Posted by: pastortomvabeach | April 23, 2019

Thought For The Week April 28, 2019

Peter wrote, Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. (I Peter 4:12-13)  The context a few verses later reveals that the trial and suffering to which he referred were persecutions that had arisen against Christians.

Jesus, Himself, said you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. (Mark 13:13) and God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. (Matthew 5:11).  Because of this, it should not shock us when something like what happened on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka occurs.

Yes, the cruelty and brutality of this malicious act is shocking to our senses and elicits our deepest revulsion and horror.  As a follower of Jesus, I simply can’t imagine someone with enough hatred inside to justify in their mind not only blowing themselves up but wantonly killing innocent people who have done nothing to them.

That part is shocking but the fact that it happened and is happening all around the world was never surprising to Jesus’ followers.  The reality is that preaching Jesus has always, even from the infancy of the church, been offensive.  That’s why the apostles and early believers were killed and that’s why, to this day, Christians are being martyred for their faith, driven from the public square, and vilified in many circles as evil.

We, in the United States, have not yet been exposed to the full effects of Christian persecution but there are many signs that it won’t be far off.  Preaching the Bible is labeled as hate speech in many circles.  Christians have been sued or otherwise taken to court for exercising their faith in the marketplaces of life.  The direction our culture is headed is towards a day when many kinds of persecution will no longer be a crime but practicing our faith openly will be.

The cowardly and venomous act of the Islamic terrorists in Sri Lanka might be a wake up call for some Christians but it really should not be since Christianity is the most heavily persecuted faith in the world, so we should already be aware.  What we can learn from this is that we must stand with our brothers and sisters around the world in faith, sadness, and, even more so, in passionate resolve that we will continue to trust in Jesus regardless of what the world throws at us.

Historically, Christianity has thrived and grown the most during the worst periods of anti-Christian activity.  Satan thinks he can stop the march of Jesus Christ in reaching those who need His love and forgiveness by doing violence against the church, but he is mistaken.  The devil is not on the offensive, the church is!  Jesus said, the gates of hell will not prevail against the church.  We know that when persecution against the church increases, it must be because Jesus is making a difference and the devil is on the run.

So let’s pray for our Christian family in Sri Lanka, let’s mourn and grieve with them, but let’s also determine to continue to trust and live for Jesus while we Make Jesus Known as much as we possible can.  Our weapon is the Word of God and prayer and the love of Jesus for everyone even our persecutors.  Peter said we can rejoice insofar as you (we) share Christ’s sufferings, and It is no shame to suffer for being a Christian.  Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name! (I Peter 4:16).  It is pretty easy to act on those instructions when we are not the ones under such severe persecution so let’s pray that those who face such suffering may be able to be strong in the Lord and that we may do the same, when and if it happens to us.

Remember, Jesus is alive and He loves you in every circumstance.  He is always there with and for you.  Just a thought.

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Posted by: pastortomvabeach | April 23, 2019

Christian Chapel Assembly of God Calendar of Events

Fellowship Potluck Dinner
Sunday, May 5, immediately after service.  Bring your favorite main dish to share along with a salad or dessert and plan to stay and meet some of the best people you’ll ever know.  This is a great way to connect and make friends.  Please plan to stay.

Sunday Morning Schedule
Study Groups (adults/teens) at 9 AM
Young Ambassadors (children 3-11) at 9 AM
Worship at 10:30 AM
Nursery for children age 2 and under
Children’s Ministry for children age 3 through 6th grade. Children will be dismissed after singing to a service tailored to their age groups

Mother’s Day Luncheon
Saturday, May 11, Noon to 2 PM.  All ladies are invited.  Bring your mother or child.  Bring a dish to share for a pot luck lunch.  We will have entertainment provided by some of the moms and children.  Come and have fun!

Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 12.  Bring you mom for donuts and coffee prior to the 10:30 a.m. service.  This is a day to honor Mom and we will treat her well.  We will have a drawing for three $50.00 prepaid Visa gift cards.  Mom will be blessed and you’ll get to spend the day with her.  Don’t miss it!

Children’s Ministry Relocation
Due to severe roof leakage, we will be holding all Children’s Ministry classes in classrooms upstairs until repairs can be completed.  The Young Ambassadors will meet in Room F, the Potter’s Clay will be in the Youth Room, and the Little Lambs will be in Room A.  The Nursery will be moved to the cry room behind the Worship Center.  Thank you for your consideration during this inconvenience.

Life Groups Summer Break
Life Groups will continue through the week of May 5, then will break for the summer.  We will resume our full schedule in September.  Some of our Groups may continue to meet for fellowship and summertime activities.  You can still contact Life Group leaders to find your connection and share life together.

Zumba!
Ladies Zumba meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m..  Our Zumba classes are lead by two certified instructors and are free and open to every lady at every fitness level. You’ll love it! For more information you can call Jean Crabb at 757-427-9371 or email ccagvb01@gmail.com.

Sermon Based Life Groups
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be able to study out what you hear on Sunday morning or to discuss it with a few close friends from church? What might that do for you in terms of helping you live out and apply the teaching from the Bible? Have you ever wanted to know that you had a few people in the church you were really close to and could count on? Sermon-based Life Groups are the answer! We currently have eight groups that meet in homes throughout the community. We will form more groups as leaders are trained and available. If you are interested in connecting with a Life Group call the office at 757-427-9371 or email Pastor Cheryl Pickford at cpickford@live.com.

Christian Chapel Membership
If you have been a regular at Christian Chapel we are grateful for your fellowship and ministry participation. Being regular, we encourage you to apply for official membership with this local body. The standard of membership is actually pretty simple:
1. Show evidence of being saved by trusting in Jesus Christ (John 1:12)
2. Show evidence of a consistent Christian life by practicing Christian disciplines and avoiding obvious sin as a lifestyle.
3. Fully agree with the tenets of faith in our By-laws (the 16 Fundamental Beliefs of the Assemblies of God).
4. Be willing to regularly support the church financially according to your ability.
To become a member simply fill out an application and hand it to pastor Tom, Doug, Cheryl, or one of the deacons or staff members. Thanks again for you commitment to this local church and Making Jesus Known

Sunday Morning Growth Groups
Sundays: 9-10 a.m.  Small groups designed to learn Bible truth and application in a
setting that is non-threatening, friendly, and suited to every taste.  We currently have groups for everyone: age 3-11, Teens, Adult Men, Adult Women, and Adult Mixed.  These groups help individuals grow in bible knowledge and application so that we can better Make Jesus Known in our everyday life situations.

RISE Student Ministries – Christian Chapel Youth
RISE, a group for teens, ages 12 to 18 meets every Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm., to teach our teens to live for Christ in their current context and prepare them to live as Christian adults when that day comes.

Website.
Check out our new website at http://www.ccagvb.com. Please tell us if there is anything we can do to make our website better.

On-Line Giving
You can now make donations on our website and even designate your offerings. Just go to the website and click on “Giving”. You’ll find the on-line giving link at the bottom of that page.

Pastor’s Email
Please address all email to: pastortom.ccag@gmail.com

Christian Chapel Email
Our new email address for all church coorespondence is ccagvb01@gmail.com.  Please discontinue using ccagvb@verizon.net and change to the new address.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | April 23, 2019

Bible Reading for April 29-May 5

4/29    1Samuel 17, 18         Luke 20:27-47
4/30    1Samuel 19              Psalms 23, 59          Luke 21:1-19
5/1       1Samuel 20, 21        Psalms 34                 Luke 21:20-38
5/2       1Samuel 22              Psalms 56                 Luke 22:1-23
5/3       Psalms 52, 57, 142 Luke 22:24-46
5/4       1Samuel 23              Psalms 54, 63          Luke 22:47-71
5/5       1Samuel 24, 25, 26, 27 Luke 23:1-25

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | April 18, 2019

Thought For The Week April 21, 2019

Imagine what those words meant to those who followed Jesus on that first Resurrection Sunday.  To them, Jesus’ death and burial marked the end of what they had hoped signaled the coming of the Messiah and the return of greatness to Israel.  The two travelers on the road to Emmaus said as much, we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. (Luke 24:21).   For all intents and purposes, they were crushed, lost, fearful, and most likely ready to just give up and return to what they were doing before Jesus showed up.  What else could they do?

But everything changed on Sunday!  “He is risen” were such sweet words.  “He is risen” literally changed everything.  “He is risen” meant it was true.  The Messiah had come and God was again moving among His people.  “He is risen” would ultimately change the whole world.

As I thought about the Easter message, the words of a hymn came to mind; “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.  Because He lives, all fear is gone.  Because I know, I know He holds the future.  My life is worth the living, just because He lives.”  That hymn was written by Bill and Gloria Gaither in 1971, but my guess is those words were filling the hearts of Jesus’ followers on the third after Jesus was crucified.

With Jesus in the grave, tomorrow would have been unimaginable.  With Jesus in the grave, all of His followers had lots to fear.  And with Jesus in the grave their future had little to offer.  But because He rose, because He lives, they went on to live and spread the message that anyone can have hope that makes life worth living if they simply trust in Jesus. 

As we celebrate His resurrection again this year, would you take a moment and contemplate what that mean to you?  How different is your life, because He lives?  Just a thought for Easter 2019.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | April 18, 2019

Christian Chapel Assembly of God Calendar of Events

Resurrection Celebration
Sunday, April 21, 10:30 a.m.  Join us as we celebrate the foundational event of Christianity: Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.  This is a great time to invite those who don’t usually attend a church.  Bring as many as you can with you.  Let’s have a booming celebration.  What’s better than life after death to celebrate?

Easter Eggstravaganza
On Easter Sunday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m. all the children will be treated to our annual Easter Eggstravaganza (Easter Egg Hunt).  Please invite all our friends and family members.  Every child will receive a generous bag of sweets and many prizes will be hidden in the eggs.

Fellowship Potluck Dinner
Sunday, May 5, immediately after service.  Bring your favorite main dish to share along with a salad or dessert and plan to stay and meet some of the best people you’ll ever know.  This is a great way to connect and make friends.  Please plan to stay.

Sunday Morning Schedule
Study Groups (adults/teens) at 9 AM
Young Ambassadors (children 3-11) at 9 AM
Worship at 10:30 AM
Nursery for children age 2 and under
Children’s Ministry for children age 3 through 6th grade. Children will be dismissed after singing to a service tailored to their age groups.

Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 12.  Bring you mom for donuts and coffee prior to the 10:30 a.m. service.  This is a day to honor Mom and we will treat her well.  We will have a drawing for three $50.00 prepaid Visa gift cards.  Mom will be blessed and you’ll get to spend the day with her.  Don’t miss it!

Children’s Ministry Relocation
Due to severe roof leakage, we will be holding all Children’s Ministry classes in classrooms upstairs until repairs can be completed.  The Young Ambassadors will meet in Room F, the Potter’s Clay will be in the Youth Room, and the Little Lambs will be in Room A.  The Nursery will be moved to the cry room behind the Worship Center.  Thank you for your consideration during this inconvenience

Life Groups In Session
Life Groups are back in full swing for the winter and spring.  If you are not part of a Life Group, check with Pastor Tom or any Life Group leader shown on the back wall of the Worship Center.  We encourage everyone to connect with a Life Group.  We grow best when we share life on life together.

Zumba!
Ladies Zumba meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m..  Our Zumba classes are lead by two certified instructors and are free and open to every lady at every fitness level. You’ll love it! For more information you can call Jean Crabb at 757-427-9371 or email ccagvb01@gmail.com.

Sermon Based Life Groups
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be able to study out what you hear on Sunday morning or to discuss it with a few close friends from church? What might that do for you in terms of helping you live out and apply the teaching from the Bible? Have you ever wanted to know that you had a few people in the church you were really close to and could count on? Sermon-based Life Groups are the answer! We currently have eight groups that meet in homes throughout the community. We will form more groups as leaders are trained and available. If you are interested in connecting with a Life Group call the office at 757-427-9371 or email Pastor Cheryl Pickford at cpickford@live.com.

Christian Chapel Membership
If you have been a regular at Christian Chapel we are grateful for your fellowship and ministry participation. Being regular, we encourage you to apply for official membership with this local body. The standard of membership is actually pretty simple:
1. Show evidence of being saved by trusting in Jesus Christ (John 1:12)
2. Show evidence of a consistent Christian life by practicing Christian disciplines and avoiding obvious sin as a lifestyle.
3. Fully agree with the tenets of faith in our By-laws (the 16 Fundamental Beliefs of the Assemblies of God).
4. Be willing to regularly support the church financially according to your ability.
To become a member simply fill out an application and hand it to pastor Tom, Doug, Cheryl, or one of the deacons or staff members. Thanks again for you commitment to this local church and Making Jesus Know

Sunday Morning Growth Groups
Sundays: 9-10 a.m.  Small groups designed to learn Bible truth and application in a
setting that is non-threatening, friendly, and suited to every taste.  We currently have groups for everyone: age 3-11, Teens, Adult Men, Adult Women, and Adult Mixed.  These groups help individuals grow in bible knowledge and application so that we can better Make Jesus Known in our everyday life situations

RISE Student Ministries – Christian Chapel Youth
RISE, a group for teens, ages 12 to 18 meets every Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm., to teach our teens to live for Christ in their current context and prepare them to live as Christian adults when that day comes.

Website.
Check out our new website at http://www.ccagvb.com. Please tell us if there is anything we can do to make our website better.

On-Line Giving
You can now make donations on our website and even designate your offerings. Just go to the website and click on “Giving”. You’ll find the on-line giving link at the bottom of that page.

Pastor’s Email
Please address all email to: pastortom.ccag@gmail.com

Christian Chapel Email
Our new email address for all church coorespondence is ccagvb01@gmail.com.  Please discontinue using ccagvb@verizon.net and change to the new address.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | April 18, 2019

Bible Reading for April 22-28

4/22     Ruth 1, 2, 3, 4             Luke 17:1-19
4/23     1Samuel 1, 2, 3          Luke 17:20-37
4/24     1Samuel 4, 5, 6          Luke 18:1-23
4/25     1Samuel 7, 8, 9          Luke 18:24-43
4/26     1Samuel 10, 11, 12    Luke 19:1-27
4/27     1Samuel 13, 14          Luke 19:28-48
4/28     1Samuel 15, 16          Luke 20:1-26

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | April 8, 2019

Thought For The Week April 14, 2019

In two weeks we will gather, as will churches around the world, to celebrate the event on which the entire Christian movement is established and rests – the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  There is probably no event in world history that has so much significance.  Without the resurrection, Christianity would not exist, at least not with the prominence and influence it enjoys world-wide.  I mean, all someone has to do to undermine the church and everything it teaches is to prove that Jesus is dead and never rose from the grave.  Many have attempted to do just that over the centuries but all have failed.  Jesus did rise from the dead.  It’s a fact!

But in order for Him to rise, He first had to die.  And while the resurrection is so vital to our faith, Jesus death on the cross is what makes our faith so crucial to our lives.  Jesus completed God’s plan to bring us back to the garden where Adam and Eve gave up fellowship and relationship with God for a piece of fruit.

I heard a story recently that touched me.  The garden is a metaphor God uses throughout Scripture.  Originally the Garden of Eden was a place where God and man were together.  It is evident that Adam and Eve had regular contact with and friendly conversation with God in the garden.  Everything they needed was there.

After they sinned they were driven from the garden and God began working to bring them back to that place.  The promised land of Canaan was described as a land full of milk and honey where God’s people would live in intimate relationship with Him but the Israelites continually messed that up.  The Song of Solomon is both a story about Solomon and his bride and an allegory that depicts the love relationship between God and His people.  Within it are references to vineyards, pastures, fruit trees, blossoms, and a garden where the lovers meet.

Jesus was arrested in a garden where He had spent time meeting with His Father.  As Adam was thrust out of the garden when he sinned, Jesus was taken from the garden after He accepted the cup of our sin which He would carry to the cross on our behalf.  Then on that cross He promised a dying thief to take him into paradise with Him that very day.  The word paradise can be literally translated as “park” or specifically as Eden.  Jesus took a sinner that day back into the garden of friendship and fellowship with Himself and His Father.

Finally, when He rose from the dead, the first person Jesus encountered was Mary Magdalene.  As she stood distraught at the empty tomb, weeping because she thought someone had stolen Jesus’ body, she turned and saw Jesus standing there but didn’t know who He was.  John tells us that Mary thought that Jesus was the gardener (John 20:15), and she was right! 

Jesus was and is the Master Gardener who has been working all through history to get us back to His garden, back to intimate fellowship and relationship with our Creator.  He wants to walk and talk with us every day just like He did with Adam.  As our second Adam, Jesus did everything the Father asked of Him and made the way back into the garden.  Maybe as we think about all He’s done, this year at Easter, we can take some time and walk with Him in His garden.  Wouldn’t that be refreshing?  Just a thought.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | April 8, 2019

Christian Chapel Assembly of God Calendar of Events


Easter Eggstravaganza
On Easter Sunday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m. all the children will be treated to our annual Easter Eggstravaganza (Easter Egg Hunt).  Please invite all our friends and family members.  Every child will receive a generous bag of sweets and many prizes will be hidden in the eggs.

Resurrection Celebration
Sunday, April 21, 10:30 a.m.  Join us as we celebrate the foundational event of Christianity: Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.  This is a great time to invite those who don’t usually attend a church.  Bring as many as you can with you.  Let’s have a booming celebration.  What’s better than life after death to celebrate?

Sunday Morning Schedule
Study Groups (adults/teens) at 9 AM
Young Ambassadors (children 3-11) at 9 AM
Worship at 10:30 AM
Nursery for children age 2 and under
Children’s Ministry for children age 3 through 6th grade. Children will be dismissed after singing to a service tailored to their age groups.

Children’s Ministry Relocation
Due to severe roof leakage, we will be holding all Children’s Ministry classes in classrooms upstairs until repairs can be completed.  The Young Ambassadors will meet in Room F, the Potter’s Clay will be in the Youth Room, and the Little Lambs will be in Room A.  The Nursery will be moved to the cry room behind the Worship Center.  Thank you for your consideration during this inconvenience.

Life Groups In Session
Life Groups are back in full swing for the winter and spring.  If you are not part of a Life Group, check with Pastor Tom or any Life Group leader shown on the back wall of the Worship Center.  We encourage everyone to connect with a Life Group.  We grow best when we share life on life together.

Zumba!
Ladies Zumba meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m..  Our Zumba classes are lead by two certified instructors and are free and open to every lady at every fitness level. You’ll love it! For more information you can call Jean Crabb at 757-427-9371 or email ccagvb01@gmail.com.

Sermon Based Life Groups
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be able to study out what you hear on Sunday morning or to discuss it with a few close friends from church? What might that do for you in terms of helping you live out and apply the teaching from the Bible? Have you ever wanted to know that you had a few people in the church you were really close to and could count on? Sermon-based Life Groups are the answer! We currently have eight groups that meet in homes throughout the community. We will form more groups as leaders are trained and available. If you are interested in connecting with a Life Group call the office at 757-427-9371 or email Pastor Cheryl Pickford at cpickford@live.com.

Christian Chapel Membership
If you have been a regular at Christian Chapel we are grateful for your fellowship and ministry participation. Being regular, we encourage you to apply for official membership with this local body. The standard of membership is actually pretty simple:
1. Show evidence of being saved by trusting in Jesus Christ (John 1:12)
2. Show evidence of a consistent Christian life by practicing Christian disciplines and avoiding obvious sin as a lifestyle.
3. Fully agree with the tenets of faith in our By-laws (the 16 Fundamental Beliefs of the Assemblies of God).
4. Be willing to regularly support the church financially according to your ability.
To become a member simply fill out an application and hand it to pastor Tom, Doug, Cheryl, or one of the deacons or staff members. Thanks again for you commitment to this local church and Making Jesus Known

Sunday Morning Growth Groups
Sundays: 9-10 a.m.  Small groups designed to learn Bible truth and application in a
setting that is non-threatening, friendly, and suited to every taste.  We currently have groups for everyone: age 3-11, Teens, Adult Men, Adult Women, and Adult Mixed.  These groups help individuals grow in bible knowledge and application so that we can better Make Jesus Known in our everyday life situations.

RISE Student Ministries – Christian Chapel Youth
RISE, a group for teens, ages 12 to 18 meets every Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm., to teach our teens to live for Christ in their current context and prepare them to live as Christian adults when that day comes.

Website.
Check out our new website at http://www.ccagvb.com. Please tell us if there is anything we can do to make our website better.

On-Line Giving
You can now make donations on our website and even designate your offerings. Just go to the website and click on “Giving”. You’ll find the on-line giving link at the bottom of that page.

Pastor’s Email
Please address all email to: pastortom.ccag@gmail.com

Christian Chapel Email
Our new email address for all church coorespondence is ccagvb01@gmail.com.  Please discontinue using ccagvb@verizon.net and change to the new address.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | April 8, 2019

Bible Reading for April 15-21


4/15    Judges 4, 5, 6          Luke 13:1-22
4/16    Judges 7, 8              Luke 13:23-35
4/17    Judges 9, 10            Luke 14:1-24
4/18    Judges 11, 12          Luke 14:25-35
4/19    Judges 13, 14, 15   Luke 15:1-10
4/20    Judges 16, 17, 18   Luke 15:11-32
4/21    Judges 19, 20, 21   Luke 16

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | April 1, 2019

Thought For The Week April 7, 2019

Pastor Doug Crabb did a great job teaching us about “Seeking God’s Face”, yesterday.  In our Life Group last night we challenged us all to practice the application that Pastor Doug did at the end of the service for a week.  If you want to check it out, let me know and I’ll email you a copy.

In his Thursdays with Tony message, Dr. Tony Evans shared some thoughts about living in victory that I thought would be good to pass on to us all.  It’s called Go Get It!

“God has given each of us over 5,000 promises in Scripture.  But He’s not going to force anyone to live in the victory of His fulfilled promises.  You have to go get them.  Like Joshua who had been promised that He would be given any piece of land where his foot walked (Joshua 1:3), he had to go get it.  He couldn’t stand where he was and simply claim victory over all of his enemies.  There are four key principles to going and getting the promises God has made. L et’s look at them briefly here.

“1. Leave the Past Behind.  Learn from yesterday; don’t live in it.  As Joshua set out to take the Israelites on a military conquest across enormous geographical areas, he had to let go of Moses as the leader and commander.  As we see in Joshua 1:1-2, Moses had died.  The miracles Moses had performed for the Israelite people existed now in the past.  God would use a new man and a new plan to secure their victories moving forward.   Embracing that truth was critical for their progress.

“2. Seize Your Spiritual Inheritance.  As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, Joshua had to take steps of faith in order to secure the promises made by God.  God gave a condition to the receiving of his victories.  He had to place the sole of his foot where he may normally be afraid to do so.  He had to do that in faith.  Sitting around and waiting for God to simply dump your spiritual promises on you is not how God operates.  You have to go get it!

“3. Focus on God and Not People.  Joshua 1:5 says, No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life.  Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.  No doubt Joshua faced oversized, overpowering enemies as he sought to gain military victories and conquer the land.  But God assured him of his victory.  Had Joshua focused on the people in his way, he might have cowered in fear.  Likewise, when you direct your focus to God and His assuring Word, you can reduce fear and doubt in your own life.  Keep your eyes on your Source, and only your Source. 

“4. Stay Tethered to God’s Word.  Lastly, a critical element to Joshua’s conquests was his consistency in staying tied to God’s Word.  We read in Joshua 1:7, Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.  God’s Word gives wisdom about what to do, when to do it and how to gain spiritual victories in the midst of physical limitations or obstacles.  As you move forward in life, meditate on and apply the truth of Scripture, you will gain insight into how to accomplish all God has in store for you.”

These are marvelous steps to put into practice to claim God’s promises.  I especially like the thought that we must focus on God and not on people, and I would say, circumstances.  It is so easy to let contrary situations or contrary people deter us from what God has called us to.

I think this is a good word for our church as we step into the promises that lay before us for the future.  God has made many promises to us as individuals and as a church.  We will have to trust Him and maybe even step into the flood waters in order to see the miracles begin to happen.  I’m ready to keep moving forward.

Maybe you’re waiting for one or many promises and you have wondered why they aren’t happening.  Have you really taken the steps to go and get them?  Maybe a reread of Joshua 1 and pondering the things God told the Israelites at that point will help you focus your faith and go after the promises with all you have.  Let’s do it together!  Just a thought.

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