Houston's Real Truth Seventh-day Adventist Church - "The Friendliest Church Around" Welcome to the Real Truth Church. Please come and worship with us:
Sabbath School: 9:15 am
Divine Worship: 11:00 am
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting: 7:00 pm
Pastor Frank Williams - Pastor
Pastor James Best - Associate Pastor
Operating as usual
To all our Mother's... sometimes we forget to say thank you, that we appreciate you, and to simply tell you how much we love you. So today is the day that we remind you of how much you truly mean to us. Happy Mother's Days.
Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. (Proverbs 31:29)
Thank you Father for the Sabbath - a time to put the stress of the week aside, a time to come and rest in you.
Has your week been trying and difficult? May you be blessed with a Happy Sabbath and some special time with God!
We are bombarded with temptations from morning to night. We must continue to rely on God to help us find that escape route - the path away from the temptation that most directly speaks to us. Pray diligently... Pray daily......Surrender yourself to God.
"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13
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No greater love...
Bored? Figure this out - the greatest mystery of all time: Why does the God of the entire universe(s) love this tiny speck of a world and the ungrateful, unfaithful, unbelieving people on it so much? Why?
Psalms 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee...
What would happen if we took everything to the Lord in prayer? Don't wait until all else fails, try God now. Reflect on the lyrics from "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" to see the benefits of trying God. We can do this simply by taking our burdens and trials to Him. If we do not try God, we may forfeit peace, bear needless pain, and may be weak and heavy laden. Take your burdens to Him today.
What a Friend We Have in Jesus.
What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.
Harvest Time is Coming...Will you be ready for the harvest?
Everyday where ever we go, we plant seeds. What type of seeds are we planting? Are we planting seeds of hope or despair, love or hate, renewal of spirit or defeat. The type of seeds we plant is not always immediately known to others, but will soon be apparent. Harvest time is coming. Let's plant seeds of love, encouragement, support and spiritual guidance so that at harvest time there will be enough for everyone to receive.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Friday Spiritual Fitness Activity:
A Bible Reading Plan to Refresh Your Faith - Day 2
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.
Be Intentional about your Fitness:
Prayer of the Day: Luke 22:42
...Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
Spiritual Fitness: 31 Day Bible Reading Plan to Refresh your Faith
Day 1 - Read Isaiah 53:1-12
Mental Fitness: Help Someone in Need.
Luke 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Physical Fitness: Adventist Lifestyle Increases Longevity.
What would happen if you centered your diet around vegetables, the most nutrient-dense food group?
COMMIT TO BE FIT.
As the new year approaches, the focus will be on fitness. Being fit is not limited to the physical, it also includes spiritual and mental fitness as well. These three aspects of fitness work hand in hand to create balance. Keep in mind, being fit does not happen overnight. As with anything you have to start where you are and work towards achieving your goal. Once achieved, fitness must be maintained over the course of your life. 1 Cor. 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
We serve an intentional God. One who has a purpose for us. Thus we will be intentional in our physical, mental and spiritual fitness this month. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Prayer for Today: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalms 51:10
Think positive. Focus on your blessings.
Take a walk. If you normally walk 10 mins. Walk 15 mins.
Can you weather the storm?
Tragedies are taking place all over the world - hurricanes, earthquakes, suicide bomber attacks, homicides, robberies, and disease related deaths. The list is never-ending. If you have been affected by such a tragedy....were you able to weather the storm or did the storm weather you?
If you have not been affected by such a tragedy, it's time to ask yourself, 'how will I respond in a tragedy?' Will you be a witness while going through the storm yourself? Oftentimes when things are going good we are a 'good christian.' However, it is the storms of life that help to form the character of Christ in us. The scars, like the holes in Jesus' hands, serve as a constant reminder and inspiration that you made it through. "Psalms 23:4-6 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.
I will fear no evil:for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever...Let's concentrate on the word, Surely. It wasn't well maybe Goodness and Mercy. It is Surely goodness and Mercy...Surely is such a strong word. It invokes confidence. There is so much power in the Word.
Now is the time to form or solidify a relationship with God. Not tomorrow, but today. This relationship will help you make it through the storms. Notice, it will not necessarily prevent tragedies from happening, it may actually encourage the devil to target you. However, the mere presence of God helps you to fear no evil. God is waiting with an out stretched hand to prevent your fall, pick you up should you fall, or just to simply hold your hand as you go through the Valley of the Shadow of Death
As you work on solidifying your relationship with God, key factors to concentrate on are daily reading and studying of God's word. Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path..... We must be in constant communion with God through out the day by prayer - talking to God - and just sitting and quietly listening to Him.
It is of the utmost importance that we not only study and communicate with God but to follow His commands. Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate:for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life...
A great relationship is always built upon a strong foundation of spending time together and a two way street of communication. Be like the wise man who built upon a strong foundation and not like the foolish man who did not build upon a strong foundation. Matthew 7:24-27 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not:for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell:and great was the fall of it.
Ask God to come and walk with you through the valleys of tragedies life has to offer. You can then confidently say yes you can weather the storm.
Our character is revealed in our actions, our speech, in light and in the darkness. Matthew 12:33 ..."for the tree is known by its fruit."
Today's Mission: Go and Teach...
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
[11/19/15] Prayer for today....."Father forgive me."
Take a moment and really think about the question below. God has provided us with so much.... What would you really have today if this question was applicable? Let us remember to give thanks and honor to God.
In keeping with the spirit of Thanksgiving remember to thank and pray for our friends, loved ones, acquaintances and random strangers as well. We are a witness by our actions.
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Always remember to count your blessings...and say Thank you Lord for all you've done for me. It's because He loves us that He blesses us, not because we deserve it.
What are you thankful for? :)
Inside Story: Nothing but Faith: Part 2
The next morning John went to a campus prayer service where he prayed for the students who had needs and silently prayed for his own need.
A couple of hours later, he met a friend from Botswana on campus. “Is everything OK?” his friend asked.
“Yes,” John said, “everything is OK. God is in control.”
“How’s your mom?” the friend asked.
“She’s fine,” John answered. Then without thinking, he added, “But she’s worried about my school fees.”
“How much do you need?” the friend asked.
John needed 50,000 Zimbabwean dollars to register.
“Here’s 250 pula,” his friend said. At that time, the Botswanan currency was equivalent to 23,000 Zimbabwean dollars. John thanked his friend warmly.
John quickly found someone willing to exchange his pula for Zimbabwean dollars—at a rate that gave him 25,000 Zimbabwean dollars! John hurried to a phone to tell his mother that God had worked half a miracle.
“Mom,” he said, “can you please send Mercy [John’s sister] to the bank to deposit 25,000 [Zimbabwean] dollars?”
“John,” she answered, “you know I don’t have the money.”
“Just send Mercy to town,” John said. “God will provide the money.” His mother was puzzled, but she didn’t argue. So, she asked Mercy to go to town and wait for God to give her the money for John.
Meanwhile John went to town to deposit the money he had received into Solusi’s bank account, then he called his mother again.
“I’ve been trying to reach you!” she said. “Mercy met a friend of yours in town who had promised to give you some money for food, but you had already left for school. So, he asked Mercy to deposit it into your account. When Mercy told him how much you needed, it was more than he had planned to give; but when he opened his wallet, he had more than 25,000 Zimbabwean dollars. So, he gave Mercy the money for you. We just need to know Solusi’s account number so we can deposit it!”
John’s eyes filled with tears as he heard how God answered his prayers. He thanked his mother and his sister for helping to make the miracle happen.
Hurrying back to school, John arrived just minutes before the registrar’s office closed. His heart felt light, and his step was easy as he thought of how God had pulled off another miracle for a young man with nothing but faith.
More than 1,000 students are enrolled at Solusi University. Many, like John, are there by faith. The school is growing larger, and more space in the dining hall is needed. Thank you for supporting the Thirteenth Sabbath Mission offering.
John Mavesere was a theology student at Solusi University when this was written. He now serves the Lord in Zimbabwe.
Nothing but Faith: Part 1
John grew up knowing that God was calling him to become a minister. When he tried to ignore or avoid the call, he found that he could not.
In Zimbabwe, work for students is nearly impossible to find; so, John had to rely on his mother’s income when he enrolled at Solusi University, a Seventh-day Adventist university in Zimbabwe.
During school breaks, John held short evangelistic meetings in several churches and rejoiced to see 100 people come to Christ.
But when he returned home he learned that his mother’s goods weren’t selling, and there wasn’t enough money for his tuition. “Perhaps you’ll have to wait a semester to go back to school,” she suggested to John.
“Don’t worry,” John told her. “God is the one who called me to the ministry, and He will help with my school fees.”
John packed his bag, kissed his mother good-bye, and got on the bus to Solusi, arriving with not enough money to buy a bus ticket back home. He had nothing but his faith.
Because he arrived at Solusi too late to register, John stayed in a friend’s dormitory room that night. The next day he went to see the dean of men to be assigned a dorm room. The dean was reluctant to give him a room without financial clearance. But he knew John, and finally he agreed. “Here’s your key,” the dean said. “But if you haven’t received financial clearance by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, you’ll have to move out.”
John thanked him and put his things into the room. Before unpacking, he knelt down and prayed. “God, thank You for the time that I have this room. If You don’t pay my fees, I’ll have to move out tomorrow; so, it’s up to You. Thanks, Lord. Amen.”
John had heard that an evangelist friend of his, Sister Jeremiah, was holding meetings on campus. He went to visit her. “Did you pay your fees?” Sister Jeremiah asked him.
“No,” he said honestly. “My mom doesn’t have the money. I’ve come so we can pray about it.”
“Let’s not ask God for the money,” Sister Jeremiah said. “Let’s just thank Him for providing the money you need.” So, the two knelt down, and Sister Jeremiah thanked God for the money John hadn’t yet received.
The money didn’t come that day. As John walked around campus, several friends stopped to ask how things were going. John didn’t tell them about his financial needs but replied, smiling, “Everything is fine; God is in control.”
One girl on campus knew John’s situation. When she encouraged him to drop out of school, he replied, “Don’t try to discourage me. God will provide.”
But by bedtime that night, nothing had happened. John again placed his situation in God’s hands then went to sleep.
To be continued in next week’s Inside Story.
Memory Text for the week:
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.
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