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  1. This past weeks service there was a video shown with some of the people from our Honduras family. There were pictures comparing them from when they first started coming to the church many years ago to what they look like today. They came in lost, broken, and hopeless. Today we can see in the pictures that they are not the same. The lord has totally transformed them and given them hope and a future! He didn’t do it because they were good or deserved it… the Bible says not one is good not one seeks after God. He did it for his glory and to show mankind his wonderful goodness. He did it to show them that in their world of violence and oppression and hopelessness that there is one that cares, there is one that sees, there is one that has the power to change our lives and circumstances! His name is JESUS CHRIST… the one and only son of the living GOD ALMIGHTY.. the ruler of heaven and earth, the great sovereign I AM!!

    Why???…So we would be able to demonstrate to others the victory and hope of a life lived by a relationship with God our father in heaven that began with him sending his son to make a way for us to have a great life here on earth today as well as eternal life with him! Not only that but, that we walk in the power and will of God and give to others what has been given to us.

    I went over there to Honduras with many odds against me physically with a very compromised immune system but, knew I had to go and believed that whatever came up God was bigger! I got sick on the plane ride over there. I had no medicine and was very concerned that It would get in the way of the Lords work. I threw my hands up and said to the Lord “ you have to heal me we don’t have time for this!” My lungs were closing and I was wheezing a lot. Pastor layed hands on me and we all prayed for the day and my lungs. Only 5 hours later every symptom that was there was GONE! That has never ever happened for me before! The truth is I usually get bronchitis or pneumonia! Not only was I healed but, we have been home several weeks and a lot of people who go on an intense trip like that get rundown or sick. I haven’t even gotten a cold or anything!! The word says seek ye first the kingdom of god and ALL things will be added unto you!!

    I have to say as one who was so beyond broken and hopeless because I could not and would not give up my way of doing things and way of thinking because it was how I survived for so many years…that God In his mercy and his infinite love through my Pastor, who is my teacher, leader, guide, disciplinarian, friend, confidant, … simply a mother to me would not relent and because of it he has become my salvation!!

    He is the God of the impossible!! He is the God who breaths life into the dead and calls things that are not as though they are!!!
    I love you lord Jesus with all my heart!

  2. The past couple of days I have been singing the song ” This joy that I have the world didn’t give it to me, the world didn’t give it, the world can’t take it away”. It’s just in my heart and when I think about all that God has done in my life it truly is a miracle. There was a time in my life where I was sad, and I didn’t laugh much, but today I have joy , laughter, praise, singing, shouting, rejoicing in my heart for how this loving God has come and rescued me from the world. He has brought me into the greatest place which is his kingdom that will last forever!!!

    Psalm 126

    When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem,
    it was like a dream!
    We were filled with laughter,
    and we sang for joy.
    And the other nations said,
    “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.”
    Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us!
    What joy!
    Restore our fortunes, Lord,
    as streams renew the desert.
    Those who plant in tears
    will harvest with shouts of joy.
    They weep as they go to plant their seed,
    but they sing as they return with the harvest.

  3. This verse in 1 Timothy really hit me this week and I thought of it again during Pastor’s sermon:

    “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”
    – 1 Timothy 6:17

    Living in America we have so many earthly riches: jobs, cars, houses, just stuff. However, a heart that is truly connected to the Living Tree – to Jesus – realizes that EVERYTHING is provided for by the Lord. God is an amazing Lord and Father… He cares and provides to the smallest detail – even our enjoyment!

    Jesus, you are my hope. You are my source of life, of breath, of peace… even what I enjoy day to day. Praise you Lord!

  4. This morning I heard birds outside my window chirping. Although the days have been long and cold it was like the sound of hope outside, that spring will eventually be here. Just like the birds brining hope of spring this weeks reading in 1st Timothy and our Bible Study have been bringing hope into my life.
    But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
    1Timothy 6:6-8.
    There have been times in my life where I have had a lot of money and things. Yet they weren’t fulfilling. It was as if I always wanted and needed more no matter what I had. All the money and things couldn’t bring me peace and my soul couldn’t find rest or contentment. It was only when the Lord came into my life that I actually found peace and rest. As I went on the Honduras trip I was reminded of that. I saw many people who were content with just food, and clothing. Yet they were the most joyful people I have ever seen, because they have come to know Jesus. I can testify that things are nice, but nothing can compare to knowing the Lord. The things we attain in this life, jobs, houses, cars, etc. are only temporary but the things done for God and his kingdom are eternal. I have true peace in Jesus and am so thankful that he has opened my eyes to see where true joy is found. For me that is more precious than gold, or anything else this world has to offer. Thank you Lord for your faithfulness and kindness to me. You are the precious treasure I have found!

  5. I just wanted to thank God for a new position at my job and how he has blessed me. I never understood the verse below about garments of praise but God is revealing what they are…

    to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
    -Isaiah 61

    It is the praise and thanksgiving toward God that comes from my heart and surrounds me like a covering. It protects me from the bitter cold of always focusing on the negative things in life or of my past.

    The garment of praise is not positive thinking or an emotional state but is as real as a sweat shirt that I pull over my head. It is the priestly robe that shows all how I have been set apart to fulfill my purpose of worshiping God.

    I am understanding how the garment of praise is what should be visible first, like how you can see an officer’s uniform before you can see their face…always displaying gratefulness toward God.

    I just keep thinking of how I put on clothes everyday and that God has done so much that I should literally be covered in thanksgiving from head to toe…each blessing, victory, or deliverance a layer on my body that says God is so wonderful, displaying his splendor.

  6. I’m so excited to share what the Lord was showing me this week. As I watched the rain pouring down yesterday he began speaking to me about how he is watering the land, he is pouring out the rivers of living water to hydrate and bring new life into all those places that have been dry and dead for such a long time. He was showing me that it is our hearts that need to be revived and reminding me about the sermon this past week where Pastor Janeth was talking about being those fountains of living water.

    He led me into John 4:13-14 it says “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
    The word “welling up” hit my heart and I heard the Lord say “leaping up”. I looked it up and it means: to jump, or spring a long way, to a great height or with great force; to show agility. I was excited because the word of God brings me such joy, hope, expectation, life, truth, guidance, direction, and will never return void. He is speaking and I’m so thankful that my ears are open to hear his voice, his word, and what he wants to say. What a miraculous time for the church!!

  7. God is always moving! This past week God show me a valuable lesson. God showed me and taught me to never give up, to always be persistent and to always fight for what God has for me you. A situation (trial) came up where I almost gave up. I really was going to settle with the decision that was made and just move on, but the Lord had a different plan. The moment I started knocking and working on it while being persistent God started to open the door. God’s favor and hand was in it. It felt like God was waiting on me to move and to believe, and the moment I did every obstacle that I was facing wasn’t an obstacle anymore. God came through like he always does and everything worked out just as God planned.
    I almost gave up on my destiny, my calling and my blessing from God and that would have been a shame. I learned that man or the enemy couldn’t stop God’s plans, his Word don’t come back void, and to always continue to fight for what you believe in. I’m thinking of the past Sunday sermon where Pastor talked about the third well and how Isaac was persistent and didn’t give up on his destiny since he was on a mission. I could relate to that since I experienced something kind of like that this past week week .
    God is good and it’s blowing my mind! Each week God is always moving from glory to glory!
    Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
    11 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.

  8. Two weeks ago I had the privilege of attending Tuesday night prayer. It was the night before the team was to begin their journey to Honduras. We began to pray that the winds would subside so that the plane would not only be able to take off, but to land safely as well. As we began to pray I was seeing a paper airplane blown by God, land gentility into his hand and then land on the ground. I took it as reassurance that the team would land safe, and everything would be ok. I didn’t even think about it again until yesterday. As I was speaking with Mrs. Marlene, she began describing the plane ride from Honduras. She was telling me what should have been a rough landing, felt as though God had the plane in the palm of his hand. The gentile landing that never happens, happened! She described the joy that filled the team as they broke out in laughter. I am filling with joy at goodness, and faithfulness of God!

  9. This morning while spending time with the LORD he led me to Habakkuk 3:17-19 “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights…”

    This so encouraging! As we wait for our miracles, healings, & deliverances I t’s not about what we see. We walk by faith not by sight! 2 Cor. 5:7 Truly he (The Lord) does the impossible Luke 18:27 and he calling that which is not as though it should be. Rom. 4:17.

    Thank you Lord that we can rejoice! We can dance! We can sing while we trust in your perfect timing! This is a year of great expectation of all the Lord will do in our lives for his Kindgom. How he will work in us and through us! How awesome is the Lord’s perfect timing that he would send the missions team ahead of us to begin the great work he wants to accomplish here and in our beautiful family in Honduras!

  10. Great is The Lord and worthy to be exalted! Recently United Faith Church went on a missions trip to visit Iglesia Fe Unida in Honduras. Throughout this trip God brought healing and life, He demonstrated the power of His love, and established His purpose.

    To get to the church we passed by houses upon houses made up of no more than sticks and tin. I saw kids and families that were oppressed and without hope. But in the midst stands Iglesia Fe Unida. This house, although situated in a poor part of the country, is no ordinary house. When we entered into Iglesia Fe Unida we entered into the courts of The King and truly, there was no place else anyone would have rather been.

    In this house was the love of God. In this house was freedom and joy. The same people who used to be without hope, and scarce provision; were now rejoicing wildly and completely satisfied. The Lord upheld their case and now they are moving forward to bring that same love and justice to their surrounding communities.

    I am inspired having met our family in Honduras; and, I am humbled.

    I was humbled by the power of Gods love that transcended my understanding, language, and time. And I was humbled by what the Lord can do with a people that trust Him and serve Him only.

    I experienced the weapons and talents which God has blessed us with, be put into action. It was as though every breakthrough God had given me, every word of healing, every comforting embrace I’ve ever received from the Lord, literally multiplied and poured over unto the people around me. Whether we were worshipping or just hanging out, I saw the river of life flowing through the land and bringing life (Ezekiel 47:9).

    But there are still so many places in need of the river of life.
    We are called to overflow.
    John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
    We are called for such a time as this!

  11. I keep thinking about our trip to Honduras and I know there are some things that will not be the same for me ever again. Throughout the day they are on my heart and in my prayers. I find myself singing the songs we sang together as I am at work and home. I remember telling them we would not forget them because the Lord will not forget them. It’s true he is the one that has taken a heart that has always been about myself, and allowed it to care for others so deeply. I don’t think I will ever look at a water bottle the same way. As we went out for the day with the children the sun shined down, and I found myself really thirsty. After we walked them home and walked back to the Church I was parched. When I went in my bag to grab my large water bottle I was confused. When I left for the trip it was about half way full and when I returned it was filled to the top. I heard others in the room say the same thing. We found out that while we were gone not only were the ladies of the church preparing a meal for us but also filling up each of our water bottles with water we were able to drink. It was so thoughtful and kind knowing that just preparing a meal for us takes hours, due to the fact that they must sanitize everything before ever cooking it or we would be sick, since our bodies are not used to the foods there. It was that kind of selflessness that I can’t forget about now that I am home. I am humbled by what I have seen and also excited for what the Lord has for each of them. As we laughed and played games it didn’t matter that I didn’t know their language. The children were like my own children. They hugged us every time they saw us and we had fun whether taking a photo, playing softball or just hanging out. Jonathan reminded me of my sons. He was so inspiring to me, full of joy at all times, and as he worshipped I could see the Lords hand upon him. When I told him he reminded me of my boys he told me I was like a Mom to him. Only the love of the Lord could unite people in that way. He has grown up in the Church with his family and their lives have been transformed from when we first met them. I will never forget all of the miracles I have seen in our Church in Honduras. The verse I shared with one of the ladies is one of my favorites and I believe after going to Honduras it has new meaning to me. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24. He has made a difference in our Church in Honduras. He has proven his faithfulness to them and he has done such a wonderful thing! The Lord has done a mighty work there, in our Church, and in me! This is just the beginning!

  12. I was honored and blessed to be able to go to Honduras with our church last week to spend time with our church family over there, What an amazing journey the Lord took a group of us on together! It truly was miracle after miracle throughout the trip! Tears of joy and healing came down as the Lord united our hearts with our brothers and sisters and caused us to become so connected that we did not want to come back.
    I thought I was going to bless the people down there but it was quite the opposite…their love towards me melted my heart and God showed me his heart and how much he loves his people over there.
    I could see how difficult their everyday lives are and yet the Lord has set them apart and is prospering them in every way! A people that were once destitute and without hope are now blessing others with the same love and provision that the Lord used our church here to bless them with!
    I could see the tangible power of God In so many ways! The Lord began to speak to my heart and show me that there is so much more work that needs to be done in his kingdom and he was showing me that he and my Pastors need help! My own life had been a mess for so long I thought I had nothing to offer but now I can see that God has done amazing things in my own life and family and I can and will bring that same hope to others because that is what church is really all about!! Jesus came to defeat the power of the devil so that we can overcome… overcome what???
    Sin, darkness, poverty, oppression, heartache, brokenness, and sickness… whatever has held you back! When he does that then we can comfort others with the same comfort that he has given us!

    Isaiah 58:..says to
    Loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke!
    Is it not to share your food with the hungry and provide the poor wander with shelter? When you see the naked to clothe them , and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
    We will build up the ancient ruins and raise up the age old foundations; we will be called repairer of broken walls, restorer of streets with dwellings!

    We can’t do it but…
    We can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us!! Amen!!

    Thank you Lord for choosing me and thank you UFC for all the prayers and support for all of us that were blessed to go!😊 from my iPhone

  13. I know like I’ve never known before that: The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective –James 5:16
    God has moved powerfully during the mission trip to Honduras, and I am so excited to share what He has done! One day we gathered the children from their homes to meet together, worship the Lord, play games, and feed them. I was hiking up the mountain with these two 10 year old girls. We walked with our arms linked together. As we traveled they asked me if I could please tell them something in English…so I asked what they wanted me to say. Their answer: “A prayer! Say a prayer for us in English!” So I bent down near them, squeezed their hands, and prayed over their lives. When I was finished, I looked at them and their faces were radiant! They had the biggest smiles and their eyes were shining. They said “thank you thank you thank you!” and it was as if the greatest thing just happened…because it did.

    Prayer is powerful! We pray for our family in Honduras all the time, but it is so important to really know that it changes lives. It encourages, strengthens, protects, and lavishes love on a people surrounded by darkness. Being with our family in person was such a blessing and honor. To be able to hold their hands, demonstrate the love of God and unity through the spirit, worship, and work side by side for God’s kingdom was incredible! We left having brought everlasting hope to a people in despair, joy to a people surrounded by hate, and fire for the people of God to continue to rise both in Honduras and New Jersey!

    Though God broke chains, the work still continues. There are more lives to be transformed there and here, new ministries and callings that must be taken up, and new places to conquer for the kingdom of God! I encourage all to scroll down and read about the many miraculous things God has done and revealed to all who were called to go on this mission!

    Everything the Lord does is glorious and majestic, and his power to bring justice will never end! Psalm 111:3

  14. The God that we serve is amazing!! Just the way he has made an impact in our lives here he has done the same for the church in Honduras. Going to Honduras this time was exciting I couldn’t wait to see what God was going to do out there. This time around going out there, there was a connection to the people out there even though we haven’t seen them for 12 years it was like we were with each other everyday. The love that we had for one another was one that came from the Holy Spirit. They shared there lives with us and being a part of it was a humbling experience. Seeing the way that they handle there circumstances and how it doesn’t effect their hearts or desire for God is amazing.

    This has made an impact in my life that shows me how my family in Honduras have worse circumstances then me and seeing how they still serve God with all there heart. They don’t let it affect the hope that they have in God or let it take away there joy that he has given them and it is inspiring. God has put a new passion in the hearts of the people in Honduras along with the people who were blessed to go on the trip. It’s a new season and a time to see what the true meaning of being a Christian is to make a difference in people lives. Not worry about the things that mean nothing but worry about making a impact and spreading the love of God out.

  15. God is so amazing I was blessed to go to Honduras for a week with a group from the church . I am blown away how God moved throughout the whole Trip. God’s will was in this trip from the beginning to the end. The moment I met my brother and sisters in Honduras I felt the Love of the Lord and the Holy Spirit connected me to them. I️t felt like I knew them forever. I️t felt like I was at my family’s house. I️t felt like Home. Without knowing them personally and not speaking their language I felt like there was an instant connection, a relationship. I didn’t feel awkward or uncomfortable at all but it all felt so natural. I could just feel the Spirit moving and leading the way. I just knew we were called to be there. Only the Lord could do that. Going to Honduras and being used by God changed my whole life it changed my mindset I left there hungry for more and motivated like never before. Nothing can come close to doing God will nothing can compare to it .
    I’m starting to see the Big Picture I see why I was made and what my purpose in life it was privileged to be used in God Kingdom and seeking after the Lord with my brothers and sisters in Honduras. I’m excited to see what God is going to do this year with both of our churches. It just an exciting time we had our first Spanish service it was amazing God is moving I’m just happy to be part of it
    Thank you Jesus

  16. I have witnessed the miracle of God’s promises…a community changed and still changing! A people living in despair, broken and hopeless with hardly a covering over their heads have seen the love of God pour out through one faithful servant that said “yes, I’ll go Lord.” -So do not worry, saying “What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear? For pagans run after all these things and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.-Matthew 6. How could they ever come to trust God to provide if one who trusted never showed up? Romans 10 tells us “how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” Thank God for our Pastors who live their faith and encourage us to do the same. Lay down our lives for our brothers as Jesus did for us. Love transforms our hearts.

    It was a blessing for me to be able to go with the team to Honduras. One of the miracles that keeps playing over in my mind is this… The young man that leads the children has the love of God flowing through him and shining through his eyes. They light up when he sees the children and their eyes light up when they see him. He’s married now and has a great future in store for him. A miracle because I remember a picture of him as a little boy many years ago, hungry, no father and sad eyes…but now he knows God as his father and his feet are being called beautiful too. That is just one of many lives to touched me.

    God has a plan for his people, to prosper them, not to harm them, to give them hope and a future.-Jeremiah 29:11

  17. Hey All!!!,

    I’ve been so blessed these past couple weeks. The trip down to Honduras was in so many ways completely life changing. God is starting a new thing in our church with the unifying of the Church families both here and there. It was a common theme while we were down there to be saying that we are family, acting like we are family and truly feeling like we are family …. Like God has done this thing that we cant undo…. Its not ours to even do that, its above us and he has decreed that we would be united a family.
    There was one particular night that God showed me that this is his doing and it was the last night we were there, God was speaking to me about Psalm 133 earlier in the week and I wanted to share it with Javier. So as I shared what God had showed me, that the unity of God’s people was so ‘good and pleasant’ to David, that it reminded him of when Aaron was anointed as priest. The significance of that was that when Aaron was anointed there was now someone whose only purpose was to maintain relationship between God and His people, before Aaron this was a seldom filled role. This relationship (Between God and His people) was now going to flourish and grow in ways that it did not before. This is what unity among the people of God does, it brings Gods presence in new and unexpected ways! That night an anointing fell on their worship team, starting with Ronald and flowing out to all the rest of the members… I had no idea God was going to do that that night of all nights! It was such an awesome time and I know God is doing new things and that this is just the beginning!

  18. We are home from a powerful, and incredible missions’ trip to Honduras. What an honor and privilege it was to serve with Pastor Janeth and the team that the Lord put together in only a few days. The Lord made a way where doors were once shut. He moved mightily and broke through the old ancient ruins for our brothers and sisters! There is now new life, hope, joy, peace, laughter, and excitement of all that God has done, is currently doing, and is yet to come.

    We are truly United Faith and I saw firsthand with my very own eyes how powerful the testimony of many lives impacted others. There was a unity that occurred through the Holy Spirit with our team and our family in Honduras that nothing will ever be able to separate! The love of God is beautiful and the people there treated each one of us like their very own. Their hearts for God are so pure, for one another and for us were genuine. They demonstrated that same kindness, compassion, and love to each one of us from the moment we stepped foot in the church; they were so excited to see us. Seeing what they go through on a daily basis has transformed my entire life and I will never be the same. It has been several years since I have been to the church and to see the transformation in the lives of the children, men, woman is absolutely a miracle and the work of God. Thank you for all the prayers of the saints who made it possible for us to go and do the work of the Kingdom that God wanted accomplished for this time! What a joy it is to serve the people of God and bless them through his love that has no bounds.

    “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken”. Ecclesiastes 4:12

  19. Praise God the Honduras trip was truly a journey! The Lord broke chains over there and bonded us with our church family in a unique way that only God can do; through His Spirit! I was able to see firsthand how God’s plans truly are to prosper us (the church) and are victorious when He is the one leading it. Every step of the way from the initial traveling, through the daily agendas that were set, God navigated the group through it all and with testimonies to glorify Himself EACH DAY. God has opened my eyes to see the need of the church worldwide. The language you speak does not matter, or your background, or if you’re married or single, God MOVES in anyone willing to glorify Him and he did just that through our group; a body of believers who were from different walks of life but united in faith.

    The visit opened my eyes to see all the things that I have taken for granted in my life and really made me begin to re-evaluate what’s important and what isn’t. It showed me how being a part of the kingdom is about breaking chains in others’ lives and leaving a lasting impact that can change entire destinies. That is what God is calling me to and nothing else matters. Regardless of whatever else I may achieve in life, if I were to only achieve what God wants me to achieve, than I count it as the best thing I could ever do because it was for the glory of God!

    I encourage anyone who is reading this to ask about these trips as they are life-changing and the testimonies are valuable to the growth of the church of God and especially in America where we are taught to value such unimportant things.

    I was also so excited to see the start of the Spanish church this weekend! As I mentioned before, language does not matter when it’s the Spirit and God moved mightily last night. Praise God! He is moving!

  20. What an incredibly blessed trip we just had in Honduras!!! We are back and I know that I will never be the same. Our team is looking forward to sharing with each of you at our Sunday service about all of the amazing things God accomplished during this special trip, but tonight I just want to say that I cannot believe the contrast I see in the lives of the men, women, and children in Iglesia Fe Unida from when they first came to the church until now. I saw first-hand the power of God’s love through the diligent work of our pastors all these years, and I have never felt such unity in the Spirit right from the moment we greeted one another. It is evident that our church family in Honduras has been cared for physically, medically, emotionally, and spiritually, above and beyond.

    I am blown away that God called us to go to Honduras in the midst of such political turmoil, gang violence, and hurricane-force winds, and through the prayers of the saints, the hand of the Lord literally stopped the storm, and parted the way just in time for us to safely arrive, go up that mountain, and worship the most high God with our brothers and sisters!!! The Lord moved powerfully in our services, His presence was so strong. Many were set free and transformed!!!

  21. Thursday night I was headed out and I grabbed my UFC sweatshirt and when I put it on tears came to my eyes. For the first time I really saw the Iglesia Fe Unida on it differently than ever before. I had recently returned from a missions trip to Honduras that had changed my life forever. To see a people that treated me like family from the second I entered our Church there was refreshing after our long day of travel. They had fasted and prayed for our journey and received us with such love and joy that it overwhelmed me. The language barriers were broken as love breaks down all walls. As we worshipped our God together the Lords presence was so sweet and tangible. The bond we have together after all these years praying across the seas for each other is unbreakable. They are my family and they poured out their love on us each day. We laughed, played games, worshipped, heard the powerful word of God Pastor Janeth preached, and prayed together, United in Faith every step of the way! To watch the Church transformed from the time I first went there fifteen years ago was amazing! The young children that played on the concrete floor are now attending college and working towards careers and getting married. The entire place has been transformed with joy and laughter where there was once desolation and poverty. They have come to know the Lord as their Savior and he has rescued them from a life of sadness and hopelessness. It was amazing to watch them minister to the other two Church outreaches in El Pichete and Colonia 17. They minister to over a hundred children and as we spent the day with all of them, I saw the impact they are having on these precious lives for the kingdom of God. They minister to the children and feed them every week and take the very, very, long walk to go get them from places most people would never dare travel. The people in our Church in Honduras have changed and are now changing the people around them offering them the same Jesus that has rescued them! I cried many times during the trip. Tears of joy for all of the love we received, and all the lives I saw changed. Tears of happiness as our worship team rocked out with them and taught their worship team new songs as we all sang in unison together. Also tears of sadness as I reflected on my own selfishness and the life I have led. I saw the difference one person can make when they trust in the Lord for great things as Pastor Janeth has. The Lord has honored the fact that she was willing to leave the place that was comfortable and believe him as the God of the impossible and transform these lives. I want to do the same. I was asked what changed since I went to Honduras. ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!!!!

    Psalm 118:15-16 Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things! The LORD’s right hand is lifted high: the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!

  22. So I’m sick with the flu in bed, trying to rest and praising the Lord in my mind and I thought about all those that went to Honduras, I thought I should write something on the blog pertaining to Pastor Janeth and the team. All of a sudden Jesus said “You should!”. So now, I’m like whoa, what was that, I then proceeded to ask the Lord what should I write about, he said “Look into the Word”, so I then said to him, but you are the Word, he laughed and said “This is true but, you should look deeper”, I said Ok. I asked the Lord if I can tell others about this conversation, he said yes, I then asked him if I can get some more rest, he laughed again and said “Yes, but you must be diligent!”. When I heard that last part, I knew I was talking to God because if anyone knows me well, diligence is not my greatest strength, even writing this post can testify to that.

    Tired as I was, albeit I started thinking about wells and was led to Genesis 26:19-22

    Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”

    I started researching the significance of wells in that time and most importantly a well represented a claim to land or territory. A well that had an abundance of fresh water meant the land can produce good crops. Isaac didn’t relent, he kept digging wells until the Lord gave him the land!

    I started thinking about Pastor Janeth and the wells she has dug in Honduras for so many years, claiming the land back from the gangs (Philistines) and the teams that go to Honduras are helping to dig more wells and plant more seeds and producing an even greater crop. Our people are flourishing down there amidst the chaos because Pastor didn’t relent, because we haven’t ceased praying!

    I thank the Lord for what he is doing here and in Honduras, I thank him for what he has been doing in my life and my family! I’m digging those wells too and I know it’s not in vain because I am seeing the blessings already!

  23. Ephesians 4:15-Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

    When we are kids, we have things we want to be when we grow up. For some it’s doctors, for others it’s firefighters, and whatever else a kid could dream of being. What I’ve learned, however, is that what God desires us to do is much greater; He wants us to grow up into His Son, to be the spitting image of the Christ that is within us just like we grow up into adults that are the images of our parents. By walking in His light, truth, and love, we become God’s children, part of His family and a member of His house like Pastor Kris was mentioning on Sunday, and are conformed into the likeness and image of Jesus where we will bear fruit that looks like His character.
    Lord, I pray to grow more and more into Your Son each day.

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

     What an amazing and powerful love God has for us! While reading this psalm, I was rejoicing in seeing how unfailing, vast, and powerful His love is. The psalm speaks about how He created the heavens and the earth, how He led His people out of captivity and defeated their enemies, and how He was good to them; and it was all done by the power of His unfailing love – His love that endures forever! And the best part is that because His love endures forever, I can say the same thing! Because of His love, He knit me together and called me into being for His Name. Because of His love, He led me from darkness and despair into light and hope, and into His house. Because of His love, He has been so good to me. Because of His unfailing love, my hope, future, and destiny are sealed in Him and all the promises God has for me are a resounding Yes and Amen! Because of His love, there is a rejoicing and peace within my soul; for I am made to be loved by and can love the Lord of all Creation, the Lord God Almighty! Thank God for His powerful love that endures forever!

  25. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”. 1 Corinthians 2:9

    It’s a NEW Year, New, day, and New Life is springing up. God is on the move and he has opened up doors in this new year, he hears the prayers of those who are faithful and Love him. This verse has brought such excitement into my heart because he is such a powerful, mighty, awesome God. His promises are never too late; he is always on time and when you wait upon him for his perfect timing, his plan will always be accomplished!! God has been so good to me and I have to shout it out that HE Reigns, and he is with us!!!

  26. 2 Corinthians 4:6 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.
    Ephesians 1: 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people.

    On Tuesday I received a call from the hospital ( 2nd one in 2 years ) that a patient was requesting to see a “protestant minister”.
    After some small talk she shared that she was a “reformed Latter day saint” believer. When I asked her “who do you think Jesus is” she said “He was a very good man”.
    I then asked “How about His Deity?” She responded “Really, I never heard anything about Him being God, can you tell me about that?”. She was amazed to hear that God took the form of man and sacrificed His Son for us, why He did that and what He accomplished.
    She later said “I need Jesus as Lord and Savior, how do I get Him like that?”. “I am such a sinner and I don’t even know how to pray to God to ask Him to forgive me, can you tell me how?”
    God “opened her eyes” and she was so excited. She had so much joy as she learned Who, Why and What our Lord did for each sinner who acknowledges Him and repents. When I later saw her she said with an excited smile, “I have Him, I have Him”.
    As I was leaving her room, her roommate said ” excuse me and I am sorry for eavesdropping, but I heard what you said to her and I need to know Jesus like you explained to her. Can you also explain that whole thing to me about Jesus?”. The Lord also “opened her eyes” that day. Praise the Lord!!
    What an amazing way the Lord is starting 2018 for His church and will continue to open doors for us to share Him.

    What an amazing God we serve

  27. But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior, my God will hear me. Micah 7:7

    I am so encouraged today as I read the word. He brought me to some passages that really blessed me.
    Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
    You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:18-19
    I am so thankful to have such a loving and merciful God that has been faithful to me for so many years. He has proven himself time and time again and words can’t really describe how much he has done for me. I am just in awe of the Lord as his word continues to be the truth that I need in this life, and the hope I have for my future. I am looking forward to this new year because I know those who look to him will never be disappointed! Thank you Lord for being all that I need and more!

  28. Merry Christmas Church…singing a new song this day.
    What You won’t do to make Your Name known.
    You have taken a heart of stone and made it your own. Only you can change the heart of man.
    You display your beauty in a pile of ashes, and you see it through to the end.
    From sprout to righteous tree, growing in the fruit of your love for the world to see
    What You won’t do to make Your Name known.
    The Word became flesh, Your love has no end.
    For every victory an altar I’ve made. And so thankful for the foundain You’ve laid.
    Fearfully and wonderfully I stand, in You, I see Your plan.
    What You won’t do to make Your Name known.
    To me You are Savior, Healer, Yahweh, Redeemer, and The Amen.
    Jesus, what I won’t do to make Your Name known.
    You are the Way, the Truth and the Life, empower all of yours to take Your Name where it needs to go. Thank you so much for your love kindness and mercy.

  29. Yesterday’s message was so powerful and exciting!! God ALWAYS guards His Word. It is impossible for anything to prevent the very Word of God from doing all that it is meant to do. If God’s word is always victorious, how do we live victorious lives?…By birthing the Word of God!

    Just like Mary, we too were given the seed of God! It is our job to believe and acknowledge that His seed is alive in us so that we can give it the proper nutrition (thanksgiving, praise, worship, prayer, reading the Bible) to grow full-term and be birthed! Once the Word of God is birthed, NOTHING can hold it back.

    So remember the promises God has spoken to you, the words He has awakened in your heart and mind, the verses He has caused you to understand…and believe that God will grow and mature them to fulfill His great plan!

    For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.—Romans 8:38-39

  30. What an awesome message we received in yesterday’s service! The Lord has spoken and birthed His Word in me. The Lord will protect His Word as I trust in it—every promise, command, and teaching—and give it full rule over my mind, heart, and life.

    Even after King Herod set out to kill Jesus, God guarded His Word (Jesus)! Not only did The Lord protect His Word from Herod’s schemes, He grew His Word and led Him to do the great works for which He was born. So too, God guards His Word in me so that it may grow in strength and power, and be used to do the will of God.

    The Word is not dead—He is alive today, and He is birthed in me!

    “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

  31. “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.” John 17:1

    God has given us the most amazing invitation- to share in his glory! Jesus is praying to his Father right before he was going to the cross to lay his life down- he was about to die the most painful death and he was asking that God would glorify him so that he could in turn glorify him back. I am learning that this is how the kingdom of God works and these are the prayers that please God. I’ve heard it said many times that “you don’t get something for nothing” yet in many ways I lived thinking the opposite – getting so much and not really giving anything in return. But now I’m seeing that God delivers me so that I can honor him with worship from a pure heart. He heals me so that I can glorify him with my body as a living sacrifice and do his will. He blesses me with love and kindness so that I can bless him back and bless others.

    God says that he’s looking for someone to show his greatness and magnificence through. He chooses the least likely vessels, the broken and the weak to transform them for his glory. Even now, he is beginning to turn everything I once was into something that glorifies him – because only he can make that transformation. I was thinking about a being a little kid at a birthday party magic show… the magician says he needs a volunteer and all the hands shoot up, “pick me, pick me” we shout because we all want to be a part of the show. I can imagine God sees our desire to be used by him and glorify his name the same way, except the miraculous transformation he does in us is not an illusion, it’s real and it’s everlasting.

    Pick me God; use me to demonstrate that even the worst things in my life can be used to glorify you. Praise you Lord that you are opening my eyes to see that all you have given me has been for your praise and honor – that I might give you glory in return for you truly are worthy of all the glory and all the praise!

  32. “He who is seated on the throne said ” I am making everything new!” Revelation 21:5

    This past week the presence of God has been so powerful and more tangible in my life than ever. The Lord gave me a picture of a horse the other day and how when they gallop it’s so fast pace because sometimes they are in stalls for a while, but when they get into an open field there is now the freedom to run. He was speaking to me about running with him, and such expectation, joy, freedom, and excitement has come into my heart because I know he has the best plans for me and I’m going to new places I haven’t been before!

    He is lighting up my face, my heart with his radiance and I know that this season is one that is incredible. God is beginning to give me new dreams and I trust that he is going to accomplish everything that comes my way… He is so Faithful!!!

  33. The love of God is so overwhelming. I can’t help but smile! God is always faithful. No matter what is happening in my life, God has kept me in His love as I placed my hope in Him. God says “remain in me and I will remain in you”. I testify that no matter what has happened or is happening around me, when I trust that He is who he says he is and I act accordingly, He will remain in me. My soul is settled. There is peace.

    What a blessing it is to walk every single day with a love that will never leave you, or let you down. A love that never ever gives up and can carry you through the roughest of days. Even when I don’t know what I should do, I trust that if I seek the way He wants me to move with all my heart, He will guide me what to do and how to move. The love of God is soooooo good. Thank you for your deep love!

  34. “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.” Hebrews 12:1

    What an incredible season of God we are in!!!

    This week the Lord gave me a picture of a college graduation ceremony – a sea of students dressed in caps and gowns, standing ready and radiant before all their friends and family. They await the declaration that they are in fact graduates, ready to be released into the world with the challenge to accomplish the fullness of their potential. And when that word comes, what happens? Your caps come off and are thrown in celebration, you jump for joy, you embrace those around you knowing that you’ve not only made it through, but now stand on the edge of something greater – the future you’ve prepared so long for.

    Every time we talk about the verse that says, “you shall go out leaping like calves from the stall” (Malachi 4:2), that’s the sense of freedom and excitement I get knowing that I can literally throw off everything that has hindered me and held me back. Every doubt, every delay, every disbelief is swallowed up in the gratitude and excitement that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished my victory with His on the cross. With every weeks’ sermon and class and with more and more excitement about the season God has us in, I grow more ready, more radiant myself, with joy and expectation for all that the Lord is going to do.

    There is a race before me, a future marked out for me and just like those graduates, I’m ready and so looking forward to it! And the dreams I have, the Lord is daily giving me steps to accomplish. He has made a way for me today – truly He is doing a new thing!

  35. God broke through the despair in my heart and replaced it with His joy, hope and peace! There is laughter in my life again. There is a new excitement within me to praise, worship, and thank God for who He is and what He’s doing in my life every day. What was impossible for me to overcome, was more than possible for God and I will rejoice and be glad because my God has saved me!

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

  36. Hey all, just want to give witness to Gods power at work! As Pastor Janeth preached this week about the baptism of repentance, she was speaking of the awakening to the Lord. Now like Pastor preached God is opening doors that were once closed, especially the closed mind and heart I once had towards God! I’ll give a example: Pastor has challenged us to read this book that speaks on the person of the Holy Spirit, the light the Holy Spirit brings, the guidance He gives and the power of the Holy Spirit bringing transformation in our lives then I find myself wanting to read more and seek God more in repentance. Its funny I had this book for 4 years that I never got into. Its not that it wasn’t good I just never took to it. But now I see! It really was my closed mind and heart, that were lacking understanding.
    I thank God for all He is doing right now and how He is calling me from death to life in my mind and in my heart. “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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.”
    Jeremiah 29:11‭-‬14a

  37. God is so amazing and merciful. I am excited to share what the Lord is showing me. I’m learning not to be satisfied, and to run toward God. I have a purpose and calling that I’m working toward. I want to be productive for the Lord and use my time in the best way, God has blessed me in so many ways and given me all the tools that I need. God has called me to put everything He’s been showing and teaching me to practice and to be an imitation of Him wherever I go. I’m learning how to live my life according to His Word. I’m learning how to be mature and be the man that God called me to be and living as one that has been made alive in Christ.
    Jeremiah 29:13
    ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

  38. (John 14:6-7)

    “6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.””

    Today this verse put a brand-new joy in my heart. Jesus is the only way to the father, the only source of truth, and only the giver of life! So many times, in my life I’ve tried to over complicate those truths, but it all points back to Jesus being the only answer.

    As a human being, just like us, Jesus followed everything his father told him to do. Everything he did was in obedience to what God’s words where. By living like this Jesus became the perfect sacrifice for every sin and evil act done in the world. Through his obedience to the father we also can be cleaned from everything we have done. While we where destined to be separated from God; by Jesus we all are transformed into a new life. The past is washed away, and we can start a new beginning in God’s kingdom.

    (John 14:23-7)

    “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. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”

    No one is without hope. No one is too far gone! Jesus has overcome EVERY evil so that we can know the father.

    How simple is that? Jesus is my hope, when I’m hopeless. He is the perfect example of obedience when I am not sure what to do. Because Jesus loved his father he obeyed what his father told him to do. That’s exactly what God is looking for from me in my own life. Obedience.

  39. God has transformed my life in a tremendous way. He has been demonstrating His Love through his word and church. He blessed me with a big family in UFC Church and
    showered his blessings and love through his servants. Even though I deserved nothing, God has been so merciful to bless me in great magnitude. My struggle was always trying to make things right in my own way. But every time I did that my efforts were futile and brought bitterness in my mind and in people around me.
    I realized that anything that is not the will of God is not true but wicked. Bible says, “The wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight” (1 Cor 3:19). So, I kept saying every day to myself “you are not going to do things the way you want to do”. By doing this, God implanted in me the wisdom to see his will in my mind and sent his spirit to strengthen me in carrying out his will. Now, I do the things that God wants me to do like to love to one another with the same mindset as Christ Jesus (Philip 2:5).
    I used to live with arrogance and conceit. Now I live in love, compassion, humility and servitude to God (Philip 2:1-15). Let all the glory be to God our Father for his undying love for us. Amen.

  40. God has the best plans for us!!! I remember back to a time when I was really hopeless, and just everything I tried to do would never pan out. But then…. God told me He had plans to prosper me and not harm me, plans to give me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). When I trusted that He did have these great plans for me, I wanted to know what they were. God says in proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

    So, I did. Every day I just trusted he had these great plans for me, didn’t submit to what seemed logical to me, and acknowledged God as my King. In doing this, He has directed my paths. I am no longer hopeless and bitter; rather, I am full of hope, love, peace and joy.

    He also led me to love my family how he loves me, to navigate my undergrad without any debt, brought me to a grad school where I receive free tuition and a stipend, have had opportunities to travel, am prospering in my area of study, and can demonstrate His love to my colleagues and others that God places in my path.

    I know God has plans to prosper, bring hope and a future to His people. How can I just keep that to myself? How can I not tell everyone how great He is?! His word isn’t just powerful enough to do this in me, he wants everyone to hear His word and be transformed. To have hope where there is no hope. Order where there was chaos. And to replace hatred with love. Submit to Him and be amazed at how your life is made new.

    Your way God and not mine, your way is SO. MUCH. BETTER!!!

  41. John 14:6
    6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

    Jesus Christ is the way! I can say now I have finally discovered my true destiny. I was heading the wrong way all of my life and, as a result, experienced a lot of pain, sickness, and troubles. Today I can say that Jesus Christ has intervened and shown me my true purpose in life that can only be found in Him. He is my path to an abundant and fulfilling life, not only for me, but also for my children.

    The Bible also says that God’s word is a “Lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105) I love this verse as it perfectly establishes that as I follow Jesus who is the way, I have the Word to accompany me as I go. Praise God that He’s given me everything I need to succeed!

  42. “Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit says the Lord Almighty.” Zech 4:6

    God has revealed to me the secret to being cleansed from all my sin and set free from everything that has ever held me back from truly living! Though I’ve tried many times in my own ways and strength to overcome the sinful nature of my flesh, I have not been able to deliver myself from the sins that separate me from God. I have found that the secret to being truly transformed from the deadness of my sinful flesh into new life is repentance. Through his Holy Spirit, God reveals the areas in me that need to be made new and by his mercy he grants me repentance so that God can be glorified through me. God is mighty to save and abounding in grace to lead me in repentance and as he does, his powerful Holy Spirit sets me free from the sin that has kept me in bondage and away from him. The freer I am, the faster I can run to God and the more I can be used as a vessel to bring him glory- this is truly living!

    Acts 3:19 says “Repent then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” I’m beginning to experience that the refreshing is the Holy Spirit coming in and transforming the areas that need to be made new in me. His refreshing is starting to bring me hope, joy and peace that I have not been able to find anywhere else. God has been so faithful to hear my cries for him and merciful to answer by leading me in repentance as it leads me to the Father every time. Now I see why his mercies are new every morning and how it truly is his kindness that leads me to repentance because just like it paved the way for Jesus to come, through John the Baptist preaching “repent for the kingdom of God is near” – it is paving the way for Jesus to come into me through the power of his Holy Spirit!

  43. Matthew 5:3- “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
    5:5- “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth”

    God has been so gracious to me and I must share what He has been revealing. First, I must thank God for all He has been showing me these past few weeks through both Pastor’s lessons and the Holy Spirit. He has shown me what humility, or being “poor in spirit,” really means; casting off the flesh and taking credit for nothing. He has also shown me what meekness is, which I thought was just humility, but is also endurance and self-control (one of the fruits of the Spirit).

    Another thing God has been showing me is true thankfulness; mostly being thankful for what I used to take for granted as the little (or what I thought were insignificant) things in life such as having socks to wear, lights that work, or a comfortable pillow, as opposed to just being thankful for what I would normally think of as the “big” things in life. I am now so thankful to God for it all, and see His hand in all these things. With that in mind how can I feel entitled to anything or be ignorant of these gifts that so many across the world don’t have? I thank God for His truth and conviction in my life and for showing me how to honor Him with the true thankfulness He deserves. And to come into this thankfulness, as well as humility and meekness, is to come into freedom, life, and power in the Kingdom of God.

  44. 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

    I am so excited that God is causing me to truly understand the unfathomable riches of what it really means to be born again, born of the mighty Holy Spirit and, in that, how faithful my God is to transform me and renew my mind through the spirit-filled Word of God! Throughout my whole life, I’ve had that list of things I swore I would never become, and for so long, I had relied on my own strength and ideas to try and change myself to be the opposite. And as I look at who I became, I saw that my ways have failed – I became exactly what I didn’t want to be. That is because the flesh cannot transform itself! The Lord Jesus Christ is the only Way, the only Truth and the only Life. He is the only one who can radically transform me to be someone completely new – not of the carnal lineage of my earthly family, but of the spiritual bloodline of Jesus Christ. And He has called me out by name, ordained every moment of my life and paid the price on the cross, all so that I would enter into His bloodline, His family, and be born of the Spirit, transformed into His very likeness!

    And so Psalm 103 has hit me so hard! Like Pastor Janeth spoke about in her one sermon, I am looking back at my life and even my days now and at every moment, saying “even this”! Even this will work for your glory. Even this will propel me forward into being all that God has created me to be! And I look at every circumstance with thankfulness and praise Him, because truly, He has redeemed my life from the pit of death, forgiven my sins, healed my diseases and crowned me with love and compassion! I will praise the Lord and not forget the benefits of being His – life, and life abundant!

  45. “He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you were healed. Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls”. 1 Peter :24-25

    I’m excited to share what a special new thing that the Lord is revealing to me in my life. He has brought revelation of the cross in my heart that is so powerful and transforming. It has opened up my eyes and heart to thankfulness that I have never had before. There is such hope in my soul knowing that all of my sins have been paid at a high cost, one that did not come lightly, but that cost Jesus his life in the flesh. He took every single one of my sins and nailed them to the cross, he thought of me, how could that be? It is mind boggling to see such love like that being displayed. I choose now to give up my life as he did in complete surrender, so that I may fulfill the father’s will that he has set for me to accomplish only through him. “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain”. Phil 1:21

    I see that through his death, I now inherit eternal life, living in the victory that only comes from knowing that I have done nothing to deserve it, but believing that he chooses me for his own purpose, so that I may now have a purpose in Christ only. I now belong to the Kingdom of God and that he is the one that I follow, it’s his voice that speaks to my heart and guides me like the good shepherd that he is. My mindset is being renewed each day with the word of God as I read it. He is bringing revelation, an awakening, alertness, and joy that are everlasting inside of my heart because he is real to me, at the point that I know he is with me wherever I go. The things I use to think about that were once important are fading away and are becoming meaningless because it’s all counted as rubbish and death to a Holy God. There is awareness through the Holy Spirit that all I want to do is build his kingdom here on earth now which is the abundant life.

    I’m thankful for the gift of repentance that God is granting me to see that he will be continually be doing as I get to know him more. In this new season I believe that fruit is coming forth by faith!!!

  46. “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 is bringing His Word to life in me! In every situation that I submit to God, The Holy Spirit is filling me with peace and confidence in Him! Recently, God has been revealing to me the places where I have been led into confusion by own thoughts, worries, and ways. But, as I read His life-giving Word and put it into action—searching for His will every day instead of my own, standing on His precepts rather than the unsteady perspectives of the world, believing that He is who He says He is and that apart from Him there is no good thing—God proves Himself faithful and begins to glorify Himself through me.

    Now, when the world says to be afraid, I know I can stand on the Word of God, which says that He does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (1 Tim. 1:7). When my mind wants to be confused, I can stand on the Word of God that God says that the Holy Spirit will lead me into all truth (John 16:13). God is faithful, and His Word will always accomplish what it was set to accomplish. When we submit ALL of our ways to The Lord, He makes ALL of our paths straight!

  47. Taking Pastor Janeth up on her recent challenge to be thankful every hour of the day, something amazing began to happen in me! I found that the more I gave thanks to God, the more I wanted to turn away from my daily routines. Every routine and every place in my heart that wasn’t moving was being replaced with tremendous faith and joy through the Spirit. Thankfulness led me to repentance and to the desire to be completely transformed!

    My desire to live the incredible life that Christ has for me increased. “Putting off my old self” in the verse below really means giving up my old life that is wasting away so that the powerful life of Jesus Christ can be revealed in me!

    “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 4:22-24

    How awesome is the transforming power of the Spirit and the promise to be made new! He is truly bringing me into new life through thankfulness as I long for every moment of my day and every part of who I am, from the smallest to the largest, to wholly belong to Jesus.

    That’s where Pastor Jeff and Pastor Janeth’s sermons have come together for me. There is one way, one gate, and one door – the Lord Jesus Christ – through whom I can come. Through Him, I have the power to say no to my “former way of life” (Ephesians 4:22, Titus 2:12). Through Him, I am becoming thankful in everything (Colossians 3:17). Through Him, I can produce fruit in keeping with repentance (Matthew 3:8). Through Him, I have the power of a new, transformed life (2 Corinthians 5:17).

  48. This week as the Christmas season began and the stores began to fill up with holiday shopping, the Lord showed me something so special.
    We would never buy anything broken. We would never buy anything dirty or messed up. We would never spend even a penny on damaged goods. But the Lord’s ways are not ours. The Lord will ONLY buy the broken. The dirty, messed up and damaged. He will only purchase those who acknowledge their state, in desperate need of a Savior. This precious Redeemer buys only surrendered merchandise, washing them clean through repentance in His healing blood. He purchases men for God—people bought for a specific purpose—a people bought at the highest price with a currency so beyond imagination, so incomparable, so much more precious than we can ever comprehend and turns these humble and contrite ones into His own treasured possession! A people owned by God for His purposes, for He knows the plans He has intended for His purchase—plans of hope and a future in Him. His value system is so different then ours and yet when He gives us eyes to see His love and what He has done for us through the Cross, our perspective changes and burns a desire to bow everything of our life beneath Him and say “buy me,” that my life will not be my own—Be my Lord with no return policy—every day the possession of the God who saves and redeems.
    Rev 5:9-10 And they sang a NEW song, saying:
    “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slain, and with Your Blood purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a Kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

  49. I am so thankful for all that God has been doing in me in the last few weeks. Between the powerful sermons on Sunday, our thanksgiving service, and Pastor’s teachings in class, God is breaking down my own mindset and has called me up to him for his thoughts are higher than my thoughts and his ways are higher. I am beginning to understand the impact of all that was accomplished by Christ on the cross. He rose from the very depths to life and victory! What is really touching me is that he physically went as low as he could possibly go and then rose to the highest point making a way for everyone- no matter the background, sin, or how deep of a hole we feel we are in and showed us the way out and up. Following Christ means the only way to go is not to the right or left but only up to the Father and that is good news to me this day! God is drawing me unto himself and showing me the depths of my sin and then the heights of his victory. 1 Corinthians really illustrates all that God has been speaking over me:

    15:42- So it will be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, its is raised imperishable…
    15:54- (my) death has been swallowed up in victory
    15:57- but thanks be to God! He gives us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ.

  50. Last night I was out to dinner with my parents, catching up after a busy week. As we were talking I told them that I know the boys and I are at new point in our lives! As I was sharing all that was going on I couldn’t help but smile. I remembered back to a time when my heart was so broken that I doubted God could heal it. I was devastated and it was a struggle to get through each day. Thankfully the Lord, my Pastors, and our Church were there to help me pick up the pieces of my life and move forward. During this time the word and spirit in Sunday services, and Bible studies transformed my mind and began to heal my heart. Last night I shared that everything that was intended to harm me, the Lord has turned for good. As it came out of my mouth it really hit me. Jesus has really done great things for my family and me! As my sons are now adults I can only thank the Lord that he has helped me raise them. They never lacked anything with, the Pastors, youth group leaders, and their mentors helping them with what they needed along the way. They are growing in Lord, in Church, learning to be his disciples, and we have never been closer as a family. The Lord has not only sustained us but he has brought us to new levels of faith! He has been our comforter, our provider, our strength and hope even in those difficult days. He has wiped away my tears and I am ready to serve him wholeheartedly! It is a new beginning and I do perceive it!!!
    The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

  51. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”-Isaiah 55:8-9

    I’m so excited that God has been moving in my life in a new way! He has been showing me what it truly means to be surrendered to Him-making Him Lord over every part of my life and following Him in all things. He can only use us when we have given Him the reign over our lives and let Him lead us, not following our own ways and thoughts. Pastor Janeth had been preaching on Jesus being the Shepherd and the Gate for the sheep this past Sunday. Sheep know that their Shepherd will never bring them somewhere dangerous or where they would get hurt. The Shepherd always brings them to a place of safety. It’s so exciting that I can follow and surrender to Jesus, who is truly the Good Shepherd! As I follow Him, He transforms my will and ways to look like His, sets me free to follow Him, and gives me true life in Him! Nothing compares to knowing this wonderful, awesome God, who says, “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).” I am so thankful that in the surrender, we come to Jesus, who gave His life for ours, so that we may come into the plans of God. What an amazing gift. Praise God for who He is!

  52. Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 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. -Romans 12:1-2

    God has been doing a new thing in my life! My mind is truly being transformed and the Holy Spirit is teaching me how to be a living sacrifice pleasing to God. He has placed an incredible urgency in my heart and soul to seek Him in all things and all places. He is making me alert and aware so that wherever I am my mind is truly set on the Kingdom of God. What I say, where I go, my reactions…these are all things that God is bringing my attention to and showing me in His word where I do and do not match up.

    It takes work to truly follow and obey the Lord that’s why Paul shared that he beat his body into submission (1 Corinthians 9:27). Likewise, by diligently prioritizing to read the bible, praying prayers for the will of God, worshiping, and waiting on the Lord, I hear Him more and more and it is the most powerful and satisfying thing! Because my life is about the Lord, He grants me favor in every place that He has me so that I may accomplish the purpose I am there for. I am currently in graduate school and I am amazed at the peace, energy, and understanding the Lord fills me with. He is opening doors and providing opportunities for me that is unique compared to anyone else in my class simply because there is a greater plan at work in my life. I tell you the truth, I used to think about a million things in a day, but now I only think of one: The Kingdom of God.

  53. Psalm 118:19-21
    “Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.”
    The Lord has brought me so much joy and hope through this Word He gave me! He has been showing me how Jesus made the way for me to be able to enter into His safety, His Kingdom, His will, by the work done on the cross. He nailed my sins and my shame on the cross, where He conquered them and victoriously rose again. He opened the gates of righteousness by that work on the cross. I kept trying to please God and obey Him in my own ways, ideas, and in my own strength, but that didn’t work and didn’t bring salvation – it was only a hopeless cycle. But then God opened my eyes and showed me the only way to salvation; Jesus, the only acceptable sacrifice – then I had hope. Now I can thankfully enter the gate of the Lord through Jesus, because He made the way. I am no longer obligated to live in the old ways of the flesh, but now I can trust in Jesus and the work done on the cross for me. I can offer myself as a living sacrifice to Him because He willfully laid down His life for me.
    I am thankful for Jesus, thankful for His sacrifice, thankful for the cross, and thankful that He made the way for me to enter into the shelter of the Lord, where I am safe – saved from my sins, my shame, the old way living; saved from the darkness, craziness and hopelessness of the world, from fear and death, and saved into God’s peace, His hope, His eternal life. I am now on the winning team because of Him. Jesus truly is the only way. He has opened the gates of righteousness for me, so I will enter and give Him thanks. He is my salvation!

  54. Praise God, for his word is Truth! As I have been listening to the Word of God, His is entering my heart and shattering every lie that held me back from the true destiny that God has called for me, to be with Him! This truth has been consuming me and showing me the powerful work that Jesus did in one act. He did this so that I may live a life where I will inherit eternal life from God our Father, to glorify His holy name and display His power in ever aspect of my life!

    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.”

    The desire in my heart is growing now with each word that The Lord provides me. I am giving The Lord my heart to perfect and take territory over so that He may use me as He has planned to use me. Praise God, for now I can actually say that Jesus is reigning in my mind and my heart ONLY because out of His great kindness He has held on to me. These past couple of weeks The Lord has transformed my heart to be thankful for all that he has done, years ago and every minute of the day. I can rejoice with The Lord because no longer does fear take over me, but I can hear, see, and know that I am in the hands of the Lord Almighty.

    Isaiah 41:10-13 “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will upload you with My righteous right hand.

  55. Hey all, God has begun to remove the scales from my eyes, I was bling but now I see!
    “There is a way that seems right to man but leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25.
    “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105.
    I’m realizing through what God has been teaching, like it says in John 12:40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.” Just like the verse, God is causing me to turn that he would heal me. So in this i see there is still work to be done. There is a turning to Him that must occur, for every part of my life. I am turning to Jesus! So if there is anything impure in my mind or heart it must go!
    The word says in Hebrews 12:14 “Without holiness no man will see God,” and also Psalm 24:3-4. “Who will ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart.”
    These verses tell me I cannot be with God or inherit eternal life without holiness. But there is good news! God is showing me how to be holy and that it is possible! ” What a wretched man I am, who will deliver me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God who delivers me through the Lord Jesus Christ!” Romans 7:24-25.
    Now as I read the bible and trust what it says to be true, it causes me to fear being without God and also causes me to want to obey and please my Heavenly Father. Now when I obey then there is a reward for me in Heaven and this is eternal life. Thank you Lord that it does not just end with you paying my debt for sin that I can live my life as I want to but that I may die with Christ and also be raised to life. For I was once dead in my transgressions but now I am alive! Thank you Lord for all you’re doing thank you for an opportunity of a lifetime. To you be all the glory.

  56. What an awesome God we serve ! I started thinking about winning and losing. What it means to win ? To be victorious, the best at whatever you are trying to accomplish. I was reminded of a time that I ran a 5k. I showed up late and didn’t really want to run. When I walked up my friend had already finished. I was told if I wanted to I could still run, because not everyone had finished. There rose this determination in me not to be last, not to make everyone wait for me.
    I ran the entire 3.5 miles as fast as I could giving everything I had. I came in first place for my age division. God already ran the race and was victorious on the cross! His kingdom is the winning team. Being in this kingdom is freedom knowing that no matter what has happened in my life. Everything that I gave away, or was stolen from me “even then” God kept me. God had a plan in some of my worst times, and was working it out for my good. With God,even when I lose, I win! Amen

  57. These past two weeks have been convicting, powerful and life changing. Two Sundays ago through the sermon the Lord was calling for us as Christians to seek for and become mature. This past Sunday through the sermon The Lord provided an invitation to be rededicated to The Lord. Through out both of the weeks God has been so good to convict my household and I on both our maturity and to really look at our dedication onto to The Lord. God is moving and He is moving mightily, thank God!

    This morning God woke me with the verse Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. This verse now has different meaning for me. I used to know this verse as getting up and lifting prayer to God for things that pertained mostly to me and even that not with my whole heart. However now with the call to maturity and an opportunity to move in the invitation to be dedicated to The Lord God is making this verse new to my heart. In all things God is instilling in my heart a deliberate, purpose filled faith and trust that He will move in the midst of my days as I walk in His will to bring His kingdom to earth and bear fruit for Him. To give glory to His name.

    With the sermons these past weeks God is challenging my house and I. To let our requests be made known in Him and through Him with a true solid faith in Jesus Christ moving in our lives with a continued pursuing of maturity through the renewed dedication to The Lord. It is a powerful time for the church and I am so thankful that my family and I have been included. May we walk today making our requests known to the Lord with an unwavering expectation of the one and only living God revealing His power, authority and Lordship in our lives as we live out our lives in maturity and dedication onto Him.

    It is a new and exciting time to be in the House of God!
    Hallelujah!
    God Bless UFC

  58. What an exciting message we received yesterday about the invitation we have been given to live a life with God! Just as Pastor. Jeff preached, accepting the invitation means making a commitment to the Lord. For me, I am reminded that Jesus said: “Many are invited, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). Therefore, I offer my body to the Lord as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2) so that I may follow His ways and partake in the wonderful banquet of life that God has for those who love Him!

  59. What an awesome sermon we received on Sunday about becoming MATURE as believers! There is a passage in Ephesians 4 that is reminding me of why it is truly worth it to come into this kind of maturity.

    “…so that the body of Christ may… mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
    “…we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”

    Kids often dream about what they will be when they grow up. Imagine what we will ‘be’ when we ‘grow up’ and mature in our faith, attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ… the fullness of the one who is love, peace and joy, the Head over all powers, rulers, and authorities in all of the heavens and the earth!!!

  60. I have had our song in my heart and mind all day since I woke up this morning: “How can I repay The Lord” For all His goodness towards me…How can I repay The Lord??
    I love Ps. 116 V.17
    “I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of The Lord”
    “I will fulfill my vows to The Lord in the presence of all His people, in the courts of the house of the Lord- In your midst Jerusalem.”

    Reflecting on all that The Lord has done in our Church, thru the Love of our Pastors, each other, just touches my heart more and more everyday and thankfulness rises more and more.
    I remember where my family was more than 10 years ago before encountering God in this Church and it was a very sad, dry, lost place. But God…. In His amazing Grace brought us here to UFC
    and has transformed our lives in everyway! Words cannot express, you have to see it!! From complete emptiness to a life so full in everyway! Full to thank Him, to serve Him, and to love this Church Family!
    This is what Jesus Christ does! Glory to The Father of our Lord Jesis Christ….

  61. This morning I heard the word “effervescent”. When I looked it up it said: “Something effervescent has bubbles or froth, like a sparkling wine or a bubble bath. If you have a happy, light, cheerful personality — if you are “bubbly” — you too are effervescent.” – vocabulary.com

    Today’s message from John 4:5-24 speaks of a heart that is effervescent because the Lord has done a new thing. Alone the Word is simply a word; but when combined with the Holy Spirit a transformation takes place.

    It reminds me of the science experiments in school…. where you would combine baking soda and vinegar… what would happen? A volcano of foam would erupt… a bubbling over that cannot be stopped! In the same way, when the Holy Spirit meets the Word implanted in our hearts something happens … a joy unspeakable bubbles over in our hearts and then we too become that unquenchable spring of living water. Jesus is the source of all life and joy! How amazing is our God!

    Yes, Lord – I will be effervescent for You. I will bubble over with a joy that cannot be contained – this joy that I have, the world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away!! Amen

  62. I am so grateful for today’s message!!
    What an awesome God we serve. When our weaknesses are met with circumstances, what are we gonna do? That is my weakness, my mind, don’t like dealing with stuff, because I never knew how…BUT God has awaken brain cells, that were dead and brought to life the Way to go in times of trouble.
    Day 3 promise, He said go to the place, I will show you. (himself) and in that place I will bless you! My refuge and strength. Just like the centurion, I know who can help, Jesus. There has been alot going on, one thing after another, I didnt know what to do, but I knew who to call. Then this morning, he has done that, he showed me my weakness, and will pull me through.
    2 Corinithians 12:10
    That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties, for when I am weak, then I am strong.
    James 5:8
    You too, stand firm, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord is coming near
    Isaiah 43:2 and 3
    Stand and stand again, in the Authority of Christ.
    Thank you United Faith Church!!! Thank you Jesus

  63. “In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.” – Colossians 2:11-12

    This verse reminded me of this Sunday’s service. The old self that was once ruled by the flesh (old habits, mindsets, patterns, etc) is thrown off, those old dirty garments, by the very hand of God who circumcises us! He alone does it and it is by faith. Now we wear garments of praise purposed for the will of God. What a mighty God we serve!

  64. Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

    Thank you Lord that you are the one that we can come to when we are burdened, and that you really do give us rest. I just want to thank you and praise you for all your goodness to me! I look around and I see your faithfulness and I am in awe of you Lord. I am so excited for Church today and am in anticipation of all that you are going to do!

  65.   Last Wednesday at the Nursing/Rehab “church service”, we started with this prayer: “Lord, please do something today that we know it is you. Something that only you can do. Please have the power of the Holy Spirit manifest through us today.”
       After the service Stacey​ and Janet​ spoke to a man who shared he could never forgive ​his uncle, whom he said had ruined his life.​  He also shared he had a desire to meet his children that he had not seen in 30 some years since giving them up for adoption during the drug and prison part of his life.
    ​Stacey​ shared that Jesus said “If you have unforgiveness against anyone, the Father will not forgive you and He will not hear your prayers. I was totally unaware of their conversation.
       At todays service, I was going to preach on Luke 6:37 but during our last song I was led to change and teach on the Lord’s prayer and what Jesus said about unforgiveness.
    After todays service, the man proceeds to share that he went back to his room last week after the service and forgave the man he had hated for many, many years and asked God to forgive him. He then shared he asked God to reunite his children with him. 
       Within a few days, he received a call from his daughter and son ​who had​ “somehow just located him” and it turns out his daughter lives in Manahawkin! Needless to say this man was very excited as the family went out to dinner and got some unforgettable pictures of the family together again.
       God was so faithful to answer the prayer and do something that only He could do. How amazing that when the man ​heard and ​obeyed what he was told ​to him ​about forgiveness, our Lord then answered His prayer and reunited him with his family that had been separated for over 30 years.
       What an amazing God we serve!

  66. “As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says, “in the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 NIV

    In this past month and more recently these past two weeks with The Lord has been such a miracle! I thank God that He allows us His people to return to Him as He does and how He has made such a way that we may return.

    God has given me this verse for two weeks solid now and it has changed my life. God has used this verse as we are in the season of returning back to our first love, Him. That my eyes may be opened to His grace and that I would not allow it to go by untapped. God’s grace allows us to be a worker in the kingdom of God and not just in a ministry but to do His will in love unto Him everywhere we go. Whatever that may be and look like to accomplish the work and will of God, really to bear the heart of God here on earth. With that it truly is a time of favor as He is hearing the prayers that He has put in our hearts to give back to Him and is causing each and everyone of us to return to Him in this time of salvation.

    What touches me the most and really to the core is how merciful God is that His grace in love does not just allow me and my family to return to Him and make right all the sin in my life but He also provides that powerful grace that I may love Him. What has left me changed most of all this season is that God in His grace does not just erase my sin and make me pure but then in His power make provision for me to be able to love Him, know Him and carry out His will here on Earth. Not just balancing the scale if you will but tipping it over that through this grace making a way that I would love Him with all I am and in all I do onto Him.

    That in this season I must testify that I have not been just delivered from sin or weaknesses of my flesh. That God has transformed my heart and brought me into His presence and His presence has come into me. That I would love the King of Kings my creator and lover with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. To be in love has taken the boundaries and the what if’s of my old mindset and set me free in Him. The salvation that God has provided this season through the Lord Jesus Christ has set me free and brought me home right into His loving arms. I am home.

    There are two more days counting today and I am filled with excitement for His powerful grace that has been given to us in love and that this is the day of salvation. I am not short in expectation of what God desires to do in me and each of us!

    God Bless You All in His Amazing Love.

  67. This is such an exciting time for United Faith Church and our Churches in Honduras. Watching the videos of Honduras reminds me of the lives that are impacted everyday by the Lord faithfulness, and our Church. To see the joy in the children as they jump and rejoice in the Lord touches my heart every time I watch it. They have little compared to the United States in material items, yet as they rejoice in the Lord you would never know it. As we provide food, clothing, uniforms, the word of the Lord, and so much more, they are learning how much the Lord cares for them. The Lord has used our Church, to make a difference in so many lives in Honduras, and we will continue the work the Lord has called us to! We are rising up a generation here, and in Honduras that will praise him, and love him, with all their hearts, soul, and strength. It is a Godly inheritance that will glorify him and make him known to the nations. He has called us to The Great Commission, and where he sends us we will go!!!

    Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

  68. What an awesome service yesterday! The presence of God overwhelmed the church. People were delivered. There was such an atmosphere of rejoicing. As God led Pastor Janeth, she led us in praise and the worship. Just an amazing time with the Lord. He is setting us free from anything that has held us captive over the years. What a merciful king! God is moving so mightily in our church. Ps 92:1-2 “It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night”

  69. I just want to give a LOUD SHOUT to the LORD JESUS CHRIST for coming to our service today with such power!!! So many delivered and set free. I felt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ rising in my heart as Pastor preached the message. Just as God tore down the walls of Jericho that separated God’s people from their promised land, He has torn down the walls that separated us from Him! Whatever battle we may be facing, we learned today that Jesus has already won it! He has given our enemies into our hands! He is bringing us into this new year in victory. He is restoring our minds and hearts so that we may love and serve Him. When we put our faith IN HIM, what can He not accomplish? HALLELUJAAAAAH!

  70. Psalm 118:24 (NKJV) This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

    This morning I woke up with such joy and expectation in my heart. I can’t wait to bring the LORD shouts of praises for all he is doing in the lives of my brothers, sisters and me! Thank you Lord! You are so good to us!

  71. Today, before entering the sanctuary, I looked around outside for my favorite bench. I saw it across the field, and sat. It was so nice out, the wind was blowing….nice. I thought of the bench, that bench was a resting place when we had the garden by the kennel. It was a place of rest in the sukkot, during one year of tabenacle. It has been there to provide rest.
    Sitting there I was remembering, all the times in the field, all the prayers, all the get togethers, anniversaries, services, and fun. The king is in the field, he is amongst us, Emanuel.
    In the word, remember, is mentioned 161 times, mostly in the old testament, and mostly by the Lord, saying I will remember my covenant. I remember, who I was, and who I am now, and my hope has not diminished for the future. Remembering is the key to thankfulness. I sat, thanking the Lord for all he has done, as it came to mind, there was so much. Then I heard Beulah, yes Lord yes.
    Isaiah 62:4
    No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah (my delight is in her) and your land Beulah, for the lord will take delight in you and your land will be married.
    What an exciting time for his church, what an exciting time for us, each one of us. I am my beloveds’ and he is mine…

  72. Amen! I agree with everyone who wrote about this past Tuesday. It was so beautiful as God came and met with His people. His Spirit was powerful and tangible, and He really has blessed us beyond measure! I also loved the way Pastor Janeth taught on Deuteronomy 30:1-10. In the beginning of the verses, the Lord is reminding His people of the vows they made to Him, to be obedient and to follow Him. After that, He vows to them that He will bless them and make them His own! He is bringing us into this new season as those that will never be the same, like Rahab from our Sunday service, and will be transformed into the likeness of Himself. The King is in the field, with His people, and He will be our King forever!

  73. This past Tuesday’s service was so amazing, the presence of God was so sweet, and powerful. I felt his presence upon my heart in such a new way that really I cannot put into with words because his spirit was moving and speaking such deep, beautiful things. The King of Glory is in the field!! He is transforming and renewing my mind, heart, and soul every day that I come into his presence. I’m hearing his sweet voice and getting to know him in the most intimate way that he is calling me too. I’m so excited to know that I don’t have to go through this world alone anymore because the God of all creation is walking with me, Thank you Jesus!!!! “I’m my beloved’s and my beloved is mine”.. Song of Songs 6:3

  74. Last night’s service was so beautiful, surely, Jesus is in the field! God is breathing on me, filling me with His Holy Spirit that causes me to love Him with ALL of my heart, soul, and strength. God has taken my mind higher, in everything I do and every place I go, I see God, I feel His spirit, and I hear Jesus…I am not alone! Hallelujah, those who return to God and love the Lord with all of their heart and soul will be blessed by God forever!!! (Deuteronomy 30:1-10)

  75. Tonight the presence of the Lord was tangible. He is the King that is walking in the field with us! This is such a special time. As we read Deuteronomy 30:1-10; hope was rising up in me. He reminded me of Psalm 22:30-31:

    “…future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!”

    Praise God The Lord is Faithful to His Word and promises! He IS hope and hope in Jesus does not ever disappoint!

  76. Last week Pastor said, “Noah’s family went into the Ark before it started to rain” (Genesis 7) and it has remained with me since.
    Throughout the week Hurricane Irma has been moving along and leaving a path of destruction. It has had many reporters advising to evacuate and find safe shelter. Sadly, we have also heard them commenting that “the window of time to leave has now closed”. People who thought they knew better are left to fend for themselves…no more flights heading out, no more gas to be found, no more room in the shelters. They are left to face terrifying winds, rains, and storm surges sure to destroy and take lives.
    So, the same is with God’s Salvation. The time is now! Isaiah 26:20 speaks to us. “Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by.”
    Jesus is our Refuge and the call is going out, Jesus says in Revelation 22:20, “Yes, I am coming quickly”. Come now before the window of time is shut! I want me and my family to be inside when the time comes. (Genesis 7:16-…and the Lord closed it behind him.)

  77. But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. Romans 6:17

    During Pastor’s teaching on Tuesday night, I was reminded of this verse. The Lord truly desires our allegiance and faithfulness to Him. He doesn’t want to share His glory with another. He wants to be our all in all. He is our God! He is our Savior! And the world should know it by our transformed lives and our love for Him!

    When I got home, I began to remember a time when I was ruled by a deep desire to excel and achieve my goals at any cost to the point of forsaking my relationships, time with family, and time with the Lord. I was controlled by a need to be the best at any cost and that cost was HIGH! The truth was, I was a slave to sin… a slave to my desires and I didn’t even know it.

    I can only thank God that though I were a slave to my desires, He came in and rescued me from myself and a life separated from Him! I will be forever grateful to the Lord for even though I thought I would be forever ruled by and faithful to earthly desires they are all replaced by a desire and a longing to be close to Jesus every day by spending time with Him and obeying His word out of love! “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” Song of Songs 6:3

  78. God has been doing such amazing things the past few weeks. He is literally giving me beauty for ashes, a garment of praise for my heaviness. As I reflect on how much he has done in a short time he is reminding me of so much that had to be uprooted and turned over like you would turn soil in a garden…. and His word is taking root! His law is being written on my heart! And to walk in obedience becomes an absolute joy, what a lie the world has told us that rules are burdensome and lawlessness is freedom. His yoke is easy, His burden light and the truest freedom is found submitted to Him.

  79. Through the teachings at church we have been learning so much about Gods great love for us. The Lord has been showing us that he desires to breath on us and kiss us with his love like he did for the disciples when he breathed on them. When God breathed on them they were filled with passion and the love of God and they were never the same.
    Thank you Lord that you are the same today and want your people to be filled with your love and passion. That passion causes us to be in a relationship with you. When I think of what you have really done for me and saved me from my heart melts and I think of you all the time. I want to talk with you and HEAR from you and want to have you apart of every area of my life. I desire to include you in everything. I desire to be with you and listen for you to talk to me everyday. When I hear from you or your word come alive to me I get excited and joy rises up in me!
    Thank you Jesus for giving up your life so I could die to my sins and come alive with you!
    When the world questions where are you when all of the chaos is going on I testify that you are alive you are not dead and that man has rejected you; you have not rejected man. You God have sent your only son to rescue us and made a way for us to come back to you and be with you forever!
    Thank you for your love!

    Romans 5:8
    God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were STILL sinners Christ died for us!

  80. This Sundays sermon has brought such clarity and peace to my soul this week. To come into the refuge of the most high God is to enter into safety, comfort, and rest. As the storms rage, and the threat of bombs are out there, only those who trust in the Lord can find true peace. I want to come to know the Lord deeper and be intimate with him in my prayer closet, for that is the place where you truly find him. After you spend that time with him the obstacles of this word seem trivial.
    Yesterday in prayer the Lord brought me to Psalm 9:9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. As we heard on Sunday now is the time to find God, to seek after his presence and his will, like never before. As the days grow dark and dim only those who have been with him will be able to endure. He wants to meet with his children and pour out his love upon us. To come into his presence is to come into the trust that he has everything under control so I don’t have to. I know my life here on earth is temporary and that my life with him is eternal. My eyes are fixed on him and as they remain on him, the Lord will give me the strength to get through every day. Thank you Jesus that as I come into your shelter and refuge your peace that surpasses all understanding, guards my heart and my mind just as you promised.
    I have found you Lord, your rest, and comfort. I will forever be grateful for that gift.

  81. The word of the week blog titled, “Fully Persuaded of the Promise”, encouraged us to have faith like Abraham who was fully persuaded of Gods promises, he was unwavering in His belief, and despite his situation was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.

    God continued to speak to me about being fully persuaded of His promises. He told me about King Hezekiah in 2 Kings chpt 18-19

    Hezekiah was King of Judah and he followed The Lord. During his reign, the king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them.

    Despite these events, Hezekiah trusted that God was going to deliver Judah and that their city was not going to be given into the hand of Assyria. So, Hezekiah trusted their city wouldn’t be given to Assyria even AFTER the king of Assyria had already attacked Judah’s fortified cities and captured them.

    Make no mistake, Hezekiah was aware of the power of the Assyrians, their threats, mighty army, and previous victories… But he also Knew that The Lord was God over all the kingdoms of the earth and he knew what God had promised. And so, Hezekiah did not doubt God but instead, was fully convinced that God would indeed deliver them from Assyria’s hand.

    To no surprise the story ended with God delivering Judah from Assyria!

    2 Kings 19:35-36 That night the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there.

    Amen! Regardless of the circumstances we face Let us Know that The Lord is God over all of creation and be fully persuaded of Gods promises.

  82. A few weeks ago at the end of one of our Tuesday night prayer services, Pastor asked if anyone needed
    prayer.  Having had a life saving kidney transplant 9 years ago, I have periodic tests to not only check my 
    kidney function, but also to make sure the anti rejection meds are working properly.  
    One of those meds was registering too high.  If left at that level, in the long run, it would cause kidney damage.
    And so I asked Pastor to pray, and everyone there that night joined in.  Well, the test results this week showed
    not only a normal level in all the meds, but my kidney function registered even better than when
    I first had the transplant!
    I am very thankful for an All Mighty God and a praying church family.  Hallelujah!

    “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.  His love endures forever.”

  83. “men of Zebulun, experienced soldiers prepared for battle with every type of weapon, to help David with undivided loyalty…” -I Chron 12:33

    I love how we learned in Sunday’s sermon that when we think of what it means to be pure, we can simply think of the word “undivided.” No matter where we go or what we do, we are to be wholly devoted to the Lord. Just like David’s men lived to battle alongside David, we too battle our flesh at every point as we demonstrate our loyalty to God.

    This reminds me of a verse we spoke about in Bible study about committing ourselves to constantly looking into God’s mirror, which means looking intently into the word of God, which both convicts us and sets us free from ourselves… so that we can be pure before the Lord… undivided. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” -Matt 5:8

  84. One of the things that spoke to my heart through the sermon this past Sunday was that the greatest miracle is God coming to open up my eyes, open up my ears, and my heart to being totally transformed only though the powerful Holy Spirit into what He has called me to look like. There is nothing in me that can do, it truly is only the work of the Holy Spirit inside of my heart. The Holy Spirit is the only thing that loves God, if you have love then you have God!

    2 Timothy 1:14- Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you-guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

  85. What really spoke to me from the sermon is that the mark of a true Christian is having the power to do what is impossible for a man to do in his own strength… to love God with all of his heart, soul, and strength. God is love, God is loyal, God is faithful. The one who truly believes in the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, becomes ONE with Him, attaining the power to love God and to be loyal and faithful to God. He has the power of the Holy One to be loyal to God every time he is tested, no matter how weak he may be. Contrary to popular belief today, if God has provided the power to say “no” to ungodliness, there really is no excuse for sin. Through Jesus Christ, we can remain faithful to the Father!

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

  86. The greatest miracle; that the Holy Spirit would enter and transform a man, calling him to love God! Yesterday’s message was incredible and after really hearing it I was reminded of the scripture in Ephesians 4:30;

    And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

    No man can love God, it is a work of the Holy Spirit alone. Cry out for that spirit and be careful not to grieve it… it is the very thing that will fulfill God’s plan for your life!

  87. The messages that have come forth the last few weeks have led me to a greater depth of revelation. What is my life about, if not about coming to KNOW Jesus Christ, being conformed to His image, NOT the world! In the scheme of forever and ever, what truly counts for anything?
    In reflection, what pastor has been sharing is truly what counts for EVERYTHING….A life dead to self but alive in Christ! The only true riches are found in Christ Jesus alone!!
    People laughed when “collecting sea shells” was mentioned in “Don’t Waste Your Life” video. I did not. That entire scenario described Bob and my life up until meeting our amazing Pastors. The Lord brought life and light through their love towards us, and their relentless love for God, their commitment to Him and Him alone! I praise God for His relentless love towards them and His beloved Church. I was one described and steeped in the futility of my own thinking described in Ephesians 4:17-19. BUT thanks be to God who shined His light into my life and CONTINUES to transform me through shining His light and leading me to the gift of repentance……no longer going after the “sea shells” of the world, but pursuing the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, setting me apart to make a difference in others’ lives…..no longer “doing church”, but SEEING His Kingdom as the only Kingdom that matters, for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

    In endless thanks and praise to God Almighty!!

  88. Last night’s service has awakened the sole purpose of my life: to expand His kingdom here on earth! As we were thanking God and asking Him to show us all that we have and how He has given it, my heart was overwhelmed by His power, goodness, mercy, and love. He showed me how the very things he has blessed us with we are blinded by…but Praise God that His light is more powerful and He opens our eyes so that we may come into our true purpose; to bring Him glory!
    I asked Him: “What is it all for…why have you made me so rich”
    He said: “To make others rich too…your life will testify of my power”

    Later when I was home God led me to Isaiah 26, and confirmed what He was speaking:
    Isaiah 26:12-15
    12 Lord, you establish peace for us;
    all that we have accomplished you have done for us.
    13 Lord our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us,
    but your name alone do we honor.
    14 They are now dead, they live no more;
    their spirits do not rise.
    You punished them and brought them to ruin;
    you wiped out all memory of them.
    15 You have enlarged the nation, Lord;
    you have enlarged the nation.
    You have gained glory for yourself;
    you have extended all the borders of the land.

    Hallelujah! May the other lords lie dead and forgotten and a people that honor the only true God be revealed, it is time to make His name known, it is time to expand!

  89. What an awesome time with the Lord yesterday! This morning as I was spending time with God he was reminding me that this ‘sight’ we have been given is to see our sin and to see Him, when he opens up our eyes he gives us eyes only for Him and our sin is made so visible in the light of His glory and grace! What would we do with out His forgivness! For he that overcomes shall be clothed in white garments and I (Jesus) will not blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. (Rev. 3:5)

  90. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6

    Hey everyone,
    I woke up this morning with this joy in my heart and verse that reminds me why! Because Jesus’ goodnes and love will follow me this day and all my days with him. These past weeks of messages each time we meet and reading about Joseph , Jacob and Gods covenant of promise for them has opened my eyes to the promise he has for his church (you and I). I can see how good god has been to me and been with me these past years. Through every storm, trial and circumstance he never left. He was careful not to let me go. That is his great love that I would be with him and in his church all the days of my life. Circumstance didnt change the outcome of what god had for Joseph’s life. Trouble, adversity, famine, rejection, false imprisonment couldnt break the covenant God made with his father Jacob, grandfather Isaac, and great grandfather Abraham. In fact he became greater and even royalty in a land where Israelite shephards were dispised. Just goes to show how even though this life may seem difficult even cruel at times, we can remember that god be for us who or what can be against us?! We are in His hands and he has a plan for us to remain with him all the days of our lives! God Bless you beloved church

  91. God’s people are and will forever be set apart for Him. This really hit my heart through the message on Sunday. The reason we are set apart is because we live for Him and not for the world. Pastor Janeth got very real about what this looks like. While the world thinks about and goes after the things of this world, the one who is set apart for God craves and seeks after God… and the excitement and satisfaction that comes from Him far surpasses anything the world could ever offer.

    We are set apart because He saved us from our old life, and our separation from the world is a testimony that WE DO NOT FORGET THE LORD. We remember Him daily, we thank Him daily for all He has done, and we set our minds and hearts on serving Him all the days of our lives.

  92. In our reading this past week the Lord brought such revelation to my heart about Joseph and how he had been concealed (hidden) for a specific time. When it was time for him to come forth , to be revealed by God himself he brought him out because of the plans he had. Joseph was unrecognizable to his brothers and when he stood in front of them for the first time in several years they had no idea he was their own brother until he began to speak and interrupt things that nobody else knew about. I love this because God has such a plan and he knows exactly what the perfect timing is for each one of us.
    God has hidden each us for a long time but this is the season and time where the children of God are being brought forth, to be revealed to bring honor and glory to the name of Jesus. There is a birthing that is taking place in the church.

    Genesis 41:45
    “Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath means concealed, Paneah means revealed. There will be nothing concealed that will not be revealed. I’m so thankful for the revelation of the word of God that is coming forth in my life and in his church through the powerful Holy Spirit. I know there is much more God is going to reveal and wants to pour out in this season that is so special and like no other. His presence is sweet and in the ways he is speaking through his word is beyond my comprehension.

  93. This morning the Lord led me to Colossians 1:13 “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.” I looked up the Greek meaning of the word dominion (domain in the KJV) and it means “power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases.” To the world, this definition sounds great, power and liberty – those things can’t be bad right? But in this verse it is used to describe the rule of darkness, from which we need to be rescued.

    Pastor’s sermon brought more revelation to this scripture this morning as she talked about the Israelites in Goshen who used to be separate from the Egyptians but forgot that God had rescued, provided and protected them and they merged in with the Egyptians, worshiping their gods. They left the ways of God which were meant to set them apart from the rest of the world so that there was no more distinction… until God sent the plagues. The plague of darkness was not God bringing darkness to Egypt, it was God striping bare the Egyptians’ sun god- revealing that their god of “light” was really a god of darkness.

    Satan tries to hide the darkness that he is all the time with fake light and he entices people to this false light by offering power and liberty/freedom to make our own choices, be our own person – go our own way. The truth is it’s not freedom or light – it’s sin and bondage and when God shines his light on the fake light and exposes the darkness that it is, we see that our own ways only lead to death and destruction. But praise God, who sent his son Jesus to rescue us from the rule of this darkness and bring us in to the Kingdom of life and abundance, where there is true freedom from the sin that held us in darkness. God’s ways are true and perfect and meant to set us apart as a people who worship the one true God of Light!

    “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

  94. Genesis 50
    19: So Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you?
    20: You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me
    to this position so I can save the lives of many people.

    Can we look at our past now and say the same thing Joseph said?? the things that were done
    to us or that or even the things we did to others or ourselves, God has intended them for good.
    We can see the restoration in our lives, our families, one at a time and see what God is doing in our church and
    in so many families and truly say, wow God had a plan! and He has a plan. It began with Him giving us His Son Christ Jesus,
    and the rest is here! As Pastor Janeth has been teaching us, every situation has a reason for being, because God has a plan, as we can
    see with Joseph, as we have seen with our Pastors, and as we see in our own lives… Thank you Jesus <3

  95. Col 3:23 – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

    Good morning church! I’m excited to share more of what the Lord has shown me in this week’s study from Genesis 37 & 39 – Joseph was so blessed to be born to Jacob in his later years. Jacob was old and had a long time to grow in his relationship with God. He cherished it and knew that all Glory is due to The Lord. In his later years he probably had more time on his hands, time to pour all that he valued most into his beloved son. He must have been elated to watch Joseph grow into a young man who loved and honored God. In chapter 37, we read about the famous “coat of many colors” that Jacob made for Joseph. Jacob was grooming Joseph to be head of his family one day. The coat created turmoil for him, his brothers and ultimately the whole family but Joseph loved it and wore it in faith. Later in chapter 39, we learn about another coat (cloak, garment in some versions) that Joseph wore when he was head over Potiphar’s house. Potiphar’s wife grabbed it when Joseph refused her advances. In this period of time, only men of leadership wore coats or cloaks. They generally had long sleeves and were long in length to show that they didn’t need to worry about the restrictions it caused. They didn’t physically labor in their work. Two coats – Joseph’s father gave him the first one in preparation of leading his family. It was forcefully taken from him. The second was given to him when he was put in charge of Potiphar’s affairs. The coat of honor that man gave him was gladly given up and the COAT OF HONOR that his father gave him, which represents God’s Kingdom, was never taken off, even though it was physically destroyed.… AMAZING LOVE!

    Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight

  96. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
    Matthew 5:16

    Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
    1 Corinthians 9:24

    Reading Joseph this week has brought a lot of revelation that was even deeper expanded and solidified at Thursday night Bible Study. One thing that stood out to me every time I read, and it was mentioned a couple of times concerning multiple people, is that whoever was in charge of Joseph gave him charge over everything AND did not worry themselves about it because they saw the favor of God working in Him. What character! What honor to God! Joseph didn’t just appear and they take a chance on him, he demonstrated The Lord and gave honor and glory to him. His character, dedication and loyalty to God was demonstrated in all his actions daily. When they asked him to do something he made sure to say he was unable but God was able. Even through everything he had been through he did not stop trusting in and glorifying God. He spent two full years in prison after giving interpretation to the men’s dream and was forgotten about for two years but he did not waver even though he should have never been there in the first place. No complaining, bitterness, doubt, turning away, etc. He remained close to God. He spent his time with Him AND IT WAS EVIDENT! He was available when God wanted to use him and he demonstrated God every day he was there. This means he had to have sought God daily to remain with Him in the midst of hard work and circumstances, keeping in communication with Him while he was working hard, leaning on Him through all that came his way.

    God’s ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts higher than ours. He has a plan for me and my life set before I was even born. I need not to know what it is or where He is taking me, Joseph did not either, but I do have to give myself fully to Him despite circumstance (and as we saw things were not all sunshine and easy for Joseph), seeking Him throughout my day (Even when it’s tough or I am busy), keeping myself close to Him and honoring Him in everything then He will take care of me, my coming and going and will let His light shine through me. I too will be able to demonstrate how great my God is! He is so good and as we saw in reading Joseph, God works in mighty ways and does what only He can do, but we have to honor Him and make Him first. “Seek first his Kingdom and His righteousness and ALL these things will be given to you as well.” He doesn’t require my talent, my abilities, my trying, just my heart and  desire to honor Him.

  97. “and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. ”
    Colossians 2:10 NIV
    This week we have been examining the story of Joseph. The piece that has really hit my heart is the supremacy of God. He is in all things,above all things, he is everything. In the story of Joseph,God had a plan for Joseph’s life. He had to go through trials,but God was in every step of the process. Joseph never took the glory for himself, he honored God in everything. God was able to work a miracle because of it. God was the circumstance in order to bring Joseph to his calling. What security knowing as long as we honor God, his plan can be fulfilled in our lives, and “Gods got it!”

  98. I am so encouraged by the words we are reading in Genesis. Joseph’s life is a testimony of Godly character in the midst of the darkest and most heart-wrenching of circumstances. Whether in the Pit, in Jail, in the Palace, or when reunited with his family, his heart remained steadfast in honoring and trusting God for his life. God’s sovereignty and his perfect plan for our lives in revealed through the life of Joseph. Even when sold to the Egyptians all could have been disastrous, BUT GOD HAD A PLAN! All the time while he was in Egypt the Lord was preparing him, step by step for the purposes and plans the He had for Joseph’s life. We see this clearly in Joseph when he declares to his brothers, 4 “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. WOW!

    When I thought about the famine the Lord showed me that we may not have a famine of grain in our land today, but we have a famine in the land of honoring God. The Lord is looking for those who will trust in Him, hope in Him, obey Him, love Him, and praise and worship Him no matter the situation or where it may take us. As we do He develops our character to be like His. We too honor Him when our storehouses are filled with his life, his word, and his ways. Let the nations of the earth come to us for grain… His Word, His Life. Like Joseph’s brothers coming to the storehouses that were full in Egypt, let the world see that we are full and brimming over with God.

  99. The Lord has been gracious to give so much revelation in this week’s bible study. In chapter 38 I was drawn to the meanings of the names of the people & places that Judah ran to. It looks like after seeing the despair that his father was in, Judah set out to feel better. He took off to a place and people that he knew he shouldn’t be spending a lot of time with…to a certain Adullamite – In Greek it means Justice of the people. Was Judah trying to justify his actions? He suggested NOT killing Joseph, didn’t he? However, God is sovereign and only He is just. Further digging revealed that the root word to Adullamite is “Justice of Jehovah”. Praise God for His Plan!!! He shows us, hidden in the Word, that Judah wanted noble position (Hirah), wealth (Shua), his own way, (he married a Canaanite). Then wound up giving birth to a strong (Onan) awakening (Er) to ask for (Shelah) things that are lies & false (Chezib). God will have His Way! Tamar (Date Palm Tree-sweet with deep roots) and Judah (Praise, casting up thanks to God) come together in Timnah (Appointed, Portion) and the line of Judah continues – It breaksforth (Perez) 9 months later, pointing to the promised Messiah – Zerah (Rising, Dawning, Shining, Appear, Come out).

    Judah suffered great loss for his disobedience. We learn later in the story that God softened and changed his heart. He was back with his family. Out of sincere love and honor he offered his life for his brother’s….and at that point, Joseph reveals himself and restoration begins.

    God opens our eyes, understanding comes – then deep, sweet, Praise comes together and God’s appointed plan is set in motion. He is God Almighty.

    Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

  100. Sunday’s message about Joseph and this weeks Bible Study have really made clearer to me what it is to trust God. First Joseph was given away by his brothers into slavery, then was wrongly accused and put in prison. As we learned on Sunday ” how you react in the dungeon makes all the difference”. While in the dungeon Joseph honored God. His character did not change and neither did his love for God during this time of testing. He could have been bitter about the situation but he trusted the Lord instead, and the Lord showed him kindness. He worked hard and became a leader, and a light to those around him, interpreting their dreams. For me the story of Joseph is a true representation of trusting God when we don’t understand the way things are going. It is in that time when God reveals himself to us, and makes his will known. He has shown me that he is more than enough for me, and all I will ever need is him, during the difficult times. I know that those who look to him will never be disappointed. Later on in the reading Joseph was taken out of the situation and made second in command of the whole kingdom. God delivered him from his troubles and he was used to bless his family and sustain the future generations during the famine. Thank you Lord for your faithfulness!!!

    Genesis 39:20-21
    Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison,
    the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.

  101. What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me? Ps116:12
    Sunday’s message about Joseph becoming ruler of Egypt and saving his whole family shows me how important it is to remain thankful as a way to honor the Lord.
    Though Joseph suffered so much, he never became embittered. Even in the dungeon he honored God by telling the prisoners that only God can interpret dreams. In the lowest place he did not take God’s glory but allowed himself to be used, working hard everywhere he was put.
    Joseph had every opportunity to give up or simply have a bad attitude, but against all hope and with no physical evidence, he believed and in the end was fully delivered because….The Lord protects those of childlike faith. Ps 116:6

  102. “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” – John 10:14-15

    It is so amazing how loyal our God is! This Sunday we took a closer look at the story of Joseph and one thing that stuck out to me was how Joseph’s brothers were disloyal to him but how merciful the Lord was. His own brothers wanted to kill him but, with some convincing, they settled with selling him. Because Joseph continued to be loyal to the Lord throughout all the difficult circumstances, the Lord was loyal to him and revealed the great plans he had for his life.

    The Lord is indeed the good Shepard and he doesn’t forget his sheep. I am encouraged to be continuously loyal to the Lord regardless of my past and any present circumstances. I am also grateful that the Lord is so wonderful and loves His people. He laid down His life so that we can live a new life fully in Him, fulfilling our roles in His great plan.

  103. When I sought the Lord this morning, I remembered the song we sang at bible study last night. “We Love Your Name” by Jaye Thomas…No other God can be called a father. (Matt 6:9) No other God can be called a friend. (15:14) No other God can be called redeemer. (Romans 5:8) No other God’s coming back again. (Heb 9:28) How we love Your name, Jesus, You’re the beautiful One. We love Your Name.

    We have been reading about the supremacy and power of God this week, so the contrasting lyrics of this song struck me and I was overwhelmed by the Lord’s love and kindness. The Creator of all things, visible & invisible, rescued us from the domain of darkness. He is fierce and deliberate in His power, gentle and deliberate in His love. This is why we love His name and we love coming together to worship Him. This is why no one wants to leave, even after hours of worship. He inhabits the praises of His people and He is awesome in that place. He is our God and we are His people.

    PS 27:4 One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life and gaze upon the beauty of the Lord.

  104. “As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.” – Psalm 18:30

    I wanted to share this verse with you all. It supports what we have been reading and discussing in Colossians about the supremacy of Christ. I love it when God confirms His Word that He is speaking to His church. His way is perfect and His Word is flawless! I was encouraged again today by His supremacy – He is the Lord of ALL! Praise God!

  105. Hi all,
    As our Lord brought the message through Pastor Janeth in Sunday’s sermon many things reminded me of how awesome our God is and that he truly has figured everything out already. He has a plan for all creation. The one thing that the Lord brought to my heart was the part of the message about Joseph and the coat his father Jacob gave to him. Pastor Janeth stated that the coat was actually white and it reflected ALL colors. Immediately the Lord reminded me that long ago when Noah and 7 others were saved from the destructive flood, God made a promise to every living thing on earth. The covenant God made was the plan God had from the very beginning. After the floods receded God called Noah and his family out onto the dry land.
    Genesis 9:7-17
    7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”
    8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
    Joseph was sold into Egyptian slavery by his brothers, God had a plan to save Joseph’s family and the nation of Israel through Joseph. After Joseph’s was released from prison he was favored by Pharaoh and became an influential man who was trusted enough by Pharaoh to be given much power to run the country of Egypt. Joseph prepared for the prophesied famine to come, he made provision by storing food for years. When the worldwide famine came and Jacobs’s family could have perished, God had a plan to provide them with food and a place to live. Joseph’s coat reflected every color of the rainbow. God remembers His promises. God made a covenant to Noah for the generations to come. To preserve His people by using Joseph. All Joseph endured was for God’s plan to be fulfilled. And from that plan of God came our Supreme Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    God has a plan for us too!!
    Thank you Holy Father for your mercy, and for remembering your faithful promises so that we may have an opportunity to serve you with all our hearts!

  106. As I reflect upon the sermon from this past Sunday God makes no mistakes in bringing each one of us to hear such a powerful message of his amazing plan for us. This brings so much HOPE to my heart to know that God’s plan is so perfect!

    Colossians 1:5-6 says ” 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 truth.”

    Pastor Janeth spoke about Joseph’s life and even though he was thrown into a cistern for a time, he never lost sight of God’s plan for his life because he trusted, and had hope that God was going to prosper him no matter what circumstance came his way. It brought me such hope to know that everything I have gone thru in my life is because God’s plan is sovereign and always will be. He is the one that leads as I put my trust in him every day. As we prosper with God he is the one who builds up character to look more like him, and does the work within our hearts as Christians when we seek his will for our lives, obey, and know that God has a plan for our lives and that is what matters.

    Genesis 41: 52 says ” For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” (NKJV)

    God is beginning to produce fruit in those places that were once dead to him, he is bringing forth his truth, and word which is powerful to light up my heart in a new way!

  107. God has a plan! This brings such joy to my heart! This is peace and encouragement that the Lord is over ALL things. While reading Colossians two words stood out to me: endurance and patience.

    Colossians 1:11 – 12 says, “being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”

    Pastor Janeth’s message on Sunday spoke of persevering through the lows in life while believing and trusting that God has a plan. As she taught on the story of Joseph in Genesis, it shattered the lie in the Christian world that says when you follow Christ everything in your life is perfect and rosy. Instead this message challenged me to hold on to the promises of God for my life. As it says in Colossians, His plan is to develop great endurance and patience. This is true character! How does it develop? By joyfully giving thanks to the Father in every circumstance; being thankful in the highs and lows, in the times of rejoicing and the times of mourning. Praising, worshipping and thanking God in every season and situation – acknowledging that the Lord is the Lord Most High – He rules over all and He has a plan!

  108. 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.

    Happy 4th of July everyone!
    I am so thankful to God this day as we celebrate our nation’s freedom and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
    Today I want to make a declaration! I want to declare the praise of Him that calls us out of the kingdom of darkness and into the Kingdom of His marvelous Light!
    Today I am reminded of all our brothers and sisters throughout the world who do not have the same liberty as we do—- they hold on to the shining hope and reality that theirs is a nation that is higher than all. One that we are called to by God out of every nation, tongue and tribe…it is the holy nation…the Kingdom of God Almighty. And today we lift up others joining as one voice with all His chosen people throughout the world, declaring our unity under God and our independence from the tyranny of darkness … ”It is for freedom that Christ has set us free (Galatians 5:1)” Free to be His possession that we may declare the praises of Him who called us. Here in the U.S. we can shout it from the roof tops, but where people must praise from prison cell and cave, or must worship quietly from the depths of their souls unto God, we declare you are not alone! We join with you…one nation under God… a Royal Priesthood to declare the Glory due His Name!!!

  109. “…that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2b-3

    I’m thinking this morning about Pastor Janeth’s sermon on Sunday. For those who belong to the Lord, wherever they are, they begin to prosper. Joseph prospered even while in jail. As I read the verse above, I realized that Joseph could prosper because he had the hidden treasure that no one could take away no matter what. Christ, the hidden treasure, who holds all of the true riches, shines through us in character, love, faith, and joy, no matter where we are or what we are going through! Praise God for His awesome plan… Christ in us, the hope of glory!!!

  110. Titus 3:4-7
    4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done,but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

    Thinking a lot about the live worship service we had last Friday- I’m still amazed and so thankful that we have the opportunity to be in Gods presence in the way we do. I definitely didn’t leave the sanctuary the same way. Thank you Lord for always showing up for your people. Thank you for your love and for your mercy. Thank you for renewing us with your Holy Spirit and lastly thank you God for the plans you have for us!

  111. Philippians 4:7
    And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    Since last Friday night’s worship service, this verse has been on my mind and heart. What an amazing time of being in God’s presence and praising him and worshiping him for who he is!
    Thank you Lord for these times of worship where your peace comes and guards our hearts and minds. Thank you Lord for times like these where we can give back to you in honor and worship for all that you are and all that you have done for us.

  112. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

    I am so thankful for all the lord is doing! This season is like no other in our lives! As we came together as one to give thanks and praise to our great and worthy father for who he is and all he has given to us, I came to understand more that we can never out give God! He blessed us with his presence and peace and drew us closer to him like never before!

    To be apart of this family and know that my father in heaven not only raised my life out of the depths of darkness but, wants me to have life abundant is immeasurably more than I could ever ask or imagine!

    The Lord has done so much over these pasts weeks it’s incredible. He has brought my daughter back home like the prodigal son. To see her worship you Lord and see how you have opened her eyes to your goodness and mercy is miraculous.

    Thank you soo much Lord for giving me the opportunity to see the things that have been in the way of becoming completely free in you and coming into life that you have planned for me from long ago. There is no father greater than you! No one can ever compare to you and your love! I will spend all my days living to honor and be a living sacrifice for not only what you have done for me but, just because you are worthy.

  113. The worship we had last Friday night was {AWESOME} and I loved every minute of it because I’m coming to a realization that during these times of worship when we are “UNITED” in faith with each other and with Him and just spending quality time with Him to worship Him is when He speaks to our hearts! Last Friday was definitely an intimate time that we had with the Lord and he was definitely speaking to my heart during this time and He’s presence was with us, He was in the midst of His people and I know that this is the kind of relationship that He wants with us and that is a intimate relationship (Intimacy) and last Friday confirmed that for me and after last Friday night I have been doing that more and more in my life where I am spending that intimate time with Him and the more I do that the more and more I grow closer with Him and get to know Him!!

    Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask of 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.

  114. Psalm 150
    “Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.”

    What an awesome time of worship we had the other night. I could feel the Lord’s presence as soon as I walked into the sanctuary, His presence was so tangible. For those few hours, nothing else mattered; the cares of this world faded away, the busyness of the week subsided. Nothing could hold me back from worshipping Him, I was lost in His presence and enjoying worshipping Him. This is what I was made for. God has created and called me to be the instrument that would give Him praise. I’m so excited for the next time we have a night of live worship like that!

  115. This is a time where God is restoring his people to himself and establishing his kingdom through the praises of his people. The Friday night of worship was such a special night! All I kept on thinking afterwards was I want more! The Holy Spirit ushered us into the presence of the Almighty and just opened my eyes to see how close God wants to be to his children. We started with adoration, declaring him king and holy and righteous and then almost like flood, came his love, his sweet, overpowering, irresistible love that caused my heart to say I never want to leave his presence. There is no where else I’d rather be and in his presence is depth and glory and all we could ever need! Thank you Lord for inviting us into your presence and for making a way so that we never need to leave.

  116. What a privilege it was to be able to come into the Father’s House and be in His Presence last Friday night.
    It was as if time stood still and my entire being, spirit, soul and body were placed before Him to be with Him and focus on all
    that He is! The words to each song became an unending love song to my God, my Father…..”Coming back to the heart of worship” truly became all about HIM!

    1. Amen! That’s what it was like for me too. During those hours of worship I wasn’t just singing up or out to God, rather, I was sitting in front of Him and singing directly to Him. I was gathered before Him at this really long table, it stretched so wide that I couldn’t see the ends of it. Yet, each spot of the table was filled and I was praising Him in unison with all that were at the table. As we were praising and singing to The King, there was such a peace that filled me, the kind that gives a wholeness and completeness to you, like ‘yes, I am home’!

  117. 1 Chron 29:10,11- Blessed are You, O Lord God of Israel, our Father forever and ever, Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and glory, the victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours, Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all.

    I can truly testify that last Friday’s worship service caught me up into His presence in the most amazing way! My soul and voice could only magnify Him with thanksgiving for all the abundance of the Father’s love poured out from His beloved Son Jesus onto me! I am having my childhood restored as I interact with babies…I am so blessed to see creation through their eyes with the same joy and fresh excitement of discovering new things in life (His life). As we pour out our worship to our glorious King, He, in His goodness, is pouring more freedom into us as His beloved children! He is the “glory and lifter of our heads”! Hallelujah!

  118. The prayer/worship services last week were amazing. There was a general feeling of peace the entire time. If there was one thing that stood out to me, it would be that God wants us to come to Him and be connected to Him. Better than that, He wants us to want Him. I’m reminded of my old dog and her relationship with my mother; though she loved all of us, she would almost stop at nothing to be with her. If you had to keep her away for whatever reason, she would do whatever was possible in order to get to her. In many ways, this is what God wants us to be like with Him; He wants to us to be utterly relentless in our pursuit of a relationship with Him, and He wants that bond to be one that grows stronger and stronger.

    John 4: 23 (NIV) Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers (In Greek, Proskuneo, meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand [Strongs 4352]) will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

  119. Last Friday was just so amazing, to be able to worship the Lord for 3 hours, there’s nothing like the presence of the Lord, nothing could compare to that amazing time! For the first time in a long time, I just praised, worship, and exalted the Lord in the way He wanted me to. For so long I would do it for my own needs but on Friday night the Lord told me to worship how He wanted me to, glorifying His name. I just listened to Him and gave Him my all. In those 3 hours, nothing in the world mattered, just Him and the praises that he deserved for everything things He has done for me. I was and I’m still in awe of the Lord and the peace He brings.

    Hebrews 12: 28-29 “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

  120. Psalms 29:2 “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.”

    Hallelujah! How great it was to spend Friday night just worshipping our Father! I really tasted how sweet The Lord is, pouring my heart out to Him as he continued to fill me with His Spirit! I really felt like he expanded my heart so I may spread His sweet love to those he calls upon! For I once wasn’t able to love or be loved, but Praise God, for he has lit an eternal flame in my heart that has allowed me to know and love His love as well as pour it out! Praise God for his incredible power and truth bring so much joy!

    Psalms 99:5 “Exalt the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!”

  121. “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”.
    Psalm 27:4

    What an honor and privilege it truly is to be in the house of the Lord and there is no other place I would rather be than worshiping him, to be at his feet with the family of God.
    This past Friday night was such a sweet time in the presence of our God together. It did not matter if you were there from the beginning or came late because the worship was flowing and God was speaking to each one of us. I know for me I didn’t want to leave and could have stayed there all night because the presence was so sweet, thick, and tangible. He deserves all the glory, honor, and praise. It was so beautiful to see the families together with their children worshiping God. I look forward to another night like this where we can come together and exalt his name, to soak in the presence of our creator. My soul is rejoicing in all that God is doing with our lives!!

  122. “I rejoiced with those who said to me,
        “Let us go to the house of the Lord.””
    – Psalm 122:1

    What a privilege it is to come to the house of the Lord! There’s no place I’d rather be; His presence is sweet. On Friday night I saw men, women, and children of all ages and backgrounds choose to spend their Friday night worshipping the Lord. As I read Psalm 122 it continues to speak about praising God not only for yourself but for your family and friends… This is where my heart is being lead: I’m not simply praising God for myself, but for the generations to come! The Lord is worthy of all praise, honor, and adoration. He is King! Truly how good it is to be in the house of the Lord! I’m excited for this Sunday morning… praise God – it is another day to come to His house! Hallelujah!

  123. Psalm 66
    13 I will come to your temple with burnt offerings and fulfill my vows to you.
    14 Vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble.
    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 cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
    19 But God, has surely listened and has heard my prayer.
    Something has happened here…faith has risen.
    When entering the sanctuary Tuesday, the presence of the Living God was waiting, dwelling abiding in a place he has chose. A place where He can laugh, cry, and yes, play with His people. What a privilege, The world needs to know who He is.
    All I know is something happened, He went deep. My soul jumped, my soul jumped for the Living One. My soul at one time jumped for all things of the world. But these days that is not true, what is true, is the undeniable connection, and it lead to praise. When I called him he answered, only He can change the hearts of a man, only he can lift our heads, only he can put heaven in my heart. Ever present in times of trouble…ever present period.!!! Thank you Gracious One, thank you Holy One.
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge of who the Great God is..blessed be his heart and name.

  124. John 4:23-24 NIV “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

    What an amazing week praising and worshipping the Lord in the sanctuary of the church, on and around the church property, and in our homes. Truly the Lord is worthy of all glory, honor, and praise. He alone is worthy to be worshiped with all our heart, soul, mind and strength! What an honor it is to bring forth praise to our God and King for how great, loving, merciful, generous, and faithful He IS! Friday night was such a sweet time in the Lord’s presence worshipping Him in song and with an outpouring of our hearts to the One we love and cherish. Seeing and hearing men and women, youth and adults, children and parents, brothers and sisters, husband and wives, teenagers and friends worshipping the Lord was beautiful. I look forward to more nights like these where we can gather together and give back in worship to the Lord for He is GREAT and GREATLY TO BE PRAISED!

  125. What an amazing time we had on Friday night worshipping our King! The Lord’s presence was so powerful, yet so sweet! One of the songs that was sang says it all for me…”I finally found where I belong…in your presence Lord!” For so many years I never felt that I belonged, until I came face to face with our Almighty God. Now there is no where else I would rather be! We have the greatest family at UFC! Love you guys!

  126. Ps. 125
    V.2 As the Lord surrounds Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people both Now and Forevermore!
    Last Night was a beautiful demonstration of intimacy with God. The Holy Spirit showed me as we were surrendering Praise to The King, that The King truly surrounds us.
    The Lord was being showered with our songs and worship, in turn He was so blessing us with His presence, with each other! He was truly in our midst. What a night to forget every care of the week, and give back to Jesus for all that He continues to do every day in our lives, for his provision, His counsel and protection. He has truly given us a place to worship Him. Amen!

  127. “I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” Psalm 34:1-3

    Over and over again, I can’t stop declaring what an honor it is to honor the Lord!! How awesome is our God!! Leading up to last night, I have been so amazed at all God has been revealing through this last week of praise and worship. I keep seeing Him expanding our territory, tearing down obstacles, and establishing us in His pleasant places – His heart, His will, His Word, and His truth – with every shout and with every praise.

    So as we met together last night for worship and I saw children and adults of all ages simply rejoicing in the Lord and enjoying His sweet presence, it was incredible. Surely God has done great things for us!!! Let us exalt His Name together!!

  128. Having the freedom to worship the living God with live worship in His sanctuary for hours has impacted me greatly. I physically feel this radiant burst of energy in every single one of my cells that is beaming in the presence of my Creator and King and awakening desires to expand His Kingdom. My body craves this time to honor the Lord with thanksgiving and praise, a time where I truly join in with the choir of angels that surround His throne. Every moment spent in the sanctuary I feel my roots growing deeper and deeper in love with God…even when I leave my soul does not stop singing, I really can hear Him singing all through the night over me as I sing to Him!!!

  129. But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God, the Eternal King. (Jeremiah 10:10 NIV)

    Yesterday as Caleb and I were in the sanctuary praising the Lord His presence was so sweet, so heavy, close and tangible. To think that the God who created all that we see, sustaining the universe and each of its needs would come with all that power and be with a man. That our Lord, Father and Savior who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords goes with each of us where we go gives me such hope and expectation of what He may do in my life! To know also that while we are where we may be at that time that God would make His presence, authority and love made known to us and all around us by revealing Himself. Our God is not only the one true God but also the living God the Eternal King who cannot be bound nor measured. That He with all His power, might, love, authority and gentleness comes with us each everyday.

    What a love that God has for His people, may all praise glory and honor be His this Day!
    Praise be to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
    What an immeasurable love!

    God bless you.

  130. “The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.” Deut 28:12

    There is an open heaven and the Lord is sending forth the rains of his word, powerful presence, restoration, and he is becoming so real in my life and I know for many of us this is so evident. We are touching God like never before and truly believing every word that he’s speaking into the depths of our hearts and soul, that it is going to come forth because our inheritance is in HIM. He is about to send down a blessing that we will not be able to contain in this very special season with him. Praise Him, Praise Him because he has been so good to us!!

  131. They will neither hunger nor thirst,
    nor will the desert heat or the sun
    beat upon them.
    He who has compassion on them will
    guide them and lead them beside springs of water.
    Isaiah 49:10

    Thank you Lord for showing your love to us, and our Church in Honduras. You have been faithful to us both all these years and are doing something very special in both Churches. As you are pouring out your waters they are watering the places in our hearts that have been dry, that needing refreshing, and bringing restoration, hope and faith. The one who calls us is faithful and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24
    Thank you Lord for your great love!

  132. “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.”
    ‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭36:26‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    What an amazing year, season and time we are all in with the Lord! What can I say: God is mighty, loving and has been changing the lives of my family and I tremendously by the power of His word and Holy Spirit.

    God is taking my old ways of the hard heart and has given to me a new one. While obeying the word, asking for His salvation and following the coucelor the Holy Spirit my family and I have become closer in His love, hopeful for all that God will do and are finding our purpose in Him which is far better than any plans we had for ourselves.

    Today I rejoice at the hope of what is to come as God gives me a new heart, changes all my ways and instills in me the spirit of God. Never have I been so free, so in love and so hopeful that I may continue on with my family to serve Him further by the power that is at work in us!

    Today is the day of salvation and transformation!

    Hallejuah and be blessed UFC!

  133. Good morning!

    Yesterday, AJ and I were walking through the Pine Barrens talking about how the land is dry, desolate, and sandy, but if you dig deep enough, you will find one of the biggest aquifers in the country that provides water to people across this entire region. We spoke about how the Lord takes what the world calls “barren,” and makes it His well-spring of life. We spoke also in our bible study this week about going into the deepest part of the well, where God dwells. Pastor has been speaking about the well-springs of Heaven pouring out… and about going deeper and deeper until we encounter the well-spring of eternal life!

    This morning, the Lord showed me the verse again that He has brought our church in Isaiah 54:

    “SING, oh barren woman… BURST into song… SHOUT for joy…” We are that well-spring that is meant to BURST forth for the Lord and produce a well-watered garden for Him.

    Then I got even more excited as the Lord brought me to Isaiah 41:18-20:

    The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I, the Lord, will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

    Praise Him! How amazing is our God that He has chosen the barren to be His well-springs of life! He is doing it now!

  134. Psalm 29:3 & 10 “The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever.”

    The Lord reigns over the waters… his majesty and authority is so powerful that it thunders in the heavens over the mighty waters. These waters are the rains, the flood waters that he is pouring out over his church even now. Thank you Lord that you reign over the waters, that they move at the sound of your voice and that at your command your glory is raining down over your church!

  135. “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
    John 10:9‭-‬10 NIV

    Pastor Jeff referred to this verse in Sunday service, and as we have been reading Acts for Bible study, I was reminded of Acts 3:2-10.

    “Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”
    Acts 3:2‭-‬10 NIV

    Jesus is the gate called beautiful. When we enter we become renewed. Just as he was able to restore the lame man bringing his feet back to full strength, He wants to restore our lives. I thank God that He is doing just that here and now. He is restoring my perspective of mind; allowing me to enjoy the freedom of trusting in Him. He is changing my life starting from the inside. There is so much more to come I am exited for it all!

  136. I am completely immersed in the love, freedom, hope, joy, restoration, grace, and power of God! I have to seriously ask…“how can it get better than this?!” but I know His word says He can do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). This season with God is already the sweetest and best time of my life, God meets with us every time we are together and has blessed us with an abundance of everything (joy, love, freedom, guidance…even food!). I have fallen completely in love and know that nothing can separate me from the love of God (Romans 8:38)!!!

  137. Tuesday night was awesome. God’s presence is sweeter every time we gather together. This was a special night: Pentecost – the Lord giving His Torah. As the sun went down and the new day arrived it was evident that it really is a new season! Pastor’s message from Exodus 19 is a stone on this journey to remember forever…. on this day we say “yes” to the Lord, choosing Him and His ways for all the days of our lives. What God wouldn’t do for one that chooses Him. It is truly the greatest love story!

    During worship as we pledged our hearts to the Lord, like Ruth, “where you go, I go…” I saw the most beautiful clear sparkling diamond. The Lord showed me that just as a woman wears an engagement ring to declare her fidelity and love as one betrothed; the Lord Jesus is the diamond. He is giving us himself (His Spirit & His Word). His love is pure and true. His character is multifaceted and as I search His Word our relationship will grow deeper and stronger. This is a season like no other – I am so excited to see what will happen next!

  138. One of the things about this past weekend in our anniversary celebration that touched me was to see so much joy, laughter, love and the presence of God filling the atmosphere from one place to the next. Everyone was rejoicing and so excited to be together this truly is the family of God.

    We are those rocks that cannot ever be shaken again by the enemy, and I know for me God really spoke to my heart about restoration and going back to take all that is mine. He has given me such joy,peace, and hope of all that he has just begun, but looking forward to the future in great expectation of all he is going to do. I know its the beginning of a new journey with him and that he is with me every step of the way leading and directing my path to what he desires for my life. I used to think I had to have everything figured out and even had to have the right things to always say, what pride and arrogance thinking only of my way instead of God’s ways. He has opened my eyes to see that his way is the only thing that counts and that he is looking for. As I leave everything of the past behind me looking ahead to an exciting journey with expectation and trusting him every step along the way , I cannot even imagine where he will take me but that’s the greatest part about being with him.

    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

  139. 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.”
    As Pastor shared another powerful message yesterday on our 10th Anniversary of UFC, I’m sure each one of us was
    taken back to those 10 years, reminiscing of the Lord’s unfailing love through our Pastors, to not give up on us, but to hold on to us with such
    patience, such longsuffering, such love!
    I remain in awe and overflowing thanks recalling how He has helped me personally to come into the truth of who I am without Him and the truth of who He is (and He so lovingly continues to reveal this).
    He has helped me every step of the way to see my sin and receive the gift of repentance through His shed blood, to see the power of the cross and therefore see my Savior, my redeemer and the lover of my soul,…..and now to see others through HIS eyes, being enabled to love them as He has so mercifully and graciously has loved me.
    What a privilege, and honor to be a part of United Faith Church, where the Presence of Almighty God is not only spoken of,
    but it is experienced!!
    Thank you Father God

    Thank you Jesus!!!

  140. This anniversary weekend, the story of Ruth has really touched my heart. I think about how she left the life that she knew, with no prospect of a husband or provision, knowing that she was going to be shamed for being a Moabite woman entering into the Jewish community. Yet all she cared about was being where God was. She was ready to leave the life she knew for a future that was unknown, in an unfamiliar land.

    I am someone who always wants to figure things out and try to understand God by applying my own finite thoughts and reason. This year, I have seen how much God does not need my ideas and how arrogant it is to think I can understand his ways or that he needs my reasoning in his plans. My heart’s desire now, is to be like Ruth, not knowing what the journey will be like but knowing that if I am with God, there’s no other way for me. I look ahead, leaving my own understanding and prideful reasoning in the past, excited for the journey of a lifetime, trusting God every step of the way. Though this new season has just begun, already there’s hope, peace, joy and expectation of all that’s to come!

    “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 1:17

  141. 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!!!

  142. 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

  143. 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?

  144. 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!!!

  145. 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!

  146. 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!

  147. 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.

  148. 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!

  149. 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.”

  150. 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!

  151. “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!

  152. ““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!

  153. “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!

  154. 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!

  155. 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.

  156. 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!

  157. 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!

  158. 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.

  159. 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!!

  160. 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!!

  161. 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…

  162. 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!

  163. 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!!

  164. 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!

  165. 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!

  166. “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

  167. 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!

  168. 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.

  169. 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.

  170. 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

  171. 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!

  172. 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.

  173. “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!

  174. 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!!!

  175. 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!!

  176. 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.”

  177. “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

  178. 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!!

  179. 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.

  180. 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!

  181. 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.

  182. 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!

  183. 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!

  184. “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.

  185. 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!!!!!

  186. “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.

  187. 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!

  188. 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.

  189. 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!!

  190. 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.

  191. 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!

  192. 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.

  193. “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.

  194. “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!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  195. 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!

  196. “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.

  197. 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!

  198. 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!!

  199. 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.

  200. 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!

  201. 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!

  202. 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!

  203. 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!!

  204. 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!

  205. 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!

  206. 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!

  207. “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.

  208. 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.

  209. 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.

  210. 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.

  211. 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.”

  212. 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.”

  213. 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!

  214. 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!

  215. 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!!!

  216. 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!

  217. 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!

  218. 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?!?!

  219. 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.

  220. 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.

  221. 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.

  222. 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!

  223. 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.

  224. 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.

  225. 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!

  226. 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!!!

  227. 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!

  228. 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 !

  229. 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

  230. 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!

  231. 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.

  232. 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

  233. 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

  234. “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.

  235. 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

  236. “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.

  237. 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!

  238. “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.

  239. 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!

  240. 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!

  241. 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.

  242. 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!

  243. 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.”

  244. 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!

  245. 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!

  246. 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!

  247. 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!

  248. 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!

  249.   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!

  250. 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.

  251. 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..

  252. 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.

  253. 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…

  254. 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!

  255. 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!

  256. “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!!

  257. “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!

  258. 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!

  259. 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!!!

  260. 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

  261. 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.

  262. 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!

  263. 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!

  264. 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.

  265. 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.

  266. 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!

  267. “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

  268. 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!!!

  269. “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!

  270. “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!

  271. 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!

  272. 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.

  273. 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!

  274. 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.

  275. 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

  276. 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.

  277. “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!

  278. 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!

  279. 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!

  280. 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.

  281. 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!

  282. 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.

  283. 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!

  284. 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.

  285. 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.’”

  286. ​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!

  287. 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!

  288. 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

  289. 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.

  290. 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!

  291. 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

  292. 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!

  293. 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.

  294. 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

  295. 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

  296. 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!!!

  297. 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!

  298. 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

  299. 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.

  300. 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.

  301. 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.

  302. 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!

  303. 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.

  304. 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