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.  

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

 

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66 Assurance Way: 4 years and Counting


On September 21, 2013, I published the first post for this blog4 years ago.. Why that day?  That was the five-year anniversary of my joining the church I am now a member of in Central NC (Oak Ridge First Baptist Church, in the Greensboro NC metro area). I’ve published exactly 555 posts so far . . . and I feel like I have more to say and share. Smile.

Frankly, with the natural storms of the last month or so, along with the political and racial turmoil I feel this country has gone through since last November, I almost forget this blog’s anniversary!

  • I’m been meditating on a blog entitled Grace and Race, which I will publish when I settle on the words that I feel are the best God will allow me to write and share.
  • I will soon share another NC church sign I recently saw that says a lot in just a few words.  My last post featured a wise Greensboro church sign: 7 Days Without Prayer Makes One Weak.
  • A follow-up to the September 1st post “Jesus: He’ll Do It For You, Suddenly” is on the drawing board.
  • I think you might enjoy a scripture that the Holy Spirit pointed me to yesterday, from a Wednesday evening Sermon my Pastor (Dr. Rev. James A. Webster) gave 8 days ago, entitled: “Step Aside and Watch God Work!

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”

So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”.  And he said, “Here I am.”  Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”  And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” 

Exodus 3:1-5,13-14 NKJV



  • Thank you for all who follow this blog – or who have liked or commented on a post on 66 Assurance Way in the last 4 years. In the year ahead, be sure to ‘step aside and watch God work’. To God be the glory!

Greg Silverthorne, 9/21/2017

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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

For Your Good: Even Evil? (Romans 8, Genesis 50)

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children. And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

Genesis 50:20-22 (NIV)



Earnest Pugh – For My Good ft. Beverly Crawford (lyric excerpts):

You meant it for evil, but God worked it for, for my good. God came to rescue me, just like He said He would.

God worked it for my good, said He would, for my good, said He would.

You even tried to stop God’s plan, something I’ll never understand.  You even tried to shatter my dream using manipulating schemes.


He worked it out, without a doubt

He worked it out, without a doubt

He worked it out, without a doubt


And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. What, then, shall we say in response to these things?

If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us allow will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

As it is written: or your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8: 28,31-32,35-37 (NIV)

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)


Jesus: He’ll Do It for You, Suddenly

I want to tell you about a man named Jesus.

I don’t care what you need, he will do it – suddenly

It don’t take all day, all night,

but he will do it suddenly

 

I find the ad libs by Vanessa Bell Armstrong to be quite powerful! Backed by a great choir, this song’s ad libs alone give new meaning to the 3 scriptures cited below. The lyrics, to be featured in Part 2 of this post, are simple but powerful too.

The lead singer adds a vibrant dimension to “Suddenly” by the New Birth Total Praise Choir featuring Vanessa Bell Armstrong (Bishop Eddie L. Long, based in Atlanta GA).



Vanessa Bell Armstrong:

Now let me tell you a story, of somebody who needed a touch

They had issues, they had issues with God and they thrashed their way.  They thrashed their way through the crowd

They had to get through, but they knew, if I can just touch the hem of his garment

If I can just touch . . . I’d be made whole, yeah . . .

What you gotta do if you need a touch from the Lord?

Reach up! Reach up!  Yeah!

Touch Jesus, he’ll make you whole

He’ll change what it means to you. Yeah!

He’ll give you a new high

He’ll give you a new joy

Yeah, yeah, yeah!

He did it, he did it for me

When I looked around it was done

Yeah!

Hallelujah!

Yeah Yeah  Yeah Yeah!  Hey! 

Hallelujah!  Hallelujah! 

Glory! 

Thank you Jesus!



But your many enemies will become like fine dust,
the ruthless hordes like blown chaff.
Suddenly, in an instant, the Lord Almighty will come
with thunder and earthquake and great noise,
with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire

Isaiah 29: 5 – 6 NIV


To be continued

 Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way