We have to make the decision to stand on the Word of God. We must proclaim it & allow it to take hold in such a way that we only see victory in every situation.
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Phil 2:3-4) BY: Gary Miller
I once played golf. I don’t mean I played golf once, but I once played golf. I played a lot. I played for probably twenty years until I realized that I was paying good money to come home mad. As long as I knew I was bad, I had no problem playing for the fun of it. … Continue Reading
YIELD….EVEN EHEN IT HURTS
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 By:TruFiyah
It looked like the beginning of a beautiful relationship. The kind that documentaries like Black Love are produced to tell. The kind that romance novels are inspired by. It looked like something as beautiful as all that and it was good because it had been a long time coming. Continue Reading…
FAITH….THE HARD WAY
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” (Philippians 4:6-7) BY: Kevin McNulty
A couple of years ago I had a serious cancer scare. To make a long story short, while doing a scan of my thyroid glands, the CAT Scan caught the upper part of my lungs that revealed several nodules. My doctor called me at home that evening to tell me what the radiologists report read…I’ll never forget these words: “Highly concerning…” Continue Reading….
9 WAYS TO FEEL RICHER
Reading a good book will allow you to go on an emotional journey within the comfort of your own home. If you enjoy sci-fi, mystery, fantasy, or non-fiction, turn to page one and begin. BY : Al Riddick
It is a common belief that financial planners consider the rich as people having $5 million in net worth. However, the numerical classification of rich does not automatically mean someone’s quality of life is rich….Continue Reading
NO PAIN NO GAIN
If you have gone through your own fiery trials and hardships and you’ve come to realize that God is faithful, loyal, and true, you have something to offer others. By:Rick Pilat
“One more rep. C’mon Rick. One more rep. Squeeze it out. C’mon, you can do it. No pain no gain. Yes. Good job. You did it.” Many years ago I was a member of a fitness club. I remember hearing those words from my workout partner or spotter in gym terms. The purpose of the spotter Continue reading…
OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS IN CHRIST
Righteousness is an attribute of moral purity to God alone [cf. John 17:25]. We are made righteous because of what Jesus did on the cross.We ourselves are not righteous, but God has made us in Christ. When God looks at us, He does not see us as we are; He sees only Christ. ..Continue reading…
3 QUICK KEYS FOR SPIRITUAL ADVANCEMENT
Luke 19:1-10 [19 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was,…] BY:C. J Greene
Luke 19:1-10 Tells the story of Zaccheus, a chief tax collector that the Jewish people hated. He was a short man, and upon hearing the teachings of Jesus Christ, he changed his life around. The Luke story of Zaccheus tells how, he ran in front of the crowd towards a tree and climbed it, to see Jesus walk by. Jesus spots Zaccheus in the tree and tells him… Continue reading…
A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT!
If there ever was a time when we needed the Lord, we should do need Him now. BY: Pastor Geneva Miller
Now is not the time to debate whether we should be physically in the church building or not. Now is not the time to determine who is more righteous by whether their service is online or on the phone. Continue reading…
“An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.” – BY: CJ Greene
Colossians 1:11-12 Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. Continue Reading…
WALKING IN UPRIGHTNESS
Uprightness is key to God, and we ought to prioritize being upright at all times in every aspect of our life. Consider this, the upright will dwell forever with God. BY:Kofi Bismarck
Uprightness brings to mind the notions of unchanging standards, correctness, genuineness, and forthrightness. When we walk in uprightness, we also have the right to lay claim to God’s ability to defend us, and He certainly will. Continue Reading…
WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR HAND?
Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you… EXODUS 4:1-5 BY: Deacon Sean Provost
Have you ever wanted to do something but didn’t do it because you felt like you didn’t have anything to work with? Me to. lol, But even though you feel like there is nothing to work with, that’s not necessarily true. A lot of times, GOD will give us a desire or a vision to do something but we won’t do it because we don’t feel like we have everything we need to do it. Continue Reading…
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Paul instructs us to “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.…” Romans 12:2 BY: Pastor Vanessa McQueen
January is the time of year filled with great excitement and expectation that the new year will bring new opportunities, new doors and an increase in every area of our lives. We begin the year with great messages centered around great themes stirring individuals to believe that somehow, someway, this new year will not be like the last. Continue Reading…
WHY CAN’T YOU JUST PRAY YOUR MENTAL ILLNESS AWAY?
Mental health issues are a very broad subject, and cannot be treated singularly. All mental health issues are not created equal, and many of these issues were born from trauma. BY:C. J Greene
Mental Health has become the buzzword this past decade. With more attention towards it every day, we are seeing more people coming to an understanding that most of our adult problems come from unresolved issues that may have had its genesis during some type of childhood trauma. It is interesting as we become more aware of what mental health is, … Continue Reading…
The Bible calls us Christians to be Ambassadors for Christ. “Now then, we are ambassadors for Chris” completely Christ personal representatives …[cf. 2 Corinthians 5:20]. BY:Kofi Bismarck
The Bible calls us Christians to be Ambassadors for Christ. As a Christian, you are an ambassador for Christ, one who represents Christ. Just as an earthly ambassador represents and communicates the desires and will of the head of state that sent him or her, so are you to represent and communicate the desires and will of Christ to others. “Now then, we are ambassadors for Chris” completely Christ personal representatives in this world we live.[cf. 2 Corinthians 5:20]. Continue Reading….
A CHRISTMAS REJOICING
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matt. 1:21 BY: Pastor John McCurdy
Let’s clear up something, before we remember together the reason of Christmas. Jesus was born in a manger and it wasn’t because his family was poor. Caesar Augustus, Roman Emperor, decreed EVERYONE pay taxes. Continue Reading….
GOD’S CHRISTMAS STORY
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen. (Luke 2:20) BY: Pastor John McCurdy
There is nothing but a whole lot of Good News in the Christmas Story. This Story is found primarily in Matthew 1 & 2 and Luke 1 & 2. This was Major, Major, Major. In the story of God and Man, this was the appointed time for God to send His Son and buy Man back. Redemption. Continue Reading….
The grace of God is sufficient and His love is amazing. He promised that He would never leave you and His Word says that you are blessed if you trust in Him. BY: Jeannine Bradley
Imagine a baseball field. It’s a sunny day – not too hot, but there’s an occasional light breeze. The stadium is filled with people, banners and cheers. The bases are loaded and it is time for the one next in line to take their place at home plate. Continue Reading….
DEVELOPING A PRAYER LIFE.
“True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is a spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth” BY:C. J Greene
We allow ourselves to go as far as we are willing to go. Our capacity for anything is dependent on the level of which you empower yourself on a consistent basis. When it comes to prayer, many times we rely on the words we say rather than the capacity in which we have been given by God. Continue Reading….
RED LIGHTS AND APPLES
God is bigger than ‘lights of fear and rejection’ and He’s greater than ‘lights of worry, doubt, ‘can’t’ and past failures.’ BY: Jeannine Bradley
I was driving to my destination and I was pretty tired. I had about 45 minutes to go and was anxiously awaiting my furry socks and my orange blanket. As I proceeded on 75-South, it was smooth sailing for about 30 minutes and then out of nowhere, red lights. Continue Reading….
All IN GOD’S TIMING
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” Psalms 37:7 By:Min. Frederick Dawson
In most instances, we do not mind waiting for something longed for to come to pass as long as it does not seem to take forever. However, when waiting for what we are anticipating becomes a long-drawn-out process, waiting gets stressful even consuming. Continue Reading…
HAVE FAITH IN GOD
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1(KJV) BY: Deacon Sean Provost
Sometimes when the troubles of life come, with our mouths we tell others “I’m trusting GOD” But with our hearts, we show GOD that we don’t trust HIM. Unfortunately, our declaration of faith was just lip service. We might be able to fool everyone else but we can’t fool GOD. Continue reading…
If God can do a miracle for a little butterfly, then surely your time of flight is coming soon. Hold on. Don’t give up. By:TruFiyah
As I sit here writing my second entry for The Encouragement Village, it occurs to me that by the title, many of you will think I’m some carefree, whimsical, Jesus-loving sista with a hippy/flower child flair, but the truth is, I’m anything but. Except for the Jesus-loving part. Continue Reading…
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE “Born Again?”
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deut.6:5 BY:Elder Ron Mosby
There is an account in the Bible where the Lord Jesus is speaking to Nicodemus, and the Lord Jesus makes this statement – “unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Strangely, the Lord Jesus doesn’t provide much of an explanation to his statement. Continue Reading…
WHEN CHANGE IS GOOD FOR US.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17) BY:C. J Greene
Change is very difficult, and if most of us are being honest, it is quite frightening. But one thing is for certain, change is inevitable, and to many of us, that is an uncomfortable feeling knowing things will change during time. Continue Reading….
TOUGH AS GERANIUMS
The road gets hard sometimes but keep your head to the sky. Remember, you may face hard times, but you’re as tough as geraniums! By:TruFiyah
It’s funny the pulpits the Lord will choose to preach His best sermons of encouragement on, even outside of the church, if we are open and receptive to His voice and leading. I’ve gotten deep and life-changing revelation in my garden, on nature walks and from a tiny, little butterfly who decided to make my front porch his dressing room. Continue reading…
IS ANYONE HOLDING ON TO HOPE?
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future –Jeremiah 29:11 BY: Pastor Geneva Miller
Hope – It’s a small 4 letter word that carries such great weight and significance. But because of all that is going on around us, sometimes we forget to look for it, and we forget we can bring hope into our world. Continue reading…
LIVING A PURPOSEFUL LIFE
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11 BY:Kofi Bismarck
There is a purpose for every one of us here on this planet earth. Each one of us has a purpose of why he/she was created. There is a greater reason why we are here in this World, God has a purpose and plans for each and every one. Jeremiah 29:11 makes us understand that our future and purpose are in God’s plans. Continue reading…
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) BY:C. J Greene
I believe in a world where we can get easily stressed over things that we can not control, it is very difficult to understand how to manage or even…. DEAL! I don’t know about too many other people, but I learned how to deal with stress from my parents. How they dealt with stress is the same way I found myself dealing with it. Continue Reading….
AVOIDING CONFLICT CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27 BY:Dr. Tony L. Warrick
We’ve all had those moments in life when pressures have mounted, problems have multiplied, stress is overwhelming, and our greatest impulse is to cut and run away! If you have ever felt like that in the past or fighting the urge in the present, please pay attention because I would like to touch the heart of the issue of wanting to “Abandon Ship.” Continue Reading….
WHAT IS THE KINGDOM?
“Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3 BY:Elder Ron Mosby
Most people are taught that being born again is a religious experience, a moment of spiritual exhilaration achieved by deciding that they either believe in Jesus or have decided to make Him their Lord and Savior. In other words, being born again is their choice. But does that really make sense? Continue Reading…
A FRESH PERSPECTIVE
“Lord, if it is you, then tell me to come out to you on the water.” Matthew 14:29 BY:Pastor Vanessa McQueen
I’m at a place in my life, that even after 36 years of consistently walking with Christ, I find myself more hungry for His Presence than ever before. At a time when most individuals are okay with just hanging out, I am looking to get out of the boat, not for the miracle, but for the intimacy of experiencing Christ in a new place of faith. Continue Reading…
EVERYTHING GETS OLD BUT THE WORD OF GOD
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35 KJV) By:Min. Frederick Dawson
There is nothing better than the feeling when you get something new. As a child, I recall going to the store with my parents, and while in the store, mom or dad would say, “Get you something.” Wow! What excitement I felt! It was a feeling that I cannot quite express. I was overwhelmed with such a high level of exultation. It did not matter how big or small my new possession would be. All that mattered is that it was new! Continue Reading..
THE LOVE OF CHRIST JESUS IN ACTION
“This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.” – 1 John 4:17. BY: Pastor John McCurdy
Plain as it can be, there is nothing more important in life for the Christian to realize and walk in than the Love of God. Both of the two great commandments are all about Love.
Sounds so basic, doesn’t it. Except, too many Christians don’t realize it and it becomes a distant concept. Our revelation of it can be limited and it’s not in our experience near where it should be. I am not trying to make anyone feel bad. Continue Reading..
BELIEVING IN CHRIST JESUS REDEEMS OUR TIME
THE MAN AT THE POOL OF BETHESDA- John 5:1-15 . By:Kene Emmanuel
“Here a great number of disabled people used to lie- the blind, the lame, the paralyzed, One who has there been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Christ Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, “Do you want to get well” ‘Sir’, the invalid replied. ‘I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.’ Then Jesus said to him ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’ At once the man was cured: he picked his mat and walked….” JOHN 5:3-9 Continue Reading..
LEARNING TO WALT THROUGH TIGHT PLACES
LEARNING TO WALK THROUGH TIGHT SPACES – Matthew 7:13-14 BY:Pastor Geneva Miller
Included in all of the many teachings in the Sermon on the Mount is this one called The Narrow Gate. Jesus is very clear in two short verses that there is a way that is right and a way that is wrong, and as God offered to the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 30, Jesus is saying choose life, choose the right way, but you may go it alone. As parents there is a lesson we have to teach over and over again; everybody who surrounds you is not your friend. Everyone who has your ear does not have your back. Jesus, our Daddy teaches us this lesson as well. Continue Reading…
THE WORD IS WORKING MIGHTILY IN ME
The Word of God is the most important thing in the Christian’s life -(John 1:1; Rev. 19:13) BY:John McCurdy
That title is not this author speaking just towards himself. This author wants YOU to be saying and declaring this for yourself, for this to be your own personal experience. This can be your actual experience. It ought to be. It is God’s will and provision for you and me. The Word of God is the most important thing in the Christian’s life. It is the story of God and Man. It is the will of God revealed to us. It is God speaking to us. It is the means by which we obtain Faith, which is needed to carry out every single victory in the Christian life. Continue Reading….
3 WAYS MEANING IS IMPACTFUL TO OUR LIVES
“For Freedom Christ has Set us Free!” -Galatians 5:1 BY:C. J Greene
Meaning and sometimes clarity: Many times in our lives we are searching for something that will give us a sense of purpose and a reason to continue moving forward in this world. I think we overlook how important meaning and clarity is to our lives. Meaning is how we interpret what is happening to us, around us, in us, and in those that surround us. Meaning how we conclude and connect the dots, and figure out how it affects us on a deeper level than what has transpired on a surface level. 3 Way’s meaning is impactful to our lives. Continue Reading….