Archive | November 2013

Top Book Picks

The following is a list of books that we found that help to inspire you, keep you encouraged and help you as you grow in every area of your life. When you click one of the book below it will take you to an information page about each book. We will be updating this list monthly so please let us know if you have a book that you would like added. Most of the book titles below will allow you to preview a sample of the book before you purchase it. If you would like to contact one of our administrators you can email me at Logged in as: latoya.author@gmail.com.

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Getting God to Bless your Church

Getting God to Bless your Church
Don’t be judgmental: God knows instantly if a person is genuine about becoming his child. We as Christians have to understand even though a person gets saved the changes in their lives are not always instantly seen on the outside. We do not have the right to judge a believer, because only God knows their heart. 
Make people feel accepted:  It’s important to recognize your new visitors so that they feel welcomed to be apart of your church. The most effective way to make a new visitor feel welcomed is to help them form bonds with regular members. Only God can change a person our job is to be loving, supply them with the word and offer them words of encouragement. 
Collecting names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of your visitors is very important. You should us the information to send thank-you cards the following day, inviting guests to return and reminding them of upcoming church events they are welcome to attend.
Scripture from the New International Version (NIV):
Acts 11:24: For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.
John 8:31: Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
Matthew 7:1:  “Judge not, that you be not judged.
1 Peter 4:10: As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Romans 15:7: Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us,  to the glory of God. 

Getting Ready to Serve God

Getting Ready to Serve God

When you are preparing yourself to serve God you should be in constant prayer and of the things happening around you. Don’t allow yourself to get into a position that God never intended for you. It’s important that you have an ear to hear even when you do not the purpose that God has for you because this is your time for preparation.

We must be faithful in little thingsGod supplies each us with different assignments and no matter how uncomfortable they maybe to use we still have to trust and have faith that he will with us every step of the way. Know that you want always understand what he asks of you can’t be afraid because the work still needs to be completed. If you are not doing your very best then that means you are not being faithful.

We must be faithful in church attendanceAfter giving your life over to God you must be baptized because it is your way of saying you’re completely belong to him.  Once you have made this change in your life it is important that you surround yourself with other believers to keep you spiritually lifted and help you to grow.

We must be faithful in spending time alone with GodBecause it helps your form and builds your personal relationship with God. We can more easily find out what God wants for our lives. Spending alone time with God helps us to refocus and get our minds off the worries of the world. The most important reason to spend time alone with God is that we become more naturally like him as we begin to love him more.

Scripture from the New International Version (NIV):

Acts 9:15: But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.

Acts 9:15-17: Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 22:14: Then he said: The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth.

1 Corinthians 2:4: My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power.

Ecclesiastes 10:10: If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.

2 Timothy 1:7: For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Luke 16:10: Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

Encouragement

  • Serving creates meaningful thankfulness
  • Serving glorifies God for other non-Christians
  • Serving encourages yourself

I love each of you because God continues to loves you first.

Sister LaToya

Creating a Prayer List

thAfter searching online I found some great information a making a pay list and I thought that it may help you all as you work on your individual list Prayer is not about a set of rules — it’s all about building our relationship with God. It’s about conversation, both expressing yourself and listening. You prayer list is for you and you do not have to share it with anyone unless you choose to. 
 Here are some suggestions for making your prayer time effective.
  1. First, decide where you want to keep your list — on paper, on your phone, or on a computer file.
  2. Second, start making a list of people you want to pray for and categorize those people/requests.
  •  Monday: family (parents, grandparents, siblings and their families)
  • Tuesday: friends (close friends, online friendships, other friends who have asked for prayer)
  • Wednesday: church family (pastor and his wife, Sunday school/age groups, current requests)
  • Thursday: salvation (loved ones, children of siblings/friends, witnessing opportunities)
  • Friday: missions (missionaries, church ministries, chaplains,)
    Saturday: government (salvation, wisdom, elections, – both state and federal)
  • Sunday: miscellaneous requests (everything else!)
  1. Finally, consider the best time for you to pray.
  2. The point is to establish a routine.
  3. And discipline yourself to practice intercession.
  4. Focus — don’t do two things at once.
  5. Get away; find a quiet place where you can unwind and be you. 
  6. God knows who you are — you don’t have to pretend.
Close with something like this: God, I ask you to reveal yourself to me. I want to know you, your dreams, your hopes, your concerns, your desires for my life. Please reveal yourself to me and supply me with the guidance needed to move into the next stage in my life.

Find God’s Purpose for Your Life

269897_10150310852315930_1266955_nFind God’s Purpose for Your Life

We all look for happiness in all areas of our lives but things just don’t make any sense until we seek, find and fulfill the purpose that God has for each of our lives.

  1. First we must be genuinely and fully converted. Jesus is our direct connection to God. As we walk with him we will be protect from those that come against us. We must remember who we are as God’s Daughters and not out our mouths on others. Being completely converted in Christ is an individual process between you and him and it will be the beginning of your new life and it will show that your old life is gone.
  2. We must remain permanently humbled. When God sends you out to do a job you must know that he is going to give you a great reward when you have completed it. God will place us in situations (financial, health, relationship, and career failures) to see if we will seek him for guidance. Repent to God not because you have done something bad but because you realized that you have not done enough.

Encouragement

  • Even when you fo not see it working just know that God is right there with you. DON’T GIVE UP!!
  • ASK God what he needs you to do so that you stay in his will and this will show hime that you are chaning.
  • Lift others up even when you are going through so that God will continue to shower you with his blessings.

Scripture from the New International Version (NIV):

Acts 7:56  Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

2 Corinthians 5:17:  if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!

James 4:6: But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

John 14:6: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Matthew 4:19-20: Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

Philippians 4: rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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I love each of you because God loves you first.

Sister LaToya

When You Mess Up

I hope you all got off to a great start for this new journey in our lives. As you make your way through each day remember that it is important for you to make sure that you are seeking God daily for guidance. This will allow your mind and heart to be open to God’s personal message he has just for you.

It’s important to know that you will have some rough days and that is ok because none us are perfect I encourage you all to remember these things when you feel like your messing up:

  1. God has a purpose for your live before you were born. He gives us the ability to choose his way which will allow us to get closer to him, or when can chose to follow our own ways and places ourselves in situations that he never desired for us. God also has a reason for us to go through the good, bad and the ugly it is his way of preparing us for the plan that he has for our lives.
  2. God can use us in spite of our worse mistakes. He will use us our mistakes to give hope and show others around us that he is a forgiving God. Do not allow your past mistakes to dictate your future; but allow them to make you a better person. Remember that God has cast our sins in the sea of forgetfulness and it is important to allow his grace to be sufficient enough to keep us as we travel though our storms of life.

Encouragement:

  • Look at yourself the way that God does and allow him to use you to help others.
  • It is important to build your spiritual life at all times because it will keep you lifted when you are going through.
  • When you fall completely in Gods will your life will began to make positive changes.

Scripture from the New International Version (NIV):

Galatians 1:14: I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.

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

Acts 6:8: Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.

1 Timothy 1:16: But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

I love each of you because God loves you first.

Sister LaToya

Journey from Religion to Relationships

Journey from Religion to Relationships starting on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 to Wednesday, December 4, 2013 (2 week check-in). This movement is broken down into 3 parts:

1) 6:30 a.m. daily prayer for 30 minutes. (You are welcome to pray as much as you want. We are asking everyone to commit to 30 minutes as a group.

2) Fasting from 7 am to 12 pm nothing but water, fruits and veggies (For those with medical conditions please adjust according your individual situation).

3) at least 30 minute Devotional daily which i will supply some scriptures of encouragement but please structure your devotional time around how God leads you.

I know this is a lot of information but  I believe this will help all of us find answers and grow as we continue this Christian walk. Each day there will be information posted to help keep you encouraged and a calendar with daily scripture.  We are a group so please if you have suggestions or changes you think we just make please let us know. I love each of you because God loves you first. Looking forward to hearing all of the testimonies of healing, deliverance and breakthroughs.

Sister LaToya Murchison