Monthly Archive: January 2016

Learn to Love Yourself By Learning To Love God

maninmirrorMark 12:30-31  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.  And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Dear Friends,  May God’s grace, peace, joy and especially love be upon you.  Let me start by telling you that I love you.  More importantly, God loves you.  But, do you love yourself?  Now, I want you to really think about that.  Above you are Jesus’ greatest commandments… His only commandments, in fact.  Read verse 31 – “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  That’s not going to work unless you truly love yourself.  I am not speaking in terms of vanity nor self-centeredness.  No, sir!  I’m talking about realizing that you are a child of God.  I’m talking about caring about what happens.  We all need love.  But, in order to give love, we must learn to love God and come to the realization that we are a part of God and He is a part of us.  Therefore, when we love Him, we love ourselves.  For we were created in His image and should we choose to, we will inherit His mighty Kingdom.  Wow!  I love how God works.  You see, if we truly love God, we will automatically love ourselves and each other.  Amazing, isn’t it? (more…)

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Believe In The Power Of Prayer

https://www.pexels.com/photo/lights-party-dancing-music-2143/Dear Readers,
Joy, love and blessings to you, my beautiful brothers and sisters.  May the peace of Jesus Christ fill and surround you and may His grace be ever upon you.  Amen!  Let me start by giving you an update on my dearly beloved pastor, friend and brother, Tom Shuford.  As many of you know, Tom went for surgery on 12/30/15 to put a dialysis port into his abdomen.  Tom is suffering from kidney failure and a host of other ailments.  Tom has defied death [only by the grace of God, of course] for over 30 years now.  I am happy to report that once again God has stepped in and spared Tom’s life.  Hallelujah!  Praise Jesus!  The Bible says that “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” – Luke 18:27.  The Lord does not lie.  Tom is proof of that.  He is a living testament to both the power of God and the power of prayer.  Make no mistake about it folks, our prayers have helped Tom tremendously and continue to do so.  It was the faith of all of us, including Tom, that helped Tom make it through this and live to fight for the Lord another day.  Praise God!  SHOUT HALLELUJAH!  THANK YOU, JESUS!  WE BELIEVE IN YOUR POWER, ALMIGHTY GOD!  Yes, we do.  I thank all of you around the world who have kept our brother in your prayers.  GOD BLESS YOU ALL!  Tom is not totally out of the woods yet.  He faces a lengthy recovery.  So, please continue to pray for brother Tom, knowing that those prayers shall be heard. (more…)

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A Living Testament

https://static.pexels.com/photos/5076/light-person-woman-fire-medium.jpegI Timothy 2:5-7  For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

Dear Readers:  Happy New Year “2016”.  Grace, love and joy unto you.  May you eternally walk in the blissful, peaceful light of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen!  My beautiful brothers and sisters, I want to talk to you about testifying.  Not only that, but making yourself a walking, talking, breathing, living testimony for our Lord.  You know that I try to remain upbeat and joyful as much as possible; but every now and again, the problems I face get to me.  I let my guard down and that dirty old devil creeps in.  That happened recently and I momentarily lost my bearings.  One problem after another piled up on me…  the six months in solitary; my pastor, Tom Shuford, and his wife, Terry, being barred from visiting me by the prison administration; then Tom’s health failing and finding out he has to go in for surgery; not to mention spending another holiday season incarcerated for crimes that I did not commit and having very limited contact with my family.  Then, the kicker, the prison has made good on its threats and has written me up for my writings being posted on this site.  I will now be fined and sanctioned for nothing more than exercising my first amendment rights and spreading the gospel.  The culmination of it all fell on me like the weight of a thousand bricks. (more…)

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