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I choose to wait

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  • LIVESENT1

Hello everyone! Love and prayers from everyone here at My Emanuel!

I’m a new Christian, I submitted my life to the one true King in August of 2011! Didn’t have a clue what I was doing as I was unchurched for 43 years! I’m 47 now! So I started praying constantly as I had plenty of free time on my hands because of how God got my attention! (That’s a different sermon..lol ) Anyway God revealed to me very quickly that I was to evangelize! So I started telling people the good news! Now remember that I was unchurched and had no bible or church! I lead a 95 year old man to Christ because I was full of the Holy Spirit! All I knew was to pray and wait and meditate and act because that was what God was telling me to do. In America we require instant gratification. We all want God to “do something now!” When was the last time you just prayed and waited? We must pray believing that God will move! It may not be the answer that we expected but He will answer! His timing is always perfect! Jesus prayed to the Father! He waited for the answer!

Let’s practice this in our lives.

Pray from your heart. Pray for His will to be done in whatever it is!

Wait for God’s answer, remember it may not always be what you think. It usually isn’t quick either.

Meditate on the answer, talk to God! Spend that much needed quiet time with God!

Act on the answer! Don’t hesitate! Receive the answer and be blessed!

We must slow down sometimes to speed up! I for one learned this the hard way. So pray and wait, find a way to get that quiet time and then act accordingly to His answer! As hard as it is in our fast paced world have patience!

Psalms 27:13-14 NLT

Yet I am confident I will see the lord ’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the lord . Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the lord .

1 John 2:5-6 NLT

But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.

 

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God bless each and every one of you!

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AS I have loved you

LIVESENT1

Good afternoon everyone! This Rick I’m part of the My Emanuel Ministries!

Since I gave my life to God He has always had caring for the needy and helpless on my heart! I have been blessed to serve in two ministries besides church (Dalton Greater Works and Mercy’s Door Children’s Homes) At Dalton Greater Works we have a dining hall and a food pantry and a clothing ministry. The food pantry is “clients choice” meaning that the people choose their own food just like you would at a grocery store. The clothing ministry is the same way. The town I live in is the 2nd poorest city in the U.S! On the Tuesday night supper we average about 135 in the dining hall and about 30 families through the food pantry and about 35 through the clothing ministry. Mercy’s Door is the only faith based childrens home within 350 miles of our city! We have 2 boys homes and 1 girls home for ages 6 to 17  and an independent living home for ages 18 to 21! Both ministries were founded by individuals and have no state or local funding. Dalton Greater works was founded 20 years ago by giving an invitation to 6 homeless men in a local park. Now Dalton Greater Works serves about 500 or more people a week through various ways! (all glory to God!)

The reason I’m sharing this information is this……God’s word tells us to “Love our neighbors as ourselves” ( Matthew 22:39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.) these words are in red! I know how hard this is to do sometimes as is the question “who is my neighbor?” Well, if we are truly following God’s word EVERYONE is your neighbor! BUT, Jesus gives us another command which I think is even more powerful than this one! In John He tells us (John 13:34 “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.) These are in red also. Notice He says “I give you a new command!” Now folks we can’t OUTLOVE God so Jesus is telling us to love others AS He has loved us! This to me is pretty straightforward! I have witnessed many people serving at Great Works for the first time that just break when they witness how people are suffering in our community! Then I have overheard people talking about the new car they just purchased while handing someone the only meal they may have had in days! (not good) When we are serving, we must serve every person as if we were serving Jesus! (Matthew 25:40 “And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’) Again …in  red! I can assure you that EVERY piece of clothing is inspected BEFORE it is put out to go to someone. We tell people that “If you wouldn’t give it to Jesus then don’t give it to us!” When you give a shirt to someone and say “God bless you” and it has a stain or hole in it you are saying “this is what God thinks about you!” A tattered shirt? NO! He loves us MUCH more than this! I have been told “well it’s better than nothing!” My reply? “Would you wear this to work or out with your family?” Probably not! When you donate time or money or anything folks make sure it is for God! We must serve from our hearts as if we are serving Jesus! We are the church! If Jesus was here now and you asked Him “where’s the church, He wouldn’t give you an address, He would point at You! It is time to LIVE SENT folks! It’s time not just to serve but serve the way Jesus commands us! Why? Let’s go back to John 13:34 and see what the next verse tells us! John 13:35 By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”) Because they will know that you are My Disciples! This should be our goal brothers and sisters! Make disciples! To me this all goes back to His command in Matthew 28  (Matthew 28:18-20 18 Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember,I am with you always, to the end of the age.” We can some up this in three words folks!

SHOW THEM CHRIST!  

So who’s ready to Live Sent? I pray that many people take time to serve this year!

Thanks for reading and may our Lord and Savior bless you and keep you well!

I have posted some pictures of Dalton Greater Works, two are from a recent dinner (notice the children) and one is from our toy drive when over 100 families got to pick out 3 toys per child for Christmas and then they were wrapped for them! People walked for 20 miles to receive the toys! One lady slept at the front doors!

We have 2 shirt/hoodie drives going on now to support  Dalton Greater Works. EVERY single dollar goes to the ministry! You can check out or purchase the shirts at the links below

Http://www.teespring.com/godsriches

Http://www.teespring.com/livesent

 

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Purpose

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Is there a purpose for pain? What is the source of sorrow? If there is a God who loves us, why is their suffering and death in the world? Tonight I found myself answering the honest and sincere questions of a brokenhearted sister who I pray even now I will see come to Christ. Through this message I would like to share a few of her questions, a few of the responses the Holy Spirit blessed me to give, and the results of our conversation.

The past several weeks have allowed me the opportunity to share the Gospel with a young woman on many different occasions and each time I can see God drawing her closer and closer to the Light. Our conversations started out as simple questions about what I believe, why I believe it, and have now turned to some of the toughest questions we face as Christians. First allow me to share a truth that I have found in every situation I’ve been blessed to share the Gospel: the Holy Spirit will do the talking. You don’t have to try to sound smart or educated, be yourself when sharing the Gospel, use your testimony to demonstrate God’s mercy, patience, and grace. If you are genuine, if you love Jesus and want to share why, others will generally listen with some level of curiosity.

Though many questions were asked tonight I want to share just a few in hopes that some who share her same questions will find truth and peace. First and perhaps one of the most profound: “if God is good, why is there so much evil in the world?” This question should not be one that silences us, it must be one we approach honestly and as always with Scripture. Why do bad things happen to children with good parents? Because of the choices the children make. To see where evil begins to creep in to humanity we must look all the way back to the first man, Adam, and the first woman, Eve. Regardless of how hard it is to imagine science has proven all humanity has come from one female (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitochondrial_Eve) and in that female, Eve, and her husband Adam we find the original sin.

Its important to understand that God’s creation was totally free from sin but God gave mankind a choice: life and fellowship with Him or death and separation. Ultimately Adam and Eve chose death and seperation, and countless millions have made that same decision again and again. So if God is good, why is there so much evil in the world? Sin. What is sin? Disobedience to God (murder, adultery, stealing, etc.). God said “Adam and Eve I’m giving you reign of the Garden of Eden, you may do anything you please and eat whatever you want just don’t eat from this tree or you will die” (Genesis 3:3). Enter in Satan, the enemy of God whose only desire and mission is to destroy God’s beloved creation. “This tree here has good fruit Eve! Eat of it. It taste good, it smells good, its really good”, the enemy paints a pretty picture (just like he does now) that appealed to all the senses of Eve. “But God said no” replied Eve, “God wasn’t serious Eve! You can eat of it, just give it a try” (Genesis 3:4-5).

We give Eve a pretty bad wrap, “shame on her! How could she?” The truth is that we make the same choice everyday. God says “no” and we say “but He didn’t really mean it” and the cycle of sin grows. The Scripture promises the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), and though Adam and Eve could never have understood the death God promised would come as a result of their rebellion was not immediate but was absolutely sure. And so sin, death, and separation from God entered in to the world through one man: Adam. (Romans 5:12) Though it may sound like it took an hour to explain that to my dear sister the Holy Spirit helped me show her why there is evil in the world in just a few minutes. Its not God’s fault, its our fault and our rebellion alone is to blame for all the death, destruction, pain and suffering in the world. God tells us to love our neighbor as our self and we gossip, we ridicule, we ignore suffering, and we hurt those God has called us to love.
This dear sister told me on several occasions that she just doesn’t believe in God. After all she has been through, all her pain and suffering she just can’t see how there can be a God. I shared with her this truth: God is sovereign, all those bad things that happened God is fully empowered to have stopped but He has a purpose. All my suffering, all the hurt and shame I have suffered through in my life have allowed me the experience to minister to those suffering what I once suffered. In essence God is using my testimony and what He delivered me from to share with others. This truth this sister could not deny, even stating she wouldn’t give me the time of day if she didn’t know I was genuine.

Lastly as the sister and I were talking about her refusal to believe God exists I was able to help her understand: it really doesn’t matter what you believe. Two examples I used: if I don’t believe in gravity but I jump, I’ll still come quickly back to earth. Secondly, if I don’t believe in the speed limit but I get caught going faster than the law permits I’ll get a ticket. Your belief isn’t the question, the truth is the question. Just as the police will write you a ticket and the judge will throw you in to prison if you don’t pay the ticket so God will punish those who refuse the salvation that He is freely giving. There is a place called hell, it is eternal, and everyone who denies Christ will be cast in to a never ending separation of pain and torment. Your belief or lack thereof doesn’t really matter, only the truth matters, and the Truth shall set you free. (John 8:32)

As I close this message tonight I do so with this truth I have shared with this sister and I share with you now: God loves you. So much so that tonight you are reading this story and you feel God pulling on your heart, He is knocking… will you let Him in? You must push aside your past and know that God makes all things new (2 Corinthians 5:17), that He loves you so much He sent His only Son to die in your place (John 3:16), and that without Him you have no hope (John 14:6).

Tonight as the sister and I departed company she said to me: “bring me the book tomorrow, don’t forget”, the “book” is The Book, the Holy Bible which contains the precious truths I’ve done my best to share with her. God is working friend, even where and when it seems there is no hope.

There is a purpose for the pain,
a reason for the rain.
In the darkest night,
I will follow His light,
for His grace has set me free.
Before the dawn,
I trembled in fear,
then the Son of God,
drew me near.
In His arms I found love,
and grace that set me free.
His patience and mercy,
opened my eyes to see.
He cries out for you,
“dear child come home”,
because of God’s love,
you never need be alone.

Please visit www.myemanuel.com/iamready.html for more information on how to surrender your life to Jesus Christ.

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