real healing


I’m really looking forward to Saturday night and Sunday services at Warwick Assembly this weekend! If there’s any dryness in your life, or if you are just desperate for more of God, come and join us. Our anthem of late comes from Bethel Music’s “Deep Cries Out,” and we sing, “I’ve got a river of living water, a fountain that never will run dry.” That is an awesome reality! Come catch the excitement!

Originally posted on sharing love and truth:

When we were children, we thought like children. For instance, when we got a cut or scrape, we went running and sometimes crying for the tender mercy of our loved one. And by tender mercy, I mean the tan rectangular adhesive with the soft cotton center! (I’m trying to avoid a trademark issue here, but you know I’m talking about: a band-aid. Aghhh! I did it anyway!) Band-Aid

Think about it: did that little piece of first-aid wonder actually do any measure of healing? In our naiveté it did. But, we understand now that the band-aid only hid the wound from our sight (and from some germs). It masked the injury, but the healing truly came from the inside.

Today, our desire for healing is much the same. The hurts are deeper, as we have lived longer and experienced numerous disappointments in life. But, in the same way the band-aid didn’t heal…

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Dr. Alveda King Shares 3 Principles to Live By

Today FOX News interviewed Dr. Alveda King, niece to Dr. Martin Luther King, and requested three of the principles for life that she wrote about in her book, King Rules. Click here to watch the interview.

Give Yourself Fully to It

How are you doing in your pursuit of wisdom? Your soul thirsts for understanding, so from what source do you seek it?

We have many options: Facebook, family, friends, pastors, books, O Magazine, talk shows and CNN…

I love the Bible’s call to us concerning wisdom:

Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor (Prov. 4:5-9).

Get…Love…Get…Get…Esteem…Embrace…  Six times we are told action to take concerning wisdom, and six times we are told that wisdom rewards. The writer even assigns greater value to the pursuit of understanding above anything else.

Would you dare to pray an audacious prayer throughout 2015? Ask the Father to increase your love for Him and to give you a greater hunger for His Word. Through His answering, you will embark on an incomparable journey of getting and loving wisdom as you embrace the All-Knowing One.

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better” (Ephesians 1:17).


Do Not Worry

Bird In Snow

Watching the cardinals and the sparrow enjoy the seeds they found this morning in my neighbor’s yard, I reflected again on the faithfulness of God. Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life” (Matthew 6:25-27)?

Worrying is a waste of time. Do not excuse it as an inherited trait, because it has no place in the life of a believer. When you are tempted to worry, pray instead and ask the Father for truth. Go to His Word and spend time getting to know the Author of Life, the Creator of all things, and the very One whose knowledge concerning the universe is unlimited. God Almighty is ruler of all things, and He invites you and me to know Him. To know Him is to trust Him. To trust God is to live free from worry.

Today is No Fear Friday and a great day to reward your health and your relationships by rejecting a state of worry.

Watching and learning,


Find Beauty


Even in the hard things you can find beauty if you look for it. It’s there. Still your heart, look to heaven and receive the Father’s love. He will wash you in His goodness and give you a cause for celebration. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4).

Stand United; Contend for Life

“The terrorists want two things: they want to scare us and they want to divide us. We must do the opposite. We must stand up and we must stay united.” -French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

After Sunday’s massive rally in Paris, I don’t believe we will see a cowering of the press in its exercising freedom of speech. The law of the land protects that right, and no Islamic terrorist is going to deter them.

I recall President Bush responding similarly in the days immediately following the 9/11 attack on the USA by Islamic terrorists. He told Americans to continue on with the daily routines and do not give way to the terrorists’ attempt to disrupt our lifestyle protected by freedom.

Let us remember, we have the United States Constitution, officials elected to uphold it, and authorities trained to protect citizens by it, and we will obey it and them. We will not succumb to a reign of terror. The laws of Islam have no place in or over our laws protecting life, liberty and justice. On the contrary, our laws are founded on the goodness of the One True God, Jesus Christ, the living Word of God.

Through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, He has overcome all manner of darkness and evil. Eternal death and Hell have been conquered, and all who choose Jesus will never experience them but will be in His victory train and enjoy eternal life.

Therefore, we do not submit our lives governed by freedom to those whose hearts are ruled by darkness. Those evildoers have a court date scheduled on a calendar known by One alone, and they will stand before the Omniscient Judge and receive His justice that never falters. Until that time, we stand united and contend for life and the promotion of God’s goodness.

We continue to train up our children in the ways of the Lord, teaching them to choose right over wrong, thereby honoring God in whatever they do. In order to live peaceably with others in our world, we must teach our children these words:

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience” (Romans 13:1- 5).

*”Millions Rally For Unity Against Terrorism in France.” Sylvie Corbet and Angela Charlton. AP. January 12, 2015. Accessed at on January 13, 2015.

January 11, 2015 “Today Paris is the capital of the world.” -President Hollande

In the aftermath of recent terrorist attacks in Paris, citizens of France and world leaders came together and offered support. Here’s an excerpt from the FOX News on-line article about the Rally for Global Unity.

More than 40 world leaders — press reports put the number at 44 — along with more than a million ordinary French citizens, marched arm in arm through the streets of Paris Sunday to rally for unity and freedom of expression and to honor the 17 victims killed in three separate terror attacks last week.

Among the world leaders who did march, under heavy security, were French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

You can hear Rick Leventhal’s report and see video coverage of the rally here.


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