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:
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…
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.
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; …
“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? …
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.
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.
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. …
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.
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.
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.”
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. …
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.
“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. …
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.
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. …
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.
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. …
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) 8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me inthe shadow of your wings, 9 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 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.
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: …
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.
“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…
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!”