Thursday, October 6, 2011

Prosperity is Possible by Michelle Lawson

In this current economy, with unemployment and home foreclosures so high, some believe that their financial future is doomed.  But do not despair.  God is still in control.  Keep the faith, pray, and be diligent.

In order for God to bless us, we have to give Him something to work with.  If you are unemployed. when was the last time you updated your resume? applied for a job? networked? volunteered your time to a worthy cause?  If you haven't done any of those things in while, today is the day!!  Or maybe you are interested in starting a business.  When was the last time that you worked on your business plan? went to a professional organization event and networked? called a potential client?

No matter what the stock market is doing, God is still on the throne, and He is still able to bless your finances.  Here is a Bible verse that hopefully will bless you:

 And you shall again obey the voice of the LORD and keep all his commandments that I command you today. The LORD your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your cattle and in the fruit of your ground. (Deut.30:8)

Remember, through God...Prosperity is Possible!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Message in Remembrance of 9/11/01 - God Still Reigns by Michelle Lawson

Today - September 11, 2011 - marks the 10th Anniversary of a day that changed the lives of the entire world.  Looking back to that day - September 11, 2001 - I remember how shocked and afraid America was.  America had been brought to its knees literally and figuratively.

Out of fear for the future of our country, America as a country looked to God for His protection and guidance.  I remember how America sought out the Lord for refuge.  We were so despondent about what had just happened, and what lied ahead, America, as a country prayed.  In fact, on September 14, 2011 we held the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance.  During that ceremony, President George W. Bush spoke the following words:

On this national day of prayer and remembrance, we ask almighty God to watch over our nation and grant us patience and resolve in all that is to come. We pray that He will comfort and console those who now walk in sorrow. We thank Him for each life we now must mourn, and the promise of a life to come.

 As we've been assured, neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities, nor powers nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth can separate us from God's love.

May He bless the souls of the departed. May He comfort our own. And may He always guide our country.

What is clear 10 years after the tragedy of September 11, 2011 is that God still reigns.  No matter how horrific the tragedy of that terrorist act was, it is apparent that God is still in control. As Psalm 47:7-9 states,

Psalm 47:7-9 (NIV)

7 For God is the King of all the earth;
   sing to him a psalm of praise.
 8 God reigns over the nations;
   God is seated on his holy throne.
9 The nobles of the nations assemble
   as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings[a] of the earth belong to God;
   he is greatly exalted. 

Let us not forget that no matter what happens in our lives, even when tragedy causes despair, help and hope comes from the Lord.  Let us look to Psalm 46 for comfort.

Psalm 46 (NIV)

 1 God is our refuge and strength,
   an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
   and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
   and the mountains quake with their surging.
Ten years later, as a result of that fateful day, we have God to thank for keeping America safe.  If it were not for the Lord, where would we be?  In remembrance of that day, let us thank God for  His protection. Let us take some time to pray...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day God!

Today, June 19, 2011, we celebrated Father’s Day in America.  It is the one day in the year when fathers and father figures are celebrated and honored.  There is no question about what a significant role fathers play in the development of children.  On this day, when we honor our fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and all the male role models in our life, let us not forget to honor our Heavenly Father – God.   

Whether or not your earthly father is in your life, you do not need to despair – our Heavenly Father is always here to provide and protect us. Here are some Bible verses that should bring you comfort…

Psalm 10:14 (NIV)

14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
   you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
   you are the helper of the fatherless.

1 Corinthians 8:5-7 New International Version (NIV)

5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

Matthew 6:25-27  (NIV)
    25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 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? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

Psalm 27:9-11 (NIV)

9 Do not hide your face from me,
   do not turn your servant away in anger;
   you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
   God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
   the LORD will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, LORD;
   lead me in a straight path
   because of my oppressors.