It’s Never Too Latte For The Lord! (Assurance)


Want a grande Blessing from the Lord?  It’s not a ‘tall order’ for Him to make a way for you!  The power belongs to God.  He presides . . . even when our political leaders, bosses at work, or friends disappoint us.

While it may seem too latte (too late) at times, trust God will be right on time.

God’s grace, his unmerited favor, is sufficient.  While you may have bold prayer requests, trust that the Lord can do more than you can ask or imagine – a blessing may be just around the corner.   While what he delivers may not be ‘exactly what you ordered’, it may be exactly what He feels you need – for the moment.

  •  You can get a refill!  He’s not a one-blessing God.

So the next time you’re enjoying an espresso at Starbucks (or your favorite coffee shop), meditate on what you need to express in your prayers to your Heavenly Father.

  • Meditate on the benefits of praising Him in advance.  Know, as his child, it ain’t over until God says it is over.  Remember, the Lord’s words NEVER come back to him void. Never.

So praise the Lord and enjoy your latte. Thank you, thank you Jesus.  

Lastly, never forget this one truth: It’s never too latte for the Lord!

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3: 8-9 NIV

  • Hallelujah, salvation, and glory.  

66 Assurance Way


Photo credit: jpellgen/flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

 

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7 Days Without Prayer Makes One Weak


Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

James 5:16


They say a picture is worth a thousand words. For the third or fourth time in last year or so, this church -about one mile from my home in Greensboro NC- has put a smile on my face!

As we learned in the New Testament verse above, the ineffectual, unfervent prayer of an ungodly man availeth little.  In Luke 11 Jesus teaches us how to pray and reminds us of the doors he can open if we simply ‘ask’.  A praying Christian need not be weak, but should ‘renew their strength’ by waiting on the Lord.

  • Prayer does change things. Don’t go a whole week without praying to your personal Savior.  I am a living witness to answered prayers! Please strive to make prayer and praise a regular part of your spiritual life.

Pray for those impacted by Hurricane Irma and Harvey.  Pray for those killed or injured in the Charlottesville VA rallies last month (and their families). Pray for the 800,000 Dreamers (immigrants) whose DACA protection is now at risk.


But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strengthThey shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. 

Isaiah 40:31 NKJV

 



Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer (Luke 11)

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples. ”He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father,hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.And lead us not into temptation.’ ”

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacityhe will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Luke 11:1-10 (NIV)


 

Be Righteous, Be Delivered (Psalms 34)


The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Psalm 34:17-19 (NKJV)



These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 (NKJV)


 Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

Christ’s Tomb: An Exit, not a Residence!

The Tomb where Jesus Christ was placed after being crucified:

An Exit, not a Residence

Pastor James A. Webster, Oak Ridge First Baptist Church

Preaching his 42nd Easter Sunday Sermon (4/16/17)


“Hallelujah You’re Worthy” / Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Hallelujah you’re worthy to be praised!

Hallelujah you’re worthy to be praised!



I lift my hands, I praise you Lord

I bow my head, I honor you Lord.


Hallelujah you’re worthy!

Hallelujah we praise your name.

Hallelujah so worthy,

Hallelujah, Lord we lift you up!



You are worthy, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honor and power,

for you created all things,

and by your will they were created

and have their being.”

Revelation 4:11(NIV)


 


This is a powerful video.  The music, the words, the attire of the choir, the filming of the performance all make this a gem!  I’ve featured excerpts from the lyrics, a few images from the video, and a Bible verse which captures the message this diverse, gifted ensemble tells so well.  The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir hit it out of the park with this one!

Hallelujah, he is WORTHY to be praised.  To God be the glory!

66 Assurance Way



“Hallelujah You’re Worthy”

From: “I’ll Say Yes” – Live at the Brooklyn Tabernacle
featuring The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

For Times Like These, Just Say Lord Please

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As an abiding Christian, know that a prayer of supplication is often what’s needed for a particular situation.  If you accept Jesus as your personal Savior, develop a fervent prayer habit.  Pray, don’t despair.  Look up and keep your head up; be hopeful and remember who your refuge is.  For times like these, just say Lord please

Do you remember how Paul acted when he was jailed?  He didn’t fret, he kept praying and praising!  In his ‘midnight hour situation’, his prayers were indeed answered (Acts 16:25-34 NIV).  For times like these, just say Lord please.  Paul and Silas did; you can too!  

  •  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”   Matthew 7:7-8 NIV
  • The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16b KJV
  • God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 NIV

While it’s important to pray, to keep a line of communication with the Lord, keep three more things in mind too:

  • Be willing to be an Angel for someone else. Through you, yes though you, God may answer another’s prayers.
  • You often in life need to give to get.  You may get a prayer answered from someone you’ve given nothing to. To someone you perhaps don’t even know.  Perhaps in fact from someone who dislikes you, but who God moves to position you for a victory nonetheless.  
  • My Pastor and First Lady (Dr. Rev James A. and Brenda Webster) are celebrating this week 33 years leading my church, Oak Ridge First Baptist Church.  God, Family, and Church are -in that order- Pastor Webster believes the proper priorities of an abiding Christian.  It’s hard to put God first if you don’t prayer regularly, right?

So what does a child of God need to do in uncertain times like these?  It’s simple: Ask, seek, and knock.  Just say Lord please

   Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way


Photo credit:  Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)/flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)