Encountering God in Troubling Times

  • Friday, January 25, 2019
  • By Priscilla Shirer


We’re not just called to read about God, we’re called to experience him. This is the idea which underpins all of Priscilla Shirer’s message, the linchpin of her speech at the She Rises Conference. This is the reason, Shirer explains, why Christ died on the cross for us. So that we might have a personal, continual encounter with Him.

At this point, you might be asking yourself how we can be sure that regular people like us are called to have such an encounter? The way we know, notes Shirer, is because the Bible is chock full of ordinary people who encountered God. Their stories teach us that regular people like us can encounter Him. After all, aren’t there times when we may have doubts like the apostle Thomas?  Or question God’s promises like Abraham? Like Priscilla says, “If regular folks like that can encounter God, then so can we.” God dictated these stories so that we might be encouraged to encounter Christ.

The other point that Priscilla makes is that in order to encounter God, we must learn to recognize Him. Often, in the Bible, Jesus shows up in a different looking “package” than the one people are expecting -- and the people around him don’t really see Him.

And often this applies to our own lives: God shows up in seasons of our lives, but the season is wrapped in a “package” that isn’t what we wanted or isn’t what we expected, so we miss God in those seasons. His fingerprints are all over the situation but sometimes we miss Him completely.

So be encouraged friends. Read the Bible, and understand that it is there to help us learn about God. Then, realize that the knowledge helps us to encounter Him. And when troubling times come along, look for God and His plan in those times -- don’t miss Him, He is always there for you!

Bonding With Others

  • Friday, January 25, 2019
  • By Bobby Schuller

Your Value is Not Based on Your Achievements.

If anyone knows something about belonging, it’s Bobby Schuller. A third-generation pastor, Schuller knows his place in the world. It is out of that pastoral belonging that he shares this truth: we don’t have to struggle to belong, we already do.

It should come as no surprise that the greatest human need is to bond with God and with others, it is a need to belong. Yet we fall into the trap of “constantly hustling for worthiness.” This hustle is our attempt to find value and worth outside of our being sons and daughters of God. We look for our value in our achievements, in our titles, in our work. When we continue this pattern of attempting to find value in this way, it can lead to us feeling spiritually and emotionally numb.

There is hope, however. We don’t need to be trapped in this self-destructive cycle, we can break it. We do this by learning to share, being vulnerable, and being known by others. This takes us out of the “I will make myself worthy” mindset and puts us into a mindset which allows us to walk humbly, be vulnerable, and have a deep, strong relationship with our community and, most importantly, with God.

Maybe you’re asking yourself, “How do I get to this new mentality?” Prayer is a primary way of bringing about this mentality. Another help, though, is to repeat this simple creed which you can find in Bobby Schuller’s book:

I’m not what I do.
I’m not what I have.
I’m not what people say about me.
I’m the beloved of God.
It’s who I am.
No one can take it from me.
I don’t have to worry.
I don’t have to hurry.
I can trust my friend Jesus and share His love with the world


Remember, you are loved, you are wanted, you are needed, you are forgiven, and you belong.

Be In The World But Not Of The World

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019
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Thursday, 28th March 2019

The Transforming Power of Righteousness There’s a very specific way that the Bible refers to God’s church. It uses the term “ecclesia,” and this terminology is important...Pastor Bill Johnson doesn’t want us to miss the distinction. Why? Because the term “ecclesia,” explains Pastor Johnson, is “a secular term” which gives its members power to “bring about change” through their organization. Now, why did the Holy Spirit guide Bible authors to use a secular term for the church? One of the reasons was to erase the distinction between the church and the world it exists within. God becoming a man (in the form of Jesus Christ) took things which were previously unclean (e.g. the world) and redeemed them. Pastor Johnson provides an example of a leper, “Old Testament, you touch a leper, you become unclean. Jesus touches a leper; the leper becomes clean.” In the Old Testament, one wouldn’t “associate with the sinner because it would contaminate [them]” but in the New Testament the power of righteousness “in the life of the believer transforms everything around them.” This distinction provides a helpful roadmap by which we can better navigate the complex business of being “in” but not “of” the world. We don’t have to fear the world and can set about loving others and spreading the Gospel because He is alive in us, redeeming those who do His will. Amen!

Be In The World But Not Of The World

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • By Bill Johnson

Thursday, 28th March 2019

The Transforming Power of Righteousness There’s a very specific way that the Bible refers to God’s church. It uses the term “ecclesia,” and this terminology is important...Pastor Bill Johnson doesn’t want us to miss the distinction. Why? Because the term “ecclesia,” explains Pastor Johnson, is “a secular term” which gives its members power to “bring about change” through their organization. Now, why did the Holy Spirit guide Bible authors to use a secular term for the church? One of the reasons was to erase the distinction between the church and the world it exists within. God becoming a man (in the form of Jesus Christ) took things which were previously unclean (e.g. the world) and redeemed them. Pastor Johnson provides an example of a leper, “Old Testament, you touch a leper, you become unclean. Jesus touches a leper; the leper becomes clean.” In the Old Testament, one wouldn’t “associate with the sinner because it would contaminate [them]” but in the New Testament the power of righteousness “in the life of the believer transforms everything around them.” This distinction provides a helpful roadmap by which we can better navigate the complex business of being “in” but not “of” the world. We don’t have to fear the world and can set about loving others and spreading the Gospel because He is alive in us, redeeming those who do His will. Amen!

How To Build Your Vision From The Ground Up

  • Monday, April 15, 2019
  • By Steve Furtick and Bishop T.D Jakes

15th April, 2019

Too often we remain in jobs that stifle our souls and leave us on the runway of opportunity with the engine of our deepest passion stalled, watching others make their personal vision a reality and build a legacy for their children-the opposite of what God intends for us. But it's never too late to get your dreams off the ground! If you long to maximize your unique abilities and aptitudes, if you strive to combine personal fulfillment with professional satisfaction, if you dream of creating exceptional goods and offering transformative services and fulfilling God's destiny for you, then you are ready to SOAR! 

In SOAR! T.D. Jakes reveals how to build the uniquely personal vision within each of us into our special contribution to the world. Blending the practical business acumen of a successful, global CEO with the dynamic inspiration of a life coach, SOAR! provides the tools needed to ignite our imaginations into action and challenges us to embrace our God-given purpose as we align our character and creativity with our careers. 

Bridging both the corporate and nonprofit worlds, SOAR! is a practical and easy-to-follow flight plan for launching the entrepreneurial drive inside each of us. It provides an inspiring look into the mindset of people who don't wait to see what will happen but strategically build the wings that will take them to new heights. So buckle your seat belts and prepare for liftoff-you have been cleared to fly beyond your fears, to absolutely SOAR!

Worship Is Intimacy

  • Friday, April 26, 2019
  • By Kim Walker

Worship Is Intimacy. Worship launches us in deeper places with God  and grows our relationships.

26th April, 2019


WHAT CAN I GIVE?

  • Monday, April 29, 2019
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Reframe Your Life's Work by Giving, Not Getting.

 

The first thing you notice upon meeting comedian Michael Jr. is that he’s got jokes. It’s impossible to not crack a smile when you’re around him. But in between the laughter is a large heart for God, and a relentless focus on helping make the world a better place...through comedy.

 

How can you make the world better through comedy, you might ask?

 

For Michael Jr., it boils down to this: reframe your life’s work as something you can give to the world, instead of making it something you get from the world.

 

To illustrate this point, Michael Jr. tells the story of an auto mechanic he met at one of his shows. At first, the mechanic thought of his work in terms of fixing other people’s cars. But after some reflection, he came to see his job in terms of “ensuring other people reach their destination.” That type of mentality shift becomes a motivation, a reason to get out of bed in the morning, and gives us a purpose.

 

The reason this mindset shift is so great is because it allows us to constantly give. Give of our talents (in service of our community), give of our time (to others), and most importantly, give all of the glory to God.



And as for Michael Jr., he’s busy giving laughter and hope to audiences each time he performs. And though the jokes are extremely funny, his message of giving versus getting is as serious as could be.

You are an OverComer

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • By Mandisa



Help us to Have the Strength to Accept What Your Perfect Will is for Our Lives.

 

This is one of the most difficult prayers that a person can ask of God. As Christians, our lives are filled with immense joy of being in relationship with our Savior. We’re bonded to Heaven, our eternal destination. And we know for a fact that the worst that can happen in this life doesn’t hold a candle to the magnificent future that’s in store for us in God’s kingdom.

 

But that doesn’t mean we’re immune to pain in this lifetime. Realistically, we’re probably not going to overcome every difficulty that comes our way. We may see loved ones pass away, marriages crumble, people fall ill, and other trials of life that cause us to grieve and hurt. We may pray without ceasing that these difficulties “go away.” But what if they don’t? What if an illness was meant to cause us to meet someone (a doctor, a nurse, a fellow patient) whom God has created an opportunity for us to share His love with?

 

What if through our difficulties people see our faith magnified and they become encouraged or saved through the mighty power of Christ?  

 

In this clip, Grammy Award-winner Mandisa talks about the prayers that don’t get answered in the way we hoped they would. Earlier, she refers to Joey Feek who was promoted to Heaven after a valiant fight against cancer.

 

Mandisa shares that as she reads her Bible, she’s realizing that even though God cares about our trials, He also cares about our hearts as we face trials.

 

To be an overcomer then partly also means overcoming ourselves--our will, our wants for our lives, and to accept God’s perfect will for our lives.

 

You're an overcomer

Stay in the fight 'til the final round

You're not going under

'Cause God is holding you right now

You might be down for a moment

Feeling like it's hopeless

That's when He reminds you

That you're an overcomer

GOD' PLAN

  • Monday, May 6, 2019
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The Lord knew us before we were created and his plans towards us are perfect. The Lord only has good plans and those are to prosper us and to give us our expected end. How do you want to finish in this life? What are those things that you daily work towards to. What is that you are believing God for? Is it an education, marriage, children, house, job? God says He wants to give you all these things. He is our hope at all times. Always remember that the Lord is ready to give you all that you want and need. He is God.

It Crushed Me

  • Friday, May 10, 2019
  • By T.D Jakes AND Keion Henderson

The pathway to God’s power in your life often begins when we are crushed. This new series highlights extraordinary stories of overcoming immense pain and hardship--I call them crushing moments.

Pastor Keion Henderson and I sat down to discuss his story and how it aligns with my soon to be released book, Crushing: God Turns Pressure into Power! This charismatic young preacher spent years crushed beneath a childhood family secret that threatened to wreck their church! Could it be possible that what gives you the most significant pain is going to be the force that unlocks your power? Could it be possible that what gives you the most significant pain is going to be the force that opens your power?


Night Of Worship

  • Friday, May 10, 2019
  • By Todd Dulaney, Maranda Curits & Jonathan McReynolds

David & Nicole Binion host Todd Dulaney, Maranda Curtis and Jonathan McReynolds for a night of worship with several of their latest songs.

Worship launches us in deep places with God because we only see Him as He truly is we we worship Him in Spirit and in truth.


God's Love

  • Monday, May 13, 2019
  • By Lighthouse Television

God has loved us beyond our imagination or anything we know love to be. He never tires to look out for us. The Bible says that He never sleeps or slumbers. 

This week just be reminded of the love of God that is from everlasting to everlasting. His love is with you forever.