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.
NOTHING JUST HAPPENS
Every suffering that tears you in pieces, is God’s opportunity to put you back together, better. Paul reminded us that “God works all things for our good.”
I was thinking about a hunt from last season. I harvested one of my best bucks. It was about 4:00 p.m. when the buck came through behind me. It was well before dark, and I was hunting with a crossbow out of a rifle stand. I did it because the stand was in a fence line that deer liked to travel. I was on the phone when he came through. I hung up, grabbed my crossbow, … Continue Reading
WAITING ON THE LORD
Psalm 27:13-14 says, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and-—take heart and wait for the Lord.
I take refuge in this passage of the word of God. The second half of Isaiah 40 is largely focused on the greatness of our Lord, and concludes with a very encouraging passage.
In a world that encourages people to do everything themselves and it focus is on individual achievement—this is a very encouraging passage.Continue Reading…..
New Financial You in 2022
Remember the excitement you felt on December 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. as the New Year was approaching? Then that excitement increased even more once you began counting down from 10 to 1. Who said that feeling has to stop? You have 11 more months ahead of you in 2022. Keep the celebration going by following these tips. BY : Al Riddick
You weren’t expecting that were you?Most people do not pursue financial goals because they assume it will involve pinching pennies, not having fun, or only eating rice and beans for dinner. Wrong! Focusing on how you would feel after achieving a financial goal will make the journey that much sweeter. Imagine the feeling of accomplishment, not to mention security, you would have if the balance in your savings, emergency fund, or retirement accounts increased after making some simple modifications to your daily behavior. Doesn’t that thought feel good? Continue Reading…..
THE GOOD NEWS!
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”Gen. 3:15 BY: Pastor John McCurdy
There is nothing but a MASSIVE amount of Good News with the first coming of Christ, which we celebrate at Christmas. It is not too early to start talking about this as we come into this Christmas season.
This is a 7-part series to magnify many of the events and the many astounding pieces of what went on around Jesus’ birth. Most of us have not spent time treating this story as the Word of God, meditating on it like we would other verses in the Bible. Continue Reading….
There are just some things where details really matter. I have the opportunity each semester to teach undergrad students. One of their assignments is to do a summary of a particular chapter in an assigned book.By: Gary Miller
The weatherman said our temps were ten degrees below normal for this time of the year. I discovered he was right as I sat shivering in a treestand on opening morning. I brushed off his claim because, well you know, always being accurate in that job is not a prerequisite. I know they try, and I know they can’t completely know, but let’s just say I’m glad the standards for heart surgeons are not this hit-or-miss. … Continue Reading…
Building Intimacy with God
One of the most fulfilling relationships you can develop is a relationship with the Lord. Oftentimes we work hard on building relationships with one another but never take the time to build a strong one with the Lord. BY: Rhonie McBerry
I’m talking about closeness with God where you feel open enough to be totally honest in expressing your thoughts to Him. It’s possible! Intimacy with God doesn’t just arise from nowhere and like any relationship it must be cultivated and developed through time spent together.
Prayer is the most enduring way to gain a close relationship with the Lord because it is the form of communication between you and God. Jesus closed the gap that divided us and now we may…. Continue Reading…
Just Start Praying!Building Intimacy with God, Maintaining Hope and Receiving Victory
This is not just another prayer book with instructions and details on how to improve your prayer life by focusing on a formula of how you’re supposed to pray 10% of this or 50% of that and you’ve got it. Instead, this book of prayers is meant to unleash such a desire in you that prayer will become like second nature. God’s love for us is so great and He wants us to spend time with Him in prayer as part of a lifestyle with Him.
Who is the center of your universe?
There’s a sign in our department that I’ve passed many times and I’ve never paid attention to it until the other day while waiting on a patient. I started to read the sign and at the bottom, this question was posed…who is the center of your universe? BY: Rhonie McBerry
The question brought me immediately to my answer to that question. Now it can be easy to think of family and other things as being the center but for me, Jesus is the center. Without Him, the universe wouldn’t be upheld. These scriptures make it clear:
Hebrews 1:1-3, He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand… Continue Reading…
The Distinguishing Ear of God
I was taken aback the other day during a morning turkey hunt. The rain had persisted all night and into the early morning hours. It wasn’t until about 8:30 that the sun broke through the clouds. By: Gary Miller
It seemed every living thing had been waiting with anticipation for that hour. The rain had allowed the early risers to sleep in, but the sun sounded the alarm for all to get up. The sounds that morning were too numerous to describe. Each creature began its communication without waiting its turn. It sounded like one big cacophony without having any rhyme or reason. I didn’t notice that morning how each sound was different, Continue Reading…
Dealing with Rejection
Rejection is one of those negative experiences life seems to toss at us to keep things interesting. Only, instead of making things interesting, rejection often makes us feel bad about ourselves. At its most basic, rejection is the dismissal or refusal of an idea. It is synonymous with disapproval, negation, ….. Continue Reading…
Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.- 1 Corinthians 10:31 BY:Kofi Bismarck
Putting God first is realizing it’s all about Him. Everything in our lives is to be directed to Him, His kingdom, and His glory. Proverbs 3:6 affirms it, “In everything you do, Put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” Your every breath is to go back to Him. Your every thought is to be for Him. Everything is about Him(God). Is every thought of yours for His glory? Is everything you watch, listen, and talk about for His glory? Continue Reading…
GOD’S PLUMB LINE
And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumb line. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more..AMOS 7:7-8 KJV BY: Deacon Sean Provost
There are a whole lot of standards in the world today but when the pandemic hit, these standards were shaken. God said there would come a great shaking. The problem with all these standards is that they are built on weak foundations, personal opinions, and lies that come straight from the pits of hell. Furthermore, the only standard that matters is God’s standard but America has left God out, unconcerned about God’s agenda or what HE would have us to do. Continue Reading…
DON’T EVER FORGET TO BLESS HIM
This exhortation to bless the Lord often gets watered down in the routine of religious exercise. Bless the Lord. It is so frequently used and given as a directive that we forget that it is a privilege and a command, not a suggestion or something to be taken so lightly and casually. Bless the Lord. I am telling you today by the spirit of the living God that there is a mandate on the people of God to bless Him, Continue Reading…
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….