Peace and grace all —

On, TONIGHT, Wed, March 24, 2021 (7pm), we finish the study on  Seven (7) Spiritual Strength Exercises. The attached grid is for you to begin to build your own life schedule where you will engage in each exercise. In tonight’s session, we will go through each and see if our Lord, Jesus committed to any. If He is our example, we should be able to easily recall clear examples. Following a review of the 3-year life of Christ in these regards, we are asked in scripture to simply, “GO and DO LIKEWISE.
 
See the attached pdf.
 
Peace and grace all —
On, TONIGHT, Wed, March 17, 2021 (7pm), we begin Exercise 7, Making Prayer/Meditation a Habit. This lesson and exercise is an essential we hope becomes part of our everyday regimen given the power and strength we reap from the presence of the Holy. We will examine the practice of a couple Biblical icons and look to see if we can implement some of their best habits in prayer and meditation. Preview the following scriptures while looking for a regular practice. 
  1. Job 1:1-5
  2. Daniel 6:1-14

 

7. MAKE PRAYER/MEDITATION A HABIT.

Regular observance of the “unseen” helpers and guides, angels, or whomever you call on that surrounds you, will cause a change in you. A great exercise for spiritual strength is to pray or meditate (however you prefer) at least two times a day.

Prayer or meditation usually has a formal beginning like “Dear God,” or “Dear Heavenly Father,” or “Oh Great Healing Spirit.” Other faiths have specific rituals, such as the Muslim religion reciting “The Opening” in a specific posture. It can be practiced in a variety of ways and positions, but all will ultimately help build your spiritual strength and lead you to your best life. As you pray/meditate, sit quietly and allow the divine to come into you to strengthen and illuminate your spirit. Keep your requests in the positive tense, focusing on healing instead of sickness or disease, abundance instead of scarcity, and so on. If you acknowledge the negative energy, you claim ownership to it and allow it to stay in your life. Flood it with the positive! 

 
Enjoying the mild weather —
On, TONIGHT, Wed, March 10, 2021 (7pm), we tackle Exercise 6, Service to Others. This lesson and exercise is another essential one and will really boost our spiritual strength in many ways. Some physical exercises are good because they work on several body parts at the same time. Being of service and compassionate to others is similar in its multifaceted effects. For tonight’s study, see if you can find and name acts of compassion or service for the following Biblical characters:
  1. RUTH
  2. DORCAS
  3. JOSES, also called BARNABAS
  4. The GOOD SAMARITAN

 

6. BE OF SERVICE TO OTHERS

History shows that the most spiritually strong, peaceful, loving people were focused on being of service to others. Jesus, Buddha, Mother Teresa, Gandhi… the list goes on. There is real power and peace in service for its own sake. Take time to help someone in need or share a contact with them who can. You don’t have to be special to be the turning point in someone’s life – every person you encounter is brought to you for a specific reason. 

Serve the situation and your spiritual strength will surely grow. 

Praying your strength in the LORD —
On, Wednesday, March 3, 2021 (7pm), we tackle Exercise 5, Stepping Out in Faith. This lesson and exercise is essential and may really hold our greatest impediment to spiritual strength. Faith is like any of our other bodily muscles, as it must be exercised to develop and grow. Many times in life we do not operate in faith, but we succumb to FEAR. Fear is the opposite of FAITH in every regard, and as Christians, we need to constantly ask ourselves, did faith win the day of did fear? The following scriptures will help us gain perspective and insight into our Lord’s expectation concerning our faith and walking in it. Read Matthew 8:23-27, 1 Kings 19:1-5 and Esther 4:1-17
 
Pray and think through all the scriptures and consider the following:
  1. At this juncture in your life, what is YOUR GREATEST FEAR? Be honest and name it?
  2. Consider (again) the 1 Kings 19 reading. Why is the Prophet Elijah afraid given all the Lord has done for him?
  3. In the Matthew 8 scripture, what direct question does Jesus ask the disciples? What is your answer if the Lord ask you the same?
  4. In Esther 4, Queen Esther names her fear– write down what it is?
  5. In the final verses of Esther 4, the Queen makes a declaration showing she has moved to Faith — What is it?

5. STEP OUT IN FAITH

Be confident to stand strong in the face of adversity. Know that the Divine has got your back, and that a bigger breakthrough is in store for you beyond your challenges. There may be forces that have an investment in keeping you from receiving your best life, but when you decide to stand up or speak out, knowing that your faith is bigger than your fear, the illusion of fear that’s trying to hold you down will diminish and eventually disappear.

You become stronger and wiser when you step out in faith. The lessons brought about by all people and situations we come into contact with are our teachers AND our exams – take this chance to get an A+! 

Peace and grace on this beautiful day —
TONIGHT, Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 (7pm), we continue our focus on Exercise 4. This lesson and exercise is essential in more ways than we may realize, as it involves each of our personal outlook when it comes to others. Last week we dug deep and were asked to examine our own motives, however premature, concerning our thoughts toward others. On this second pass, we are asked to evaluate the reasons (if there are any) for others to have negative feelings toward us. We will have to take an honest look at our past and determine if the negativity toward us is “justified” while always keeping in mind the power we have in sending energy to convince others to be their best selves. Of course, this will take some work on our part. The following two scriptures involving King David illustrate where this conversation is headed. Read 2 Samuel 6:12-16 & 20-23 and 2 Samuel 16:5-14
 
looking at scriptures that will help us understand the dynamics involved and why they may serve or not serve us well. The scripture lessons for tonight include Esther 3:1-6 and Proverbs 5. Read both sets of text and consider the following:
  1. What bothered David’s wife Michal when he brought the Ark of the Covenant into the City of David?
  2. In this particular instance, who do you feel is in the right?
  3. In the second reading (chapter 16), what odd thing does King David say about Shemei cursing him (verse 10)?
  4. Why is what David says profound to Christians and the community of faith?
  5. Have you ever given a person a reason to curse you? Have you resolved the ordeal?

4. OBSERVE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU.

 
It’s very important to send positive energy to others as well as opening up to receive it yourself. There’s no room in this life to judge others, as you may be judged by others for your own actions. Focusing on pain, gossip, fear, or sadness does not serve anyone.

The energy you send others can help them hurdle their challenge, or stumble trip and fall. Be kind to all people. See the good (and the God) in them and help try to amplify that voice to help lead them to their best life. You may have no idea the kind of battle they’re fighting right now – the energy you send them is very important. 

Blessings to you on this Ash Wednesday —
TONIGHT, Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021 (7pm), we will share a 5min Lenten message from our episcopal leader, Bishop Easterling and continue our Bible Study on the theme, “Pray my strength in the Lord.” We will broadcast on both ZOOM and FaceBook Live. There is also a call-in number below for those wishing to share in the study by phone. The link for the Bishop’s message is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJtbVHIZTOA&feature=youtu.be
 
TONIGHT’s focus will be Exercise 4. This lesson and exercise is essential in more ways than we may realize, as it involves each of our personal outlook when it comes to others. We will spend two weeks on this exercise to dig deep and examine our own motives while looking at scriptures that will help us understand the dynamics involved and why they may serve or not serve us well. The scripture lessons for tonight include Esther 3:1-6 and Proverbs 5. Read both sets of text and consider the following:
  1. In Esther 3:1-6, what is the tension described and who would you say has the problem?
  2. What is the reason for Mordacai’s actions or inaction? Is he justified, in your opinion?
  3. In Proverbs 15, jot down a few scriptures that speak to you? Tell why?

4. OBSERVE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU.

 
It’s very important to send positive energy to others as well as opening up to receive it yourself. There’s no room in this life to judge others, as you may be judged by others for your own actions. Focusing on pain, gossip, fear, or sadness does not serve anyone.

The energy you send others can help them hurdle their challenge, or stumble trip and fall. Be kind to all people. See the good (and the God) in them and help try to amplify that voice to help lead them to their best life. You may have no idea the kind of battle they’re fighting right now – the energy you send them is very important.

Strength in the Lord to all —
TONIGHT, Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021 (7pm), we continue our Bible Study on the theme, “Pray my strength in the Lord.” We will broadcast on both ZOOM and FaceBook Live. There is also a call-in number below for those wishing to share in the study by phone.
 
Our guide, Seven Exercises for Spiritual Strength, outlines 7 practical things we wish to employ to grow strong in the Lord. You will notice that by design the document does not contain any scripture, and it will be each of our responsibility as part of the study, to find supporting Biblical scripture for all seven exercises. While we will go through the exercises in order, it will not be unusual for us to spend more than one week on a particular exercise. Your input will be vital to a robust study and help all of us see how the scriptures support the 7 exercises as stated. The Sunday sermons will be fueled by our discussions. 
 
 
TONIGHT’s focus will be Exercise 3. Each day, we are all inundated with messaging from TV, radio, internet, news and social media. In this Covid19 and socially distanced environment, we feel especially obligated to to stay connected and keep up with current events. The problem with all this attention to media is we are zapped in spirit having to juggle our attention to do the necessary things for life and tend to the stimuli appropriately. Scripture teaches that there has to be balance in our lives and sometimes we must disconnect from the additional stimuli to remain spiritually strong and healthy. As you read through the scriptures for the week, take notice of the environment and the spiritual strength of the Biblical characters who disconnected: Read 1 Kings 19:7-13, Matthew 4:1-11, & Revelation 1:9-20, and consider the following questions–
 
  1. In 1 Kings 19, how did Elijah disconnect from all that was bothering him and what was the resulting outcomes?
  2. Read Matthew 4:1-11; Who led Jesus to the wilderness? What can you define as a place of wilderness for your life today?
  3. Where is John when he gets the inspiration of the Revelation? Why do you think the place is important?
  4. What is another ONE WORD religious practice that we can employ to participate in this particular exercise?
     

    3. REDUCE DISTRACTIONS (TV, RADIO, INTERNET, NEWSPAPER)

    Media can fill your mind with thousands of ads, episodes, and events that are nowhere near vital to living your best life. When you reduce the absorption of participating in these activities, there is far less manufactured stimuli being fed in, and your brain has a chance to be silent. These moments of silence gives you an opportunity to strengthen your spiritual connection and those around you.

    And if you’re not ready to give these things up or reduce your intake (we understand), just try to sharpen your focus on what you DO want to see (like Power of Positivity), rather than what you don’t.

Strength in the Lord to all —
TONIGHT, Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021 (7pm), we continue our Bible Study on the theme, “Pray my strength in the Lord.” We will broadcast on both ZOOM and FaceBook Live. There is also a call-in number below for those wishing to share in the study by phone.
 
Our guide, Seven Exercises for Spiritual Strength, outlines 7 practical things we wish to employ to grow strong in the Lord. You will notice that by design the document does not contain any scripture, and it will be each of our responsibility as part of the study, to find supporting Biblical scripture for all seven exercises. While we will go through the exercises in order, it will not be unusual for us to spend more than one week on a particular exercise. Your input will be vital to a robust study and help all of us see how the scriptures support the 7 exercises as stated. The Sunday sermons will be fueled by our discussions. 
 
 
TONIGHT’s focus will be Exercise 2. Spiritual master and author Henri Nouwen in ‘The Genesee Diary’ writes, “While it is true that God is a hidden presence, we have only to let nature speak to us about the God who is everywhere.” Nature points to God and offers signs and wonders indicating God’s presence and will. We are thereby strengthened in our spirit by getting out and taking in the enormity of God’s creation, which is also like us, awaiting the manifestation of God’s glory. Tonight we will discover God’s first language is nature and how that language benefits us. Our scriptural text for focus include: Genesis 2:1-3, Psalm 8:3-9 and Romans 8:20-21; consider the following questions–
 
  1. How do you usually feel when you walk through the woods, visit the beach, or see mountains, vistas, clouds, stars and moon, the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls? Why do you suppose these feelings occur?
  2. Where is Moses when he feels closest to God? What about John in the Book of the Revelation?
  3. In what setting does Jesus share much of His teaching to the crowds? Why do you suppose the places are important?
     

    2. GO OUTSIDE AND OBSERVE NATURE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

    Getting outside is vital to building your spiritual strength. An increased connection to nature and the Earth places you in alignment with the real living energy. It directly connects you to the divine, allowing positive energy to channel to you and through you. Enjoy the sunshine and let it shine on your face (your pineal gland is actually light-sensitive) You can do this more by making it a habit to eat outdoors or even take a walk to watch the sunrise or sunset.

    As you spend more time outside, be aware of the sights and sounds of nature. Feel the energy of the wind as it blows past you and be sure to smell your surroundings. You were meant to be pleased through your senses, and nature can do that in multiple ways. 

 
Peace and grace all —
TONIGHT, Wednesday, Jan 27, 2021 (7pm), we continue our Bible Study on the theme, “Pray my strength in the Lord.” We will broadcast on both ZOOM and FaceBook Live. There is also a call-in number below for those wishing to share in the study by phone.
 
Our guide, Seven Exercises for Spiritual Strength, outlines 7 practical things we wish to employ to grow strong in the Lord. You will notice that by design the document does not contain any scripture, and it will be each of our responsibility as part of the study, to find supporting Biblical scripture for all seven exercises. While we will go through the exercises in order, it will not be unusual for us to spend more than one week on a particular exercise. Your input will be vital to a robust study and help all of us see how the scriptures support the 7 exercises as stated. The Sunday sermons will be fueled by our discussions. 
 
 
TONIGHT’s focus will be the last part of Exercise 1. We saw in Genesis how God established the family as the primary unit for humankind in the world. We expounded on how the “family” has been enlarged to include those we determine as friends. Tonight we look at God’s ultimate plan where family is defined as the body of believers on the Lord Jesus Christ. Our scriptural text for focus include Ephesians 2:11 – 3:13 and Matthew 12:46-50.
 
  1. Can you understand God’s kingdom plan and who is included as family?
  2. Do you understand the major ministry for the church?
  3. As you plan to incorporate Exercise 1 in your life, is it clear who you will include?

    1. SPEND MORE TIME WITH LOVING, ENCOURAGING FAMILY/FRIENDS. 

    Think of your relationships for a moment, does it paint a picture that you’d like to improve? 

    Some of your best moments in life can be with family, but some others may not be so memorable.  Don’t hold on to the negative memories – they’re too much of a burden to bear.  Release them and know that they will be taken care of for you.  You are meant to be happy and enjoy life, especially happy times with those who you are close with.  When you’re focused on being spiritually centered, you are always divinely protected.  Some negative thoughts can come up and try to bring you down, but you can be confident in your spiritual strength, letting it speak for you – kind of like a bodyguard! 

    Give this time with your family or friends the attention and love it deserves. When your heart opens up to your loved ones this way, new patterns and thoughts develop in you. From these new thoughts, you can build the foundation to healthier relationships. 

    Take action to show those important to you how much you appreciate them. It can be as simple as a phone call or email to warm someone’s heart.  It could even turn their whole life around. 

Blessed Inauguration Day all —
TONIGHT, Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021 (7pm), we continue our Bible Study on the theme, “Pray my strength in the Lord.” We will broadcast on both ZOOM and FaceBook Live. There is also a call-in number below for those wishing to share in the study by phone.
 
Our guide, Seven Exercises for Spiritual Strength, outlines 7 practical things we wish to employ to grow strong in the Lord. You will notice that by design the document does not contain any scripture, and it will be each of our responsibility as part of the study, to find supporting Biblical scripture for all seven exercises. While we will go through the exercises in order, it will not be unusual for us to spend more than one week on a particular exercise. Your input will be vital to a robust study and help all of us see how the scriptures support the 7 exercises as stated. The Sunday sermons will be fueled by our discussions. 
 
 
TONIGHT’s focus will again be on Exercise 1. Last week, we discussed and developed the concept of relationships and how the family is the major unit of measure for God’s interaction with humankind. Since we cannot escape relationships, we need to make certain we manage enough of them that support our spiritual strength. We looked at the first family in scripture and saw how they were not spared trouble and tribulation. Tonight we will look at another family and expand the concept of family to include close friends. Our definition of family will broaden to include family, family of friends, and church family before we are done. Read the following scriptures and consider the concepts below: 1 Samuel 19:1-14 and 2 Samuel 3:1-5 & 2 Samuel 13:1-36
 
  1. Notice how singular and combined events in the family define the overall relationships
  2. Understand how true friendships are established and why these bonds turn into family
  3. Look closely at Exercise 1 again– what is the key word or words

    1. SPEND MORE TIME WITH LOVING, ENCOURAGING FAMILY/FRIENDS. 

    Think of your relationships for a moment, does it paint a picture that you’d like to improve? 

    Some of your best moments in life can be with family, but some others may not be so memorable.  Don’t hold on to the negative memories – they’re too much of a burden to bear.  Release them and know that they will be taken care of for you.  You are meant to be happy and enjoy life, especially happy times with those who you are close with.  When you’re focused on being spiritually centered, you are always divinely protected.  Some negative thoughts can come up and try to bring you down, but you can be confident in your spiritual strength, letting it speak for you – kind of like a bodyguard! 

    Give this time with your family or friends the attention and love it deserves. When your heart opens up to your loved ones this way, new patterns and thoughts develop in you. From these new thoughts, you can build the foundation to healthier relationships. 

    Take action to show those important to you how much you appreciate them. It can be as simple as a phone call or email to warm someone’s heart.  It could even turn their whole life around. 

Peace and grace all —
TONIGHT, Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021 (7pm), we begin our Bible Study on the theme, “Pray my strength in the Lord.” We will try to broadcast on both ZOOM and FaceBook Live. There is also a call-in number below for those wishing to share in the study by phone.
 
Attached is our blueprint for the Bible Study and sermon series. The (pdf) document is entitled, Seven Exercises for Spiritual Strength, and it outlines 7 practical things we wish to employ to grow strong in the Lord. You will notice that by design the document does not contain any scripture, and it will be each of our responsibility as part of the study, to find supporting Biblical scripture for all seven exercises. For example, the first exercise is Spend More Time with Loving, Encouraging Family/Friends; one scripture that comes to mind to support this exercise is Genesis 2:20-24, where God creates the first family. Bible Study preparation will involve finding and sharing Biblical text for whichever exercise we are currently examining. While we will go through the exercises in order, it will not be unusual for us to spend more than one week on a particular exercise. Your input will be vital to a robust study and help all of us see how the scriptures support the 7 exercises as stated. The Sunday sermons will be fueled by our discussions. 
 
Our theme was derived from the Biblical text: 2 Timothy 2:1-7 and Ephesians 3:14-19 & 6:10. 
 
TONIGHT’s focus will be on Exercise 1 and we will discuss and develop the concept of relationships (family, friends, others):
 
  1. Understand God’s desire for humankind
  2. Understand the establishment of the family
  3. YOUR TASK: share scriptures that deal with family relationships is the context of the following:

    1. SPEND MORE TIME WITH LOVING, ENCOURAGING FAMILY/FRIENDS. 

    Think of your relationships for a moment, does it paint a picture that you’d like to improve? 

    Some of your best moments in life can be with family, but some others may not be so memorable.  Don’t hold on to the negative memories – they’re too much of a burden to bear.  Release them and know that they will be taken care of for you.  You are meant to be happy and enjoy life, especially happy times with those who you are close with.  When you’re focused on being spiritually centered, you are always divinely protected.  Some negative thoughts can come up and try to bring you down, but you can be confident in your spiritual strength, letting it speak for you – kind of like a bodyguard! 

    Give this time with your family or friends the attention and love it deserves. When your heart opens up to your loved ones this way, new patterns and thoughts develop in you. From these new thoughts, you can build the foundation to healthier relationships. 

    Take action to show those important to you how much you appreciate them. It can be as simple as a phone call or email to warm someone’s heart.  It could even turn their whole life around.