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By rolandbray, Aug 5 2016 10:35PM

Many of you are riding to Sturgis and many of you are already there. Some of you will be ministering to the lost. Others will be handing out water, towels and providing comfort. Everyone one of you will give of yourselves. We do this all year long. As ministers on motorcycles, we pour out sacrificially to the lost and broken during the entire riding season and may, at times, grow weary.


We participate in, and donate time and money to, benefit rides and charities. There are multiple group or chapter rides we are expected to attend. We work rallies where the things we see and hear are disturbing and can leave an emotional scar. Sometimes we can’t “unsee” what we have seen. Such is the way of the world without Christ in their lives.

We pour into the lives of the broken, the depressed, the despondent, the wayward and the lost. It is long hot months of giving of ourselves, our time and our resources. We give freely and without hesitation but at times it can be spiritually, financially and physically draining.


We know that God loves a cheerful giver – but doesn’t He also want us to receive what He wants to give us? We need time to receive, to rest, to reflect and be refreshed.


Stay tuned for part two which will be released after Sturgis, when we need an understanding of what Nehemiah Fest offers each and everyone of us. It is more than just a weekend of concerts.


Make plans to check it out and to attend. www.nehemiahfest.com



Roland


#partyonthewall #seasonofrefreshing @nehemiahfest


By rolandbray, Jul 28 2016 09:42PM

I am reminded of many of the messages our pastor has preached regarding spending time in prayer. He is certainly a man of prayer and firmly believes in spending alone time, quiet time, in prayer. The movie War Room reinforced that message to me. I must admit I am not as faithful as I should be and am constantly convicted because of it. I need to get better.


The guilt of failing to spend as much time as I should and the harsh judgment I place on myself remind me that I am far from perfect. I often wonder, if I were to confess to others (as I have done just now), how I will be judged by my peers and others. Judgment can be harmful and I am as guilty as the next person from time to time. I can be very judgmental. I need to be reminded (and maybe you do as well) that only God is the judge and only He can restore. When will He restore? When we spend time with Him, repentant and asking for forgiveness, truly seeking His will in communion with Him. We need to make time.


What keeps us from making time for quiet time? Are we “too busy for our own good”? Are our priorities out of place? During the sermon Sunday, we were asked “Where is God on the priority list?”. Simply living our daily lives; work, marriage, personal strife, health, wealth (or lack thereof), family issues can all play a part in drawing us from the center of God’s will; moving Him down the list. But, when we have trouble, we come running back and He is “on top” for a short time. Sometimes, on the fringes is where we realize we need Him most and when He draws near. However, the issue is that once things are better, we move Him down the list again.


Thank you, Pastor Don, for this constant reminder.


I recently wrote a song called “Shut Out the Noise” which is a reminder that we need to find a quiet place and listen for and to God’s still small voice. God does not yell, that is our way of trying to discipline our children and interact with others. He, on the other hand, speaks softly and tenderly.


He is whispering that He loves you and wants you to demonstrate your love for Him as He yearns to demonstrate His love for you. Draw close, spend time – quiet, alone time – with the God who loves you and desires a special one-on-one relationship with you.


Can you hear His voice?


Are you listening?




By rolandbray, Mar 23 2016 11:18PM

On a very special morning, over 2,000 years ago a very special child was born. He was born of a virgin. A miracle that would change history forever. We call that day “Christmas”. This was prophesied many years before it happened.


In Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.and in Matthew 1:23 the message is repeated, “23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.


To complete the prophecy, a virgin received a very special message which can be found in Luke 1:27-33

27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.



Mary responded in verse 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?


Let’s look at how Scripture describes the event. In response to Mary’s question, “How will this be?” 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35).


The angel encourages Joseph to not fear marrying Mary with these words: “20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 1:20). Matthew states that the virgin “was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:18). Galatians 4:4 also teaches the Virgin Birth: “God sent His Son, born of a woman.”


That is an amazing story. The King of the whole world born to a virgin. The Son of God, who created the world and all that is in it. He left Heaven to be born of a woman and walk on the earth among mankind. Healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind made the lame to walk and performed many other miracles!


But, 33 ½ years later He was beaten for our transgression. In other words, He became sin, who knew no sin. He was sinless and blameless but suffered the death of a criminal. Even Pilate, who ordered Him to be beaten and crucified, said three times “I find no fault in Him.”


The guiltless dying for the guilty. The perfect, suffering for the imperfect. As He died, forsaken by His Own Father, He cried out “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Soon after, He died and was buried.


But the story does not end there.


On the third day He arose from the dead. Folded the burial cloths and walked out of the tomb. John 20: 6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.We celebrate His resurrection on a day called “Easter” or “Resurrection Sunday.”


He is ALIVE! He lived for you, He died for you, He arose for you, and He is returning for you. If you are a Child of God, He is coming to receive you to live with him eternally. If you are not a Child of God, He is coming in judgment and you will be condemned to suffer in lake of fire eternally.


The time is now, behold now is the day of Salvation. In the Bible, in John 3:16 we read that “God so loved the world that He gave His Only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The choice is yours. You have been warned.


So, who is this man, the baby they named Jesus?


The following list is of names and titles given specifically to our Lord Jesus. The more we study this list, the more we will understand who Jesus really is. How can we help but love Him?

All Scriptures are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.


ADAM: (1 Corinthians 15:45) And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.


ADVOCATE: (1 John 2:1) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:


ALMIGHTY: (Revelation 1:8) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.


ALPHA AND OMEGA: (Revelation 1:8) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.


AMEN: (Revelation 3:14) And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;


APOSTLE OF OUR PROFESSION: (Hebrews 3:1) Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;


ARM OF THE LORD: (Isaiah 51:9) Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?

(Isaiah 53:1) Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?


AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH: (Hebrews 12:2) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.


AUTHOR OF ETERNAL SALVATION: (Hebrews 5:9) And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;


BEGINNING OF CREATION OF GOD: (Revelation 3:14) And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;


BELOVED SON: (Matthew 12:18) Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall show judgment to the Gentiles.


BLESSED AND ONLY POTENTATE: (1 Timothy 6:15) Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;


BRANCH: (Isaiah 4:2) In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.


BREAD OF LIFE: (John 6:32) Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.


CAPTAIN OF SALVATION: (Hebrews 2:10) For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.


CHIEF SHEPHERD: (1 Peter 5:4) And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.


CHRIST OF GOD: (Luke 9:20) He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.


CONSOLATION OF ISRAEL: (Luke 2:25) And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.


CORNERSTONE: (Psalm 118:22) The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.


COUNSELLOR: (Isaiah 9:6) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


CREATOR: (John 1:3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.


DAYSPRING: (Luke 1:78) Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,


DELIVERER: (Romans 11:26) And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:


DESIRE OF THE NATIONS: (Haggai 2:7) And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.


DOOR: (John 10:7) Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.


ELECT OF GOD: (Isaiah 42:1) Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.


EVERLASTING FATHER: (Isaiah 9:6) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


FAITHFUL WITNESS: (Revelation 1:5) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,


FIRST AND LAST: (Revelation 1:17) And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:


FIRST BEGOTTEN: (Revelation 1:5) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,


FORERUNNER: (Hebrews 6:20) Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.


GLORY OF THE LORD: (Isaiah 40:5) And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.


GOD: (Isaiah 40:3) The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.


GOD BLESSED: (Romans 9:5) Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.


GOOD SHEPHERD: (John 10:11) I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.


GOVERNOR: (Matthew 2:6) And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.


GREAT HIGH PRIEST: (Hebrews 4:14) Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.


HEAD OF THE CHURCH: (Ephesians 1:22) And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,


HEIR OF ALL THINGS: (Hebrews 1:2) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;


HOLY CHILD: (Acts 4:27) For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,


HOLY ONE: (Acts 3:14) But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;


HOLY ONE OF GOD: (Mark 1:24) Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.


HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL: (Isaiah 41:14) Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.


HORN OF SALVATION: (Luke 1:69) And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;


I AM: (John 8:58) Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.


IMAGE OF GOD: (2 Corinthians 4:4) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.


IMMANUEL: (Isaiah 7:14) Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.


JEHOVAH: (Isaiah 26:4) Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:


JESUS: (Matthew 1:21) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.


JESUS OF NAZARETH: (Matthew 21:11) And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.


JUDGE OF ISRAEL: (Micah 5:1) Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.


THE JUST ONE: (Acts 7:52) Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which showed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:


KING: (Zechariah 9:9) Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.


KING OF THE AGES: (1 Timothy 1:17) Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.


KING OF THE JEWS: (Matthew 2:2) Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.


KING OF KINGS: (1 Timothy 6:15) Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;


KING OF SAINTS: (Revelation 15:3) And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.


LAWGIVER: (Isaiah 33:22) For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.


LAMB: (Revelation 13:8) And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.


LAMB OF GOD: (John 1:29) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.


LEADER AND COMMANDER: (Isaiah 55:4) Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.


THE LIFE: (John 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.


LIGHT OF THE WORLD: (John 8:12) Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.


LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH: (Revelation 5:5) And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.


LORD OF ALL: (Acts 10:36) The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)


LORD OF GLORY: (1 Corinthians 2:8) Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.


LORD OF LORDS: (1 Timothy 6:15) Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;


LORD OF OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS: (Jeremiah 23:6) In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.


MAN OF SORROWS: (Isaiah 53:3) He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.


MEDIATOR: (1 Timothy 2:5) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;


MESSENGER OF THE COVENANT: (Malachi 3:1) Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.


MESSIAH: (Daniel 9:25) Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

(John 1:41) He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messiah, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.


MIGHTY GOD: (Isaiah 9:6) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


MIGHTY ONE: (Isaiah 60:16) Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.


MORNING STAR: (Revelation 22:16) I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.


NAZARENE: (Matthew 2:23) And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.


ONLY BEGOTTEN SON: (John 1:18) No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.


OUR PASSOVER: (1 Corinthians 5:7) Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:


PRINCE OF LIFE: (Acts 3:15) And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.


PRINCE OF KINGS: (Revelation 1:5) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,


PRINCE OF PEACE: (Isaiah 9:6) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


PROPHET: (Luke 24:19) And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:

(Acts 3:22) For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.


REDEEMER: (Job 19:25) For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:


RESURRECTION AND LIFE: (John 11:25) Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:


ROCK: (1 Corinthians 10:4) And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.


ROOT OF DAVID: (Revelation 22:16) I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.


ROSE OF SHARON: (Song of Songs 2:1) I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.


SAVIOR: (Luke 2:11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.


SEED OF WOMAN: (Genesis 3:15) And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.


SHEPHERD AND BISHOP OF SOULS: (1 Peter 2:25) For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.


SHILOH: (Genesis 49:10) The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.


SON OF THE BLESSED: (Mark 14:61) But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?


SON OF DAVID: (Matthew 1:1) The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.


SON OF GOD: (Matthew 2:15) And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.


SON OF THE HIGHEST: (Luke 1:32) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:


SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS: (Malachi 4:2) But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.


TRUE LIGHT: (John 1:9) That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.


TRUE VINE: (John 15:1) I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.


TRUTH: (John 1:14) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.


WITNESS: (Isaiah 55:4) Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.


WORD: (John 1:1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


WORD OF GOD: (Revelation 19:13) And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God


This list provided by:

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By rolandbray, Mar 10 2016 11:45PM

Last night while ministering at Lansing Medium Correctional Facility, Miss Sallie shared her testimony. "45411" was the first thing she said. That was her DOC number when she spent time in the Lansing facility. Yes, Miss Sallie has a past and yes, she did a stint in prison, for which she has been forgiven. Sharing her story allows the inmates to relate to her in a way the rest of us cannot.


Don’t we all have a past? Don’t we all deserve judgment? Her story is not unlike many of our stories. We grow up, we hear about God, do what we want, ignoring God’s commands. We live our lives so full of sin there’s no peace of God within, we are strangers. But God.


So powerful are those two words; But God.

We were dead in our trespass and sin. But God.

We were on our way to hell. But God.

We deserved to die. But God



God sent His Son to redeem prisoners. All prisoners. Prisoners who were and/or are “behind the wall”. And even those who have never seen the inside of a prison cell, without Christ are prisoners; prisoners of sin. He sent His Son to redeem them as well. Everyone needs forgiveness. Everyone needs God's Grace and Mercy.


The last song we sang last night was "Grace and Mercy". Before we performed it, I told the men, “You cannot buy it. You cannot earn it. You can do nothing to achieve it. But God.”


God gives Grace and Mercy to all who will ask and who receive Christ into their lives. He did that for Miss Sallie, He did that for me. He did that for each of the members of Bearing Armor. He can do that for you.


As you read the lyrics, think about the time you realized you needed God’s Grace and Mercy. What happened in your life to take you to the place of repentance? Can you retell the story? Can you still feel the joy you felt? Do you thank God for the joy you felt and for His Grace and Mercy? Then, there may be those who are reading this who have never received the Grace and Mercy of God in your life, now is the appointed time. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, accept Christ as your savior and experience God's Grace and Mercy for yourself.


Grace and Mercy


Outside my window stood an old man, with marks across his face.

I turned my head and closed the window, why was he at my place

He cried, “I am hungry and cold can you reach out to me in love?"

And as he shuffled into the night, I thought I saw a dove


As I was thinking about the wrong I had done the Savior took my hand

He reminded me of the time He said, “I was that man” and He said

“When I was on the cross, I was reaching down in love”

And as He led me to that place, I thought I saw a dove


I fell on my knees in prayer that day, tears stained my face

I could see my Savior hanging there, He was dying, He took my place

And I cried “I am hungry and cold, Can you reach out to me in love?"

"I don’t deserve forgiveness” and again I saw the dove.


And I cried “Grace and Mercy please

Grace and Mercy please,

I’m sorry for the wrong I have done

I believe you are God’s own Son

Give me Grace and Mercy please!”


Have you experienced the Grace and Mercy of God in your life?



By rolandbray, Mar 24 2014 10:52PM

As is sometimes the case, this morning I just did not want to get out of bed. There is no particular reason for this, I was just too comfortable to move. I was in my “comfort zone.”


Many times we Christians are the same way. We do not want to launch out into the deep because it is outside our comfort zone. Isn’t it time to cast our nets on the other side? Can you relate to Peter when he said – Lord we have fished all night but have caught nothing? He went on to say – but because you asked, I will do it. Peter was probably not comfortable throwing his nets back in the water. He was likely tired and a little grouchy since they had fished all night and “caught nothing.” However, he did what Jesus asked. He took a leap of faith and did something uncomfortable.


Chances are, no one reading this makes their living by fishing and maybe only a few of you actually enjoy fishing; so you think this will not apply to you. Nothing can be further from the truth. Let’s examine why.


There are many things in our day – to – day lives that may make us uncomfortable and we do whatever we can to avoid them. We walk around the homeless person, we avoid that certain co-worker and just want nothing to do with sharing our faith.


Beginning today, start looking for opportunities to step outside your comfort zone and take that first step; Trust the Almighty Father to lead and allow the Holy Spirit to give you courage.


“What are some examples of stepping out?” I so glad you asked.


• Reach out to a homeless person

• Share the Gospel with someone

• Offer to pray for a co-worker who is hurting

• Buy lunch/dinner for a stranger

• Visit a nursing home or assisted living facility and pray with or sing for the residents

• Commit to tithe and keep that commitment


Each of these can be uncomfortable for different people and you may be uncomfortable with just one, take a chance, and make a difference


If you are comfortable with all of these, you are blessed. What are your “comfort zone fears?” Please share and let us know how you overcome. Others may struggle with the same thing.


Let’s give our Heavenly Father the opportunity to lead and guide us to make a difference in someone’s life.


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13


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