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What Faith Can Do

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1

I’ve had a song in my head the last couple of days, What Faith Can Do, by Kutless.  It has a catchy beat, which caught my attention, but the words are what make it so powerful.  This is the chorus:

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do.

I love the line … broken hearts become brand new.

Our heart is one of the most vital organs in our body.  When it stops, we stop.  Yes, all parts work together, but without the heart pumping blood, nothing else works.  We can even lose function of our brain, and our heart will keep pumping, but when the heart stops, we die. 

In Proverbs 4:23, God tells us, Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.  

I don’t think He’s talking about our physical heart here, but rather our spirit; who we are inside.   When our spirits are broken, it’s hard for us to function properly.  And once a heart / spirit  is broken, it’s hard to make it new again.  It just doesn’t work the same.  Or we don’t feel the same. 

I delivered a little stillborn baby seven years ago.  My heart was broken.  I really didn’t think I would ever be okay again.  But …

With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

When we have faith in God, dreams become realities, hope flows, miracles abound, and broken hearts do become brand new!

Thank you Jesus for healing my heart and my hurts and for giving me hope and a future.  Thank you for turning my dreams into reality.  Thank you for loving me Jesus, first.

I love you!
In Jesus Name I Pray,
Amen

God’s Blessings Upon You!

Love,
Joyce

The Choices You Make Today
Will Affect Your Tomorrow
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It’s All Because of Jesus!

The Jesus Way

Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them saying.
Matthew 5:1

Jesus had been sharing His message for about a year when He took his followers up onto the side of a mountain to give them some words of advice.  They had been living the way of the world … now it was time for a change.  Time to do things The Jesus Way. 

Jesus said:

     

    • The meek would inherit the earth, and the pure in heart would see God.  His followers were to be a beacon of  light to a dark and dying world.
    • Getting angry at a brother was not acceptable … forgiveness was not an option. 
    • Adultery, divorce and oaths were not cool and we need to learn how to turn the other cheek and love not only our friends, but also the ones who treat us wrong.
    • Give to the needy, but don’t make a show of it … pray to God simply … give him the honor and praise that only He deserves.
    • Fast for God … not man.
    • Don’t put your store in things … things will come and things will go.  Put your energy into heaven, your rewards will be eternal.
    • You can love God or money … but not both.  Money isn’t the root of all evil, but the love of money is where the trouble starts.
    • Don’t spend today worrying …  let today be today. 
    • Don’t judge others … period.
    • Ask … seek … knock.  these are action verbs.  Do something.
    • There is a narrow gate into heaven … and a broad gate to destruction.  Choose the narrow gate for life eternal with Him.
    • A good tree cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
    • If you do these things you are wise and your foundation strong.

    This is The Jesus Way!

    Father, teach me to walk Your Way. 

    I Love You Jesus!
    In Your Name I Pray!
       Amen

    God’s Blessings Upon You!

    Love,
    Joyce

    It’s All Because Of Jesus!

    21 Days of Awakening Fast

    Awakening Button

    We started 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting yesterday at The Tree.

    The purpose of this time of prayer and fasting is to grow closer to God.

    There is a great 21 Day Devotional to help you.

    Click here to download the Devotional:

    You can find more information on the types of Fasts, Calendars, Recipes, etc … at:
    http://www.awake21.org

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    Maximizing Your Life In 2010

    Join us in January for this series on MAXIMIZING your 2010 by gaining understanding in ALL areas of your life.
     
    January 10:  Spiritual
    January 17:  Emotional
    January 24:  Physical
    January 31:  Relational        
     
    “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”
         Hosea 4:6

     

     

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    Balcony People

    But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness
    Hebrews 3:13

    Bobby had a talk with Carson the other day about the words that come out of his mouth, towards his brother.  Carson has a tendency to tear down Chase.  Bobby explained that there are two types of people in the world.  Balcony people encourage and lift others up.  Basement people tear others down.  Putting a name to each type, gave him the opportunity to teach Carson a great life lesson.  Bobby didn’t make up these names, he read them in a book, years ago.  But the concept stuck with him and he used it to teach the boys the boys an important concept. 

    All weekend Carson and Chase have been walking around calling each other balcony or basement people, depending on what the other is doing or saying.  They’ve gotten the message.  All Bobby has to do is look at Carson and say, “Balcony”, and he stops teasing his brother.

    One of the great characters in the Bible, Barnabas, was the original balcony person.  When the disciples were trying to decide whether to trust Saul/Paul, after his recent conversion, they sent Barnabas to him.  Saul had been the worst of sinners.  He had actually had a part of crucifying Believers.  His past could have been a drastic hindrance to his usefulness in God’s Kingdom.  But Barnabas didn’t look at what Saul had done in the past.  He saw something in him and helped him develop his gifts for God.  Barnabas took a risk with Saul, and eventually gave him a thumbs up to the other disciples.  The rest as they say, is history.  Saul’s name changed to Paul and he led the gentiles and the rest of the world to faith in Jesus Christ, and wrote a good portion of the New Testament. (Acts 4,9,11,14)

    Life can be very difficult. But one word of encouragement, a smile from a stranger, a hug and “I know you can do this, I’m so proud of you,”  makes all the difference in the world.

    I don’t want to tear others down.  I don’t want to drain the life from them.  I want to lift them up.  I want to encourage them.  I want to be a balcony person.

    Father, thank you for this example of a man who spent his life, encouraging, serving, and supporting others.  Teach me to be like Barnabas.  Let my life be an encouragement to others.  And Jesus, please give Carson the revelation that words can hurt, so that he stops hurting his brother.

    I love you Jesus.
       In your name I pray,
       Amen

    God’s Blessings Upon You!

    Love,
    Joyce

    It’s All Because Of Jesus!

    Living Stone For December

     

    Jessica Seeley loves to serve.  She volunteers with the Kids Church on Sunday mornings and helps out with the Youth Group on Wednesday nights. Whenever there is work to be done at The Tree, you’ll find Jessie there to help.

    She lives out her life verse: Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world (James 1:27) in real time.

    Jessica Seeley  – December 2009

    Tree of Life Living Stone

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It’s All Because Of Jesus!