ACTS Campus Ministry at EIU

ACTS Campus Ministry at EIU

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Week 2 : Positivity Challenge
Acts Divine Praise Ministry

RSO and Campus Ministry at Eastern Illinois University ACTS (Apostolic Christians in Today’s Society), an Eastern Illinois University (EIU) recognized student organization works in harmony with Christ Ministries to participate in a joint effort to offer Christian worship meetings each Sunday morning on campus, in the Buzzard Hall Auditorium, Room #1501, at 11:00 a.m.

Operating as usual

08/19/2021

Inspiring Nugget: “Look for the Good”
“Do all things without murmurings and disputings”(Php. 2:14). It is not an easy endeavor to go through a day without complaining. Our human nature can be quick to entertain negativity and find something to complain about. Nonetheless, there is always something we can be grateful for. God calls us to live to a standard that is different from the world’s. If everyone else around us is focusing on the bad, we should look to find good in each situation. We may perceive that our circumstances are worse than others, but when we take our eyes off of ourselves and look from God’s perspective, we can see that we are blessed and that God is still good even in the midst of difficulty. With this in mind, let’s rise above the negativity and look for the good in our lives. Additionally, let’s choose to be content knowing that God is always good and will work all things together for our good as we keep our eyes fixed on Him!

Love & Prayers
Pastors Ly’Jerrick & Tania

Inspiring Nugget: “Look for the Good”
“Do all things without murmurings and disputings”(Php. 2:14). It is not an easy endeavor to go through a day without complaining. Our human nature can be quick to entertain negativity and find something to complain about. Nonetheless, there is always something we can be grateful for. God calls us to live to a standard that is different from the world’s. If everyone else around us is focusing on the bad, we should look to find good in each situation. We may perceive that our circumstances are worse than others, but when we take our eyes off of ourselves and look from God’s perspective, we can see that we are blessed and that God is still good even in the midst of difficulty. With this in mind, let’s rise above the negativity and look for the good in our lives. Additionally, let’s choose to be content knowing that God is always good and will work all things together for our good as we keep our eyes fixed on Him!

Love & Prayers
Pastors Ly’Jerrick & Tania

Working Together 08/19/2021

Working Together

Wednesday Night Bible Study: Working Together
Please head on over to YouTube by clicking the link below to watch tonight’s message! 

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Working Together

08/18/2021

Inspiring Nugget: Soar Higher
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8). The troubles, struggles, and issues of life can often cause us to settle for less than God’s best. When we choose God’s Word over our own thoughts and circumstances, we are choosing to soar higher! God wants us to soar above the clouds like eagles! In order for us to do this, we must be “transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Ro. 12:2). Our minds can be transformed daily by applying the truth of the Bible to our lives and using our minds to “think on the good”. What thoughts are you allowing to fester in your mind today? What attitudes need to be changed? It all starts in our hearts. Instead of allowing negative and discouraging thoughts to take over, let’s focus on Jesus and allow Him to rise our thoughts toward the truth in His Word!

Love & Prayers,
Pastors Ly’Jerrick & Tania

Inspiring Nugget: Soar Higher
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8). The troubles, struggles, and issues of life can often cause us to settle for less than God’s best. When we choose God’s Word over our own thoughts and circumstances, we are choosing to soar higher! God wants us to soar above the clouds like eagles! In order for us to do this, we must be “transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Ro. 12:2). Our minds can be transformed daily by applying the truth of the Bible to our lives and using our minds to “think on the good”. What thoughts are you allowing to fester in your mind today? What attitudes need to be changed? It all starts in our hearts. Instead of allowing negative and discouraging thoughts to take over, let’s focus on Jesus and allow Him to rise our thoughts toward the truth in His Word!

Love & Prayers,
Pastors Ly’Jerrick & Tania

08/17/2021

Inspiring Nugget: Making the Right Choice in Our Suffering
“I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place” (Ps. 118:5). Regardless of our age, race, cultural background, social economic status, etc. we will all have to make a choice in the midst of distress and pain. We can choose to wallow in despair, entertain our pity parties, hold onto bitterness and resentment, or, contrarily, to focus on the Lord. While we have every right to feel sorry for ourselves and make excuses for why we cannot move forward, we can decide that our feelings will not control our life any longer. When we hold onto the pain of our past, we prevent God from bringing restoration and joy to our hearts. We can choose to stand up today and fight for our peace, joy and love by choosing to follow Christ. Today’s Scripture informs us that when we choose Jesus, even in distress, He will answer us and lead us to the place that we need to be in Him. He made a choice to save us even in the midst of His suffering and pain. Lord, where we have allowed ourselves to wallow in our pain, we ask that you would restore our faith in you. May you give us the strength to move forward!

Love & Prayers,
Pastors Ly’Jerrick & Tania

Inspiring Nugget: Making the Right Choice in Our Suffering
“I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place” (Ps. 118:5). Regardless of our age, race, cultural background, social economic status, etc. we will all have to make a choice in the midst of distress and pain. We can choose to wallow in despair, entertain our pity parties, hold onto bitterness and resentment, or, contrarily, to focus on the Lord. While we have every right to feel sorry for ourselves and make excuses for why we cannot move forward, we can decide that our feelings will not control our life any longer. When we hold onto the pain of our past, we prevent God from bringing restoration and joy to our hearts. We can choose to stand up today and fight for our peace, joy and love by choosing to follow Christ. Today’s Scripture informs us that when we choose Jesus, even in distress, He will answer us and lead us to the place that we need to be in Him. He made a choice to save us even in the midst of His suffering and pain. Lord, where we have allowed ourselves to wallow in our pain, we ask that you would restore our faith in you. May you give us the strength to move forward!

Love & Prayers,
Pastors Ly’Jerrick & Tania

08/16/2021

Inspiring Nugget: Looking Heavenward
“At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 17:7). Whenever we are faced with an unprecedented situation, we immediately look for something or someone to comfort us, awaiting a Word. We usually seek for something to abolish the current pain or frustration. Oftentimes, people turn to alcohol, drugs, s*x, ungodly hobbies, or another person to validate how they feel. However, in the end, we end up feeling worse than we initially did. God created within each of us a longing desire for Him that nothing nor anyone else can fill. Until we seek Jesus ourselves and allow Him to heal our hearts and fill every void, we will continue looking in all the wrong places. God wants to remind us today that we do not need to keep looking for answers in this world, but if we turn our hearts to Him, He will heal our wounds, restore our souls, and lead us on the right path for our life. Let’s set our eyes on pleasing the One who has created, called, and chose us to be His! He won’t take His eyes off of us, so let’s look Heavenward!

Love & Prayers,
Pastors Ly’Jerrick & Tania

Inspiring Nugget: Looking Heavenward
“At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 17:7). Whenever we are faced with an unprecedented situation, we immediately look for something or someone to comfort us, awaiting a Word. We usually seek for something to abolish the current pain or frustration. Oftentimes, people turn to alcohol, drugs, s*x, ungodly hobbies, or another person to validate how they feel. However, in the end, we end up feeling worse than we initially did. God created within each of us a longing desire for Him that nothing nor anyone else can fill. Until we seek Jesus ourselves and allow Him to heal our hearts and fill every void, we will continue looking in all the wrong places. God wants to remind us today that we do not need to keep looking for answers in this world, but if we turn our hearts to Him, He will heal our wounds, restore our souls, and lead us on the right path for our life. Let’s set our eyes on pleasing the One who has created, called, and chose us to be His! He won’t take His eyes off of us, so let’s look Heavenward!

Love & Prayers,
Pastors Ly’Jerrick & Tania

08/15/2021

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08/14/2021

Inspiring Nugget: Mind of the Kingdom
“That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory” (1 Thes. 2:12). As believers, it is vital for us to be kingdom-minded. With so much occurring in our everyday lives, our minds can become cluttered with worry, negativity, cares of life, and gossip. As these seeds are planted in our minds, they begin to fester through our actions, eventually taking root into our souls if they are not dealt with properly. Ultimately, we know that God has called us to look toward His future kingdom. However, when we are kingdom-minded, we can experience His kingdom today. “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Ro. 14:17). By occupying our minds with God’s kingdom, we will leave no room for evil and unfruitful thoughts. Being kingdom-minded means taking time to pray throughout the day, reading God’s Word, listening to and encouraging others, and reminding ourselves of God’s will and plan for our lives. When we choose to be kingdom-minded, we are saying, “No matter what comes my way, I am working and living for the Lord’s kingdom!”

Love & Prayers,
Pastors Ly’Jerrick & Tania

Inspiring Nugget: Mind of the Kingdom
“That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory” (1 Thes. 2:12). As believers, it is vital for us to be kingdom-minded. With so much occurring in our everyday lives, our minds can become cluttered with worry, negativity, cares of life, and gossip. As these seeds are planted in our minds, they begin to fester through our actions, eventually taking root into our souls if they are not dealt with properly. Ultimately, we know that God has called us to look toward His future kingdom. However, when we are kingdom-minded, we can experience His kingdom today. “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Ro. 14:17). By occupying our minds with God’s kingdom, we will leave no room for evil and unfruitful thoughts. Being kingdom-minded means taking time to pray throughout the day, reading God’s Word, listening to and encouraging others, and reminding ourselves of God’s will and plan for our lives. When we choose to be kingdom-minded, we are saying, “No matter what comes my way, I am working and living for the Lord’s kingdom!”

Love & Prayers,
Pastors Ly’Jerrick & Tania

08/13/2021

Inspiring Nugget: Just Ask
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Mt. 7:7) In Scripture, wherever there was a need, Jesus was there. Almost everywhere He went, people were desiring to be healed. For example, the woman with the issue of blood was relieved when she heard that Jesus was near. Then, there was the miraculous intervention when Jesus fed the five thousand. He knew that they were hungry, not only for food to feed their physical bodies, but also for a shepherd who could feed their souls. Just as Jesus went about meeting the needs of people in Scripture, He is willing and committed to doing the same for us today. All we need to do is ask and trust Him. We do not have to be ashamed to ask our Heavenly Father for what we need because He is always able and willing!

Love & Prayers,
Pastors Ly’Jerrick & Tania

Inspiring Nugget: Just Ask
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Mt. 7:7) In Scripture, wherever there was a need, Jesus was there. Almost everywhere He went, people were desiring to be healed. For example, the woman with the issue of blood was relieved when she heard that Jesus was near. Then, there was the miraculous intervention when Jesus fed the five thousand. He knew that they were hungry, not only for food to feed their physical bodies, but also for a shepherd who could feed their souls. Just as Jesus went about meeting the needs of people in Scripture, He is willing and committed to doing the same for us today. All we need to do is ask and trust Him. We do not have to be ashamed to ask our Heavenly Father for what we need because He is always able and willing!

Love & Prayers,
Pastors Ly’Jerrick & Tania

08/12/2021

Inspiring Nugget: Focus on the Good
“Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” (Ps. 107:21). We are naturally wired to focus on the challenges and negative outcomes of life’s circumstances. It takes more effort and energy to refocus our minds on the right outcome, positives, and what is going well for us. If we could take each day to recalibrate our minds to think about the good in our lives, we will find that our challenges and circumstances are actually stepping stones to help us reach our destiny. Let’s train our minds to look at how blessed our lives are. Although everything may not be the way we want it to be, we can fix our minds on God’s truths and learn to cleave to His promises. As a result, we will find comfort, strength, and the right perspective! “Our mind is a garden, our thoughts are the seeds, you can grow flowers or you can grow weeds” (Ritu Ghatourey).

Love & Prayers,
Pastors Ly’Jerrick & Tania

Inspiring Nugget: Focus on the Good
“Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” (Ps. 107:21). We are naturally wired to focus on the challenges and negative outcomes of life’s circumstances. It takes more effort and energy to refocus our minds on the right outcome, positives, and what is going well for us. If we could take each day to recalibrate our minds to think about the good in our lives, we will find that our challenges and circumstances are actually stepping stones to help us reach our destiny. Let’s train our minds to look at how blessed our lives are. Although everything may not be the way we want it to be, we can fix our minds on God’s truths and learn to cleave to His promises. As a result, we will find comfort, strength, and the right perspective! “Our mind is a garden, our thoughts are the seeds, you can grow flowers or you can grow weeds” (Ritu Ghatourey).

Love & Prayers,
Pastors Ly’Jerrick & Tania

08/11/2021

🗣 Focus on the Gain!

08/11/2021

Inspiring Nugget: No Wasted Days
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Ps. 90:12). The quality of our days are determined by our mindset. In turn, our mindset will affect our decisions. When we allow negativity, gossip, and ingratitude to plague our minds, our time can become wasted. Rather than using positivity to help us produce good fruit in our lives, we can end up using negativity to choke out the best in us and others. God wants us to number our days and live them according to His ways. When we are able to get outside of our own negative thoughts, and step into His thoughts (His Word), we will find wise advice to make our days count! “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jer. 29:11). Let’s get outside of our negative-selves, and step into the potential that God sees in us! Let’s make our days count!

Love & Prayers,
Pastors Ly’Jerrick & Tania

Inspiring Nugget: No Wasted Days
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Ps. 90:12). The quality of our days are determined by our mindset. In turn, our mindset will affect our decisions. When we allow negativity, gossip, and ingratitude to plague our minds, our time can become wasted. Rather than using positivity to help us produce good fruit in our lives, we can end up using negativity to choke out the best in us and others. God wants us to number our days and live them according to His ways. When we are able to get outside of our own negative thoughts, and step into His thoughts (His Word), we will find wise advice to make our days count! “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jer. 29:11). Let’s get outside of our negative-selves, and step into the potential that God sees in us! Let’s make our days count!

Love & Prayers,
Pastors Ly’Jerrick & Tania

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