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  • Heart Health Awareness

    February is American Heart Month. In recognition of American Heart Month, we wanted to remind you to schedule your annual check-up so you can get your blood pressure checked. 

    High blood pressure usually has no warning signs, so checking it regularly is vital.

    In addition to a check-up, you can help protect your heart by: Choosing heart-healthy foods, getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress, quitting smoking, getting good quality sleep, and knowing your blood pressure numbers.

  • Thank You God for a Brand New Day in Every Season

    Thank You God for a Brand New Day in Every Season

    To connect to Vivian Rayford – Vivian Da Artist

    To purchase Kelly Thanks God (Thank you God for a brand new day!) by Vivian Da Artist Rayford

    Thank you, Eternal God (Genesis 21:33 / Isaiah 40:28) for Every mountain you have seen us through, no matter the circumstances, you never gave up on your creation, you provided redemption for us and for that we give you thanks because You are Holy, and awesome is your name!”(1 Thessalonians 5:18 / Psalm 111:9 / Colossians 1:14) 

    This is the last Sabbath for the month of January 2023. These days are flying by and soon we will look up and it will be another new year. With gratitude in our hearts we thank you Abba (Father – Mark 14:36 / Romans 8:15 / Galatians 4:6) for a brand new day in every season.

    In moments of distress or waiting for an answer from you sometimes we may “forget all the good, kind, and wonderful things you do, have done, and will do for us”(Psalm 103:2). “How can we ever repay you Lord for all of your mercy, love, faithfulness, and goodness towards us” (Psalm 116:12)“We can only give thanks unto you Lord for you are magnificent, you are Holy, and your love for us endures forever.” (Psalm 118:1)

    We thank you Abba because when we are at our lowest, when we are struggling in our sins, when we are battling in our health, when we are counting every penny, when we are dealing with depression, when we are wrestling with forgiveness, when we are grieving all that has been lost, when we are ready to give up on your promises, oh, Abba thank you because your Holy sacrifice rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us into your kingdom(Colossians 1:13)

    Your Holy Sacrifice reminds me of this beautiful song, Holy, written and performed by Makeda Tene’“My God you are Holy, and if they only knew all the things that you’ve been through, they may see your smiling face, but we know it’s by his grace, and if they only knew the times you fell, but he came through, and all the tears he wiped away too many for you to say, they too would cry Holy, oh Lord, you’re Holy.”

    “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come,” (Revelation 4:8). “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4:11)

    Thank you, Abba because you are Holy. Thank you, Abba for this brand new day. Thank you, Abba for breathing your breath of life into our being. Thank you, Abba, for our healing. Thank you, Abba for our deliverance. Thank you, Abba for unmerited favor. Thank you, Abba for your patience. Thank you, Abba for reminding us that you will never forget us and every time you look at the palm of your hands you see our names that are written there (Isaiah 49:15-16).

    Thank you, Holy Abba! I pray that no matter what is happening in your life that you continue to thank Abba for each brand new day in every season! Now, back to my season business unless Jesus bids me to come and post another message!

    To connect with Makeda Tene’ Music Ministry Makeda Tene’ “Holy” written and performed by Makeda Tene’
  • May God Rescue You in Every Season

    May God Rescue You in Every Season

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    To purchase “Daniel in The Lions Den” by Kolongi TheArtist

    King Darius gave the orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel “May your God, whom you serve so faithfully, rescue you!”(Daniel 6:16) 

    Darius divided his kingdom into one hundred and twenty states and placed a governor in charge of each one. He then put three other officials in charge of the governors, one of these officials was Daniel. Daniel excelled above the officers and governors so the king planned to set Daniel over his whole kingdom because he recognized Daniel had the spirit of his Holy God within him. But the officials and governors didn’t like Daniel and searched to find fault in the way Daniel handled his government affairs, but they could not accuse him of anything wrong because Daniel was honest, responsible, faithful, and did everything he was supposed to do. 

    Who does Daniel think he is? Daniel must think he’s better than us? Daniel always trying to outshine somebody. The king thinks Daniel can’t do no wrong. Why does Daniel dress like that? I want to know why Daniel eat what he eats, kale, beans, rice, veggielinks. That ain’t no real meat no way! You know Daniel ain’t perfect, I heard Daniel been with some of the king’s women. Well, I don’t know about all that isn’t Daniel a eunuch. That don’t matter! You know, every time I look up Daniel is on his knees, hands lifted up, always praying to his God.

    Finally these men said, “We will never find any charge against this Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” (Daniel 6:5)So they went to King Darius so he could make a law forbidding anyone to pray to any god or human, except to the king, for the next thirty days and if anyone violated this law they would be thrown into a pit of lions. 

    When Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home, opened his windows, knelt down, prayed, and gave thanks before Jehovah three times a day as he had done before. These men hurried before the king to run and tell, “That man Daniel, one of the captives from Judah, is disrespecting you, your kingdom, and your law. He still prays to his God three times a day.” (Daniel 6:13)

    Did you say Daniel? Oh, the king was weary and distressed and made every effort to rescue Daniel because he knew Daniel was faithful but once the law was established it could not be changed. So, reluctantly the king gave the order, and they threw Daniel into the lions’ den. “Daniel,” said the king, “may your God, whom you serve faithfully, rescue you!” And a stone was placed over the mouth of the den and sealed.

    As Daniel stood before the lions he began to cry out unto the Lord, “Have mercy on me oh God, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until this disaster has passed. I cry out to you God Most High who fulfills his purpose for me. I am in the midst of lions, I call upon the name of the Lord from the depth of this den. I lie among ravenous beasts, men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords. But you shall be exalted oh God, I will praise you lord at all times even in the midst of danger. Thank you Lord for great is your love, mercy, and protection that you send from heaven to rescue me.”(Psalm 57)

    The king fasted all night and at the first light of dawn the king returned to the den of lions and cried out, “O Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?” Daniel answered, “Long live the king! My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me because God knew that I was innocent and I have never done anything to disrespect or hurt you, your Majesty.(Daniel 6:1-28)

    May your God, whom you serve faithfully, rescue you, reminds me of this beautiufl song, Serving the Lordwritten and performed by Helen Miller“Serving the Lord will pay off after a while, just keep on serving the lord everyday, love the way the bible say, forgive all those who trespass against you, because you gone need forgiveness too, just keep on serving the lord everyday.”

    The king couldn’t save Daniel, the law couldn’t save Daniel, but the living God saved Daniel from the power of the lions! “Be still, and know that I Am God,” says the Lord, “and do not copy the behavior of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good, pleasing, and perfect.” (Psalm 46:10 / Romans 12:2) 

    I pray that if you’re in the lions’ den God rescues you and and shuts the mouths of every lion that rises up against you! Now, back to my season business unless Jesus bids me to come and post another message!

    Featured artist

    To connect with Helen Miller Music – Helen Miller “Serving the Lord” written and performed by Helen Miller
  • Take Away the Stone in Every Season

    Take Away the Stone in Every Season

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    To purchase “Take Away the Stone” by John August Swanson

    “Lord,” Martha and Mary said to Jesus, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:21 / John 11:32

    Jesus, once again deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance“Take away the stone,” Jesus said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of Lazarus the deceased man, “By this time he stinks, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:38-40)

    Lazarus was sick. His sisters, Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus to let him know that their brother, his friend, was not well. They knew that if Jesus would come to see Lazarus that he would surely heal him from this illness. Now Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus“But, when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was for two more days.”(John 11:5-6)

    Four days had passed and when Jesus arrived he was met with cries of, “Lord, if you had been here.” Jesus troubled and deeply moved in his spirit wept for his friend but the crowd, the naysayers, the complainers, the negative talking folks said, “Didn’t he restore sight to the blind, heal the sick, cast out demons, but couldn’t save his friend whom he loved.” (John 11:37)

    Lord, if you had been here you could have healed Lazarus and he would still be alive. Lord, if you had been here you could have mended their relationships. Lord, if you had been here you could have delivered them from their addictions. Lord, if you had been here you could have protected them from all manner of evil and abuse. Lord, if you had been here you could have healed their health. Lord, if you had been here you could have warned them of the dangers that were coming. Lord, if you had been here this stone would not be here! 

    How many times have we prayed and God shows up four days later?  And before he can do anything we say, Lord, if you had been here, there is no use, forget about it, what we were praying for is no longer alive so we buried the relationship, given in to the addictions, normalized the abuse, accepted the health diagnosis, and placed this stone here, but when God is four days late, He’s still on time! 

    Four days late reminds me of this beautiful song, Four Days Late, written by Charles Aaron Wilburn and Roberta Wilburn and performed by Karen Peck and New River“You may be fighting a battle of fear and you’ve cried to the Lord, I need you now and he has not appeared, don’t be discouraged because He’s still the same, he’ll soon be here to roll back the stone and call out your name.”

    Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” When they took the stone away Jesus called in a loud voice“Lazarus, come out!” and Lazarus who had died came forth (John 11:43-44)

    Take away the stone of fear, so faith can come forth. Take away the stone of hurt and unforgiveness, so healing can come forth. Take away the stone of strongholds, so freedom can come forth. Take away the stone. 

    Jesus came to our house to dwell among us, to love us, to heal us, and to free us from whatever has kept that stone over our lives. He was persecuted and crucified, but thank you Jehovah God He rose on that third day to take away the stone of eternal death, so eternal life could come forth! (John 11:25-26) 

    I pray you allow Jesus to take away the stone and resurrect every area in your life! Now, back to my season business unless Jesus bids me to come and post another message!

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    To connect with Karen Peck & New RiverKaren Peck & New River “Four Days Late” written by Charles Aaron Wilburn & Roberta Wilburn
  • A Leap of Faith in Every Season

    A Leap of Faith in Every Season

    Lord, if it be you, command me to come to you, “Come,” said JesusMatthew 14:28-29

    “Lord, if it is You,” Peter replied, “command me to come to You on the water.” “Come,” said Jesus. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and took hold of Peter. “You of little faith,” He said, “Why did you doubt?”(Matthew 14:28-31)

    Somehow I was under the impression that my Happy New Year prayer would be my last post on December 31st so I could explore this beautiful season I’m in. But God, His Holy Spirit is ever moving. There are many things the SPIRIT OF THE LORD wants to WORK WITHIN USOUT OF US, and FOR US in EVERY SEASON of our lives.

    Peter took a leap of faith to step off that boat. You see that boat was his safety, comfort, shelter, provision, and transportation. Jesus was walking towards his disciples in the midst of a battered and torn sea to get to them. Reminds me of this song “Reckless Love,” written by Ran Jackson, Cory Asbury, Caleb Culver and performed by Cory Asbury. “There is no mountain you won’t climb up, no wall you will kick down, lie you won’t tear down coming after me, it’s the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.”  

    Christ walking in the midst of the tattered sea bids Peter to come, but when the strength of the wind, when the weapons are formed, when the trials never cease, when the health diagnosis is real, when our loved ones whom we miss dearly are resting in Christ, when depression lingers, when the business is failing, relationships are breaking, and fear comes in, Jesus says, “Come.” 

    Come Peter, I know you’ve never walked on water before, but come. I know you’ve never worked in a business like this before, but come. I know you’ve never been to this foreign land before, but come. I know you don’t know what I am doing in your life right now, but come. I know you don’t understand how I can walk on this water without sinking, but come.

    Come unto me and let us walk on this water together, Christ says, for he is able to do exceedingly above all that we can think, imagine, or ask.” (Ephesians 3:20)

    Father, in Heaven, Lord Jesus our Savior continue to lift us up when we begin to doubt and our faith begins to waiver. Let us continue to come and walk on water!

    I pray your ready to take a leap of faith and your spirit is filled, now I am going about my season business unless Jesus bids me to come and post another message!

    Featured artists

    To connect with Cory Asbury Music Ministry – Cory Asbury “Reckless Love” written by Cory Asbury, Ran Jackson, Caleb Culver
    To connect with Melody Joy Cloud Music Ministry – Melody Joy Cloud covers “Reckless Love” written by Cory Asbury, Ran Jackson, Caleb Culver
    To connect with Enni Francis Music Ministry – Ennis Francis ft Kanaan Francis covers “Reckless Love” written by Cory Asbury, Ran Jackson, Caleb Culver
  • A New Season

    A New Season

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    To purchase “The Truth Will Set You Free” by Steve Henderson

    To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heavenEcclesiastes 3:1

    Happy New Year! Another year has ended and a New Year is beginning and perhaps, A NEW SEASON! In God’s word he says, “To everything in life there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven”. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

    I’m in a new season. It’s a season that I recognize and know Jehovah has called me to many times before but I’ve always avoided it, but I see that I can’t ignore this particular season anymore. Although I might not understand everything God is doing, and will do in this season, I am trusting God completely with my life and everything else in between because I know that in this season His Truth & Love is setting me free! May you have a season that changes your life and sets you free in 2023!

    May “The Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, and may the Lord lift up His countenance toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

    May you have a beautiful New Year, an abundance of health, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in every area of your life. (Galatians 5:22-23), and Jehovah answers every prayer with clarity and blesses you with the desires of your heart in his perfect timing in Jesus Christ name!

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