Good Morning, Family & Friends! I’ll tell you, we’ve had a rough time of things lately, and have struggled quite a bit. The thing is… no matter how bad the situation has looked, God has always been there to help us and has never left us. We wouldn’t be here today without His goodness and mercy. I am so grateful to family members who’ve been there for us and allowed the Lord to work through them, and I know that the combination of them being such wonderful people, and God being the wonderful, loving, caring father he is… well… things keep working out, and we are so blessed.
Good morning, Family and Friends! Happy Sunday! Today’s message is very simple. We all want God to take care of us and fix everything for us, but what are we doing for Him? If you’re putting God first in your life, and staying in faith, He’s got your back! But it shouldn’t be a one-sided, all take and no give relationship.
Joshua 1:8-9 – “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
As always, I pray this morning’s message is a blessing to you. May the Lord forgive, bless and keep you always in His care, in Jesus’ name, amen!
Rev. Crystal Bennett
Good morning, Family and Friends! The Lord put it in my heart this morning to talk to you about being thankful for what we already have. Nowadays, we see people chasing around after what they think they need. The new iPhone 7, some fancy car, a big house…. and there’s nothing really wrong with having those things as long as you keep your perspective and realize you don’t NEED them. The past few years in my life have been very eye-opening as far as what we want compared to what we need, and I’ve learned what true blessings are. There was a time when my husband and I made a lot of money, had large house, nice car, and fancy iPhones for everyone in the family. BUT…. the family was falling apart. My husband and I were getting a divorce, the kids were having trouble in school and out, and everyone was miserable. Some decisions were made, and life changed dramatically. We now have so much LESS in the material things, but so much MORE in the most important areas – God and family. Our kids are doing amazing things with their lives, and our marriage is still intact and doing better than ever. Is life perfect? No. But now we fully understand what’s truly important, and we tend to focus on that as being what we need. Sure, we still want things, but we now know we don’t NEED them, and so we make better choices. Be thankful for what you have. Let go of what you don’t need. And always, always always – put God first, family second, and all the rest will come naturally.
Philippians 4:4-8 says – “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things”
As always, I pray these messages be a blessing to you, in Jesus’ name – Amen!
One of my favorite things about God, is that He is a God of second chances. Jeremiah 29:11 – “I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.”
My favorite movie line is from Galaxy Quest – Captain Peter Quincy Taggart, played by Tim Allen. They just go so well together, don’t you think?
Good evening, Family & Friends. I want to talk briefly about good communication. These days everyone is in such a hurry to just get the info, or send a message, that we often just send a text message instead of actually making a phone call. Let’s face it — a text is fast, it’s easy, and you don’t have to go into the dynamics of an actual conversation.
Here’s the problem: Sometimes things that seem clear, aren’t clear, and little nuances such as vocal inflection cause things to get lost in the translation, or even sometimes, very badly misunderstood, which can have terrible and lasting effects on relationships.
I’m just as guilty as the next person, of just sending a text when I really should have an actual conversation. Many an argument between my hubby and I have been the result of a misunderstood text message. The fact is, there’s no substitute for good communication! Communication is a 2-sided dynamic, that involves information input, translation, and very often, a lot of clarification. Those things are frequently missed in a quick text.
Don’t forget to talk to one-another. Especially to the people who mean the most to you! Good communication is the key to a solid, and healthy relationship, whether it be with your husband, wife, mother, son, daughter, boyfriend, girlfriend….. okay, you get the idea… CALL & TALK. It’s worth it!
As always, may this message be a blessing to you, in Jesus’ name – Amen 🙂
Let’s try to remember a few things…
Not ALL women think men are idiots.
Not ALL men are abusive to their wives or girlfriends.
Not ALL men cheat.
Not ALL women are faithful.
Not ALL republicans are bad.
Not ALL democrats are good.
Not ALL Christian’s hate homosexuals & lesbians.
Not ALL Christians are crazy religious fanatics.
Not ALL “Christians” are Christians.
Not ALL white people are racist.
Not ALL Islamic people are terrorists.
Not ALL teenagers are disrespectful.
Not ALL adults are polite.
Not ALL people on public assistance or SSI are drug abusers or alcoholics.
Not ALL drug abusers & alcoholics are unemployed.
Not ALL poverty level parents abuse or neglect their children.
Not ALL financially stable parents are kind & loving to their kids.
I could go on and on, but by now, I hope you get the idea. What I’m really trying to say is… For every finger you point, there are at least 7 more pointing back at you. Don’t generalize. Don’t stereotype. Judge not, lest you be judged. Walk in faith, hope and love. Treat others the way that you would like to be treated. It’s really pretty basic common sense, but if everyone in the world did it, think how much better things would be! It all starts with one person. Be the change you want to see in others!
As always, I pray this is a blessing to you, and I pay the Lord forgives your sins, keeps you safe, and blesses you greatly, in Jesus’ name, amen!
– Rev. Crystal