one who calls people to this amazing grace, how from the beginning of time He predestined and knew us who would be called to Himself for eternity. It’s so exciting to know that through Jesus Christ, we enter into that eternal life where absolutely nothing of this world could destroy it!
    Psalm 103 says that “He knows how we are formed, He remembers we are dust.” Dust is nothing. Yet He created man, in His image, from that dust, then breathed life into him. He literally created something out of nothing! Who can do that? Only God, only the Creator of all things! He made those somethings out of nothing to bring Himself glory, and so that which was once not, now is, now would glorify Him and be called according to His purpose! Predestined for Him!

  264. “He has saved us and called us to a holy life- not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.” 2 Timothy 1:9

    The teachings over these past weeks have been so key in opening my eyes to see that the Lord works all things for his purpose and glory. I am convinced that there’s nothing I can do that would make me worthy of salvation, no amount of effort, or wishing or even wanting salvation, because the word says no man seeks God. But because of God’s amazing grace I am called to be holy, set apart- not for myself, so things would go well for me or even so I could go to heaven but solely for HIS will to be done on this earth as it is in heaven.

    Later in the same verse it says “this grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.” How humbling it is to know that God would choose, before i ever existed, to give his grace to be made holy- something I could never be on my own- he overcame death to bring life so that his will would be accomplished.

    Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Lord, let your will be done in me God according to your plans and for your purpose!

  265. The last three weeks in the doctrinal classes have been such a blessing. I have learned so much about the will of God, grace and the resurrection and I see the importance of knowing the doctrine and building on that foundation. I thank God for letting me be part of the classes and opening my eyes to the Truth and revelation he is giving. I can’t wait to see what God will do next and how he will use the teaching we have learned in the classes.

  266. 2 Timothy 1:9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.

    The doctrinal classes have solidified God’s Word and shown His amazing plans….it helped me see just how much God has done. How He elected me before I could even have a say or do anything, called me from the grave AND made me to hear AND made me see to understand AND the ability to repent and desire to serve Him. The list of what He is doing apart from me just goes on….like we talked about in class, how can a man who is dead and buried in his transgression ever hear God’s call let alone choose God?…impossible, but with God all things are possible!

  267. “The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied. The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” – Jeremiah 1:11-12

    The Word of the Lord endures forever! The Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He holds time in His hands. The Lord is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End…. Since the Lord is omniscient, the very same Word that He spoke in the beginning, He is speaking today. His Word never comes back void, but will accomplish what is has been purposed to accomplish since the beginning of time!

    THIS is the amazing God that I serve. The character of the Lord is amazing. I’m in awe of the incredible power of His Word.

  268. Praise be to the God and Father of our lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to revealed int the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5

    Through our doctrinal classes and our readings the Lord has changed my house and myself by revealing the wealth that we have being those called into the Kingdom of God. There is nothing that compares in value to being one called and purposed for bringing heaven down on earth through His Holy Spirit and Word. The power that we have through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who resurrected from the dead rises us from death to life in Him! A resurrection that is not of this world but one of heaven that as the word says is eternal, never perishes, spoil or fade. As we place our faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we don’t live a life for ourselves but one for God’s will demonstrating God’s power and authority for His glory! In a response to God’s mercy we are to live our lives out onto Him for His will to be accomplished in these last days assuring our salvation.

    I am a the new man today because God has opened and caused my heart to respond to His mercy allowing me to have the understanding of the immeasurable power to live in the resurrection through Christ who overcome death, hell and the grave! All the while living a life not of this world but abiding in His power demonstrating that especially today God is alive and active and saving those who diligently seek Him.

    I thank God for His Son the Lord Jesus Christ for the power that is alive in Him today!

  269. Psalm 84:4-5 Blessed are those who dwell in Your House; they are ever praising You. Blessed are those whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on a pilgrimage.
    I’m just in awe of this God—as we continue to see the work being done and even our sign going up on Sunday! I’m in awe…not just to see a sign or building go up—but watching the will of God— watching the House of God being built for us and the future generations to dwell. I’m in awe because I know the true foundation of that house, the true walls, the pillar and Capstone! Founded on the Truth of the flawless Word of God—His perfect and full counsel of the mind of God through Jesus Christ! Preached, taught and modeled, day in and day out by our pastors. Founded through diligence in guarding His precepts, discipleship and mentoring—for the guiding of each us into the destiny God has called for us as individuals, who then in turn make up a part of the whole—the body, unified under One Head, one doctrine, One Spirit, Jesus Christ! Lord! Creator God!
    I’m in awe because I know that none of this could be happening just simply from the human will but is truly by HIS will, His strength and seal of ownership upon us—for His Names sake His own zeal is accomplishing this!
    To Him be all the Glory!!!

  270. A week ago Friday, this scripture had been popping in and out of my mind from day to day.
    Job 14 (KJV) — 7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. 8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; 9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
    Then, on Thursday, as I am cooking in the back yard, I randomly start wandering around and in the corner of the yard where the dog generally hangs out I look down and I see an old tree stump with a 6 inch diameter and four three foot branches or small trees coming out of the ground from the dead stump!! And I immediately think of this scripture!! I had my daughter come out and take a picture of it because it fit the scripture perfectly. It reminded me of John 5:39 and how there is always a “3D” to the scripture and how in Revelation 3:14 Jesus Christ is the beginning of the creation of God.
    The manifestation of the written Word is advancing rapidly upon the lives Our Gracious Father has called us to!!!!!!!

  271. Deut:4:9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

    Last week one of the things Kris spoke about was ​”​ how could Israel forget the things ​that ​God did for them​?​”. How could they forget the Red Sea parting and the cloud and fire that followed them 24/7, and the plagues against Egypt​, etc​?

    This week the Lord brought back so many things He has done in my life that I need to continuously thank Him for. It is such a blessing when the Lord shows us so many of “the dots” that got us to where we are now, and when He reminds us of “where we were and what He has done” in our lives.
    As Pastor Jerry says at mens,” I don’t know what the future holds but I know who holds the future”. Thank you Lord for the past, present and future “blessing” for your children.
    What an amazing God we serve!

  272. “So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time…” 2 Timothy 1:8-9 NIV

    Through our recent teaching the Lord has revealed a deeper meaning of His attributes. I now have true understanding of God’s omnipresence. Omnipresent, according to Merriam-Webster’s definition, means to be present in all places at all times. With this attribute God exists outside of time as we know it, a reality that we do not have in the fallen world. From His omnipresent vantage point He has seen the moment we opened our eyes, and the moment we close them at the same time. The Bible says His grace was given to us BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF TIME! He saved us and called us to a holy life before our first day of life! Nothing we have done has earned this, it is a work of God! Whenever I read about eternity I now have a whole new understanding.

    I am just in awe of who He and what He has done right now…

  273. I have been absolutely amazed as I am learning about God’s Kingdom and purpose for us! Something that the Lord has been showing me is how his grace TRANSFORMS and he makes a distinction between those that are His and the world.

    Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

    In Christ we say “No” to the ways of the world while we are living in it. We were redeemed by our Savior Jesus Christ that we would be purified FOR Him, doing His will here on Earth as it is in Heaven!

  274. “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4

    How great is the Name of the Lord! The Lord had me build an altar of praise to Him recently simply in gratitude for His Word, for His ways, for His thoughts, for His holiness, and for His Lordship. Doing that, it became easy to relate to David when he said that he’d rather be a doorkeeper in the house of his God than to dwell in the tents of the wicked. It was such an amazing time with God and I have found that that time is strengthening me still. Lord, thank You for the unbelievable privilege to enter Your gates and to dwell in Your courts! Let my heart be renewed again in You that in my life, Your kingdom would come and Your will be done here on earth O God as it is in heaven!

  275. “From the ends of the earth, I call to you. I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the Rock that is greater than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against my foe.” Psalm 61:2-3 NIV.

    I am reminded that my Father knows all things. He knows the end from the beginning, and everything in-between. He is my strong tower, high and glorious! Father, may we abide in you always. You have heard the cry of our hearts!

  276. I just finished up my first year of graduate school and in order to maintain my scholarship and place in the program, I had to get certain grades in each class. I want to say Praise God and thank you for leading me and for keeping my path straight throughout this year. Not only has He given me success in the program but most importantly He has lengthened my days and blessed me with the opportunities to gather with the church all throughout the year, (even during exam weeks!), and to accomplish all that He has called me to do.

    The Lord had opened my eyes to Proverbs 3:5-8 at the end of high school, and I have held on to this verse and He has kept my paths straight throughout the end of high school, undergraduate schooling and now my graduate studies. It is truly a miracle that I am standing exactly where the Lord wants me, no matter how big the obstacle, how little time, or how impossible something may seem, when we submit to The Lord, to His word, then He will make our paths straight.

    Proverbs 3:5-8
    Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

    Thank you United Faith Church for your prayers, and encouragement in the faith! I love you guys!

  277. Last night while praying the Lord gave me this and it really blessed my heart. For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves in whom we have redemption the forgiveness of sins. Colossians1:9-14
    Paul praying this really puts life into perspective. We just like Paul can pray for the knowledge of his will, wisdom, and understanding, in our lives and the lives of others. Then we can please the Lord and our lives will reflect that as our fruit will be the evidence! We are not alone in any of it. It will be God who strengthens us in order for us to persevere and share in this great inheritance. With Jesus all of this had been made possible. What can’t we do if Christ be living inside of us? Thank you Lord for your word. It is life. It is truth, and it sets us free!

  278. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

    The Lord has been reminding me of this verse throughout this past week and it reminds me of the sermon Sunday. I am not supposed to be moved by my emotions, but rather stand firm on the Word. I have seen this week as I laid down what I thought and felt and just spoke the Word, God has been able to move.

    Thank you Lord for your Word. Thank you for giving us all we need in your Word. I want to KNOW it more and more.

  279. The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble. – Proverbs 19:23

    This verse makes me think of this Sunday’s sermon. Peter knew the Lord, he trusted in who God is, and therefore was able to rest — even in the midst of turmoil. How amazing is the Lord that He promises rest for those that belong to Him! This is encouraging to me because God does not promise that my life will not have hardships or trials, but He does promise to empower me with His Word of Life and give my heart peace to rest in Him no matter the circumstance.

  280. It truly is the Word that sets us free from our bondage. In the sermon this past Sunday it was said that people act upon their emotions; how they feel, and what type of mood they are in. I always used to do everything based on emotion, and this emotion comes from the heart. Everything I tried to do and accomplish always turned to nothing, and even what I could manage or make happen the Lord showed me it was all apart from him, and therefore it was not good- John 15:5, “…apart from me you can do nothing”.

    The word that I held on to that broke me free from the bondage of my own emotions, my own self, was Jeremiah 17:9-10. It says,
    “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”

    so if the word says our hearts are deceitful… this is certainly not a characteristic of God. In fact, Psalm 5:6 says,
    You destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.
    And so, nothing we do based off our hearts, our emotions will ever be good, the Lord destroys the man of deceit. The bible even says our hearts are so bad that they are even beyond cure. But… praise be to God! For his word says in Ezekiel 36:26, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh”.

    He says, “I will”, meaning God. And who is God, God is the Word: “in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God” (John 1:1). And in John 8:31-32 Jesus says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”. So when we hold on, (obey), the Word of God then we will know the truth, why? Because his word is truth, because his word is God, and God is a God of truth. And the truth/word/Jesus will give us new hearts and set us free!

    The word has set me free from my own emotions. I now move in obedience to the word of God. And I know that when I obey the word, the word always accomplishes what it sets out to do, “but the word of God continued to spread and flourish” Acts 12:24.

    Thank you Lord for Your Word!

    1. Also, just a side note; some differentiated cell types can not be regenerated and so the loss of these cells is permanent. It is no surprise that our heart cells can not be renewed. When our heart cells are damaged it typically just scars over. Scientifically our hearts can’t even be cured or renewed…. We need new hearts!!!! Praise the Lord that HE gives us new hearts when we obey and trust in the Lord!

  281. Philippians 1:21
    ” For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain”.

    This scripture has been in my heart recently and it’s one that I have always held on to, but the Lord has opened my eyes to a deeper revelation of what its saying. Living in Christ is actually having the Holy Spirit and being circumcised daily is the cutting of our flesh. When we decide to really live like Paul did, it’s not a comfortable feeling and the cutting of our flesh can hurt at times, but ultimately that is what it means to be a real Christian and live as Christ did. Either way we are dying, for me it’s now letting the Lord cut me with his word which is the sword; and be totally delivered into the abundant life he has set for me!!!

    When we die completely to our old ways, thinking, attitudes, desires, that is when the new creation bursts forth and we are unstoppable with the power of the Holy one who is Jesus Christ, We have the power through his son to accomplish all that he has set before us every single day. What we gain is everything because the Lord rewards those who earnestly seek him. ( Hebrews 11:6) We get to be in the Army of God which we don’t deserve and the blessing comes forth. We gain an inheritance with the Lord Jesus Christ!! That is powerful and worth dying for.

  282. Pastor Janeth’s sermon this morning on Acts 12 was amazing! It was so exciting getting to learn about Peter’s escape from jail in a new way. The thing that stuck out to me most was when Peter was asleep the night before he was supposed to be brought out for a trial, the last night of Passover. He was asleep, not out of laziness, but because he knew that whether he was rescued or not, he was going to be with the Lord and nothing would take that from him! He may have been bound in chains and heavily guarded, but he knew that the Word of the Lord is what sets us free! Even with the physical chains, his soul was not chained! He was freer than ever before! I am so thankful that truly, the Word is what sets us free from all of our bondage! It was said today that when Peter realized that he really had been rescued and it wasn’t just a vision, it wasn’t the end, but just the beginning! Thank You, Lord, that when You set us free, it is just the beginning of the plans You have for us to glorify You!

  283. Exodus 15:13

    In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.
    In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.

    This scripture hit my heart as soon as I read it. As I read through this weeks reading, I saw how ungrateful and wicked the Israelites acted towards God. I know I was not any different before the lord opened my eyes. I was just like them not trusting the lord many times on this road to freedom.
    I thank you lord for on this journey I am coming to know and love you! God thank you for being such a good father and not giving me what I wanted, but blessing me with who and what I needed…your unfailing love and redeeming my life through your son Jesus!

  284. When Pharoah let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”Exodus 13:17

    Wow! Reading this reminded me of the times in my life where I cried out to God for a shorter road yet he had my best interest at heart. On that long road I got to know him and understand how much I really needed him every day. Just like the Israelites we are on a journey to the promise land. He will be our guide and his ways are higher ( and better) than our ways! Praise God!!!

  285. Yesterday’s message was so life-changing!! The Power and the touch of God was and is so amazing and exciting….humbling as well for The God of The bible would be so compassionate and mindful of us… We have been going over The real life story of Moses, and seeing how the example of Moses and the Israelites coming out of Egypt… They were tired, pressed, depressed, in pain, hopeless, enslaved to their circumstances under the horrible hand of Pharaoh… When they cried out to Yahweh, He heard and saw their cry and had compassion on them
    In the Bible in Exodus 3:7
    The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of MY people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I AM concerned about their suffering.
    What a compassionate God…
    So our Message yesterday from Pastor Janeth calls us to remember God’s deliverance then but more so now. Christ has delivered me and called me out to worship Him. He delivered me from my slave drivers which was my old way of living, in sin and as an enemy of God and His people. Now He calls me His very own thru the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ “Who takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29
    So I can’t do it, be perfect, and sinless but Christ in me is Perfect and I can be Holy because of His Holy Spirit by His Grace!! I become a new creation away from “Egypt” where my family, and I suffered away from the presence of God… and the scripture that really touched me from Pastor Janeth’s message is in 1John 3:8
    The reason why Christ appeared was to destroy the devil’s work!!! No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because
    God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning.
    This gives me a clear conviction of how much I want the born again lifestyle with Jesus and not sin or continue to sin but strive for His perfections thru His Holy Spirit…. A True Christian, it was a very powerful and life-filled message quickly giving fruit at my place of work, where I got to share God’s message and love on those He wanted me to love on and seeing them come attentive and alive, then sharing with my family what The Lord does at work, and them realizing How God is a changer of all things, hearts, situations, you name it when we trust Him for the change when it is His will to perform.
    Never returning to Egypt for The Lord is so Good. With God All things are possible and this is really just the beginning
    Thank you Jesus!

  286. “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, the so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. ……”

    This verse in Ephesians 3 continues to run through my mind after the powerful message on Friday night. Pastor shared how the Holy Spirit’s main purpose is to break the power of sin/flesh in our lives.
    God is love. Out of His love flow His glorious riches, the many facets of who He is. In trusting in His love for us, we ask Him to empower us through the Holy Spirit to break the power of sin in our lives. This is so awesome. Because of the Holy Spirit’s power to break sin in us, flesh no longer rules. Our flesh is cut off, circumcised , set apart to live for Gods purposes, not ours. With sin no longer ruling in our hearts, Christ can now take residence to rule and reign where He belongs. Christ can now dwell in our hearts by faith. As a result of this, our lives are transformed, Hallelujah!
    “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the flesh you will live. ”
    Thank you, Father for giving us your Holy Spirit!

  287. How amazing it was to finally get to celebrate the Passover as a church last night! I’m so excited for this past week, getting to hear Pastor Janeth’s sermons on Sunday and Friday and getting to read about the events leading up to Passover in Exodus this past week. The Lord has opened my eyes to a new understanding of what Passover means and what He did for His people through it! I am so thankful that He marks those that are His, making a distinction between them and the world, just as He made a distinction between the Hebrews and Egyptians during the plagues. I am so thankful that He is the One who cuts off the flesh of the old man and makes us into a new creation! I am so thankful that the call He has in our lives is greater than anything we could have had for ourselves! And I am so thankful for the work of the Holy Spirit, Who changes our minds, our desires, everything, so that we can look and act like Jesus! The same God who opened the Red Sea is the same God that we serve today! What can He not do? Who is like Him? The answers are NOTHING and NO ONE! I am excited to get to serve Him and know Him in a new way, and I can’t wait to see what He has in store for me and for all of His people!

  288. I have been battling a sinus infection for a woke that was affecting my vision and hearing. Last night during the Passover service, the Lord popped my ears open and everything was 2x as loud as before and all the colors got brighter again. Not only has the Lord physically delivered me, but my spiritual eyes and ears have been reopened and I’m excited to see as the Lord sees and truly hear things the way He does.

  289. The Lord led me to this psalm during prayer.

    Psalm 115:4-8
    4 But their idols are silver and gold,
    made by human hands.
    5 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
    eyes, but cannot see.
    6 They have ears, but cannot hear,
    noses, but cannot smell.
    7 They have hands, but cannot feel,
    feet, but cannot walk,
    nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
    8 Those who make them will be like them,
    and so will all who trust in them.

    Even if it appears that people who trust in these things (idols-anything that is not the Lord Our God) can hear or see, they cannot. The word is clear; those who make the idols and those that trust in them will be like them. The psalm goes on to say trust in the Lord. When we trust in the Lord we can see, hear, smell, feel, walk, and speak because we will be like OUR God! The psalm ends with:

    12 The LORD remembers us and will bless us:
    He will bless his people Israel,
    he will bless the house of Aaron,
    13 he will bless those who fear the LORD—
    small and great alike.
    14 May the LORD cause you to flourish,
    both you and your children.
    15 May you be blessed by the LORD,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
    16 The highest heavens belong to the LORD,
    but the earth he has given to mankind.
    17 It is not the dead who praise the LORD,
    those who go down to the place of silence;
    18 it is we who extol the LORD,
    both now and forevermore.
    Praise the LORD.

    Amen!

  290. This morning in prayer the Lord brought me to Joshua as the Israelites were coming into the promised land. The Lord took them out of Egypt from the hand of slavery and the cruel taskmasters that ruled their lives. Celebrating Passover was like no other this year. As the Lord is cutting away our flesh and old ways the Lord is coming and bringing forth newness that he has called forth from the beginning of time. Just as Joshua circumcised the Israelites after crossing over the Jordan, at Gilgal, the Lord is calling us to come out and be set apart for him. No longer can sin have a place in our lives. It must be cut off. As I look at Gods house being built I can’t help but smile as I see the Lord is building up his Church the same way, to honor him and worship him in unity and in spirit. It’s a new day and a new season! Thank You Lord for your perfect blameless sacrifice on the cross and thank you for your Holy Spirit so we can be victorious in you!

    Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place had been called Gilgal to this day. Joshua 5:9

  291. This week, the Lord led me to when John the Baptist and Jesus were circumcised. God had spoken specifically to their parents what their names should be and it was at the time of their circumcisions that they were given. Not just names, but their prophesied, preordained purposes were given – the moment their flesh was cut they entered into their destinies.

    The Lord does the same with us when we our hearts are circumsized. The flesh counts for nothing and when the Holy Spirit cuts away our flesh – who we were called, ordained to be is revealed and only then do we begin to live as God’s children, chosen, called by name to do his will. “The Spirit you received brought about your sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15

    God calls us to shed the flesh and come into our true identities, who He has named us to be even before we were born!
    “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5

  292. Exodus 4:11-12 The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

    When reading this I thought about Sunday’s sermon and how Pastor reminded us that WE can not cut off our flesh…but GOD can! God has called each of us and instructed us where to go and what to do, He knows that we can not do it that’s why he chose us. How would God be glorified if we could do it on our own? Praying that the Lord’s commands cause the church to move fearlessly knowing that the I AM has sent us and will help us do what He has instructed.

  293. Reading Exodus really touched me this morning. When Pharoah wouldn’t let the people go the Lord prepared a place for his people in Goshen. Goshen represented safety, security, peace, protection from the enemy and the plagues. That is exactly what the Lord has done for us. I was talking to a friend last night and we were just in amazement as to all the miraculous things the Lord is doing and how the last ten years the Lord has always provided all we have needed. He never left us destitute or without a place to meet. He provided jobs, homes, and all that we needed in the natural. But more than that he provided deliverance, healing, truth, peace, restoration, life, and salvation. We are never alone with him. He is more than enough. He has kept us in Goshen his safe place all these years. You are in the land Lord! Thank You Lord!

    But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the Lord, am in this land. I will make a distinction between my people and your people. This miraculous sign will occur tommorow. Exodus 8:22-23

  294. Today Church Servive was unbelievable! The word about Passover and circumcision of the heart, not only brought deliverance, but hope! It’s not a work of man or anything that can be done in religion. I know because for so many years I tried to be religious and do it on my own, and all I got from it was frustration and failure. But when Jesus comes in and circumcises your heart it’s the Lord working in you and changing the things you couldn’t change. What freedom and joy to know we can’t do it but the Holy Spirit can! It reminded me of one of my favorite verses! It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 Now I am not only reading that word, but living in the truth of it. Come into Jesus! Only he can cut off the pieces of our heart and flesh that are wicked and dead to God and replace it, with a new heart and a new mind. One that hopes, believes, and trusts like never before! Knowing that the one who began a good work in you will bring it unto completion. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it!

  295. I’ve been thinking all week about Pastor Janeth’s sermon on the dry bones coming to life. I want to thank the Lord that He alone awakens the dead parts in me when I cry out to Him and He breathes new life in me. Hallelujah! Every need I have He sustains me and carries me through and that although I were dead in my sins He has made me ALIVE in Christ!

  296. Romans 10:10″For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified
    ; and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

    As I went throughout my week this scripture really hit my heart deeply. As I am connecting and believing in Gods word I am drawing closer to his heart. As I am drawing closer to the Lord’s heart and his love I am connecting closer to my family and their hearts.

    For a very long time I believed in the Lord and his word with my head and not my heart which was so futile and religious. BUT GOD in his amazing grace is allowing me to see and believe with my heart and for that I must profess with my mouth how beautiful the Lord is. I must profess that God your love is so incredible.

    I thank you Jesus that you are my Lord and mighty savior. I thank you Jesus for the amazing things you have done in my life this week. Thank you Jesus for the love you are pouring into my home. I am so thankful for my husband and my marriage. I thank you Jesus for showing me the way to the only thing that matters is you! Your love, your heart, your kingdom, your word, and your will that brings life abundant here on earth as it is in heaven.

  297. Remnant: a left-over, a small portion of a greater multitude.

    Although remnants could be looked upon as worthless scraps, and many times are, God assigned high value to those of His people whom He set aside for Holy purposes, those He labels as “Remnants”.

    I was that worthless scrap and when I cried out for forgiveness He erased the sins of my past and washed me clean and gave me new life. But for the generous love, Grace and mercy of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I have been grafted into His heart and Church and will Love, honor and obey Him and the Church all the days of my life.

    Romans 11:4-6 I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to baal. So too, at PRESENT TIME there is a REMNANT chosen by GRACE. And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, Grace would no longer be Grace.

    I am so grateful to God for scooping me up out of my disgustingness, for His Word, for His leadership both in the past with Paul and in the present with our Pastors and leaders for establishing us in all of His ways and making us HIS remnant.

  298. Tonight in class I learned about special molecules in the immune system called “endogenous pyrogens.” The literal meaning of their name is “fire maker from within.” My professor went on to tell us that the function of these molecules is to heat up and burn away anything that tries to come in and compromise the immune system or harm the body.
    All I could think of was Hebrews 12:29, “for our God is consuming fire.”
    WE, the church of God, are the body and HE is the fire that is before us, behind us, and within us! HE is the fire maker from within… The Lord burns up whatever threatens the immune system or doesn’t belong. He refines us and protects the body.
    Hallelujah!! Thank you, God!

    Romans 1:20
    “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

  299. This past Thursday at bible study the Chapter that really hit me was Romans 3:10-12.

    “There is no one righteous, not even one;
    there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.
    All have turned away, they have together become worthless;
    there is no one who does good, not even one”.

    The Lord was speaking and reminding me that not one person is good only JESUS CHRIST is the ONLY GOOD thing. I’m not guaranteed the next breathe in my lungs, or the next day to open my eyes, and not entering into heaven. God is saving NOW and today is the day of salvation! Every day he opens our eyes to get to know him better , to see our state and repent “turn” away from our wicked ways and choose life = JESUS CHRIST . This verse is who I’am and I can never forget that .

    I’m so thankful for the power of his word that is the TRUTH and it’s setting me free and bringing forth transformation to be NEW in everything. It’s propelling me forward to a deeper relationship and understanding of how big God really is and to know that I cannot do it, but Christ in me the hope of GLORY…. 1 Colossians 1:27

    Blessings to you this day church!!

  300. Romans 6:4…We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a NEW LIFE!

    Ezekiel 37:13…Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live…

    Pastor’s sermon on Ezekiel reminded me of what we were reading for bible study in Romans. We can have NEW LIFE through our Lord Jesus Christ. But first we have to know that we are dead without him and the lives were are living are in need of a transformation! The bible says that not one of us is good…not even one…that is without Jesus. But when we surrender our old lives of sin and die with Christ, we can also resurrect with him and live NEW LIVES of righteousness to glorify the Father. …I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live!!! Thank you Lord for your sacrifice that we may live!!

  301. This past weekend, when Pastor Janeth was teaching on Jesus’ love and Lazarus’ death (John 11:1-11), I was remembering the sermon a few weeks ago about the sickness of sin. Lazarus became sick and died, just like how we are sick with sin. But if we believe in Jesus and put our whole hope in Him, He raises us from the dead and heals the sickness! Lazarus’ sickness was specifically to bring glory to God and to cause others to believe. Our sin sickness does nothing but push people away from God, but if we come to Jesus and ask to be made whole, what was darkness can be turned to light! Not only that, we fall in love with this God who saved us and was dedicated to us! Thank You, Jesus! You are the Healer, and You are the Beloved One!

  302. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.- Romans 15:13

    I wanted to share my thankful heart with you, and tell you how the love and faithfulness of God has blessed us.
    The Lord has been answering prayers and moving within my family in New and exciting ways.
    I know the Lord is moving in all the families of UFC, and I am in awe of all the things he has done and continues to do.
    Many prayers are being answered, God is restoring, and redeeming the things that were stolen.
    The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. (Luke18:27)
    Thank you Jesus, for our Pastors and United Faith Church.
    Praise Your Holy Name!

  303. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:24-25

    Lord you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1

    Lord I praise you for your perfect salvation! When I think of how I deserve to be separated from you forever and how you have planned from beginning of time to reconcile me to the Father- I can barely comprehend it! Thank you Lord for your faithfulness is perfect, everything you are and everything you have done is worthy of my praise!

  304. 1 Corinthians 15:5
    “O death where is your victory? O death where is your sting?”

    As I have been meditating on the sermon from Sunday throughout this week I just want to thank you Jesus for waking me up to your love and kindness by showing me how void and empty I was all of my life. Void of love, patience, or any ability to care for anyone else but myself. I thank you my lord and savior for coming to wake me up in every way and bring me back to life like you did for Lazarus.
    When pastor was talking about how Jesus wept and was upset when he saw Lazarus dead, it was because he could see how death (which is sin) separates us from God and the ones we love. So Jesus said, I will defeat death so that death(sin) will no longer separate us from Our father in heaven or the ones we love. That we as Christians would see the sin in our loved ones as death and how that is keeping them away from God. Then the love of Christ would compel us to sacrifice and be dedicated to fulfill the plans that the lord has had for us to complete; bringing his kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.

    Thank you God for your love, sacrifice, and dedication through the resurrection power of your gentle and humble son…Jesus Christ.

  305. Romans 8:11
    “And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies
    because of His Spirit who lives in you”
    Pastor Janet said something on Easter Sunday that really stuck with my heart… “Christ resurrected from the dead but I too resurrect from the dead”
    I felt that that was me…I was touched by the fact that I was dead in my sins, rebellion, hatred, bitterness, unbelief and dead to the understanding of the Kingdom of God, but in His amazing Love, He chose to give up His own life to claim mine, by the power of His own name! Today I am becoming alive to Christ day by day, alive to His desires, His honor, His prayers…in my day to day life, becoming alive to a new mind-set that only wants Him. Seeing Him come alive in me and everything I am touching is exiting …. I too resurrect !! Praise Jesus!

  306. Psalm 27:4-6

    ” One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
    that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
    to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.
    For in the day of trouble
    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
    he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.
    Then my head will be exalted
    above the enemies who surround me;
    at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
    I will sing and make music to the Lord”.

    I love these verses because it really represents the church and how we are to dwell in his house = the church all the days of our lives. There is no other place that I belong than in the house of God worshiping and serving the almighty God for eternity. Keeping our eyes fixed upon only him, and singing all the new songs that he gives to me daily which is a joyful noise unto him. I’m so grateful that I have a new song, and Jesus has come to give me JOY that is unexplained.

    His house is a shelter, a safe place, a rock, refuge for all of those who are in need of a mighty savior. I know I’m in need everyday of Jesus and saving from myself. Thank you father for thinking of me and leading me into your house where it’s a safe place and showing me LOVE that is beyond my comprehension!! Bless the Lord O my soul!!

  307. The other day the Lord gave me a picture. He showed me a man walking through a forest pushing aside branches, treading through tall grass, and knowing the way that he was going. Others followed this man and were able to see what branches were needed to be pushed aside and where to step through the tall grass. As more people began to follow, the branches that were pushed either fell or grew to stay back, the tall grass faded in the spots that were walked on and a path became more and more evident.

    Jesus has shown us the way to the Father, and every time someone follows the path, it becomes more clear for those that will follow. In Hebrews 13:7 the Word says: Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
    The leaders in our church have faith that runs after Jesus and displays his faithfulness, goodness, and love…making the path clear for us. Let us imitate their faith and lead the way for our brothers and sisters to come!

    Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. -1 Corinthians 11:1

    1. I was excited to read your entry today, Lauren. (Friday, 4/8) Unaware of your vision, I saw the same this morning as I was praying. I knew the man blazing the trail was Jesus and was praising God that he was making the way clear to those who are trusting in him to do it.

      It reminds me of the Hymn,
      Be not afraid, I go before you always.
      Come follow me and I will lead you home.

      John 14 – I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life and the only way to the Father.

      Thank you for showing yourself to us Jesus and showing us the way home! We are in the world but not of the world!

  308. I am so thankful for what the Lord did for us this past Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday! His presence was so tangible, nothing could ever compare. During our reading for the week, this verse stood out to me: John 15:6 “If you do not remain in Me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire, and burned.”

    Pastor Janeth spoke on Good Friday about how the dead, broken off sticks were taken outside the city and used for fires. As Jesus took that long walk Calvary, He saw those broken off sticks and saw us, those who were going to be thrown into the fire. In His mercy and love, He died for us so that we could come to know Him! He proved His Word is true when He rose again on Resurrection Sunday! At one time, we could not remain in Him, but now, with His Holy Spirit and power, we can remain in Him and know Him to the fullest, never to be broken off! I am so thankful for the love of the Father toward us, that we can come to know Him!

  309. ​John 15:9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.

    This verse has been “hitting me” for the last two weeks. As the Father loves His Son, Jesus Christ loves us. Honestly I cannot get the fullness of such amazing love with my limited finite mind. However, I know the Spirit He has placed in me ” leaps and rejoices” every time I read this verse or “renew my mind with it”.
    Jesus Christ loves us the way the Father loves Him! Awesome, amazing, incredible ( there is no human word to describe that! )
    How blessed we are that the love and Spirit of God is with us. That Spirit of love saturated our Good Friday service to the point most of the church body “couldn’t leave”. ( once again, there is no human word to describe the presence He blessed us with that night)
    What an amazing God we serve!

  310. Let the Word go forth…Jesus said “Follow me”.

    As I’ve been looking to the cross, my heart saddened because I remembered a time when I thought I’d bypass it on my way to heaven. Honestly, it wasn’t in the picture, just heaven…and me going there someday. Then the time came when I’d peek at the cross but couldn’t bear to see the pain and suffering. Now, by the grace of God, I can’t bear to leave Jesus. My heart is set to follow him. Love compels me to the cross. His love (Joy set before me) helps me die to my selfish desires. Jesus then rises in me and leads me to the Father who is Love! Hosanna, in the Highest! Hope that does not disappoint is anchored in my soul. Peace that surpasses all understanding doesn’t come onto me but into me, my strength is renewed.
    PS 84:5-7 – Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the valley of weeping, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.

  311. I want to thank the Lord for all he has done for me. Not only has he paid the price with his blood for my sins but he continues to show his faithfulness to me daily. There was a point in my life when I struggled with so much anxiety and worry that at times it was almost debilitating. It left me powerless and so discouraged that sometimes it felt like it was more than I could bare. I am here to testify to the miraculous work that the Lord has done in my life. Not only has he brought peace to my anxious mind, but he has helped me to overcome in places where in the past it was just not possible. He has given me favor in my workplace and joy throughout my day. So many days I just find myself singing to the Lord and then realize I am singing. Only he could have healed my heart and filled it with joy. I am thankful for each person in our Church that has prayed for me, my Pastors, and my mentor who over the years encouraged me not to give up. The Lord has brought peace and calmness into my life and for that I will always be grateful. He has overcome and thanks to him I have overcome too!

    I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

    You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever. Psalm 30:11-12

  312. This verse has been with me all week.
    Psalm 21:2
    You have granted him his hearts desire, and have not with held the request of his lips.
    David is speaking of his reliance upon God, just as Jesus did.
    Jesus requested the heathens, the wretched, the dogs, the “sticks” that were destined for the fire. It was that joy, love that was set before him, to choose the the foolish things of this world to keep for himself. To transform, to bring back to life, to resurect, and to be with him for eternity. God granted him his hearts desire, only through humbleness and thankfulness, and most all the obedience of the journey to the cross where he made a way. Can you see the mercy, the love? Today at the cross, I see love and mercy, and today I look back with thankfulness and gratefulness, but more importantly, I look forward with faith, hope and trust in what is set before me. I was thinking of that saying, while he was on the cross you were on his mind. And the Lord said, religion says that, but faith says while he was on the cross , family, friends and the nations were on his mind…. expand…move….that is my prayer. And to lean on the “stick” and not my own understanding.
    Awake awake awake my soul, God resurect these bones, fom death to life in you alone.. awake my soul.
    He has done it.

    1. This morning while I was reading, the Lord lead me to Psalm 19. The last verse (Psalm 19:14) says: May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

      I’ve been carrying this verse around all day as a reminder that though we live in this world we are not to be of it. Our thoughts, words, actions should all be to honor OUR King!

      …my Rock and my Redeemer, may I please you this day!!!

  313. This week as I have been seeking the Lord and seeing the cross in such a new way it is bringing such hope,life, trust in ways that I know will never ever be the same again for me.
    I see the cross as yes it is death in one way, but as we crucify all of our past and flesh it’s a goodbye to all of those things that have kept me away from his will. The beauty of God is now he has truly opened up my NEW eyes to see the cross as NEW LIFE in a NEW way, I’m beyond thankful that he thought of me when he died.

    Revelations 21:5
    He who was seated on the throne said : I’am making everything new”! Then he said, “write this down for these words are trustworthy and true”.
    These words are life to my soul and his word never comes back void..

    This season is like no other. I can’t wait to see ALL the new things he is going to do with my life, and his church as we continue to journey with our faithful God. I’m seeking to be a new creation in Christ Jesus and I know he will do it with each one who believes and follows HIM !!!!!

  314. On Sunday I saw myself holding a dead piece of wood and I heard the Lord tell me that he can bring new life, sprouts out of that dead wood. Today, as I think of the cross – I see that same piece of dead piece of wood. It was once a tree, with life and breath, but sin cut it off, sin cut it down, sin brought it to its lifeless state where it is just a dead piece of wood. This cross is me; I’m that piece of dead wood. I think of Jesus dying on it and how Satan thought he was sealing my fate – to be dead forever, putting to death my only hope of life… but what he didn’t account for is that the blood that was spilled on me, on that dead cross, held all the power of resurrection life in just one drop! Now, through the power of the blood, I am grafted in again, where nutrients and power flow from the throne to bring me back to life! I am that dead piece of wood- that is brought to life, sprouting new life once again because of Jesus’ death and resurrection! Thank you Jesus! you are the only One who brings life out of death! Hallelujah!

    Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

  315. Isaiah 53:9
    He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence nor was any deceit was in his mouth.

    Isaiah 53:5
    He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

    When I think of the sermon on Sunday and try to wrap my mind around how much God loves us to allow his son to be crushed and ultimately die such an agonizing death for man to be restored back to God, our father, it is beyond comprehension.

    Thank you my father for allowing your son to pay the price I could never pay as a ransom for my life. You raised him from the dead making his resurrection and life the ONLY way for man to be resurrected from his own dead life into abundant eternal life with you our father and Lord!!

    JESUS…. Lord and savior of the world! Worthy is your name!

  316. John 14:1-4
    “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house, there are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back to take you with me, that where I am you may also be. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

    This is not only a word of peace and comfort, but a word of victory! It reminds me of the love of God and how much He cares for us. We don’t deserve to be where the Holy One is, but because He went first and broke the chains of sin on the cross, we may be in His presence. Thank You, Jesus! HE IS THE WAY!

  317. The message on Palm Sunday was amazing! I love how Pastor Janeth taught about Jesus’ triumphal entry in a new way. Jesus knew He was going to the cross, and yet He did it for the joy set before Him! It’s crazy to think about how many people in the crowd on Sunday who were excited for Jesus to come in were in the crowd on Good Friday shouting to crucify Him-because He didn’t do what they had hoped He would and didn’t “work out” the way they thought. They had their own things they wanted Jesus to do, not seeing what He was actually going to do, set them free from sin! It can’t be my own hopes and dreams, they all have to be His, which are far better than anything I could ever think of! I am so thankful for what God is doing right now! I am thankful that Jesus was the good that came out of Nazareth! I am thankful that I can walk with Him! And I am thankful that His death brought us true life!

    John 12:24 “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

  318. This morning as I was leaving for work, I saw my hydrangea plant. It is coming out of its winter dormancy – it is nothing but a bunch of dry brown sticks. Yet, when I looked closer I saw that there are buds beginning to form. While I was driving to work the Lord was reminding me of His cross and Pastor’s sermon; that life springs forth from the dead wood. Praise God! One week ago there was nothing, no buds, no new growth…but today there is! God’s timing is perfect! I’m am excited for this season with the Lord. Father, that we would die so that You may live. Bless you Jesus!

    “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
    – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

  319. Hebrew 11 from our reading last week really stood out to me . Chapter 11 spoke about having faith and how faith is so key because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. I love how right after that verse he gives you an example on how different people in the bible believed and put their trust and faith in God . Each person demonstrated their faith in a different way and each person believed God’s word so the situation didn’t matter. God is calling me to trust and believe in him, and have faith just like they did. It really shows how God word doesn’t come back void and how God can use each of us if we truly believe in him. I no longer want to sell God short because God can accomplish the impossible and reading this chapter just validated it for me

  320. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written,
    “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.
    55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Death, where is your victory?”

    When I read this verse this morning I was reminded immediately of the verse in John
    14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us

    He became flesh and in the flesh he overcame sin and death. Now we can be the perishable who have the imperishable that once again becomes flesh and with him and through him we can also declare death has been swallowed up in victory!

    Thank you Lord that in You sin, death, and the grave have no hold on me! You reign in victory!

  321. “So keep the words of this covenant to do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.” Deuteronomy 29:9

    The Lord was speaking to me through His Word this morning about how faithful He is to meet all of our needs when we seek Him and apply His Word to our lives. As I do that, I am entering into and confirming His covenant with me – that I might prosper. Wow! In a season where things feel busy, it is amazing that the faithfulness, provision, and prosperity I search for is found fully in the Covenant of Christ through trusting in His Word. Thank you Lord!!

  322. Today’s message of hope is the only hope for the entire world! I will always be in awe of God’s love demonstrated through Jesus Christ and the cross.
    Jesus Christ willingly died to save the people of this world, and then rose to LIFE ETERNAL. No one, or God has ever done this before and never has again! To those who do the work of God, the promise of eternal life is for them.
    John 6:27-29
    27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
    28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
    29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
    Thank you Jesus for beating death, hell, and the grave by the saving work of the cross!

  323. Psalm 24: 7-10
    Lift up your head, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord might in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty- he is the King of glory.

    Thank you Lord for taking us in! You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! We exalt your name this day and everyday!

  324. Ephesians 3:20-21
    Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever amen!

    I thank God for His son the Lord Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit and The Word of God for their perfect power and purpose in making a sinful man a man who can love God. These past months God has moved mightily in my life, in ways that i couldn’t measure if I wanted to. There is another generation coming, one that loves God and will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth and I praise the Lord that He has brought me to this church, His Holy Place that I would come to know His will for my life. I am home and I thank God that He has led me here and is making me in His image!

    My heart rejoices onto the Most High my Father in Heaven, for He has rescued me from the grave and brought me to life.

  325. Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth, worship Him with gladness, come before Him with joyful songs! Know that the Lord is God! It is HE who made us, we are His, the sheep of His pasture! Enter His gates with thanksgiving, His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him and praise His name, for He is good and His love endures forever, His faithfulness continues through all generations!
    Hallelujah!!! Thank You Lord that through the cross, You made a way for us to enter into Your courts! It is by Your blood we have been redeemed and through it and Your Holy Spirit we are more than conquerors over all!

  326. Psalm 103:1 “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy Name.”

    Than You, Lord, that You while I was sick with the disease of sin, You came and died for me! Praise You, Jesus, that as Pastor Janeth spoke in the sermon, You are my medicine, my antidote, the surgery that makes me whole! Everything about me praises You, because it is You who heals me and sets me free, it is You who saves me, it is You who changes me! There is no one like our God! We declare that our Light has come!

  327. Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth upon whom his favor rests. (Luke 2:14) I am so grateful to my God who has kept me and continues to keep me. He is faithful. The Victory is his. All Glory and Honor and Praise to King Jesus, my Lord and my Savior. He is mighty to save and worthy of praise!

  328. In football there is a saying, “the 12th man on the field”. It’s referring to the fans in the stands. Certain stadiums and teams are known for the loud volume that the team’s fans create. This causes an interference with teams on the field because they are unable to hear the play calling.

    Similarly, as believers we are called to shout, worship, and praise the Lord here on Earth. We are the Lord’s biggest fans — We are cheering on and advancing His Kingdom. Everyday, every moment our purpose is to live in such a way that our words and actions cause an interference and declare to the rulers and principalities on this Earth that our God reigns! Fans in the stands shout, yell, and use noisemakers to make a disruption to the opposing team. How much more shall the Lord’s people worship?! We are His noisemakers — He calls us His trumpets, cymbals… We are His instruments of praise!

    Psalm 150: “Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works, praise his unequaled greatness! Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!”

  329. Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.
    Psalm 95:1-3
    Praise you Jesus!!! Today I awoke with joy as I read this word and was reminded of what an amazing God we serve. His mercies are new every morning and great is his faithfulness!!!

  330. The Lord put this psalm on my heart. I have so much to praise the Lord for–He is good, merciful, loving…. Praise the Lord!

    “Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
    2 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    may I never forget the good things he does for me.
    3 He forgives all my sins
    and heals all my diseases.
    4 He redeems me from death
    and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
    5 He fills my life with good things.
    My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!”
    – Psalm 103: 1-5

  331. The Lord put this song on my heart the last couple of days and I just keep on singing it to him…

    “The name of the Lord is our strong tower the righteous run into it and they are safe; Blessed be the name of the Lord, Blessed be the name of the Lord most High…”!!!

    He is an Awesome God and most worthy of all our praise !!

  332. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14 Praise You Jesus for you are the Redeemer!!! You are the spotless Lamb of God who takes away our sins! You did it all on the cross at Calvary!!! You are greater, you are mightier, you are higher, and all powerful over all! You deserve the glory,the honor, and the praise!!! I can’t stop singing tonight and praising your name for you are exalted above all the heavens and you are my God!!! You reign!!! You reign!!! Lord Jesus!!!

  333. Yesterday as I entered the 3rd floor of the hospital I ​informed​ the nurse I was there to pray for the patients. She looked at me and said ” well then GO PRAY for them”. As I walked away I started to smile as I heard ” yeah, go do what I had you come here to do”. I could just feel power and excitement enter me.
    Then the Lord opened many doors in the hospital to share & discuss His word and gospel. He opened the doors for a Greek Orthodox couple, a ​Messianic Jewish man, a woman visiting from Kentucky, a few Catholics, and even a Spanish speaking Catholic Mexican that asked if I could get him a bible. Praise the Lord for​”opening doors” as it states in Colossians 4​- ” Pray that God may open a door for His message”.​ What an amazing God we serve​ in an amazing time​! God Bless!

    1. Bob – What a great testimony! Thank you for sharing. I know patients in hospitals are in need of the Great Physician! Praise God that we can serve in in these places!

  334. 1 Peter 2:23
    When they hurled their insults at him he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.
    Instead he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

    I have been thinking a lot about this verse since Sunday. Jesus made no threats or did not retaliate because he knew that nothing or no one had any power over him. For the joy set before him he endured the cross so we could become like him and not let any darkness overcome us!

    Thank you Lord Jesus for the gift of your amazing love and your example of faith in our father in heaven. There is no one like you Jesus and you are deserving of all honor and praise!

  335. “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming , “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” Psalm 92:12-15

    As I was reading this I’m reminded of the promises of God and he was speaking to me about how the righteous who are his people, will always have a secure place in him.
    When we crucify our flesh and are raised from the dead we will be like that palm tree flourishing the word says , looking beautiful , thriving, filled with the fruit of Jesus Christ.

    In Christ there is no wickedness . He is the perfect , spotless lamb of God that has washed away my sins on that rugged cross. I’m rejoicing this day because this amazing God has opened up my tomb where I was once dead , but today I’am alive and being resurrected every single day with the word of God which is being activated like never before. What joy fills my heart as the church is moving and growing daily with this awesome God we serve !!!!

  336. I have been reflecting Sunday’s message that on the cross Jesus broke all the powers of death, hell and the grave. The Good News is that it is finished and that sin no longer reigns! Through your death and resurrection Lord Jesus, you have proven that you are far more powerful than any sin or darkness. Thank you for taking away my sins and thank you for breaking the darkness in my life! What an awesome and mighty God we serve!

    Isaiah 40:31: but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

  337. Hebrews 1:3

    The son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining ALL things by his powerful word!!

    This scripture hit me soo deeply this week. It goes right along with what we have been learning over these past weeks about the supremacy of Jesus and how in him all things hold together.

    Thank you Jesus for not giving me over to the depravity I deserved; No! instead you have sustained me through your powerful word. Thank you God for sending your son to bring us life and the resurrection power that the LORD Jesus displayed on the cross that disarmed the powers and authorities of this dark world. I praise your holy name and declare there is no one like you! Lord your are
    amazing and magnificent! You rein supreme over all the heavens and the earth! Your kingdom will rein forever! I am so thankful to have been chosen to come to know you and live in your beautiful kingdom!

    I have the song in my heart… Hosanna You rein! Hallelujah you rein!!

  338. “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.” Psalm 52: 8-9

    Right before this scripture are verses that talk about the penalties for the wicked and evil. When I got to verse 8, my heart rejoiced because there was a “but.” The prior verses describe who I am and what I deserve. BUT God has taken the punishment for me and erased the penalties that I deserved. Not only that but he put me in his house to grow deep roots in love so that I can flourish. Praise you God, you do the impossible, you take something so wicked and make it into a flourishing tree to be in your house forever!

    Thank you Lord, thank you for plucking me out of the darkness and placing me in your house! When I look at the church being built and how detailed it is down to the last nail – I remember what he has done to bring me into his house. For what you have done for me Lord, I will always praise you!!!

  339. “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1

    During prayer, God brought me to this Psalm, which praises God for who He is, as the Creator, the Redeemer, the Lord above everything! He is truly a good God who deserves the praises He is due.

    Pastor Janeth’s sermon this past week about how to be born again just resonates with that. A life that is born again is a life that praises God as King over all! She also mentioned the wedding at Cana and how you need to be filled with water to be turned into wine. His Holy Spirit is truly the wine, and that wine brings joy. God is placing within me a joy for His Word and His ways, as the Word is alive, it is Jesus! That Word (Jesus) leads us to a relationship with His Father, God, and from there, we truly can be turned from water into wine! I am thankful for how God has been bringing these amazing messages out these past months and how He is transforming us into a people who are born again and can never be the same!

  340. I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. Psalm 138:1-2 How can I not praise you Lord? For you have been so good to me. As I hear the birds singing outside my window I am thankful for your kindness, goodness and love towards me. I awoke today with breath in my lungs, and saw his creation starting to spring to life all around me. This is a beautiful day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it!!! It’s Ressurection Season and the Lord is resurrecting my heart! Thank You Lord!!!

  341. “Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a song of praise. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.” Psalm 47:6-8

    This morning I woke up with a song in my heart and then I remembered this verse from praying last night. The thanksgiving and joy in my heart could not be contained for the Lord is LORD over all!

    Sing praise all the peoples of the earth. Our Great and Mighty King Jesus reigns over all the heavens and all the earth! He is seated far above all rulers, powers, and authorities. He sits at the right hand of the Father, robed in majesty and splendor. He is King of all the earth. All is subject to him. His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom! The mountains bow down and the seas roar at the mention of his Great Name! How Awesome is the Lord Most High! There never has been and there never will be any other God like Him! Thank you Lord for you woke me up this morning to bring you praise… And you Lord are most worthy of all Praise!!!

  342. Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. Psalm 100:1-3

    Lord, You have filled me with joy this morning in the hope that I have in Your Word. I praise You for who You are, and I thank You for the joy You are pouring out simply as I come to know You more.

  343. Isaiah 61:7 (AMP) INSTEAD OF YOUR SHAME YOU SHALL HAVE DOUBLE HONOR, INSTEAD OF CONFUSION THEY SHALL REJOICE IN THEIR PORTION, THEREFORE IN THEIR LAND THEY SHALL POSSESS DOUBLE, EVERLASTING JOY SHALL BE THEIRS. SO THE LORD WILL CAUSE RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PRAISE TO SPRING FORTH BEFORE THE NATIONS THROUGH THE SELF-FULFILLING POWER OF HIS WORD.

    The Lord gave me this word in March of 2011, concerning our building program! Who would have ever believed that a small group of believers in love with God would sacrificially give to build such an amazing building by His grace!

    The unity of the workers, the testimony of outsiders feeling His presence in the sanctuary, and the commitment to follow God’s instructions without compromising is a miracle of God. In my experience with other building programs, strife and eventually people leaving from offense has been the norm….not a testimony but a reproach upon the Lord’s Name. Today, I saw the “double blessing” of the Lord building a natural structure for a place for His spirit and Name to abide, and the greater 2nd blessing of building His very character into His people so that He can abide in us!

    Ephesians 2:19-22- NOW YOU ARE NO LONGER FOREIGNERS, BUT FELLOW CITIZENS AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD, HAVING BEEN BUILT UPON THE FOUNDATION OF THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF BEING THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE, IN WHOM YOU ALSO ARE BEING BUILT TOGETHER FOR A DWELLING PLACE OF GOD IN THE SPIRIT.

    Only the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Grace and Truth (Jesus the Word being birthed by His Spirit) can transform my heart to love God by submitting to His commandments and the household of Father God.. A church building is the Father’s house where His children come to worship Him, fellowship in His light, and make disciples who obey the word. As His “walking epistles” we are the Word that goes out to be “read by all men” (II Cor. 3:2). The Word is out!

    The Lord has truly blessed us with double in our natural and spiritual land! I will praise His name forever in the natural sanctuary and my temple!

  344. Hebrews 1:2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.

    This verse reminds me of the teachings and sermons these past few weeks. “He has spoken to us through his Son”… Jesus Christ is the Word and very utterance of God. “Through the Son he created the universe”… When God said “let there be Light”, that was Jesus, the Words of God. He is the very Word and utterance of God that came to earth in the form of man. Wow. Now, that very Word can live inside of us. That Word is all powerful… created the heavens and the earth, beat death, hell, and the grave, healed the blind, made the lame walk, caused the deaf to hear. I cling to, and put my hope in the very Word of God. No longer do I speak of what I can do, because I can do nothing that is why the Word had to come down in the form of Jesus Christ. I speak about what the Word of God can do through me as I cling to it, believe, and put my hope in it. For God’s Word and Laws are in my mind and written upon my heart.

  345. As I have been meditating on the word that the Lord has been bringing forth, God keeps putting Psalm 119:96 on my heart–“Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no limit”. The Word of God is BEYOND perfection!! Why? Because the word of God IS God! And through the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate, beyond-perfect word, we can have this surpassing perfection dwelling within us, written on our hearts!

    There is absolutely nothing that is more powerful than the beyond-perfect word of God. So with this word within us, what can we not do for God?! He says that our minds cannot conceive what He has in store for those who love Him. I’m looking for a new thing today, for His extra-perfect word to bring me higher with Him to a place that my mind has never conceived! And I am praying the same for all of you! 🙂

    I’m so excited for what He is doing!!

  346. “See I will create New Heavens and a New earth. The former things will not be remembered,
    nor will they come to mind. Be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
    and it’s people a joy!” Isaiah 65:17 The Word of The Lord….
    I am rejoicing in our God and Savior Why? Because He is my Redeemer, my Conqueror and Mighty Victor…. I am thinking about who
    He has been to me, and all that He has created in me…how more and more i am not remembering what was so much anymore…but coming into more of His newness for me everyday…
    especially in these past 10 years in United Faith Church and it is overwhelming to me His goodness…and justice for He has been
    such a forgiving and all providing God as well as a stern Father… When I think about all the personal victories I have from The Lord I have to praise Him! He took me out of my old life of sin and destruction, He beat my past with His Powerful Word of His Plans for me, hope and a future, and for my family, He beat sickness in me, physical and mental for by His stripes I am healed. Against all ods I have been able to raise my children, and still doing it, for when I was weak He was and Is Strong in me, and I have been able to do all things thru Christ who has strenghtened me. I am in Awe of what The Lord God Almighty is doing in our Pastors! and the Victories in their lives are awesome to see, How they are a Love Story to me with Jesus… How The Lord Rewards those who are faithful and Truly Love Him, not by just Words, but with their lives giving Him Glory in all they do..In this Church we can all testify of the Glory and Victories of Jesus in our lives…Overwhelming Victories! producing True repentace and thankful hearts, and minds. Thank you Father for I know There’s so much more for your Glory and yours only in Jesus My Lord.

  347. THE WORD IS OUT! Ever since I heard this spoken on Sunday, I keep getting a picture of a tube of toothpaste. You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube once it is out, and it doesn’t do what it is supposed to do all by itself. Someone has to believe that it will do what it is meant to do and then apply it…over and over again.
    I am overflowing with thanks that God has called me to such a time as this. SMILE! For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edge sword, it penetrated even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing from all of creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13
    As a child is taught to brush their teeth to stay healthy, I have been taught to allow the Word of God to wash me, feed me, teach me, deliver me…make me healthy and strong. In my own strength, when things got too hard, I’d quit and either settle for something less or find something else to give my attention too and pretend it was “just as good”. NOT NOW-The Word is Out and it is always before me and in me. It is setting out to do what it is meant to do in me. I’ll run and not grow weary… I am more than a conqueror in Christ who loved me. All in my path will know that Jesus is Lord and being in his presence IS the blessing. Glory to God who loved us first!

  348. Hebrews 1:3
    The SON is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the Majesty in heaven.

    God created the beautiful bright sun we get to see with our eyes . He was reminding me about his SON who is Jesus that is more powerful than anything else. His living Word is stronger and more powerful than the sun that shines today.
    He is the fullness of all his glory and we get to walk daily with the SON of the living God inside of us… What a beautiful gift he has entrusted us his beloved people with . Nothing could ever take that away from us !! We are Overcomers with Jesus Christ.

    Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever !!!

  349. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. –  1 Peter 1:23

    For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. – 1 Corinthians 1:18

    I am so thankful for the past few Thursdays and Sundays and the powerful messages Pastor Janeth has been teaching us about the Word. The Word(Jesus) is SUPREME over all things. The Word is active and alive and powerful! The Word changes us, the Word guides us, the Word is still doing the miraculous, transforming work it has been doing since the beginning. I am so thankful to be given this Truth and so thankful that He died on the Cross for me! I want to know the Word(Jesus) more and keep being transformed.

    It is so exciting to see and hear all the Lord is doing in us as we get together and as we share and praise God there is more as the Word is going out and producing all it was set out to do in us!

  350. Hebrews 1:9
    But about the Son he says…….
    9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.

    Jesus was the obedient Son of God that obeyed every decree and command of God the Father. He never acted begrudgingly, half-heartedly, or with spite in his heart. Even unto death on the cross, His joy was set before Him in completing the will of God. There are many that do not understand how someone can live a holy and disciplined life with abundant joy, as their own hearts do not rejoice in righteousness. The joy that God gives is not found in this world, which is why the world cannot understand it. Only those who are being born anew, born of spirit will rejoice in the victories of a supernatural kingdom. That we would rejoice every time we say NO to the flesh for Jesus is the OVERCOMER.
    He has set you above your companions by anointing you with joy. Our joy defies the wisdom found in the world.

  351. I remain in awe of all the Lord is doing in our midst!!! As He raises the banner for His Word to be exalted within me, He is setting my heart on fire with love for Him like never before. The hope that I have in Him grows daily and the faith that I have in His promise, that His Word never (EVER) comes back void, is changing the way that I look at every circumstance I come across. There is joy! There is peace in the presence and comfort of the promises of God! Lord, let Your Word refine me and burn bright in me that You would be seen and glorified in all I do. I want the legacy of my life to be Your Great Name, O God.

    “As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
    and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
    and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
    so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
    but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
    You will go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace”
    Isaiah 55:10-12

  352. Hallelujah, Jesus is SUPREME over every single thing, over every thought, fear, pride, everything! What an amazing message we received this past Sunday, and it was great to meet together as a church again on Thursday for a continuation on the message! I am in awe of the grace God has given us. The grace is showing us who we are and allowing us to nail the flesh to the cross. And that God would covenant with Himself-Jesus, His very Word-that we could come to know Him. The Word is alive, 100%, forever, for it is Jesus! Jesus never dies, He is the High Priest that God appointed over us! God is activating the Word in my life in a new way, and I am excited for it. He is giving me, like Pastor Janeth mentioned, a Rolodex of words for every situation. Jesus is alive, this Word was not written just for people many years ago, as many make the argument that the Word cannot be applied to today because of how different things are now. No, it was written for today, as Jesus never changes, He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever! (Hebrews 13:8) Thank You, Jesus, that You are activating Your Word in my life and in the church! YOU ARE LORD!

  353. Oh the amazing, amazing grace of God!

    As the Lord continues to reveal more about last night in my heart, He spoke to me about the ways that He emptied Himself, through humility, to be both man in the flesh and His own sacrifice on the cross. In that, He put to death the flesh, nailing it to the cross, and offers me new life daily through Himself, the living Word. This same God, who is superior over EVERYTHING, continues to demonstrate His humility by filling me with His power through His Word, Himself. But what kind of power? First and foremost, the power demonstrated in Christ – to authoritatively nail my flesh to the cross and live in the victory of resurrection! Lord, let me be a demonstration today of the power of Your living Word! Reveal to me those places where I have remained in the flesh that I may walk them, believing in my victory through You over every last one of them, straight to the cross. Let the promises of Your Word, Your heart, saturate every part of me so that I can fulfill what You have planned for me as a member of Your body, the church.

    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

    “I am God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for me to do.” Ephesians 2:10

  354. Hebrews 4:12-13
    The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

    This scripture is speaking to me today. When we read the word of God, it should be transforming us, convicting our hearts and shaking us up. We shouldn’t read the word like any ordinary book. No…this is the word of LIFE! I know for me and seeing my state without Christ, I must look into the word ready to receive all that the Lord wants to show me and put it into action in my life. The word penetrate means to succeed in forcing a way into. The word of God forces a way into our hearts and transforms us into the likeness of Christ!

  355. “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you- they are full of the Spirit and life.” John 6:63

    Jesus is the Word of God! Almost every time Jesus spoke he was saying he is the word of God and that he was in the father and the father was in him. As the word of God, the breath of God made flesh- he is God! As Pastor was saying last night, the flesh has to die so the spirit can come forth. Jesus is saying that here- the flesh is worthless… Romans 8:8 says “Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.”

    BUT, praise God- he has given us the Word wrapped in flesh, and everything he speaks, every single word is Full of Spirit and life! Colossians 2:2&3 tells us that there is full riches in understanding, hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge… Oh the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! that he would put on flesh to make his word available to us- so we can be spirit and please the Father. He went to the cross and crucified his flesh so we can do the same. He made the perfect way to no longer be worthless in our flesh but to become rich in spirit in the depths and treasures of the word of God! Thank you Lord!!!

  356. Jesus Christ is supreme and the power of His cross is the only way to live. He is The only Way, Truth, and Life! Through the last few teachings this verse in Proverbs has been in my heart:

    “No one can be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.” – Proverbs 12:3

    The only way to be rooted is in Christ’s love. We become established when the overflow of a heart is rooted at the foot of the cross. Then, thanksgiving overflows and the evidence of being rooted in love – is Love! Love for God, for His commands, for His Church. God is revealing the areas that have been established in wickedness (self, pride…) in order for them to be brought to the cross and be crucified. The promise and love of God is great: the righteous cannot be uprooted! Thank you Lord for the cross.

  357. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
    John 3:16-18 NIV
    Since yesterday’s service I cannot get this verse out of my head. It is a verse that I have known all of my life and never truly understood what it meant…. until yesterday. God sent himself as a perfect sacrifice to atone for the sins of the world. Not to destroy, but to save the world .As long as you recognize that he sent himself. The word covered by flesh, that he overcame on the cross.
    “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
    John 1:14NIV

  358. Praise GOD for the Word of Truth that continues to come forth every week. I’m so thankful for his precious word and that God is continuing to open up my eyes every single day, and week to a new revelation of HIM!!

    Colossians has been incredible to read and it has been hard for me to move out of Chapter 1. There is so much that God is speaking to his church.

    The verse God is having me meditate on and that is my rema word is Colossians 1:12-14.

    “Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in his kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

    Qualified means: to make sufficient, render fit. To equip one with adequate power to perform the duties of one.

    I have never qualified for anything in my life before. This blows me away that the God of all creation thought about me, and has chosen a wretched sinner like me to be a part of his glorious kingdom, to qualify ONLY through the Lord Jesus nothing of myself, and gain the greatest reward which is getting to know him, to live in his presence NOW , and the greatest one is to one day see him face to face I will get to worship him for ALL ETERNITY..
    He has brought me out of such a dark place , shown me his love, light, the WORD of truth and has forgiven me of all my sins because he took them all upon the beautiful cross.

    The Lord is reminding me of the song ” SEE HIS LOVE”… This is Jesus in His Glory, King of Heaven dying for me, IT IS FINISHED, he has done it death is beaten, heaven beckons me…. Such Love, Such Love is this for me!!!

  359. Luke 24 talks about the men who were on the road to Emmaus not long after Jesus died on the cross. Their faces were downcast, and they said, “they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” These men didn’t realize that Jesus rose from the dead and was walking with them in that very moment!

    Jesus responded to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the scriptures concerning himself.

    From the sermon on Sunday, I am seeing God’s awesome plan of salvation through Christ’s death on the cross. Through the cross, we receive grace to crucify our own flesh and the power to say ‘no’ to ungodliness. We become new creations, lovers of God, members of His household forever!

  360. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
    For Christs love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. (He is the first fruit, and we are His fruit) And He died for all, that those who live, no longer live for themselves (PattI), but for Him who died for them ans was raised again.
    Thursday night and word and a thought came together…I saw a magnet..Alone it’s really not active until there is another one is present. Jesus is that magnet, if we choose, he stands us up and aligns us with that force. Although we can’t see it, it’s there. That force is the power that saves, that keeps us on the Way. Because if, we turn that magnet away, it is not getting the power or energy needed to keep moving. And if turned opposite, that magnet will totally repel from the other. Is it Christ who turns away? He stays the same, yesterday, today and forever! I pray resurrection, awakenning to my mind. And just think and see when those two magnets are finally together…what can separate them, they just belong, United.
    The word I received was Compel
    Compel:
    1. to force or drive, especially to a course or action
    2. to secure or bring about by force.
    3. to force to submit; subdue
    4. to overpower
    5. to drive together, UNITE by force; herd
    6. to use force
    7. to have a powerful and irresistable effect, influence, etc
    I can see Christ all seven definitions..and it is one WORD, one WAY

  361. As I was praying today, the Lord gave me a picture of a plane breaking the sound barrier and producing shock waves in the air around it. It literally shifts the atmosphere around it as it is breaking through the speed of sound. Our thanksgiving, worship, praises, and prayer do the same…but they are so much more powerful than breaking the sound barrier. Our thanksgiving and worship shifts the atmosphere and breaks the airwaves and causes the enemy to tremble and scatter…there is power and energy in the thanksgiving and praise to God! It changes the atmosphere and sends shockwaves to the darkness, breaks through the air and causes us to be seated in the heavenlies!

  362. The sermon on Sunday and teaching on Thursday by Pastor Janeth has been amazing. We must remain in the Lord, be renewed in our minds, and train up in Him. It made me think of how when someone is an athlete and they are training, they train hard and push themselves to go farther, lift more, whatever they are working for. God is like our coach, pushing us on, giving us the strength to go farther in Him! It’s exciting to get to know Him in a deeper way, get to know His Word as LIVING AND ACTIVE! His Word gives us the power to go further and enter into the rest He has for His people, and that is when we can really begin working for the Lord in His Kingdom! His Word is Jesus! Jesus is alive! And we know that His Word is powerful to change us and bring us into a new relationship with Him! It is His power through the Holy Spirit, the Word, through Himself to do what He has called us to do and be who He has called us to be! Amen, Lord, thank You for Your Word!

  363. These past couple of weeks have been life changing for me. When these WORDS from God entered my heart it was activated in me to live by them by the power and will of God through the Holy Spirit. And even more after the message from Pastor Janeth Santiago last night.
    Colossians 1: 9-14
    9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[e] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[f] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
    I have some physical consequences of my past sins and afflictions that have caused me to rely on my God and the Lord Jesus Christ like never before. He has proven Himself faithful to give me the strength to endure and gain immeasurable patience that causes me to be thankful, even when things are physically not so great. Because this was not always the case, I would really struggle but the Lord has strengthened me. The joy of the Lord is my strength, not just words, THE WORD OF GOD MANIFESTED IN A LIFE AS IT SHOULD BE! God is greater than all of it! He reveals His love for me every day as I ask Him for help. So I see why He is training me in His strength, endurance, and patience. It’s not just for me, it’s to carry out the same ministry of reconciliation as Christ Jesus, and our Pastors have demonstrated. Seed will bear seed of its own kind.
    I believe this and know it is for His church and within the power of God to change a life that loves Him.

  364. Colossians 1:3 “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you…” Something stood out to me as I read this line last week. Colossians, Philippians, 1 Corinthians, and both Thessalonians begin with Paul giving thanks. These are instructional letters, yet Paul is still thankful in writing these. Why? He is thankful for the seed and fruit he has been given, he is thankful for the good soil that some of those seeds have landed on, he is thankful for God’s love and call in his life and even thankful for what he has to endure. It would be easy for Paul to view this as a burden, yet he is glad to have been chosen by God for this very purpose, no matter what that entails, and be it peace or suffering he counts it all as joy simply by knowing God’s heart. This thankfulness, as Pastor Janeth mentioned, is something needed so that we may rise and bring forth fruit. We must be thankful through the extraordinary and the mundane, full of gratitude in times of joy and times where there might be pain, and taking with appreciation things God has willed for us, because His will is perfect; the secret that Paul always held in his heart that caused him to be victorious in every situation.

  365. Ephesians 5:20: always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Pastor taught last night that “Grace” is the root of the tree and “Thankfulness” is the fertilizer that allows the tree to grow to eventually produce fruit.
    We have so much to be thankful for in our church and our house. First, we are so thankful for what Jesus Christ did on the cross for us, and then “graced” us to see our true state and see our need for a Savior. We are also so thankful that He has blessed us with a church that preaches the gospel that will continue to save people from spending eternity in the lake of fire. So many people will come to know the Lord through the gospel being taught and will grow to produce fruit through the discipleship at UFC!
    In the last month The Lord saved me twice from dying due to heart complications and allowed Janet and I to become grand parents of our new grandson this past Monday. How can I repay the Lord for all He has done for me, my family and the many families of UFC. Thank you Lord! You are incredibly good to us!
    What an amazing God we serve!

  366. Colossians 1:3-8 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the LOVE you have for all the saints the faith and LOVE that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth the gospel that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all it’s truth. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your LOVE in the Spirit.
    Last nights words are really coming alive to me. God is LOVE. Only LOVE would humble himself and come down in the flesh and dwell with man. To make a way for us to come into salvation instead of the death, and hell we deserve The price of sin. The WORD is GOD and GOD is LOVE. Wow! I want that LOVE not only to dwell in me, but also to pour out to others around me. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John15:13. Thank you so much Jesus! To know you LORD is to LOVE You. You are the WORD and you are LOVE!

  367. Colossians 1:22- But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation-IF YOU CONTINUE in your faith, established and firm (rooted), not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.

    Colossians 2:6- So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, CONTINUE to live in him, ROOTED and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

    Jesus is the word and he word is life! After leaving bible study tonight I can’t get enough of his word. Reading Colossians again, the Lord is showing me that I must continue to live in him and continue to grow deeper and deeper roots. Thank you Lord for your grace and truth!

  368. Colossians 1:25-27 “25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

    God’s word has been poured out on his people! This word is the answer to all of life’s mysteries and problems. Jesus is living in his word because he is the word made flesh. We have been blessed with a priceless gift! Let’s not let it go to waste!

  369. In the reading this week, Colossians 4:3 says: And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ…

    Paul is literally praying for the opportunities to speak and share the Word of God. In doing so, he is continually practicing the Word. This reminded me of pastor’s sermon on Sunday when she mentioned that the Word is the only offensive weapon (Ephesian 6:17 …and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God). What does it matter if we have a sword if we do not know how to use it? I pray that as we read and learn the Word, we would ask for the opportunities to speak and share of this message, that we would be planting seeds and bearing fruit for our God!

    “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

  370. I’ve been meditating all week on “the word is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword”. Hebrews 4:12

    It’s alive! It brings life! It’s powerful! It causes change in our hearts and our lives! And Praise God it’s all we will ever need for life and godliness! Thank you Lord for your powerful Word!

  371. Praise Jesus! The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Thank you Lord that you have been all of the above to me. Sunday’s message confirmed what a mighty God we serve. Abiding in His word is abiding in him and his will being known to us. How can we know his will? By being trained in his word. I don’t have to have all the answers, he has them. The unfolding of your word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130 Thank God he left us his instruction manual, his Word. He is the Word!!!

  372. Through Pastor Janeth Santiago’s message, I’m seeing the love relationship that we come to develop with the Word, who is Jesus. Just this weekend, the Lord had me praying the scriptures below, and when I look at them now, I see the beautiful union that is cultivated as God loves on the church through His word, and the church loves back on Him as we follow His Word.

    Psalm 119
    169 May my cry come before you, Lord;
    give me understanding according to your word.
    170 May my supplication come before you;
    deliver me according to your promise.
    171 May my lips overflow with praise,
    for you teach me your decrees.
    172 May my tongue sing of your word,
    for all your commands are righteous.
    173 May your hand be ready to help me,
    for I have chosen your precepts.
    174 I long for your salvation, Lord,
    and your law gives me delight.
    175 Let me live that I may praise you,
    and may your laws sustain me.

    We cry to Him, He rescues us with the word, our lips praise Him, He teaches us His law, we choose to follow His commands, His Mighty hand saves us!

  373. “… For the LORD is your life…” Deut. 30:20
    “I am the way, the truth and the life…” John 14:6
    “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” John 1:1
    “The words I have spoken to you – they are full of the Spirit and life.” John 6:63

    I am so thankful that the Holy Spirit has given understanding of the Word from Pastor Janeth on Sunday. The WORD (Jesus Christ), the living, active WORD is LIFE. We have all had our lives stolen from us. I was raised in and lived in death. Very few were raised in and according to the Word of God (which is life). Our only hope of restoring our LIVES, our true life, is in the Word – Jesus Christ. To know the Word and follow the Word is life! I may not have lived before, but today GOD has opened my eyes to see and my heart and mind to understand the message from Sunday – ONLY in the Word – living in and with (obedience to) the Word is there real, genuine life! Obedience is life! God has opened up an opportunity for me to know Him (through the power of His Holy Spirit) the way I was always supposed to know Him. And it brings JOY and PEACE to know my heart can cry out “Abba, Father!” Thank you Jesus for your gift of LIFE!!

    “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life,… ” Deut. 30:15-19

  374. Revelation 21:5
    “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
    Thank you Lord that you are making all things new in our lives, our hearts, our minds. What a gracious and loving God. You ARE trustworthy and true.

  375. 1 John 5:1-4 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2/ This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out His commands. In fact, this is love FOR God: to keep His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
    Since Pastors message last Sunday I have kept thinking of the verse “What great love the father has lavished on us, that we would be called the children of god!” That Love He gave while we were yet still sinners! Christ came and died on the Cross…taking our penalty, our punishment for those sins…to wash us clean, transforming us and empowering us to overcome the world!! EVERY DAY!!!! He gave us His love that we did not deserve- that we may now give Him the love He DOES deserve!!!
    How can I express true love to my husband, children, all my brothers and sisters, my pastors or anyone…by loving God and carrying out His commands!!! (1jn5:2) Oh and this is no burden when we see His love…when by His love we have been set free!! For whom the Son has set free is free indeed to overcome the selfishness of the world by loving the Lord thy God with all thy heart soul, mind and strength (the 1st command) and from that place we can love His children!
    THIS IS THE VICTORY THAT HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD!!!

  376. Pastor Janeth’s sermon on being rooted and established in love (Ephesians 3:17) was amazing! God wants us to have a root, a root that is established in Jesus’ love on the cross. The roots must go deep, not like the plant with shallow roots that is scorched when it is in the sun. We are incapable of loving without Him. Earlier, I was looking at a National Geographic magazine. They were talking about how trees are able to live for such a long time. Among other things, in some cases, trees are able to form clones of themselves. There is an aspen tree colony in Utah that is called Pando (which means “I spread” in Latin). All of the trees in the colony have been determined to be clones of a single male tree due to identical genetic markers. These trees share a root system that is estimated to weigh approximately 6,000,000 kilograms, which would make it the heaviest organism in the world! It reminded me about how Jesus is the root, and He is able to literally make us into clones of Himself! We look just like Him! He wants us to spread His Gospel so more and more can join into this root system and know the Lord! We are able to share in the root system that goes deep and are united together in faith. Science may not be able to fully understand why trees are the way they are, but with the Lord, we are able to see how God shows Himself and His plan in creation, and that man is without excuse (Romans 1:20). Pando, just like the rest of creation, is groaning for the sons of God to be revealed, as in recent years there’s been less new trees taking the place of old ones, as all creation has been subject to frustration until the true sons of God can be revealed, mighty oaks of righteousness for the display of His splendor! I am so thankful that with the Lord, we can have deep roots that will NEVER die and can be established FOREVER AND EVER in God and His love! What an amazing blessing it is to be in the Kingdom of God and know that the Lord wants us to love Him the way He has loved us!

  377. Mark 10:21 “Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

    This verse really grabbed my heart. Jesus loved this man and because of his love for him, he revealed what was keeping him from eternal life. Today, many think that loving someone is giving them everything they want. We can see all around us and in us the entitlement that breeds, wanting and expected to have what we want and being quick to blame God when we don’t have it.

    But that is not love. Love is to lead someone to everlasting life and Jesus loved this man to tell him what was holding him back from it. For this man it was money because he was so wealthy, but it can be different for each one of us. As we seek Him, when he reveals what’s in the way, will we walk away sad like the rich man, or will we receive the love of the Father who made a way through his only Son and push whatever the obstacle is out of the way so that we can follow Jesus? Thank you Lord for loving me and for loving me through my pastors who have always shown me how to follow you!

  378. While at work this week one patient asked me the question “ Why are you so happy”? Another said “You’re singing and really jolly”. I Love how the Lord is moving and it’s being seen by all the different people I meet on a daily basis. I have had a chance to share this week about who I used to be without the Lord, what God has done in my life and is currently doing. I was once depressed, sad, lonely, angry, had hatred towards everything, and was physically dying, but “My God” , “My God” has resurrected this heart, soul, mind, body and every single day he is saving me from something. I cannot live without my savior. I can testify to people and it’s Only because Jesus has given me Life, Breathe, Hope, Joy, Love, Confidence and a Peace that I cannot explain. I have been given a second chance to live my life for him.

    Psalms 40:1-3
    “I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.”

    This is my song, and I will never stop worshiping, praising, being so thankful for all God has done in my life and will forever continue to do as walk on this journey with him. I’m the miracle, thank you Father for sending your Son to die for Me, and for your unconditional Love!!!

  379. The Lord’s love for His people is amazing. As I’m reading Deuteronomy I’m seeing God’s heart for His children. It really is a simple choice: choose to obey His commands and follow the Lord in order to receive life; or, ignore the Lord, disobey His commands and receive the consequence – death. The Lord clearly explains both sides. There is no middle ground!

    Throughout the week this verse has been on my heart. It sums up the evidence of someone who chooses to follow and obey the Lord:

    “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
    – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

    I was thinking of the story of Mary and Martha. How Martha was so busy running around ” doing the work” and serving that she missed the fact that Jesus was there. Her heart had the wrong focus; she was consumed in the act of doing. Whereas Mary’s heart desired one thing: to lay at her Lord’s feet. She was compelled by love to worship the Lord. Pastor Janeth’s message not too long ago said “to come back to the heart of worship and be at the foot of the cross”. God is love and without Him there is no love. At the cross the perfect example of love is before my eyes. I can never love or do a work of love without first having the love of the Lord within me. Only then can I be ‘compelled by love’ and live a life that is the overflow of His Love. Lord, let Your LOVE compel me so that you will be honored!

  380. God Is Love, Love is God….. Praise you Lord because I am understanding with my heart, seeing more with my eyes, hearing with my hears!!
    I was blessed to be able to talk with someone recently… He is an older man who used to serve in the navy and had gone to war against Vietnam. He just came around me for no reason and as we began to talk and he told me what his position in the navy was I said, “that’s cool!” his response was “no it’s not, when you have to kill people” I began to tell him that in my life I may have never gone to His kind of war but that I had to fight another kind of war, the war for my soul, my husband, my children, and i began to give him examples, when i was sick with cancer, when my mind was gone filled with confusion, when my husband was an alcoholic, when my children were scattered, but how the Love of God came in and changed our minds!! How The Love of God made us turn to Him, and caused us to forget the past, and look forward to a new life! How The Love of God reached us thru Pastors that Loved God, thru His Church, friends that became our Mentors that were loving God and would teach us how to love God and not ourselves, That The love of God that would send His only Son to die for him and me… I told him that it could be the same for him if he called on the Love of God thru His Son Jesus Christ at which point God could touch him and cause him to leave all his past behind, navy, dead religion, etc. that all that matter was a relationship with Jesus. We talked more but one of the things that touched me about this sharing, he said ” i have 4 children, and I don’t know what they are, if they are coming or going” I told him that he needed to worry about himself for now, and coming to love and know the love of God for the bible says that He is faithful to those who love Him, up to 4,5,6,7, 1000 generations and as if it had just been revealed to him he was taken back and said “that’s forever”….. So blessed to have been able to share forward this message on Sunday that at the same time changed me even again….Thank you Jesus!!

  381. “And the Lord has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands.”
    Deuteronomy 26:18

    We have been learning more and more about the love of God. God is love. Nothing can give us true love but Him alone. When I read this verse it touches my heart and I can’t help but to think, “Wow! How great is His love that a wretch like me can be called His treasured possession!” We will never find anything more wonderful than God! And no one else will ever love us like Him. Be blessed today!

    “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

  382. God is love. The bible tells us that in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him (Col. 1:16). He created all things… He created love! He is literally the definition of love! 1 John 4: 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

    God gave us a way to truly see, understand, and come into this love. It is only through his Son. He is the only way to the Father. So if you desire love this day, ask God to open up your eyes and your heart to understand what He did for us through Jesus. Then, you will be rooted and established in His love and never the same. Not relying on self to love but God who is love.

    One of the things that Pastor said on Sunday that really touched my heart is that God, knowing that man was not capable of loving him or following his commands sent a piece of himself: Love… Jesus to the earth so that we could now come into His perfect, everlasting, eternal love. That to me, is one of the most beautiful descriptions of God’s love that I have ever heard.

    Thank you God that you made a way when there was no way! Thank you that your perfect love came down, has opened my eyes so that I can see it, and entered into my heart so that I can live it out.

  383. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have ETERNAL LIFE!

    Thank you God that you allowed your only son to come down and be vulnerable to Satan; like a lamb being led to the slaughter. Knowing what your son would have to endure; you still allowed it. No matter what he was put through he would not hate satan or disobey you. Thank you Lord that knowing that at any moment you could have stopped your sons anguish but, because you SO LOVED us you allowed it. For the joy set before him your son Jesus knowing what he had to endure did it all for the sake of love.

    I think of the song that we often sing … Such love this is for me.

    Your love is the most amazing gift you have given the world!! Because of your love we have been rescued and delivered from death, hell, and the grave! Your love which is your son (the essence of love) is the truth that has set us free! Freedom from our futile thinking, from depravity, from Gods wrath, from anything that has kept us from loving you the way you have loved us!! Our freedom is here!!

    Thank you God for showing me what and who love truly is..,you and your precious son Jesus my deliverer. I’m so grateful for your love.

  384. Deuteronomy 30:19-20…This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you LIFE and DEATH, blessings and curses. Now CHOOSE LIFE, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice and hold fast to him. FOR THE LORD IS YOUR LIFE…

    Reading this and chewing on it…He is making it perfectly clear for us. How many of us would choose to walk into a burning building or jump in front of a car? Of course we wouldn’t!!! But when we choose NOT to serve the living God, that is exactly what we are doing…choosing death! Can I say that the Lord is my life… My entire life…not just the parts that I choose. My prayer this day is that we would examine our hearts and ask the Lord to reveal the places where we have excluded Him and to bring us deeper into a relationship with him…the GIVER OF LIFE!!!

  385. God’s unconditional love for each one of us certainly does surpass all knowledge. Mainly because it doesn’t make sense to our kind of thinking. In this world, love is conditional, it is earned, and it can be lost. Our minds sometimes have difficulty to fathom the deep love that was lavished upon us even at our worst. God defies every worldly principle, and proves time and time again that he will not be governed by skepticism, pessimism, or doubt. The fact that: God is Love, will not change based on any condition. I have yet to find anything in this world that is an absolute assurance except this love. Certainly not the value of any commodity, the stock market, my home, my job, even “laws’ that govern nature continue to be disproved or found faulty. Let us choose to turn away from the things that will crumble and instead be rooted and established in the IMMOVABLE. It’s the smartest investment we could ever make. Put your stake in the ground and be built in the Love of God and for God.

  386. In our reading this week what is hitting my heart in Deuteronomy 30:10 says :

    ” If you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and TURN to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul”.

    The word turn really stands out to me . It means to repent, never go back , reject , hinder, repulse and hate the sin that is within us . It’s not a surface thing, the Lord was talking to me and saying it’s the deepest parts of your heart Mollie, those things that hold you back from entering into the fullness of his covenant that he has for me.

    I have turned away from the things the world once tried to hold me down with and I’m being challenged daily, weekly with the word of God through my pastors and desiring with my whole heart to be a lover of my God . I’m going after him and applying these teachings to my life . God is Love and I know that when I see the beautiful cross this day, what Jesus did for me, how can I not run to it and give him my life, my heart , my soul and tell the world what he has done for me . He died for me and chose to make me his daughter, that blows my mind .

    I can say this day I’m excited and there is a stirring in my heart to show the world , all those I encounter daily the Love that has been shown and given to me .
    Let’s take up our cross every single day UFC … It is finished !!! It’s time for us to give him back the Love he deserves ….

  387. What a message Pastor has given us today, Called to love. At the foot of the cross I died, and at the foot of that same cross I found love for the first time. Their’s no other place we can die, and then find the most amazing love. Through the words it is finished!!! Jesus has allowed each of us the opportunity to know this love. It’s through these messages I draw closer to my God.

    So I pray that each of us, being rooted and established in this love. May know this love that surpasses all knowledge.

    Art

  388. But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” – (1 Samuel 16:7)

    Just like a tree, man see’s only the surface. God see’s the root! Let us hold to the message from Sunday’s sermon. God is Love. Love came down. Love rose again. So open your heart to Jesus so that you may be ROOTED and ESTABLISHED in Love.

    1. 1 Peter 1:22
      “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”

      Through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, a way has been opened for us to purify ourselves through obedience to the truth, to the command … “love the Lord your God with all our heart, all of our soul and all of our mind, and love others as yourselves.” Praise God, that Jesus showed us the way of love by laying His life down in complete obedience, humility and oneness with the Father’s will.
      The love of God does not change. As Jesus demonstrated His sincere love for each of us through the cross, so we are called to love Him with HIS love by laying our lives down in complete obedience, humility and unity with the Father’s will, allowing the Holy Spirit to fill
      us with His love, and lead us daily for His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

      Thank you Jesus for showing us the way to love and to truly live!

  389. What an amazing day! A day of love for the Lord , what a overwhelming thought that while I was still a sinner Christ died for me. Being completely aware of who I am he pursued me.knowing that I am incapable of love he called me out to love him,knowing that I can never love him the way he requires without him. How awesome is the Lord!!!

  390. Phil. 2:3-Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others more than yourselves.
    As we have been learning about what true love really, I am reminded that Jesus Christ gave us the ultimate give of love by putting us before himself. He sacrificed himself unto death so that we could live! It being Valentine’s Day today, we look around and see what the world portrays as love…lots of candy, hearts and flowers! The love that the world knows is conditional and temporary. But the love that was given to us upon that cross is true and perfect love! It never lets us down and it never fails!
    We have an opportunity to love others how Jesus loves us! Let us stomp on fear, rejection…whatever the things that hinder you from showing others the love of God this day! No need to worry about ourselves…Matthew 6:33- But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

  391. This week The Lord reminded me that the world is a wicked and adulterous place. There is a great deal of distraction readily available to satisfy your heart’s desire. I have been asking myself, what is my heart’s desire?

    As we studied how Moses instructed the Israelites before entering the promised land, we read how he warned against foreign gods, and against merging in. The Lord told Moses to remind them about their own rebelliousness. I realized that their heart’s desire was exposed. They were not loyal to the God who saved them and they were easily lured to abandon the God of their salvation from Egypt. I was so convicted because I realize that Jesus saved me.

    I may not have built a golden calf, but idols come in many forms. I was led repentance, to search my heart’s desire and to remember what The Lord saved me from. I am here to worship The Lord Jesus Christ who saved me from slavery to this world. I was called out of a life of depravity and into an everlasting kingdom!

    My week was completely different, new and amazing!

  392. “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.”
    ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭4:7-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    This verse really hit me because we have been called to live a life of holiness just as Pastor has been putting forth that word, to love the things that God loves,and spit upon the things that he hates. That benefits how to live in this life and the life to come.

    “Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
    ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭4:15-16‬ ‭NIV‬‬.

    This word puts into perspective how important it is to live a godly life.That obedience will save not only me,but others.Living in obedience causes a reaction. It is my prayer that that reaction would increase in my life.

  393. Grace..we know it as the unmerited favor of the Lord. What does that mean? It is, only, the Lord opening our eyes to see our sin. To bring us back to him, not continuing in the same patterns. But, truely, truely, getting to know Him for who he is, and understanding what he hates. We are a wicked, stubborn people, and if we think differently, we have fallen short of that grace. Acts 7:51 He supplies this grace abundantly. Not to be used and taken advantage of. His grace saves. His grace is sufficient. We learn who He is in this grace, and we can enter the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time. Hebrews 4:16. Search our hearts so ours eyes can be opened to what hate and what you love. Gratefully yours. You stand alone mighty mighty king!

  394. We truly serve the Most High and AWESOME God!
    “Intimate”…. I heard that word time and again but never had it hit me so hard as when I heard it on Thursday evening.
    It revealed to me the way I’ve been walking with Jesus. I’ve been walking with Him but missing the purposeful meaning of a deep personal relationship with Him. The way a person who falls in love gets to know their partner. How am I to get married and NOT know everything about my partner? It just will not work!
    I thank the Lord my God for reveling this to me. In it, once again, He shows HIS Love and what He wants from me. Not only me but what He desires from all His children. This is the scripture I was brought to while I was praying;

    Galatians 2:20
    20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

    Now that’s intimate! That’s LOVE! That’s God! Now it’s time my faith rises, and my heart goes deeper to it’s owner, Jesus Christ!
    His Love is my strength and keeps me moving towards Him! Now it’s time to get “Intimate”.
    What an awesome time to be alive….like in the song, “forever I am changed” Amen!
    Thank you God. Hallelujah!

  395. 2Corin.3:18- SO ALL OF US, WITH UNVEILED FACES, SEE AS IN A MIRROR THE GLORY OF THE LORD, & WE ARE BEING CHANGED INTO HIS VERY IMAGE, FROM ONE DEGREE OF GLORY TO THE NEXT, BY ADONAI, THE SPIRIT.

    Pastor’s message on Sunday challenged me to gain new spiritual eyesight! I have been crying out to “see” & understand in the spirit to enable me to spit upon evil. Jesus said in Matt.5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” are those believers who have an undivided heart to obey His commands out of love, not obligation. I praise God that He has changed my desires to become His desires! By the power of the Holy Spirit, when I read the Word it becomes a mirror to not only show me my sin, but to destroy these enemies of my soul that spit upon God’s goodness & grace to me! Moses pleaded with God to “show me Your glory”…Moses (under the law) did not have the Holy Spirit to reveal the glory of Jesus–Moses could only experience it when God called him into His presence.

    As the offspring of Abraham, we can now receive the mighty power of the promised Holy Spirit to be partakers of His holiness. Jesus said, “I only do what I SEE my Father doing”. Our new eyesight will also cause us to persevere to spit upon any obstacle that rises against us as we manifest the power of the Gospel & the character of Jesus to the world.

    Heb.12:28 – LET US HAVE GRACE TO SERVE GOD ACCEPTABLY WITH REVERENCE & GODLY FEAR. We are destined to LIVE in the glory . The victorious church of the Lord Jesus Christ demonstrates the victory of His death, burial & resurrection to those “sitting in darkness”….a light to the gentiles. Praise the Name of Jesus!

  396. Remember, Remember, Remember…..that is a constant command in Deuteronomy.
    While visiting patients this week, one woman began telling me her story about how her life got out of control. Darkness broke in the room when I heard myself say ” you can’t handle life without Jesus Christ and you sure can’t handle death without Him”. How foolish is the heart of man that thinks he can do anything without the Lord. How abundantly blessed we are when He graces us to see truth through His word, the Holy Spirit and the teaching we receive.
    Remember, Remember, Remember…..”There in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your family shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you.” (Deut 12:7)
    My, what an incredible God we serve!

  397. “You hem me in- behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is to wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” Psalm 139:5-6

    And Jesus said, “I have given them eternal life… no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:28

    Today, I heard the command, “open up.” I remembered we talked last night at bible study about the Lord desiring to go to the deepest places in our soul… To dwell inside of us, but how we so often defiantly put walls up. The word says- open up you ancient gates, open up you ancient doors and let the King of glory in!

    Tonight, God opened up my heart with His mighty hand, and I was overwhelmed by His goodness and my sinfulness before Him. Getting the slightest glimpse of His goodness in my life is knowledge that is too wonderful, too lofty for me to attain!

  398. The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3

    I praise God today for his everlasting love and for his goodness and kindness! How can I ever repay you Lord? With a thankful and obedient heart! Oh what manner of love is this that we should be called sons and daughters of God! Thank you Lord, thank you for your everlasting love!

  399. “Remember today that your children were not the ones who saw and experienced the discipline of the Lord your God: his majesty, his mighty hand, his outstretched arm; the signs he performed ….. But it was your own eyes that saw all these great things the Lord has done. – Deuteronomy 11:2-3; 7

    While reading Deuteronomy I was thinking about what a responsibility we have as believers. God has commanded us (commissioned us) —We that have encountered the Living God to share who He is. We are called to share not in words, but in action – demonstrating His Word’s transforming power in our lives.

    Just like the healing of the blind man that Pastor Janeth preached about on Sunday… If God has opened my eyes then I SEE Him. I see my state compared to a Mighty God, His commands, & more importantly His heart. I see who I was and the hand of God in my life. The song “Amazing Grace” has taken an even deeper meaning in my heart: “I once was blind, but now I see!” Thank you Lord!

  400. This week’s sermon on Jesus healing the blind man at Bethsaida really impacted my heart. The thing that stood out most to me was when Pastor Janeth said that our lives are meant to produce Godly offspring and train them up in the Lord. While reading in Deuteronomy this week, I saw that played out in 5:10, where God says that He will show “love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.” I am excited to, as Pastor said, spit on sin and darkness and get to know the Lord better, and train my future children to love the Lord, because He is God, and He is so good!

  401. Amen! As I was driving into work today listening to Deut. It stood out to me how many times it says obey the Lord’s commands and it will go well with you. And when it’s not specifically saying that it gives examples of how our land will prosper, our families will grow, we will have strength and victory over our enemies… If we love the Lord and obey his commands. I thought- all that is required is to keep my eyes on Jesus and follow what he tells me. Then I read Steph’s and Jessica’s posts and they encouraged me in the same thing!

    In a world where there is unrest, uncertainty, turmoil and churn… Peace is found when we do not look to the left or right but keep our eyes on Jesus and follow what he commands.

  402. Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. – 1 Corinthians 11:1

    You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. – John 15:16

    The past Sunday was so great and the truth that has remained with me all week is that we were born to bear fruit. That is our purpose in Christ. We are supposed to lead lives that reflect Him and the love He has graciously given us. He is all about love and we must be all about love. It starts in the home and then will spill out. I must SHOW who God is to my children. I must DEMONSTRATE Christ in what I do each day. This is how our children, our spouses and ultimately all those around us will come to know His love and who He is.

    Praise God He is giving us truth after truth so that we may be transformed and shine for Him!

  403. Pastor Janeth talked about the significance of Jesus spitting on the blind man’s eyes on Sunday. I thought it was interesting that the Priests back in the day would spit on all those who rebelled against God. They spit upon the sin. It was a sign of rebuke. Jesus was spitting on the blindness and sickness. It hit my heart. We have been learning about getting out of the boat of self and flesh, loving God and loving others. In Deuteronomy 7 God is talking to the Israelites about how they will overtake the promise land and the nations who live there. He specifically tells the Israelites “Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Utterly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart for destruction” (Deut 7: 26). When I was reading this verse I immediately was reminded of Jesus spitting on the man’s eyes and what that represents. My God has declared a covenant of love with me. I do not deserve it. There is nothing in me that God can look at and say because of her goodness I will make a covenant of love with her. It is simply because he is God and chose me. For that, I say to the Lord… I will not bring a detestable thing into my house, my body. But I will utterly abhor it, detest it, and spit upon it. I make a covenant back to you. I will love you with all my heart, soul, and strength. Your commandments will be impressed upon my heart. I will go out and be a living example of what your love looks like and what it can do… open the eyes of the blind.

  404. Deuteronomy 11
    11 but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven, 12 a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.

    As I looked at this scripture in verse 12 and saw “the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it” made me think of Jeremiah 1:12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.” – and it made me think how the promised land is His word……and then I thought of His promises to me and it really rocked me that “I have been in His promised land”—because if we possess the Living Word and IT possesses us we would have to be in the promised land.

  405. I am thankful for the commands of God. I am thankful that He commands me each day to bring Him glory, that He commands me to move or not to move, to speak and when not to speak. I am thankful that whenever He commands me, I know that I know that I know, that the fruit of my obedience to that command will be abundantly blessed. No matter what the command may be, if I obey, I know that I am in victory and it will bear much fruit. There is so much peace when we obey and follow the Lord, as He has called us to. Thank you Lord for your command! Here I am God, come to do your will.

    Haggai 2
    4 Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the LORD, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the LORD Almighty. 5 ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’

    19 Is there yet any seed left in the barn? Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit.
    “‘From this day on I will bless you.’”

    1. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

      Steph,
      When I read your post, I immediately thought about this scripture that the Lord had given me but I had the hardest time remembering where I had seen it! It carries the same message that you shared. God will guide us in all things. We hear the command throughout our day because God is teaching us his ways, leading us into holiness, and keeping our feet from getting caught in any trap. We do not rely on our own understanding to navigate through life, because we are so limited. We don’t know what the future holds, we don’t know what other people are thinking, and sometimes we cannot grasp the possible consequences of our decisions. Not to worry!!! God Does!!! When He sees me looking in the wrong direction he says, “Jessica, this way, this is the way. Now walk in it.”
      We are called to live in this life supernaturally. Not doing the things that make sense according to worldly principles, but taking the time to hear where the Lord leads. I truly believe that this is the way to succeed in God’s kingdom, and by default makes you successful in the world.

  406. God really been talking to me and reminding me about pastor’s teaching about stepping out of the boat. I know for me stepping out the boat is rising up and stepping up from being a boy to being a man. God is calling me to move, speak and trust him truly no matter the situation or circumstance. It time to demonstrate and move through God.

  407. Deuteronomy 5:2-6:

    2 The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. 3 It was not with our ancestors that the Lord made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today. 4 The Lord spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain. 5 (At that time I stood between the Lord and you to declare to you the word of the Lord, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said: 6 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

    Reading this verse really shows the Lord’s heart in wanting a relationship with His people by specifically calling out to each person individually and reaffirming that they were in covenant with Him and that God’s presence and influence in the lives of their ancestors, (the glorification of God) didn’t just end with their ancestors but continue on with them and so on.

    God wants the relationship, the loyalty, the holiness of His people to be made known to everyone and throughout time, throughout the generations. It encouraged me to see my purpose for The Lord more clearly and really reminded me of Sundays’ sermon where Pastor Janeth spoke about how the true purpose of the Christian is to produce fruit for God.

    He wants to transform my life, and the life of the generation after me, and all generations following. Generations that would glorify Him in every aspect of their lives and honor Him in all they do.

  408. This morning I woke up with this verse on my heart:

    “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

    I set my heart, mind, and soul on the Kingdom of Heaven this day. I think and acknowledge God for He is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy!!! Glory to God in the Highest!

  409. Just want to praise God today for the journey he has each and every one of us on! I am reminded of how much He loves us while reading Deuteronomy. He continually reminds us… 6:24 “The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.” It’s like he can’t say it enough! He wants us to obey and fear Him so that we may prosper to glorify His name. He wants the very best for us, just like a parent wants for their child. He’s just amazing!

  410. He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. -Duet 8:15

    But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. It is a land your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end. -Duet 11:11-12

    The two lands described above completely contrast one another. The land God brought His people into looked nothing like the land they came from.

    This reminds me of the hope of salvation… The old is gone, the new has come. It’s so encouraging to know that no matter how dry and thirsty, venomous and dreadful our lives may be at the start of our journey with Christ, He leads us through and provides water and manna (word and spirit) at every step, into a place where we drink new wine (joy) from heaven and enjoy perfect union with the Father as we bear the abundant fruit of His love.

  411. Yesterday at the Elementary Youth Group we had such a sweet time in worship with the Lord. We had the kids just lay before God and let him speak to them . I can say I felt his presence , the shalom (peace) of God come into the room and touch every single one of them. I know they had been running and going all day at school , we played a few games and when it came time to worship God , they got excited and were able to really just settle their hearts, minds, and just focus on what God wanted to speak to the hearts of his kids . When I asked them if they felt the sweetness of God’s presence, they all said “yes”.

    I looked up at one point and saw one of the kids Laying face down on the floor with his hands raised up and his face to the floor I know God was speaking to him about his worship . It was so awesome , really touched my heart to see these young kids desiring to worship God in their own way, and start to really understand what having a relationship with Jesus really is meant to look like .

    What joy God takes in when his little ones come to know him at such young ages . My heart is filled with the thankfulness , joy , and excitement this day for how he changing , moving in the hearts of his children .

    “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it”. Proverbs 22:6 NKJV

  412. Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. Genesis 1:11

    From the beginning, God establishes the laws of nature. This law of reproduction in plants applies to humans as well. God commands Adam and Eve to be “fruitful and multiply!” As Christians we are commanded to bear fruit, the fruit of our own kind. The scriptures frequently compare man to trees as pastor recited several examples in service…. “oaks of righteousness planted for the splendor of the Lord.” The fruit that I bear will truly show what kind of tree I am.
    What a testimony for my parents Pastors Jerry and Janeth, that my sister and I love God. Not just spoken with words, but with action and power, we both live our lives in the knowledge of the Holy One. That testimony testifies to the kind of trees pastors are.

    I encourage each and every one of you who have children of your own to see the simplicity of this message which I received from service. If you love God, your children will love God. If you honor God, your children will honor God. If you bless His name, your children will also, and if you serve him only, they too will have devotion to one.
    As we often say, “an apple tree can only produce apples, and a banana tree can only produce bananas.”

    How God brings such wisdom to the simple like me : )

  413. I thank the Lord for the challenge that has been brought to me through the recent teachings and sermons . I can say God has stirred the waters in the depth of my heart and is continuing to do so as I’m going after him. I will not relent until I come into the fullness of what he has for me and I bear that fruit which he has promised for my life.

    When we touch Jesus and really receive the word, put it into action, that is the faith that causes us to believe which is OBEDIENCE unto the father .

    Deuteronomy 6:4-9
    ” Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments I give you today are to be on your hearts . Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates”.

    We have a command from God to love him , speak of all the good things that he has done , is currently doing, and what he is going to accomplish in the future. I love this chapter because it mentions the word command about six or seven times . It’s so evident that God is making a strong point in what he commands shall be done .
    I’m excited and asking daily for that new command so that I may Love him the way he deserves and move into my calling . When he speaks I must listen , do , and obey that is relationship with the almighty King !!

    I’m looking to touch the hem of his garmet and be empowered ONLY to serve in his kingdom . What an honor and privilege it really is to be the chosen one of God . Thankfulness has come into my heart in such a new way recently .

  414. Praise God for His Super Bowl in His Church today! Jesus Touched down today for us/In me. He did a touch down in my heart and mind. Pastor Santiago’s message was so significant from the book of Mark 8:23. Jesus healing the blind man, One of the things that was really real to me and I kept thinking about was when Jesus prayed for the blind man and after the second time he prayed for him, jesus sent him home but told him to not go back into the village. As pastor Janeth explained to us today, Jesus had to take the blind man out of the village and Keep him out for good because he didn’t want the man to go back with the crowd where he had been blind (Bethsaida) an unbelieving town. Today I feel and see how The Lord touched us and brought us out of those towns where we have been blinded in for a long time…All fears, unbelief , all forms of rebellion, enticements of good things and bad things, lawlessness, and all that has kept us from the fullness of Christ in us, he has touched us and we touched Him! and now He says “Don’t even go into the village” we are healed !! to serve Him, to love Him, to Praise Him, to adore Him, to be undivided anymore, to hate what He hates, and love what He loves, to be vessels of His Spirit and His Truth, healed to reproduce the Fruit of Love for God, in ourselves, our houses and children first and then all those around us! The fruit of holiness= to love what He loves, to hate what he hates. Today I am so grateful that I got to spit on some sins in my own heart in my children and got restored to My Father in Heaven !! All Glory and Honor to Yahweh

  415. Thursday night’s message really helped me see how I have been when relating to others. I have always been concerned about what to say or what not to say but I see it is about the love of God compelling us to touch others. I have been meditating on John 15:16-17 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you. “This I command you, that you love one another.” Love is an action it is not a performance. If He has chosen me and appointed me than I just have walk in His love and He will take care of the rest. Yesterday I was able to make some connections with people God put on my heart and it was freeing. I believe this is only the beginning!! Praise God!! John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

  416. Good morning,
    As I awoke this morning I had an overwhelming memory of what Christ Jesus has done for me. With this also came a song of His tremendous bravery and committed that was rooted in love.
    As I celebrated my birthday yesterday in the presence of God with my family I was reminded that 3 years ago I was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer and should have died. But God in His great love and mercy called Pastor Janeth to have all the men of the church pray for me to be healed, and by God’s great mercy He did!! I just celebrated another birthday because of the love and mercy of Jesus Christ and our loyal Pastors. I have been given an opportunity to serve God! I just want to say thank you to all of UFC church and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am here today to tell you He did change everything and gave me thankfulness! I am overwhelmed by His great love and mercy and the powerful obedience of Pastor Janeth and Jerry to do what God has commanded as they were compelled by the love of Jesus Christ and for all God people.
    Hebrews: 12:1-3
    Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
    The Lord put this Word in my heart as if He was calling me to be as brave as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For it is written of and we are eye witnesses to the greatest love of all that was demonstrated by God in Christ, our Pastors, and now we see it in the church. I know God will increase His love in His church simply because it is His church and we are thankful enough to want to please our Father and do His will. He saved my life, my family and has changed hearts and minds that desire to love God and one another. He does loves us through everything to show the incomparable riches of His mercy. The mercy that makes me thankful enough to live for Him. As Pastor Janeth and Jerry teach and preach that if we “fix our eyes on Jesus” our faith will without doubt increase and we can love God and others as He has loved us.
    And we can demonstrate the love of God to those who are just like we were before Pastors led us to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is time to lead by example, by the power of God’s love just as we were led. The mercy of God is love, and His name is Jesus Christ!
    Blessings to all who love the Lord Jesus Christ.

  417. Pastor Janeth’s Thursday night teaching was powerful. It left me thinking about James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

    Jesus becomes tangible to the people around us when the Word becomes living and active in our own lives. We demonstrate the Word by what we do and how we act, not by what we say. That’s when love is truly an action. It will cause us to move outside of yourselves, our comfort zones, and our comfortability. Only then will the scriptures come alive in our lives where we become the hands and the feet of Jesus.

    Matthew 25:35-40 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

  418. Pastor’s sermon on Sunday and teaching on Thursday so beautifully defined what it means to be a Christian. It doesn’t take faith to read the Word or speak about the Word…but it does take faith to BE the Word in action! To live obediently to the voice of Christ IN the Word ensures a life that bears fruit in every season. Fruit that lasts! I was reminded of how Jesus commanded the disciples to feed the 5000, as Pastor mentioned on Sunday. We know how the people being fed responded—that Jesus was made for them—but the disciples responded with obedience—made for Jesus. They took their baskets with such a small amount and started to hand the food out to the people. The food didn’t multiply instantly, producing tons of food all at once, but the miracle happened as they faithfully obeyed and gave out from their baskets. I was thinking all week that we have something so much greater in our baskets…the fruit of the Spirit—the first of which is love…which truly was what motivated Jesus in the first place to feed the enormous crowd with so little.
    The command of God is to love Him and to love others as we have been loved by Him. If that love stays in the basket (heart) and is not demonstrated from my life to God and others, that fruit will rot and be wasted. But just as the fish and loaves freshly reproduced as they were given out in faith, so too the fruit of love in our baskets will be replenished fresh— in seeking Him on how to invest this fruit of love and then moving… never giving this fruit a chance to sit in the basket to rot, but instead- putting faith in action we will produce a crop of love in every season, fruit crops that will not perish, but becomes 30 times, 60 times, 100 times greater than what we started with, simply by giving it away!
    Incredible! What compares to the Kingdom of God!

  419. Pastor Janeth gave an incredible teaching of the true gospel at bible study. These are questions I’m reflecting on…
    Is Jesus tangible to others through me?

    Can I say to others… watch me, do as I do, follow me as I follow Christ?

    Who are the people I need to sow into?

  420. I praise God for what He has been speaking, specifically about love. The Lord is redefining what love is for me – revealing the heart and the selflessness that love requires… everything Christ displayed for me and all that He asks of me so that I can truly be someone that demonstrates how great His love is.

    In 1 John, it says that anyone who obeys His Word, that is who loves Him. Not hearing the Word, but doing it. Lord, you are teaching me what it truly is to walk in love. Even in these last couple of days, you have led me into conversations and relationships with people that needed Your comfort at just the right time. I know there is so much more. Let me be one that displays Your love through my life every day!

  421. “What an awesome God we serve”!! I am so thankful to Jesus for calling me out of the kingdom of darkness and calling me instead into His “kingdom of light” and now the LORD is calling me to “STEP OUT”. Through the sermon last Sunday and the teaching Thursday night, the Lord has taught me that faith equals obedience and that obedience equals stepping out of that boat and He has lead me to Genesis 6:22 which reads (Noah did everything just as God commanded Him) so by Noah obeying God and doing everything that God commanded Him to do, him and his family was saved, Noah stepped out in faith through obedience! So faith does come by obedience and when we obey Jesus when He calls us out He increases and builds our faith and trust in Him that much more and when we step out in faith the Lord will make the impossible possible (Matthew 19:26) He will also do among us signs, wonders and miracles and after Jesus does this what else can we do for God but thank Him and build altars for Him just as Noah did after He stepped out of the boat (Genesis 8:20)!!!!

    All I want now is to be used by God for His kingdom and Glory! I understand that I was not saved just to be saved, but saved to be used to save others from the wrath of God and I was blessed to be a blessing to others. Gods kingdom is a kingdom of selflessness so it’s not about the job, the money, the car, the house or going to school but it’s all about the kingdom of God which is an everlasting kingdom and the kingdom of this world (satan) which is contrary to the kingdom of God will perish!

  422. Deuteronomy 4:11-14

    “11You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain while it blazed with fire to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness. 12Then the Lord spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice. 13He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets. 14And the Lord directed me at that time to teach you the decrees and laws you are to follow in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”

    Yesterday’s bible study was great. This verse really touched me and as I was reading it, I thought a lot about a sermon from a couple of months ago where the message compared obedience to the Lord like the way we would change the side of the road we drive on in another country. The lessons, commandments and values that we are being taught are for a new land, a new life we are journeying into to possess. It’s not for the same one. Furthermore, it’s for another purpose. I pray that God’s word would reign in His people, in His church so that the world could see His love through us and He would be glorified.

  423. I’m so excited for how The Lord is calling me out of the boat. In the last week, Jesus has had me pray with someone in my neighborhood, telling him of the God of all hope and all that the Lord has done for me. I watched as tears welled up in his eyes as we shoveled his walkway together and I know he touched Jesus that day. At work, the Lord had me defend someone who was being treated unfairly and we ended up talking about Jesus, and I know she also touched God that day because she said that sometimes she feels unworthy and I told her that God told me to defend her and she had the biggest smile on her face for the rest of the day. I’m realizing that it’s not about saying the perfect words or even having the perfect verses, but being willing to step out, take risks, and being just a vessel of the Lord and His love.

  424. James 2:14-18
    14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

    After Thursday night group last night I really began to see what being a Christian really is. For so long I’ve always seen it in a way that you need to TELL people about what God can do and SPEAK about our Gods love; but it is so much more than just the things you can say. We need to be living examples of God’s love. There is a big difference in saying to someone, “Hey guys, God and Jesus love you.” With no context or example what does that really mean to someone? Not much. It’s just words really. But what if we became the example of God’s love? That’s what stepping out in faith is. Jesus was the ultimate example of putting others above himself. Jesus was with God during the creation of the Earth, but still he was humble enough to wash the disciples feet. He helped the poor and the broken. He was a man of action!

    But then how can we think we can please God without action? God’s Kingdom is here and now today but how can the Kingdom move forward without any action. Spouting verses upon verses like a rambling gong and saying Christian clichés at someone has never helped anyone. That is just cold dead religion. Faith without action is dead. I think back the times our Pastors and leaders have taken us out to do something, taking care of us when we where in need, going out of their way to bless someone and expecting nothing in return.. that’s what God’s love is! We need to live our faith not just speak it! That’s what makes it real and not just religion. People will easily forget rambling the words you speak to them about your faith, but If you live it by selflessly laying down your life for someone; that is something no one could ever forget. That is how people see God’s love.

  425. Deuteronomy 6:12 “be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”

    I never want to forget you Lord. You have been so merciful, so faithful, so compassionate, so patient, so kind, so loving …. the list could go on and on. The Lord has done so much for me and He has been with me ALL of my life. He has shown me the ways He has saved me and watched over me through the course of my life. The Lord has said to me that in all the ways that He has been there for me, I am called to be there for those in my life. I will never forget what you have done for me God and I will live my life to be your hands to serve, feet to go, mouth to speak words of love and encouragement and shoulder to cry on. You have so powerfully blessed me in my life now it is my time to bless you!! Bless the LORD oh my soul, Bless the LORD!

  426. Both of the teachings by Pastor Janeth this week, on Sunday and part two last night, have been amazing and life changing. Jesus is calling us out of the boat, just as He called Peter out of the boat. I know that for so long I have wanted to be comfortable and not step outside of that. But by being obedient and stepping out of the boat in faith, Peter’s life was changed forever, and so were the lives of the men on the boat. They knew that they could do whatever Jesus commanded them to do with faith, and that when they called on Him to rescue them, He would do so! I will be obedient to what God calls me to do and step out of the boat, even if it doesn’t fully make sense. Last night was amazing, as the Lord called for everything that we have of ourselves to fall off. God has begun to give me a strategy and change the way my days go. And the realization and understanding of us demonstrating Jesus to the world, as it was spoken last night, truly changed my perception. We can tell people all kinds of things about God’s character, but if they have never seen it demonstrated, they can’t understand. I pray that I would demonstrate God’s love to the fullness! Thank You, Jesus!

  427. “…Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.” – Isaiah 12:4-5

    Lord, You are good. This morning You woke me up with a song: “Your Love never fails!” As I’m watching the snow come down this morning, it is blanketing everything. No sooner have I shoveled the walkway or cleaned off my car and again it is already covered. Oh Lord, how You lavish Your Love on Your children. You have blanketed me in Your Love & Truth. Your Word has protected and guarded me. I want the world to know: How GREAT is MY God!

  428. Deuteronomy 4:7
    What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him?

    What an incredible teaching last night on Deuteronomy!

    God wants to be near his people. He wants to touch his people and make himself known.

    Lord Jesus, thank you for all the people that you have used in my life to be your voice, hands and feet so that I can know you.

    Lord make me your hands so you can touch someone through me this day, make me your voice so that someone can hear you through me this day, and make me your feet so that you can draw near to someone through me this day and they can come to know you.

  429. Thank you Lord that you are a God that hears our prayers and delivers your people. Last nights part two on stepping out of the boat brought such healing to my heart, and deliverance to my mind. I can barely contain my joy! Seeking first his Kingdom is truly the only way to step out of the boat into the stormy seas. It’s not about me, what I am going through, or what is going to happen when I step out of that boat. If my eyes are on him and his Kingdom he will guide me over those deep waters and I will walk on that water. Jesus is able to pull someone out of hell, just like he pulled my very life and mind out of hell. He is looking for that one person who he can use as his hands and feet to do it. Not in religion, but by others seeing our relationship with the Lord and our love for others. Lord where you go I will go. What you say, I will say. Stepping out of the boat, into the waters TODAY, and keeping my eyes on you!!! The Author and Finisher of my Faith!!

  430. Sunday’s sermon was such a blessing from The Lord. I can say that this past week was becoming very challenging emotionally for me, fears surfacing, and all kinds of arrows coming my way, juggling a new job, home, children along with my husband of course, and wanting to do the will of God in every aspect of it the Storm of all the what “if’s” began to hit because the only outcome there needs to be is to serve and please the Father thru Christ. The Lord reminded me of The Lord and Peter walking on water and Then The Lord confirms it this past sunday! what a beautiful account He gave us in This Word of how Peter so boldly called out to Jesus and went on to meet THe Lord in the storm by THe Lord’s command came to me.. Then Pastor’s sermon confirmed The Word! I will never grow more faith if I am not willing to step out believing and knowing that each time Christ is and will be in any situation He calls me to. That could be on the outside or weather he is showing something in my own heart. I could now identify the storm of the “what if’s” and fix my mind and eyes on the only prize that matters, to be and walk with Christ! I am now stronger in the storm and I bless our Lord for it!!

  431. When I was listening to the sermon this week, Pastor Janeth said something that hit my heart. We all say, ” I wish I had more faith.” That is so true. But the truth is that we know (or now we know after the sermon) how to build our faith…by OBEDIENCE! When the Lord commands us to do His will and we step out and obey, God always comes through and our faith grows. If we truly want to know God and serve Him with our whole heart, we must obey his commands, even in the trials. This is not an option. And our reward is knowing the one and only true God who gives peace and joy that surpasses all understanding.

  432. Colossians 3:1 Since, then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above not on earthly things.

    I have been in Colossians a lot this week and this verse reminded me of Peter. When he called out to Jesus, his eyes were on the Author and Perfecter of his faith. He called out to Jesus in expectancy. As he stepped out of the boat and walked on the water he could see things from a a whole different perspective then those in the boat. He was strengthening his spiritual eyes. In the sermon Pastor Janeth said that faith is a process, so every time we say “command me” and we listen and OBEY, He strengthens our eyes and brings us to a place that is only possible through Jesus.
    Lord, that I would lead a life pleasing to You, bearing fruit in every good work……those things which God has commanded me to do.