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A Family that prays together stays together… Min. Ev’s thoughts, Quote, Scripture and Song Selection…




 World In Focus International Ministries thoughts and accolaids 8-28-2012

Greetings to our WIFI Ministry Subscribers, Family and Friends…We are excited a bout the good news of Jesus Christ here at World In Focus International Ministries…One of our goals is to make sure the world is informed about Jesus Christ, and bringsomeone in the knowing  of Jesus Christ, and letting them know that Jesus is the way ,the truth and the light… It feels good to lead lost souls to Christ…There are some just need prayer, or a listening ear…We are here..

Today, we will focus on the family… I truly believe that a family that prays together stays together…

Take the time with your family to talk about the

goodness of Jesus and the expectations for each of your lives…

It’s nothing like having someone in the home to lead these types of discussions

and then get everyone involved.. You will be amazed of the thoughts around you…

Nevertheless, I truly believe that family is everything and will be there when

everyone else has walked out… Learn to pray one-for-another and watch things

fall in place just by your faith alone…I pray each of you take the time to

leave a  comment or email…  You can even leave your prayer request at:


(714) 455-WIFI or you can email us at:

admin@wifiministries.org or admin@wifiministries.org


♥. ~ Minister Evelyn Diane…♥

Thought of the Day…

Quote of the day…


“YES LORD”~ Bishop Rance Allen

Put your smile back on your face, and give God the
praise hedeserves!!” Bishop Rance Allen 

Scripture of the day…

Song Selections of the day..

The late Bishop G.E. Patterson
Bishop Charles H. Mason’s
Birthday Celebration
`Memphis, Tn ~September 8, 2004




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Love is….

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV ) Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Greetings to my wonderful WIFI ministry subscribers, family and friends all around the world….  I awake

today with “LOVE” on my mind… When I think about how Jesus gave his only begotten son that we may have

life…. That’s enough right there to let me know that Jesus loves me, oh yes he does…

Well, I’ve come to the conclusion that “I’m in Love with Jesus and he’s  in Love with  me….”  This is the only long term relationship

I’ve  ever kept in these  46 years outside of my family… I’m so happy to report that there has never been a

break up between us, and our love just keeps on getting  stronger and stronger..  Even the times when I did

not do right, he just kept right on being God throwing his loving arms around me, and for that I say “Thank

you”   When we come to realization and realize that ‘Love” is really all we need… Everything else falls in

place… I love some of the finest of things, but I’m convinced that only what you do for Christ will last…

2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)  17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed

away; behold, all things are become new.


Everyday as I  walk around I see all of his great creations and how he made everything so beautiful and so

unique…  I amazed everyday that the sun comes up, when the stars and  moon comes out at night…  I’m

amazed with  man in general how we are all different, but yet all the same…  Our animals are some unique

and beautiful creations also..   I’m fascinated with all the beautiful flowers, plants and trees… When I look all

around I see nothing but Love letting me know that there is a God that sits high and looks low.   Everyday, I

take the time out to just say Thank You Lord for showing me what Love really is…

New Direction– I’m in Love with Jesus

Bible Verses about “Love Is….”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV / 345 helpful votesLove is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV / 157 helpful votes

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

John 13:34 ESV / 110 helpful votes

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

1 John 4:7 ESV / 80 helpful votes

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 79 helpful votes

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; …

Matthew 5:43-48 ESV / 58 helpful votes

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? …

John 3:16 ESV / 57 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 4:19 ESV / 54 helpful votes

We love because he first loved us.

Hebrews 13:1 ESV / 50 helpful votes

Let brotherly love continue.

Romans 13:10 ESV / 46 helpful votes

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 42 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Romans 13:8-10 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

John 15:13 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Romans 8:35-39 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 14:15 ESV / 33 helpful votes

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant

Song of Solomon 1:1-17 ESV / 29 helpful votes

The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine; your anointing oils are fragrant; your name is oil poured out; therefore virgins love you. Draw me after you; let us run. The king has brought me into his chambers. We will exult and rejoice in you; we will extol your love more than wine; rightly do they love you. I am very dark, but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon. …

Leviticus 19:18 ESV / 28 helpful votes

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.


1 John 4:9-10 ESV / 27 helpful votes

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 4:11 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 John 3:16-18 ESV / 24 helpful votes

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

1 Peter 4:8 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Galatians 5:22 ESV / 24 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Mark 12:30 ESV / 24 helpful votes

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

Mark 12:31 ESV / 23 helpful votes

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

1 John 4:20 ESV / 22 helpful votes

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

John 13:34-35 ESV / 22 helpful votes

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 14:23 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

1 Corinthians 13:1 ESV / 20 helpful votes

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

John 14:21 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

John 13:35 ESV / 19 helpful votes

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Mark 1:1-45 ESV / 18 helpful votes

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. …

Matthew 19:19 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 6:24 ESV / 18 helpful votes

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Song of Solomon 8:6-7 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised.

Deuteronomy 7:9 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,

Luke 12:35-40 ESV / 17 helpful votes

“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. …

Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV / 16 helpful votes

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

1 John 5:3 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

John 15:10 ESV / 15 helpful votes

If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.

John 3:1-36 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. …

John 21:15-17 ESV / 13 helpful votes

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

Matthew 7:7 ESV / 13 helpful votes

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

1 John 4:18 ESV / 11 helpful votes

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

Acts 2:38 ESV / 11 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 1:1-31 ESV / 11 helpful votes

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. …

Matthew 23:8 ESV / 9 helpful votes

But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers.

Luke 5:6 ESV / 5 helpful votesAnd when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.



Posted by:  Minister Evelyn Diane Thomas, April 30, 2012

Cited:  Scriptures are from Open Bible – http://www.openbible.info/topics/love_is

Grace and Forgiveness

 Psalm 19:12 King James Version (KJV)- 12 “Who can understand his errors?
cleanse thou me from secret faults.”

The late Bishop G.E. Patterson
“Yes Lord/Invitation to Christ”

Greeting to all of my wonderful subscribers, family and friend’s of World In Focus International Ministries (WIFI)…  Thank you so much for your continued love and support, I can’t say thank you enough…

Today I want to touch on grace and forgiveness which is a big issue in our world today and tends to be a very touchy subject when it comes to us truly and really forgiving each other like Christ has forgiven us and showed us time and time again his precious love, grace, compassion, forgiveness and mercy.  Often times we become angry at the thought of forgiveness because it just seems so hard to let go of the things that hurt us so bad. It’s not that we don’t want to let it go, it’s just the thought of never wanting it to ever happen again in our lives.  I had to come to grips on yesterday and realize that the battle really is not mines  but it’s the Lord.

So after a long day of thinking, I had to come to terms that Grace and Forgiveness are vital for  Christian growth if we desire to move forward and go higher in him.  The scripture says in Luke 18:13  (KJV) 13And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

I asked God to please ease my pain and take all these bad memories away from me and be merciful and replace them with things of  Love, Peace, Joy and  Happiness..  When we develop  a positive  attitude,  God takes care of us – forgives us, cleanses us through the blood of Jesus which  covers our transgressions and keep us under the shadow of  his wings .  God’s grace is sufficient!                                                                               

1 John 1:7  (NIV) 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 

Romans 4:7 – “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
Psalms 17:8-9 (ESV) Keep me as the apple of your eye;  hide me in  the shadow of your wings, from the wicked who do me violence,  my deadly enemies who surround me.

 I seek for those things which are good and pleasing to God.  I never want to find myself bitter, because I feel no better than the person that has trespassed against me.   As Christians, we have to learn how to be the bigger person.   The word of God  teaches us how to be good disciples and  gives us instructions on how to come to him and draw others to him by taking them down the Romans road which is full of Grace and Forgiveness.  It really simple too!

He said all we need to do is confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead and thou shalt be saved.

So you have to stop and ask the question:  Do you believe that Jesus Christ Died for your sins?   If the answer is yes, you are headed on the right road!  Then the next step is letting you know that God is faithful and just to forgive us from ALL unrighteousness.

He gave his only begotten son who was wounded for our transgressions, beat and bruised for our iniquities.  He then locked his head in the arms of his shoulders and God died, BUT he did not stay there very long!

He stayed there all day Friday,  and Saturday, but early Sunday Morning our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ got up with all power in hands to show the world the kind of love he has for you and I.    That’s what I call real love that a man would lay his life down for friend!

It’s not happening much these days, but we do have some people that love each other so hard  that they would give their all for them…    I say just love unconditional like Christ loved us. 

The Cost of Being a Disciple
Luke 14:25-34
New Living Translation (NLT)
25 A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.

28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?  29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. 30 They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’

31 “Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? 32 And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. 33 So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.

34 “Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? 35 Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”  

Posted by: Minister Evelyn Diane Thomas / April 26, 2012


I’m gone serve him, because he is worthy to be served…

I can truly say to that “God is my roof top”… No matter where I am I know from the bottom of my heart that he is worthy to be served.. This song that we use to sing back the day ‘He’s my Rooftop says it all”  Just listen up the lyrics and I’ve enclosed them for you to read as read.. God is so good..  Nothing deep on today,  just thankful for all God is doing in all of our lives as a corporate body…  In the book of Deuteronomy 32:30 it says: How could one man chase a thousand, or two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, unless the LORD had given them up?  – Leviticus 26:8  says: Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you. My last scripture that I read in Isaiah 30:17 says – A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill.”  – Let pull together and help one another…  One man’s ideal can spark a nation!!  Le’s get busy and allow God to be our rooftop!

– Minister Evelyn Diane Thomas

Mighty Clouds Of Joy
“He’s My Rooftop” lyrics

Verse 1
For he’s my rooftop in the rage of the storm.
He’s my protector, there’ll never be no harm.
He is the bread that sits on my table,
My god can do it, he’s truly able.

I’m gonna serve him,
I’m gonna serve him,
I’m gonna serve him,
I’m gonna serve him,

Try my jesus, try him out,
He’s worthy to be served.
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/m/mighty_clouds_of_joy/hes_my_rooftop.html ]
Verse 2
(he’s my mountaintop)
When i was down in the valley,
(he’s my road to damascus),
When i lived in an alley.
(he’s the good, good, shepherd),
That watches over me,
(he’s my hope, he’s my joy, he’s my victory).


Try him,
Try my jesus, he will protect.

Why don’t you try him,
Try my jesus.

He’ll be your rooftop in the raging storm.











Jesus you are the center of my joy!!!!

Posted by:  Minister Evelyn Diane Thomas – April 21, 2012



Isaiah 61:1 (ESV) The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

As we embark on this journey of our 40 days of Lenten season, today we will be praying and discussing Incarceration.  When I hear the word incarceration I immediately began to think of a person that is not free.

Many of us have loved one’s that are behind prison walls… It tend to be a pretty common place for most of our black and brown men of today and yesterday… I encouraged each of you to begin to pray for someone you may or may not know that is incarcerated.   Also, pray those loved one’s that are free but has imprisoned their minds to the mental capacity that they have given up on life.. I believe, if we began to intercede on their behalf, lives will be change right where they are and the captives mind will be set free, which gives them another chance at life.   No matter what a person has done, Jesus still loves them in spite of their mistakes or intentions.   If a person is honestly sorry, repent and or ask the Lord for forgiveness, he  is a faithful and just God and will forgive you of all your sins.


Please, if  you will… Take time out of your busy schedule and go pay a surprise visit to a love one or friend that  is incarcerated.. .You never know, you might be that face that will change their mindset forever… Most of all, it’s a matter of them feeling free withing themselves… Locked away, yet free… The bible says: whom the son set free, is free indeed…


The Disciples Cross: The Message Behind the IHVS Christian

The first discipline is Obedience and faith, it is the central focus of book one, What Does the Bible Say? Obedience and faith is what binds all the other spiritual disciplines together. Without them the cross can not support itself. In the pages of the Bible, Jesus instructed: “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:15). Obeying God’s Word is not easy. History has shown that our human nature is prone to resist authority. We see that in Genesis chapter 3 when man disobeyed the Heavenly Father and the result was devastating. Man was separated from God. Disobedience has a similar affect upon our relationship with the Lord today. But God is faithful. He will forgive us our sins and restore our relationship if we will confess our sins and return follow His instructions (1 John 1:9).

Witnessing is another Christian discipline and will be the central focus of book two,Fishers of Men. Witnessing is not an option for a Christian. Jesus commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations (c.f., Matthew 28:19-20), and it is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness under girded by a Christian lifestyle in harmony with the gospel of Christ. Jesus also reminded us that God is pleased when we witness. “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:8).

Prayer will be the central focus of book three, Move Mountain. Is has been said that prayer is to the Christian what breathing is to the body. More specifically, prayer is both talking and listening to God. At the same time, prayer is recognizing the presence of God (Psalm 118:18) as we claim promises of God (2 Peter 1:4). Equally important, prayer is the Christian’s source of strength and power, a means of discovering the will of God, and biblically mandated means of having our needs met (Philippians 4:19). Jesus promises, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7).

Fellowship will be emphasized in Love One Another. Based on what I like to call The Eleventh Commandment, Jesus’ instructions in John 13:34-35 is clear, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” We are to love others because Jesus loved us first. His model is our inspiration and his legacy is the defining quality of our new life as disciples.

Service will be the focus of IHVS book five, You Are My Friend. A New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers that can affect lasting, positive change in the lives of others. Both men and women are gifted to serve and be friends to others. One of my favorite passages in all of scripture is John 15:13. There we read, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.” It is fascinating to me to realize that Jesus considers me to be his friend. Being a friend to others has a similar impact on people.

Finally, the focus of the last book in the IHVS series, Show Thyself Approved, will bediscipleship. This is the all-encompasses discipline that expands the entire cross. Christianity is the faith of enlightenment and knowledge and in Jesus Christ rests all wisdom. Thus, all sound learning is a part of our Christian faith, and Christian education is a necessary component to a complete spiritual program for Christ’s people. Once again, Jesus teaches, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock (Matthew 7:24).

Isaiah 42:1-25 (ESV)Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: …

Incarceration is the detention of a person in prison, typically as punishment for a crime (custodial sentence).

People are most commonly incarcerated upon suspicion or conviction of committing a crime, and different jurisdictionshave differing laws governing the function of incarceration within a larger system of justice. Incarceration serves four essential purposes with regard to criminals:

  • to isolate criminals to prevent them from committing more crimes
  • to punish criminals for committing crimes
  • to deter others from committing crimes
  • to rehabilitate criminals

Incarceration rates, when measured by the United Nations, are considered distinct and separate from the imprisonment of political prisoners and others not charged with a specific crime. Historically, the frequency of imprisonment, its duration, and severity have varied considerably. There has also been much debate about the motives for incarceration, its effectiveness and fairness, as well as debate regarding the related questions about the nature and etiology ofcriminal behavior.



Bible Versus on Prison / Incarceration

Isaiah 61:1 ESV

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

Ezra 7:26 ESV

Whoever will not obey the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be strictly executed on him, whether for death or for banishment or for confiscation of his goods or for imprisonment.”

Leviticus 24:12 ESV

And they put him in custody, till the will of the Lord should be clear to them.

Acts 12:5 ESV

So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.

Luke 23:19 ESV

A man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 ESV

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Philippians 1:27 ESV

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

Numbers 15:34 ESV

They put him in custody, because it had not been made clear what should be done to him.

Genesis 39:20 ESV

And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison.

1 John 2:1-29 ESV

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: …

2 Timothy 2:9 ESV

For which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!

John 3:16-17 ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

1 Corinthians 2:13 ESV

And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

Acts 16:24 ESV

Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

John 1:1-51 ESV

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. …

Psalm 91:1-16 ESV

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, …

1 Chronicles 17:1-27 ESV

Now when David lived in his house, David said to Nathan the prophet, “Behold, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of theLord is under a tent.” And Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.” But that same night the word of the Lordcame to Nathan, “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in. For I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up Israel to this day, but I have gone from tent to tent and from dwelling to dwelling. …

Numbers 3:1-51 ESV

These are the generations of Aaron and Moses at the time when the Lord spoke with Moses on Mount Sinai. These are the names of the sons of Aaron: Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the anointed priests, whom he ordained to serve as priests. But Nadab and Abihu died before the Lord when they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children. So Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests in the lifetime of Aaron their father. And the Lordspoke to Moses, saying, …

Genesis 42:16-19 ESV

Send one of you, and let him bring your brother, while you remain confined, that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you. Or else, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies.” And he put them all together in custody for three days. On the third day Joseph said to them, “Do this and you will live, for I fear God: if you are honest men, let one of your brothers remain confined where you are in custody, and let the rest go and carry grain for the famine of your households,

Genesis 6:1-22 ESV

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. …

Revelation 22:19 ESV

And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

Revelation 11:1-19 ESV

Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. …

Jude 1:6 ESV

And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—

Hebrews 1:14 ESV

Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

Romans 14:1-23 ESV

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. …

Romans 8:29 ESV

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Acts 12:4 ESV

And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.

Acts 5:18 ESV

They arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison.

Acts 4:3 ESV

And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.

Luke 16:19-31 ESV

“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. …

Mark 13:8 ESV

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

Matthew 25:46 ESV

And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Matthew 25:41 ESV

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Matthew 5:21-22 ESV

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

Daniel 10:13 ESV

The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia,

Daniel 7:10 ESV

A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.

Jeremiah 52:11 ESV

He put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him in chains, and the king of Babylon took him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.

Jeremiah 33:1 ESV

The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the guard:

Isaiah 42:1-25 ESV

Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: …

Isaiah 6:2 ESV

Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

Isaiah 6:1-13 ESV

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” …

Psalm 150:1-6 ESV

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! …


Prison incarceration rates by country

Incarceration rates of selected nations

Posted by:  Minister Evelyn Thomas
Cited:  Open Bible / reference scripture  http://www.openbible.com
Cited that an insert was used from http://ihvsbooks.com/2012/03/03/disciplescross/#more-936
Cited:  Wikipedia was  used for some reference material  http://www.wikipedia.com

“I shall recover all!” – Pastor Frazier – Guest Speaker

Empowerment Temple Church, 11:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship – March 4, 2012

A worship experience that will change your life forever!
Dr. Jamal H. Bryant, Sr. Pastor, Empowerment Temple Church, Baltimore, Maryland



Sunday Morning / Empowerment Temple – 11:30 a.m. service – “Family and Friend’s Day at “Empowerment Temple”

Verbatim – Uncut Unedited Worship Service Notes to follow from 11:30 service:


“Family and Friend’s Day at “Empowerment Temple”

Sermon:  “I shall recover all!”


Sunday Morning / Empowerment Temple – 11:30 a.m. service

EMPOWERMENT TEMPLE – http://www.empowermenttemple.org


“This is the day that the Lord has made, and we shall rejoice and be glad in him…”


“I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord…”


Today is:  Family and Friend’s day at Empowerment Temple


Youth Praise Dance:  Amazing Grace


Song Selection: “What he’s done for me, I never shall forget!!”  (Sang:  Sis. Juanita!)  J

Pastor Lemmons: “I expect God to do something great in my life.”I realize that I have a long ways to go,
but I believe God will get me there.!!”

Give God some praise for the next 30 seconds like you want God to change in the next 30 days… This next praise is what God is getting ready to do for you .. Shout!!!

God do it for me… We shouting unto his glory!!! Do it for me dear Jesus!!!!

HALLELUJAH.. Oh BLESS YOUR NAME FATHER!!! Praise him… He’s worthy… He’s been so so good!!! If I had 10,000 tons, I could not praise him enough!!!

Announcements:  Pastor Lemmons:  Prayer changes things – 1 million people need to register to vote by Easter Sunday… If you are interested in becoming apart of the annual conference choir, you can join them on tomorrow night for rehearsal… CWB scholarship will meet – funds will go to the girls in  the African Nation… Town Hall meeting… Pastor Jamal Bryant will be discussion the state of the black church… March 6, 2012  Pastor Bryant will be on the spring telethon on TBN – We thank God for Dr. Jamal Bryant…


Offering Time:  “Give unto the Lord…. ”   When you give to God, he will give back to you press down, shaken together, and running over….   Lord exceed my expectations…. Give a sacrificial offering to exceed my expectations…  Thank you Lord for giving it to me… Father in the name of Jesus, you can multiply this….


Offering selection:  The Lord is blessing me right now!!!
Communion:  “The blood that gives me strength from day to day”

Prayer and General confession:  As we look back over our lives and see where God has brought us from… Take a moment and get real about who we are and our relationship with Christ… Nobody else would have laid down their lives for us like our savior.. – We honestly repent and ask God to cleanse us from all unrighteousness…

This wafer is a sign that we believe that God has made us his people.. We should take joy in sharing the message of Christ with others… Let us reconcile and make a deeper commitment to Jesus.. It was only because of Jesus Christ and him being crucified, I now have a life in him…

The blood of Jesus is the most powerful blood over our lives… God turned everything around and worked things out for our Good.. We bless him for his grace and mercy of God… If you are thankful for the Grace and Mercy of God…. Drink the cup…

The Lords prayer:  Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)   9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come,

your will be done,  on earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us today our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts,    as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation,  but deliver us from the evil one.’

Introduction of Guest Speaker: Dr. Fraiser – Specialized in Marriage ministry

Sermon Selection from our choir:   We Magnify and Glorify your name…

Spoken Word:
Pastor Frazier

Pastor Fraizer – Praise the Lord everybody… He honors Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant – He was a little disappointed that Dr. Bryant was out of town, but his wife told him that it was an honor that Dr. Bryant left him to speak to the congregation on today…

He celebrates his wife for over 30 years of marriage and they will celebrate their 37th anniversary…   She thank God for letting him lay his hands on her and take care of her.. They are just a dynamic married couple that give me hope.. His wife said God is restorer, he is a deliver..”  Speak life… God says it’s not over until God says its over… ”  We have Faith and Praise!!!”  Believe God by Faith.. Take everything back what the devil has tried to steal from you…  Praise him in advance…

There can be hell in the world, but if there is peace at home, you can make it!!! – He confessed there were some struggles – but they made it… So mushy – (lol) – Pastor Fraizier said:  He loves Technology –   He is giving props to his kids and grandchildren.. Family is wonderful…   Pastor Fraizer says marriage is great!!!

Grace, Peace through Jesus Christ –

Scripture:  II Corinthians I- 2 Corinthians 1  (NIV)

2 Corinthians 1

 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

   To the church of God in Corinth, together with all his holy people throughout Achaia:

 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Praise to the God of All Comfort

 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

 8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,[a] about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Paul’s Change of Plans

 12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity[b] and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. 13 For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that, 14 as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus.

 15 Because I was confident of this, I wanted to visit you first so that you might benefit twice. 16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia and to come back to you from Macedonia, and then to have you send me on my way to Judea. 17 Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say both “Yes, yes” and “No, no”?

 18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas[c] and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

 23 I call God as my witness—and I stake my life on it—that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth. 24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.

He speaks about David:  David reassures him in his frail humanity… You recall he is wrestling with some issues… We all have sinned and come short of his glory…

“What is man, that though are mindful of him, and the son of that though visits him”

“God is a holy God” He is pure and righteous in all of his ways…  But David, has been included in the sacred texts… David gives him hope, because David messed up…  But God redeemed him… Most of us are intimately aware of makes us jacked up..

We all have sinned and fallen short of his glory… With your mouth you worship him, but with your deeds it tells a different story…Some of us don’t deserve to be sitting in a sanctuary of righteousness,  but thank God for his forgiveness.

God is a God of mercy that will give you another chance…  David said “Create in me a clean heart!”

Psalm 23 (NIV)

A psalm of David.

 1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,

 3 he refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths

   for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk

   through the darkest valley,[a]

I will fear no evil,

   for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

   they comfort me.

 5 You prepare a table before me

   in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

   my cup overflows.

6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me

   all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD


Sermon Title:  “He never gave one, but I’m going to label it:”  “I shall recover all!”


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Notes taken by:  Minister Evelyn Diane Thomas