Living Word Ministries
A ministry dedicated to the integrity of the Bible as the inerrant Word of God and the mandate that those who bear the vessels of the Lord should be holy.
Mission: Our Mission is to unashamedly live the Christian world view, to be intentional in leading others to Christ, to disciple believers to spiritual maturity and to leave a legacy of faith for subsequent generations.
[02/19/20] A big thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate Lauren Lo's birthday yesterday. You are appreciated💕💯
Pastor J. Edsil Myers and Pastor Lauren's cover photo
[02/16/20] If we claim God is really speaking to us and doing a work in us and it's still all about the other person, listen again.
Weekly Word from the Wisdom Walk
Yesterday I was one of the fortunate ones to receive roses, chocolate, and a personalized mug with a picture of Junior Edsil Myers
and myself (yes, he outdid himself). I say fortunate because my husband chose to honor our love.
It made me think of John 3:16, For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
We do not expect those who do not yet acknowledge the love of God to give him "roses." But did we? Did we like St Valentine, whose life we commemorate, remember to spend time with the Lover of our Soul and reaffirm his position of first in our hearts?
It's not too late to give Him our gift of worship like sweet perfume, the love of our hearts like Rose's of the deepest red, and our undying devotion as a sweet offering wrapped in grace. As the writer says and we thankfully sing:
"I love you Lord and I lift my voice
To worship you, oh my soul rejoice!
Take joy my King in what you hear
May it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear."
Hope you weekend is filled with reminders of the greatest love of all.
Weekly Word from the Wisdom Walk
The sun came up but the chill of 40-somethng degrees overnight still remained. This was my morning to sing and so I sang verses, lines, tag lines ... whatever felt right for today's walk.
I am also listening for a word to share. On the way back I had a strong picture of a dirty baby along with the adage of not throwing out the baby with the bath water. I actually said out loud, "really Lord?" Since nothing else came, here are my thoughts.
Which parent ceases to love a baby because the baby is soiled? In fact, we wrinkle our noses, make funny noises, as we remove the offending item and restore baby to cleanliness and comfort.
Children of God can make some huge messes. Not only do we become dirty everyone in our vicinity is affected by the stench. People have lost homes, families, and even lives because of other people's messes. But, that "baby" still belongs to Someone; its God's child.
Oh, we abhorr the stink, but as Christians, we are not authorized to throw the baby away. Let the Parent handle it. He alone can clean and wash and clothe the child. You know why? Because he hates the stink but loves the baby. In fact, the Bible says there is more rejoicing in heaven when a sinner repents than there is over 99 righteous/ clean persons who need no repentance. Yes, Jesus came to earth because of sinners. Trust the power of his blood.
Lord, we pray to be the kind of Christians who will gracefully distinguish between the sinner and the sin. Thank you for touching us when no once else would. We rejoice because we are clean. Amen.
Freelance opportunity from Athena Dean Holtz :
Redemption Press is looking to expand our freelance illustrator pool. We often need simple black & white line art / sketches created, and also full color cartoon or whimsical style illustrations for children's books. If you or someone you know might be interested in sharing their talent with us for our standard freelance rates please email samples and contact info to [email protected] Thanks in advance!
Weekly Word from the Wisdom Walk
As we step into February it means the end of Fasting for many people. I am sure many have received definite answers to prayer just as there are others who are still waiting. Remember our timing and God's seldom align. His ways, thoughts , and plans are way above what we grasp. Delay is not denial. And if all his plans for me are good, then all the answers to my prayers are good.
Let's be encouraged and continue to trust him
Also, let's try not to lose the" jump start" we gained from eating clean for so many weeks. Keep it up where possible for this month too, by practicing moderation. The time we carved out in January for prayer and meditation can still be utilized for that purpose. I know we will all be better for it.
Happy new month and may God's blessings be upon you.
You know I love a good story. Thanks Majimaji The King.
Dr. Abraham, a well known cancer specialist, was once on his way to an important conference in another city where he was going to receive an award in the field of medical research.
He was excited about the award and so boarded a plane to the venue. However, two hours after the plane took off, it made an emergency landing at the nearest airport due to a technical problem.
Afraid that he would not make it in time to the conference, he immediately went to the reception to make enquiries. He found out that he would have to wait ten hours for the next flight to his destination! He rented a car and drove himself to the conference city which was four hours away.
Soon after he left, the weather changed and a heavy storm began.
The downpour made it difficult for him to see so he missed a turn he was supposed to take.
Driving in the heavy rain on a deserted road, feeling hungry and tired, he frantically began to look for any sign of civilization. He came across a small tattered house and knocked on the door. A beautiful lady opened the door. He explained his situation and wanted to use the lady's telephone but she had no telephone. She however asked him to come inside and wait till the weather improved. The doctor who was hungry and exhausted accepted the offer. The lady offered him something to eat and drink.
She asked him to join her in prayers but he declined. According to him, he believed in hard work, not in prayers! Sitting at the table and sipping his tea, the doctor watched the woman pray many times beside a baby's crib. Feeling that the woman might be in need of help, the doctor asked her what exactly she needed from God and asked if God ever listened to her prayers.
When he inquired of the child in the crib, the woman explained that her son was down with cancer. And they had been advised to see a doctor named Abraham who could cure him but she did not have enough money to afford his fees.
She said that God had not yet answered her prayers but said that God would create some way out one day. She added that she would not allow her fears to overcome her faith!
Stunned and speechless, Dr. Abraham began to weep! He was forced to say out loud, "GOD IS GREAT" and recollected to the woman, all the sequence of bad events: malfunction on the plane, a thunderstorm and how he lost his way. All of which had happened because God answers prayers, wanted to give him a chance to come out of his bondage of materialistic career pursuit and give some time to a poor, helpless woman who had nothing but rich prayers!
Oh! What a God!
God may not answer your prayers YOUR WAY but he will always answer HIS way.🙏🙏🙏
Behind the scenes, he will move men, the weather, events, circumstances, etc. in order to work out the best for you!
Do not stop trusting!
Do not stop hoping!
God is busy planning !
Look up daily!
This touched and still touches me. I hope it touches you too.
It's an exciting day here at Calvary Assembly of God Kissimmee as our Ladies Winter Renewal Conference continues (711 N. Thacker Ave. Kissimmee)
Weekly Word from the Wisdom Walk
We know salvation is more than escaping hell. It is God's intention to conform us to his image that is, give us his characteristics. And one facet of his character is constancy - he never changes.
For us this means we do not get time off from doing what we know is right or from living the truth of his Word. We forgive in order to be forgiven, continuous, we love as he loves, we worship and honor God because of who he is...there is no end to any of this.
I am saddened because I can be somewhat of a rollercoaster and there are days when being a Christian is harder than others. Fortunately, he has already anticipated my weakness and makes available his unfailing strength.
Lord, today we ask you to take us beyond our strength and cause us to truly live our lives "for your Name's sake." Loving, serving, everything we do because that is what you ask of us. Amen.
This and other posts you may have missed are at uplink339.blogspot.com
"...the difficult questions we would ask of God will only be answered when we are willing to give significant time and energy to seeking God's face. A quick prayer of "Why God, why?! and then return to business as usual will not suffice. Instead, God invites us to come into his presence for extended conversations, during which God imparts himself and his perspective to us. Continue reading at Uplink339.blogspot.com
There is something in life called "Social Capital." The people you know; the people who know you and how they know you.
Quite unfortunately, people think or behave like social capital is only needed on weddings and burials. That is why you see someone will not have contacted you in ten years but out of the blue they are sending you a message, "Hello so and so, long time. Btw, next Sunday is my pre-wedding. I need your support."!
Social capital is not built overnight; it is reciprocal and does not need money (especially in this virtually connected world) to build. It just needs being sensitive that people have emotions and that you can't sneak into their lives only when you need help.
Social capital is massively important and when built and used correctly, it can make a very big difference to one's quality of life. It can save you money, make you money, get you a better job, make things easier and safer, it can save you from prison, or save your life: it can save you time and effort, and make life more enjoyable and productive.
As we progress through the year, please learn to connect with people in your circles. Check on people, send someone a birthday message, check their timelines and comment something positive and inspirational. Pick your phone and call someone, or text them. It could be your relative, your colleague, your former schoolmate, a former or current boss, your CEO, your parents etc.
Creating a connection with people is important for building your social capital. And even if they don't respond, at least keep in touch and don't just reach out when you are in need.
Most importantly, respect everyone no matter their status in life and be there when others need you. Be a solution, an encouragement and inspiration. Avoid being a leech, a user or nagger. Just be a nice person who in a calculated way stays in touch with people and brings joy, encouragement and hope.
The most important asset you have in life is not your job, money or title; its people. Your network is your networth!
May God bless you.
Weekly Word from the Wisdom Walk comes to us today courtesy of Sis.Marvalee Waite.
Just a reminder to self.
I enter into 2020 with this objective I am going to trust God in spite of. Saying that and doing it is not always easy. Today I am reminding myself of God’s perfect peace in this situation.
Nothing ever spins out of his control. Peace and worry are mutually exclusive. Worry throttles your confidence, chokes your perspectives, and suffocates your spirit. It robs you of the peace that comes from knowing the God who can handle anything, and through whom all things are possible. The reason we worry so much is because we engage in exactly the opposite behavior to that which brings peace. Worry is like a no confidence vote in God. You may not intend it that way, but every time you give in to worry, in essence, you’re saying: “I don’t believe God can or will handle this for me. I’m not sure I can trust Him in this matter, so I will just have to carry this situation and take care of this problem myself.” God is either the object of your trust or just a part time helper you call on when you can’t handle things on your own.
God never changes.
Today I want to briefly reflect on the peace of God and what that means for me in this season of life. Having peace is not the same as being oblivious to reasons to be upset. We receive peace so we can cope , live and even have joy in spite of ...
The casual observer may ask don't you see, don't you care, doesn't this bother you at all? Yes, yes, and yes. But that is what peace that PASSES UNDERSTANDING means. In the natural I should be screaming and ranting and raving or so down I move in under a rock somewhere. But no. I take my insurmountable issues to Jesus and make the trade:
"I'm trading my sorrows
Im trading my pain
I'm laying them down for the joy of the Lord"
It's a conscious decision to choose my Walk and my place in Christ above whatever the devil thinks can be used to defeat me.
I choose peace.
Blessings on your day!
Weekly Word from the Wisdom Walk
Hello Everyone, hope your fast is fulfilling both your spiritual and physical needs. The following was first posted January 14th, 2014. In addition to those prayer suggestions please remember Australia, Iraq and Iran, the families of those lost in the recent air disaster, and the Ukraine as they demand answers.
Would you consider adding a few more prayer foci to your Daniel Fast? Try these for example: persecuted Christians in Korea, Syria (top offenders) and the middle eastern countries, refugee situation in the Sudan, survivors in the Philippines, and us, here at home. Don't forget the country of your birth if you are an American by choice. lets practice the J-O-Y method of prayer. Jesus - worship, O-thers, and then Y-ou.
Love in Christ. #Daniel #Fast, #prayforamerica, #philippinesurvivors, #persecutedchurch, #prayforsudan,#prayforkorea, #prayforsyria,#prayforindia
Something from Joyce Meyer to think about: Try to spend as much time getting our hearts prepared to go out as we do our bodies.(Think of the time before the mirror). She continues, if we can spend an hour getting our bodies cute, can we at least give God 15 minutes (to dress our hearts )?
LORD, teach us kingdom priorities so we may wear your righteousness well. Amen.
From Bishop Dr. Michael Frith:
International tensions are high right now.
Iran has called on its sleeper cells around the world to hold retaliatory attacks against the US.
That means that although you may have no intention of being involved, someone else may make that choice for you.
Things to remember at times like these:
- Keep your heads up and out of your phones while you're in public.
- Pay attention to your surroundings and make mental note of the locations of the nearest exits.
- Have no less than half a tank of gas in your vehicle at all times.
- Make sure your phone is charged when going out.
- Have a small medical kit handy. Tourniquet, bandages, etc. A quick YouTube search will have you set up cheaply and quickly.
- Have a flashlight on you. Have a spare in your vehicle. In case of an attack in an enclosed building, lights going out causes confusion, makes you lose track of the people with you and can make a bad situation 10x worse. A simple, reliable flashlight can help alleviate these issues.
- Always carry a sturdy, lockable knife. It has many more uses than cutting cheesecake.
- Avoid stupid places, with stupid people, doing stupid things. This applies to anytime, not just during times of heightened security.
- Trust your instincts. If your spidey-senses are tingly while you are out, then that is your body sensing danger of some type. Listen to that few hundred thousand years of human evolution telling you that something nearby wants to hurt you and your family, and go be somewhere else.
- If something doesn't look right, it probably isn't.
- Don't let someone else's Selective Ignorance deter you from being Properly Prepared to Provide Protection to your People.
I say these reminders not to scare the friends and family that read this but to make sure they are aware of the clear and present dangers that exist right here and now.
Weekly Word from the Wisdom Walk
We are drawn to people either because of the image they portray or who we imagine them to be. The esteem would soon fade if we were to discover they are flawed as we are, often in the very same places.
Jesus loves us as we are. He is under no illusions, has no false hopes, and will never change his mind. As we enter into this season of fasting and prayer and spending time in the Word, we are not doing it so Jesus will love us more. We set ourselves apart and quiet our spirits before him so we may know him and be responsive to the Holy Spirit. It is our love that will grow as his glorious image becomes more evident in us.
If you are starting your fast tomorrow at sundown here are a few reminders:
Establish your purpose before you start - for what are you Fasting?
Set a beginning and end date
Establish your dietary parameters (don't make it up as you go)
It's not about the food or what one is allowed to eat while on a Daniel Fast. Keep it simple and follow the plan
Make time for prayer and study/reading the Word
Journal or jot down your new insights as the LORD opens your eyes
Strive for changes that will last beyond 21, 30, 40 days or however long your consecration period happens to be. May the grace of God be upon us as seek him.
Here's a repost from Susan Gregory:
daniel-fast.com The New Year Fast 2020 Countdown – 5 More Days by Susan Gregory | Jan 1, 2020 | Daniel Fast | 6 CommentsThe New Year Fast Beginning at Sundown on Sunday, January 5th* There is no hard rule for when to start the New Year Fast. Most often, the fast begins at sunset on the first Sunday of the New Yea...
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