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Sistas Saving Sistas for Chrish

Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


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Set Others Free

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GM Friends of God,


Good News! Everyone who believes in Me recieves total forgiveness of sin through my name. (Acts 10:43 ) There is no condemnation (Rom 8:1-2). Because of what I did at Calvary, you've been set free from the law of sin and death. Your record has been wiped clean. I forgive and forget! (Heb 10:17)


Friends, what wonderful words! You are forgiven. These are not just three little words, these words can free people you hold prisoner from guilt in an instant. I'm a forgiver. I don't hold unforgiveness long. Years ago it was different, but I now understand that my power to free people up, freed me up! I never liked my fellowship being broken or not being able to talk to God because of my unforgiveness. We all know that's not a good feeling at all. The truth is, if we don't forgive no matter what someone has done to us, we won't be forgiven. God has freely accepted our forgivenees because of His Son.


Friends, someone near you needs forgiveness today. You hold the power to free them. If the offense was committed against you, remember your own undeserved forgiveness. Draw from that abundant supply and share what God has given you; it's not yours to hoard. If the offense is against someone else allow the Holy Spirit to speak a word of testimony about God's loving forgiveness and encourage actions that lead to healing.


Forgiveness releases others from their indebtedness to us and releases us from our indebtedness to them. We both become free to love when forgiveness is offered. We have all been given the precious power to forgive. Therefore, let's receive forgiveness, give forgiveness generously and let's do it often. After all our God has a big eraser to wipe away all that stains us and He wants us to use it for others too! Amen.


Much love Friends,


Renee


Prayer of Faith


Dear Lord,


We thank you for the gift of forgiveness you have given us through your son, Jesus Christ. Help us to show this same forgiveness to those who have offended us. We realize when we forgive we not only free others but we ultimately free ourselves. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


Sex Gods Way


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"The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold. She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee. With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace." Psalm 45:13-15


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


One day while having a conversation with my wife in reference to sex, I was sharing with her about some of the shows that come on television. We began to talk about how we were both confused about the media and the show business world and the way they were using sex for something other than what it was ordained for. We talked about how they don't really understand the purpose of sex and what it was intended for. It can be devastating when sex is used inappropriately. So often I listen to people talk about how they are having casual sex without understanding that there is no such thing as casual sex such as what we view on television but there is really costly sex which leads to unwanted consequences.


I can remember having a discussion with one of my relatives about relationships. I was trying to understand his reason for not wanting to commit to one person and he said he wanted to try it out (have causal sex) before making a commitment and then he reminded me of how I used to be before I got saved. Brothas and Sistas, I then had to admit to him that the way I used to be was wrong and I didn't want him to follow in my footsteps. I wanted him to do things the right way.


So I got to thinking about married couples and this question came to mind, "Are we desiring true intimacy with our spouse?" I have witnessed so many couples lose their desire for intimacy once they are married. I am convinced that we sometimes fail to realize is that when we have sex before marriage it can cause psychological and spiritual scars which can be detrimental in a marriage relationship. Did you know that each time you have sex with a different person you become part of them and they become part of you. "Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh." I Corinthians 6:16


Along with the spiritual scars, spirits come along with the individual that you are joined with sexually because spirits are transferable. This, my friends, is the result of having casual sex. Listen my Brothas and Sistas, desiring intimacy with your own spouse is not a bad thing. For when it is done the way God intended, we enjoy the experience of unrestrained passion and the desire to give ourselves to one another completely and exclusively. This brings about total satisfaction simply because it is only one partner and not many partners you are becoming joined to. It also brings about a strong and healthy marriage emotionally, physically, psychologically, and spiritually. Trust me when it is done God's way you will no longer have a desire for anyone other than your spouse.


Til next week. Take care.


Minister Antonio Washington


Prayer of Faith


Dear Lord,


We are so grateful for your love and care. Your word gives us precepts for having sex within your guidelines. Help us to walk in obedience to your word so that we can be fully blessed. Help those of us that are single to comitt to abstinence until they marry. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


Tea Time With Tabby - How Is Your Brew These Days Weak or Strong & Fortified?


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Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


I hope and pray that you have all been well and know that you are loved child and heir to the Most High King, Jesus Christ. Today I must confess that my Tea has been a bit on the weak side this past week and coming into today. You may be asking yourself, "How could Tea that Christ pours be considered a weak brew?" Well Brothas and Sistas, that's where you have me. I have been brewing my own Tea of strength lately, making for a very overwhelmed and weak brew.


Brothas and Sistas, I can give you all the same excuses I have given the Lord; "I am too busy.", "Work is crazy." or "There is too much to accomplish and not enough time." The family drama, work place drama and good ole life drama is overwhelming. Yet as I sit here before each of you, I know that I am in the wrong. Not that any one of those things couldn't turn most of us into a tail spin but you see I have no excuse. None! Brothas and Sistas, it's all whining and no dining!


What do I mean by all whining and no dining? Simply put, I am not choosing to scoot up to the Master's table, my Savior and yours, where I can allow Him to Brew me a nice "strong, fortified, blessed, and best Tea for my Tea Cup tea". I am not feasting on His Word, rather I am consuming from the false feast that world has laid out before all of us.


I am allowing Satan to trick me into believing these three simple words, "I Got It!" Well the truth is, I so don't have it, not unless I am feasting and drinking the Brew of Tea the Master, my Savior and Lord, Yahweh. He is sitting at the table with the Tea of strength, wisdom endurance, insight, perfect plan and solution to all my dilemmas.

Can anyone relate? Can anyone else fall into this very same snare that will surely drop me into a pit of despair faster than I can say it if I don't or we don't choose to untangle our lives and run into the open arms of our loving Savior? Oh, I know what you are thinking, "I just said to untangle ourselves from snares and trappings of the evil one and run to loving arms of our Savior." Am I not trying to say "I got it" again? No, I am not because we don't need any more strength than you would find in a mustard seed to accomplish this feet. You see Yahweh will do all the work. All I (we) have to do is trust Him. Sistas, simply speak out His name, call out to Him and He will always come and save His beloved children.


You see all it takes is for us to let our Tea Cups yearn for His brew and He will be there to love on us and hold us up. He will give us strength we didn't even know we could muster up inside ourselves. You see He tells us all through His book of love and life instruction that HE is the Way, the Truth and the Light; He is Strong when I am weak and He is where my strength comes from. I alone am weak and frail. Yet with Him at my side, in my life, being my personal Brew Master I am strong even during the storms. I know that I can withstand all that the world and the evil one has to bring up against me for Yahweh, my Creator, My Savior, my Redeemer always stands in the gap for me.


Now Brothas and Sistas, please understand that our God is a loving God and is the perfect parent to us which may mean that we have to walk through some deserts, some rocky roads, and challenging times in life, but we never walk alone. Through disobedience, not keeping the covenant, and following the ways we know are true and right, we face consequences; real life stuff; stuff that we may never think we can get through or escape from or ever find the freedom that comes from knowing and walking with our Savior.


Let me tell you straight out God has walked through some treacherous times and minefields in this life with me, some a result of my own disobedience and others at the hands of others evil flesh. Yet, I stand here today in the freedom of Christ. I also stand here today with a nudging at my spirit that I am starting to walk off the path that He has placed my feet on, as I fell into the trap of self reliance yet again.


If any of you are in this cycle where you just keep recycling the bad and are no't finding any peace, love, joy, happiness, or knowledge of and real deep down belief heart knowledge that you are loved by the God of Universe then I ask you to join me in praying that our feet will return to path God has set out before us, and that we will hunger to always remain at His table, feasting on His truth's and drinking the Brew of the day that was created singularly for you and I.


Brothas and Sistas, I pray that you will join me in asking the Father for forgiveness for wandering off into the wilderness of this life, departing from His strength that we have 24/7 access to simply by asking. Sometimes we can be so weak or so caught up in the snares that we can't even muster the words, "HELP ME, DEAR JESUS" yet I promise you 100% that if you simply allow that to become the words of your heart you will be heard; you will be strengthened. You will have enough and a nice strong brew made especially for you today wherever you are; whatever the snare, Christ has a Brew of holy healing for you filled with love, truth, gentleness, kindness, patience, hope, joy, and self worth. Not the kind that you can find in another person or in the things of this world as they are all fickle, short lived, have no real ability to give you peace, hope, love, joy, or self worth. Eventually these things in their earthly form will come up against you in means of control, destruction of your character, and destruction of the knowledge of who you really are.

How can this happen? Simply because we are still pouring our own Tea into broken and chipped Tea cups because we aren't holding our Tea Cups sacred as the Father does. It's my prayer for you and for me that this be the day that we take back our tea cups from the worldly deceitful, untrustworthy and return it to its rightful owner, its' Creator, the Potter who took and created it from nothing into a beautiful existence.


Brothas and Sistas, our Tea cups and ourselves long to be with the one true King; the King of Kings and Brew Masters of Brew Masters. Our lives are anxiously and excitedly awaiting for Him to start pouring into us love, amazing strength, and freedom. These truths can only be received when we find ourselves at the foot of the cross where we finally say, "Enough is enough." I have tried to do this my way for too long. I am exhausted, confused, depleted, degraded, unloved, disrespected, and simply unable to hold on any longer. Are you there?


This is where He will come, meet us and nourish us back to health. He will have many different brews for us, to retrain our hearts and minds where to go and where to remain, or where to never return. All the while He will be our strength or protector, our everything, but we must surrender ourselves to Him.


I don' know about you but my "I got it" doesn't feel so right anymore. I pray that you will come on this exciting journey with me and find that there is real strength in you, when you rely on Yahweh and not yourself. When you are no longer leaning on or trusting yourself made circumstances and especially not relying on our own understanding as your compass for life and you are now choosing to trust Christ to be all this and so much more for you.


Lord, in closing I confess that I have tried to be my own brew master recently and in the past and every time it winds up the same way. My tea cup can't hold water let alone all the various teas that this world would rather me be sipping on.


Father, I pray that I will remember more quickly, with more gratitude and eagerness to only feast from your table to only allow you to pour into my Tea Cup, not this world or the people within it. May it always have a reserved for God sign hanging right before it. I pray the same for every person whose eyes and hearts You will direct to this devotional that You so graciously put upon my heart and poured out through my hands to the these keys.


May we all know and allow it to sink into our minds and souls that only You grant peace. Everything and everyone else that we trust with our precious tea cups can only pour a brew called chaos that is unless You, Lord are pouring truth, knowledge, and wisdom into their Tea Pots with the direction that You will be using them as vessel to pour your truths love, wisdom, rebuke, and healing into our lives. Give us wisdom and discernment. Don't allow us to be fooled by the many faces of the evil one. I ask all these things in Your Son, Jesus' name by Redeemer and Savior.


Till we meet next week, may you path be lit by shining crown of Christ our Lord,


In Christs' precious name,

Love,


Tabby


Brothas and Sistas, Are You A Man or Woman of Integrity?


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"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell." Matthew 10:28


Good morning my Brothas and Sistas,


As I look around at today's Christian men and women, there are questions that ponder my mind often and those questions are, "What happened to having enough courage to do what's right?" Why is it that we don't want to be held accountable? What sacrifices are we willing to make to stand on the truth of God's word? Brothas and Sistas, the real question is, "Where are the men and women of integrity?"


Brothas and Sistas, let's start with doing what is right today. When we see or know something is wrong, as men and women of God we should be courageous enough to share the truth about wrong doing with the person without fear of retaliation. The bible says, "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell." Matthew 10:28


Ezekiel 3:20-21, “Again, when a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin. The righteous things that person did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the righteous person not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.”


While I was watching the movie,"Courageous" the character, Javier was told by his employer that he would like for him to take over the inventory department, but in doing so Javier had to count less shipments than were on his report. They gave Javier time to think about it and he was supposed to let his employer know about his decision in the morning. His employer wanted to know if he would be willing to be dishonest.


Well, long story short, Javier told his employer that he could not take the position eventhough he needed the job to take care of his family. He told them that what they were asking him to do was dishonest and he could not be a part of this scheme. Brothas and Sistas, he was not sure if he would even have a job after he gave his employer his answer but yet and still he had enough courage to do what was right. He was displaying integrity. He made it known to the employer without worrying about retaliation. He trusted God to have his back while standing up to these men with the truth, he stood on truth. In the end he got the promotion because he chose integrity over doing what was wrong just to get by.


Brothas and Sistas, what about you? Are you a man or woman of integrity?


"Few things are more infectious than a godly lifestyle. The people you rub shoulders with everyday need that kind of challenge. Not prudish. Not preachy. Just cracker jack clean living. Just honest to goodness, bone - deep, non-hypocritical integrity." Chuck Swindoll


Lord willing, I will see you again next week.


Minister Antonio Washington


Prayer Time


Dear Lord,


We thank you for teaching us to live and walk in integrity. Give us the courage to do what is right daily. We thank you for your loving kindness shown towards us even when we fall short. Guide us in all that we do for you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


We Are God's Workmanship


"IN CHRIST, WE ARE God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (see Eph. 2:10)


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


WE WERE called Gentiles in the flesh, Uncircumcised by those circumcised in the flesh by hands, that WE WERE without Christ; aliens from the commonwealth of Israel; strangers from the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world. BUT NOW IN CHRIST JESUS, we who once was far off, away from God has been brought near, with God thru the Blood of Christ. For Christ is our Peace and He has made us one by breaking down and removing the middle wall that separated us, abolishing it in His flesh, the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, to create in Himself one new man from the two, making peace and reconciling them both to God in one body thru the Redeeming Work of Christ at Calvary's Cross and putting to death the enmity. Jesus came and preached peace to us who were far off and to them who were near, for its thru Christ we both have access by one Spirit to the Father."

(see Eph. 2:14-18)


So let's be serious-minded, watchful and alert because our adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, seeking who he can devour. We must resist him steadfast in the faith, knowingknowinga that our Brothas and Sistas in the faith are experiencing the same sufferings in the world. BUT may the God of ALL Grace who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus; after we've suffered a while, Perfect, Establish, Strengthen and Settle, us; to Him be the Glory and Dominion Forever. (see 1 Pet. 5:8-11)


"GOD IS ABLE to meet us where we are Take us where He wants us to be so that we can be all that He desires for us to be! Keep on living for Him, Make difference; touch and encourage Hearts; Inspire Minds and Souls! Occupy, Influence and Evangelize til Christ comes. For God who created us will Carry, Sustain, Rescue and Deliver us! (see Isa. 46:4) "In Christ Jesus Name, AMEN!"


"We are Blessed, Enjoy your day!"


Claudia


Fearfully and Wonderfully Made


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Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


Have you ever noticed the creases of skin on your knuckles? I did about two weeks ago. Honestly, I really never noticed them before. They were just a part of my hand that I paid no attention to. But when I folded up my fingers, I saw how the excess skin disappeared.


I noticed that when I blink, the skin moves to assist my eyelids in moving. When I bend my elbow, the skin moves effortlessly, too. The skin folds have a unique purpose for our good and yet they go almost unnoticed. It made me stand in awe of the goodness of my God!


I know it seems like a small thing to take notice off but the real value is that God created us this way. And He took the time to think of all of these features to assure that the human body is able to function at its optimal best. There was a time, when I couldn’t move anything. I was bedridden for months. I had to practice blinking, yawning, and moving my limbs. I even had to practice sticking out my tongue because it too stopped moving.


God met with me every night at 2 a.m. so I could practice opening my hands because they were permanently closed. It took me years to recover but I am so gratefully that God took the time with me, personally, to show me that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. And I thank Him for taking the time to be my healer and physical therapist.


Prayer:


Father, I thank You, for you have made me like You. You have created me in Your image and likeness, and You have blessed me to function like You. My body is a loving representation of Your glory. May I use all my members to glorify You daily. In thename of Jesus. Amen!


Brothas and Sistas Ar You At Peace with Each Other


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"Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification." Romans 14:19


"Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you." II Corinthians 13:11, 12


"The incentive to peacemaking is love, but it degenerates into appeasement whenever justice is ignored. To forgive and to ask for forgiveness are both costly exercises. All authentic Christian peacemaking exhibits the love and justice - and so the pain - of the cross." John Stott


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


I woke up with the word peace in my spirit this morning. Brothas and Sistas, peace is defined as the absence of war or hostilities, an agreement or a treaty to end hostility, freedom from quarrels and disagreements, having a relationship in peace with each other, and inner contentment to surrender to peace of mind.


Brothas and Sistas, when we begin to meditate on this definition, can we really say as Christians we surrender to peace? Can we live in peace with others even when we really do not want to? Or do we find reasons to keep strife going on or finding the little things that we dislike about someone keep quarrels going on amongst us? Romans 14:19 says, "Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification." That means we have to make a conscious effort to work at this thing.


I have a question for you. Who wants to wake up every morning in bitterness? Or better yet go through an entire day joyless, worried, and angry because they are not at peace? II Corinthians 13:11 says, "Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you."


Brothas and Sistas, we must allow God to search our hearts to find the reason that we are not living in peace as a Christians and do something about it.


"If thou wouldst find much favor and peace with God and man, be very low in thine own eyes. Forgive thyself little and others much." Robert Leighton


Love ya,


Josette Bolden


Our Daily Bread/Prayer Time


"Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification." Romans 14:19


Dear Lord,


We praise you for the great peace that you give us. Help our Brothas and Sistas to make every effort to do those things that lead to peace within. Allow our Brothas and Sistas to know that your peace will always be their indicator when it comes to decisions in life. Help them to have mutual edification for those they come in contact with. We pray your blessings upon them. For it is in the great and triumphant name of Jesus, that we pray. Amen. 

Where Are You?

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Not too long ago, I was home sitting upstairs reading and pondering on Jeremiah 29:11 and Jeremiah 1. While looking at Jeremiah 1, I heard someone say, “Where are you? So I got up and was thinking to myself, “Hey, there is no one here. “and then I responded, “Up here.” Thinking maybe Shell or my sister in law was home but no one answered back and I said, “Hello, who’s down there?” But there was no response. So I went down to see who may have been down there and after checking the whole house, no one was there. When I came back upstairs and looked at Jeremiah 1 again. I heard someone say again, “Where are you?” This time I said, while talking to myself, “Wow, He’s talking to me.”


Now lets's take a look at the text in Jeremiah 1: 5-10 Here is Jeremiah at the age of 17 years old. Jeremiah was called to be a prophet who spoke messages to the present that had future ramifications. Jeremiah was a forth teller more so that a fore teller. He was called to expose the sins of the people and to get them to go back to the covenant of God. The thing is Jeremiah did not want to accept the calling initially. Isn’t it funny how many of God’s prophets were not interested in becoming God’s spokesmen. You remember Moses gave the excuse that he wasn’t eloquent enough, Isaiah said that “he was a man of unclean lips. And Jonah being told to go and preach in Nineveh goes in the opposite direction.


There are just a few points I want to make in reference to what God was sharing with me as I read the text.


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5


1. We are appointed by God.


God already knew Jeremiah’s strengths and weaknesses. God knew what Jeremiah would possess during this particular time in Israel’s history. You see God has already set Jeremiah apart for this time of his young adult life. Leading up to this point God was preparing Jeremiah. It didn’t happen right away Well, you may be saying, “What does that have to do with me?” Well, we may not all be like Jeremiah but one thing is for sure, God knew us before He formed us. He knew what our weaknesses, our strengths, our abilities as well as what our limitations would be. Rom 8:29, “For whom He foreknew, he also predestined us to become conformed to the image of Hid Son that He might be the firstborn of many brethren.” You might have been given a task by God. Where are you?


2. We make too many excuses.


Jeremiah 1:6 “Then I said, Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “Behold, I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

As you can see Jeremiah was like, “Woe, Lord, slow down here, First of all, I am not that great of a speaker and if you haven’t noticed I am way too young for this position. But little did he know that God knew him better than he knew himself. In more ways than one, Jeremiah was unsure if he was the right person for the job. There are times when we too have felt like Jeremiah making excuses that we are not qualified for the task. God can take your insufficiencies and make them sufficient unto Him. He already knows what we are capable of doing. Making excuses only stifles what God has for us. As Christians, we find all sort of excuses as to not trusting or obeying the voice of God. Isn’t amazing how some people in the world who are not Christians put their faith and belief in what they should be doing without reservations or fear. They just do it and become successful. Where are you?


3. Trusting in God with No Fear


Jeremiah 1:7 “But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.”

God was saying to Jeremiah, “Don’t speak against what I have created you to be and do. Look it’s not about how old, it is more so how much I desire to trust and obey God. He was looking as to what he couldn’t do but it wasn’t about his words to say to the people, but God’s word to him as to what to say to the people. God is trying to let us know where to go and what to say but unfortunately, we tend to put what God planned for us to the side because of lack of trust and fear. We really don’t believe that we have the ability to complete the mission. That my Brothers and Sisters is called not trusting God and by doing so we place doubt in the word of God. When we choose to do what we or man wants rather than obey God’s command we are rejecting His Lordship on our lives.


God has given us a promise just as He did with Jeremiah. He knew, He chose and He appointed him. In other words, God’s promises will allow us to let go of whatever plans that we have and receive His plans without fear. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future." So, trust God and the words that He speaks to us.


Once you realize that you have been appointed, you don’t need to make excuses. Start trusting God more because He promised that He will be with you through it all. God always equips those whom He calls. Remember it’s not about what we say or do but what God has empowered in us to say and do.


Til next time,


Minister Washington


Prayer of Faith


Dear Lord,


We thank you for your relentless love. You follow after us so hard when we are not where we need to be. You have your hand on us even when we are far away from you and we love you for it. Help us to return to where we need to be, doing what we were called to do. We want to be a blessing to those you have called us to bless and minister to. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Something Is Waiting for You

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"And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:9-11


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


This weekend I was blessed to attend a Women's Conference from Thursday till Saturday. The theme was "Iron Sharpens Iron". I wasn't really sure what to expect but I was expecting God to show up as He usually does. I was seeking confirmation in reference to some things that God was telling me to do.


The first night of the conference was good but I still hadn't heard from God. The word that night was excellent but it wasn't the word for me. I really can't explain it. There is something about when you hear Gods voice for your specific need. I guess God was giving me a rest because it was the first night and I was tired but let me tell you on Friday afternoon God came through using one of the speakers and I just kept fighting tears that entire day.


The speaker was speaking about being Intentional about whatever you are called to do. She referenced the scripture where God told Moses that he has been hearing the cries of His people and that Moses needed to go to Pharaoh so the people could be delivered.


Brothas and Sistas, she said, "God hears the crying of His people and He has to waste time trying to convince Moses to Go." OMG! that really ripped through me. She said a lot of other things but that sat in my spirit all day. I immediately envisioned people crying and unable to get deliverance because God is still trying to convince me to do what He has equipped me to do. My God!!! The thought that someone is in limbo because I am struggling with fear, doubt etc., instead of just trusting God and preparing for the assignment.


God gives each of us a particular assignment and because we don't see ourselves as God sees us we try to avoid it as if God doesn't know what He is talking about. We act as if God is confused. Brothas and Sistas, if God called you for a particular purpose and He has called each of us for a specific purpose we need to trust Gods decision even if it appears way too big when we look with our physical eyes.


Our assignment is not for us but its for others. Our gifts are for the edification of the body. God made a deposit in us before the foundation of the world and that deposit (gifting) has a destiny attached to it. When we are disobedient it not only affects us but those that the assignment is attached took.


Brothers and Sistas, I plead with you that if you know what your assignment is with the guidance of the Holy Spirit operate in it even if it scares you because someone is waiting for you.


Be blessed,


Gina M


Prayer


Father, God


We ask for forgiveness for every time you have told us to move in a particular area and we've made excuses because of fear or doubt or just lack of trust. Father, cast down any obstacle that the enemy places in our path that keeps us from our purpose. We thank you that you would even use us as part of the plan. Father, prepare us for the people that you have assigned to us and show us how to prepare. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

He knows Us So Well


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"O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest me altogether (completely, totally)." Psalm 139: 1-4


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


He knows us so well. He knows every intricate detail about us and yet He still loves us in spite of all that He knows. Others may believe that they have insight on all that make us tick but He is the only one that can carry the weight and title of Omniscient - The All Knowing One. The bible says that He knows us altogether.


The word know indicates intimacy or being acquainted with. There is nothing we can hide from Him no matter how hard we try because He has the inside scoop on all that we are, say, and do. Our daily prayer should be, "Search me O' God & know my heart. Try me and know my thoughts and see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting."


PSALM 139 Poem by Luella Campbell


O Lord, I’m like an open book to you;

You read my heart, my mind on every page:

I sit, I rise, I’m naked in your sight;

My every thought lies open to your gaze.


‘Tis not to judge, your burning eyes invade

My secret heart, for deeper love discerns

Your face reflected in the murky depths;

‘Tis you who for me, seeking, searching, yearns.


Unfath’mable your love, you go ahead,

You chart my path before me, and behind.

You shelter me; no mother e’er so dear

Could care, protect and hold me in her mind.


Before my mind has formed an unborn word

You know the mystery of unspoken speech;

Surrounded by your ever-present love,

I cannot wander far beyond your reach.


Your all-pervading Spirit covers me;

No matter where I go, my God is there:

If I would rise to heav’n, your dwelling place,

I find your presence infinitely near.


To hide my shame, I flee to hell’s domain,

But lo! Your gentle hand lays hold of me:

I ride the morning winds, but ‘tis your breath;

Your hand supports, traversing land and sea.


If I should think the darkness thick enough

To hide me from your penetrating sight,

How wrong I am, how comforting to know,

To you the night is just as bright as light.


You formed my substance in the secret place;

Within my mother’s womb you fashioned me:

A master craftsman, complex my design;

So thankful that you made me wondrously.


And overshadowed by your guiding hand,

No eyes but yours beheld this shapeless form;

How carefully you planned my earthly days

And wrote them in your book ere I was born.


How precious, Lord, to know I’m on your mind;

Your love, your thoughts surround me constantly;

I sleep, cocooned within your gentle arms:

I wake to find that you still think of me.


How hateful are your enemies, O God!

That they should miss the bliss of perfect trust:

Your enemies my enemies become;

I look on them with loathing and disgust.


O search me, let the passion of your eyes

Seek out the fear, anxiety subdue;

Show me the error of my wicked ways

And let me walk in harmony with you.


There is a quiet peace and assurance in knowing that He knows us.


Love,


Denise


Prayer Time


Dear Lord,


Thank you for knowing us so well. There is nothing hidden from you. You know us from the inner core of our being. And of course you do, because you created us. Please help us, dear Lord, to come clean with you when we are struggling with things that tend to make us fearful or try to steal our joy. The truth is Father, there are times when we don't do all that we should do or say all that we should say. And we thank you for your grace that cleanses us from us ( the real us that we tend to hide). Bless your precious name for always being there for us in spite of all that you know about us. You are so faithful even when we are not. We thank you for all things and we pray all this in your precious name, Jesus. Amen.

The Pursuit of Excellence


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"Therefore my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lords work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." I Corinthians 15:58


Good morning my Brothas and Sistas,


In order for us to pursue excellence we must first understand the meaning of excellence. Excellence means the fact or condition of excelling, superiority, surpassing goodness. Perfection means the act of perfecting, completion, fulfillment, finishing, ending, impeccability, flawlessness, and faultlessness. It is amazing how we excel in basketball, football, baseball, cooking, grooming ourselves, jobs, and businesses but there is little excellence in pursuing godliness. Instead we pursue perfection in the areas that the world deems important.


Listen Brothas and Sistas, perfection is not attainable and chasing it is pointless. Excellence on the other hand means not letting yourself off the hook, not cutting corners where it counts, and not coping out. It is being extraordinary which requires doing extra....and guess what? Extra isn't always easy. If you want to be a cut above your competition or to be an expert in your field or have a name that stands out among your customers or clients then you must strive for excellence. You have to know when you are giving too much attention to things that don't really matter and when to give extra attention to those that do.


II Corinthians 8:7 says, "But as you excel in everything, in faith, in speech, in knowledge, and in all eagerness and the love from us that is in you, make sure that you excel in this act of kindness too."


I Thessalonians 4:1, 11 says, " Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk) that you may excel still more..... So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God." NASB


Matthew 23:37-38 says, "Jesus said to him "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, this is the first and greatest commandment."


Brothas and Sistas, from these verses it clearly shows that God wants us, His people, to abound or excel in both what we are (inward character) and in what we do(behavior or good deeds). It seems obvious that there is no way one can love God with all his heart without seeking to do his or her best to the glory of God. You see the pursuit of excellence is both a goal and a mark of spiritual maturity. However, for this to be true, the pursuit of excellence must be motivated by the right values, priorities, and motives. If we go astray the the pursuit of excellence can quickly become a mark of immaturity and a result of our own obsession with our own significance.


Brothas and Sistas, excellence means being your best. Excellence means being better tomorrow that you were yesterday. Excellence means matching your practice with your potential. Pursuing excellence comes from doing the best we can with the gifts and abilities God gives, giving our best to the glory of God. But it is done without the spirit of competition or seeking to excel simply to be better than others. Excellence includes doing common everyday things but in very uncommon ways regardless of whether people are watching. The reality is that God sees our work and rewards us accordingly.


"Therefore my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lords work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." I Corinthians 15:58


God Bless,

Minister Antonio Washington


Prayer of Faith

Dear Lord,


We praise your great name. Help us to pursue excellence daily. There are times when we want to cut corners or take the easy way out of doing things. The way of excellence can be hard but we know that we can do anything through you who strengthens us. Bless our efforts. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

The Power of Love


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"But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” Ruth 1: 16 - 17


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


I was talking to a young lady and I just happened to ask her if she was married and she said, "Yes." But when I inquired about her husband her response was very shallow. So when she inquired about different places she wanted to travel to I asked her, "Who would watch your daughter? Would it be your husband?" She replied. "No, my mother would watch her." I asked, "Is your mother watching your daughter because your husband is busy." She replied, "No." and I said, "I take it that you and your husband are separated." And she said, "Yes." She went on to give the reason eventhough I didn't ask. She said they were separated because he was repeating the same offense over and over. So I asked her "Do you love him?" and she answered, "Yes, I do, very much even to the point where I have reconciled with him four times for the same thing. "


This couple have been together thirteen years but have been married one and a half years. I asked her if she would be willing to take him back again and she said, "Yes." Then I asked her, "Why?" She said, "I love him very much even with his faults."


Brothas and Sistas, eventhough they were going through some issues in their marriage she loved him in spite of this one particular fault. She did not have justifiable grounds according to the word of God to divorce him but she decided to separate so that he can have time to get it together. Most people would have walked away by now but her love for him has withstood the test of time.


Brothas and Sistas, has the power of love in your marriage withstood trials? Has the power of love withstood the test of time in your marriage? Are you in it to win it? “God intends and expects marriage to be a lifetime commitment between a man and a woman, based on the principles of biblical love. The relationship between Jesus Christ and His church is the supreme example of the committed love that a husband and wife are to follow in their relationship with each other.” ~ John C. Broger


Take care till next week.


Minister Antonio Washington


Prayer of Faith


Dear Lord,


Thank you for your commitment to our marriages. Help us to trust you with our marriages. May we fully commit them to you as we stay committed to one another. In Jeus name we pray. Amen.

Should We Love Ourselves As Christ Loves Us


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Good Morning Brothers and Sisters,


I hope everyone had a chance to clean out their Tea Cupboards and make room for some new and amazing Brews that God has designed for you and you alone.


Today I feel led to talk about some of the pressures that society places on us, woman in particularly, even more so some that we place on ourselves. Are we to drink of the brew of self love or as I prefer to a call this brew a little something different, The Brew of Loving myself as Christ loves me? I distinguish this brew from brews that are much more worldly. I don't love myself in or by a worldly standard. I am talking about a brew of faith, belief in Christ and who He says you and I are in His eyes.


Brothers and Sisters, lets grab our tea cups as we look at the lives of some women I have known and my own story of lack of self love that plummeted into many pits of despair, darkness, and great sin.


Dear Brothers and Sisters, I have heard just in the past week that several of my beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ who are walking with Him and some that aren't share the same theme in their brew, which involves a sense of worthlessness. They believe that somehow they have done or been or committed terrible things in the brews they have chosen and now have them feeling lost, hopeless, desperate, worthless, unlovable, to messed up to ever have intimacy with the Father or a life partner. So you see they don't see the Father's tender hands and open arms waiting for them, longing for them. He is ready to unleash all the loving comfort and assurance that they need right where they are now, if they would just lift their eyes to see and a heart to hear.


They are each in the need of the brew of Faith, Hope, and God's Truth. God says that once we are His daughters nothing can separate us from His Love. You see Sisters, it doesn't matter how many brews of Sin, Self destruction, Sorrow, Poor Choices, and distance we have drank, the King and Savior of the universe is still with me and you. We must confess our sins to the Lord Jesus and once we do they are cleansed and we are forever more.


I know from personal experience what each of those brews and may other destructive brews can do. Yet I sit here this morning with a heart full of love and hope and I am able to love me; the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly. I'm able to do so because I met the Father and Savior when I finally came to the end of myself. Sisters, I am only able to do this because I began drinking the brew of Christ Confidence and love for me and every one of you. Christ does not desire that any of us would lay in despair without his comfort there for us.


Christ Confidence, what is this brew all about? He designs this brew differently for each us depending on what our defeat and loss of self love for whichever pit we are sitting in. He designs a brew that is exactly what He knows we need to get back to Him. I have learned that this brew can be considered worldly but if you are careful and certain that you are to drink the Brew of Self Love that Christ created and poured for you rest assured worldliness can be poured from the same tea pot that Christ is pouring into our despair. Please know and share with every person you encounter that is in need of such a brew. Be confident that He will brew for them the exact brew they are in need of at that moment.


The difference between the Brew of Self Love that is of this world is one that makes us selfish and desiring only to please ourselves; our "Adam and Eve" complex. When we drink from this cup we are only seeking to serve ourselves not our Lord or the world He created and entrusted to us.


The brew I am speaking of is a brew of Loving acceptance that you are perfect the way Christ, the Lord God made you. And that He created you to be someone that has a life that reveals truth and shines His light of love to a dark and hurting world. Sisters, we will never be taken serious or have the impact that this Brew has the potential for if we don't first love ourselves as Christ loves us.


As I mentioned I have a few dear Sisters that are struggling to find their way to this brew. They are each in different places on the path towards the Tea Cupboard yet they each have their own struggles in reaching it. Some have forgotten what it was like to be enveloped in His amazing Love and being at the center of His will for their lives. Some feel are so alone and have forgotten that they don't recall how VERY MUCH He loves them. Some are a bit further down the path to where this brew awaits them. They may be struggling but they see the steam from the Tea Pot and are headed directly towards it. Others still yet don't know, understand or have ever experienced a dynamic loving all encompassing real relationship with Christ. They have believed but not yet walked with Him.


Dear Brothers and Sisters, there are so many different reasons, trials, failures, loss, defeat, lack of understanding and darkness that Satan pours in to our Tea Cups. These brews need to be replaced with the truths of God and Christ. So here are few to help you find your way on the path to self love, so that you can understand and experience Christ's love for you. Additionally, so that you will have several reference points to turn to when you are in despair the following will help you know without a shadow of doubt that the Father loves you and knows that you are more precious than gold or any other thing that He could choose.


You are His chosen daughters and Love(s) of His Life. Before I list all the promises of God there is one brew that I hold tightly too. That is the Brew that God's love will endure forever and that He loves me besides my sin. He promises that once we are His, He will never stop seeking after us. He promises that His Love will always be available to us. We need nothing more than to seek Him earnestly even in our weakest moments. He will meet us there and pour the perfect brew to fill us with His love, salvation and redemption.


Dear Brothers and Sisters, I pray that you find the strength through Him today to once again allow the Father and Savior, Jesus Christ to love you. To do this you must once again believe with whatever amount of hope and faith you can muster up that you are worthy of His love because you are. After all He created you to love you. He died on the cross to save you and He arose again to give you everlasting life. Take and drink these brews as He brewed them specially and uniquely for each of us.


God's Promises


What can be said about God's promises to us?


1. He has promised to supply every need we have. The Bible says: "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus". That's Philippians 4:19. Now notice, God has obligated Himself only to the extent of our needs. That would include food, clothing, shelter, companionship, love, and salvation through Jesus Christ. It would not include the multiplicity of luxuries that we have come to think of as needs.


2. God has promised that His grace is sufficient for us. (II Corinthians 12:9). in fact, He has made provision for our salvation by His grace through faith. Read Ephesians 2:8. It is through an obedient faith that we have access into the grace of God according to Romans 5:2.


3. God has promised that His children will not be overtaken with temptation. Instead, He assures us that a way of escape will be provided. This promise is recorded in I Corinthians 10:13. Jude wrote: "Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present your faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy." (Jude v 24). Darius, King of the Medes, said to Daniel, "Thy God whom thou serve continually, he will deliver thee" (Daniel 6:16). He did deliver Daniel from the den of lions.


4. God has promised us victory over death. He first resurrected Jesus by way of assuring our resurrection. Peter said: "This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we are all witnesses" (Acts 2:32). Paul wrote to the Corinthians: "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" (I Corinthians 15:3,4). Later on he adds: "but thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (I Corinthians 15:57).


5. God has promised that all things work together for good to those who love and serve Him faithfully (Romans 8:28). It may be difficult for us to see and understand how this is accomplished at times, but God has promised it and He will deliver.


6. God has promised that those who believe in Jesus and are baptized for the forgiveness of sins will be saved. (Read Mark 16:16 and Acts 2:38).


7. God has promised His people eternal life (John 10:27,28).


In closing, let me appeal to you to live so that the promises of God will be yours.


Love,


Tabby

Learning to Let Go


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"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


Life's lessons are so hard to learn at times. There are times when I would rather hit the reset button in order to avoid one of God's teachable moments. I do this especially when I know the end result can be painful. And I bet you do to.


One of those lessons just happen to deal with letting go of those whom we love. Brothas and Sistas, I know you must struggle with this too. There are some people that we love and admire so dearly that we are willing to disobey the promptings f the Holy Spirit in order to keep them close to us when He has clearly told us that keeping the relationship is more harmful than letting go.


Brothas and Sistas, we must learn to let go of people not only for our good but for their good as well. Believe it or not holding on is a form of idolatry. Anything or anyone that we cling to over doing God's will we unknowingly put in His place. His will should always be at the core of our Christian walk. It so easy to place people on the throne and develop unhealthy codependent alliances of which we can find ourselves compromising the very convictions that we are supposed to hold high.


Here is the question I pose to you.... How much of God's will are you willing to compromise at the expense of receiving His best because you are holding on to a relationship that He has clearly told you to let go of? Brothas and Sistas, learn to let go. Letting go not only brings you new found freedom but it frees the one that you are trying to hold on to. Amen.


Blessings,


Denise


Prayer of Faith


Thank you Lord for teaching us life's lessons. Help us to let go when we try so desperately to hold on to those you have told us to let go of. May we trust you more than we trust our emotions. We desire to have you and not people on the throne. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

Marriage - Am I Responding to My Vows God's Way or My Way


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http://youtu.be/YOKq1VmEbtc Old Skool


“Marriage is a total commitment and a total sharing of the total person with another person until death.” ~ Wayne Mack


Malachi 2:14,15 "But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant."


Good morning to you both,


Brothas and Sistas, as we seek to understand the marital vows let's look at the vows concerning "for better or for worse". Brothas and Sistas, what does for better or for worse mean to you. “For better or for worse” is a commitment by the marriage partners to rise-up together against those things that would threaten the marriage covenant relationship such as attraction for/from someone of the opposite sex towards a marriage partner, dealing with rebellious children, blended family conflict, etc.,


Believe it or not, there are some things that we just need to have enough spiritual gumption or perseverance to work through. Brothas and Sistas, it is never an option to bail out at the first sign of trouble or conflict. The Christian life calls us to a life of perseverance and commitment. We must learn the importance of prayer and trusting God when it comes to conflict in our marriages.


The Bible presents marriage as a divine institution. If marriage were of human origin, then human beings would have a right to decide the kind of marital relationships to choose. Marriage, however, began with God. It was established by God at the beginning of human history when He "created the heavens and the earth" (Gen 1:1). As the Creator of marriage, God has the right to tell us which principles should govern our marital relationships.

Commitment is a mindset, an attitude and a way of thinking that will enable you and your spouse to navigate through the still waters and the storms of a marriage relationship. Charles Swindoll (Strike the Original Match) compares working on marriage to remodeling a house:


It takes longer than you planned

It costs more than you figured

It is messier than you anticipated

It requires greater determination than you expected

Sometimes the only thing that keeps us going is hope!


Now Brothas and Sistas, there may be some of you asking the question: What if I am involved in an abusive marriage or a marriage where my spouse continues to commit adultery? Brothas and Sistas, let's make it clear it is never healthy to remain in a relationship with someone that is consistently abusive or commits adultery without genuine repentance. We are not giving you advice to divorce your spouse if this is occurring in your relationship because that is a decision that has to be Spirit led and it is your decision to make.


On the other hand, we have witnessed spouses being told that

they are bound by their marital vows to stay in a marriage even when they have been victims of domestic violence and adultery. They have been made to feel guilty by being consistently reminded that they are called by God to forgive and love unconditionally regardless of how many times their spouse breaks the marital vows.


Brothas and Sistas, does “for better or for worse” mean that you are married for life — regardless of the violations committed against you in the marriage? The answer is No! Nor has it ever meant that. As we have said before, in counseling sessions some spouses have been told that they are called by God to maintain a relationship with someone even when he or she is repeatedly destructive toward them. In other words, "For better or worse."


But is that counsel truly biblical? Are we ever permitted to end a relationship or distance ourselves from someone because of their unchanged sinful behavior? God's love for humankind is unconditional but he does not offer anyone unconditional relationship. He tells us that our sin separates us from him and that without repentance we have no fellowship with him (1 John 1:6). Our sin does not separate us from God’s love (Romans 5:8) but it does separate us from his presence (Isaiah 59:1-2). Jesus distanced himself from certain religious leaders because he didn’t trust them. He knew what was in their heart (John 2:24). Throughout much of the Old Testament, God withdraws his presence from his people because of unrepentant sin. God calls people to a covenant relationship that is like a marriage. He not only wants us to enjoy his love, he wants us to love him back (Deuteronomy 6:5). He not only promises us his faithfulness, he requires that we be faithful in return (Deuteronomy 4:23-24). The book of Hosea is a picture of God’s love for his unfaithful spouse (Israel). He longs for her, but his relationship with her will remain broken until she is willing to change. http://www.leslievernick.com/pdfs/IS-Marriage-SUPPOSED-to-be-for-Better-or-for-Worse-FR.pdf


In this sinful world there is no perfect person and in every relationship there is some brokenness and suffering. That’s why Jesus tells us that when someone sins against us, we are to go and talk to that person so that we can be reconciled. However, he also adds, if they refuse to hear you after you have repeatedly tried to get them to listen, "treat them as you would a pagan and a tax collector" (Matthew 18:15-17). Jesus says, if there is no repentance, the relationship you once had changes. Pagans and tax collectors were not trusted, nor were they friends, although a good Jew would help a pagan or tax collector who was in need, fulfilling the biblical mandate to love one’s enemy. http://www.leslievernick.com/pdfs/IS-Marriage-SUPPOSED-to-be-for-Better-or-for-Worse-FR.pdf


In conclusion, when dealing with the marital vows, "For better or for worse" let's ask ourselves, "Am I responding to these vows God's way or my way?" Brothas, and Sistas, in order for us to have successful marriages we must respond to these vows in a godly way even when conflict arises. Until next time. Take care.


Minister Antonio and Sista Michelle Washington


Let's Pray


Dear Lord,


We praise your great name for the spouses that you have blessed us with. We realize that you have joined us together and for this we are so grateful. Please continue to bless our marriages. Help us to honor you by continuing to love the ones that we are with. May we always honor the marital vows that we made toward our spouses. We pray all these things in your praiseworthy name, Jesus. Amen. 

http://youtu.be/qmrrh1kTYvg Dinner Theater Presentation

A Brew of True Riches


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Romans 11:33 New International Version (NIV) "Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!"


Job 36:18 New International Version (NIV) "Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a large bribe turn you aside."


Proverbs 11:28New International Version (NIV) "Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf."


Isaiah 45:3 New International Version (NIV) "I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places,so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name."


Ephesians 1:18 New International Version (NIV) "I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people."


Romans 9:23 New International Version (NIV) "What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory—"


Colossians 2:2 New International Version (NIV) "My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ."


Good Morning Brothers and Sisters in Christ! I pray that this morning you awoke in the loving truth of Christ Jesus and the unconditional love that He has for you.


Let's grab our Tea Cups and head over to the Grand Brew Masters Table and see what He has for us to sip upon today.


Have you ever wondered what "Riches" God is referencing in the bible? Money is mentioned 140 times in the King James Version of the Bible. If we include the words gold, silver, wealth, riches, inheritance, debt, poverty, and related words. As I have mentioned before that if there is word or theme that God chooses to use to teach us through His Good Word and it is repeated over and over then it's one we likely better pay attention too. God uses these words throughout the old testament and the new testament, in my view making the worth of these words even greater.


How would you define riches? What do you think the world and society are telling us and that we are often believing about riches or money? Do you think that you personally may fall into the category of someone with great wealth or riches by the worlds standards? Do you think that your minor children may fall into the category as some of the riches in the world, just based on the allowance you have provided them? Well I was surprised to really get an actual factual understanding of this a few years ago at a Toby Mac and Mandisa Concert. They were supporting a great cause "Feed the Children." During Toby Mac's into for this charity he shared with the audience that we are in the top 1% of the world wealthiest. Then he went onto to share that this includes our minor children here in the USA. This is true even if you are only making minimum wage. Crazy right. Yet are we ever satisfied? Do we always hunger for more money, more stuff, or ___________________. I think to be completely honest I fall into that category of wanting more, stuff, more money, more time, more and more...


Brothers and Sisters, do we believe that stuff, money, power, influence are they these the riches that God speaks of in His word? Are these the riches that He is storing away in the heavenly's for you and I and our families and friends? I don't believe so, I believe that what God wants us to remember and to be sipping in daily is that the only True Riches come out of life devoted to Christ Jesus. A life filled with His Spirit with His Will, and His hand in and upon everything we do.


How is that we are so easily distracted and mislead to believing that earthly things could ever be what complete us and make us whole? To be completely honest it's very easy with the culture and world we live in, especially in the USA. We are taught from the youngest of ages that we must strive to be the best so that we can go to the best schools, get the best paying job and then work hard to live out a life of luxury. Now Brothers and Sisters I am not saying that any of these things alone are bad, wealth and riches, and influence and power can all be used by our Lord Jesus Christ to do and change this world. The dilemma that we face is do we follow the worlds standards and leadings or do we follow Christ's.


This is a heavy brew and honestly a rather bold tea leaves that have been steeped for us today. How do we move forward and receive the true riches that God speaks of desiring to shower us with? Here are a few ideas that I feel the Lord placed on my heart.


1. Ask myself why I am pursing that new job, bigger pay day, bigger house,

car etc..


2. If the Lord blesses me with this bigger, better _________________ who will I choose to say it belongs to me or the Lord?


3. If the Lord were to shower me with financial riches who would I bless or who would I say blessed me with the monies?


4. Am I pursuing heavenly riches that can be stored for eternity or am I settling for man- made man defined riches that will turn sour and bad like Manna in the desert if it were hoarded?


5. Do I sit ever in the quietness of God and thank Him for the abundant blessings He has already provided me?


6. Have I taken a recent inventory of my stuff and resources and asked God who I could bless with overflowing abundance?


Brothers and Sisters, this Brew is not intended to make you weary it is rather to build up and remind you all of the amazing riches you have simply in your salvation and redemption. Keep this truth close to your heart, soul and lip. My greatest riches were bought and paid for me at a price that I could never have compiled all because Jesus loved me first. Remember that even if you had all the wealth and resources of the world at your disposal it still wouldn't be enough to buy or pay for the debt that was paid in full on the cross for you and me.


Brothers and Sisters, I pray that we will each choose to remember where are riches come from and who is the daily provider of them for all of eternity. May we do right by the Savior who gave up the dominion and power, crowns of gold and jewels to come to earth as a human baby. Then to give his life over to death on the cross, only to rise again and save us all.


It's my prayer for each of you that shared this brew with me today that God pours out great blessings and many heavenly riches for all your days.


It's my prayer for each of you that shared this brew with me today, that God pours out great blessing and many heavenly riches for all your days.


Till next week,


Love,


Tabby

Run


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"Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh! Don't take the Holy Spirit living inside of you, where you will shame His name. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of the light. For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true." Ephesians 5:8-9


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


One thing I know for sure if I don't know anything else....every victory over sin makes us stronger and every time we yield to sin it weakens us. The bible tells us to run from sin. Brothas and Sistas, just remember the devil won't bother you while your living in sin. He will bother you when you are trying to get out of sin.


Here are just a few things we need to avoid in our walk with Christ.


Idolatry: "So my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols!" I Corinthians 10:14


"Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust, instead pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts." II Timothy 2:22


Materialism: "Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. There trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment." I Timothy 6:17


Sexual Immorality: "Run from sexual sin!!! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God brought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body." I Corinthians 6:18-20


Brothas and Sistas, there's no way we can ever win this war against sin in our own strength! Draw near to God! Draw near to His truth and Run!!!! Run from sin!


"We hold the absolute Truth within us through the presence of Jesus, who came to sanctify us by His truth. His word, His truth—purifies and cleanses us—preventing spiritual truth decay" (John 17:17) David Jeremiah


Peace and Blessings,


Renee


Prayer of Faith


Lord, I praise you for being LORD of our lives. There is so much to thank you for, in good and bad times. We will continue to trust you as you help us to run from sin. You have always proven yourself over and over again. You are faithful God in all that you are and do. We praise your righteous and holy name!!! In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

What Does Gods Love look Like


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“As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.“ Joshua 24:15a


Good Morning Brothas and Sistas,


As Joshua prepared the children of Israel it was clear who his first priority was;those he had control over; his house and his family. God's love is the first and foremost important thing we can teach our families. The family is the first foundation God created. He created the man first as head of the home and then the wife as his help meet and then the children to follow in the parents' examples and guidelines.


Saints, it is clear God intended for us to learn what His love looks like through the experience of our home life. Sometimes we get frustrated with one another, ridicule one another, judge, scream, holler and use inappropriate language but that's the time we have to pause and show godly compassion to build a strong foundation based on Gods love; always willing to encourage and give praise regardless. We are obligated to carry out God's plan of love in the home just as Joshua prepared the children we must prepare ours.

Love,


Josette


Our Daily Bread/Prayer Time


“As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.“ Joshua 24:15a


Dear Lord,


You are such a great God and worthy of all our praise. We pray that we would be a living example of your faithfulness and integrity to our family members especially our children. May they see Christ in us daily. We pray all these things in your precious name, Jesus. Amen.

Healed But Not Delivered


Those Damaging Soul Ties


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"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh" (Genesis 2:24). 

Brothas and Sistas, we are going to take a break from our testimony and concentrate on expounding on the issue of family involvement in our marriages. We want to look at the family from God's point of view and talk about a phenomenon called unhealthy soul ties. The bible says, the husband is to leave his mother and father and cleave to his wife so that they may become one flesh. When it comes to the husbands immediate family his wife and children should be his primary focus. Whenever there is a strong connection with the family after holy matrimony has taken place between husband and wife there is a real strong possibility that there may be an unhealthy soul tie present that needs to be broken.


From the very beginning God’s intention has been that the man and woman’s soul ties with their parents should be broken prior to marriage. If this soul tie is not broken before the marriage it can have damaging effects. One problem could be that you are so busy comparing your spouse to your mother or father you can't even enjoy your spouse. Sistas, your husband is not your father. And Brothas, your wife is not your mother; so stop comparing the two.


The definition of a soul tie is the joining or knitting together of the bonds of a relationship. Godly soul ties occur when like-minded believers are together in the Lord: friends, marriage partners, believers to pastors, etc. Relationships that lack ‘God-centeredness’ can result in ungodly soul ties between friends, parents and children, siblings, marriage partners, former romantic or sexual partners, domineering authorities, etc. An unhealthy attachment with another can bring about a psychic control that can adversely affect ones life. Man’s soul consists of his mind, emotions, and will. A soul tie involves the joining of minds, ideas and views, as well as emotional unions in the feeling realm.


There are those mothers that will not let go of their adult children when they marry and become resentful and jealous of their new spouse. This mother will often find ways to exclude the spouse while holding on to and uplifting her adult child. This is meant to create division within the marriage in hopes of causing enough confusion so that the other spouse will become frustrated enough to walk out of the God ordained partnership.


The spouse can be manipulated into being there for the family. Often the invitation will be extended to one instead of both parties. This gives place to the enemy because it makes the other spouse feel left out. There have also been some instances when the spouse's family will shower them with extravagant gifts while on the other hand giving their marriage partner a cheap gift not fit for the neighbors pet.


Brothas and Sistas, these are just a few examples of unhealthy soul ties. We will continue this discussion next week. In the meantime here is a question for you to ponder. Are there any unhealthy soul ties in your marital relationship? See you next week. Take care.

Minister Antonio and Sista Michelle Washington


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Tea Time with Tabby "A Brew of a New Perspective or a Distracted Perspective


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Deuteronomy 4:6 (NIV) "Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”


1 Kings 4:29 (NIV) "God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. 1 what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. "


Colossians 1: 28 NCV “So we continue to preach Christ to each person, using all wisdom to warn and to teach everyone, in order to bring each one into God's presence as a mature person in Christ.”


1 Corinthians 2:14 (NIV) "The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. "

Corinthians 14:15 (NIV) "So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding."


Good Morning Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


I pray that you awoke today with a clear view of the love and life that you have in Christ Jesus. Let's grab our Tea Cups and head on over to the Grand Brew Masters Table and see what He has Brewed up for us today. I was recently blessed beyond belief by two friends who invited me and blessed me with a weekend away at woman's conference. I have been too many over the years and the three of us have been to several together. I was so looking forward to going, so excited to spend three days with amazing sisters in Christ and anticipating what God would reveal throughout this time away.


I had so much encouragement from friends and my team at work. I was just filled with anticipation. Those who know me will know that it is very hard for me to leave my work behind, as I love my job and love the amazing women on my team. Yet, I clearly heard God speaking through them and straight into my heart, "Leave them behind and go see what God has for you."


As I prepared to leave I found peace about going without my work phone or my laptop. This is HUGE FOR ME!! I knew this and so did the Evil One... I made a choice to change my perspective and trust God that I had prepared those who work on my team to be able to manage without me, to work as a team for anything simple that would arise. I was leaving them behind with lots of tips and tricks and investment of time in each of them. I was leaving another supervisor with all ins and outs of our team, and situations that were brewing and bubbling over. I chose to put on the perspective that not only did God have them as I had been training them up right, but also I had invested in building trust and relationship with the other supervisor.


I was feeling good, even a bit comfortable with idea of getting away worry free. Oh, but you know just when our Perspective is that we are leaning in and really trusting that we have applied the truths of our salvation and our stocking our Tea Cupboard with Brews of the Fruit of our Trust, Reliance, Hope and Knowledge of our God's Character and Promises someone isn't very happy... "Who?" You may ask. Well, God tells us he comes to steal, destroy and kill.. Satan, himself.


As he would have it he began the attack!!! Attacking my efforts and work done with same commitment to my job. He was attacking my relationships, finances, and stirring up nothing but Brews of Deception, chaos, and what I like to call the Crazy Train Brew. I must admit I fought drinking it in. I knew better than to drink it in. I had my sisters praying over me that I wouldn't drink it and that I would continue to drink in God's Truths. I wish I could tell you that chose to drink in the Brews of Christ in that time, but I didn't. I began sipping in all chaos that he was stirring up.


The old brews of insecurity and loss of perspective of what God had already done and proved to be true and worthy of my trust and faith in Him so many times before. I found myself losing my footing. I felt this brew of chaos taking over not only my mind but spirit and body. I became bitter and angry, self reliant, and with a perspective that God simply didn't want the situation or relationship involved to be any longer. I began sinking into that pit of false perspective; feeling abandoned and alone. I began feeling misunderstood and worst of all feeling betrayed by God. Why betrayed? Because I felt alone and battered from the war that the Evil One had ensued as I prepared for my weekend away.


Brothers and Sisters, I was being battered by old perspectives, others poor choices, mistakes, and mistakes of my own. I was feeling exceptionally battered and confused because the circumstances that this brew had ensued were not fully created by lack of good intent, faithful actions, and honest and real accountability on my part. This brew was taking over and making me very distracted. So I left for the conference with a heavy heart and very distracted perspective. Have you ever found yourself here?


We can get here many different ways, circumstances in our lives that our outside of our control, doing pennants for our own bad behavior or choices or doing pennants due the baggage that someone else brings to circumstances. Sometimes we can't even begin to understand the reasons why our perspective and the Brew we are sipping in are so far outside of God's Promises. Sometimes we think and start to believe if I just change our outer appearance we will get a new perspective. We may think if we move from here to there this distracted or destructive perspective will not be able to follow us. We think if we just get rid of or try to fill the erosion in our souls with some worldly advice or worldly perspectives or worldly choices, it will all change for the better.


Now let me be clear here, there are times that we must make hard decisions about relationships, our locations, and our life choices in order to be back in the ever pouring love and truth of our salvation in Christ. However, what I am also saying is that by simply choosing one or all of these worldly choices WILL NOT GET US BACK TO THE GODLY PERSPECTIVE WE ALL MUST CHOOSE TO WALK IN DAILY.


Sisters and Brothers, as I sat that first night at the conference God spoke directly to me. He told me that I was choosing this Distracted Perspective over the Truth. It hit me hard it was true and this is what I had been doing all day. I chose to put worldly perspectives like glue all over my fractured Tea Cup. I wasn't really trying to receive the gift of prayer and truth of God's word in those early hours after getting on the road. The old lies about who and what I was were starting to become the glue that held my tea cup together. Then our first speaker of the evening spoke and her words weren't fancy or eloquent, no they were so simple and they gave me exactly what I needed for the battle of a Godly Perspective verses one of chaos where I was believing a Distracted Perspective.


The words were "Iron Sharpens Iron and you are sharper than you know." The speaker explained that each of us must help one another out by sharpening our iron with their iron and this will make us sharper than we know. The speaker went onto remind us that "Your Situation nor Your Circumstances Define Who You Are." Also that just because we change our location or our friends, job, appearance etc.. that will not change our situation or our Distracted Perspective without allowing God in first. We must allow Him to be the one and only who defines who, what, where, how and when our challenges in life will be resolved.


Also, just as importantly we must only allow Christ to be our distracter with respect to our perspective. He will do this for each of us through His word, His Character and His Promises. Remember always that our perspective of who we are is rooted in our faith and new identity that we received the day we accepted Him as Lord and Savior. On that day we chose to make Him the Grand Brew Master of our lives in whole with access denied to any others.


I pray that if you are in a season of a Distracted Brew that you will seek His promises and trust in His truth and character. I also pray you will allow only Him to change the view of your Perspective and see that no matter how bad it is or it seems, you are loved. You should also know that you the sharpest weapon in your possession for this battle. It's the full Armor of God. Put it on every day. I have included it below for each of us to dress in daily as we head to meet with the world. This way we know that our Perspective doesn't have to be poor no matter the circumstance our God has given us the provision to be the best us in all circumstances.


As we walk protected by The One True God and have within each of us the Power of Christ to do all things through Him.


Love,


Tabby


Ephesians 6:10-18 New International Version (NIV) "The Armor of God Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. "

Its Time To Wake Up and Get Up

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"When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. News of this spread through all that region." Matthew 9:23


Good Morning Brothas and Sistas,


When you find yourself in a life or death situation choose life. Notice that once Jesus told the people that were crying that the girl wasn’t dead and just sleeping they laughed. Take note of Jesus's response, He removed everyone out of the room except His disciples and the mother and father. Why?


I believe Jesus wanted people in His presence who knew who He was and understood the power that He holds. Jesus needed some believers in the midst, people that were willing to trust with their whole heart and lean not on their own understanding. proverbs 3:5-6 Jesus wanted those who believed in What they didn’t see, He needed some "Faith Walkers" on deck. No doubters, nay Sayers or part-time believers in His midst.


Jesus Said that the child was not dead but merely asleep…My God!!! There are some people that seem like they are stuck in limbo. It appears that they are never going to go anywhere but its not what it seems. Remember we serve a gracious God that never gives up on us even when we are napping. The Father just patiently waits for us to wake up.


Brothas and Sistas, on this morning I declare and decree in the name of Jesus that every sleeping person in the body of Christ will not just wake up but Get UP!!!


If most of us are honest with ourselves, we know that God has told us to do something and we still haven't moved. Listen people of God, we are in the last days and there is no time to play around or to even be distracted with doubt. It's time to wake up Wake Up and Walk.


When the little girl got up Jesus told the parents not to tell anyone but He also told them to give her something to eat.

Brothas and Sistas, that sleep was so deep that she needed some nourishment to get her strength back. People of God even if you’re awake and you’re moving you are going to need some nourishment for the journey. I’m not talking about a cheese burger and some fries, I’m talking about digesting the word of God that is life and it will give you life.


The time to sleep is over!!!! Wake Up and Get Up!


Be Blessed,


Gina Murchison


Prayer Time


Father God, we just stand in awe of your grace and your power. We thank you for allowing us to see that you are in total control of both life and death. Father, please help us to wake up from the sleep that we sometimes find ourselves in as we walk in this Christian journey. God we desire to wake up and serve you with glory and honor. In Jesus name I pray. Amen. 

Hold On, Your Season Is Coming


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"And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint." Galatians 6:9


Good Morning Brothas and Sistas,


In the word of God we are given so many clues of what is to come. The bible says " Let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly" Paul warns us because he doesn't want us to be suprised when we begin to feel this way.


Brothas and Sistas, ministry is hard work. There is no other way to say it. I can't and will not sugar coat it and neither did Paul. There will be times in our walk with the Lord that we will want to give up and throw in the towel. We will become frustrated and disappointed and feel as though our work is in vain.


But wait a minute, the scripture doesn't just tell us not to get weary it goes on to tell us the benefits of holding on....


"for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint."


Brothas and Sistas , "We Shall Reap" if we don't give up!!! What an encouragement. Don't give up because in the Appointed Season "You Shall Reap" Hold on, Press on and most of all stay before Gods throne because your Season to Reap is coming!!!


Be Blessed,


Gina M


Prayer Time


Father God, we thank you for your word which is truly a lamp unto our feet. God, we thank you for loving us so much that you would allow us to reap. We thank you for the encouragement that you continually express in your word to your people. In Jesus Name I Pray. Amen.

Are You and Your Boo Girded Up - Workplace Drama


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Good morning to our wonderful Brothas and Sistas,


"Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers."

I Peter 3:7

Today we are going to deal with what goes on in the workplace and how it can make us insensitive to our marriage partners. I Peter 3:7 says,

"Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers."


Brothas and Sistas, let's start with some things that occurred early on in our marriage when dealing with co workers, differing work schedules, and lack of communication due to lack of bonding. When my wife and I first got married I worked in Washington on the night shift. My wife on the other hand worked during the day. This was very difficult for us both. Although we talked on the phone often we still really needed to take some time to really get to know each other more and be around each other more often early on in our marriage. My wife hated the fact that we did not get to spend a lot of time together. To tell you the truth I did not like it myself. The driving distance, different work shifts, and lack of bonding caused things to surface like mistrust, loneliness for my wife, and a lack of coming together to reason things out when it came to managing the finances, spending significant time together on the weekends and during the week, and making plans together for our future.


There were times when females still called my home and Shell (Michelle) would answer not knowing who in the world they were. Brothas and Sistas, you have to remember I was a bit of a partyer and I had females that still called me to go out from time to time because most of my female friends did not know that I had gotten married. Eventhough I would let them know when they called, the word had not gotten around to everyone. This created some real issues because my wife was always wondering who these women were that were calling me. This brought about concern in reference to the integrity of our marriage. She did not know whether or not I was being faithful or married but still living single. Shell had never partied a lot so she did not realize that they were just females that I partied with.


Another thing that occurred was that I still had females on the job that were still interested in me. I let them know right off the bat that I was married but they still challenged it. Our marriage was already a little strained because our finances were tight and we still had not had enough time to bond the way we needed to. Because of the lack of communication and time spent together my wife was under the assumption that there was an affair going on and that was not true. The organization that I worked for was wide open for any person that wanted to have an affair. It was freedom roll in that place. Eventually I resigned without talking to my wife about it. Brothas and Sistas, the pressure was on and I was not about to leave my wife for another woman.


Well, as I mentioned before the differing schedules were a bit too much and due to lack of communication my wife began to isolate herself. Isolation within marriage is one of the key weapons that the enemy will use to promote division. My wife began to hold things in. She asked for a separation and began dating someone else at her place of employment. She began to seek the things that we lacked at home in someone else. We separated for about a year and the Lord eventually brought us back together and saved us both.


Much later in our marriage the enemy worked through stress and overwhelming commitments in workplace. When my wife went from part time to full time she took a supervisory position that required her to have a cellphone and to be on call. Brothas and Sistas, the place she worked at was very stressful and disorganized. There was no immediate supervisor available for a period of time and to say the least it was crazy up in there. She came home fussing about the job, the people, and she blew my ears up. The enemy would have her work cell ring while we were out trying to enjoy each others company. She was so on edge and she was always checking her messages, texts, and emails. And to top it off I could never carry a descent phone conversation with her like I did before she got the job. She would promise to call me back and because of the demands of her job she never got back to me. I was angry because I was left hanging. Because of her full time job I took on the commitments for the children.


Sistas, as you can see all of these things are what the enemy could have used to bring a wedge into our marital relationship because we were both busy and she was stressed. Notice I said he could have used them but he was not successful because we recognized what was going on and dealt with it accordingly. Sistas, you have to take notice of the things the enemy can use to bring a wedge into your marital relationship. They can be the same things that were used in our marriage such as lack of communication, stress, lack of time spent together which brings about a lack of intimacy and relationships with opposite sex friends. Ask God to give you spiritual discernment and wisdom so that you and your boo can know how to deal with them.


Brothas and Sistas, here are some scriptures to meditate on until next time.


"And "don't sin by letting anger control you." Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry," Ephesians 4:26


"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33


"Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am." John 14:12


We will see you next time. Take care.


Minister Antonio and Sista Michelle Washington

A Brew of Resting and Trusting


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Romans 8:28 (NIV ")And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose".


Psalm 42:5(NIV) "Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God."


Proverbs 4:16 (NIV) "For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble."


Proverbs 19:23 (NIV) "The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble."


2 Corinthians 12:9(NIV) "But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me."


2 Corinthians 13:9 (NIV) "We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored.


2 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV) Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you."


Good Morning Brothers and Sisters,


I pray that you have awoken rested and restored. Today's Brew is all about how we are to rest when everything seems to be spinning out of control. Let’s grab our Tea cups and head over to the Grand Brew Masters table to sip in the truths He has brewed up for us today.


I sit here today with you I have opened up my tea cupboard and have laid out some tea leaves that tend to keep me from truly resting and leaning into Christ for all that I need to be truly refreshed and restored each day. Let's examine them together as they may just be some of the same brews that keep you from resting and trusting in our Grand Brew Master, Jesus.


·          Money

·          Relationships

·          Work

·          Health


Now I am quite sure that there are many more Brews of Unrest and Distrust that lay upon our tables various tables today. So I have just taken the big 4 that I never seem to fully be able to release into the hands of the Grand Brew Master- Jesus Christ. How are we to move from a place of unrest and distrust in regard to these or other matters? As our verses say above it seems so easy and simple to just say I have given this to the Lord and He will now carry this burden for me. Yet He boldly tells us that it will not be that easy.


Have you found in your own life that there are just those certain few things, circumstances, relationships, guilt's, betrayals of trust and diagnosis that you simply don't seem to be able to leave at the foot of the cross no matter how many times you try? You are not alone in that there are things that I know that I simple can't seem to be able to fully forgive, accept, excuse or simply let go of. How about you?


Brothers and Sisters, the GOOD news here is that our Savior Christ, our Grand Brew Masters, knows and understands. He waits so very patiently for us to come to Him, Trust in Him and Remain in Him so that these burdens can be relieved for good.


I offer a bit of hope in this area for you today. I have struggles in these various areas daily. With the challenges of work, a blended family, financial challenges and martial challenges just like many of you. The hope I can offer is that I have experienced real life changes in some of these areas of unrest, by finally completely giving them over to the Lord. I had to learn to take and keep my hands off of these things and in doing so the Lord has blessed me with rest in and peace in some of these challenging brews. He didn’t necessarily change the situation what He changed was my perspective and my need to be in control of the situation.


I want to share with you the visual dream that the Lord gave me to help me see what I was doing and how all of it was winding back up on top of me and making me feel as though I was drowning in all the brews of challenge and heartache in my life.


I had a very vivid dream I was taking the trash out but instead of my regular hefty bags each bag had a name or circumstance or challenge I was facing or had faced, sins of my past and unforgiveness that was in my heart. As I struggled to get all these bags that seemed to keep multiplying I heard the trash truck on my street. As I approached it there was Jesus on the back of the truck with His arms extended yelling to me, "I am here I will take them all no matter what!" As I began to hand them over to Him I began to feel lighter and more free. As I got to the last bag, something switched off in my head and I began taking the bags back from saying things like, "I need to clean this one up a bit before I could expect you to take it Lord." or "Lord this is simply too much for even you to forgive me for, I must keep it." This went on until I was buried in all the bad brews. As I looked up Jesus and the trash truck were slowing driving away. I could hear Him yelling to me that He wasn’t driving away I was driving Him away and that He would always be there when I was ready to finally unload all the garbage and that none of it was too messy or terrible or unforgiveable in His eyes.


Since that dream I have learned that I am one the one who chooses whether or not to find rest and restoration in our Lord Jesus Christ. Here are some of the brews that He has and continues to help me leave at the foot of the cross for Him.

Family and Relationships- There have been countless times when I was either displaced in the physical sense from my family or completely emotionally detached from my parents and siblings as young girl. This went on for years and finally one day the Lord simply opened those doors and restored our family. Now this didn't mend all the pain or brokenness. There is still healing and mending going on 20+ years later. Yet each time I give the Lord one of these matters, and completely remove my hands from it He has restored it and made anew in amazing ways.


Finances-This is always an area that I have struggled with as I am not good with math and can in all honesty be a bit impulsive. However, when I remarried 7yrs ago on a Friday when my then new husband went to work on Monday he was laid off. He remained out of work for 2 yrs. Over these last 7yrs this has happened countless times. This was and continues to be a very challenging brew for me each time it has occurred. However, when I look back over the years and take inventory of the Brews of those years I can see God's hand in all of it, being our provision, being our discipline, being our best and only True hope.


Health- I have battled many illnesses of my own and had a very sick child when he was growing up; praise God he is a healthy young adult now. I battled with endometrioses, depression, anxiety, and infertility to just name a few. I must tell you that during these years the light of Christ was dim in my life, I contemplated suicide more than once. I recall the night that I finally said to God "I can't take this pain, and sadness and sense of loss due to the infertility not another minute." I truly heard Him reply in my heart that my days of joy were coming and that I needed to stop fighting with the past and allow His forgiveness of my darkest sins and unforgiveness for hurts in my life. He went on to say that it is always His desire to give us our greatest hopes and dreams. I can't explain any better than to say that after that very long night I awoke refreshed and encouraged. My health issues were not immediately alleviated and I certainly have had new health matters to face. Yet He did give me my greatest desire of my heart a couple years later; which was to be a Mom.


Brothers and Sisters, as God's Word says there is no easy way to overcome these struggles and that we must be intentional about sipping in the Truth of Rest and Trust in the Lord our God. He boldly tells us that world and principalities of evil who will come against us and intend to destroy and steal our hope, faith, rest and trust in Christ Jesus. We need to band together with other liked minded believers daily to be encouraged and prayed for and praying for and encouraging our Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, our Grand Brew Master.

Here are a few things I have used over the years to regain my rest and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ. It's my prayer that these help you or that God reveals His plan to lead you back to rest and trust in Him through our Tea Party today.

1. Place an empty chair in front of you and simply tell Christ as if you could see Him before you the challenges and matters of the heart and soul that keep you from receiving this brew and ask Him to guide you and help you. You may need to sit in silence and listen with your spirit for His loving truth to see you through


2. Take a balloon and a marker and write upon it all your hurts, worries, anxieties, unforgiving thoughts, fears etc... Then simply say a prayer and allow the balloon to make its way to heaven. Then ask the Lord to release these matters from your spirit and then trust that He has done what He promises.


3. Take a balloon and write upon all your needs and hopes and dreams and say a prayer and send it to the heavens to our good, good God Then simply say a prayer and allow the balloon to make its way to heaven. Then ask the Lord to release these matters from your spirit and then trust that He has done what He Promises.


Lastly, through this process you must be completely in the mind set of surrender, and you must consciously remain in this place of surrender every time the enemy comes for you, as he will keep coming. How I prepare for these battles is I have index cards with God's truths about the matters I have released to Him. Then as the attacks come fast and furious I am able to pray His words over the attack and His truth will always win the battle.

I pray that we all practice staying present in the moment and being filled with God's leadings in our lives. May we each depart this tea party with as many Brews as we each need for today's battles. May we be prepared and armed with God's Brews of Truth, Hope, Restoration, knowledge and belief that God will be victorious no matter how we feel or what circumstances we are in. As we are never alone and never separated from our Savior Christ Jesus.


Till next week, Love and Rest I pray for each of us.


Love,


Tabby


Trust God for the Resolution


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"Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds for you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish it's work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything." James 1:2-4


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


It is so true that many times we are hit with trials from out of nowhere. And quite often we wonder where God is in all of it. There are times when we doubt God, especially when going through times of testing. And then He so lovingly shows up on our behalf and we learn how to trust Him in spite of what we see, hear and feel. We have moments of doubt because we desperately want to believe Him.


Brothas and Sistas, doubt is a feeling. Belief is a choice. Choose to believe Him today regardless of what you see, hear and feel. He is well able. "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self discipline."


Brothas and Sistas, are we thinking to much and not trusting in Him enough?" Do we believe in God's truths or Satan's lies? Is He greater in us than he who's in the world? Are we holding to His truths? John 8: 31-32 , says, "To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, If you hold to my teaching you are really my disciples, then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."Fear is crippling. It will have you holding onto that tangible thing. But when you walk in the Spirit, with the Holy Spirit, He will lead you to opening your heart and mind to the infinite possibilities of God.


As believers in Christ we always say, "He's more than able, but don't we all have moments of unbelief and then the Holy Spirit brings back to our remembrance all that He has so graciously delivered us out of? At times when we are so crippled with fear, we feel like we're being punished. Brothas and Sistas, have you ever caught yourself saying, "Oh Lord, why me? What did I do to deserve this?" But God is not the" I'm gonna get 'cha God." He loves us.


I ask you, "What do we have to fear? I believe we give people, situations, and the devil to much power. We have the power of the Holy Spirit within us. "For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." (Mark 11:23)


Satan will use every tactic he can to consume us with fear. I mean, have you ever been lied upon or lied to? That's just who Satan is, an accuser of the brethren. But as Christian Brothas and Sistas, we know a God who never lies, sleeps or slumbers. "If he be for us than who shall be against us?" "No weapon formed against us shall prosper." - past, present or future. We have to know that devil is a liar straight from the pit of hell! Brothas and Sistas, claim your victory today. James 4:7 says, "Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." That excites me so!


Speak life into your situation and trust God for the resolution!Romans 8:1 says, "Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Amen Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Praise Him in His greatness!


"Trials come our way to make us stronger, so that we may become better and not bitter!"


Prayer for Today


Dear Lord,


Help us to look to the hills for which comes our help. Our help comes from you. Thank you for being our defence and strong tower in whom we can place ALL our cares. We love you Jesus. In your precious name, Jesus, we pray. Amen


Are You A Man or Woman of Integrity?


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"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell." Matthew 10:28


Good morning my Brothas and Sistas,


As I look around at today's Christian men and women, there are questions that ponder my mind often and those questions are, "What happened to having enough courage to do what's right?" Why is it that we don't want to be held accountable? What sacrifices are we willing to make to stand on the truth of God's word? Brothas and Sistas, the real question is, "Where are the men and women of integrity?"


Brothas and Sistas, let's start with doing what is right today. When we see or know something is wrong, as men and women of God we should be courageous enough to share the truth about wrong doing with the person without fear of retaliation. The bible says, "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell." Matthew 10:28


Ezekiel 3:20-21, “Again, when a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin. The righteous things that person did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the righteous person not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.”


While I was watching the movie,"Courageous" the character, Javier was told by his employer that he would like for him to take over the inventory department, but in doing so Javier had to count less shipments than were on his report. They gave Javier time to think about it and he was supposed to let his employer know about his decision in the morning. His employer wanted to know if he would be willing to be dishonest.


Well, long story short, Javier told his employer that he could not take the position eventhough he needed the job to take care of his family. He told them that what they were asking him to do was dishonest and he could not be a part of this scheme. Brothas and Sistas, he was not sure if he would even have a job after he gave his employer his answer but yet and still he had enough courage to do what was right. He was displaying integrity. He made it known to the employer without worrying about retaliation. He trusted God to have his back while standing up to these men with the truth, he stood on truth. In the end he got the promotion because he chose integrity over doing what was wrong just to get by.


Brothas and Sistas, what about you? Are you a man or woman of integrity?


"Few things are more infectious than a godly lifestyle. The people you rub shoulders with everyday need that kind of challenge. Not prudish. Not preachy. Just cracker jack clean living. Just honest to goodness, bone - deep, non-hypocritical integrity." Chuck Swindoll


Lord willing, I will see you again next week.


Minister Antonio Washington


Prayer Time


Dear Lord,



We thank you for teaching us to live and walk in integrity. Give us the courage to do what is right daily. We thank you for your loving kindness shown towards us even when we fall short. Guide us in all that we do for you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Fall Down... Get Up -The Heart of A Lion/Lioness


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"For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." Philippians 2:13


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


The other night I was watching a TV show and there was a race going on between four women. As fate would have it, one of the women fell after someone stepped on the back of her shoe. She lost her footing and it appeared that all her dreams of winning the race had came tumbling down. On the contrary, to everyone's amazement she got up and began to run the race again. She thought to herself, "I need to at least win some points for my team."


As she began to pick up speed she ran past the runner in next to last place.

She then ran past the second place runner and before you knew it she was running neck to neck with the runner in first place. As she picked up speed she found herself in first place and ultimately won the race.


Brothas and Sistas, there was something within that young lady that would not allow her to let her dream of winning the race die. She knew that deep down within her was a champion just waiting to emerge. She knew that deep down on the inside that there was a lioness within and giving up was not an option.


Brothas and Sistas, giving up on your hopes and dreams is never an option. You may fall down but you are destined to get up. Never allow a temporary set back to cheat you out of achieving your dreams.


Remember: "Giving up on your dreams/visions because of a setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got a flat." Unknown


Brothas and Sistas, Keep It Moving! Don't Give Up! Amen.


Smooches,


Me


Prayer of Faith


Thank you, Lord, for not allowing us to give up on our dreams and visions. We know that without you we can't achieve those things that you have placed in our spirit. Help us to press forward regardless of how many times we fall. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

Are You And You Boo Girded Up? Is It Wrong For A Married Christian Couple To Attend Two Different


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"But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand." Matthew 12:25

"Can two walk together, except they be agreed?' Amos 3:3


Good morning to our precious couples,


Early on in our marriage when my wife and I reconciled we were both attending two separate churches. I was uncomfortable with the idea of her being at a different church than myself. Eventually, after I was done with listening to my flesh, I decided that I would listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and join the church that she was attending. Initially, one of the reasons for making that decision was not a spiritual decision but it was a natural decision. In other words as a husband I wanted to know who was scoping out my wife while I was at my church.


My jealous spirit initiated the move. But upon attending the worship service at her church I made the decision to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was convicted by the word of God that was preached there. This also prompted my decision to become a member.


My wife and I personally believe that Christian married couples should not attend two different churches. We have listed some reasons below:


1. It can cause distrust amongst each other. It can also lead to infidelity if there is an an attraction with another member of the opposite sex that just happens to see one spouse always attending church services alone. "Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." Mark 10:9


2. It can also bring doctrinal arguments between the couple when the word of God was never meant to be argumentative. There may also be times when comparison of doctrine, worship experience, programs etc., are made. There should be no division when it comes to the worship experience. Husbands and wives should walk in unity when it comes to anything involving our Lord and Savior. The primary focus should be on Him. There have been instances where one spouse won't leave the church that their family attends because they don't want to leave their family. So they make the decision to stay there while their spouse attends another church. This is not a godly reason to remain at a church when God is calling you to walk in unity. Therefore, a decision needs to be made to walk as one flesh when it comes to these issues. "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." Genesis 2:24


3. If you have children, they will have divided loyalties not knowing which parent they will attend church with. And it can cause more of a riff within the family unit. "But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand." Matthew 12:25

As you can see from these examples that we have come to realize from counseling numerous couples that a couple attending two separate churches is not a good thing. You both need to come to a healthy compromise. When deciding on a church it is best to talk it through. But always keep in mind that the purpose of going to church is for the true doctrinal word being brought forth. You both need to be willing to listen to one another and come to a decision that is best for the whole entire family. "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?' Amos 3:3 The final decision regarding what church you should both attend should fall on the husband. This does not mean that the wife does not have input. The decision should be made by him as the spiritual leader of the home so that he may decide what is best for the whole entire family.


Please take time to pray about this decision with your husband. Amos 3:3 states, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?' Remember Satan's primary goal is to bring division anyway he can. You must be aware of his tactics and walk according to the principles of God's truth so that you and your spouse may remain on one accord. Until next time, take care.


Minister Antonio and Sista Michelle Washington

Teatime with Tabby Brew of the Lord's Power


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Genesis 18:18 (NIV)"Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him."


1 Chronicles 29:11 (NIV) "Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all."


1 Corinthians 4:20 (NIV) "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power."


Ephesians 3:7 (NIV) "I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power."


Colossians 1:11 (NIV) "being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience."


Good Morning Brothers and Sisters,


I pray that this blizzard we have experienced here in MD has been nothing more than a nuisance to you and your family. I must give God praise and thanks that my family and I have all been safe, warm, fed and full laughter through this storm. Now this doesn't mean there haven't been storms of life but God has provided even through them in this wintery mess. I must also give Him great thanks and praise for the gift that He saw to it for me to receive a year ago this week. One year ago, He gifted me with a brand new knee, the entire knee. After many years of pain and surgery, swelling, ice, heat, medication and therapy that all failed I received my new knee Jan 25, 2015. Let me share with you a little about how this ties into the brew God has prepared for us today. Let's grab our Tea Cups and seek to understand how in our greatest weakness the Lord's Power can and will always be more than enough to see us through.


As I began to share I have never had strong knees. I always remember them just not being like others. They were knobby and never very strong. Friends could run and run and be just fine, not me. I was the one in gym class that always made everyone run an extra lap because I just couldn't keep up. This was true of me when I was in boot camp too and advanced training for the military.


Now there was one thing that my knees were really good at as a kid. I could tie my legs up in knots and walk about on my knees. I'm guessing now that this may have lead to their demise. Well enough of that.... I want to share with you the great Power that lives within each of us. That is if you have chosen to accept Christ as your Lord and Personal Savior. What follows is one example of how the Lord revealed to me how to tap into that very power that resides within each of us always.


As I said, I am celebrating 1 year with my what I like call my bionic knee. Now it's not actually bionic but to me it is. Through this surgery and recovery I had to learn and decide who was my Brew Master. I had to learn and decide who was I going to rely on to get through what at times I thought was going to kill me. I would be lying if I said that I didn't lay in that hospital bed, on that PT Table, on that bicycle, and at home in my husband's recliner and beg the Lord to take me home. The pain was just that intense at times. Yet, I can sit here now and rejoice in that pain and relish it all. I don't know if you have ever been so far beyond what you, your mind, power and strength can manage or not. It doesn't necessarily have to be physical pain. It certainly can be emotional pain. It's a pain where your soul has no other options but one of these two.


1. To cry out to the Lord and God Creator of your soul, mind and body and completely and totally surrender everything; down to the next breath you need to survive.


OR


2. To completely give up and surrender to the pain and allow the Evil One to direct your next steps and fill your mind, body, and soul with more pain, anger, frustration and blame.


Now Brothers and Sisters, these are two very different outcomes. One you invite the Master of your Tea Cupboard to come in and pour His strength and endurance into you. Two, You surrender to the Brew of Spirit Filled Power. This doesn't necessarily change the circumstances or make everything perfect but I promise you that you will find refuge, release and comfort here. I assure you that this is true. I laid in that bed many nights and days and begged the Father to take me or take the pain. EVERYTIME when I stopped trying to make the pain stop or stopped scheming and planning He took over and I found refuge and relief from the pain and suffering. What a difficult Brew to accept and sip upon but it is worth its weight in sweet surrender.


Now Brothers and Sisters, I would remiss if I didn't share how often I have chosen the other brew in my lifetime. I have sipped upon this powerful brew that is nothing more than poison too many times. To be completely honest, I am probably sipping on it right now in certain situations in my life. I so desire to pour this brew out. As this brew brings nothing but more heartache, more physical pain, and suffering. The lies begin to swirl in and around in your cup. You can see them curdling your cream. You can feel the burn deep in your soul as you sip this in. Why then do I/we allow the Evil One to serve this up for us? Why do we not simply pour it out and not so much as take a sip?


I wish that I had the answer for that for you and me. It's an answer that I know can only come from the Lord. I am beginning to understand that if I don't want to drink that sour brew I must stop, drop and pray as soon as I see it curdling before me. I can't wait till I have tasted it to be sure that my eyes weren't tricking me. I must trust that small still voice within me. I know that this voice is the Grand Brew Master's Spirit that resides within me and if I choose to listen to it more and rely on it more that it will grow. I know that this voice will become louder than the one that screams out to me, the one who intends to fill me with self righteousness by offering offenses of others such as, "You have been offended." or "You have been hurt."or "You have been abandoned," or "You were given less than quality parts and life." If I/we choose to focus on these swirls in our Tea Cup we will surely turn as bitter as the brew that resides in these words.


Brothers and Sisters, what I want for each of us to take away with us today is to know that the Brew Master of our Souls will NEVER pour sour milk or bitter brews. Life may serve up some bitter brews but the Grand Brew Master can take them and turn them from Bitter to Better and Better to Best. We simply must trust that the Power of the Holy Spirit to change our lives, circumstances, and eternity. We must remember that truth, love, and salvation come to us from only One, Truly Powerful Brew Master, Christ.


Here are some practical ways to be able to tell if the Brew you are sipping is filled with the Power of the Spirit of Christ or the power of the Evil One.


1. Take the circumstance to God and ask that His Holy Spirit reveal to you what this is.


2. Stay in prayer about the circumstance. God will reveal Himself and His plans to you.


3. Have prayer partners praying for the Truth and Power of God to be revealed to you.


4. Most importantly compare the Brew before you to the Word of God. If there is any discrepancies then know immediately that this is not a Brew of the Power of God but rather a deception meant to sour your spirit. Praise God for the storm and continually seek to see His Power and Faithfulness in and through all things.


In closing today, as our Tea Party comes to an end for this week I must thank all the hands and feet of Christ that came and cared for me and my family while I recovered. I must thank the amazing surgeon, team, and all the healthcare workers that got me back to even greater and better than I was a year ago. I must also thank my husband for his love and support throughout this past year. Lastly, I must give all the PRAISE and GLORY to God for gifting me the new knee. Also for the many trials, failures, and success that have brought me to this Brew of Power in and through the one and only True Grand Brew Master, Jesus Christ.


Till next week, be sure you know who is pouring the Brews of life for you. Don't forget where you can go and get the most Power Filled Brew. The Brew of the Power of God that you will always need and can always depend upon. This Brew can always be found at end of yourself and the foot of the cross.


Love,


Tabby

Where Are You?


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Not too long ago, I was home sitting upstairs reading and pondering on Jeremiah 29:11 and Jeremiah 1. While looking at Jeremiah 1, I heard someone say, “Where are you? So I got up and was thinking to myself, “Hey, there is no one here. “and then I responded, “Up here.” Thinking maybe Shell or my sister in law was home but no one answered back and I said, “Hello, who’s down there?” But there was no response. So I went down to see who may have been down there and after checking the whole house, no one was there. When I came back upstairs and looked at Jeremiah 1 again. I heard someone say again, “Where are you?” This time I said, while talking to myself, “Wow, He’s talking to me.”


Now lets's take a look at the text in Jeremiah 1: 5-10 Here is Jeremiah at the age of 17 years old. Jeremiah was called to be a prophet who spoke messages to the present that had future ramifications. Jeremiah was a forth teller more so that a fore teller. He was called to expose the sins of the people and to get them to go back to the covenant of God. The thing is Jeremiah did not want to accept the calling initially. Isn’t it funny how many of God’s prophets were not interested in becoming God’s spokesmen. You remember Moses gave the excuse that he wasn’t eloquent enough, Isaiah said that “he was a man of unclean lips. And Jonah being told to go and preach in Nineveh goes in the opposite direction.


There are just a few points I want to make in reference to what God was sharing with me as I read the text.


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5


1. We are appointed by God.


God already knew Jeremiah’s strengths and weaknesses. God knew what Jeremiah would possess during this particular time in Israel’s history. You see God has already set Jeremiah apart for this time of his young adult life. Leading up to this point God was preparing Jeremiah. It didn’t happen right away Well, you may be saying, “What does that have to do with me?” Well, we may not all be like Jeremiah but one thing is for sure, God knew us before He formed us. He knew what our weaknesses, our strengths, our abilities as well as what our limitations would be. Rom 8:29, “For whom He foreknew, he also predestined us to become conformed to the image of Hid Son that He might be the firstborn of many brethren.” You might have been given a task by God. Where are you?


2. We make too many excuses.


Jeremiah 1:6 “Then I said, Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “Behold, I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

As you can see Jeremiah was like, “Woe, Lord, slow down here, First of all, I am not that great of a speaker and if you haven’t noticed I am way too young for this position. But little did he know that God knew him better than he knew himself. In more ways than one, Jeremiah was unsure if he was the right person for the job. There are times when we too have felt like Jeremiah making excuses that we are not qualified for the task. God can take your insufficiencies and make them sufficient unto Him. He already knows what we are capable of doing. Making excuses only stifles what God has for us. As Christians, we find all sort of excuses as to not trusting or obeying the voice of God. Isn’t amazing how some people in the world who are not Christians put their faith and belief in what they should be doing without reservations or fear. They just do it and become successful. Where are you?


3. Trusting in God with No Fear


Jeremiah 1:7 “But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.”

God was saying to Jeremiah, “Don’t speak against what I have created you to be and do. Look it’s not about how old, it is more so how much I desire to trust and obey God. He was looking as to what he couldn’t do but it wasn’t about his words to say to the people, but God’s word to him as to what to say to the people. God is trying to let us know where to go and what to say but unfortunately, we tend to put what God planned for us to the side because of lack of trust and fear. We really don’t believe that we have the ability to complete the mission. That my Brothers and Sisters is called not trusting God and by doing so we place doubt in the word of God. When we choose to do what we or man wants rather than obey God’s command we are rejecting His Lordship on our lives.


God has given us a promise just as He did with Jeremiah. He knew, He chose and He appointed him. In other words, God’s promises will allow us to let go of whatever plans that we have and receive His plans without fear. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future." So, trust God and the words that He speaks to us.


Once you realize that you have been appointed, you don’t need to make excuses. Start trusting God more because He promised that He will be with you through it all. God always equips those whom He calls. Remember it’s not about what we say or do but what God has empowered in us to say and do.


Til next time,


Minister Washington


Prayer of Faith


Dear Lord,


We thank you for your relentless love. You follow after us so hard when we are not where we need to be. You have your hand on us even when we are far away from you and we love you for it. Help us to return to where we need to be, doing what we were called to do. We want to be a blessing to those you have called us to bless and minister to. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Choose to Live the Life Christ Has Given Us


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"For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:5-11 (NKJV)


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


Christ became identified with us in His birth, so that we might become identified with Him in His death. But to enjoy the experience of our identity in Christ we must know what we are in our position in Christ and we must act in faith on what we know. We must constantly count it as true by faith based on our knowledge that "We are dead to sin" and "Alive to God in Christ Jesus." Therefore as we yield to God and to His will, our position in Christ, being dead to sin and alive to God becomes an experiential reality in our lives day by day.


Temptation to sin and the pull of sin is still felt within us, but our union with Christ in His death and resurrection, by the baptism of the Holy Spirit, who places us in the Body of Christ has a freeing impact in our daily life. The old self with its sinful response has been rendered powerless and the passions that swirl and the spiritual death that held us in a unbreakable grip no longer master our lives. We are free to respond to God and choose to live the righteous life He has given us in Christ Jesus.


Claudia


Prayer: Lord, I am crucified with Christ, but I live. I don't live to myself, but Christ lives in me. And the life I live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave Himself for me. In Christ Jesus Name, Amen!


God's Plan of Salvation: That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. Romans 10:9, 10, 13

Look Beyond Death to A Risen Savior


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"And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread." Luke 24:33-35


"Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, 'Christ is risen,' but 'I shall rise.' Phillips Brooks


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


In Luke 24:13-35 Jesus appears to two believers on the road to Emmaus (a city 7 miles outside of Jerusalem, which takes about 2 hours by foot). Here Jesus is helping two ordinary people who had a lost hope and fallen into the pit of sadness and despair. First the women discovered the empty tomb and reported it to the disciples. The news had been received with skepticism and with nonsense. And here Cleopas and his companion were either present or heard the news from some other source about Jesus crucifixion. Their hope that Jesus was the promised Messiah had been devastated but in their despair, their thoughts were running wildly, entangled and wondering about the report of the women concerning the empty tomb and the angels. Brothas and Sistas, this is a symbol of despair that grips so many in life today whether it be family trouble, issues with school, pondering one's meaning and purpose, problems with one's profession and acceptance but we must know that our hope is in the Jesus, the promised Messiah.


While Cleopas and his companion walked they communed together and reasoned. They were so absorbed in their despair and talking that thye did not even notice that Jesus was walking right beside them. Notice they did not recognize Him because He was in His resurrected body. It was different enough that they did not recognize Him as Jesus without close observation. In this instant the Lord kept them from recognizing Him as well. Brothas and Sistas, isn't this also true of about us when we are going through. We often do not recognize our Master and His hand in the midst of our trouble. Often He is right there walking right beside us while He is working our issues out.

We will only recognize His hand at times through close observation. We must be attentive to His Spirit.


Jesus goes on to question the disciples. In a sense He asks, "What are you talking about?" What is is that is causing you to look so sad. Brothas and Sistas, the Hebrew word for sad is skuthro-poi which means gloomy, dejected, despondent, sullen, overcast. In other words, Jesus could see this all over their faces. Cleopas was surprised that the stranger did not know what had occurred. Cleopas had to be thinking. "How could anyone not know why we are so sad. Terrible things have happened." But the reality of this situation is that Jesus was concerned about them and their sadness. In the same way He is concerned about us. Even though He already knows about our problems He wants us to share our problems with Him.

The problem with the two from Emmaus, as it is with so many of us today, was that their faith was shortsighted. They struggled with unbelief. They refused to accept the reality of a risen Lord. They could not see beyond His death. They were willing to accept and admire a dead Savior or a great prophet who had been martyred but they had great difficulty in accepting a risen Lord. And the same is true for us today. We are shortsighted in our faith and cannot see beyond His death. Our unbeleif cripples us. One major reason why men refuse to accept a risen Lord is to accept this would mean that they would have to subject themselves to Him and serve Him.


Brothas and Sistas, I have a few questions for you. Will you subject yourselves to Him in fully yielded obedience? Will you serve Him with all that is within you today? Are you willing to accept the reality of a risen Savior and Lord? Would you take a moment to look beyond His death?


"The Resurrection is at the core of our beliefs as Christians. Without it, our faith is meaningless." Joseph B. Wirthlin

Happy Resurrection Sunday!


Minister Antonio Washington


Prayer of Faith


Thank you Jesus for you for your resurrection power. Thank you for getting up so that we can get up and rise above our circumstances. Help us to look beyond your death so that we may embrace new life and walk in obedience to you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

The Ultimate Sacrfice

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"When we were yet sinners without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet peradventure for a good man some would dare to die. But God commended his love towards us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." Romans 5:6-8


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


Jesus loves us so much He died in our place. He gave the ultimate sacrifice, He gave His very life. To give means to deliver in exchange; to yield to another, to surrender. Christ did not lose His life He freely GAVE it. In fulfillment of the Old Testament picture of the sacrifice of the lamb, He yielded His life for us.


Brothas and Sistas, when we were utterly helpless with no way of escape Christ came at just the right time and died for us; the just for the unjust; sinners who had no use for Him. Even if we were good we really wouldn't expect anyone to die for us, though of course that might be barely possible but God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were just sinners. And since by His blood He did all this for us as sinners how much more will we do for Him who has declared us not guilty.


Brothas and Sistas, following Christ example we are to give of ourselves unselfishly - an act of complete yieldedness to God's Spirit. We might not have to die for someone but there are other ways to practice sacrificial giving motivated by love for Him such as bearing a burden, giving of your time, talent, and income to the ministry He has called us too. We can give as much of ourselves as we can and then try giving a little more. When you think of all He has done for us... Is that really to much to ask?


Prayer Time


Dear Lord,


We thank you for your amazing grace. We praise you making the ultimate sacrifice for us. May we willingly make sacrifices for you. In Jesus nae we pray. Amen. 

Are You and Your Boo Girded Up Part III

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"May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him." Psalm 68:1

Good morning to our lovely Brothas and Sistas,

One Christian article quotes, "Spiritual warfare is always a concern for the discerning Christian. There is never a time when the enemy will not be working to tear down your marriage or your ministry. This is why it is essential to be alert to his schemes and not fall prey to the idea that your marriage will be strong and healthy without any intentional work on your part."http://www.godshelpformarriage.com/spiritual-warfare-what-to-do-when-your-marriage-comes-under-attack/


This morning we are going to begin sharing testimony about the different areas that the enemy tries to wage spiritual warfare in our marriage. He often shows himself in various areas of our relationship. Most of you know by now there are times when the enemy plants seeds of discord within the family, the work place, and the church. We have established the fact that the primary goal of Satan is to bring about division. This week we will tackle the area where he tries to do some real collateral damage, the Christian family.


When I was single I was a person that loved to party before coming to Christ. My family was used to me being around them all of the time because I was the life of the party. Once they found out that I was getting married they were upset that I was not going to be hanging out with them the way I used to and they would comment on it often. I got fussed at and picked on. And my wife was looked at differently because she was not the partying type and just happened to be light skinned and quiet. They had someone in mind for me to marry that just happened to be dark skinned. My wife was frowned on by some family members because of that. Can you believe that? Some had their own opinion of her. After some confusion occurred I finally had to tell them, "If you have a problem with her then you have a problem with me."


There have been times when family members have tried to wreak havoc by trying to get me to live as though I was single again by inviting me out to the clubs and wanting me to come to different family functions. I had to constantly remind them that I could not do the things that I used to do.


When I was single, yes, I could just pretty much jump up and take people places but when we got married things had to change. I could not just jump up and do things like I used to. I had a wife and a son to care for. I had to do things in moderation and check with my wife to see if it was okay for me to do certain things first because we were now one. After going through that for quite some time my wife had to lay down the law and let my family members know that I needed my rest because I worked at night and could no longer run them around the way I used to. She knew I needed to take better care of myself. The enemy was trying to run me down because he played on my desire to want to help others. When I was tired I was irritable and it would interfere with our time together as a couple.


At one time when I was single I could lend money to family members because I had it like that. Once I got married I could no longer just lend money to people at the drop of a hat. I had responsibilities. And sistas, believe it or not they could not understand that. The enemy tried to lay a guilt trip on me with that as well because I enjoyed being there financially for my extended family.


My family was also on my back about visiting them all the time. I would get chewed out for not coming by. They thought that since I was married I was different and trying to distance myself. They did not understand that once I had given my life to the Lord I could no longer do what I used to do. I finally told them that it worked both ways because they could come visit me too. It did not have to be a one-sided deal.


And last but not least the enemy would use our most innocent looking children to try to come in between us. One of our children was used more than the rest to bring about discord. This child would often play us against each other by getting one parent to agree with something that the other parent had already disagreed to. He was a doozy. In the beginning that caused arguments between us until we wised up and challenged him on some things. This same child talked us into letting one of his friends stay at our house that would come in at night when he felt like it and under the influence of Lord knows what. Once when I left town this same friend pulled that on my wife and she put that joker out. Can you imagine my little 5'3 wife bucking up to a 6'3 teenager and telling him to get to steppin' and get out of our house? That child had a nerve to call me while I was out of town on a business trip to get me to go against what she had already put in place which was to put that freeloader out of our house. She did not feel safe with him being there and did not like the fact that he would sneak in when he felt like it.We had young children with disabilities and she did not feel comfortable with people running in and out of our house all hours of the night. This young boy caused confusion and brought about tension within our home for months and he needed to go. The enemy used him for a season until we kicked him out. Satan had his agenda, but my wife had hers too.


My wife would often be awakened in the middle of the night by the Holy Spirit speaking to her about my son's friends. She knew that something was not right about them. I felt that my children could be used as a light in their lives. In the end they wound up turning our children away from Christ no matter how many times I preached to them. You see sistas our children's so called friends can cause confusion in our Christ centered families. And that is the enemy's plan, which is to infiltrate our family structure so that he can tear down some of the things that we have worked so hard to build. We can't just let our children be friends with anyone that has no true interest in serving the Lord. Check out the tree and the fruit of those children that hang with your children. We have the victory in Him when we wise up and begin to do spiritual warfare through consistent prayer for our children as we pray for godly friends for them.


Sistas, next week we will talk about unhealthy soulties and how the enemy uses them to try to bring about discord within the home. Take care sistas, Lord willing we will talk to you again.


Please take time to meditate on the following scriptures.


"But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit." I Corinthians 6:17


"The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” Luke 10:17


"The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work." I John 3:8


Minister Antonio and Sista Michelle Washington

He Gets The Glory Everytime


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"So Jacob left alone and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. The man said, "Let me go for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go until you bless me." Then the man asked, "What is your name?" "Jacob", he replied. Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob but Israel because you have struggled with God and humans and you have overcome." Gen. 32:24-28


“The strength of patience hangs on our capacity to believe that God is up to something good for us in all our delays and detours.”

John Piper, Battling Unbelief: Defeating Sin with Superior Pleasure


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


Brothas and Sistas, sometimes when we are faced with many struggles we find ourselves wrestling not only with man but with God, Himself. I love the fact that there is always a blessing on the other side of the struggle once we overcome.


Jacob was a prime example of that when He wrestled with the angel of the Lord. Not only did His name change to one of great honor but he was blessed beyond measure afterwards.


“Life is not a straight line leading from one blessing to the next and then finally to heaven. Life is a winding and troubled road. Switchback after switchback. And the point of biblical stories like Joseph and Job and Esther and Ruth is to help us feel in our bones (not just know in our heads) that God is for us in all these strange turns. God is not just showing up after the trouble and cleaning it up. He is plotting the course and managing the troubles with far-reaching purposes for our good and for the glory of Jesus Christ.” ― John Piper, A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God


This is also true for us. I believe that when we go through, not only does our name change from victim to victor but our perspective changes on how we not only view our situation but how we view our God. And guess what at the end of our struggle we experience His glory every time! Praise Him!


"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." Romans 8:18


Smooches,


Me


Prayer Time


Dear Lord,


We thank you that you use our suffering to bring glory to your great name. We are so grateful that you change our name from victim to victor once we overcome our struggles. You have the unique ability to make all things new and we praise your awesome name for that. There is absolutely none like you! For it is in your precious name we pray, Jesus. Amen. 

Teatime With Tabby Br of the Cross


https://youtu.be/vdq9Q8wJdjc


Mark 8:34 The Way of the Cross

"Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said:"Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me."


Matthew 10:38 (NIV) "Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me."


Luke 9:23 (NIV) "Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. "


1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV) "Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."


Good Morning Brothers and Sisters,


I pray that you awoke with a heart filled with great love and thanksgiving. As we are nearing the greatest of all Christian holidays this week. We are to be remembering, praying and offering up our deepest praise and love to our Savior. As this is the week where He bought us out of slavery once and for all. I don't know about you for as much as I love Christmas and giving of gifts and all the hustle and bustle but Easter is much more my favorite celebration.


As we gather around the Masters table today let us really consider what an amazing sacrifice was given for each of us on that first Easter. Now as I prepare for Easter Sunday I must really examine my heart and my mind. As in our verses today, He reminds us that we need to all in with everything!!! Now that might not seem so challenging but I believe if we looked deeply into our Tea Cups we could each find some tea leaves floating around that shouldn't be if we are truly following Christ.


As I begin to pack for the weekend at the beach with my family, I gather my tea cup and carefully wrap it up in my blanket that my family calls my security blanket at nearly 50 yrs old. Yes, maybe so but when I am preparing my tea cup for this family weekend it surely needs some security and protection. My Tea Cup is not at all like many of my family. Now please note that I am not saying my Tea Cup is more worthy, more acceptable to Christ etc...... No, not at all, the difference is that I am openly sold out to Jesus, and most aren't. For that matter most don't even acknowledge Him at all.


The next difference is that partly for my beliefs and faith, but also because I am labeled the "overly sensitive" family member. There is always the family drama that ensues, over anything really. There will be jabs, pokes, and prods about my faith and disrespect being poured all around from certain family members with regard to my faith in Christ. There will also be jealousy and favoritism from some. One family member will interject into every conversation and do all that they can to manipulate it back to them and all about them, no matter the topic of discussion.

 

As I am sure you can see that this brew of the Cross is quite similar in a significantly less consequential manner, as no one will actually be crucified. Yet, there parts of my tea cup that will feel that they have been pierced with nails such as Christ. How about you? Now this reality doesn't have to be about family it could be any circumstance that find yourself sipping through day to day. I believe however that the Truth of the Brew of the Cross is our best glue when our Tea Cups encounter these times. If we look back up at our verses for today we will see that the Brew Master warned us that these Brews would be what we encounter.


He told us that we are to guard our Tea Cups. He assures us that if we seek Him in prayer and petition He will strengthen us and encourage us. He tells us that we are to follow after Him to pick up our own crosses daily and carry them with the Truth of His word and promises. (Luke 9:23) Here is where the Tea Cup and Brews we choose to have poured into our Tea Cups meet up with our wills and our faith. Which will prevail in my life and your life?


These circumstances and trials are where we decide individually will we be like Christ and tap into His power to love others like He loved us first. Will we tap into His promises and commands and be loving, forgiving, and generous with ourselves to those who are nailing us to our own cross? I tell you whole heartedly that this is a challenge for me because my flesh wants to come out and in its own unique way believes that by attacking back that its protecting my tea cup. Yet, I know that flesh is full of only self protection not Christ.


Therefore you and I have a choice to make. Do we honor our Brew Master and pick up our cross and walk through the joys and adversities of life with His commands? Or do we allow our circumstances to deface and dishonor what Christ did for us on the Cross? I am sure you are thinking you don't know my family..... Even Christ would understand a little push back and certainly agree with a little tit for tat... No I don't believe that He would be ok with us acting and reacting any differently than He did on the cross. That's not to say He doesn't forgive us for the times we choose to behave in this manner, it's simply not pleasing to Him.


Here is this week's challenge.


1. Draw out two crosses or print out from the internet. Then on the first put your name across the center and all around put all the things you can remember that Christ has forgiven you for. Then spend some time with Christ giving thanks and praise for His salvation and forgiveness.


2. Then with the second cross write the names of those that you feel will try to take you away from the joy and gratitude that your tea cup is swirling in from the Praise Party you and Jesus just attended.


3. Then begin to write the things that you believe will be stirred into you tea cup at your next encounter with each person.


4. Then write the things that you are holding onto that need to be released to Christ and erased from your mind and heart. Write down each disappointment hurtful word etc... Do this not stir up the negative and bad feelings but rather to gather them all together at once. To then bring them to Christ all at once.


5. Then sit with Him and review the list and ask for His help in tossing each of those old painful, fresh painful events, memories, triggers and words etc.. away once and for all. Once you and Christ have completed this cross that now identifies for you the hurts and the healing that took place on the cross for you .


6. Then you will want to put these in a special place where you can go to be reminded that Christ has completed that work in you. That you are no longer are compelled by it. Allow Him to write that upon your heart today.


7. Lastly, ask Christ to guard your Tea Cup today and everyday so that when you are faced with such encounters that you have no memory of wrong doing, but the wisdom and truth of Christ to protect you from all harm. Ask the Holy Spirit to become so relevant and evident in your life that you know have the heart of Christ so that you without a shadow of doubt know that Christ will be with you and see you through any storm of life. Know that you don't carry your cross daily alone that Christ is there with you always. Know that He is your strength, for eternity and that your past, present and future all secure in Him. Stand tall knowing He is your Savior.


Till next week, may we each remember to pick up our cross daily and seek Christ's strengthen to carry it throughout the day no matter what obstacles we may face.


In Christ,

Love,


Tabby

Are You Holding those You Love Accountable?


http://youtu.be/2aYzc0Z0Z8Q

"Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, & I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul...Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight?" II Sam.12:7, 9a


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


Confrontation can be a real trip at times. Sometimes it can be one of the hardest things in life to do and to tell you the truth most of us tend to avoid it. Question. How many excuses have you made for things you won't confront?


Time after time the Holy Spirit brings things to our attention so that we can deal with them and quite often our response is to lie and pretend as though they don't exist. According to my spiritual father, “An excuse is a skin of a reason stuffed with a lie.“


The truth is we become too familiar and complacent with those things we won't confront in an effort to avoid the inevitable. The truth makes us free. The truth spoken in love makes others free. Amen.


Our Daily Bread/Prayer Time


Dear Lord,


Please help us to speak the truth to those we love so that they can grow from it. You are an amazing God and we trust your word. Give us grace to understand and receive what others may say to us when it is you prompting them to come to us. We pray all these things in your most amazing name, Jesus. Amen.

He Is


http://youtu.be/_O1GleGicNg


Good morning Friends of God,


"BLESSED be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and He In whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me. LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! Or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!" Psalm 144:1-3


Friends, we should be rejoicing in Gods' care regardless of what we go through, whether in times of prosperity or adversity because we are so blessed. Our God is Lord. He is our rock. He is our loving ally and our fortress. He is our tower of safety, Friends. He is the one who gives us strength when we don't have strength to make it through. He is our refuge. He makes the nations submit to us.


Friends, who are we that He should notice us? Are we mere mortals that He should care for us? We are like a breath of air. Our days are like a passing shadow. Lets rejoice and praise our Lord while we still have breath. There is nothing that compares to Him! He is God alone! Amen.


“We should be astonished at the goodness of God, stunned that He should bother to call us by name, our mouths wide open at His love, bewildered that at this very moment we are standing on holy ground.” Brennan Manning


Much love,


Renee


Dear Lord,


We acknowledge you as the one true and living God. You are truly God alone! You are a refuge; our pillar of strength. We run to you because you are our only help! You love and care for us! You are great! We praise you for your endless works! In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

A Work In Progress


https://youtu.be/YXwC2ufYJF4


"This is the message that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Jeremiah, go down to the potter’s house. I will give you my message there.”

So I went down to the potter’s house and saw him working with clay at the wheel. He was making a pot from clay. But there was something wrong with the pot. So the potter used that clay to make another pot. With his hands he shaped the pot the way he wanted it to be." Jeremiah 18: 1-4


Good Morning Brothas and Sistas,


If you have ever watched a person work with the potters wheel you will notice that he or she never takes their eyes off of the clay nor do they ever remove their hands from it. If the clay starts taking a form or shape thats not pleasing to them they simply smash it and start again.


Brothas and Sistas, God is the Potter and we are the clay. God is always shaping and molding us and reconstructing us. We are so blessed that God is not like man. God takes the time to form and fashion us and He has been doing this even before we were born.


"For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb." Psalm 139:13"


Brothas and Sistas, there is such peace in knowing that God is not finished with us yet. No matter how bad things are or how messed up we may appear to be, God still has us on the wheel and He never leaves us unattended.


Thank you God,


Gina M


Dear Father,


I bless your holy name. Father, I thank you for being the Potter in our lives and watching over us so carefully. Thank you for never taking your hands off of us. Father, please help us to look at each other as you see us "a work in progress". In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Are You and Your Boo Girded Up Part II


http://youtu.be/mjGqUAZKPjw


"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour." I Peter 5:8


Good morning to our most amazing Brothas Sistas,


Sometimes early on ministry we tend to try to maintain our focus when things may not be as demanding. But, later on3 in ministry, as we are getting comfortable in it, the enemy will play on our desire to minister to people to allow us to become unbalanced to the point where our spouses needs are not being met.


Sometimes the Lord uses one spouse to warn the o33ther spouse of the different things that are coming in between them. The spouse that is recieving the warning may not be as willing to listen because ministry busyness has him/her so distracted. And yes, as we stated last week, the enemy can use a good thing to disquise it as a God thing to break up the marital relationship. There is nothing wrong with doing ministry, but we have to make sure that we balance it with our marital relationship.

Brothas and Sistas, please listen to this testimony of Pastor Zachary and Riva Tims that was featured on last Thursday's appetizer.

http://youtu.be/EVFiCLgXKCY


This testimony brings it right home to many of us as married couples. For example, as you can see this phenomenal couple started getting more involved in the ministry and Satan distracted them from one another with busyness. Pastor Tims could not see what his wife was saying and it took him right back into the lifestyle that he had been delivered from. This can happen to any one of us if we are not careful to heed the warnings that the Lord sends our way.


Brothas and Sistas, here are some things to think about when doing ministry.


1. Is your time together dwindling? If your time together is becoming shorter, you may want to cut back on ministry work. Be sure to pay special attention to the amount of time that you and your spouse spend together while being involved in ministry.


2. Has ministry become overwhelmimg to you? You may need to step back from the ministry for a season. Take some time to get yourselves together, allow yourselves to be poured into, and then come back into it. Don't allow others to convince you that you have to keep pushing yourselves for the sake of ministry.


3. Is there sin present that is affecting your marriage? If the answer is yes, it needs to be dealt with. Please take the time to do so.

4. Is your spouse consistently addressing an issue that keeps interfering with your marital relationship? You may need to listen or step away from the ministry to take care of it. Once you give yourselves a time frame to deal with the issue, stick to it so that both parties will have the time needed to work through the problem.


5. Do you and your spouse have proper accountability? Someone has to hold you both accountable, so that they can lovingly point out those areas in your life that are taking you away from the Lord's will and your marriage.


Brothas and Sistas, we have to always remember to never let ministry trump our marriages, because our marriages should always, always trump ministry. Take care until next week.


Minister Antonio and Sista Michelle Washington


Tea-Time with Tabby

“A Brew of I am Enough”


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak5WTb-mgeA


Colossians 2:2 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete

 understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,


John 15:11 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.


John 17:23 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.


Acts 3:16 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.


Acts 20:24 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.


Colossians 2:2 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,


Good Morning Brothers and Sister’s in Christ,


I hope that you have awoken today knowing the truth of Christ and that your identity is complete and whole in Christ. May we Pray? Lord, please use me to share your truth today in sharing that we can find completeness and wholeness if we choose to center ourselves, our lives, our mind and spirit on you and your truths. Amen.


Brothers and Sisters, this is a hard topic for many of us to see ourselves as complete, as worthy, as enough. Recently while skimming through Facebook I saw a ring for sale, and it had these simple words on it “I am enough”. I scrolled on through, but it kept coming back to me, outside of social media breaks, and I began to ponder on that thought.

As I pondered, I began to ask myself what does it mean to me say that I am enough? Does it mean that I have accomplished all my goals, I have enough money in the bank to live comfortably, I have the perfect job, family, friend’s life? The more I looked at this from that perspective the less I felt like I was enough for anyone or anything.

Those old tapes started reminding in my head you aren’t worthy, you don’t do anything right, you don’t deserve to be loved, cherished, honored, respected, or even liked.


Now these old tapes didn’t get planted in my spirit overnight or simply by some few bad choices or messed up relationships. This was false truth that was planted over years and decades. It was a lie that I had eventually accepted to be about myself. Sadly, it’s a lie that still at times my spirit will cling to and believe and wallow in. Do you ever feel this way or have any of these images, or tapes rolling around in your spirit and mind? If you do, I completely understand how completely defeating these can be, especially when we allow ourselves to start accepting them and living out our lives as if that is all we are and all we deserve.


This past weekend I was out with a long-time friend who is an amazing Christian woman who has seen me at my best and at my worst. She has held my hand as I have cried, and has rebuked in Christ’s love, when I needed that too. A true friend.


As I was sharing this story with her and showing her my new ring, I had gotten myself, she looked at me and said I understand why you feel that way. Then she said that I needed to listen carefully to her, and she told me that I am enough, I am worthy of all the good things God has planned for me and has prepared to bless me with. My friend went onto say that if I continue to daily chose to trust in Christ and rest my hope and life in Him, I will eventually not need a symbolic reminder that I am enough.


My friend reminded me that for the past 10 years I have been living a lie, living in a relationship that intended to control me, and oppress me, and keep me from seeing who I am in Christ. Now this is not placing all the blame on my oppressor, I am an adult and responsible for my own choices. I believed the lies and believed that God didn’t want me to leave the relationship. I allowed my past failures, and past false beliefs about who God was and who I was in his eyes to keep me stuck in the cycle of abuse and despair. As my friend and I wound up this time and part of conversation she blessed me with sweetest comment, she said you glow, I can see Christ being revealed through you for the first time in a long time.

Brothers and Sisters the reality here is that once we have given our lives over to Christ, we must begin the work of cleaning out all those hidden places where the evil one stores up all our hurts, doubts, fears, failures, mistakes, sinful nature, sins of our past. Christ washed all that away when we asked Him to be the King of our Salvation.

I have an image that I use often to remind myself when I find myself going back to listening and believing those old tapes. I hope this image helps you have a good visual way of reminding yourself that you don’t have live in that dark place and you change the tapes in your spirit and be renewed.

“It’s early morning, and I have spent the night packing up all the garbage in my life, I have labeled every bag, abuse, molestation, rape, lies, adultery, failed marriages, bad child, stupid, ugly, fat, worthless, helpless, useless, etc.… There are so many bags of trash that need to be taken out. I hear the trash truck getting close to the house, so I hurry to get all the bags out to trash truck. I get there just in time. I look up and Jesus on the back of the truck. He says to me Tabby I am so glad that you finally are unloading all this. I begin to start lifting the bags into the trash truck, I finally get them all in and Christ looks at me says be well, you are redeemed. Then as He starts to pull away, I suddenly start running after all my garbage and try to get it back. Christ says to me please don’t take it back its no longer who you are and truly you never were any of these in my eyes. In that moment I have a decision to make, Trust the Lord of my Life, my Savior or the liar that is urging me to return to trash heap.

Brothers and Sisters, I wish I could sit her today and say that each time I encounter this situation in my life I choose Christ, but the truth is I don’t. I can say that the longer I am out of the abusive relationship the stronger I get in His Truth. By choosing to build the foundation of my new life on the Solid Rock of Christ and the shifting sands of other opinions and thoughts of who I am I choosing to let the garbage stay in the trash truck more often.

My encouragement to each of you is to examine where you are getting the beliefs about your own worth from, are they from this world or are they from our Creator. Take the time compare the things are believing to be true about yourself against what Christ says in His word about who you are. Take 1 of those truths and focus on it and pray on it till it seeps into your soul and takes deep roots. Then continue this path till you have taken all the garbage out as well.


Praying that begin to find your True Value and Worth in Christ Jesus today and tomorrow and every day!!


Till next week,

Love,

Tabby

Past Baggage


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"Brethren I count not myself to have apprehended : but this one thing I do , forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those thing which are before. I press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling which is in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14


Brothas and Sistas , how many of us are guilty of carrying our past baggage around with us like it is a limb, never releasing it so the load of carrying the baggage becomes lighter. The truth is we are so conditioned to carrying it that we are comfortable with it. Brothas and Sistas, let me share a story with you about a man that carried his burdens around because he became so comfortable with them.


Likely no one reading this has ever heard of Reuben Johnson. This man was a notorious criminal in his area of the United States just before the beginning of the 20 century. He had been in the State Penitentiary for nearly 20 years when the commissioners of the penitentiary asked the Governor to pardon 5 men for good behavior.


The governor agreed, but with a special provision. There was to be a 6 month testing period in which none of the 1100 prisoners was to know of this and the 5 with the best records were to be pardoned and released during a visit by the President of the United States. At the end of the 6 months, the President and Governor along with many dignitaries came to the penitentiary for the pardoning, which until that time, none of the prisoners knew about! The president began to tell the story of the testing period and their plan to release the 5 men. However, before he could tell the story, he had to release the tremendous tension in the room by giving out the names of the 5 men to be pardoned.


The first name on the list was Reuben Johnson! His name was called 3 times, but there was no answer! The governor recognized him and asked him why he did not come to receive his pardon. He simply looked behind and around him, thinking it must be another Reuben Johnson! It took 3 times before the truth of his pardon became a reality in his mind! He went to receive his pardon, then sat down and cried!


But this is not the end of the story, Sistas. When the great meeting was over and the other 4 men had received their pardons and had left as free men, Reuben Johnson, by force of habit, got in line with the rest of the prisoners to return to his cell! He had to be reminded that he was free to go! Finally, the truth sank in and he left the penitentiary after almost 20 years, now a free man!


Brothas and Sistas, how much is this like the baggage of our past that we continue carrying around with us many years later?


"Brethren I count not myself to have apprehended : but this one thing I do , forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those thing which are before. I press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling which is in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14


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Love,



Josette  

Learning to Let Go

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"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


Life's lessons are so hard to learn at times. There are times when I would rather hit the reset button in order to avoid one of God's teachable moments. I do this especially when I know the end result can be painful. And I bet you do to.


One of those lessons just happen to deal with letting go of those whom we love. Brothas and Sistas, I know you must struggle with this too. There are some people that we love and admire so dearly that we are willing to disobey the promptings f the Holy Spirit in order to keep them close to us when He has clearly told us that keeping the relationship is more harmful than letting go.


Brothas and Sistas, we must learn to let go of people not only for our good but for their good as well. Believe it or not holding on is a form of idolatry. Anything or anyone that we cling to over doing God's will we unknowingly put in His place. His will should always be at the core of our Christian walk. It so easy to place people on the throne and develop unhealthy codependent alliances of which we can find ourselves compromising the very convictions that we are supposed to hold high.


Here is the question I pose to you.... How much of God's will are you willing to compromise at the expense of receiving His best because you are holding on to a relationship that He has clearly told you to let go of? Brothas and Sistas, learn to let go. Letting go not only brings you new found freedom but it frees the one that you are trying to hold on to. Amen.


Blessings,


Denise


Prayer of Faith


Thank you Lord for teaching us life's lessons. Help us to let go when we try so desperately to hold on to those you have told us to let go of. May we trust you more than we trust our emotions. We desire to have you and not people on the throne. In Jesus nae we pray. Amen. 

I Choose to Worship


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Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


What does the word worship mean to you? The word Latreia is a Greek theological term which means adoration, a reverence directed only to the Holy Trinity. Latria carries an emphasis on the internal form of worship, rather than external ceremonies. Proskuneo means to do reverence to (pros-koo-neh-o’) to drop to the ground; to prostrate; to do homage towards.

Worship means to bow down, prostrate oneself


One might ask , “Well what is true worship?” Well worship is not the slow songs that we sing. It’s not the amount you place in the offering basket and It’s not volunteering in the church. Eventhough these are acts or expressions of worship but it does not define what true worship really is.


True worship is defined by the priority we place on who God is in our lives and where God is on our list of priorities. True worship is a matter of the heart expressed through a lifestyle of holiness.Webster defines worship as to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission. Psalm 96:5-6


Let's look at Daniel 3:16 -18


"Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, "King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty's hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."


Daniel chose to worship the only, one true and living God rather than succomb to idol worship!


In the world today we see more and more people walking away from the things of God. We don’t want to come to church. We don’t talk about the goodness of God but most of all. We don’t want to worship Him. Perhaps maybe some don’t know what worship means.


Worship is an active response to the character, the words and actions of God which are initiated by His revelation and enabled buy His redemption. Worship requires 3 things that I believe are in accordance with His will. There may be others but for now these three come to mind.


1. Belief - the mind is transformed- vs. 16 – “We do not need to defend ourselves to you.” Because they chose to worship the true and living God, their minds were already made up. There was no doubt or second guessing or anything contrary to what they believed. They were operating in faith.


2.Trust - The heart is renewed – vs. 17 “If you throw us into the blazing furnace, the God we serve or worship is able to save us from the furnace. He will save us from your power O King.” v. 22


How many of you know that when you choose to worship the true God that He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ask or think. Ephesians 3:20 By faith God covered the boys before they were thrown into the furnace. How is it that the soldiers were killed the moment they threw them in and yet the boys were still untouched by the flames? Trust says my heart is renewed day by day by what God is able to do in my life.


3.Obedience – actions surrendered. In other words I surrender myself of obedience that I will not act a fool but instead be still and know that He is. Vs 18 “but even if God does not save us. We want you, O King to know this, We will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” You see when you choose to worship the true and living God your obedience to God will allow you not to waiver or become fearful but know that His word will never come back void. He said for those that choose to worship God that “He will never leave nor forsake you!.” Hebrews 13:5


Do you know there is healing in the midst of worship that whatever you are going through He is in the midst but you and I must choose to worship. I dare you right now, right here, no matter what it is, I dare you to begin to worship Him. I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1


“I will lift up mine eyes to the hill from whence comes my health. My help cometh from the Lord." Psalm 121:1


Brothas and Sistas, our prayer should be “I’m going to lift myself out of that despair, I’m not going to lay here and die, I need you Lord. I’m seeking you O God. No matter how wounded you are or how broken you may be right now, make it known that “I Choose to Worship!”


Come here Job, you lost your livestock, you lost your family and yet you chose to worship God for you said “For God I live, for god I die.” So Job chose to worship rather than sulk in despair.


Come here Joseph, didn’t do anything but tell a dream and became hated upon, accused, jailed yet in all that he went through he chose to worship. What am I saying, “No matter what goes on around here I’m choosing to worship!!!”


In worship, there is healing!

In worship, there is power!

In worship, there is deliverance!


"Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the one worshiped!" Jack Hayford


God Bless,


Minister Antonio Washington


Prayer of Faith


Father, no matter what we go through we wan to worship you. In good time and in bad times we want to worship. We choose not to put any other gods before you We know that you are the only true and living God. Help us to live wholeheartedly for you daily. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Are You and Your Boo Girded Up


Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." Ecclesiastes 4:9-12


Good morning to our magnificent brothas and Sistas,


My husband and I will be starting a new series entitled, "Brothas and Sistas, Are You Girded Up?" This new series will consist of stratedgies to arm your marriage with spiritual tools needed to protect your mind and marriage against the fiery darts of the enemy. We are praying that you will be blessed with all that God has to say to you regarding your marriages. Amen.


Brothas and Sistas, since the beginning of time the enemy has used subtile ways to come up against our marriages. And why not? Anything that represents that which binds us together in unity and was originated in the spirit of our triune God, Satan will try to diminsh. Ecclesiates 4:9-12 says, "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." He knows that there is supernatural power waiting to unveil itself and take on our most treacherous foe, him, whenever we ban together as one lethal force.


Come on now, let's take some time and think back to all that was going in the garden of Eden. You know the story. Notice how the enemy went to Eve in a subtile, cunning way and whispered lies in her ears. "He said to the woman,"Did God REALLY say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden." In other words Satan said, "Sista Eve, was that actual truth or fact what He, the Godhead of the spirit of TRUTH just spoke to you? Did He, The Omniscent One, genuinely mean that which He proclaimed? Was it a pertinent fact that He (Jehovah) definitively said what He declared?) John 8:44 b says, "He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies." His number one goal is always to distract us from His truth. Many times within our marriages there are things that enter into our relationship that are an assignment straight from the pit to take us away from reality that is written in the word and bids us to fall into deception while following after his false reality.


With deception comes shame. You ever notice that whenever the enemy tells us something there is an unwillingness for us to admit the truth about it because whenever shame comes into the picture pride will always show up on the scene not too long after. And notice pride is what got Satan evicted from 1102 Heaven's Chapel Lane. Sistas, that just simply means that as much as it is within us to fight, we have to fight just as hard to evict that freeloader from our homes. Matthew 11:12 says, "From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, or been forcibly advancing it."


"You are my war club, my weapon for battle--with you I shatter nations, with you I destroy kingdoms," Jeremiah 51:20


Satan attacks our most vital relationships with suggestion. He knows that if there is one thing that will get our focus off of the Kingdom agenda it is a breakdown in our closest associations. If we choose to remember nothing else; we have to remember that one chief area that is an area of warfare these days is the area of relationships." President and Founder, Mupudzi, for Wisdom Unlimited International speaks on warfare in relationships and quotes the following: "Whilst at it, the highest level of Spiritual Warfare is when the human mind receives UNGODLY counsel. We saw our Lord and King rebuking Peter after Peter had suggested that he would fight to keep Jesus out of harm’s way. Jesus did rebuke him because He knew part of His call and mandate was to bring us back to the Father through the complete work of the cross. So there was no other way or option. So Peter’s suggestion to the average Joe would be impressive but it was to take Jesus out of his calling or purpose. That’s first class warfare right there!!!!


The quote ends with, "May I challenge you today, who is suggesting things to you??? Is it the spirit of fear ( telling you don’t want to do it because of what they will say), is it the spirit of pride or its ungodly friends or ungodly advice from Christians or people so close to us. Adam heard from GOD clearly but he ate the fruit. Why??? This is because the woman next to him ate and by so doing he decided to partake. All this action had massive spiritual consequences. Don’t be fooled, anytime you engage in an activity that GOD has told you to steer clear of or anytime you don’t do what GOD told you to do, you are guaranteed there are spiritual implications awaiting you. Also each time you do what GOD told you to do, there are spiritual laws at play that will work in favour of you. Choice is entirely up to you."


For example, after the Apostle Paul had laid out all of the various relationships to which God calls His people, including marriage and family (Eph. 4:1-6:9), he pointed us to the ultimate undermining force behind all of the conflicts we encounter in these relationships:


Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly realms (Eph. 6:10-12).


At the heart, spiritual warfare is a battle for our minds (2 Cor. 10:3–5; 11:3). As Paul rightly states, our struggle is not against flesh and blood, not against our marriage partners, but against Satan and his demonic forces (Eph. 6:12). For this reason believers ought to saturate their minds with scriptural teaching regarding their new position in Christ. You see, there is an invisible warfare going on all the time. And if the Enemy's assaults are successful, then our marriages will not reflect the image of God, reproduce a godly heritage, nor reign with God in His kingdom enterprise.


Brothas and Sistas, our war is not with our spouses it is with the spiritual forces fighting against God and His people in the invisible sphere of spiritual realities. The enemy of our souls launches his total arsenal against our marriages in order to divide and conquer, seeking to prove to the onlooking world that God is a phony and that His program of love and grace is really a sham and will ultimately end in complete ruin. But although he may have the latest word in this warfare. Always remember that he is already a defeated foe. We are victorious in Him. We always win in the end and he loses not sometimes but everytime. We must consistently remind ourselves through consistent meditation on scripture, God alone will have the last word! Over the next few weeks we will share testimony and give points concerning waging war against spiritual warfare within the marriage.


Here are some other scriptures that you and your spouse can meditate on:


"I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Matthew 16:19


"In fact, no one can enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house." Mark 3:27


"For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." Mark 11:23, 24


A Brew of Faith and Blind Hope


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Job 6:8 (NIV) 8 “Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,"

Psalm 9:18 (NIV) "But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted(B) will never perish."


Psalm 25:5 (NIV) "Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."


Matthew 12:21(NIV) "In his name the nations will put their hope.”


1 Corinthians 13:7-13 (NIV) "It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."


Good Morning Brothers and Sisters in Christ!!


I pray that you each awoke with the hope and truth that we do have a reason to have hope, in our Savior Jesus Christ. Lets Grab our Tea Cups and head over to the Grand Brew Masters table and receive what He has brewed for us today.


Hope and Blind Faith are words that the worldly use to describe our Faith in Christ. I'm not sure about you and your circle of friends, family, and co-workers but this lie is perpetrated continually in the media and, in some of my circles of my life. How do we respond to such word?. Have you heard, "Why would you have Faith in a God that allows the world to be this messed up?" How do you have Faith in a God you can't see? Have you heard statements like, "If your God is so faithful then why do you face adversity?" This list of slanderous statements and misconceptions about our God continue on and on by those who don't know Him.


How do we respond as Christians? What Brews do you turn to when faced with this kind of angry mob in your world? How would Jesus ask us to respond? How do you rectify all this in your own soul, heart and mind. I won't be deceptive here these are tough questions, yet they are foundational to our faith, our hope in Christ and our influence on those outside of our faith.


I don't know about you but I have always had what many call it Blind Faith, yet for me it's not. I can look back over my life and see His hand in every circumstance. This is not just the pleasant memories or the joyous occasions. I can see His hand in some of the worst circumstances I have ever walked, crawled, cried and suffered through.


Recently in a small group study the discussion was around such matters. The Pastor teaching was Matt Chandler from Dallas Texas. He asked a very probing question about adversity that left me filled with questions and wonder. He asked have we ever considered the adversities in our lives, the trials the tribulations, as God's way of growing us? Growing our faith, growing our dependence on Him, and growing our thirst for more of His Brews of Love, Grace, Hope and Joy.


Take a minute and really consider this, "Could our loving Father and Savior allow some hopeless, even tragic times in our lives to help us grow deeper in our faith? To grow deeper in our need to for Him. Deeper still in the hope of our salvation? As I am sure, you can imagine this thought this concept stirred a lot of great discussion and even some debating.


Please understand that Matt Chandler isn't saying that we serve a egomaniac for a God, he is saying that in this life and in this world we will have adversity and trials as it's a fallen world we live in. Throughout biblical times God allowed our pride, our arrogance, our flat out disobedience to land us in places like slavery for hundreds of years and a flood that wiped out the world. Persecution for those who openly worshiped, taught and preached His good word. Paul I believe said it best, "Philippians 1:21New International Version (NIV)21 For to me, to live is Christ(A) and to die is gain.

Brothers and Sisters, what we must come to understand is that if we aren't being challenged in our faith, in our walk, in our hope it will be much easier for the world to gain influence over our lives. It will be much easier for the world to influence our actions, our Hope, our Truth, and ultimately our belief in Christ and the Grace and love of the Cross itself.

How do we go about not allowing the world to dictate what and where our Hope and Faith come from ? How do we ensure that the influence of non believes and their false belief that our faith is blind and without reason for hope? How do we choose to face the trials of life with Paul's attitude, that to live or die for Christ, figuratively or physically is better than not ever knowing our Lord Jesus Christ?


Here are a few ways that I remind myself:


1. When I see and feel myself entering into one of these seasons, I begin journaling. It is for me the best tool to be able to look back in and through the difficult season to see God's hand in it and throughout it as He will never leave or forsake me or you.


2. Find a prayer partner someone that you trust implicitly and have scheduled time for daily prayer the more we place our hope and faith in Him the more visible His love becomes.


3. Read the Psalms for me there is no place to start to be reminded that God loves us and will not forsake us.


4. Read the books of the bible that Paul penned. He is probably my favorite New Testament bible hero.


5. Remember to put on your Armor of God Daily. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

I pray that till we meet again that we will each choose to remember that adversity can be a lifeline to a great fuller and more intimate relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ.


Love,


Tabby 

Come Out From Among Them


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"And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye, separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and you shall be My son's and daughters, saith the Lord God Almighty." II Corinthians 6:16-18


Good morning Friends,


The church is the temple of the living God, therefore we as believers are not known as a building but as those whom the Spirit of God lives in. The church is not where we as believers go, it's who we are. That means God is always with us. What a sobering yet comforting thought. Hmmm. How does your behavior reflect the God you represent??

Separation from the world means more than keeping our distance from sinful practices. We definitely have to stay close to God, how do we spend our time and money. God understands that we can't totally separate ourselves from all sinful influences. But as Christian believers we should resist the sin around us, without giving up, or giving into them. When you understand what God wants you to do, you can make a clear and clean break away from sinful practices. Come out from among them. Something to think about!!!


Prayer of Faith


Dear Lord,


We thank you for separating us from the world through renewing our minds with your word. As we spend time with you, may we reflect the God we represent through our behavior. Help us to walk in holiness and live by your standards so that the world may know we serve a true and living God. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

Are You Prepared for Christ Return?

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"And he said to me, do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. He who is Unjust, let him be unjust still, he who is Filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is Righteous, let him be righteous still; and he who is Holy, let him be holy still. And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last." Revelation 22:10-12 (NKJV)


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


We prepare for many things such as entertaining engagements, kids for college, weddings, etc., but are we preparing for Christ's return? Revelation 22:10-12 gives (4) states of people. Which state are you?.....Unjust, Filthy, Righteous or Holy? Don't be stuck in a state wherein there is no change and you are left behind!


Ask yourself these questions:


(1) What did you do with God's Son? Did you accept Him as your Savior, Lord and& Kng or did you reject Him?


If you accepted Christ, God's Only Son.....................................


(2) Did you seek Him, the gift Giver, to know the gift He gave?


(3) Are you using His gift for the church, in which it was given?

Only you can answer!

Jesus said, "And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work."


"Christ's Return is Imminent! Prepare yourself! Prepare for His return!

(Spiritual Gifts Scriptures: Psalm 68:18; Acts 2:4, 33; 10:44-46;11:17; Rom 12:3-8; 1 Corinth 12; 13:2; 14)


“When He returns is not as important as the fact that we are ready for Him when He does return.” - A.W. Tozer, Preparing for Jesus' Return: Daily Live the Blessed Hope


Blessings,

Claudia Wright

Prayer of Faith


Dear Lord,


We anxiously await your return. Help us to get our houses in order. May we give ourselves over to you so that we may be assured eternal life and peace. We thank you for all that you have dnoe for us. You are so wonderful. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.


So What Are You Doing to Stop the Enemy's Chatter in the Midst of Suffering


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"So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective." Colossians 3:2


Good Morning Brothas and Sistas,


Brothas and Sistas, my 12 year old daughter can be a certified whip at times. It is hard to keep that child from talking so much. Just when I think she's about to shut up, here comes that mouth just a flappin' again. The funny thing is I never knew girls could talk so darn much. Before she came I was more experienced with two less than social boys and two other children that are non verbal. I mean there are times when I am cooking dinner and because of her constant chatter I find it hard to recollect whether or not I have left out an ingredient. We have deemed her the official chatter box of the family. We love her to pieces but we know it's easy to misplace our focus when she's on a roll. That kinda reminds me of how often we misplace our focus when we allow ourselves to get caught up in the constant chatter of life which is defined as busyness.


Satan also uses this same chatter to get our focus off of those things that God is calling us to. He knows that if He keeps us distracted long enough we will miss out on the main ingredients involved in the Master's cuisine for our lives. Brothas and Sistas, what are you doing to remain stable in the midst of the enemy's and world's constant chatter? "We must focus our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith." Heb. 12:2


"Make sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ, and seek to follow Him every day. Don't be swayed by the false values and goals of this world, but put Christ and His will first in everything you do." Billy Graham


Prayer Time


Dear Lord,


We thank you for helping us recognize the enemy's constant chatter. Help us to remain focused so that we don't get distracted from our destiny. May we keep our minds stayed on you so that we will remain in perfect peace. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Are We Responding to Our Marriage God's Way or Our Way?


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http://youtu.be/YOKq1VmEbtc Old Skool


“Marriage is a total commitment and a total sharing of the total person with another person until death.” ~ Wayne Mack


Malachi 2:14,15 "But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant."


Good morning to you both,


Brothas and Sistas, as we seek to understand the marital vows let's look at the vows concerning "for better or for worse". Brothas and Sistas, what does for better or for worse mean to you. “For better or for worse” is a commitment by the marriage partners to rise-up together against those things that would threaten the marriage covenant relationship such as attraction for/from someone of the opposite sex towards a marriage partner, dealing with rebellious children, blended family conflict, etc.,


Believe it or not, there are some things that we just need to have enough spiritual gumption or perseverance to work through. Brothas and Sistas, it is never an option to bail out at the first sign of trouble or conflict. The Christian life calls us to a life of perseverance and commitment. We must learn the importance of prayer and trusting God when it comes to conflict in our marriages.


The Bible presents marriage as a divine institution. If marriage were of human origin, then human beings would have a right to decide the kind of marital relationships to choose. Marriage, however, began with God. It was established by God at the beginning of human history when He "created the heavens and the earth" (Gen 1:1). As the Creator of marriage, God has the right to tell us which principles should govern our marital relationships.

Commitment is a mindset, an attitude and a way of thinking that will enable you and your spouse to navigate through the still waters and the storms of a marriage relationship. Charles Swindoll (Strike the Original Match) compares working on marriage to remodeling a house:


It takes longer than you planned

It costs more than you figured

It is messier than you anticipated

It requires greater determination than you expected

Sometimes the only thing that keeps us going is hope!


Now Brothas and Sistas, there may be some of you asking the question: What if I am involved in an abusive marriage or a marriage where my spouse continues to commit adultery? Brothas and Sistas, let's make it clear it is never healthy to remain in a relationship with someone that is consistently abusive or commits adultery without genuine repentance. We are not giving you advice to divorce your spouse if this is occurring in your relationship because that is a decision that has to be Spirit led and it is your decision to make.


On the other hand, we have witnessed spouses being told that

they are bound by their marital vows to stay in a marriage even when they have been victims of domestic violence and adultery. They have been made to feel guilty by being consistently reminded that they are called by God to forgive and love unconditionally regardless of how many times their spouse breaks the marital vows.


Brothas and Sistas, does “for better or for worse” mean that you are married for life — regardless of the violations committed against you in the marriage? The answer is No! Nor has it ever meant that. As we have said before, in counseling sessions some spouses have been told that they are called by God to maintain a relationship with someone even when he or she is repeatedly destructive toward them. In other words, "For better or worse."


But is that counsel truly biblical? Are we ever permitted to end a relationship or distance ourselves from someone because of their unchanged sinful behavior? God's love for humankind is unconditional but he does not offer anyone unconditional relationship. He tells us that our sin separates us from him and that without repentance we have no fellowship with him (1 John 1:6). Our sin does not separate us from God’s love (Romans 5:8) but it does separate us from his presence (Isaiah 59:1-2). Jesus distanced himself from certain religious leaders because he didn’t trust them. He knew what was in their heart (John 2:24). Throughout much of the Old Testament, God withdraws his presence from his people because of unrepentant sin. God calls people to a covenant relationship that is like a marriage. He not only wants us to enjoy his love, he wants us to love him back (Deuteronomy 6:5). He not only promises us his faithfulness, he requires that we be faithful in return (Deuteronomy 4:23-24). The book of Hosea is a picture of God’s love for his unfaithful spouse (Israel). He longs for her, but his relationship with her will remain broken until she is willing to change. http://www.leslievernick.com/pdfs/IS-Marriage-SUPPOSED-to-be-for-Better-or-for-Worse-FR.pdf


In this sinful world there is no perfect person and in every relationship there is some brokenness and suffering. That’s why Jesus tells us that when someone sins against us, we are to go and talk to that person so that we can be reconciled. However, he also adds, if they refuse to hear you after you have repeatedly tried to get them to listen, "treat them as you would a pagan and a tax collector" (Matthew 18:15-17). Jesus says, if there is no repentance, the relationship you once had changes. Pagans and tax collectors were not trusted, nor were they friends, although a good Jew would help a pagan or tax collector who was in need, fulfilling the biblical mandate to love one’s enemy. http://www.leslievernick.com/pdfs/IS-Marriage-SUPPOSED-to-be-for-Better-or-for-Worse-FR.pdf


In conclusion, when dealing with the marital vows, "For better or for worse" let's ask ourselves, "Am I responding to these vows God's way or my way?" Brothas, and Sistas, in order for us to have successful marriages we must respond to these vows in a godly way even when conflict arises. Until next time. Take care.


Minister Antonio and Sista Michelle Washington 

Let's Pray


Dear Lord,


We praise your great name for the spouses that you have blessed us with. We realize that you have joined us together and for this we are so grateful. Please continue to bless our marriages. Help us to honor you by continuing to love the ones that we are with. May we always honor the marital vows that we made toward our spouses. We pray all these things in your praiseworthy name, Jesus. Amen.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA1GSIHUEiM&feature=share&list=PL70F1D845BB3D2A21 Marriage Today


http://youtu.be/qmrrh1kTYvg Dinner Theater Presentation


Tea Time With Tabby

“A Brew of how to Forgive what can’t be forgotten.”


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Matthew 26:28- 28 This is my blood of the[a] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.


Acts 26:18 18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’


2 Corinthians 2:5 Forgiveness for the Offender- 5 If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely.

Luke 6:37 Judging Others- “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Matthew 6:15

But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Luke 5:23- 24 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So, he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”

Good Morning Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I pray that are all well this day and that your families are safe and healthy. May we pray? Lord, I pray that you will reveal what you have on your heart today for us with this Brew. Its certainly not a brew that I have mastered. Lord take over and share your revelations here today, Thanks be to God. Amen


I thought that since we are in Easter Season and for some who celebrate the Season of Lent that this Brew was timely. Yet is not only timely for those reasons as I just began reading a book call “Forgiving what you cannot forget” by Lysa TerKeurst. A friend suggested the book as we will be doing bible study by this author that is tied to this book. Its always amazing to me how God will put such opportunities into play when I am struggling with specific area of my faith. He drops hints, puts up signs, and provides multiple opportunities for me to practice what I am supposed to do as Christian woman. I find this irritating at times as I am not always ready to practice what I know I need to improve upon. Yet when I finally stop being my bullheaded self and submit to my Lord and God, I find that I am forever changed and grateful.

As some of you know I am going through an exceedingly difficult end to a 10yr marriage. Honestly one that I should have left many years ago but did not believing then that I was doing what God wanted. However, thanks to God’s persistent pursuit of my heart and what He wants for me I finally made the decision to leave the abusive relationship.

So how does forgiveness work when we have been so violated, and lost everything, to include our self-worth, our home, our independence, our financial security, our heart etc.…

To be perfectly honest I am still trying to figure this out. What I can share is that several of the things that I felt that I had lost in aftermath of this devasting circumstance, were not lost to me at all. They were simply buried under the rubble of emotions, pain, and oceans of tears and fears.

I found that I can choose what was utterly lost, and what I am willing let go of, and what I am willing hold onto. I am learning that if I allow the offender to have the power over my emotions, my memories, myself worth, then I am still in that abusive relationship. This is simply not where I desire to be anymore. It is certainly not where God desires for me to remain either.

As I am reading this book and I am not even ¼ way through it I am seeing tools that God has in His Word to help me navigate this category 10 storm that I am in. I am learning that I do not have to do it alone, and that yes there will be casualties to the storm, friends lost, homes lost, finances lost, but those things do not have to define who I am, who I was or who I will become.

There is an exercise that a therapist has Lysa do to work on forgiving the things she simply cannot forget. It really is a 2-part process. You must first forgive the deed, the specific offense. Then you will need time to forgive the emotional storms that come and go often from the smallest triggers.

We must also understand right up front that when we say forgive that is not saying the behavior or incident did not happen, that it was not wrong, that it does not and should not have consequences. What we are saying is that we are no longer going to allow the offender to have the power over our lives. That we are going to trust in God’s Sovereign Word and His Sovereign Justice, as He is the only Rightful Judge.

The exercise that her counselor taught her with much resistance she explains was to simply take some index cards and carefully write out on every specific offense. Then she laid them out on the floor and took red felt to represent the blood of Christ and said a simple prayer over each. As she would approach each index card she says _______is forgiven for ______. Then lay the red felt across it. Then she would say God I trust you and your grace to help me deal with emotions that this ________ still stirs in my soul. That the Blood of Christ can cover this offense as well.

Now Lysa was truly clear that this was not a once and done scenario, that as she walked through the healing, she often had to remind herself she had forgiven ____________. Then as new triggers or emotions rose in and through this season she would once again turn to God and those index cards and practice this process.

The other most valuable piece of insight that I got from this is that there is timeline, no deadline where we should be like ok your emotions have had time to be healed. Emotional scars take much longer to heal. Yet we must be responsible for how we choose to manage them. If we are not choosing to manage them then the offender still has all the power over, you and me. None of us will get it right every time. We will all be triggered and lose the battle, but we must focus on the victories not the imperfectness. The enemy of our souls would much rather us sit in our anger, depression, anxiety, lack of self-worth. He would rather us to be sipping and seething on Brew of Bitterness.

We must remember that no other person on this earth has the right or privilege to determine our self-worth, or to control our emotions and how we choose to process them. Only Christ can determine our worth and He has already determined we are worthy. He went to the cross and innocent perfect man to die for our sins. So, let us not de-value His sacrifice by not following his example of forgiveness.

I pray that you will each find value in this brew and that God will lead you on the journey of forgiveness so that you too can find peace and redemption.


Love, Tabby


Hold On Your Season Is Coming

"And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint." Galatians 6:9


Good Morning Brothas and Sistas,


In the word of God we are given so many clues of what is to come. The bible says " Let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly" Paul warns us because he doesn't want us to be suprised when we begin to feel this way.


Brothas and Sistas, ministry is hard work. There is no other way to say it. I can't and will not sugar coat it and neither did Paul. There will be times in our walk with the Lord that we will want to give up and throw in the towel. We will become frustrated and disappointed and feel as though our work is in vain.


But wait a minute, the scripture doesn't just tell us not to get weary it goes on to tell us the benefits of holding on....


"for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint."


Brothas and Sistas , "We Shall Reap" if we don't give up!!! What an encouragement. Don't give up because in the Appointed Season "You Shall Reap" Hold on, Press on and most of all stay before Gods throne because your Season to Reap is coming!!!


Be Blessed,


Gina M


Prayer Time


Father God, we thank you for your word which is truly a lamp unto our feet. God, we thank you for loving us so much that you would allow us to reap. We thank you for the encouragement that you continually express in your word to your people. In Jesus Name I Pray. Amen.

Building Up One Another with An End In Mind


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"From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." Ephesians 4:16


Good morning my precious Brothas and Sistas,


In my study time this morning I found that nearly every building that is custom designed and constructed, often requires a long time to complete. There are so many intricate details that are not only involved in the planning process but there are intricate details involved in watching the actual building take form. It is an often slow and tedious process. Often in ministry we get so frustrated when we tend to concentrate too much on where we perceive our Brothas and Sistas to be. The difference between us and Jesus is that he always focused on what and where His followers would one day be. That's why He changed Abrams name to Abraham, Sari's name to Sarah, Saul's name to Paul, Jacob's name to Israel, and Simon's name to Peter. Jesus saw and still sees amazing potential in all of His followers. If Jesus just concentrated on where they were or what they were when He found them he would have never spoken possibility into them.


My husband is an amazing encourager within the body and he often speaks possibility into the people that are around him. He will lovingly takes people who are at their lowest point in life and begins to pour positive into them. He is so extremely patient with people. I can remember when our kids where younger he would sit them and their friends on the living room chair and pour God's words into them and tell them about the amazing potential that they have in them. Many of them looked like they were going to pass out or kill over because he would have them sitting there for at least 2 hours at the least. Brothas and Sistas, you know how preachers are, they love to talk.


Many of those teenagers would often take part in our family vacations and God would give him opportunities to pour into them some more. After years of him ministering to them, many of those teenagers are beginning to do some positive things with their lives. They still deeply respect my husband today because of all that he did for them when they were younger. They always make it a point when they stop by and he asks them how they are doing, where they are with their future goals and their current accomplishments.


You see, when he first started pouring into them many of them did not know what they wanted to do or be beyond what they had been doing which was stealing, going to jail, cussing, getting high etc., I believe that those words that my husband spoke into them are bringing forth seeds of greatness as we speak. My husband has done the exact same thing with me.


Last weekend I heard a story about Pastor Ron Barnett of the Dream Center in Los Angeles and how he often meets drug dealers, prostitutes, people in prison etc., and he often speaks words of life into them by telling them that they will one day be one of his deacons, worship leaders, ushers, or youth pastors even before he actually gets to know them. Do you not know that very often those people that he speaks life into become the very things that he has spoken into them? That pastor does not call them what they are but by faith he calls them what they will one day become.


In Ephesians 4:16 we are told that we are to edify each other in love. The word edify means that we are to build; to establish; to improve enlighten or uplift. The Greek word for edification is oikodomeo or okedome which is defined as the act of building. This word means to promote Christian character. Ephesians 4:16 also says that we are to be "fitly joined together."


Fitly means proper size and shape for, suitable time or proper suits a given time, purpose, occasion or condition. There are times when the Brotha or Sista that we are ministering to may pluck our last nerve and we may think "Lord you must be confused. This IS NOT, IS NOT the right one that you want ME to minister to, to build into, to establish, to improve, to enlighten, or to promote Christian character in. Lord they are not right for me. They don't fit the bill of what I would expect them to be. This is not the right time, occasion, and they are not in the right condition for me to deal with them. Lord, you must be trippin'."But, Brothas and Sistas, as I mentioned to you in the beginning just like with any building project that requires a lot of time and effort, so does building into our Brothas or Sistas. It requires dedication and commitment on our part.


We have to see this process through. We must keep in mind that God is using us because He is building us all up. Build is defined as the act process art or occupation of constructing. Jesus is the master builder. He is well versed in the art of constructing His daughters and sons. He sees so much phenomenal potential in all of us. He is always involved in the intricate details of each one of His building projects and can see the finished project well ahead of time. He is building up other Brothas and Sistas through you because He has a desired end in mind. So please don't stop planting those seed of hope. You never know how far the power of an encouraging word will go. Praise Him!


Prayer Time


We love and adore you. thanks for all the times you encourage us when we are down. Help us to encourage our Brothas and Sistas the way you encourage us. May we be patient with them as you are with us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

Are You Willing to Let Go

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"Why is there fighting and wars among you (us)?" (James 4:1)


Good Morning Brothas and Sistas,


Wow! Just last night I watched a television show about how two enemy pilots were flying in the same space. The Russian pilot knew that the American pilot was in trouble and flying into enemy territory so he safely guided Him out of enemy territory on his wings. In the end the American pilot said, "We are all the same (soldiers) but we keep fighting each other." Saints, the same holds true for us as Christians.


Isn't it amazing how prolonged bitterness and unforgiveness can distort our view so much that we actually begin to view each other as enemies when we are the same. Question. "Why is there fighting and wars among you (us)?" (James 4:1) ; when in essence it is not who He fashioned us to be? Why does the body fight against the body when we are from the same platoon?


Brothas and Sistas, we preach forgiveness but do we actually live it? Let's make a vow today to no longer be a part of "Friendly Fire" and save our ammunition for the real war against our true enemy, Satan. Amen.


"To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you." C.S. Lewis


http://youtu.be/bHVbvB-gv1E Dinner Theater Presentation


Prayer Time


Dear Lord,


We thank you for your giving us the supernatural ability to forgive those who have offended us because there is such freedom in letting go. Help us to realize that we are all on the same team/platoon. We are all waging war against our enemy, Satan. We are not one another's enemy. We pray that brokenness will come to those of us that are not willing to forgive as you have forgiven us. Help us to heal and then become an instrument of healing through continued forgiveness. We pray all these things in your awesome name, Jesus. Amen. 

Why Are You so Downcast


A Brew of Distance


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Deuteronomy 30:4 (NIV) "Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back."


Jeremiah 30:10 (NIV) “So do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel,’ declares the Lord. ‘I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid."


Isaiah 59:2 (NIV) "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear."


Ephesians 4:18 (NIV) "They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts."


Good Morning Brothas and Sistas in Christ,


I pray you found yourselves awoken today with the joy of the Lord in your hearts. It's my prayer that this particular brew never be swirling in your tea cup. May we now invite Christ to join us today. May we sit at His table eagerly awaiting the Brews He has for each of us today.


I am not sure where to begin with this particular brew. It's is certainly one that I have experienced in the past and one that I so desperately desire to never allow in my Tea Cup, yet here I am. Have you ever been in a place with a relationship either with Christ or anyone else that you love with every fiber of your being yet you can't reach them to connect in any meaningful for a variety of reasons? This is a lonely place, one that becomes overwhelming and dark as it swirls around in your tea cup.


As this brew swirls around me I slowly feel disconnected, as if I have been taken off life support and I grasp frailly to life. This Brew stirs in some of the worst lies and tortures that Satan has for me and I sure for you as well. There is this distance deep inside that keeps you feeling alone, vulnerable, under siege, and without hope for winning the battle.


Brothas and Sistas, has this ever been your brew? We see in our scriptures that we can come to this place on our own with our own poor choices but also simply by the attacks of our enemies. Yet we also know that the Lord said we must "love our enemies and those that come against us." Matthew 5:44 This for me makes this brew all the more potent and crippling. I find it hard to love those who continually throw darts of hurtful lies, deceptions and simply overall unloving mannerisms towards me. How about you?


When I am swirling around in this brew I find myself gradually disengaging from God, disengaging from friends, family and my spouse. I find myself wallowing in confusion, darkness, and at times hopelessness. I find that it's hard to pray and to seek God when deep down inside all I want is for Him to rescue me and for Him to remind me of His Word. I find myself reading His word and not finding the comfort that I would normally find there.


I am guessing you are wondering how do I or you turn this brew over. Brothers and Sisters, we can dismiss it from the Tea Party or let the Holy Spirit know that this Brew is not on any guest list for the Tea Parties of our lives. I wish that there was a simple answer. The truth of the matter is that the only answer is Christ. Yes, I said that seeking His fellowship is more than challenging when this brew is swirling. Yet, I know intellectually, with my heart and soul knowledge as well that He is always the only answer. I know that my hardened heart needs to seek refuge in His promises and word. That He is my rescuer and always will be. I must trust Him even if I can't feel His moving presence in my life. I must remember that my Faith is NOT built on feelings. Feelings are much like waves they come in high when the tide is up and they fade away as the tide goes out. Therefore, they are too unpredictable and unreliable to place my foot hold for my life in them.


In the season of this Brew of Distance, I must remain faithful, continually coming to the Brew Masters Table as ever morning when I awake there lies a new invite to the Tea Party of Salvation through Christ. I must daily and often several times a day remember the promises in His word me. He assured each of us upon His death that there would be trouble on this earth but not despair. He promises that He will always be my Rock and my Salvation. This is true for each and every one of us. This is a heavy brew that can swallow us up and keep spitting us out likes the waves of our emotions. Yet we must not allow this to keep us from seeking His face, His truths, His promises, and most importantly our relationship with Him as the rescuer of our souls.


Here are some practical ways to keep your foothold when the tides of emotion come rushing in with the first bitter tastes of the Brew of Distance.


If you have a smart phone or tablet there are many great Apps that you can download for free. There are two that I recently found that can ground me in the midst of the high tide. The first is call Promises, the second is called Promises and Prayers. Jesus Calling is another great app to download this one isn't free but it's worth every penny. Call upon the prayer warriors in your life as prayer is the only real answer for a remedy for this brew. Seek out a trusted and grounded fellow brother or sister in Christ and ask that they be praying for God's truth and purposes be revealed to you. Spend time just sitting at the Brew Masters table, without distractions or temptations and have a serious heart to heart with one and only True Brew Master-Jesus Christ.


As we close today I want to share one last verse with you for hope. Isaiah 40:29 (NIV) "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak." Here is also a prayer to help us while this brew is swirling around in our Tea Cups from the App- "Promises"


"Dear Father, I feel terribly lonely and depressed. No one seems to understand me. The troubles and turmoil in my life oppress me from all sides. Hear my cry, Oh God! My heart is overwhelmed with sorrow and I am restless Lord, the scriptures says that in your presence there is fullness of Joy. Let me feel your sweet presence Lord! Let your comforts delight my soul in the multitude of my anxieties. I know you will sustain me because Your word says that you will renew the strength of the weary. I put my trust in you alone, for only you can deliver me from desolation. Father, I have compassion on me and make me glad by restoring in me your matchless peace, joy, and happiness. Thank you for listening to my prayer Lord! In Jesus name, Amen.


As we close, I pray you too will be praying this prayer with me so that the Lord can toss out the Brew of Distance and usher in the Brew of Restoration and Closeness through the Lover of our Souls, Jesus Christ.

Till next week, Blessings and Love,


Tabby


Pierce the Plans of the Enemy Through Prayer


GOOD MORNING


The word hope is found in the Strong’s concordance. It is the Greek elpis. It is defined as to hope, hope for, put hope in, expect, an attitude of confidently looking forward to what is good and beneficial.

Peter starts out the conversation with his audience by first of all, admonishing them to praise God in the midst of suffering and trials, then he reminds them to place their hope in Christ resurrection through His death and thirdly he encourages them to have a sober and alert mind.


Let’s look at how Peter encouraged them to praise Him in the midst of their trials. He wanted them to Praise the Father, God and the Son for all that had been given to the new believers. Brothers and Sisters, the enemy's job is to get us to focus on the attack instead of the breakthrough we receive through praise. God's power meets us in the midst of praise our praise in spite of what we are going through. His presence is our shield us and indwells us when we praise Him in through our trials.


You know James and David had the same idea that Peter did when they admonished their audience to praise God while going through various trials. We, as believers, are to praise God through anything, even our sufferings. Our hope must come alive through our praise. James 1:2-7 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”


And let’s look at Psalm 34, which is one of my all-time favorite scriptures, “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.”


Praise should always be a Christians first response when it comes to trials. It is our secret weapon in attacking the enemy when He attacks our minds through trials. Eventhough trials rise against the Christians. We are to remind ourselves that trials are no match for the ultimate weapon which lies in the mouth of the believer, which is praise.

Brothers and Sisters, there are some days I enter my quiet time with God with the weight of the world on my shoulders and I am distracted by the cares of the world. At that moment I have no hope. But I notice the minute I give way to praise, the weight is lifted. And in that moment I am reminded that Jesus not only shows forth His willingness to handle each one of my burdens but He reassures me of how capable He is of delivering me from my burdens. The melodies that go forth from our mouths when we sing back His promises to Him pierce the plans of the enemy.


Prayer of faith


Thank you Lord for praise. Praise is a powerful weapon to fight against our enemy. Help us to use it. May we always have praise on our lips. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.


Its All In Your Mind


"As a man thinks so is he. " Proverbs 23:7


Brothers and Sisters, if we don’t control our minds, we will never control us. Let’s go a step further if we don’t allow the Spirit of God to control our minds, we will never be Spirit controlled. We have to be mindful of our thoughts. In other words, we need to “think about what we are thinking about”.


We have to take control of our thoughts and bring them under the Lordship of Christ. Yes, it's true, there are times when we can become weary from all that Satan sends our way to try to defeat us. During these times we are tempted to walk around with a defeated mentality, but the bible tells us in Romans 8:37 that, "We are more than conquerors. "I like that phrase "more than", it indicates a quantifier meaning greater in size, amount, extent, or degree.


Brothers and Sisters, there is no situation that we don't stand to come out on top. There is positive in even the seemingly most negative situation because we all acquire growth from it.

Brothers and Sisters, just like the believers during Peter’s time we may need to change our mentality. One of my most favorite scriptures says, "I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal (to make like new : restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection) of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. Romans 12:1, 2


We will not be able to perform the will of God until we renew our minds. The way that we think is so crucial to us walking in our destiny. If we don’t control our minds, we will not be able to control our lifestyle. When we continue to allow our minds to run on things that do not matter to the plan of God in our lives, we become controlled by those things without even realizing it.


My mother used to say, “An idle mind is the devil’s playground.” We have to remain vigilant and on guard when it come to what we allow to come into or rule our thinking. Negative thoughts lead to negative actions. “As a man thinketh so is he.” Proverbs 23:7a


Charles Stanley says, “Renewing the mind is a little like refinishing furniture. It is a two-stage process. It involves taking off the old and replacing it with the new. The old is the lies you have learned to tell or were taught by those around you; it is the attitudes and ideas that have become a part of your thinking but do not reflect reality. The new is the truth. To renew your mind is to involve yourself in the process of allowing God to bring to the surface the lies you have mistakenly accepted and replace them with truth. To the degree that you do this, your behavior will be transformed.”


We must remember revelation without application does not lead to transformation. It is absurd to listen to the word of God, not apply it and then expect change. It is as equally absurd to listen to the word, apply it, and then expect to remain the same. The word of God is not only life giving but it is ultimately life changing.


Many times, I hear people say that they chose to make a lifestyle change in order to be healthier. Brothers and Sisters, the change did not just take place with a willingness to exercise or make better food choices. You see there, first had to be a change of mind in order for the emotional and physical change to come forth. You see they had to apply the word that had been spoken in regard to the lifestyle change.

In the same way we must apply and live out His word. The definition of apply is implementation, use, exercise, utilization, practice, execution or employment.


Brothers and Sisters, apply is an action word. In other words, we must do something in order to gain something. Change will not come via osmosis. A change of mind is what God is after and it will take some effort on our part. We must guard, gird, renew, and refresh our minds via the word and person of God.


The Greek word for change of mind is metanoia. This kind of change calls for a change in one's inner man. Metanoia literally means after thought. An afterthought comes forth after something has been said, an idea occurring later. Afterthought stems from it's root word thought. The definition of thought is meditation, reflection, consideration, contemplation and concentration.


Brothers and Sisters, after careful consideration, in depth meditation, considerable reflection, irrefutable consideration, relentless contemplation and deep concentration on God's word the end result must be an undaunting transformation. The question still remains, “What are you doing with the word that you have already been taught?”


Simply allow Gods word to change whats all in your mind.


Love Denise

Are You Willing To Avail Yourself For Greatness?

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"Be still and know I am God." Psalm 46:10


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


God is trying to tell you something? Are you still enough to listen? Stillness is defined as the state or instance of being quiet and calm. Consistent busyness leads us astray from the voice and heart of God. We have to learn the value of being still so that we can hear Him


"In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nthingness, your emptiness that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence... Listening is the beginning of prayer." Mother Teresa


A silent heart creates an obedient spirit. Whenever God is up to something great "His eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth to shew himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect towards him." II Chronicles 16:9 Question is... Are you willing to avail yourself for greatness?


Our Daily Bread/Prayer Time


"Be still and know I am God." Psalm 46:10


Dear Lord,


Thank you for allowing us to walk in greatness when we walk in obedience to your Spirit daily by tuning into your voice. We have come to the awesome conclusion that we are nothing without you.You have made us and not we ourselves and we realize that we must completely rely upon your Spirit. We thank you showing yourself strong on our behalf when our hearts are perfect towards you. We pray all these things in your great name, Jesus. Amen.

Because You Loved Me


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"Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 2That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh." Genesis 2:22-24


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


God has established marriage for the welfare and happiness of mankind and it is sacred under God. The plan was with God and only with God in our lives can we work anything out with joy. Brothas and Sistas, your joys are doubled since the happiness of one has become the happiness of the other. You can now divide the load of your burdens because you share them.


To my Brothas, you are blessed as the head of the home. He has blessed you to provide and will sustain you under pressure. May your strength be her protection, your character (who you are) be her pride and may you so live that she will find in you the haven for which the heart she truly longs for. Also my friend, love is for more than having sex with your wife. She needs all around love, affection, understanding, listening, caressing and communicating. When she is hurting give her a hug to show her you care and to assure her that everything will be alright.


To my Sistas, may God continue to give you the tenderness that will make you great, give you a deep sense of understanding, and a great faith in God. May He (God) give you that inner beauty of the soul that never fades; eternal youth that is found in holding fast to the things that never age. May you love your husband with understanding, love him with appeal, when he's tense caress him with your whispers of love, encourage him when he's weak, and pray for his decision making and leadership for the family.


Brothas and Sistas, understand that marriage is not living merely for each other, it is two people joining alliances to serve God. Purpose in your hearts to give each other a great spiritual purpose in life. May you both seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all the other things shall be added unto you both. (Matthew 6:33) Please don't expect of each other the perfection that belongs only to God. May you minimize each others weaknesses (bad habits or things that annoy you). In other words, don't be so critical of each other. Brothas and Sistas, be quick to praise encourage, and magnify each other's strengths. Learn to see each other through a lover's (the way you met each other) kind and patient eyes.


As God prepares a work for you in His will, learn to develop your character as you walk together in Christ Jesus. You will endure enough tears to keep you tender, enough hurt to keep you humane and enough failure to keep your hands clenched tightly in His. And my friends, enough success to encourage you both in your walk with God.


Brothas and Sistas, never, ever take each other's love for granted, as we so often do, but faithfully serve God and one another until you both may rest in the loving arms of Jesus. This is my charge to you both, husbands and wives. Amen.


Till next time take care.


Minister Antonio Washington


Prayer of Faith


Thank you, Lord for giving us the gift of marriage. May we never, never take our spouses for granted. Help us to walk in love and look beyond each others fault. May we surrender ourselves to you and one another wholeheartedly so that you may be glorified in our marriages. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

Teatime With Tabby A Brew of Faith, Hope and Gods Truth

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Good Morning Brothers and Sisters,


I hope everyone had a chance to clean out their Tea Cupboards and make room for some new and amazing Brews that God has designed for you and you alone.


Today I feel led to talk about some of the pressures that society places on us, woman in particularly, even more so some that we place on ourselves. Are we to drink of the brew of self love or as I prefer to a call this brew a little something different, The Brew of Loving myself as Christ loves me? I distinguish this brew from brews that are much more worldly. I don't love myself in or by a worldly standard. I am talking about a brew of faith, belief in Christ and who He says you and I are in His eyes.


Brothers and Sisters, lets grab our tea cups as we look at the lives of some women I have known and my own story of lack of self love that plummeted into many pits of despair, darkness, and great sin.


Dear Brothers and Sisters, I have heard just in the past week that several of my beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ who are walking with Him and some that aren't share the same theme in their brew, which involves a sense of worthlessness. They believe that somehow they have done or been or committed terrible things in the brews they have chosen and now have them feeling lost, hopeless, desperate, worthless, unlovable, to messed up to ever have intimacy with the Father or a life partner. So you see they don't see the Father's tender hands and open arms waiting for them, longing for them. He is ready to unleash all the loving comfort and assurance that they need right where they are now, if they would just lift their eyes to see and a heart to hear.


They are each in the need of the brew of Faith, Hope, and God's Truth. God says that once we are His daughters nothing can separate us from His Love. You see Sisters, it doesn't matter how many brews of Sin, Self destruction, Sorrow, Poor Choices, and distance we have drank, the King and Savior of the universe is still with me and you. We must confess our sins to the Lord Jesus and once we do they are cleansed and we are forever more.


I know from personal experience what each of those brews and may other destructive brews can do. Yet I sit here this morning with a heart full of love and hope and I am able to love me; the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly. I'm able to do so because I met the Father and Savior when I finally came to the end of myself. Sisters, I am only able to do this because I began drinking the brew of Christ Confidence and love for me and every one of you. Christ does not desire that any of us would lay in despair without his comfort there for us.


Christ Confidence, what is this brew all about? He designs this brew differently for each us depending on what our defeat and loss of self love for whichever pit we are sitting in. He designs a brew that is exactly what He knows we need to get back to Him. I have learned that this brew can be considered worldly but if you are careful and certain that you are to drink the Brew of Self Love that Christ created and poured for you rest assured worldliness can be poured from the same tea pot that Christ is pouring into our despair. Please know and share with every person you encounter that is in need of such a brew. Be confident that He will brew for them the exact brew they are in need of at that moment.


The difference between the Brew of Self Love that is of this world is one that makes us selfish and desiring only to please ourselves; our "Adam and Eve" complex. When we drink from this cup we are only seeking to serve ourselves not our Lord or the world He created and entrusted to us.

The brew I am speaking of is a brew of Loving acceptance that you are perfect the way Christ, the Lord God made you. And that He created you to be someone that has a life that reveals truth and shines His light of love to a dark and hurting world. Sisters, we will never be taken serious or have the impact that this Brew has the potential for if we don't first love ourselves as Christ loves us.


As I mentioned I have a few dear Sisters that are struggling to find their way to this brew. They are each in different places on the path towards the Tea Cupboard yet they each have their own struggles in reaching it. Some have forgotten what it was like to be enveloped in His amazing Love and being at the center of His will for their lives. Some feel are so alone and have forgotten that they don't recall how VERY MUCH He loves them. Some are a bit further down the path to where this brew awaits them. They may be struggling but they see the steam from the Tea Pot and are headed directly towards it. Others still yet don't know, understand or have ever experienced a dynamic loving all encompassing real relationship with Christ. They have believed but not yet walked with Him.


Dear Brothers and Sisters, there are so many different reasons, trials, failures, loss, defeat, lack of understanding and darkness that Satan pours in to our Tea Cups. These brews need to be replaced with the truths of God and Christ. So here are few to help you find your way on the path to self love, so that you can understand and experience Christ's love for you. Additionally, so that you will have several reference points to turn to when you are in despair the following will help you know without a shadow of doubt that the Father loves you and knows that you are more precious than gold or any other thing that He could choose.


You are His chosen daughters and Love(s) of His Life. Before I list all the promises of God there is one brew that I hold tightly too. That is the Brew that God's love will endure forever and that He loves me besides my sin. He promises that once we are His, He will never stop seeking after us. He promises that His Love will always be available to us. We need nothing more than to seek Him earnestly even in our weakest moments. He will meet us there and pour the perfect brew to fill us with His love, salvation and redemption.


Dear Brothers and Sisters, I pray that you find the strength through Him today to once again allow the Father and Savior, Jesus Christ to love you. To do this you must once again believe with whatever amount of hope and faith you can muster up that you are worthy of His love because you are. After all He created you to love you. He died on the cross to save you and He arose again to give you everlasting life. Take and drink these brews as He brewed them specially and uniquely for each of us.


God's Promises


What can be said about God's promises to us?


1. He has promised to supply every need we have. The Bible says: "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus". That's Philippians 4:19. Now notice, God has obligated Himself only to the extent of our needs. That would include food, clothing, shelter, companionship, love, and salvation through Jesus Christ. It would not include the multiplicity of luxuries that we have come to think of as needs.

2. God has promised that His grace is sufficient for us. (II Corinthians 12:9). in fact, He has made provision for our salvation by His grace through faith. Read Ephesians 2:8. It is through an obedient faith that we have access into the grace of God according to Romans 5:2.


3. God has promised that His children will not be overtaken with temptation. Instead, He assures us that a way of escape will be provided. This promise is recorded in I Corinthians 10:13. Jude wrote: "Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present your faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy." (Jude v 24). Darius, King of the Medes, said to Daniel, "Thy God whom thou serve continually, he will deliver thee" (Daniel 6:16). He did deliver Daniel from the den of lions.


4. God has promised us victory over death. He first resurrected Jesus by way of assuring our resurrection. Peter said: "This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we are all witnesses" (Acts 2:32). Paul wrote to the Corinthians: "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" (I Corinthians 15:3,4). Later on he adds: "but thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (I Corinthians 15:57).


5. God has promised that all things work together for good to those who love and serve Him faithfully (Romans 8:28). It may be difficult for us to see and understand how this is accomplished at times, but God has promised it and He will deliver.


6. God has promised that those who believe in Jesus and are baptized for the forgiveness of sins will be saved. (Read Mark 16:16 and Acts 2:38).


7. God has promised His people eternal life (John 10:27,28).


In closing, let me appeal to you to live so that the promises of God will be yours.

Love,


Tabby


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Blessed to Be A Blessing


Good Morning Brothas and Sistas,


God has given us His all, His Son and I just wanted to share my testimony, heart's prayer and desire for giving unselfishly to bless others. I had been thinking about the Christmas season and wondering how I could give of myself unselfishly.


Brothas and Sistas, my thought was, "This is what God did when He gave us Jesus. The Holy Spirit then brought to mind something I had seen on the news which featured people paying off strangers bills in stores and giving out money. The Holy Spirit said to me, "You be the giver." and so I did.


One day after paying for my stuff in Walmart, I began to pay for a few others standing in line. I left there went to pick up my medication at CVS, payed for it and blessed the cashier. She asked if I needed her to change the bill I gave her. I said, "No, it's for you! Merry Christmas."


Next, I went to the bank and while coming out I blessed a lady going to her car. Brothas and Sistas, all of these people responded the same way; amazed and over joyed with disbelief, crying but all so grateful.


God has blessed me so many times when I was in need. This was my way of thanking Him by giving to strangers. Oh the joy that fills my soul. God has blessed me with resources to do this and it feels so good to give back. Jesus said to Himself, in Acts 20:35 B," It is more blessed to give than to receive." And it was. Not only that but whatever we do unto our Lord, so give, Brothas and Sistas. Jesus did and so should we. We will never go without when we do.


I want to be a blessing to others. What about you? Will you be a blessing to all those that you come in contact with as the Lord leads you? I challenge you to bless others in the same way that God has blessed you. You will realize that the person receiving the blessing is not only blessed by your giving but you will be blessed by being a blessing.


God Bless,


Renee


Prayer of Faith


Dear Lord,


Thank you for giving yourself away for us. We pray that we would seek and listen for opportunities to be a blessing to those around us. Allow us to be so sensitive to your Spirit that we will give when you say so; after all you have given so much for us. Allow us to return the favor. We pray all these things in your amazing name, Jesus.

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Healthy Fear vs.Unhelathy Fear


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GM Friends of God,


"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind." II Timothy 1:7


I will be sharing my testimony with you about how I struggled with fear.I remember all the times I lived in fear, whether it was of things I imagined or real circumstances. I had fear of living alone and what could happen, fear of change and not knowing what to expect, and many more fears. I'm so glad I'm free from ALL fear. I have been free for many years now; never to go back to those unhealthy fears.


Friends, are any of you living in fear? If so God wants to set you free. I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4) He did not deliver me from a little fear or some fear, but all of my fears and He wants to do the same for you.

Did you know a moderate sense of fear may be considered normal, even healthy? An awareness of danger; a defense mechanism is considered healthy fear. Even when your heart is pounding fast or you have sweaty palms because you maybe called on to do a speech at a meeting or in class is considered normal fear.


God's word tell us, "The fear of the Lord Is the beginning of wisdom." (Prov. 9:10). It's a trustful, worshipful attitude that removes all other fear! Jesus said we are not to fear, we are not to be anxious and we are not to worry. The Bible teaches that this type of fear is sin. "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you ....Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.'' (John 14:27) Friends, I will be continuing this topic on fear for the next two weeks because a lot of us as Christians are still living in fear. Amen.


"Fear is born of Satan and if we only take time to think we would see that everything that Satan says is founded upon falsehood." A. B. Simpson


Much Love,


Renee


Dear Lord,


Thank you for your wonderful word that comforts us through our anxieties. Thank you for delivering us from all fear. "You have not given us a spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind." II Timothy 1:7 We praise you for giving us courage to face things. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Hearken To His Voice

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"The sacrifice God wants is a broken spirit. God you will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for sin." Psalm 51:17 NCV


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


Throughout the bible each man or woman God used had a heart that was responsive to hearing and obeying His voice. What I'm saying is we must be sensitive to His Spirit. I know sometimes we may think that it's our ability or talent that allows us to be used by Him, but Brothas and Sistas, that is not the case. What God wants is a man or woman who has a broken and contrite heart.


Psalm 51:17 says, "The sacrifice God wants is a broken spirit. God you will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for sin." In other words God is looking at the heart and what condition it is in. I like Jeremiah 17:10 which says, " I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind." You see when I as an ordinary person with all my faults I came in contact with God; the extraordinary comes from Him.


One of the things I need to ask myself is, "Am I available to be used by God? In order to be used by God my character needs a consistent spiritual check up. David said in Psalm 139:23-24 "Search me Oh God and know my heart trust me and know my anxious thoughts, see if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting."


Brothas and Sistas, my check up keeps me on point, but if I don't heed to the warning signs that may be given then spiritual sickness will spread, my heart will weaken, and soon fail. You see God's Spirit will ask me to stop before I go any further and deal with a particular issue in my character or behavior.


I remember someone telling me to read Psalm 15 which says, "Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? That scripture pretty much deals with the heart issue. The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord;who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken."

You see this chapter truly shows me the condition of my heart.


We must keep in mind that God places us in situations that line up according to His will and purpose for our lives. In other words, whatever we do has to be unto the Lord because Christ is Lord over our lives. Whatever we do is from the heart and not because someone tells us. Do you not know that as a man of God He puts us in places where we can make a difference as a servant of God? Remember our reward is from the Lord not men.


Listen Brothas and Sistas, if you are faithful over a few things God will be able to trust you with more. God is involved in every area of our lives whether we recognize it or not. God is so good that He will take the ordinary circumstances we face in life and use them to help develop our character.


Until next week. Take care.


Minister Antonio Washington


Prayer of Faith


Thank you for speaking to us. Help us to discern your voice and obey accordingly. May we want to do your will more than anything. Give us a heart like yours. In Jesus name we pray Amen, 

Never Take Each Other for Granted


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"Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 2That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh." Genesis 2:22-24


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


God has established marriage for the welfare and happiness of mankind and it is sacred under God. The plan was with God and only with God in our lives can we work anything out with joy. Brothas and Sistas, your joys are doubled since the happiness of one has become the happiness of the other. You can now divide the load of your burdens because you share them.


To my Brothas, you are blessed as the head of the home. He has blessed you to provide and will sustain you under pressure. May your strength be her protection, your character (who you are) be her pride and may you so live that she will find in you the haven for which the heart she truly longs for. Also my friend, love is for more than having sex with your wife. She needs all around love, affection, understanding, listening, caressing and communicating. When she is hurting give her a hug to show her you care and to assure her that everything will be alright.


To my Sistas, may God continue to give you the tenderness that will make you great, give you a deep sense of understanding, and a great faith in God. May He (God) give you that inner beauty of the soul that never fades; eternal youth that is found in holding fast to the things that never age. May you love your husband with understanding, love him with appeal, when he's tense caress him with your whispers of love, encourage him when he's weak, and pray for his decision making and leadership for the family.


Brothas and Sistas, understand that marriage is not living merely for each other, it is two people joining alliances to serve God. Purpose in your hearts to give each other a great spiritual purpose in life. May you both seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all the other things shall be added unto you both. (Matthew 6:33) Please don't expect of each other the perfection that belongs only to God. May you minimize each others weaknesses (bad habits or things that annoy you). In other words, don't be so critical of each other. Brothas and Sistas, be quick to praise encourage, and magnify each other's strengths. Learn to see each other through a lover's (the way you met each other) kind and patient eyes.


As God prepares a work for you in His will, learn to develop your character as you walk together in Christ Jesus. You will endure enough tears to keep you tender, enough hurt to keep you humane and enough failure to keep your hands clenched tightly in His. And my friends, enough success to encourage you both in your walk with God.


Brothas and Sistas, never, ever take each other's love for granted, as we so often do, but faithfully serve God and one another until you both may rest in the loving arms of Jesus. This is my charge to you both, husbands and wives. Amen.


Till next time take care.


Minister Antonio Washington


Prayer of Faith


Thank you, Lord for giving us the gift of marriage. May we never, never take our spouses for granted. Help us to walk in love and look beyond each others fault. May we surrender ourselves to you and one another wholeheartedly so that you may be glorified in our marriages. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

The Brew of Provision

https://youtu.be/n_aVFVveJNs

Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


Thanks for being so patient with us. Vistaprint was experiencing some issues with their digital marketing yesterday so we were unable to air Tabby yesterday, so here you go.


Nehemiah 13:31 (NIV) "I also made provision for contributions of wood at designated times, and for the first fruits. Remember me with favor, my God."

Romans 5:17 (NIV) "For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!"


1 Kings 8:21 (NIV) "I have provided a place there for the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord that he made with our ancestors when he brought them out of Egypt.”

                                                 1 Chronicles 29:16 (NIV) Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you."


Good Morning, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


I pray that you awoke today understanding and cherishing the Provisions that are bestowed upon us every day. Let’s grab our Tea Cups and head over to the Grand Brew Masters Table and see what He has to pour into each of our Tea Cups today.


Brothers and Sisters, do you come to the table feel despaired, tired, anxious, empty…. Well, I must be honest I come this morning feeling, anxious, frustrated, tired and grateful. Now that may not make much sense to many people but if put on the right perspective we can find gratitude for our King and Savior in every circumstance. Now I don’t deny that finding that in many of the spoiled brews of life is more than challenging. Also, some of the sour and curdled brews we don’t find the gratitude in them till well after they are poured out. After the Lord has swept in and dumped out the sour and curdled brews in our Tea Cupboard. Yet I come to share to today the Brew of Provision.


Provision in the bible was often so amazing, God providing the Noah with the Ark, providing David the sling and a rock to take out a giant. There are so many more amazing examples of God’s provision throughout the bible. This week I would like to share with you how He took a rather Sour, Bitter, Curdled Brew that was poured into my life these past few weeks. How He has provided me with all the Provision I need, and the Shelter of His Loving truths.


The Lord provided me with my home, a condo about 10 yrs ago following a very painful season in my life where I had to become completely dependent upon Him, His provision and plan for my life. I simply had no other choice. Then a few years into this new season I met and married my now husband. He and his boys lived just about 45 minutes away and my condo wasn’t large enough for my new family. I decided to rent it out to a friend and I moved to my husband’s house. Well about 2 months into this I get a call from my tenant and he says the condo is flooding. Well a water main broke in the wall and there was a lot of damage to my home. Now here we are 7 yrs later, all the children have moved out and my husband and I are back living in my condo.


Things are going well. I love living back in my little condo. Then strange water was appearing in my kitchen for about 2 weeks or so. I kept thinking I was spilling water on the floor when cleaning up the kitchen, as my rug in front of my sink was soaking wet. No leaks that I can see so I concluded that I was messy. Then suddenly water started coming up through my floor and flooding my kitchen and dining room. So, now I am stressed. I am mad that it wasn’t fixed right the first time and now my home is unsafe. We were told that our home has severe mold damage and we must leave and they don’t know when we can return. Additionally, the entire front part of my condo had to be gutted. Do you feel my stress and anxiety and upset....? I had a beautiful kitchen just redone 2 years ago….


Oh, but this doesn’t end there. I was sitting on my couch moping and feeling sad and angry about all that mess when I felt a stirring in my spirit. At first I wasn’t listening. I was sitting and wallowing in my own selfish pity. I couldn’t figure out how I could pack up my home and where would we go... what about our pets and on and on. Till I finally listened. God reminded me of His Ppomise to always be with me never would He forsake me. Slowly I started to realize that there had to be something good that would come out of this mess… and that God is for me and He loves me fiercely.


As I began to rest in His truths and love, I found that I wasn’t alone in this and that if I stepped back took a breath that He would lead me to the Provisions that I needed. Here below is a list of the provisions He has provided me just in the past few days.


1. He provided a company to come and pack out my home anything I wanted packed they did, and they encouraged me to simply sit back and tell them what I needed done

2. He provided a pod for our belongings

3. He provided an amazing caring group of people at our Home Owners Insurance that orchestrated all this for us. They listen to all our questions and never make us feel like they are rushed.

4. He provided housing for us and our furry children.

5. He provided reimbursement for nearly all our food expenses through our insurance.

6. He provided all the repairs to our home and replacing things that were ruined in the flood through our insurance.

7. He is providing through our insurance a replacement kitchen and it will be just like it was before the flood.

8. He has provided me the opportunity to get to know my neighbor better and to minister to her and share my faith.

9. He provided the opportunity for me to invite her to church where she hasn’t been in many years since the loss of her mom and she wants to go back.

10. He provided me with a so many caring and loving friends who have offered to do anything we need.


As you can see He is providing for me in so many ways, I can’t begin to be thankful enough. He has taken my anger, frustration, anxiety, and wrapped them up in Him and there is great comfort in the provision of His love.


Lastly, we must not forget to be boldly reminded of the greatest provision God has ever provided to His people. Jesus Christ going to the cross for our sins and receiving our punishment. He did this so that we would never have to be separated from Him. This my brothers and sisters is the greatest Provision of all.


I pray that over the next week you take some time to consider the Provisions that God has put in your life and give Him some praise and thanksgiving. Remember its all about our perspective and even if we can’t see it. We must believe that its coming. As God never goes back on His word.


Till next week, may you find yourself basking in His provision for you and your life.


Covered by His Grace and Grateful for His Loving Provision,


Love,


Tabby

Genuine Faith


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxwC5ic-s6M&feature=share&list=PL83E8B245976AFF22


"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:6


"Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe." Augustine


Good morning,

Brothas and Sistas, genuine faith in God lives it out before Him. Faith is entrusting ones life to God. It's when we are trusting, depending, believing, sharing, fellowshipping/conversing with God and are diligently seeking God, we discover that true faith purposely lives before Him in prayer and devotion. When we do this on a consistent basis we are given the things that we hope for. And as a result we learn to trust God more and more as we grow in faith.


However, there is one thing to remember. And that one thing is God is not going to reward sinful, carnal so called hope. Nor is He going to reward a doubting Thomas. There is nothing worse than when we become double minded, "having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof", because we refuse to believe God, especially when we have seen His faithfulness time and time again.


For you see if He were to answer a doubting Thomas' prayers or carnal hope then those of us who are carnal or tend to doubt Him would begin to think that the life that we are living is acceptable to Him. Remember Hebrews 11:6 says, "For without faith it is impossible to please God." God does not approve sinful and carnal living no more than He approves a doubting heart. James 4:8 says, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded."


"Our faith must be a genuine, living faith. After all is said and done, "Christ will always accept the faith that puts its trust in Him." Andrew Murray

I will see you next week, Lord willing.


Minister Antonio Washington


Prayer Time


Dear Lord,


We thank you for this brand new day. Please help our dear Brothas and Sistas, to walk in genuine faith. We pray that they will not choose to live a carnal life just wishing and hoping that you will come through for them but that they will trust you wholeheartedly. Help them to rely on how you have come through for them in the past so that they can know that you are truly a reliable God. We pray all these things in your precious name, Jesus. Amen.

Words of Encouragement - Brothers and Sistas, Calm Down


Correcting Unchecked Sin Within the Body


https://youtu.be/mS8aFhThDPo

"Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted." Galatians 6:1


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


What do we respond when sin continues to go unchecked within the body of Christ? What if a brother or sister has been consistently warned in love about their lifestyle and refuses to do anything about it?


Let's look at the problem Paul faced in I Corinthians 5. As we see in our text the Corinthians were full of pride and were not confronted with their sin until Paul wrote this letter. People who held high ranking positions within this local assembly openly and unrepentantly committed and flaunted their sin of fornication. It was a known fact that they were sleeping with one another and nothing was done about it. This was Paul's second time coming before the Corinthians about their sin and he was heart broken. Paul was sent by God to give counsel and instruction on important issues of Christian faith and conduct. In other words God used Paul to clean house. There were serious errors of doctrine and practice that threatened the well being and even the survival of the Christian community there. Does that sound familiar? Of course it does...It is happening in our churches today. Paul was led by God to deal with the sin within the Corinthian church just as we should.


Sin is not only a slam against the character of God, it can be a millstone around our emotional and spiritual necks. Paul was talking to those who wanted to ignore this church problem not realizing that allowing blatant sin to exist in the church affects all it's members. Paul was not expecting anyone to be sinless because all believers struggle with sin on a daily basis. Paul reminds us that even when we try to do good evil is always present. But instead he was speaking against those who deliberately sinned felt no guilt and would not repent. This kind of sin cannot be tolerated in the church because it affects others. The church as a whole must deal with flagrant sin among it's members.


Church correction however is never to be vengeful. The Lord says, "Vengeance is mine I will repay." Instead it is intended to bring about a cure. This is not an attack on the brotha or sista overtaken by the sin but it is meant or designed to bring the brotha or sista to repentance. For you see unchecked sin within the body is a disease that spreads and affects many members within the body. If the cure is not appropriated the disease of sin can wipe out an entire congregation. For you see we are linked together and what we do affects others. Even when we sin it affects our children. When our children sin it affects us. In other words, NO man is an island.


If we take a look at verse 6 he relates the body of Christ to baking bread and he describes leaven which is yeast as sin which makes the bread dough rise. Do you see how a little bit of yeast affects the whole batch? In other words blatant sin left uncorrected confuses and divides the congregation. So many times when we see a brotha or sista in sin we think to ourselves"Well what they do is their own business. They are grown and what they do is between them and the Lord." Just as Paul had to hammer out the difficulties to bring about peace and conviction, so must we apply the principles of God's word and not just hear them.

Ecclesiastes 12:14 says, "For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing,Whether good or evil." and James 2:22 says, "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."


The Corinthian church had a specific sin in their midst but they refused to deal with it. Instead of trying to ignore the situation Paul told them that they had a responsibility to maintain standards of morality found in God's word. God does tell us not to judge. This is true (He does not want us to be so judgmental measuring everyone else sin without first seeing our own.) But He also tells us not to tolerate flagrant sin that opposes His holiness and has a dangerous influence on others.


Some may says, "We we are under grace so why should it matter?" If forgiveness is guaranteed don't we have the freedom to sin and do as we want? Romans 6:1-4 says, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?" And then it goes on to say, " Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." As we see in Romans 6:1- 2 Paul says, "Absolutely not! with force. Such an attitude, deciding to take advantage of God shows that a person does not understand the seriousness of sin. God's forgiveness of son does not make sin less serious. Jesus death on the cross shows us the seriousness of sin. The availability of God's mercy must not become an excuse for careless living and moral laziness.


We have allowed sin to invade our churches. The church is in the world and the world

is in the church. We need to raise our standards and get back to God's standards. This is the only way a cure can come about. Amen.

Lovingly submitted,


Denise Cole


Prayer Time


Dear Lord,


We thank you taking such good care of us. Help us to move toward correcting unchallenged sin within the body. We want to walk in unity but we must agree and walk in new life to do this. We must deal with our sin. We love and adore you, Lord. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Because You Loved Me


https://youtu.be/lTnZVwPFyC0

https://youtu.be/VTxnqUhhlIY

"Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 2That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh." Genesis 2:22-24

Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


God has established marriage for the welfare and happiness of mankind and it is sacred under God. The plan was with God and only with God in our lives can we work anything out with joy. Brothas and Sistas, your joys are doubled since the happiness of one has become the happiness of the other. You can now divide the load of your burdens because you share them.


To my Brothas, you are blessed as the head of the home. He has blessed you to provide and will sustain you under pressure. May your strength be her protection, your character (who you are) be her pride and may you so live that she will find in you the haven for which the heart she truly longs for. Also my friend, love is for more than having sex with your wife. She needs all around love, affection, understanding, listening, caressing and communicating. When she is hurting give her a hug to show her you care and to assure her that everything will be alright.


To my Sistas, may God continue to give you the tenderness that will make you great, give you a deep sense of understanding, and a great faith in God. May He (God) give you that inner beauty of the soul that never fades; eternal youth that is found in holding fast to the things that never age. May you love your husband with understanding, love him with appeal, when he's tense caress him with your whispers of love, encourage him when he's weak, and pray for his decision making and leadership for the family.


Brothas and Sistas, understand that marriage is not living merely for each other, it is two people joining alliances to serve God. Purpose in your hearts to give each other a great spiritual purpose in life. May you both seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all the other things shall be added unto you both. (Matthew 6:33) Please don't expect of each other the perfection that belongs only to God. May you minimize each others weaknesses (bad habits or things that annoy you). In other words, don't be so critical of each other. Brothas and Sistas, be quick to praise encourage, and magnify each other's strengths. Learn to see each other through a lover's (the way you met each other) kind and patient eyes.


As God prepares a work for you in His will, learn to develop your character as you walk together in Christ Jesus. You will endure enough tears to keep you tender, enough hurt to keep you humane and enough failure to keep your hands clenched tightly in His. And my friends, enough success to encourage you both in your walk with God.


Brothas and Sistas, never, ever take each other's love for granted, as we so often do, but faithfully serve God and one another until you both may rest in the loving arms of Jesus. This is my charge to you both, husbands and wives. Amen.


Till next time take care.


Minister Antonio Washington


Prayer of Faith


Thank you, Lord for giving us the gift of marriage. May we never, never take our spouses for granted. Help us to walk in love and look beyond each others fault. May we surrender ourselves to you and one another wholeheartedly so that you may be glorified in our marriages. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-BH3VQoeEc


Tea-Time with Tabby

A Brew of L.O.V.E.

Longingly- Openly- Voluntarily- Eternally


Exodus 15:13 13 "In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide themto your holy dwelling."

Deuteronomy 30:16 "For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess."


Romans 5:6 "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."


John 18:20 “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret."


Isaiah 55:7 7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts.

Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon."


John 17:3 3 "Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent."


Psalm 119:89 8 "Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens."


John 3:1 "that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”


"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son."


Good Morning Brothers and Sisters,


I pray that you awoke today in anticipation of the Brew of L.O.V.E. that the Lord our God has ready to pour for you today. May we pray? Lord I ask that this Word that you provided me with will be received and poured and shared many times, as its your L.O.V.E that is all that any of us

need. Please take the words and in my mind and mold them till they reveal Your truth and heart.


Brothers and Sisters,


Since this is Valentines Week, I thought I would share the best, most precious and most importantly life and eternally changing L.O V. E. with you each today. That is the Love of Christ Jesus.

Now I know for many this is nothing more than a Hallmark Card Holiday, especially for those of us that are not in a relationship or have been hurt by relationships. Yet Brothers and Sister’s there is one most essential relationship that we can and should be cherishing, nurturing, and growing deeper in every day of our lives. This relationship is the one with our Creator, our Heavenly Father, our Eternal Salvation-Jesus Christ.

Let us break this L.O.V.E. down and see how God is demonstrating this for us since the moment He created the world we live in and since He breathed life into each of us.


Longley- Christ Longs to be our Savior, hope, joy, peace, encouragement, and friend. Christ pursues are hearts and minds at every twist and turn in life. In every joyful moment He desires to celebrate with us. With every tragic moment He is there to hold the pieces of our lives, hearts and souls together. In the everyday mundane day, He is there revealing the wonder an amazement for our pleasure of creation and hope for a new day.


Openly- Christ is an open book. His truth is freely available to all. His love is freely given to all that seek it. His wisdom and grace our abundant. His peace is offered freely to any that open their hearts and minds to receive it. The plan for Salvation is open to any that will ask for it.


Voluntarily- Christ gave up the life of a king to be born in the filth of a manger, and to be born into scandal. Christ then again went the Cross for all the worlds sin, past, present and future, when He knew no sin Himself. He was nailed to cross as personal choice to save you and I and every generation since the day of creation.


Eternally- We have each been given the greatest gift since the day of creation in the gift of eternal life. We each can choose to accept this gift. He has given us a chance to be adopted into his family and become members of the Heavenly Community where we will be loved, able to love, adore and Praise Him throughout eternity. We just must choose to lay our burdens at His feet, confess our sins, and accept the gift of Salvation.


Brothers and Sisters, I pray that this way of thinking of Valentines Day or Day of Love will change not only your perspective but mine as well. That we will remember that we are all in the most important relationship of all with Christ Jesus. Remember He is gentleman and will never force Himself upon us. Also please remember you are a son or a daughter of king and that makes your worth and value priceless. So, stand tall single, married etc. lavish all those you love with the kind of Love Christ shares with each of us, yesterday, today and eternally.


Till next week,


Love,


Tabby

So What Really Matters?


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


There are many things the world tells us that are important. Many of these things tend to take us away from the will of God. And in the end we realize that these things don't really matter.


So what really matters? There are two things in this life that are most important, and they are:


1. Our Personal, Intimate Love Relationship with God through Christ Jesus our Savior and Lord [John 14:6; Romans 5:1, 2, 6-8; 6:1, 6, 11-14, 16-18, 22, 23; 8:1-11, 14 10:9, 10, 13];


Abiding in Him [John 8:31-36; 15:1-5, 7-9; 2 Corinthians 5:17, 20, 21] and


2. Building God's Kingdom [Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15].


Brothas and Sistas, that's what really matters!


"Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us—a crucified God—must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.” - John Piper


"God is Always Ready, Willing and Able to make Miracles Happen Everyday and Salvation is a MIRACLE!

"Enjoy your day; Trust God and have a great day, In Christ Jesus Name, AMEN!"


Love,


Claudia


Learn To Receive 

https://youtu.be/_tqM5GJ-tg0

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" Romans 8:32.


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


The hardest thing for us to do as givers is to receive. We are so used to giving to others that when someone wants to bless us we often feel as though we are undeserving. We forget that God has promised, "Give and it shall be given unto you. A GOOD measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use will be measured unto you." Luke 6:38


You see I am convinced that God looks out for those who look out for others but when it comes to me being on the receiving end I always feel as though someone else is so much more deserving than I am or may need it more than I do. This past Christmas I had the opportunity to have someone gift my family with a monetary donation to help with Christmas but because I thought someone else needed more than I did I passed the blessing along. Brothas and Sistas, eventhough I was out of work it never dawned on me that that could have been an answer to prayer for my family. I felt as though another family needed it more and God would make a way for us. Lol! The Lord dealt with me after that letting me know that there is nothing wrong with me being on the receiving end sometimes. And I have to be honest there has never been a time in my life that God has not supernaturally shown up when I prayed to Him in sincerity knowing He would indeed come through for me.


As givers we have to remember that we have a heavenly Father who gets great delight in answering our prayers when they line up with His will for our lives. "If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! "Matthew 7:11 Our heavenly Father has already promised to" graciously give us all things" "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" Romans 8:32.


Brothas and Sistas, We can experience some of the most awesome miracles which come as a result to answered prayer when we purpose in our hearts to be the givers that He already ordained us to be. We just have to be open to receive!


"The more you give, the more comes back to you, because God is the greatest giver in the universe, and He won't let you out give Him. Go ahead and try. See what happens."


- Randy Alcorn


Prayer of Faith


Lord, we bless your name for your manifold blessings. You are such an amazing God and we love you. Help us to be willing to receive all that you have purposed in your plans to bless us with knowing that it is an answer to prayer. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


TAKE TIME


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


I was recently reminded of how fragile life is and that tomorrow is not promised to us. On February 01 2021, my co-worker Juan was on a routine Security patrol. Officers are required to routinely report to the command center while on patrol. After a 3-hour period the base Officer realized that Officer Juan had not called in since 7:16 am and he could not be seen on the cameras anywhere. A frantic search of the building found officer Juan laying on the ground in the stairwell and unresponsive. Officers began to preform CPR on him, but it was too late. We lost a very good God-fearing friend that day.


So, I leave you with this poem called, “Take Time”.


Take time for now.

This is the only moment you are sure of.

Take time for family.

You will miss them immeasurably, when they are gone.

Take time for friends.

They are the ones who will help you through those worst times.

Take time for you.

For if you keep dividing yourself, what will be left.

Take time for God. You have to be thankful for all of your praise and blessings that He honored.

Take time to understand.

That we cannot save time, because time belongs to God and when it’s your time He decides to take, be sure to know, that your time was well spent.


Maurice Craig


My Prayer


Heavenly Father, we know that time is not ours to save and we know that what time we have is precious. So, Lord we ask you to prepare use for the coming week and take away our worries and our regrets. Lord, recharge our minds and our souls, to understand that you are still in control. So, Lord we thank you for the life you’ve given us and into your hands do we commit our lives. Heavenly Father, we ask that you be with us and within us, walk beside us, before us and behind us. Lord, help us to find comfort in you, knowing that You, Lord are in control of our time. We thank you for keeping us in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.     

Truth or Consequences


https://youtu.be/t4_sfgjRcfI

https://youtu.be/fR-e5KJzREc

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8;32

Good morning Brothas and Sistas,

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Many married couples do not reveal all truth within their relationship. For most couples give the impression that everything is going well and they have nothing to hide. But in all actuality it may be the small things that we overlook or think that is not a problem can become an issue. The problem is that if we don't disclose everything to our spouse's especially from our childhood to adulthood it may come out later on in our marriage relationship. This in turn can cause what one may think is nothing minor to become something major.


These things are sometimes revealed over a period of time. What we may not see someone else does see. And when we are asked about it or if our spouse addresses it don't be so quick to dismiss it. The reason why is because our spouse may take it as though we did not reveal the whole truth and left certain parts out on purpose. Some of us do this because we fear losing the one you love may not want to continue to be with you.


Brothas and Sistas, we have to be transparent with our spouses regardless of the consequences. Not telling the whole truth can cause additional consequences because it gives the enemy a chance to use our past against us and bring a wedge between us and our spouses. Trust God for the outcome and be transparent. And remember the truth makes us free and brings healing not only to us individually but it brings healing to our marriages.


"Great marriages don’t happen by luck or by accident. They are the result of a consistent investment of time, thoughtfulness, forgiveness, affection, prayer, mutual respect, and a rock-solid commitment between a husband and a wife.” – Dave Willis


Blessings,


Minister Antonio Washington


Prayer of Faith

Lord, we thank you for our spouses. They are gifts from you. Help us to be as transparent as you would have us to be. For if we are transparent in telling the truth about our past the enemy can't use anything to come in between us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


Tea-Time with Tabby

“A Brew of Belonging”


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m31b6Rp6as

Deuteronomy 29:29: "The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we


may follow all the words of this law."


Mark 9:41 "Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward."


John 15:1 "If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you."


Romans 7:4 "So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God."

Romans 8:9 "You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ."


Philippians 2 "Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."


Colossians 1 "being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."


Good Morning Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,


I hope and pray that you are fully aware today and everyday of whom you belong to and who paid the ultimate price for your life, but even more importantly how very much He loves you, not as an owner but as you’re our Redeemer and Savior.

May we Pray? Dear Lord, I pray that you will use me to share your message of how belonging to you is the greatest opportunity of our lives. May these words on this page be yours and not mine. Thank you in advance for your intercession.

Brothers and Sisters, have you ever sat and pondered or even simply felt as though you don’t belong to anyone, you don’t fit in, your not cool enough, or not____________ you fill in the blank. I can assure you I feel that way most days of my life. I find myself feeling awkward or uncomfortable in many situations. In this technological world we reside in and social media crazed world its easy to feel that we aren’t enough, or that we don’t have the right stuff to fit in. If we go through life looking through the lens of the world’s standards and expectations and suggestions on how we should, look, act, feel, be, we will never feel that we are enough to belong.


The great news is that our God doesn’t use those same lenes to determine who belongs to Him. He makes it so very easy to become a part of His eternal family. He simply asks us to come before Him with an open heart and lay down our idea of what love, and life, and acceptance are all about. He asks us to open our hearts and minds to a new and different way of looking and seeing the worth of ourselves, and others, and the world. He asks us to be honest about the fact that we are sinners, and that without a Savior we would be condemned to the ideas of this world, and not ever be able to belong and have eternal life with the one who created us and loves us more than we could ever understand.


I believe there are a few simple shifts we must make in our minds, hearts, and spirits to become fully aware and fully engaged in our new identify, new life, and new understanding of truly belonging to the one who will never stop loving us, pursing a relationship of truth and hope, and belonging.


1. The first shift we must make is to humble ourselves to our God and ask Him into our lives, to fully let go of the misconceptions we have about God, and ourselves. We must spend time in His word to develop that relationship and understanding of His true character and nature.


2. The second shift we must make is to understand that God loves all His children that includes those that we feel we are better than, those that we hate, those that we don’t care to know, and those that we feel are worse than us. We must understand that all of mankind’s sins were nailed to that cross with Jesus, and that means we all were ransomed for the same price and therefore we all have the same worth.


3. The third shift I believe can be one of the most challenging to make of all. We must fully accept that Christ loves us as we are, we don’t have clean up the dirty rags that have become our clothing from the paths we have walked in and through in this world. We need to come down from our High and Mighty attitudes and allow Him to place us on His highest mountain of esteem and adoration.


4. The last shift we must make is about our attitude. We must take on the attitude of Christ, remember that God sent his one and only son to be born in manger, and to die on a cross for all the sin of the world, past, present and future. Christ did all things with a humble heart and with the attitude of service. He didn’t grumble and complain about how unfair it was that He the King of Kings would become flesh and be abused and beaten, tortured, and disrespected beyond our ability to understand. He simply said that if this is the Father’s will for the love of all His children then let me obey. Life will not always seem or even be fair but as long as we are seeking Christ first and foremost and living a life that represents His Life and Love for us, we will always be the better for it.


Brothers and Sisters,


I hope and pray that you know that you are loved beyond measure, and that you belong to King of Kings, and that you are LOVED, CHERISHED AND THAT YOU ARE A MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY AND HE WILL ALWAYS RUN TO YOU WITH OPEN ARMS. You simply must answer the knock on the door of your soul and heart as its Him knocking and asking to come in. He is a gentleman and won’t force His way into your heart and soul so I pray that you will answer the knock today and become or be renewed in the belonging to our Savior Jesus Christ.


Till next week,


Love,


Tabby

What Will It Take?

https://youtu.be/KLpO6ZndW2o


"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Acts 2:21


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


While I was on a charter in P.A. we had a situation with one of our coaches. Some of us, drivers, were trying to help a fellow driver get some heat on his coach. While we were trying to locate the valves underneath the rear of the coach one of the drivers said that he would try to bend down on the floor of the coach and look for the valves. Well, needless to say that while he was trying to locate the valves he got his arm stuck and it was wedged in pretty tight. He was unable to move it.


All of a sudden we heard someone crying out for help. His arm was so far in that it was hard for us to get it out. We called for help and the paramedics tried for 45 minutes with no relief. Because he was losing blood flow to the rest of his arm they anticipated cutting it off. As I stood there watching I began to pray for him aloud and he said, "You must be a preacher. Will you stay with me and if I pass out do not let them cut my arm off...Please, I beg you?" I said, "Okay." and continued to pray and recite several scriptures. Soon a mechanic came and used some axle grease and his arm was free but there could have been some possible damage to his arm.


Praise God Brothas and Sistas, I saw him the next day and his arm was okay. I had a chance to witness to him and you know what?..... He gave his life to Christ! All the glory goes to God! Amen! Hallelujah!


God had a plan that day. It took all of those events for one soul to come to Christ? Brothas and Sistas, what will it take for you?


Prayer of Faith


Dear Lord,


Thank you for using all of those events to bring that Brotha to Christ. You take our most challenging moments and make them into something beautiful. You truly make all things work together for good. I pray for those of us that have not given their lives to Christ to do so today. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Good morning Brothas and Sistas.


Jesus, the Prince of Peace


Watch "Because of Who you Are-Vicki Yohe" on YouTube


https://youtu.be/C6WexG9uAJI

As children of God; children of light & of the day; not of night, nor of darkness; [John 12:35, 36; Eph 5:8-16; 1John 2:9-11] Jesus told us, "In Me you may have Peace. In the world you WILL have tribulation; BUT be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." [John 16:33]


"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. [John 14:27]


Without Christ, there's turmoil, confusion and chaos because man is not able to remedy the heart and soul of man; ONLY God, the Creator of man can change the heart; [Jeremiah 17:9, 10] heal and satisfy the longing soul of man. [Psalm 42:1, 2; 63:1; 84:2] Life is filled with trouble [Job 5:4; 14:1] for oppression under pressure leads to chaos.


But until man gets back to God thru Christ, [John 14:6] we will continue to have adisorder, turmoil and chaos in the world. IF man would submit to God, resist the devil, he will flee from him. IF man would draw near to God, He will draw near to him. We all must cleanse our hands and purify our hearts before our holy God; humbling ourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift us up. [James 4:1-10]


Life is not easy. We all have to cry sometimes, but trouble don't last always. For our hope is in the God of our salvation who gives us Life, Hope and Peace in Christ Jesus.

"Trouble in my way; I have to cry sometime. I lay awake at night, but that's alright; because I know Jesus, HE WILL FIX IT, after awhile!!"


Jesus, the Prince of Peace, keeps us in Perfect Peace. If we KEEP our minds STAYED on Him. [Isa 9:6; 26:3, 4] As the Psalmist said, "I would have lost heart; fainted, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. WAIT on the Lord, be of good courage, and He WILL strengthen your heart: Wait I say on the LORD!" [Psalm 27:13, 14]


"Jesus Christ has given us His Promise of Peace. Receive it, Focus on it and Thank Him for it daily; in Christ Jesus Name, AMEN!"


What Do You Believe


https://youtu.be/oPtbozfnPpQ

"While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.” So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples. And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour. When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. And the report of this went out into all that land.Two Blind Men Healed. When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Matthew 9:18 - 28"


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


Brothas and Sistas, how do we handle situations and circumstances in our lives? Do we get angry with God or do we believe what He says will soon come to pass? As we look at our text prior to that Jesus was just finishing with His response to John's disciples in reference to the question,"How is it that they and the Pharisees fast often but Jesus disciples don't?" Just as He concluded with them, here comes the synagogue leader, whose name by the way is Jairus, who kneels before Jesus and says, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.”


There are three points I want to bring to your attention. Let's take a look at the first point.


First point


1. Positive - vs.18 "But come and put your hand on her and she will live." In times of uncertainty we must remain positive. Just like Jairus came to Jesus with a positive attitude believing what Jesus could do without doubting so should we remain positive in our uncertainties. Jairus having the faith as small as a mustard seed believed Jesus was able to bring her back to life and Jesus did just that." Matthew 17:20, Luke 17:6


Second point


2. Persistent - vs. 20 - 22- For 12 years this woman had an issue of blood, but she didn't give up. The bible says, "She came up behind Him and touched the edge of His cloak. " She also said, " If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made whole!!" There are times when we may be praying for deliverance in some areas of our lives and yet it seems as though deliverance may never come but I encourage you to be like this woman. Be persistent and don't ever give up nor give in. Just because God hasn't come at the time we think He should doesn't mean He won't come at all. It took this woman 12 years before she received her healing and for some of us it has been weeks, months and perhaps years but God always comes on time. Philippians 1:6 says, "Being confident of this very thing, He who has begun a good work in you shall perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."


Third point


3. Personal - vs. 27 -28 - Here we see the two blind men following Jesus saying, "Have mercy on us Son of David!" Now notice they didn't stop either because they went in behind Him and Jesus asked, " Do you believe that I am able to do this?" And they answered, "Yes, Lord." When Jesus turned to them and posed the question in a personal way He already knew the answer. He is asking the same of us today. Whatever your need is, Whatever you are seeking God for...He is making it personal to you today. DO YOU BELIEVE I CAN DO THIS?


Our God is in the business of believing. He doesn't have a problem but we do? My question to you is....What do you believe?


Minister Antonio Washington


Prayer Time


Dear Lord,


We thank you for answering our every prayer whether is in one week, one month, one year, or many years we know that you are faithful. Lord, help us with our unbelief during those times when it looks as though you won't come through for us or you are just simply by our standards taking too long. May we walk in faith daily. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

Looking Out for One Another

https://youtu.be/RhxELo-uD3c

https://youtu.be/Gpb-S2KxeEQ

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


The holidays can be a trying time for many couples. It is especially trying for those of us who have lost loved ones. In last year alone my wife and I have witnessed many people that we know and love lose someone near and dear to them. Losing someone so close can take a toll on couples.


When your spouse is hurting it is not the time for you to become resentful, distant or inconsiderate. The most important thing we can do for our spouse's is be there for them. When our spouse is hurting we should be hurting but comforting. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says, "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."


You see when our spouses' are going through depression or sadness it can be overwhelming. The enemy will sometimes use our depression to overpower us. When one of us is weak it is the other spouse's job to come along side of them and help them through the process.


"The happiness of married life depends upon making small sacrifices with readiness and cheerfulness." John Seldon

Sincerely,


Minister Antonio and Sista Michelle Washington


Prayer of Faith


Thank you Lord for being there for us. Help us the genuinely be there for our spouses especially when they are hurting. Help us to live selflessly when it comes to our spouses just as you do for us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


Teatime With Tabby "What will be Written on Your Tea Cup When Your Last Day is Upon the World"

http://youtu.be/CKRF8UihM5s

Good Morning Brothas and Sistas,


I pray that you each have awaken with the knowledge that today is a new day; a gift from above and one that is to be used to glorify the Lord, our God. I attended a "Last Lecture" last night at Loyola College as a friend from church was retiring after teaching there nearly forty years. He had three colleagues that were retiring or stepping down from administration and returning to the classroom. Each gave a fifteen minute last lecture to inspire staff and students for the future.


These lectures gave me thought about what if today was my last day, either eternally or at my job, or in some other role I play. I began to think " Did I make a difference, that Christ would have written on my Tea Cup?"


Now obviously this answer is going to be different for each of us, some of us may have only a few words on our Tea Cups; but they could be very powerful and life giving words. If you ever look at the prayers and even most of Jesus conversations, you see they were short but powerful.


For some of us our Tea Cups will be covered in words related to the works we have done in our feeble attempt to gain God's grace, love, and mercy by works, rather than by faith. Some of us may only have in those last breathes, "My life was given to Christ." Praise God for not only second chances but last minute chances. Many of us will have tea cups filled with words of affirmation; names like mom, daughter, sister, dad, son, brother or child of God. Good and faithful servant.


As I pondered this I wondered what my Tea Cup would say if today was the day I was to take my last breath or if today was the day that God moved me from one significant place in my life to another. What legacy do I want left on my Tea Cup?


It's my prayer that my Tea Cup shows the attributes of Christ and that it is written upon by Jesus Christ such words as a Daughter of King, a Child of God, Giver of the truth of the Lord, a Mom that loved her children, a Son of the Most High God, a Dad that nurtured or cared for his children and raised them to know the Father, a husband who provided for and protected his beloved wife, a wife one who trusted God fully with her marriage and reaped the harvest that came from putting all her faith in Christ. I pray that my Tea Cup says that she was a Sista to all who claim Christ as Lord and Savior.


So Brothas and Sistas, how do we go about ensuring that our Tea Cups are no longer blemished and that they reveal to the world that we are each Children of God and Daughters and Sons of a King? I believe it's easier to do than what we might first think. We have the handbook that tells us step by step how to not only have our Tea Cups repaired when they are chipped or shattered. Also within this same handbook it tells us how to ensure that we are always pouring Tea that will reveal our true identity in Christ. It tells us exactly how to ensure that Christ Himself is writing upon our Tea Cups words of affirmation; words of love, grace, forgiveness, and all that we need individually to be who God created us each to be. This handbook is called the bible.


Brothas and Sistas, I pray that you will each spend some time with our Heavenly Father this week and ask Him to reveal any blemish that He wants to wash away in love and peace. Also ask Him what words and titles has He already written upon your Tea Cup that can never be washed away. Then go deeper with Him and really step out in faith with Christ and see where He may be asking you to go or to do in order for Him to be revealed to a broken world; a world that so needs a Savior, yet still has blinders on and can't see His hand reaching out to each of them no matter how blemished their tea cup is and no matter how chipped and broken it may be. Maybe He is asking you to help someone remove the blinders and enter into the Sistahood and Brothahood of daughters and sons of the King of salvation.


I'm going to end today with a reminder of what Jesus told us is the most important commandment. I believe if we choose to make this our life's motto our Tea Cups will not only have incredible words of affirmation from those we encounter in life but it will also be written in the blood of Jesus Christ, Himself never to be washed away.


Mark 12:28-44 - The Greatest Commandment


"One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important? The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”


Brothas and Sistas, I believe if we put these two commandments to practice in our everyday lives in every situation we encounter we will have Tea Cups that Christ, Himself is revealed through and that will be a blessing to you and to everyone you encounter. You never know you may just be the person that helps someone realize that their tea cup is in need of repair and some Jesus tarnish remover.


I pray that we will each seek to live our lives and allow Jesus to continually fill our Tea Cups with more love and thanksgiving for Him and the sacrifices He made for each of us. I also pray that we will be having Tea Parties with our neighbors, family friends, and enemies so that Jesus has a chance to pour into their lives as well as ours.


Till next week, may God be pouring out of all His goodness and may you he pouring that same love, grace, hope and joy onto everyone you encounter. May your Tea Cups be tarnish free, thanks to our Savior, Jesus Christ. I also pray that Jesus Himself is writing upon our Tea Cups, "Good and faithful servant.".....and much more.


Till next week prayers for all, Much Love in Christ's Glorious Name,

Tabby


Prayer Is A WEAPON

  https://youtu.be/S1aqjI3zq34

Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]. James 5:16


Good Morning Brothas & Sistas,


God has given us so many weapons to use in spiritual battle and prayer is one of those weapons. Prayer is the master key that activates all of the other weapons. Prayer has the power to build up defense mechanisms and build up spirits. Prayer encourages and strengthen the hearts of people. Have you ever prayed for someone or someone prayed over you and afterward you actually saw or felt the power of God move in your spirit. You know that feeling that everything is going to be alright even when you can't see it but you have peace. Brothas & Sistas thats the power of prayer.


Prayer can also tear down Satans kingdom. Oh yes we have the power that when we pray from the heart with persistance and cancel plans that the enemy has set up.


Brothas & Sistas when you are feeling down or a little hopeless begin to talk to the Father. Tell God all of your concerns and pray His word back to him be Intentional about your prayer be specific and watch God move. If you don't believe me start writing your prayers down and date them and meet with God on a regular basis be serious about using this powerful weapon and watch the list of prayers that you record get smaller and smaller.


Recently, I was watching a movie and there was a women on the edge of a building holding on to a pole the negotiator was trying to get her to come down and just when he reached out his hand to grab her she released the pole and jumped. Brothas and Sistas the Holy Spirit said to me what if someone is holding on to a pole feeling hopeless waiting on your prayer to deliver them.


How many people or situations are waiting on us to use the powerful weapon of prayer? Who is just barely holding on waiting for a prayer to change their life? Brothas & Sistas it's time to bring out this weapon Full Force and it will "Accomplish Much"


BE Blessed,

GM


Father, we thank you for giving us everything we need to build up and to tear down. Please help us to understand how to use what you have given us effectively and teach us to be persistant and to trust you while we wait for it to manifest. In Jesus name I Pray.....Amen

Change Your Mind, Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life


http://youtu.be/YgJP9VE5nOI


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


Yes, it's true, there are times we can become weary from all that Satan sends our way to try to defeat us. During these times we are tempted to walk around with a defeated mentality but the bible tells us in Rom. 8:37 that,"We are more than conquerors. "I like that phrase "more than", it indicates a quantifier meaning greater in size, amount, extent, or degree. Brothas and Sistas, there is no situation that we don't stand to come out on top. There is positive in even the seemingly most negative situation because we all acquire growth from it.


Everything within God's classroom is a teachable moment for us all. We grow most and experience His power most in the hard places. The songwriter says,"If I never had a problem I would have never known that my God could solve them." That is so profoundly true.


Brothas and Sistas, you may just need to change your mentality. "I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal (to make like new : restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection) of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].


Brothas and Sistas, it's all based on your perspective. Never look at your past failures or current situation as a tragedy because God is in it and it is all good. We have the victory in all things through Him. Praise Him


!

Love,


Denise


Prayer Time

Thank you Lord for these beautiful minds you have blessed us with. Help us to maintain the mind of Christ. May we walk in victory daily regardless of what comes our way. As we change our mentality and ultimately change our perspective on life. And once we change our perspective we have the ability to change our destiny for the better. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Perfect, Peace and Comfort


http://youtu.be/KS0tmCHK73s


"Hear my prayer, O LORD, listen to my cry for help; be not deaf to my weeping. For I dwell with you as an alien, a stranger as all my fathers were. Look away from me, that I may rejoice again before I depart and am no more." Psalm 39:12-13


Good Morning Brothas and Sistas,


God is a prayer answering God. There are times when we have been praying for something a long time. We must remember regardless of whatever it may be, God hears each of us and will always answer in His perfect timing.

I understand that waiting can be hard, but I also know that God is always up to something in our lives while we are waiting. Brothers and Sistas, continue to stand strong and wait patiently for the LORD. He hears your cry and will answer.


Psalm 39:12-13 says, "Hear my prayer, O LORD, listen to my cry for help; be not deaf to my weeping. For I dwell with you as an alien, a stranger as all my fathers were. Look away from me, that I may rejoice again before I depart and am no more."


Brothas and Sistas, we must be like the widow in Luke 18. She was persistent! She continued to go before the judge, bothering him, and wearing him out. How much more will a holy and just God who is not bothered by us coming to Him over and over again hear and answer our prayers? I tell you Brothers and Sistas, He will answer us.


My mom gave me this card a few years ago. I just wanted to share it with all of you...........


Have You Taken It To Jesus?. Have you taken it to Jesus? Have you left your burden there? Does He tenderly support you? Have you rolled on Him your care? Oh, the sweet unfailing refuge, of the everlasting arms; In their loving clasp enfolded. Nothing worries or alarms. Have you taken it to Jesus, just the thing that's pressing now? Are you trusting Him completely with the when, and where and how? Oh, the joy of full surrender of our life, our plans, our all; Proving far above our asking that God answer when we call. Have you taken it to Jesus? Tis the only place to go if you want the burden lifted and a solace for the woe. Oh, the blessedness to nestle like a child upon His breast; Finding ever, as He promised Perfect comfort, peace and rest.


Brothas and Sistas, take it all to Jesus. Amen!


Much peace,


Renee


Prayer of Faith


Awesome God,


We thank you for the privilege of being able to come to you in prayer. Thank you for teaching us the importance of persistent prayer. Help us to wait on you for answered prayer because you are indeed a prayer answering God. Thank you for your consistency and moving on our behalf. For it is in the wonderful name of Jesus that we pray. Amen


http://youtu.be/UjmAOLhzUPM The Spoken Word


https://youtu.be/6jOg7kPB94c?list=PLCC882FDD48B99F33


https://youtu.be/COiIC3A0ROM


"The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


As I pose this question the first thought that could come to the mind from most couples is, "He is talking about sex." Sorry to burst your bubble but, No, I'm referring to being satisfied with one another as husband and wife. You see there are some who base their marriage on compatibility. The problem with that is that we tend to look for someone who fits our profile per say. We think or say things like, "You know I like what I like,.." and so forth. He or she must look a certain way in order for us to be interested.


Brothas and Sistas, when we settle for compatibility we are basically settling for what we want rather than what we need. Genesis 2:18 states, "The Lord God sais, "It is not good for man to be alone. I (which is God) will make a helper compatible for him, but "suitable for him". As I ponder Genesis 2, I've noticed that Adam had God to talk with and yet God says that Adam is alone. This made me realize that eventhough he had God he was still alone. That's how some of our marriages are eventhough we are married we are yet alone.


So how satisfied are you? We put up a front in spite of the ongoing daily and weekly activities. Some are still alone and not satisfied. Is it possible that our choice at the time of marriage was based on compatibility rather than

what is suitable. Listen Brothas and Sistas, we have all heard the saying he/she is my helpmeet. If we believe that then it should also mean that our spouses make us suitable to do the will and service of the Lord.


Minister Antonio Washington


Prayer of Faith


Thank you for your great wisdom that you give us in your word regarding our marriages. Help us to apply your word to our relationships. May we never walk in fear of choosing our mates according to your will so that we can carry out your will and serve you with our whole hearts. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Tea Time With Tabby "A Brew of Boundaries or Boundless Exhaustion"

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Psalm 74:17 New International Version (NIV) "It was you who set all the boundaries(A) of the earth; you made both summer and winter."


Acts 17:26 New International Version (NIV) "From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands."


Titus 2:12 New International Version (NIV) "It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age...."


Proverbs 23:4 New International Version (NIV) "Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness."


1 Corinthians 4:6 New International Version (NIV) "Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.


Good morning Brothers and Sisters,


I hope you have awoken after a restful nights slumber and that you are excited for what the Lord has for us today. Let's grab our Tea Cups and head on over to the Grand Brew Masters table and see what He has brewed up for us today. May we first give Him thanks for being so generous with new mercies everyday!


As I have spent time with many close church friends recently there seems to be this theme, one that I can certainly find myself swirling in as well. It always seems like a tight rope walk where I am either and expert or failure. This concept of boundaries and godly boundaries doesn't only apply to our sin nature or the sins that are so prevalent in our day and time. They are easy to name, not always easy avoid but not the ones that the Lord has prepared this brew about today.


Most know the story of the two sisters that are so excited that Jesus is coming to their home for the afternoon meal. One sister prepares the food, tidies the house, gets fresh water and perfume to wash Jesus' feet, and on and on. This sister's name is Martha. Then there is Mary who prepares for his arrival very differently. She prepares her heart and mind to be fully open and free of distraction to sip in every drop of the brews that He will share that day. Martha asks Jesus why He doesn't correct his sister for not helping her. Jesus asks her why she worries and why she doesn't sit at His feet as her sister. Martha is confused and Jesus assures her that all things earthly are much less important than all the truth that He has come to teach and share.


Now this would seem to many that being a Mary is better than being a Martha. But I don't believe that is what Jesus was teaching, possibly in that moment it was best to be a Mary and not a Martha. However, sipping that portion of the truth can be just as boundless as Martha's excessive tiding, cooking and perfecting every detail.


God gave us this concept and I believe a directive to have boundaries. Some boundaries are very clear. God is first, family is second, church and the world is third the and then so on...Yet, us humans can even get this one mixed up on the receiving end and also on distributing end. I believe we generally are either a giver or a receiver, a Martha or Mary in most church and life circumstances. Even if we are the opposite in our more worldly lives.

Have you ever examined this idea for yourself? Have you ever looked out over the congregation and just looked about to see if you can identify the Martha's and the Mary's? Can you see who you most often are?


Now there is a third type of person. This is the cruiser they have a knack or appearance of being either being able to dip and dodge from becoming a Martha or a Mary at least from our perspective. Many I believe are in this place unintentionally and without mal-intent. Yet if we were able to truly see this as the church body and begin to have the conversations about how all three sides can either grow us as a body of believers or completely stifle us as a body. This is also true for our own personal walk of faith. How does this look from an outside perspective?


Martha's tend to look and find all the things they see need support or where things have been left undone or are not being done to their standard or hear a need and feel that they are compelled to be the ones to take it on. The irony here is that often they spread themselves so thin that they can't do any of it well. Often they trying to do things with excellence that are outside of their spiritual gifts or outside of what God has called them to do and be for His church.


Mary's tend to find themselves spending their time solely waiting on God or someone of authority to tell them exactly what the need is before they take on anything. This is not them being lazy or selfish. They are so focused often on hearing and being 100% certain that this is what God has designed for them to complete and fulfill that they don't see that God calls us all to do what is before us or they must have a "perfect" plan in place before taking action on the matters that will bless and grow God's Kingdom. What is so easily missed is that often these requests are not that big, they don't need a lot of intercessory prayer and direction from the Holy Spirit or a ten page action plan and step. They are just simple needs of the body.


Cruisers are individuals who often don't know how or who to connect with to determine how they can best serve. They often don't know what areas of ministry are in need or would be a best fit for them so they coast along hoping for a Martha and or a Mary to reach out to them and help them find their place of service in the body. In certain seasons of life, I believe God calls us to this, to recoup, recover and receive His rest. Therefore, always evaluate this through prayer and wise counsel.


As you can see we have three very different parts of the body that make up the church and we all at times will move between the three in different seasons of life and different seasons of the fellowship of which we belong. What I am seeing in and around my Christian friends of late is that they are either drowning in their Martha, Mary, or Cruiser life. How are they drowning? They either feel as a Martha that they are simply expected to do the work of 100% of the body but they are only the 10%. Then there are the Mary's that are feeling like as the 10% that makes up leadership they must make decisions that fit their needs or their tendency to fall into the Martha or cruiser role.


Therefore, when another Mary has an idea or plan for the body that doesn't line up with theirs, they rally others to support their thoughts or they veto the idea. Then when another presents the same idea but differently perhaps or they trust that they will be able to draw the 90% into it better than they are eager and willing to support it. The Martha's are wearing themselves out trying to please everyone and trying to meet the needs of the whole body as individuals feeling that all that needs to be done must be done by them. That others must know what the needs are and they simply aren't interested in helping. Then the coasters are feeling that their input isn't solicited, they look at all that needs to be done to make ministry work, are overwhelmed and see no clear path to interject or support and assist.


Brothers and Sisters, I must be clear there is NO fault or blame being made or insinuated here. This is simply human nature. What is being said is that we all must at times step back, evaluate and step into what can be foreign land for us. We must remember and hold tightly to the truth that God will never lead us anywhere that He is not prepared, made a way for , and see to it that we will end up on the other side with Him. This doesn't always mean the path will be smooth, easy or comfortable . Yet, He promises no matter what to see us through.


I would hope that this brew may help you to evaluate who you are in these three very different roles. None have greater value or greater reward they are all worthy of the God. I simply suggest that we all spend some time with Lord and seek His heart for this matter. Seek His wisdom and leading from His Holy Spirit in our walks of faith. I strongly suggest seeking wise counsel from a fellow believer or church leader if you are struggling with where you are in either of these three and feel that your faith is just coasting and not growing or enriching others faith.


I pray that this Brew of Boundaries or Boundless Exhaustion will bless, grow your personal faith but also your fellowship with other believes, and the BIG "Church."


It's my personal prayer today that we all find the balance of boundaries so that we are not overwhelmed or underwhelmed in our faith, homes, relationships or churches.


Till next week,


Love and Prayers,


Tabby

Suffering for the Cause Of Christ


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"Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy." 1 Peter 4:12, 13 (NKJV)


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


The word trial here refers to "persecution", which is why we, the children of God, ought not to view it as some strange thing that happened to us. We can't pick and choose where, when or how the fiery trial will come but we can determine how we view them. Our loyalty to Christ will bring suffering but all suffering is not the result of godly conduct, even though God allows some suffering to strengthen our faith.


Don't let our suffering be as a result of a murder, being a thief, an evildoer, or a busybody in other peoples business. (1 Peter 4:15) If our suffering is for the name of Christ, we are "Blessed," because the Holy Spirit of glory and of God is upon us. On their part God is blasphemed, but on our part "God is Glorified"!!! (1 Peter 4:14) But if we suffer as "Christians", don't be ashamed, glorify God, because He is glorified and the Spirit of glory is upon us.


When we suffer for our godly Christian conduct and character, we are in good company with Christ, for Christ suffered also. The Lord understands and He will be with us all the way as we commit our lives to Him. "Its All for the Glory of God"!! Amen!


Other Scriptures to encourage your heart: Genesis 3:1; Acts 5:41; Romans 8:17; 1 Corinthians 3:13; 2 Corinthians 1:5, 7; 4:10; Philippians 3:10; Colossians 1:24; 2 Timothy 2:12; James 1:2, 12; 1 Peter 1:5-7; 4:19; 5:1,10; 2 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:9


Prayer of Faith


We appreciate your presence in our lives today, Lord. You are the most high God who shows Himself strong on our behalf. Thank you for all the times we have suffered because of our faith in you. We know that you were right there in the midst of it. And for that we praise you. May we never falter under pressure of persecution but help us to look to you for strength and victory in each and every situation. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

Happy Martin Luther King Day


Declare What He Has Done


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“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him. Romans 8:39


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


In Romans 8 there was a man that was possessed by a legion of demons this man suffered for years, the people in his town knew him and were well aware of his sufferings. The bible says that he didn't live in a house but among the tombs (the places where dead things lie)he didn't wear clothes and they would try to restrain him with chains and shackles but he would break free and the demons would drive him into the desert.


My Brothers and Sistas when this man was in the prescence of Jesus the demons had to obey. They knew who Jesus was and they asked for mercy!! What peace there is knowing that the demons have to obey God.


Jesus healed this man that for years had a legion (several demons) inside of him and once this man was healed he didn't want to leave Jesus side he wanted to stay with him but Jesus told him to "Go Home and declare how much God has done"


Jesus sent this man out to minister with his testimony. This mans testimony was going to change so many other people lives. It was a reason he said "Go Home" in other words Jesus wanted him to spread the news of his deliverance to those that knew his story, to those that had talked about him, to those that had forgotten about him, to those that had canceled him out. Jesus wanted this man to be a living example of the power that God holds over everything even demons.


Brothers and Sistas, when God does miraculous things in our lives we need to get on the "Bull Horn" and Declare What He has Done!!! Our test becomes our testimony and with that testimony others will come to know the Power that the All mighty God Holds. Don't be afraid to tell your story someone may be in bondage waiting for you to open your mouth and plant a seed of hope in their life this means that we have to be transparent so others can see the manifestation of God on earth.


Be Blessed,

G.M.


Prayer


Father ,we thank you for the miracles that you perform in our lives daily and we thank you that you use those miracles to bless others. Father, help us not to be ashamed of what we have done or what we have been through. Please allow us to be bold enough to "Declare the Things That You Have Done"


In Jesus Name I Pray...Amen.

Labor for the Lord


https://youtu.be/7fixMYR1qYA

"Matthew 9:38, "Jesus told his disciples, pray ye therefore the lord of the harvest, that will send forth labourers into his harvest."


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


What is God looking for? He is looking for workers. Are we willing to be workers in the gospel? Brothas and Sistas, when we pray for God to send laborers out in the field sometimes He is calling US to go out and rescue those that are lost and perishing.


One of the most important jobs as Christians is to go out and seek and save those that are lost. That is part of laboring. How many of us are working in the fields; out there sowing into the lives of others instead of just talking about it? Too many times I hear Christians talking about what they are going to do but never actually do it.


I remember the story of the servant Isaiah. In Isaiah 6:8, Isaiah cried out "Here I am...Send me." When God asks who He can send we have to have the same spirit as Isaiah, willing to be obedient to go out in the field to serve. We were saved to serve. So how many of us will answer the call when God is ready for us to go out in the fields to work. The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.


Brothas and Sistas, let's make up our minds to to be that worker that will go out and labor for the gospel while we have time to do it.

Prayer of Faith


Lord, many carry your name but often will not commit to ministering to others who are in the world. But we have been called to be a light in the world because we bear your great name. Please do a work in our hearts so that we will be convicted to carry out the Great Commission. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


Marriage - "Am I Responding To My Vows God's Way or My Way?"


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http://youtu.be/YOKq1VmEbtc Old Skool


“Marriage is a total commitment and a total sharing of the total person with another person until death.” ~ Wayne Mack


Malachi 2:14,15 "But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant."


Good morning to you both,


Brothas and Sistas, as we seek to understand the marital vows let's look at the vows concerning "for better or for worse". Brothas and Sistas, what does for better or for worse mean to you. “For better or for worse” is a commitment by the marriage partners to rise-up together against those things that would threaten the marriage covenant relationship such as attraction for/from someone of the opposite sex towards a marriage partner, dealing with rebellious children, blended family conflict, etc.,


Believe it or not, there are some things that we just need to have enough spiritual gumption or perseverance to work through. Brothas and Sistas, it is never an option to bail out at the first sign of trouble or conflict. The Christian life calls us to a life of perseverance and commitment. We must learn the importance of prayer and trusting God when it comes to conflict in our marriages.


The Bible presents marriage as a divine institution. If marriage were of human origin, then human beings would have a right to decide the kind of marital relationships to choose. Marriage, however, began with God. It was established by God at the beginning of human history when He "created the heavens and the earth" (Gen 1:1). As the Creator of marriage, God has the right to tell us which principles should govern our marital relationships.


Commitment is a mindset, an attitude and a way of thinking that will enable you and your spouse to navigate through the still waters and the storms of a marriage relationship. Charles Swindoll (Strike the Original Match) compares working on marriage to remodeling a house:


It takes longer than you planned

It costs more than you figured

It is messier than you anticipated

It requires greater determination than you expected

Sometimes the only thing that keeps us going is hope!


Now Brothas and Sistas, there may be some of you asking the question: What if I am involved in an abusive marriage or a marriage where my spouse continues to commit adultery? Brothas and Sistas, let's make it clear it is never healthy to remain in a relationship with someone that is consistently abusive or commits adultery without genuine repentance. We are not giving you advice to divorce your spouse if this is occurring in your relationship because that is a decision that has to be Spirit led and it is your decision to make.


On the other hand, we have witnessed spouses being told that

they are bound by their marital vows to stay in a marriage even when they have been victims of domestic violence and adultery. They have been made to feel guilty by being consistently reminded that they are called by God to forgive and love unconditionally regardless of how many times their spouse breaks the marital vows.


Brothas and Sistas, does “for better or for worse” mean that you are married for life — regardless of the violations committed against you in the marriage? The answer is No! Nor has it ever meant that. As we have said before, in counseling sessions some spouses have been told that they are called by God to maintain a relationship with someone even when he or she is repeatedly destructive toward them. In other words, "For better or worse."

But is that counsel truly biblical? Are we ever permitted to end a relationship or distance ourselves from someone because of their unchanged sinful behavior? God's love for humankind is unconditional but he does not offer anyone unconditional relationship. He tells us that our sin separates us from him and that without repentance we have no fellowship with him (1 John 1:6). Our sin does not separate us from God’s love (Romans 5:8) but it does separate us from his presence (Isaiah 59:1-2). Jesus distanced himself from certain religious leaders because he didn’t trust them. He knew what was in their heart (John 2:24). Throughout much of the Old Testament, God withdraws his presence from his people because of unrepentant sin. God calls people to a covenant relationship that is like a marriage. He not only wants us to enjoy his love, he wants us to love him back (Deuteronomy 6:5). He not only promises us his faithfulness, he requires that we be faithful in return (Deuteronomy 4:23-24). The book of Hosea is a picture of God’s love for his unfaithful spouse (Israel). He longs for her, but his relationship with her will remain broken until she is willing to change. http://www.leslievernick.com/pdfs/IS-Marriage-SUPPOSED-to-be-for-Better-or-for-Worse-FR.pdf

In this sinful world there is no perfect person and in every relationship there is some brokenness and suffering. That’s why Jesus tells us that when someone sins against us, we are to go and talk to that person so that we can be reconciled. However, he also adds, if they refuse to hear you after you have repeatedly tried to get them to listen, "treat them as you would a pagan and a tax collector" (Matthew 18:15-17). Jesus says, if there is no repentance, the relationship you once had changes. Pagans and tax collectors were not trusted, nor were they friends, although a good Jew would help a pagan or tax collector who was in need, fulfilling the biblical mandate to love one’s enemy. http://www.leslievernick.com/pdfs/IS-Marriage-SUPPOSED-to-be-for-Better-or-for-Worse-FR.pdf

In conclusion, when dealing with the marital vows, "For better or for worse" let's ask ourselves, "Am I responding to these vows God's way or my way?" Brothas, and Sistas, in order for us to have successful marriages we must respond to these vows in a godly way even when conflict arises. Until next time. Take care.

Minister Antonio and Sista Michelle Washington


Let's Pray


Dear Lord,


We praise your great name for the spouses that you have blessed us with. We realize that you have joined us together and for this we are so grateful. Please continue to bless our marriages. Help us to honor you by continuing to love the ones that we are with. May we always honor the marital vows that we made toward our spouses. We pray all these things in your praiseworthy name, Jesus. Amen.


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Teatime with Tabby “A Brew of Blossoming into Who Christ Intended us to Become”


Habakkuk 3:17-19 "Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails, and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to tread on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments."


Isaiah 18:5 "For, before the harvest, when the blossom is gone and the flower becomes a ripening grape, he will cut off the shoots with pruning knives, and cut down and take away the spreading branches."


Isaiah 27:6 "In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit."


Hosea 14:5 "I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily. Like a cedar of Lebanon he will send down his roots."


Hosea 14:7 "People will dwell again in his shade; they will flourish like the grain, they will blossom like the vine— Israel’s fame will be like the wine of Lebanon.


Good Morning Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


I pray that each of you have awoken with the Hope of Christ in your heart. May we pray? Lord I thank you for the gift of today and I thank you for the word that you put in my heart and mind this morning. I ask Lord that you edit the pages as I enter them to be shared today. May what is shared be pleasing to you and honoring of your good works. Amen


Brothers and Sisters, with the new year many will choose to set new goals for themselves or news years resolutions. I for one have not ever been one to do very well with this concept. I am certain that over the years I have made several and likely did not make it into the first week of the year with determination to see it through.


While listening to the radio recently a local radio personality shared about a different idea for this. She had heard of this from a book she read from a local author, and the concept was to seek God and seek out one Word that you could use intentionally in your everyday life over the upcoming year to grow yourself in all aspects of life. As I have pondered this thought over the past couple of weeks after hearing her speak of it several times and speak on how she is going about being intentional with this in daily practice in her life, it really started to resonate with me.


I asked God if this was something, He was calling me to this year, was there a specific word or phrase or thought He wanted me to ponder on? Then over the next several days the same kind of image started coming to me. Now God tends to show up in some of the most unique ways. So, please bear with me here. I had been gifted a very generous gift card for Christmas from a friend very unexpectedly, so I purchased myself a new comforter set for my bedroom. This then had the creative side in me to decide I needed to update my art in my room, which I made much of myself. This is when God began planting this thought into my head. You see the bedding is flowered of sorts. So, I began looking for art projects I could do myself to go with it.


Then as I began, He started whispering words of encouragement. So, I started looking at quotes that I could add. As I did this I kept coming back to same thing, "Blossoming." I must be honest I did not understand so, I kept on researching and I found this quote “I love the woman I’ve become because I have fought to become her.” Then the next quote that I found was “Look at the Blossoms blooming as you become the woman who God intended you to be always. “ Then the 3rd quote that He led me to was “Enjoy the Blossoms of the heart as I bless you and grow you into the woman, I have always intended you to be “


As I have sat and pondered these quotes and asked God what it was that He was trying to encourage me in? What I believe I have heard Him say to me is, "Its never too late to start over. It's never too late to find your worth in Christ Jesus. It's never too late to stop and see all the beauty of creation and take stock in wreckage of our lives and see the beauty that God make out of our messes."


You see Brothers and Sisters, God loves a messy a life it gives Him the creative freedom as the God of the Universe to make the ugliest, most devastated, sad and broken parts of ourselves into a masterpiece that only He could ever create, sustain, and be pleased with. So, the purpose of the brew today is to remind me and you that we are never too broken for God to make us His Masterpiece. So, I encourage you to go to the Father today with all your broken pieces and find your word that God can use to show you how you can blossom into the person He has always intended you to be.


Till next week,


Love,


Tabby


The Gift Giver


https://youtu.be/2MZxf-lQD-o


"Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a

stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good

things to them that ask him?" Matthew 7:9-11


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


There many promoters who attempt to increase sales and the consumers knowledge of a commodity/product being offered will often promise things that lead them to believe that they will obtain FREE /GIFTS or GIVEAWAYS such as FREE VACATIONS, FREE CARS, FREE FOOD, and FREE CASH. They would even go so far as to have consumers believe that they are now multi millionaires because out of a billion sweepstakes entries their names were the one’s chosen to win the sweepstakes drawing.


The goal is to draw us in so that they will actually believe the world’s lie that it is possible for us to get something from them for nothing. Why should we look to the world’s lies when our heavenly Father has already promised and has delivered on His promise to FREELY give us all things? “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19 Our Father is not like your traditional one night stand where He will make good on all promises before He gets YOUR GIFT, for whatever God says He will do, we can bank on it. “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” II Corinthians 1:20


Only Jehovah Jireh, the Lord God our Provider can make good on everything He says He will GIVE to us. Matthew 7:9-11 says, “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” He is not like that absentee father who makes empty promises or who will just give you any old thing or gift just to get you off of His back. He liberally gives to each and everyone of His children when we seek His face.


Give is defined as to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow, to hand to someone, to place in someone's care. Most promoters will promise us something to get something in return from us. On the contrary, our Father in heaven promises His children GOOD (of high quality; excellent) things we ask Him for without reservation, compensation, or hidden cost. Antonyms for good are best and better. Our Heavenly Father gives us His very best because He knows that we can do so much better. That’s why there is no need for us to worry. He’s got our back! Our Father is the giver of all good gifts! Amen. 

Prayer Time

Dear Lord,

We thank you for the many gifts you bestow upon us. You make good on all of your promises and we praise you for that. May we take hold of your promises and move into those things that you have called us to. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.Amen.R

God's Grace and Tender Mercies

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Good Morning Brothas and Sistas,


The trials of life are extremely difficult at times and sometimes they can become unbearably painfully, to say the least but God's Unfailing Love. All-sufficient grace in Christ towards us and His tender mercies that are new every morning brings us through each day. (Lamentations 3:22-26; Ephesians 2:4-9) He's able to bring us through the fire, without being burned. He's taking us through and only He can bring us out!"


Jesus. our Savior is in us by His Holy Spirit. He's with us when we're rejected. He's in the midst of our suffering and He is with us thru all of our pain and sorrow; (Romans 8:18) for He promised He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)


Humility is when we humbly come to realize we're not self-sufficient in meeting our needs but accept by faith, totally relying and depending upon our All-Sufficient and All-Knowing God in His Unfailing Love towards us through His Only Begotten Son, our Savior Jesus Christ to meet ALL our needs in every area of our lives. (Psalm 34:9,10; 107:9; Philippians 4:19)


Only God through Christ our Savior and Lord is Keeping us! As we hold to Him through prayer (1 Thess 5:17); Seek His face in His Word; Trust and Take Him at His Word. We come to learn and know He is truth. His Word is truth and He's all we need to carry us through these difficult and trying times. We're not self-sufficient but All-Mighty, All-Knowing, Self-Sufficient God through Christ Jesus our Savior and Lord is keeping us and He's able to bring us out according to His Will; His Plan and His Purpose, for His Glory!" (Rom 8:28-30)


HOLD to God's unchanging hand! PRAY without ceasing! Trust Him with all your heart and don't lean to your own understanding! [Prov 3:5, 6] God is working and He's working all things together for good to them that love Him and are the called for His purpose and glory! [Romans 8:28] "Despite all these things we're experiencing; Overwhelming Victory is ours through Christ Jesus, who Loved us." (Rom 8:37; 1 Corinth 15:57)


Blessings,


Claudia 

Are You Confronting Those You Love

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"Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, & I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul...Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight?" II Sam.12:7, 9a


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


Confrontation can be a real trip at times. Sometimes it can be one of the hardest things in life to do and to tell you the truth most of us tend to avoid it. Question. How many excuses have you made for things you won't confront?


Time after time the Holy Spirit brings things to our attention so that we can deal with them and quite often our response is to lie and pretend as though they don't exist. According to my spiritual father, “An excuse is a skin of a reason stuffed with a lie.“


The truth is we become too familiar and complacent with those things we won't confront in an effort to avoid the inevitable. The truth makes us free. The truth spoken in love makes others free. Amen.


Our Daily Bread/Prayer Time


Dear Lord,


Please help us to speak the truth to those we love so that they can grow from it. You are an amazing God and we trust your word. Give us grace to understand and receive what others may say to us when it is you prompting them to come to us. We pray all these things in your most amazing name, Jesus. Amen.


Bringing Sexy Back to Your Marriage

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https://youtu.be/80VTCe6VC80 Old Skool


"Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame." Song of Solomon 8:6

"The word 'romance,' according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime." Billy Graham


Good morning Brothas and Sistas,


Brothas and Sistas, sometimes we have problems in our marriages and choose to divorce because we forget to date, flirt with, and romance one another. We can never be too busy to find the time to make our spouses feel admired, loved, and adored. And yes, take the time to make them feel like they are the hottest thing on God's green earth because in fact they should be in the eyes of us, their spouses. We all need to feel like we are sexy in the eyes of our spouses.


We have compiled a list of suggestions to keep the fire hot in your marriages. Handle with care.


1. Try to discover a romantic place that your spouse would like to rendezvous and plan a romantic interlude there.


2. Make it a point to set aside time with your spouse. Include a massage, soft music, bubble bath, hot tub, candlelight, dancing and an intimate dinner .


3. Surprise him/her with a night out to dinner, a walk by a lake or down at the harbor, long ride, movie, etc.,


4. Touching is important in any marriage. Make it a point to flirt by pinching or touching your spouse in places that are only permitted by you.


5. Shower them with "just because I love you" gifts without it being a special occasion.


6. Place sexy underwear in your spouse's car or briefcase with an invitation to a private viewing of lingerie from your exclusive collection and an after party for just the two of you. Woohoo!!


7. Text or email an invite to your spouse for a preview to an opening of an exclusive club named after you with nightly shows which include appetizers, exotic dancing, or a striptease act. (pole dancing and lap dances - optional) ;-)


8. Email or text a picture of intimate apparel chosen by you to your spouse with an invitation to an exclusive fitting and refreshments tailored made to his/her liking. Be creative.


9. Show up at his/her place of work with a horse drawn buggy, roses, lunch/dinner and music to serenade your spouse.


10. Take him/her to a show and request the act performing to sing your favorite love song and dedicate it to him/her.


Brothas and Sistas, these are just a few suggestions to keep the fire burning in your marriage. Try to make every moment count with your spouse by making every day special for them.


"Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable." Henry Ward Beecher


We have enjoyed sharing this series with you. Until next time, take care.


Minister Antonio and Sista Michelle Washington


Prayer of Faith


Dear Lord,


Thank you for helping us realize the importance of spending time with our spouses. You have given us a life long commitment to our spouses. Help us to honor that commitment. Help us to make everyday special with and for our spouses. May we keep the fire burning in our marriages for a lifetime. We pray all these things in your phenomenal name, Jesus. Amen.


A Brew of Gratitude or Atttitude

Acts 24:3 (NIV) "Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude."


Colossians 3:16 (NIV) "Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts."


Philippians 2:5(NIV) "In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:


Romans 12:2 New (NIV) "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."


Good Morning Brothers and Sisters,


It's so great to be back with each of you. I pray that we can each enter into our time together with this brew that often is not so sweet or can often be spoiled by our choices in mindset. So let's go to the Grand Brew Master's table and humbly open up not just our Tea Cupboards but also all the hidden places where we store what can ruin a great brew once we stir it into our brews. As what we put into the brew we are sipping and sharing is often as equally if not even more important than what brew has been prepared for us.


Brothers and Sisters, as I have shared before I just love Paul. He reminds me so often of just how easily it is to get off track when you really aren't paying attention to how and what your mind is focusing on or not focusing on. It's so easy to allow the standards and the unrealistic views, perceptions and expectations that this world places in our minds. Have you ever considered why we at times get annoyed with the dumbest of things? Here are few of mine that I know I need to own and get beyond.


· The printer simply won't work, and it I need that document now to get to where I need to be 5 minutes ago.


· The TV is blaring and I am trying to work why can't the door just be shut by the person whose watching TV.


Now sure we are all going to get unnerved, frustrated and certainly we all have some of these annoying characteristics and probably more that others find annoying about us. Yet, is this the attitude of the heart that Paul calls us to have. Is this the renewing of our minds that Paul shares with us that is so beautiful and transforming if we would simply choose to stay focused there? The world tells us all the time in so many obscure and blatant ways that we should never have to put up with other peoples "stuff". Okay, so if we all chose that mindset then wouldn't the world simply stop working? If we all simply retreated and didn't deal with anyone else how would anything every be accomplished?


You see Brothers and Sisters, my struggle is all in the mindset and the attitude. I allow the dumb stuff to build up and it becomes a bitter brew that I find myself trying to sweeten up but all I do really is pour sour milk and curdle the Brew even more. Paul reminds us that our minds are ours to protect and to direct. He tells us that we must choose what we allow to take up residence in minds. If we don't walls start being built and before you know where there was once shelves of amazing brews filled with Christ's love, redemption, sanctification and blessing can no longer be seen or found. They are no longer shelves. They have been corrupted now they are walls. These shelves have been built over with bitter timber and piercing nails of negative, false, unkind, and ungodly whispers that are now what and who you have become. We are no longer hope to the world, light in the dark places because we too have become a bitter brew.


Here are some simple ways that we can each practice daily to ensure that we are renewing our minds and living our lives for Christ and through Christ in this world each and every day.

A "Blessings Jar" or journal sticky note. Make a point to find a way to bless someone else each day. This is free and is not just good for the other person(s) soul but yours as well. Example: Say thanks to a cashier, thank the cleaning person at mall or office, send a note or email or text with a few kind words of encouragement.


You can do a random act of kindness for someone you know or a perfect stranger.


Spend some time with God just thanking Him for the first things that pop into your head.


Blessings and thanks for each of you. Please know that I am forever grateful to each of you for our Tea Parties with our Savior each week.


Love,

Tabby