Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotionals

Saturday, May 30

“Who’s Next…”

When we moved to a new city, I found a barbershop that seemed the place to go. Knowing the challenge of waiting for a chair to open up, I decided to go early and beat the Saturday morning rush. Yet, even though I got there early, each time a chair emptied—the barber would point to someone else and say, “he’s next….

After several hours of waiting, (and getting angrier by the minute), I watched as the barbershop emptied several times—yet, the next man or child who walked in was always ahead of me. Finally, they must be using a system that I don’t understand.

As I continued to wait, the way their system worked became clear. Clients would call early in the day, getting a number while noting which barber they wanted. The caller was given an estimate for when they should arrive, and your barber held on to your number.

The point is, that there was a system in place that worked for these barbers and their patrons—that I just didn’t know about. A system, that until I understood it, left me frustrated and angry as I watched everyone else get served before me.

The Lord has a system that works as well. It is a system that is built on the truth “that all have sinned and are in the need of a Savior for redemption!” This redemption requires us to openly embrace God’s Plan with our confession of Christ—or we reject the promise, and will never be chosen next.

This truth of how the Lord’s system works may produce frustration, anger—and even hate; simply because everyone doesn’t understand, accept—or openly rejects the way the Lord’s system works. But for all our feelings of how the system isn’t fair—the Lord’s system  remainsand it hasn’t changed.

Isaiah 55:8-9 reminds us that the Lord’s ways are not ours; and His thoughts are beyond our thoughts. In that measure, we must embrace the ways of the Lord as precepts for all, that when studied, and being found approved, will cause each of us to be blessed and prosper!

Just as the barbershop system, once embraced, became a very effective way to ensure that my needs would be met—when we embrace the Lord’s system—we are assured that our needs will be met in Christ as well; ensuring us a greater witness of God’s plan for us.

That greater witness was even evidence with our barbershop—by embracing our barber’s system…he began to embrace ours as well. In fact, the conversation in the whole shop changed. Over time, our barber became our brother in Christ and a student in the Lord while becoming the barber to most of the men in our church. We embraced his system—and he embraced the Lord’s system! And as we might imagine, his chair was never empty again. So, one question remains: “Who’s next?”

Scripture References: Isaiah 55:8-9; Proverbs 14:12; 2 Timothy 2:15; Matthew 6:24; 33

Lord God,

Give us a heart to trust and serve you and not the World’s system. You promise that if we seek your Kingdom first and your righteousness, that there is nothing that you would withhold from those us whom you love.  Lord God, increase our testimony—increase our witness, in Jesus Name. Lord, we pray that all who come to you, will know that they are next…this we pray in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Craig A. Heath


Friday, May 29

Can You See Me? Can You Hear Me?

One of the most telling aspects of being a Christian, is our ability to hear from the Lord. That is, when the Lord speaks—do you hear Him? Once, while in a conversation, a fellow believer admitted that after being a saved for most of his life—He had never heard the voice of the Lord.

Honestly, statements like that are concerning. A person’s walk with the Lord is critical in this life. If we have never heard His voice—how do we know that we are following Him? How do we know that we are not just following a man and are just members in a club? After all, isn’t it the Lord who speaks very clearly, in John 10:27,

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” NIV

English class taught us this truth—that if a statement is true—then the negative of the statement must also be true, that’s the contra-positive. Thus, this statement is also true: “If my sheep don’t listen to my voice; then I don’t know them, and they don’t follow me.” So our greatest fear should be: that we have never heard the Lord’s voice…because we don’t follow Him—and the greatest tragedy that could ever happen to any of us, is that He will never know us.

Now, perhaps the brother really just didn’t understand, that when we read the Word of God; when we hear the Word read; when we are led by the Holy Spirit—then we have heard the voice of God. God speaks both through His Word and His Spirit—and even by those who have been anointed by God to minister His Holy Word.

That’s why the words used in the title today are so powerful. They were actually excerpted from a regional commercial in the area where we used to live. What the advertiser was saying by asking the question was, that if you were able to both see and hear their commercial—then we were in their region, and they would deliver our purchase to us at no additional charge! As the preachers say, “That will preach!”

Over and over in scripture, we are given clear, powerful illustrations where we see the men and women of God, who were able to “see” and “hear” the Word of the Lord, and moved accordingly! King David was such a practitioner of asking God—and then moving, only when directed by the Lord. Take some time to study David and his battle at Perazim in 2 Samuel 5:17-25.

At the moment of Pentecost, the disciples, (before Christ was crucified), had been told that there was more: that the Comforter would come. In that, they were to assemble in the upper room and tarry in Jerusalem; which was to wait, for the Promise that would come. This presents an example, that every disciple must be responsive to the instruction and leading of the Holy Spirit (the Promise), who was given for our edification.

There, in the Upper Room, those who would ignite the movement of the Lord moved in obedience to the leading and the guiding of the Holy Spirit. Sure, we may not hear the audible voice of the Lord speaking to us—but the Word, and the leading of the Holy Spirit are available for all who believe that the Lord Jesus, died for our sins. The Comforter has come and is guiding each of us into all truths! The question that remains is this: “Can you see Him? Can you hear Him? If you can, then you know what…He delivers too!

Lord God, thank you for coming into my life. I yield my life to you and I desire to receive the fulness of what you have for me. Lord, show me the way that I should go and order my footsteps so that in all that I do, I hear your Voice for my life; and that I see the wondrous works that you do on my behalf.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Craig A. Heath


Thursday, May 28

Do not waiver in your faith. God is still at work!

Faith can sometimes be confusing to us, especially during these uncertain times of COVID-19. We may start to wonder what faith is. Or even if we have it? It is during these times we should look to God’s Words for answers, surrounding our faith.

What is faith? The Bible teaches us that faith is having confidence in what God has revealed in His Word, and that it will unquestionably come to pass. Faith is, accepting God’s Word as being entirely dependable and an indisputable fact. Faith tells us to take God at His Word, because all that He has promised us in Christ is secure.

Abraham trusted God’s promise to him of new land and descendants. It took a long time for these promises to be fulfilled, yet Abraham stayed faithful and trusted God. God fulfilled His promises to Abraham.

Abraham’s faith teaches us, that faith is the firm persuasion, unshakeable confidence and undeniable expectation, that all God has said will be established and does not hinge on “maybe” or “perhaps.”

Faith is evidence not seen. It is like seeing a picture of place we have never visited, but we believe the place exists. This is faith at work. And this is what Hebrews 11:1 is saying to us. Faith is not based on our sight or senses, but rests on God’s Word. There are many promises in the Bible, and though we cannot always see the outcomes, we choose to believe that God’s promises are true.

Faith is beyond our intellect and cannot be penetrated though our opinions or impressions. It’s beyond our dimension of thought because it is the substance of facts that are conceived in the mind of God.

To have faith is to have a beginning point and an ending point. The beginning point is believing in God’s character. He is who He says; and the end point of our belief is trusting in God’s promises. That is, He will do what He says.

God does not change His mind, nor spoken a Word He has failed to act upon. He has never made a promise that has not been fulfilled. Therefore, do not waiver in your faith and in God’s promises to you, “Because He who has started a good work in each of our lives, is well able to bring it to fulfillment.”

Faith is not complicated; it is just believing the things God has promised will come to pass!

 Scripture references: Hebrews 11:1; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Numbers 23:19 and Philippians 1:6.

Prayer:

Father, thank you for the revelation of faith. Even during these times of uncertainty, we have the confidence in knowing You are in control. Father you know the beginning and the ending. Therefore, we trust in the promises You have made to us, because Your word is always yes and amen.

Father thank you for loving and protecting us and sending your Holy Spirit to remind us that the good works you have started in us will come to pass.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Minister Karyn Miller


Wednesday, May 27

My Money is on Assignment

In the wake of this pandemic, there are numerous shortages: employment, food and funds. Stocks, bonds and investments across all industries continue in a downward meltdown.  In fact, more than 8 trillion in shareholder value has been lost. The Dow-Jones has become schizophrenic with the daily changes.

In an effort to jump-start the economy a fresh wave of stimulus checks with a presidential insignia have been distributed nationwide like a defibrillator, shocking the heartbeat of the economy. The government wants us to assign our money to help stimulate the economy.

What we must recognize is that when money is on assignment: it has a purpose!  The believer must deliberate in a posture of prayer to determine allocation.  Looking at, Genesis 8:22. “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

Wait! What? Seeds? Sowing? Why Should I? In this age of uncertainty, they want us to do what? Yes, sow a seed give; put our money on assignment.  Most financial agencies will encourage us to allocate our budget by assigning every dollar.  It doesn’t matter if we have an unemployment check, paycheck or in-kind gift, put a seed in the ground.

Still need more assurance? Meet us at: Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

The scripture highlights God’s unmerited grace and favor. See, when we place a seed into the ground during this season, we will reap a harvest.  There is a universal principal of sowing and reaping. I challenge you to find a ministry within the body of Christ and give.  Don’t make it a charitable donation; trust God even as we name our seed.  He has not failed us–His Word remains true. God’s plan is fail-proof and offers the best return on investment.

You are the financial planner…our money is on assignment…waiting for direction.

Let’s Pray:

Father God I thank you for being the God of abundance.  I present my finances before YOU and I thank you in advance for miracles signs and wonders. Teach me how to make wise financial decisions so that you get the glory in my financial life. I bless and honor you in advance.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Arnaca Buggs


Tuesday, May 26

What are You Reflecting?

“As in water face reflects face, so a man’s heart reveals the man.” – Proverbs 27:19 (NKJV)

One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible is Proverbs 27:19 because the scripture points the finger at us.  In its simplicity, there is depth and practicality of what the verse is conveying to the reader.  The word reflect is defined as “to uncover or unveil;” while, reveal is defined as, “to make known, to show plainly or open up to view.”  The word heart is defined as, “the center of the physical, mental and spiritual life of humans;” or to paraphrase, “the seat of one’s mind, will and emotions.”

During this COVID-19 pandemic, what has the Lord revealed to each of us…about us?  About our thought life?  About our health?  About our prayer life?  These noted areas are key to sustaining ourselves during this pandemic.  Each area plays a vital role, and all of them originate from our heart.

What kind of quiet time have we taken with the Lord to explore our heart?  On a few occasions, I have experienced the Lord using my peers as a mirror to show me what I have been reflecting.  The heart can be deceitfully wicked, and in this season, it is important that we take the necessary time and steps toward self-care and self-improvement, even for our heart.  There is an old adage that states, “We attract who we are.”  Who or what are we drawing to ourselves, based solely on the condition of our heart?

Let’s take this time during the pandemic to inventory the state of our heart, our mind and our emotions.  Let’s question every area and be honest with ourselves.  Meditate on scriptures of healing, soundness of mind and cultivating a healthy heart.  My hope is we all come out of this pandemic stronger, wiser and better.

Scriptures: Proverbs 4:23; 23:7; 27:19; Jeremiah 17:9; Philippians 4:6-8; Jeremiah 31:33

Father God, we pray that You will continue to guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.  Help us Father, to hide Your word in our hearts that we may not sin against You.  Remind us to look to the hills from whence comes our help knowing that our help comes from You, Lord.  Father, continue to keep us in Your perfect peace as our minds are stayed on You.  Father, we thank You and praise You for providing for every one of our needs.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Delicia ‘Dee’ Derrick


Monday, May 25

Don’t Do It!

For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires will accumulate teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new.  They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4:3-4

On April 20, the Governor of the State of Georgia, Brian Kemp removed restrictions from nonessential entities to reopen during the Covid-19 pandemic.  These entities included fitness centers, bowling alleys, art studios, barbers, nail artists, salons, estheticians, and massage therapists. Don’t Do It people!!

Realize many are still dying, numbers are not being reported as they had initially. Many people were not in agreement; surprisingly, even the President of the United States, Donald Trump.  Don’t do it!  There is still no cure, tests are not as firm to solidify causes and symptoms.  Scientists and Health Professionals are still learning and walking us through what they know.  Don’t Do It!

As people of God, we must use wisdom in these times.  We must ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten our eyes to see and our heart to understand what the Spirit of the Lord is saying.  Some things are clear, and we must not allow our emotions to lead and guide us, because we are tired of being at home and want to get back to life as we knew previously.

We’re in a different place and our perspectives must shift to make adjustments for the new. The new normal. We are in a season where we must seek the Lord like never before.  Covid-19 is the real deal, and we must remember all the lives that have been taken by this killer virus.  We must protect our lives and the lives of others at all costs.  Don’t Do It! We must exemplify responsibility and accountability as People of God. (Ephesians 16:8) Social distancing is necessary; wearing a mask is necessary; and all the other protective measures given by the CDC and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

We are the people of God who have exponential power and presence through prayer, and our Almighty Creator.  As we get into our closets individually as well as collectively, we must hear what the Lord is saying. We must not have itchy ears to move as the world, for we are not of this world.  We are innovative beings that God has placed in this earth to represent Him.  Now is the time to reconsider, re-evaluate and reposition our hearts, mind, and spirits to hear what thus saith the Lord.

Our Father and our God, we invite you in to be the God of every circumstance, situation, and decision. We degree that you are the outcome of every situation, circumstance, and decision. You’re our God and mightier and more powerful than Covid-19.  Let us be mindful of the times and season that were in, and to pay attention as to what you’re saying to us individually and collectively.  Continue to provide us with your precious wisdom, and understanding as you reveal your divine will. Allow your divine protection and safety to continue to cover us and keep us.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Minister Cheryl Shaw


Saturday, May 23

“Fight On my Brothers and Sisters”

Jesus has already suffered and died through His finished work on the cross for our sins, yet we still have work to do as we grapple with Covid-19. Furthermore, as we contend with the corona virus, we also find ourselves on this side of glory, embattled with evil social injustices.

Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:12, “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”  Paul’s exhortation toward Timothy tells us that our faith must still involve action.

In this season of the “new abnormal,” God still equips and speaks to His people on how to fight our enemies. James 2:14 asks the question, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no works.” Then James gives an answer in verse 20, “But do you want to know, you foolish one, faith without works is useless.” 

One of God’s most stealthy and under used weapons can be found in Psalms 144:1, “Praise be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.” Wow, did you miss it? The eternal, everlasting God who knows all, knew that we would need to one day use our hands and fingers to Complete the Census, to Register to Vote, and to Cast our Ballots as if our very lives depended on it.

We find ourselves not only praying for justice, we are now Running for Justice, as well as, Standing for Justice. So now let us hear the clarion call to war with our fingers by voting for Justice as we fight, the good fight of faith.

An old deacon once said, “We already know what to do, we just need help in wanting to do.”

Let us pray:

Father, thank you for your Word which gives us light, and your Holy Spirit which gives us sight to see into your Kingdom. Thank you for equipping our minds and placing a desire in our hearts to run this race, to stand in place, and to fight with faith.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Minister Mack Calhoun


Friday, May 22

“Y’all Gon’ Make Me Lose My Mind-Up In Here, Up In Here”

We are in a season and time of quarantine, isolation…or time-out.  We would have never postulated that we would be here, but we find ourselves in a space and place that feels restricted.  It seems like, we have created all the games that we can create; cleaned out all of the closets; talked to ALL our friends and family; and even spent a little time with God! But if the truth be told, we feel like we are going to lose our minds.

We even realize that it is probably distressing that we are having the thoughts that we are having.  We really want to look at the big picture and be positive; but the walls seem to be closing in and we feel like we are about to lose our minds.

Well, it is not God’s design that we experience a mental breakdown—but it is His desire that we lose your mind.  God wants us to not be conformed to the things of this world but to renew our mind daily that we may see life from His perspective.  This season, is a moment in time to flush out those thoughts in our mind that do not align with God’s Word and adjust our life to line up with His Word, His Way and His Will.

Start a new way of thinking by writing down your thoughts, and then write down how you can change those thoughts to reflect how God would want you to think.  Philippians 4:8 states, “Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever thing are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of a good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.”

So, while we want to scream, “Y’all gon’ make me lose my mind-up in here, up in here, we now know that there is truly, a greater purpose in this season of quarantine.  Now, we can make those mental adjustments and move closer to having the mind of Christ.  We hope that we can present our bodies/mind before the Lord and truly become a reflection of that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 

Scripture references:  Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 2:5; Philippians 4:8

Let’s Pray,

Father God, I glorify You and I praise Your Holy Name.  Lord, I come before You and I ask that You forgive me of my sins.  Forgive me for those things said and done that do not line up with Your Word.  Father, forgive me for my negative thoughts.  I present my body and mind before You as a living sacrifice and I renew my mind daily.  I thank You God for enabling me to think on things that will bring honor to Your Name.  I thank You Father for giving me thoughts that will turn into a reservoir of compassion, love, and joy.  I declare that my mind is filled with peace, purpose, and positivity!

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Bawayna Thompson


Thursday, May 21

“Put a 40 on It”

Our modern-day medical professionals have defined quarantine as a period of at least 14 days to separate and restrict movement of people to prevent the spread of disease. Originally, the French word “quarantine” with its Latin roots, means “about forty” has contributed to our English word quarantine, by emphasizing “a period of forty days.”

In Numbers 13:21-25, spies were sent by Moses to explore the promised land of Canaan for forty days. Subsequently, in Numbers 32:13, the Lord became angry after spies discouraged the people from going in the promised land. He then made the Hebrews wonder in the wilderness and live outside of the promised land for forty years.

After being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus spent forty days fasting in the desert; whereby, he was tempted by the devil for forty days and nights. After Jesus refused each temptation, Satan departed, and Jesus returned to Galilee to begin his ministry. Then in Acts 1:3, Jesus appeared with His disciples for forty days after His resurrection until His ascension in heaven.

Centuries later, in 1865 after the civil war ended, President Abraham Lincoln ordered General Sherman to assist the freed slaves in obtaining forty acres and a mule; thereby, ensuring them a fair start in their newfound freedom from the vice of slavery. Unfortunately, President Lincoln was hastily assassinated, and his successor, Andrew Johnson revoked those orders after a few thousand freed slaves in South Carolina and Georgia had received their forty acres and a mule.

During the 4th month of the year 2020, the Governor of Georgia revoked another order for freed Negros and others to end their shelter in place and experience their newfound freedom to again be exposed and tempted. As set by the example of Jesus, being tempted is not a sin, its ‘yielding to temptation’ that is sin. Renowned writer and social activist, Alice Walker said, “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

God also used Moses in a most powerful manner after spending forty years in Pharaoh’s house; forty years in the wilderness; and forty years leading the people of God. His life is a powerful example of what the Lord can do when He puts a 40 on it! What greatness will God do in your, life through your obedience, over the next forty-years; the next forty-days; or even, the next forty-minutes?    

Let us Pray

Father, thank you in advance for helping us to not yield to temptation and delivering us from all forms of evil as we remain sensitive to your Holy Spirit and obedient to your Word for your glory and our safety. Hallelujah!

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Minister Mack Calhoun


Wednesday, May 20

Invest in Gold and Silver

The investment market can be described as a bear market, volatile, or unpredictable.  Many have pulled out their investments from certain stocks and have made major changes in their investment portfolios.  A bear market is defined as a 20% drop in value, causing many to operate in fear.  Others don’t know what to invest in fearing a loss in revenue, desiring instead to have a gain.  As an investment broker, our recommendation would be for people to invest in gold and silver.

Gold and silver have been around for centuries and their values have been established in the Word of God.  We see in Genesis 2:10-12, the first discovery of gold.  The different rivers have been the place of discovery for many precious minerals, stones, and commodities.  When our foundations are built on gold and silver, the winds and storms of life may come, but gold and silver have been shown to withstand the purification, purging, and refining processes of life.

Some investors will challenge us to make sure that we have diversified stocks in our portfolio.  Diversification is a way to endure the times when there is a bear market and a way to ensure a steady increase in your investments.  Have you ever thought about a kingdom portfolio?

Building our Kingdom Portfolio requires that we first look at the return on investment (ROI) as we decide which stocks to purchase.  God however, would like for us to have gold and silver as part of our portfolio as well as resilience, obedience, and integrity (ROI).  Our kingdom portfolio must reflect the attributes of God as well as the financial principles that are found in His Word.

We must make sure that as we travel on this journey called life, that our hearts are filled with those things that bring about value in the kingdom of God.  Our hearts must be filled with compassion, humility, and generosity as our minds are filled with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

We are the temple of the Living God that houses His Glory and we must make sure that during the refining and purging process of life that we come out as gold and silver.  We must be our brother’s keeper and make sure that there are none feeble within our tribes.  May we allow the Master Builder (God) to sculpt our buildings so that we are able to endure the peaks and valleys of life and be found worthy and capable to carry God’s glory wherever we go, and that our Kingdom Portfolio is always increasing, in Jesus’ Name.

Scripture references:  Genesis 2:10-12; Haggai 2:1-9; Malachi 3:3; Proverbs 8:14-19; Proverbs 17:3; Proverbs 27:21; Zechariah 13:9; 1 Corinthians 3:5-17; Psalm 105:37

Heavenly Father,

I praise You; the creator of all things.  You created the stars, waters, and the land and I magnify Your great name.  I ask that You forgive me for my sins and draw me closer to Your bosom.  I thank You Father for Your new mercies that You extend toward me.  I pray Lord that I be found worthy to be a glory carrier and that I have the capacity to hold the anointing that You have placed on my life.  I ask Lord, that You strengthen me as I go through the purging and refining processes of life.  I declare that I shall be a reflection of gold and silver and I possess the fruit of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.  Father, thank You for sculpting my temple with a strong foundation that exemplifies resilience, obedience, and integrity.  I thank You that there is none feeble within my tribe and we shall build our Kingdom Portfolios that are replete with compassion, humility, generosity as well as gold and silver.  We shall receive our reward of righteousness and wisdom is our portion!

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Bawayna Thompson


Tuesday, May 19

Isn’t it About Time?

Each year, annual, quarterly, monthly evaluations and self-valuations are critical to allow us and our businesses to adjust with the times. Similarly, at the beginning of this year Dr. Jamal H. Bryant, the Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church proclaimed to the church family, that this is “time to do it different.” He referenced this to scripture Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Now, who could have imagined how different the year 2020 would be for churches and the global society as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Doing things differently could be from the result of known, well-planned events or circumstances or unknown, ad hoc, that catch us by surprise. We are not always able to predict the future, but what we can do is to be both alert and discerning for change, at all times. In fact, remember the technological revolution the television industry went through just a few years ago. That was an industry that experienced quite a major change in doing things differently.

For example, one well known company embraced new technologies and immediately discontinued producing box television models; moving all production to flat screen televisions. While several other companies followed—the first, was truly the forerunner. Yet, there were others in that industry that didn’t embrace the flat screen technologies and began to see their revenue streams dry up as the market shifted.

Another example of doing things differently occurred as corporate entities established live stream and social media platforms to extend their message and their reach in their markets. Social media resources, and knowledge on how to use social media resources, allow individuals and entities to be interact more effectively with their customers, than those without.

As Christians, it is necessary that we also endeavor to keep up with the changing trends.   Reflecting on the given examples of doing things differently also expands to other arenas and demonstrate that the same could be beneficial for our businesses and careers as well, even with our relationship in Christ!

Doing things differently, may be the increasing the time you pray, study the Word or even how you praise, that may position you to be the next forerunner in a move of God. Maybe, its simply, putting God first in your life that will be your first step to doing things differently…isn’t it about time?

In all this we can have the assurance in knowing we can go to God for wisdom to assist us in any decision we make.  (James 1:5)

Scripture References: James 1:5; Isaiah 43:19, Proverbs 3:5-6, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help us to be practical and not to be left behind in times of change.  Above all God help us to be in consistency with Your Will.  We ask if it be your will to become a forerunner of change give us the courage and guidance on how to accomplish it. You get the all the glory.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Minister Jane Poitier


Monday, May 18

Amazing Grace

One of the most difficult things in this season of pandemic, is the forced separation as families. Those who are fearful of the inadvertent transmission of the disease are forced to isolate themselves from one another. Even more challenging is when the virus takes root in the life of a loved one, and that loved one is relegated to releasing their loved one into the hands of the hospital, not knowing if they will see them again on this side of glory.

Today would have been a more encouraging devotional, if the illustration that was shared was one that revealed the successful restoration and healing of our loved one. But, is not—at least not encouraging in that regard. Instead, our loved one went on to glory—yet, even in this darkest moment, the glory of the Lord was made manifest.

Our dear cousin, married only seven years, seeing her husband’s elevated temperature had prayed for a week that the fever would break. Finally, after conferring with the hospital, she was urged to finally take him immediately to the hospital. There she found that the stories of separation are in fact true, as she was met at the entrance of the emergency room and the staff rushed him headlong into their crisis protocol.

The most unnerving part of the story is that it was our dear cousin’s last time seeing her husband alive and conscious. Over the next month, she continued to remain hopeful—and was encouraged by the attentiveness of the hospital staff to both her care—and the worsening updates of her husband’s care.

When it was time, the staff called her, alerting her that today was the for her to pay her final respects. As she sat by his bedside, she was excited that his vitals seemed to improve. She acknowledged, that even sedated, he knew that she was there with him; hopeful, until the staff told her to go home. Two days later she received the final call from the hospital.

The graveside ceremony was significantly muted as they have been for thousands all over the world. Yet, the procession leaving the graveside included twenty-five of his motorcycle club and over fifty cars, full of family and friends saluting his life. Yes, that’s the story of so many—but where is the amazing grace?

The amazing grace is found in the walk of life that he and his wife led in that short time together, serving the Lord. The thing is that none of us are promised a single day, and they lived those days together loving each other—and loving the Lord.

The amazing grace is also found it the Word of God in 2 Timothy 2, verses one through four that tell us to be strong in the Lord’s grace. Even as the Lord reminds us to be busy teaching others who are faithful. And then, even in our well doing, we are called to “endure hardship as a good soldier of Christ.” It is through the measure of grace that we do the Work of the Lord—and the same measure that we are called to endure hardship.

We cannot honestly say that we believed that the hardship would have included a pandemic; or that we would be called to endure the loss of family. Yet, we are all called to endure—and never to stop encouraging others to Christ. Surely, this is not the story we would have written—but it is the story of faith, love and yes, the amazing grace that the Lord gives us to endure the most difficult times.

Let’s pray,

Father, we pray for all who have had to endure hardship with the loss of life of family. Even families who have endured multiple losses. We pray for their faith to be strengthened, and for their hope in the Lord to be built up. We thank you Lord for your amazing grace that never leaves us ungirded during difficult times.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Craig A. Heath


Saturday, May 16

I Was Good…Until it Happened to Me!

We live in a country where we have a tremendous luxury to not care about a thing—until it happens to us. We have watched in the northern states of Minnesota where people have taken up arms and railed against the Governor because they have been placed in a social time out. Yes, in the face of a pandemic they are more concerned with the fact that their governor would mandate, that for their own safety, that they stay sequestered in their homes.

The amazing thing is, that when things happen to others all around the world—or even in these United States, we have rarely heard mention of the people of that same state raising up even modest concern about others. When there were children separated from their families…no one was arrested taking up arms. With contaminated drinking water in neighboring Flint, Michigan; and with sex trafficking on a rise nationally—few have taken arms protesting.

Even as we think of the travesty of slavery where the underlying issue was inhuman, that there were a great many—even churches, who failed to utter their concern. Such was also true when Martin Luther King first raised his concerns of civil injustice, where other pastors were more concerned that he might mess things up for them by disturbing the status quo.

But now, when as the afflictions begin to rest on our own doorsteps—we rise up in great concern. This thought brought to mind a poem, powerfully written, by Martin Niemöller who was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian born in Lippstadt, Germany, in 1892. Curiously enough, Niemöller initially supported Hitler’s rise to power, but when Hitler asserted that he had authority over the church—his sentiments changed. The poem reads,

First, they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

The Word of God challenges us to be wise; to walk circumspectly (carefully) in the things of the world; to be in the World—but not of it. We are given prophecy to guide us in times of great uncertainty so that we would not become fearful—but to be alert and on guard for what is to come.

In each generation, we are inevitably pulled out of our places of comfort and thrust into the midst of the chaos and must choose how we will respond. Those who follow Christ are called to not just be “hearers” at times like these. What can we do? What must we do?

The Word of God gives us strength and hope and undergirds us in our daily walk, even in the midst of these challenges. We must each move according to all that God has placed within us. While we may not have great power, great position…or even great strength, we still have a voice to speak. To speak for others and against that which is not God—prayerfully, before there is no one left to speak for us. Let each one of us be there for others—and not just for ourselves.

Scripture References: Matthew 11:5; 24:24; Ephesians 5:15; 1 John 2:15; Revelations 2:5

Lord, give us the ears to hear; the mouth to speak; the words to say; the hands to touch; the feet to move; and the heart to care for those who are afflicted at all times.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Craig A. Heath


Friday, May 15

Are You Wearing A Mask?

In the season of COVID-19, it is recommended that we wash our hands and wear a mask.  However, when going to work or to the grocery store, it amazes me while many people are wearing masks—there are still some who are not.  The masks protect us all from spreading sickness and sharing germs.

At the same time, we see different types of masks that range in colors, sizes and prices.  Masks of all sorts are readily available, so it is difficult to understand why people are not wearing masks—and we must caution ourselves to not become the mask police!  Honestly, for those of us who do wear masks all day, we cannot wait until we get home to take them off.

Today, we give everyone permission to take off our masks and never put them back on.  In this, we are referring to the masks that we wear to hide the blemishes and scars of our lives.  These are the masks that we hide behind so that people cannot see who we really are!

That’s why we have taken the liberty to give permission to take off the masks of low self-esteem, depression, poverty, pride, addiction and rebellion.  It is time to confront those things that dare to limit and constrain who we really are.  We are good enough…and it is time for the emotional cycle of depression and anxiety must cease!

Can we go further? Take this opportunity to also remove the layers of disappointment, pain, malice, anger and defeat.  Now, is the time to rise up and allow the real you to come forth!  God has designed each of us to transform lives and change nations.  It is time to dig deep and allow the treasures buried within us all…to come forth!

We are all, amazing vessels that play an intricate part in the Body of Christ.  Come on; take off the mask and allow the glory of the Lord to rise in you!  Take off the mask and become that beacon of light…of hope and…of love.

Scripture references:  2 Corinthians 4:7; Ephesians 4:22-24; Ephesians 4:31-32; Colossians 3:8; 1 Peter 2:9; Matthew 5:14-16

I Declare that:

  1. I am a beacon of light, hope, and love!
  1. I am good enough!
  1. I am filled with the joy of the Lord!
  1. I am chosen by God and I shall reflect His Word in the earth!

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Bawayna Thompson


Thursday, May 14

My Safe Haven

“For you are God, My Only Safe Haven” Psalm 43:2

If we study the two words, “refuge” and “safe haven” in Scripture, we can see that they are mentioned many times as a place to go for God’s protection. This protection is from God’s enemies, but also from His wrath.

Why, if we are His Children, would we need God’s protection from His wrath? The answer is, because God uses many different ways to destroy His enemies, and unless we follow His Prophets and Angels and are obedient to His Word, then we will perish with those that have chosen against Him or His Word.

It is very significant how God places us in a refuge or “quarantine” for protection, while He renews the Heaven and the Earth.   The bigger picture is that the Holy Spirit is revealing to us the significance of both a refuge and safe haven under God’s protection and why we need to listen to the chosen prophets of God, today.

In the books of Acts 27 & 28, the scriptures give an account of the Apostle Paul’s shipwreck on the coast of Melita, during the tempestuous winds called Euroclydon. Paul perceived prophetically and attempted to warn the Centurion and Ship Master that this “voyage to leave Fair Haven would lead to hurt and much damage, not only of the ship, but also of our lives.”

Fair Havens, (a harbor South of Crete), is where Paul and his companions sailed, and were detained a considerable time waiting for a favorable wind. The haven afforded good anchorage and shelter against the Northwest winds. Despite Paul’s prophetic warning, the Centurion and Master of the ship did not give heed to Paul’s prudence and decided to make a dash for the next port, which was unwise, eventually led to the shipwreck.  (Act 27:10).

This lesson from the Acts account teaches us that in times like these, to stay safe during strong winds, we must find shelter. We need a safe haven, both spiritually and physically.  Safe havens are both times and places for solving problems, providing comfort and direction.

Psalm 46: 1-3 reminds us that, “God is our refuge, and strength, A very present help in the time of trouble.” Psalm 91:2 declares, “My refuge and my fortress, My God in whom I trust.” Although Paul faced being shipwrecked, he found safe harbor, and in the end, he came out victorious giving God the Glory!

Heavenly Father,

We agree that the name of the Lord is a High Tower, and the righteous who run to you can be safe.  You are Almighty, and we dwell in the safety of the almighty. You are our refuge and fortress, Our God in whom we trust.

Surely, you will save us from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. You will cover us with your feathers, and under your wings we will find refuge; Your faithfulness is our shield and rampart. We will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that files by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

We are secure and this is the confidence we have in you, that if we ask anything you hear us and answer us. Our sleep is sweet and full of peace. By your Spirit, we are being led. We recognize your guiding hand as we hear the voice of our Good Shepherd.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Linda Simmons


Wednesday, May 13

Look at The Value of Your Property

We are living in a time where it is vital that we know the value of our properties.  History has shown that there are always changes in the markets and the different nuances can affect our properties in ways that we may not imagine.  When we know the value of our properties we are able to position ourselves and set up safeguards to prevent others from taking what we have worked hard to acquire.

Buildings and lands are properties that can be very valuable, but one property that we tend to omit and/or underestimate is our intellectual property.  We were created by the Almighty God and He has purposed for each of us to excel.  We have the capacity to change nations and transform lives through the ingenuity of our intellectual skills.  The wealth that is housed on the inside of each of us is waiting to be discovered!

Today, let’s give ourselves permission to tap into the innovative and ingenuity aspect of our being.  We were created with the capacity to gain both wealth and property that postures us to soar in the skills and divine strategies that are embedded in our inward parts.

Our intellectual property has the ability to rise in value at an unprecedented rate. We must harness the intellectual power that has been given to us; setting up a legacy for generations to come!  This is indeed the hour where those who dare to think of the new—are shaping industries, transforming lives, and changing nations.  Take time to rest and reflect; be still and strategize.  Let us protect the properties that have been given to us and become a great steward over all our possessions.

Come on church, let us do the work that is needed to capitalize on that which is housed on the inside of us.  Rise up, rule, subdue, and dominate!

Scripture references:  Deuteronomy 6:10-11; Deuteronomy 8:18; Exodus 31:1-6; Exodus 35:30-35; Psalm 37:11; Micah 2:2; Luke 20:9-19

Heavenly Father,

I ask You to forgive me of my sins of omission and commission.  May my heart be changed within and I reflect Your Word in the earth.  You have given me the ability to gain wealth and I pray Lord that I am a great steward over all that you have given me to manage.  I thank You Father for the innovations, skills, divine strategies, and creativity that You have given me.  Thank You Lord for being my shield and buckler and I plead the blood of Jesus over all that I own.  I thank You Father that I operate in wisdom and nobody will be able to come and take away from me that which You have given me.  Thank You Lord for giving me the tongue of the learned, the discernment of Solomon, and the heart of compassion.  I shall value my intellectual property and use it to advance Your kingdom, transform lives, and change nations.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Bawayna Thompson


Tuesday, May 12

I Tested Positive for Faith

Around mid-March, one of my teammates came in the office gravely ill.  She wanted to drop off the souvenirs from her vacation to Barcelona, Spain.  I sprayed it with Lysol and continued with my day.  The following day every one of us on the team were given mandatory temperature checks and cheek swabs before entering the building; they were testing for Covid-19.  Mandatory quarantine for 14 days was required for 42 people.

Three of my colleagues were admitted to the hospital and placed in the ICU while the remaining 39 of us were subjected to weekly telephone calls from medical personnel.  I noted that many began to experience depression and restlessness. Their conversations began to “try on grief and take it for a test drive.”

Around day 10, I decided to lead the group in a word of prayer and encouragement.  I had no symptoms and the flagrant display of the enemy was vexing my spirit. My faith was positively charged, and the pandemic became the perfect segue to highlight the Kingdom. “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32- 32

When anxiety is high in the face of the pandemic, declarations of fear spawn emergencies nationwide.  It is time to exercise faith and self-quarantine in the secret place before God. Gone were the clever witticism about preachers and ministry.  They have been replaced with daily devotions in their personal inbox.

Covid-19 has invoked a mandate to spend time with God.  For many, we must renew our relationship with Him in order to experience His peace. Time in prayer and His Word must become our way of life.   If we establish a daily habit of turning to God in our lives, it’s more likely to be our immediate response in times of trouble.

Every Christian has the requirement to test positive for faith.  We’ve been bought with a price.  Christ’s blood and anti-bodies are present in our system to do great warfare.  Our mantra should be FAITH and not fear.

Prayer:

Father, when all else seems to crumble around me – let me be still and know that You alone are God.  The measure of faith that I’ve inherited is now activated.  Lord, I trust you to order my steps because You are faithful, and your Word is truth.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Arnaca Buggs


Monday, May 11

“The Gift of God” – Fan the Flame!

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God…” II Timothy 1:6

What is the “Gift of God?” We can read John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.” This gift is not gold nor silver, but the Son of God. God sent His Son to die for us and laid all our sins on Him.   John 1:12, which says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God.” God, gives and we receive.

There’s nothing we can do in our own self, in our own humanity to change the consequences related to sin except through the “Gift of God.”  This includes His presence, His forgiveness, His grace and mercy. All of which are the fruit of a loving Heavenly Father who cleanses, renews and restores us. We have been given the Gift of God that is eternal abundant life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

All we have to do is receive and accept the gift that God offers.  God can work through those of us with a past—and do amazing things through us when we freely receive the gift. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things become new,” 2 Corinthians 5:17. The Gift of God is greater, healthier, better and more beautiful than any gift of Man.

The word gift means a present one gives to others. God’s things are always given to man as gifts. As long as one wants it and receives it freely, it will be given to him. If someone does not want it, it will not be given to him.

The Apostle Paul exhorts in 2 Timothy 1:6, “I remind you to ‘fan into flame’ the gift of God, which is in you.” What is the gift of God in us? Why do we need to fan it into flame? And how do we do that?

After we’re saved, our zeal for the Lord may begin to fade. We’re not as hot and burning as when we first received the Lord. But Romans 12:11 exhorts us “not to be slothful in zeal, but be burning in spirit, serving the Lord.”

The Lord wants us to be hot, burning in our spirit to love Him and through our service to Him. This is why we need to fan our spirit into flame the precious Gift of God within!

Scripture References: II Timothy 1:6, Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9

Let’s pray,

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your Gift of your Son Jesus The Christ who has redeemed us from the enemy, and saved us through faith.  We are grateful as inheritors of eternal life, blessed with all spiritual gifts pertaining to life and godliness,

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Linda Simmons


Saturday, May 9

Can We All Just Get Along? 

Many years ago, a man cried out in the land and said, “Can We Just All Get Along?”  This singular phrase was heard across every media platform along with many stories of injustices.  But the question today is, “How far have we come from then to now?” 

Many of the injustices are stealthily hidden, in the form of a bill, a law,  social status, gender or race.  We must speak to the injustices but will anyone listen?  There are a few things that cause people not to be able to get along and an environment of contention is produced.  The person, persons or group either feels like they were not heard or felt like they were disrespected.

Another underlying issue is that someone is either operating in pride or operating in low-self-esteem.  Pride says, “that you deserve it;” while low-self-esteem, “does not know its worth,” and is easily taken advantage.  Contention begins to brew when low-self-esteem, comes to itself realizing that it is precious, replete with ideas, concepts and strategies.  Now, how do we move forward, allowing everyone to being heard and respected?

We see in every system of this world people arguing and pleading their case.  Everyone wants to be heard; everyone wants to be right; but few, want to be humble.  And we are not saying, humility that allows others to run over one another…but humility that looks out for the interests of others, creating true fellowship and unity.

Fellowship and unity are part of the plan of God.  God wants us to be unified operating in love and compassion.  That is, there should be no divisions among us and we should walk in forgiveness as a reflection of God’s Word in the earth.  Moving forward, may we learn how to listen and learn how to respond to one another. Love and peace must be bound in the hearts and minds of all for that unity of the Lord to be fully expressed and experienced.  May each of us reflect and make adjustments accordingly so that God’s kingdom is expanded throughout the land, so that we all can just get along.

Scripture references: 1 Corinthians 1:10; Philippians 2:3-4; Ephesians 2:14; Ephesians 3:13-14; John 17:23; Colossians 3:13-14; Psalm 133:1; 1 Peter 3:8; Ephesians 4:3; Romans 12:16

Heavenly Father,

I cry out in the land and I magnify Your Great Name.  I proclaim Your goodness and mighty are Your works.  Father, forgive us for not operating according to Your Word.  Forgive us for being prideful and not walking in our worth that has been appraised by You.  I pray that we forgive one another so that the bridge of harmony and unity can be established.  May our hearts and minds be bound in peace and love and may we always reflect Your Word in the earth and expand Your kingdom throughout the land.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Bawayna Thompson


Friday, May 8

“Can You Hear Me Now?”

One of the slogans for a telecommunications company was, “Can you hear me now?”  The commercial portrayed a person in different locations and situations and the question was always posed, “…can you hear me now?”  We are really not sure if we are asking God that question; or, is He asking us that question?

We can find ourselves in different life situations wondering whether God can really hear us.  We might even wonder whether He is listening.  Be encouraged, because God hears the cries of the people and He challenges each of us to listen for His response.  In fact, now that we have slowed down we can probably hear God’s…still…small voice.  What is He saying to you?  What are you saying to God?

We each have different communication styles and sometimes our expressions come through radio, television, song or writing.  God has different ways that He speaks to His people and one of the ways that we want  to hone in on is, God is speaking to us in our dreams.  Let’s posture ourselves in this time of quarantine to receive divine revelations in our dreams.

Yes, God has been speaking to us in our dreams.  Can we hear Him now?  He whispers mysteries to us and gives us understanding of what He has revealed.  Write down the dream and ask the Lord for wisdom, knowledge and understanding.  Believe that He will give the interpretation of the dream.

This is the time to develop the art of listening, for there is a child that needs us to hear what they are saying.  There is an elderly person that needs to know that someone cares enough to listen to what they are saying.  Sometimes, the only thing that someone needs is to be heard!  As we go throughout the day, choose to listen more, and talk less.  We will be amazed by how much we can hear from God, and even…from others.

Scripture references:  Genesis 40; Genesis 41; Jeremiah 33:3; Job 33:14-16; 1 Kings 19:11-13; James 1:19

Father God,

We come before You Lord with a joyful heart and a song of praise.  We bow before You for You are the King of kings and the Lord of lords.  Great is Your majesty and Great are You Lord.  We pray this day that Your people truly know that You hear them and may they be encouraged when You speak to them throughout the day and in their dreams.  We pray that their hearts and ears be opened to hear and receive the mighty things that You are telling them and showing them.  We pray Lord that You will give interpretation of dreams and the one that You have designed to have a gift of dream interpretation, may they be awakened and the gift within them comes alive.

Thank You Father for loving us so much and being near to listen.  You are such a loving God and we are grateful.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Bawayna Thompson


Thursday, May 7

Help Me Get the Courage to Leap!

When we enter a new shift—a time of significant change—we understand that the old is passing; but we must embrace the new that is coming. While it is easy to stay in a place where we are comfortable, we are called to lead—and leaders must be the first to “leap” into the change.

In this leap, we must make the decision to not only take the leap into something new; but be willing to take the plunge, fully immersing ourselves into the shift—instead of taking baby steps to get to our destination.

Preparing for our “leap” requires that we ready ourselves, moving our plans and ideas for our shift off of our drawing board and ready to use in our lives. This time of preparing, is an absolute for the Christian as we move in our faith, into something less certain. Believing even that our leap of faith is the difference, as we move to succeed in areas even where those before us failed.

The truth is, there is more to following Jesus than simply emulating the spiritual principles he taught. We are called to study and prepare ourselves so that we are prepared to lead as the Lord chooses. Being prepared in our leading to multiply ourselves as leaders by passing on our Kingdom vision and values to the people we lead.

Daily affirmations can nurture a positive attitude within us. We do not need to fear, but move forward in faith according to Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ”  Also, according to Romans 8:32, “He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things.”

So, our leap of faith is not only a leap of joy… but a leap of Holy-Spirit-inspired joy knowing that God will help us to accomplish the desires and promises and that the rewards are great. We will discover who we are truly and feel whole.  We can experience renewal, a sense of freedom and achieve great things.  We can be exuberant or very happy about the fulfillment of the promises of things hoped for.

Scripture References: Acts 3:8; Luke 1:28-33; 6:22-23; 2 Samuel 6:16

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we thank you that as we respond to your call, we can trust your word to be true and live in light of that belief. We thank you for the divine benefits that rain down on us as we trust you and not lean to our own understanding.  As you did with Saints of old, Father, direct our paths, use us for your glory as we take the leap of faith with joy, not wavering and doubting that you who began the good work in us will watch over your word to perform it. We praise you now, as we rejoice in your promises.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Linda Simmons


Wednesday, May 6

Why Worry…?

It’s written in Matthew 6:24…, “You cannot serve both God and mammon at the same time.” In choosing to serve God, there is a ‘therefore.’ Therefore, “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about what you should wear. The thought continues in Matthew 6:26, “look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away barns and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” This should cause us to consider how God cares for and makes provision for birds to be fed without them sowing, reaping or storing away food in barns.  In all of this, we are asked to consider whether we are more valuable than birds? In this place, why we are worrying?

Also, it is written about how God clothes the grass of the fields that doesn’t last. Why would God not make provision for us to be clothed?   The Lord challenges us through our ability to trust and believe He is who He says He is in Matthew 6:30, “O ye of little faith?” That is, do we not know His nature and see His fullness as God, the maker of Heaven and earth, our provision and actively involved in the cares of our life?

Matthew 6:32-33 reminds us,

(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.

We as believers in Christ don’t have to worry and do as the Gentiles (the ungodly) in seeking after things—specifically money. God wants us to make Him Lord over our lives.

As we consider how to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,” the words from a song titled Make Room, by Jonathan McReynolds comes to mind. Listening to this song causes us to consider all the things that we allow to stand in the way of seeking the Kingdom of God. The song includes the message, “You can move that over….”

In this song, McReynolds includes a broad list of what we should allow God to “move over” in our life. This includes things like our friends, family, relationships and whatever it is…we must let go; submit it to God; and allow the Lord to move it over. Perhaps today, we can do create our own personal assessment of what things to move over in our lives as we seek God, having the faith in Him to supply our needs and more.

Matthew 6:24-33

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for providing a way for our basic needs to be met. Help us to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness so we have everything we need and more.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Minister Jane Poitier


Tuesday, May 5

When Was The Last Time You Exhaled?

This is what the Lord says to these bones:  I will cause breath to enter you, and you will live.

So, I prophesied as He commanded me: the breath entered them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, a vast army. Ezekiel 37:5

In this scripture reference, God asked Ezekiel a question, “Can these dry bones live?” In this question God had already implicitly given him the answer through the question. What Ezekiel did not realize at that moment was that God was testing him to see where he was in his faith.

God was also teaching Ezekiel a lesson at the same time by giving him an understanding through this question of, (1) “Who” he was, and (2) demonstrating through him what the authority, power and dominion of Gods’ transforming and transcending Word looks like (Isaiah 55:11).

The predestined plan of God for us was already in place when we were but a thought in the mind of God. He also assures us of His perfect love for us every day by reminding us of Christ, who died, but rose that we might have life (Ephesians 1:20).

Each day we face challenges breathing in conflict and uncertainties regarding our nation, the stock market and the world.  There is confusion over our nation’s ability to survive a global pandemic, and we are confronted with our own struggles and fears. Is this our new normal?

So, the question that remains is, “When was the last time you exhaled?” What are you carrying that has been toxic to your soul and spirit?  What wounds, hurt, rejection or hindrances are you still carrying that have caused you to become intoxicated with fear, regret or constant disappointment?

Today, we invite you to breathe again.  Stop for a moment and inhale the sweet breath of God’s presence and exhale the toxins that try to plague your life. Let’s do it now…breathe in…; and breathe… out (ahhh)! God desires for you to come to life once again and stand on your feet and breathe in the wind of life…which is in His presence.

Let’s pray,

Father we ask in Jesus’ name that you would allow the wind of your presence to blow in our lives the regenerating breath of your Holy Spirit.  Send us your sweet peace, love and life of your presence to engulf us wherever we may find ourselves. Father, revive us with the resuscitation of your Word.  (Psalm 119:105) Wash away the toxins in our heart, mind, soul and spirit that we may exhale in the Glory of your presence and receive your healing.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Minister Cheryl Shaw


Monday, May 4

God’s Blended Family

“Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, ‘May he be blessed of the Lord who has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!’ And Naomi said to her, “This man is a relation of ours, one of our close relatives.” Ruth 2:8-20

One of life’s most challenging  seasons required assuming legal guardianship of minor family members. Yet it reminds me of Christ’s Redemption plan for mankind: “He redeemed us in order that the blessings given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.” Galatians 3:14.

The kinsman-redeemer law emphasizes an action that is carried out by a kinsman on behalf of a near relative in need. As illustrated in the Book of Ruth, Boaz rescues Ruth and Naomi from poverty. In the same way, many families have experienced fulfilling the assignment for rescuing, protecting and parenting non-biological children resulting from family crisis. For Christians, Christ stepped in with His own sinless life paying our way to freedom and adopting us into His Royal family.

Sadly, many of us are ill-equipped for blending families, and the failure rate is often high. Interestingly, much of the shortfall is eliminated when Christians make the Bible their final authority on family relationships. Our all-wise God knows the end from the beginning and has given us clear directives concerning biblical parenting. In His Scriptures, He delineated the goals, strategy and standards by which we should raise our children. Conflicts are settled when we make God’s Word (not our own ideas, feelings, or opinions) the final authority.

Without a firm foundation, the emotional, spiritual, financial needs and loyalty conflicts of an instant family takes its toll. Church family relationships provide invaluable “godly advocates and wise counsel.” Discipling children to be Kingdom Leaders is complex and requires love and nurturing commitment, while valuing the uniqueness of blended family dynamics.

We teach our children by example, but sometimes feel inadequate for the task. Biblical Hope is an inner assurance that God promises to provide the help we need to raise blended families for the Kingdom, and that He will fulfill His promises.

Let us pray,

Heavenly Father, we bring all families before You with the good news of Your gospel. We come into agreement with the powerful name of Jesus, The Christ! We thank You Abba Father, our Redeemer, our way-maker, that Your loving kindness has found us worthy as Kinsmen-Redeemers to bring up Your Kingdom children in the fear and admonition of Your wise counsel. 

Help us exemplify authentic godly lives before them. Show us those unhealthy generational choices we need to forsake and not pass on to future generations.  We choose life to break the cycle of suffering!

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Linda Simmons


Saturday, May 2

Fellowship Through Songs

Service and Song Challenge:

During this season of staying close to home, you can still find a variety of ways to serve and fellowship. I decided to look back in history to peep at melodies that were birthed out of pain, periods of hardship and hope.

Inspirational #1

In 1887, the line “Oh what a Fellowship” was taken from the song “Leaning on the Everlasting Arm.” This song was penned out of pain and loss of life. The writer, Anthony Showalter, found inspiration from Deuteronomy 33:27, “The Lord is my refuse and under are the everlasting arms.”   For over a hundred years this song has inspired millions of listeners.

Inspirational #2

In 1900, twenty-three years after “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” was published, a couple of brothers, James and Rosamond Johnson met in Jacksonville, Florida to arrange a celebration to honor the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln. The brothers Johnson (different decade) decided to write and arrange a song for this auspicious occasion. The first two lines were written as, “Lift every voice and sing; ‘til earth and heaven ring.” A couple of decades later, around 1920, this song became known as a prominent anthem for people of color.

Inspirational #3

Fast forward a century later, we find the people of faith, as well as, the entire world placed in an amalgamation of pain, loss and even an occasion to celebrate life. This season still gives us an opportunity to serve and fellowship through song. Psalms 96:1 says, “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” I challenged myself, and now I challenge each of you to write a song, a poem, a rap or spoken word, to creatively express God’s faithfulness, His sovereignty and so forth. Don’t lol, let me try:

He protects me from dangers seen and unseen, No matter how big or how small, He is still Lord of all, Lord of all. Bow down invisible one with your crown so small, Don’t you see He is still… Lord of all, Lord of all, Lord of all. Who is this King of glory? Jesus is His name, A name above All names is Lord of All, Lord of All.

Where my rappers at?

Father, thank you for sending Jesus as being Lord of all, big and small. Hallelujah! Amen!

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Minister Mack Calhoun


Friday, May 1

The Devil Is in the Details

So here’s what I want you to do, with God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Romans 12: 1-2 MSG.

Watching or listening to the news these days can be overwhelming. For some there’s a habit of tuning to the social media outlets to find out what’s going on; but as Believers, we must remember who is our Source. That is, we should know whose report to believe. Even as we take moments to wind down to watch a “good movie,” we must be mindful of what our ears and eyes are taking in. The world of entertainment has a different message, even a distorted message of truth that arguably seems right.

I am an avid viewer of “Love Stories,” but I am carefully attentive of the storyline, because there are very few stories about how God expects us to engage in romantic relationships; especially while being celibate while dating.  It is quite easy to get caught up emotionally, while being in love or in a courting relationship. Especially, when the expectations about what His LOVE IS (the Love of Christ), can get lost.

We often hear the comment, “we are human” and “this is life;” statements that tend to say that we have settled to our flesh and nature. Instead, we definitely need to develop a sense of self control, ensuring that what the world demonstrates as normal—is not typical to us as Believers.

Yes, we have emotions and feelings which can be activated, if we allow ourselves to be placed in the right (wrong) situations because yes, we are human. But as followers of Christ we must be honest with Him and cast all our cares and desires on Him, (even all the details). As it is written, “…if we delight ourselves in Him, He will give us the desire of our hearts.”

There are many movies that depict normal, as being sexual and living together before marriage—and even some where marriage is not even the goal. All this lends itself to more than just an interesting conversation when discussing relational boundaries as believers. Today this message is for singles to encourage us to never stop considering our ways in our pursuit of love. And don’t think you have to do it alone, “embrace what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him!”

Declaration:

I do not desire to conform to this world. I’m grateful for wisdom and your strength to get me through times of temptation, while I attempt to enjoy the art of entertainment to be aware and demonstrate self-control.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.


Thursday, April 30

Faith in Times of Uncertainty

Life’s circumstances and changes of events can bring about a time of uncertainty and shake one’s faith. Times of uncertainty have been known to bring about a feeling of lack of control. The resulting feeling of lack of control can possibly lead to negative emotional feelings such as: stress, anxiety, fear and sadness.

Sometimes a time of uncertainty has no common ground; meaning the appearance of uncertainty has nothing in common with what we have ever experienced. That is, the situation undeniably has no similarities to our past to help us determine possible solutions.  It is so overwhelming to have done everything within our realm of possibility, and still fail to get back to a place of normalcy.

Finally, we arrive at the necessary conclusion: that if God doesn’t fix the situation, then it can’t be fixed.  We are exactly where God wants us—and He now has our total focus. This is the moment of our awakening! We have yielded our control; surrendering our control to God…the only one who can help. Now we are positioned to give our self fully to the work of the Lord.

There is help from David in Psalms 23:5-6, to help with both our faith and our focus enabling us to give ourselves over to the work of Lord. David wrote, “… my cup runneth over.” When our cup runneth over, we have more than enough for our needs. David also said “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life: and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  Also, there is additional help from Paul who wrote that he, “learned to be content in every situation.”

Like Paul, we too have the capacity to be content, even in times of great uncertainty, because it is Christ who strengthens us.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your grace and mercy towards me. Thank you for all that you are doing in my life. I humbly ask for your help to be content with whatever state I’m in. Help me to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that my labor is not in vain in the Lord.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Philippians 4:11-13, Psalms 23; 5, I Corinthians 15:58, Psalms 121:1-8

Minister Jane Poitier


Wednesday, April 29

What’s in Your House?

“Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness.” Proverbs 8:18

Individuals and families are confronting changes to their finances because of the Covid19 outbreak. Many are coming up short in meeting their needs and are relying on the good will of others to help weather the storm. We must use this time to carefully evaluate how to cover our expenses in light of God’s Word.

Divorce, bankruptcy and debt within the Christian Community indicates that our priorities are mixed up and that we are omitting some vital training for our children in the area of finances. In fact, because of debt, we have financial pressures; and because of financial pressures, we have communication issues. The outcome is that it is difficult to study the Bible and to pray when our minds are consumed with these pressures.

Jesus dedicated 2/3rd of all parables in the New Testament to give us the principles to manage money properly. Generally, about 80% of our waking day is consumed with thinking about money; making money; saving money; spending money, or giving money away. Consequently, if this area isn’t managed properly, everything else quickly falls out of balance.

In this time of chaos, Christians fare better by bringing into focus how God says we should manage money, versus what the world has taught us in handling money.  Especially because we will all have to give an account of our management as shown in the parable of the Shrewd Manager in Luke16:10, “He who is faithful in little, is faithful in much; He who is unrighteous in a very little is also in much.”

As a Certified Christian Counselor for over 30 years in Ministry, I can attest to witnessing God’s principles, that when practically applied to our lives can literally transform our finances.

The Spirit of The Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor, proclaim liberty to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, heal the broken-hearted and those who are oppressed. (Luke 4:18). Christ came that we might have life and have it abundantly.

Wealth is what God entrusts to us; our creative ability and an extension of our personalities. God is concerned with our attitudes for advancing His Kingdom. Most of the rewards promised in scripture are predicated on our obedience to these principles. Therefore, to achieve these rewards we must understand and follow God’s plan.

Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father, we admit as Christians that we must be able to trust You in every circumstance.  We believe that you love us and give us only the stewardship we can handle without being tempted beyond that which we can withstand. Your word says, “where your heart is, there is where your treasure is.”  Lord, we surrender our hearts and our money to you as a testing ground, as a demonstration of our true willingness to surrender all.  

We declare that wealth, riches and honor is in our houses as we are faithful over that which you have entrusted, supplying all of our needs according to your riches in Glory. Amen!

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.


Tuesday, April 28

God’s Fitness Plan

My husband and I ventured out to take care of some business matters.  As we drove about, on our return trip home, we paid particular attention to which businesses were open and which were closed. We drove by a fitness building and were shocked to see the parking lot empty where normally, it would have been packed.

Though we understood the governmental order, it was still a subtle shock to see once thriving businesses with no cars in the parking lot; a vivid reminder of the times that we are currently in. We are challenged to keep our minds sharp and bodies fit, even as children of God. Yet, we see the statistics on obesity and the many diseases that result from being overweight: diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease to name a few.

God’s fitness plan starts with key parts of our bodies:

  • Proverbs 17:22 states, “…that a cheerful heart is good medicine.”

The fitness that God finds profitable is to keep our hearts free from past hurts and pain.

  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 states, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.”

Being mindful of what we put in our bodies, as well as exercising our bodies and making sure to release anger, bitterness and unforgiveness goes a long way in keeping our temples healthy, whole and pure. We must endeavor to keep our bodies fit by exercising, eating correctly and getting enough rest.  However, we are continually aware that there are forces working against us, stealing from our health and well-being.  Stress works against us; traumatic experiences work against us; unemployment work against us… and the list goes on.  God understands and is concerned even with our spiritual well-being, because it is essential to our overall health and wellness.

God reminds us in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “…that whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Let’s Pray,

Lord God continue to remind us of your Word as we put our lives in order.  Help us to be mindful of our inner man: what we eat, speak, and think as we endeavor to keep our bodies fit. We thank you for the gift of good health and fitness.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Peggy Moore Heath


Monday, April 27

Going Back to the Drawing Board

“…there should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change – yesterday, today, tomorrow, He’s always totally Himself.” Hebrews 13:8, MSG

It’s interesting what happens when you intentionally start building a relationship with your neighbors. As I listened to two neighbors, who I don’t believe knew each other, had similar stories about raising their sons.

Single parents are finding themselves tapping into a new skill, in home schooling of their children. There have been many stories shared and there is a need to “train up our children in the way to go” and it does “take a village.”

One neighbor shared that her 11-year-old son responded to her “that he was not gay” when asked to take out the trash—clearly believing that only women take out the trash. I later witnessed, a homeowner’s son who was about 10 or 11, taking out the trash. He didn’t take it to the trash bin—he threw it in the trees! We can only assume that his mother instructed him to take out the trash… but she didn’t monitor him. And he did exactly what was said….

Later, another neighbor shared how, she didn’t like having renters living in the subdivision, because they trashed up the neighborhood, leaving me to wonder, “How did she know who were renters, and not homeowners?” As far as I knew, the majority of subdivision are Christians. The majority of us also are single or single parents. Personally, I have lived through the struggles of raising a child; with the requirement to work; and not having any additional support.

Thankfully, we know that God is the same today, yesterday and forever. We pray these parents are seeking Christ for wisdom in raising their children. We pray that during these unexpected times, they realize that it is necessary that we go back to the basics…to go back to the drawing board.

It has become totally apparent that families need to begin to do things together once again. They need to start eating, cooking together and most of all—praying together. Thankfully, God has a way of giving us the discernment that we need to be able to train our children in the way they should go.

Let’s declare:

We know that God doesn’t change—today, yesterday…and forevermore—so show us how to make the necessary CHANGES to ensure that our children grow into responsible citizens who will be called blessed!

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.


Saturday, April 25

House Party

Growing up, one of the rights of passage was the neighborhood house party. House parties in our community were our first opportunity to socialize with the opposite sex. For others, house parties were a way to come up with shortages on the monthly rent payment. Today, many millennials attend “day parties,” often at Airbnbs, to launch ad hoc celebrations.

Now, there is a whole new phenomenon sweeping the nation as people attend house parties—and never leave their homes! Yes, through technology on a smart device anyone can now attend parties, host parties and even sneak into parties, through the House Party app on your device.

It is interesting how even in a season, where we are sheltered in our homes, we continue to find new ways to fellowship. We live in an era where through technology, there is very little that we cannot do! Imagine if our parents or grandparents had possessed similar capabilities. The truth is that most of us wouldn’t be here…because our parents and grandparents would have never had to leave their homes….

In the Bible, there is a story about a wealthy man who decided to throw a ‘house party’ and invited many who normally would attend such affairs. However, on the day of the party, when it was time for the party to begin, no one was there. Not having the technology at the time to simply just ‘hit each of them up,’ instead, he sent his servants to go check on all those who had previously confirmed their attendance.

When the servants returned, the wealthy man was momentarily angered and discouraged, hearing the reports from his servants. It seemed that all those who were previously invited—were now too busy to attend the event. Rather than allow himself to remain discouraged, the wealthy man instead instructed his servants to go into the streets and alleys—and invite those who would have never been welcome to the party (both bad and good; and even the poor)—because the feast was ready, and the table had been set.

The story of this wealthy man, is told fully in the scripture texts of the Bible in Luke 14:15-24. It speaks the sad truth, that while many have been openly invited to celebrate both life and eternal life with the Lord Jesus Christ, many have instead—been too busy or found other reasons why they could not attend, the Lord’s House Party.

 Let’s Pray…

 Dear Lord, please don’t allow us to be like so many who have all the ‘right’ reasons why they are too busy and occupied to be a part of God’s House Party. Please, let us and everyone whom we love, join with our Lord, and fellowship with Christ today. We thank you Lord for coming into our lives, and saving us—through the confession of our heart we proclaim—that we need a Savior—and He is Jesus Christ, who died for all…that we might live. Now, how about you?

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Craig A. Heath


Friday, April 24

God’s Book Club:

During this season of staying at home due to Covid19, you may find time to focus more attention toward self-improvement. I confess viewing more Netflix; while for some, it is reading a good book; and others may even read their Bibles more. Yet, I have discovered that the creator of heaven and earth, apparently has His own book club as well! Below, I note three books from God’s book club.

Book #1: “The Book of Tears”

Psalm 56:8 states, “You number my wanderings; and put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?” This implies that our God is so loving that He not only collects all our tears, but He also record all the reasons behind those tears in a book. Then in 2 Kings 20:5b, the word of the Lord came for Isaiah to tell Hezekiah “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears, surely I will heal you.” It is so reassuring to know that our God hears us, as well as sees us.

Book #2: “The Book of Remembrance”

Malachi 3:16 states, “Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard them. A book of remembrance was written in His presence concerning those who feared the Lord and meditated on his name.” It is both fascinating—and somewhat frightening, that not only does God listen to our conversations, He also may record some of them in a book. Note to self: “please continue to cover my mouth long after Covid 19 has ended!

Book #3: “The Book of Life”

Yes, the most highly recommended book in this season is “The Book of Life,” also known as “The Lamb’s Book of Life” which serves as a testament to those who are saved through their belief and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Revelation 21:27 states: “Nothing impure shall enter heaven, but only those who have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

Father, thank you for all sixty-six books of the bible, all of which point to Jesus in one form or another. Thank you for loving us so that you see our tears, you remember our prayers, and you know our names.  Hallelujah! Amen!

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Minister Mack Calhoun


Thursday, April 23

Positioned for God’s Divine Providence

“Go assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for 3 days night or day. I and my maidens will also fast in the same way.   And thus I will go in to see the King which is not according to law; and if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:16

Esther was queen of King Xerxes whose empire extended from India to Ethiopia, with several provinces including Jerusalem.  Esther was a Jew, and the favor of God was upon her life greatly. Haman who was of the Agagite bloodline, had become the right-hand man to King Xerxes. The Agagites hated the Jews, and Haman who was an Agagite, had convinced the King that the Jews had conspired with the Greeks to come against the Roman Empire once again.

Esther knew she had to intervene to save not only her family but her entire race of people;  and had been appointed for such a time as this, to change the course of history.  Esther had been strategically positioned by God to stand in the gap to arise and save her people—to be an interruption on the behalf of the Lord.

Has God strategically positioned you like Esther?  What has God positioned for you in this season to change the course of your bloodline? Or change the course of history in your bloodline?  Possibly, he may want you to become an entrepreneur? Maybe a Congressman or Congresswoman to change laws and activate legislation to create opportunities for people who may never otherwise have one?

When Esther requested a meeting to see the King, she knew she was going against the very laws that had been the set order for centuries.  Yes, I’m sure she was afraid, but she also knew many would perish if she did not stand for her people.  Has God positioned you as an interruption in this time of Covid-19? Even amidst isolation, fear and anxiety…are willing to do something powerful and innovative through what the Lord has placed in you? Has He appointed you for such a time as this?

The conclusion of the matter is that Esther was not only granted her request to see the King; but the revealed glory of God and His Mighty Hand upon her life, uncovered and spoiled the plans of the enemy!  Truly, what the enemy meant for evil, God turned it—both for her good…and the good of her people.

Let’s Pray:

Father, help us to become what you have predestined us to be (Eph 1:5) for such a time as this.  You have given us all things that pertain unto life and Godliness through knowing you (2 Peter 1:3) Strengthen us and sensitize us to your Spirit that we may understand and hear the clarion call to be an instrument for your Glory to interrupt systems, by exercising the gifts and call of your heartbeat in Jesus name.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Minister Cheryl Shaw


Wednesday, April 22

God’s Less is More

As we are living in the midst of much change and difficulties; because we do not know what lies ahead, we reach for the Word of God to provide comfort and to enlighten us. Psalm 37:16 states, “that better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked.” As we shelter in place at home, many of the activities that we do on a regular basis have come to a halt. A benefit of reducing all the activity is that we are not spending as much money as we normally spend.

Yesterday, we ventured out to the grocery store to shop for our upcoming anniversary dinner that would now take place at home. Interestingly, we noticed that even after about a month of sheltering at home, we still have only used a half of a tank of gas. This underscores the fact that since we are spending less, then we are saving more. Very quickly, we are learning to live beneath our means in these lean times. And we continue to give to our church, or directly to those in need; and we continue to see God’s hand of blessing over our finances.

Proverbs 13:11 states, “that dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.”  This is critical in this season as we continue to look to the Word of God for wisdom and strategies in these uncertain and perilous times. The psalmists give us clues on how to store wealth: little by little. Perhaps a call to your banking institution will be wise in this season. Discussions on certificates of deposit; or, managing your 401K assets; or even looking for ‘Covid19 concessions’ are in order to help manage your finances. Look for opportunities to spend less—so that you can instead, save more.

Our prayer:

We thank the Lord for showing us how to save our money, little by little and watch it grow. We thank God for debt free living so that we owe no man, except to love them. Teach us. to purchase only what we need and live beneath our means. We bless you Lord for the wisdom on how to store up for a famine. We thank you Lord when we can bless others knowing that it shall be given back to us, a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over as men give to our bosoms. Lord, we acknowledge that you supply all our needs allowing us to be good stewards of the wealth that you give us.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Peggy Moore Heath


Tuesday, April 21

CDC (Christians Depending on Christ) Recommendations:

Recommendation #1: Cover your mouth!

In Matthew 15:11 Christ reminds us that “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth is what defies them.” Hence, we should be mindful to watch our words as we tread through life. When we are born again, one of our new gifts is a helper, our personal trainer, the Holy Spirit to both guide us and to serve as our spotter when the weights and burdens become too heavy. The job description of our personal trainer from in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all of Judea, and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” A good sign of spiritual maturity is not just speaking in tongues—but controlling the one tongue that you have! If not… please cover your mouth.

Recommendation #2: Wash Regularly…

The song writer poses a rhetorical question, “What can wash away my sins?” Then answers, “Nothing but the blood of Jesus!” Next, he presses further, “What can make me whole again?” The answer again is, “Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” A clue to both the genius and genesis of this song is found in Hebrews 9:22, in part, “The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.” During the first Passover the children of Israel were instructed put blood on their doorframes. In Exodus 12:13b, the Lord states, “When I see the blood, I will Passover you and no destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.” Please keep your hands and hearts clean by washing regularly.

Recommendation #3: Do not touch your faith…

God has given us another gift called faith. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God, not the result of works, so that no one can boast.” Conversely, the enemy of your soul desires to provide you a twisted gift called fear. The opposite of love, is not hate: it is fear. 1 John 4:18b, reminds us that “Perfect love drives out fear.” Lastly, we must keep the proper distance with Christ. James 4:8 states, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands you sinners and purify your hearts you double-minded.”

Father, thank you for the Holy Spirit, and the blood of Jesus, as we exercise our faith in Christ alone for our spiritual health and wellness. As the apostle Paul reminds us concerning his severe trouble in II Corinthians 1:8-11 (NIV), “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us again.”  Hallelujah! Amen! 

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Minister Mack Calhoun


Monday, April 21

God’s Intent for the Family

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others.  Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3

In this challenging season that we find ourselves in, let us keep our eyesight on the Lord. We are all watching what is happening in this season, only to find despair, discouraging news, fear and doubt…sprinkled with a small glimmer of hope. Today, we want to remind everyone the importance of our families—especially… our children!

Children may not fully understand the need to wear masks and gloves and why they can’t play with their friends. More importantly, they do not fully understand why people are dying–especially family members. These sudden changes in our lives are certainly a reason for anxiety levels to rise.

We must remind ourselves that for every crisis, we must take the opportunity to allow God to show up—through us, proving that  love, peace, and hope  still thrive! Let’s showcase the good that is still happening in the world.

First and foremost: families are spending time together! Fathers and mothers are teaching their children in their own homes. People are reaching out, checking on one another and showing more care and concern. This season that may seem so bad, is really an opportunity to share the hope that we have in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World, by showing Christ-like love. In these troubling times, God provides us with many opportunities to show forth His love to our family.

But looking closer, the list goes on, as families are:

  • Preparing and eating meals at home;
  • Communicating once again and relearning what it means to be a family;
  • Drawing their children closer and reassuring them that everything will work out;
  • Reconnecting with relatives, creating a closeness that may not have existed for some time;
  • And finally, taking time to rest and relax.

We thank God in Heaven for allowing us to reset, rest and restore our families. We thank God for causing us to stop and acknowledge all the unnecessary busyness that we undertake day in and day out. We have received a gift in the form of slowing down, catching our breath and truly living the way God designed for us to live.  We thank God for showing us how to live in the present and be fully engaged in the now.  We thank God for His wisdom concerning recapturing our family, in Jesus’ name.

In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

Elder Peggy Moore Heath

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