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February 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

Forgiveness



Forgiveness:    1) The act of forgiving.     Forgive:    1) To excuse for a fault or offense; pardon.   2)  To renounce anger or resentment against; cease to blame.   3)  To absolve from payment of.

I think one of, IF NOT THE, most important characteristic of a Christian is the ability to forgive.  It can also be one of the most difficult of the Godly characteristics to attain and maintain.

It is human nature to hold onto resentments and anger.  Someone does us wrong (they will, and often it is a brother or sister in the Lord), and we will remember it for the rest of our lives...unless we give it all to God.  Even then, much of the time we still remember it because the devil loves to bring it up.  But when we can recall an incident without feeling the old hurt and anger, then we know that the Lord has worked a miracle in our lives and given us the true ability to forgive and go on.

Why is it so important to forgive?  Very simple!!   For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.  Matthew 6:14-15.

I remember a particularly difficult person that I had to deal with years ago.  One night in prayer, this person's face came before me.  Immediately, I could feel the resentment.  I started to pray for this lady, but I was having difficulty.  Finally, I just said; "Lord, I know I've got to pray for her without feeling resentment toward her.  But in my heart, I don't want to pray for her.  I don't want to forgive her, so please help me!  Please forgive me, and put forgiveness in my heart; I want to be saved!!  And I want to be able to pray for her effectively!!  God started a healing process that night.

Keeping old hurts and anger will do one thing to you, it will fester into a hideous, soul destroying,  mass of evil that will spread throughout your spiritual being like a deadly cancer.

I think one reason it is so hard to be forgiving is that we set such a high standard FOR OTHERS.  The Bible tells us that every man is right in his own eyes.  It is hard for us to see or understand the other side of the picture; so we blame and accuse, become angry and resentful, and then we have a real problem on our hands.  There is scripture for that too:  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Luke 6:41

Not only did the Lord sufficiently explain the fact theat we must be forgiving, He also pointed out that we must be willing and able to forgive a person 70 X 7 for the same offense!  Matthew 18:21-22

I am reminded of the story about the woman caught in the act of adultery.  The scribes and pharisees brought her to Jesus.  According to the law, she should have been stoned.  Jesus did not dispute the law, He just simply told them that whoever was without sin, let him cast the first stone.  You know what happened, they all went away.  Perhaps one of them was a partaker in her sins, perhaps not, whatever the case, no one there was without sin except Jesus Christ!  And He forgave her!  He told her to go and sin no more.  See what wonderful things the spirit of forgiveness can do!  Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.  Luke 6:37

When it boils down to it, we're all just humans.  Humans make mistakes.  Some have more difficulty conquering their nature than others.  Does that give us the right to criticize and condemn?  No!  A thousand times No!  It means we must pray for them, and forgive them.   70 X 7...



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10-31-2018 at 1:33 PM
Donna Hancock
Adam, I am sorry you have had problems, and of course, you are welcome to come to NewSong Apostolic Church any time. We are a very small church, but we are a loving church. Hope to see you soon!!

Nashoba & Nevada are two of our grandsons.
10-10-2018 at 5:05 PM
Adam Streeter
I know of this church because of the fact that Nashoba Aquino and his younger brother Nevada go here. I would like to meet with them sometime, maybe I WAS attending Tulsa Lighthouse Church for like four years until i quit coming. I don't know why they would want me to come back if i don't want to. And further more God is a Gentleman and he doth not force himself upon ANYONE. HONESTLY!!!!!!! If i want to quit coming to church that's on me. They can decide for themselves and not have any kind of way of putting up with ME. i THINK I'D RATHER GO TO A DIFFERENT CHURCH then be with THEM. NO more of me coming to Tulsa Lighthouse Church EVER, again. And i'm sorry if anyone is offended by this matter. But I'm not coming back to that church. I mean i would like to come to NewSong sometime and see what IT feels like. Then maybe, if i like it i'll come. If not, I'm not coming to church at ALL. Period I'm not mad. I'm just Saying.
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February 4, 2016, 10:00 PM

Obeying the Word of God



I Kings 13: 1 - 32

And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the Word of the LORD unto Bethel...

This is a strange story, but it has a very important message in it.  It involves a young man from Judah who was a prophet, his name is not mentioned, but God had spoken to him personally and told him to go prophesy to King Jeroboam.  Jeroboam was mentioned several times in the Bible as he "who made Israel to sin".  He was a wicked king.  

The young prophet had found Jeroboam at Bethel, standing by the altar ready to burn incense.  Verse two of this scripture tells us that the young prophet cried against the altar in the Word of the LORD, and said; "O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee."  He continued the prophesy, and if you are not familiar with it, please read this chapter.  You will find that God gave a sign to Jeroboam to prove that what the young prophet was saying was God's established Word concerning Jeroboam.

King Jeroboam tried to persuade the young prophet to go home with him and be refreshed, but the young man refused saying: "If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place; for so was it charged me by the Word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest."  So he left going a different way than he had arrived, just as the LORD had instructed him to do.

Here is where the story gets strange.  As the young prophet is leaving as God had instructed, he was approached by an old prophet.  The old prophet had a conversation with the young man and invited him to go home with him and eat.  Just as the young prophet had told King Jeroboam, he told the old prophet.  He simply could not go, because God had given him precise instructions forbidding him to eat or drink while there and to leave a different way than he had arrived.  The old prophet then explained to the young man that he, too, was a prophet, and an angel had told him to bring the young prophet home with him and feed him...but he lied. 

The young prophet made a fatal mistake, and went home with the old prophet.  While sitting at the table eating, the Word of the Lord came to the old prophet rebuking the young man for not obeying the commandment given to him by God.  If you know the story, then you know that the young prophet was killed by a lion after leaving the old prophet's house.  The lion did not eat his carcase nor did it harm the young man's donkey.  The young prophet was buried in the old prophet's grave.  Verse 30  And he laid his carcase in his own grave; and they mourned over him, saying, Alas, my brother!"

This is a tragic reminder of how important it is to have a personal relationship with God, to know His Voice, and to be obedient to what the LORD speaks to us as individuals.  Follow God!  Know God!  Listen to God!  Obey God!  Don't be swayed to the right or to the left from what the LORD has given you.  How can you know God's Voice?  By knowing His Word.  His will never goes against His Word; read the Bible!!!

 We can't be people followers!  Too many people have fallen away from God by having too much faith and confidence in another person.   Everyone of us must answer for ourselves, so we absolutely must be diligent about our personal relationship with God.  Philippians 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

 

 



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04-05-2016 at 4:35 AM
ebenezer mensah
am proud of this songs.
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October 4, 2015, 6:29 PM

How Important is Your Pastor to You?


In Honor of All Pastors.  Pastor Appreciation Month, October 2015

 

The Doctor says, "Please disrobe" and you do it without hesitation or question.

   The Pastor preaches that you should dress modestly and he is getting too personal.

The Doctor charges outrageous fees and you complain but you come back the next time you are sick.

   The Pastor preaches that you should pay your tithes and you leave the church.

The Doctor checks how much you weigh and you allow him.

   The Pastor asks how much you pray and it's none of his business.

The Doctor gives you a nasty tasting pill and you take it.

   The Pastor feeds you the Word of God and you get offended.

The Doctor's office closes at a certain time.

   The Pastor is available twenty four hours a day.

The Doctor tells you how to change your lifestyle to lower your blood pressure.

   The Pastor tells you how to change your lifestyle  and it raises your blood pressure.

The Doctor tells you "we need to run more tests", so you make an appointment.

   The Pastor says we need more Prayer and Bible Studies and you are too busy.

The Doctor tells you; "there is nothing more we can do", and you search everywhere for help.

   The Pastor says; "God can help you!"  But you give up and say; " what's the use?"

The Doctor says; "Well, let's try this, and if it doesn't work we'll try something else', and you do.

   The Pastor gives you the promises of God's Word, but you don't want to "walk by faith".

 

To the Doctor, you are one of many sick bodies.

   To the Pastor, you are part of the family.  He loves you.  He prays for you.  He helps carry your burdens.  He laughs with you and cries with you.  He shares your victories, and helps hold you up in tragedies.  He visits you in the hospital.  He spends hours preparing a sermon that will help you get to Heaven.   You are important to your Pastor!

                                                               How Important is Your Pastor to You?

 

Author Unknown

 

 



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04-05-2016 at 4:37 AM
ebenezer Mensah
my pastor is very dear to me
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November 4, 2013, 12:34 PM

Turn your eyes on Jesus...



Turn your eyes upon Jesus.  Look full in His wonderful face.  Then the things of this world will grow strangely dim, in the Light of His Glory and Grace...

 

I absolutely love this old song!!  Looking back over my life, I can see so many times that it seemed the "things of this world" would overtake me.  

Times of sorrow; the loss of my sister when I was 6.  The loss of my mom when I was 24, the loss of a 13 month old son a little over a year later.  The loss of my grandmother, the loss of our stillborn granddaughter, the loss of a dear friend...  Nothing can prepare you for the emptiness that invades your soul when you lose a loved one, it's as though a part of your soul is ripped right out of you.  The brightness, that special gleam, leaves your eyes and you are left with a blank stare.  But I found out that even in times of such great loss, God would bring me through, and show me a whole new meaning to the scripture in Psalm 23:3, "He restoreth my soul..."  This was actually brought to my attention about six months after we had lost our baby boy.  I went to our doctor for a regular check-up.  Dr. Smith had been my doctor since I was young and therefore knew me quite well.  He walked in, looked at me and said; "Donna, the light is back in your eyes."   I had felt it in my soul, but didn't realize it was recognizable by others.  For those of you that may be suffering loss today, hold to that scripture, and let the Lord bring healing as He restores the laughter, the twinkle, the joy, to your soul.

 

Times of sickness; after losing our baby, I continued to go through the daily activities required of a mother of three living children, and a babysitter of three for a sister-in-law, but on the inside, I was very distraught and grief stricken.  The key was that I kept everything on the inside.  I didn't want to upset the children any more than they already were by the loss of their baby brother, so I worked hard at keeping busy. Too hard, in fact, and all the stress of my mother's battle with cancer, and our baby's battle with biliary atresia, and the physical activity I pursued to keep me busy had an ill affect on my health.  For about a year I suffered with bouts of severe pain due to my gallbladder.  I had other issues as well, and finally had two surgeries that took care of that, but the devil continued tormenting me and I've only recently realized it had to be depression.  One day during this time, I came to the conclusion that this was a battle that I, alone, would have to face.  But my strength was gone, physically, spiritually, and emotionally!!  I reached out to God in distress, and He answered with such Strength and Power, that I was in awe!!  Oh, I still had to fight, but fight I did...all in the Name of Jesus, and today I can tell any and everyone going through a similar battle, that they can and will win!!!!  Just turn your eyes on Jesus!!!

 

Times of economic distress;  my hubby has always been a hard worker, but if the work is not there, what do you do?  We had our own business and had been doing okay.  We had several employees, including three of our children.  Anyone that is considered a small business owner is particularly aware of economic downturns, and we have been through many.  One in particular came about several years ago, and while we were getting by, one of the businesses that we did machine work for was having a very difficult time.  My hubby made a deal with the owner of this company; our company would continue doing his work as long as he could just pay a rather small amount a month so we could stay afloat, then when things picked up, the guy could catch up on what he owed us as he could.  Our business survived and so did his, and true to his promise, he paid us what he owed us as he could; and it was a very large sum of money.  About 4 years ago, our area suffered another economic downturn, and this one hit us hard.  My hubby had to lay off his employees.  Things were looking very dim, yet every time we prayed we had this assurance that everything was going to be okay.  Well, to make a long story short, the guy we had helped those years earlier came to our rescue.  His business was flourishing and He wanted to buy our assets, but part of the deal was that my hubby and all his employees come to work for him!!  Not only did he do that, but he gave them all fabulous benefits!!!  It was definitely one of those "God things"!!!  It was like the lepers finding the food and supplies left behind in 2 Kings:7!!   My God CAN!!!!  What's your need?

 

God cares!!!  About every aspect of ours and YOUR lives!!!  And it doesn't matter how big the mountain in front of us/you may be, when we, as His children, get to the point that we can stop seeing the mountain, but rather, see the mountain mover..."look full in His wonderful face", then the "things" of this world grow strangely, magically, amazingly, dim, and we find the answer, the miracle, the hope, the comfort, in the Light of His Glory and Grace!!!



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11-04-2013 at 7:59 PM
Lyn
Well said. Well said.
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September 19, 2013, 6:04 PM

Forgetting, Reaching, Pressing...


Philippians 3:13-14

Brethen, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind , and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 

Forgetting:  1) Unable to recall.  2) To banish from ones thoughts.  3) To cease remembering.

What must we forget?  First we must learn to forget our own wrongs.  When we have repented of our sins, they are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ, never to be brought up again.  But often, we have difficulties forgiving ourselves, and if we can't forgive ourselves, then we certainly can't forget.  Paul was responsible for the persecution of Christians, he even held the coats of men while they stoned Stephen to death.  God forgave him and blessed his ministry, but was this memory the thorn Paul spoke of?.  Maybe, maybe not, either way, he must have had many battles with the devil over guilt that no doubt haunted him.  Paul had to forget those things that were behind him, he had to forgive himself so that he could move forward in God, and we must do the same!!  If God can forgive us, and is willing to forget our sins, why can't we?

 

Reaching:  1) To stretch out.  2) Put forth or extend a hand toward something.  3) To try to grasp or attain.

By forgetting his past sins, forgetting those that had wronged him, forgetting about trying to obtain righteousness by the law, and reaching toward the law-giver, Paul had been blessed to receive the Holy Ghost and one of the most amazing ministries recorded in Biblical history.

Reaching requires effort.  The bowl at the top of the shelf.  The little car under the low sofa.  The softener sheets behind the dryer.  It's not easy, sometimes we can work and work and finally grasp that we are seeking for.  Sometimes we need help, sometimes despite all we can do, it is not enough and we must reach out for assistance.  Living a victorious life is not always easy.  Sometimes we have to reach beyond our capabilities and seek help.  That's okay!!  Just keep reaching!!!  Put forth the extra effort, go to church when you don't want to.  Read the Word when you don't want to, pray when it's not convenient...REACH!!!!

 

Pressing:  1) To exert steady weight or force.  2)  To urge, to force to action.  3) To advance eagerly.

In the first definition, I want to point out one word..."steady".  One of the most important lessons we can learn about serving God is the importance of just being steady.  I've seen so many people that are on fire for God Sunday morning, but by Monday afternoon they are in the depths of woe.  Their entire "experience" of being a Christian resembles a roller coaster.  That is not a life of victory!!  A real experience with God brings peace and steadiness in spirit and soul.  That experience is found when we keep our walk with God a daily affair.  He's the same God on Monday that He was on Sunday.  Each day holds the same Grace, the same Love, the same Hope, the same Victory, and it's ours if we just press our way into His presence.  It's not always easy!  Things come up, and the devil loves to distract us, but we must continue to exert that steady pressure.  A runner likes to start off quickly, then he develops a steady pace.  When he is nearing the finish line, he picks up the pace.  He begins to feel a sense of urgency and puts everything he has into the effort of attaining his goal.  He has only one thing on his mind...the finish line!

We are in a race, so to speak.  The prize, the finish line, is before us.  When the "start" is sounded, when we first come to God and rejoice in the freshness of God's Spirit as He replaces sin with joy, we happily sprint ahead.  But then we must develop that steady pace that will carry us on without wearing us out.  There is a finish line in our future.  It comes to each and everyone of us, and it comes at different stages of life.  We must keep our eyes on the finish line, It's time to press, time to really put forth an effort; there is a prize to attain.........  it's called Heaven!!

 

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