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What stage are you in? How will you use this stage? 



Cherish The Moment
© used by permission of Majesty Music.

Read my book, rub my back; Mommy, listen to my prayer.
Let me sit in your lap. Daddy, fly me through the air.
Throw a ball, make a snack; Can we go to the park?
Tuck me in, hold me close; I'm afraid of the dark.

Sing a song, play a game; Swing me high in the air.
Ride a bike, fly a kite; How I love the times we share.
Hold my hand, hug my neck; Daddy bounce me on your knee.
Come and sit by my bed; Mommy rock me to sleep.

(Chorus)
Cherish the moment; soon you'll be apart.
Cling to the memory; Clasp it to your heart.
Soon comes the day when you'll have no child to hold,
So cherish, cherish the moment.

Think ahead to a time When your little ones are grown;
Hold them tight, don't lose sight Of the blessings you have known.
Think ahead to a time When your little boy's a man
And you'd give anything Just to hold him again.

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil 4:11-13

Dear something I have noticed, and many others also seem to have noticed, is that little girls can’t wait to grow up. They dream of the days that they will be a Mommy, a wife, a home keeper. The time goes by, now they are a single young adult…longing so much for the chance to become a wife, and have children. Then they become a wife….yay! They are so happy…but then it becomes a time of longing for children. Then they have children. They love it, for a small amount of time, and then they can’t wait for the children to grow up. Once their children have grown up, they begin to long for the time when they were that little girl, or their chance to be a single, young person, or a young wife, or they wish their children were young again.  I wonder, what would happen if we decided to cherish each stage of our life.

Paul said, “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” I realize he was talking about no matter what amount of food, clothing, and so on, that he had…I think we can include our age, marital status, and every other area in our life. There is a point where it is good to have the desire for the next stage in our life, but not so strongly that we lose out on the stage we are in.

Are you a child? Enjoy your childhood. Use it for the Lord. People will listen to children, who will not listen to adults. Pass out tracts, pray for people, memorize Bible verses, strive now, while you are young, to give your life to the Lord.

Are you a single young adult? Right now you can give more to the Lord than you ever will be able to again your life. You can put much more time into witnessing, and soul winning, than you will be able to later. Give your all to Him, and He will repay.

Are you a wife? Serve that husband, and make him the best man he can be. That is the job of the wife, a helpmeet. Equip him; with your love and prayers, to do whatever it is that God so chooses for him.

Are you a Mom? Train those children up for the Lord. Pray for them daily, and bathe them in God’s love, and in the Word. You may feel like the work you are putting into it is not worth it…but it is. I was a child once, and had a Mom…I know.J The children must grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Notice, the father gets credit if the child is raised for the Lord, but the mother gets blamed if the child is raised wrong. This happens over and over again in Proverbs, and in many other places in the Bible. But it is so important that those children be raised right. We are in a world that is wicked beyond imagination. In this day and age, a child who is living right, is so unusual, that the world doesn’t know how to handle it. What use to be the norm, is now odd. We should strive for it to become norm again.

Are you past any of those stages? We who are around you need your encouragement. Often we can learn so much from those who will invest in our lives, that have been through our stage of life before. All of us can invest in the lives of those younger than us, but even more so an older, wiser, woman, can really impact our lives.

The job of every Christian is to serve others. We are all in different stages, but we are all just as important, and just as needed. Cherish the moment you are in, in your life, and keep serving the Lord no matter where you are.

On a side note, I know I said that the other one would be my last newsletter....no one has offered to take it up, so what I will do is, if I have time, keep writing newsletters. I still long to write, and want to. If I can, I will send one. I have no clue how often they will be, but eventually, one may come.

 
 

WHAT DOES GOD KNOW ABOUT YOU?

Gen 18:19
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
Act 13:22 
And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

Both of these men God knew what they would do before they even had a chance to prove themselves. The child that Abraham had been responsible for previously, Lot, had not turned out very good. David was only a shepherd boy.
There is only one explanation for this, God knows the heart. 1Sa 16:7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
How much can we fool people? Very much, quite often. You can do an excellent job with your outwards appearance, by going to Church every time the doors are open, and knowing your Bible from cover to cover, and wearing the right clothes. But your insides are what really matters. God knows the real reason for everything we do. He sees the real you. Not the "you" that your family and friends see, but the one that is inside.
How many times have you asked Him if He wants you to be in the ministries that you are involved in? Or if He wants you to take on more? I myself am one who wants to help, so I will take on ministries, and not realize that I am taking on more than God wants me to have.
How many times was Paul eager to go to these different places, but the Spirit wouldn't allow them to?
Seeing the need does not constitute the calling, as my Dad has said many times. But then, there are times that we may see the need, and God wants to call us, but we don't have the right heart, and He can't use us. He knows what we need to be doing, and how much we can handle, and He knows our hearts to whether or not we will accomplish His will. His will should be our goal. Oh yes, we often say that we want it. But do we truly want it? How is your heart?

I also wanted to give an updated to all the ladies.
I am going to be going to Landmark Baptist College, in Haines City, FL, this fall. August 11th is when I am leaving. Please pray for me, as I travel, and open this new chapter in my life.
Also, I am requesting that you ladies pray about who will take over writing the newsletters. I appologize that this is so late, I have been extremely busy. But for that reason, and for the fact I am going to college, I have begun to realize that someone else will nee to take over. Please pray with me about who the right person would be.
Thank you.
Prayer Requests
Our President
Our Millitary
Pastors
Missionaries
Evangelists
Allen Marshall - cancer - will have surgery to remove spleen on May 31.
Kim Scherer  - Assistant Pastor's wife - Cancer
Johnny V. - Salvation
D and his family - salvation

If you have any prayer requests, feel free to email them to godsrosesnewsletter@gmail.com
 
 
2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
 
Many of you may know that 7:30 PM on March 2nd 2011 my only sibling, a 22 yr old brother, lost his battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Through the three days he spent in ICU before he died, and through the time after his death, there has been one thing we have needed more than anything. That is God’s sustaining grace. I have dealt with many deaths in the family, but none so hard as losing my only brother.  The first day in ICU I felt like I had plenty of grace, and was doing well, all things considered. But that second day, and from then on, it was constantly asking, and begging the Lord for His grace.  I have not always handled this well, but it is something I am learning. I have had plenty of discouragement, and plenty of sadness…but again, I was not looking to the Lord as I should have been.
Every time we go through a trial, God has given me a song for that trial. I had two songs this time, “He Giveth More Grace, When the Burdens Grow Greater” and “Rejoice In The Lord, He Makes No Mistake” I had to accept that grace, still, and submit to that He really is in control. I miss Guy, but God has a purpose. God never makes a mistake, and He never does anything that should not be done, so whatever reason He took Guy, it was the best thing to be done.
I got to thinking about this, though. The grace He gave Paul in our verse is the same grace He gave my family, and the same grace He gave Ron Hamilton when he had his eye removed for cancer.  No matter what trial we are going through, He always will give us the grace we need. This is His sustaining grace. I had a friend tell me that He will carry me through this, and she is right. Each day may be a struggle, but He gives the strength, and the grace we need. He will carry us, that is what it means to rest in His arms. Oh the trials hurt, the pain is real, the emotions are there. I grew up believing that crying is showing how weak you are, but I have had to cry. This is my brother, for Pete’s sake, he meant the world to me. I don’t know as I loved any human more than I loved him. We did everything together, growing up.  He was a special person in my life. God knows that, and God understands the hurts, and the pain I am dealing with. I haven’t had to bear this alone, God is there for me, and so are so many of His people. I have been so blessed to have so many people tell me that they are praying, and that if I need someone to talk to, just call. I have a particular friend that, though she is at college, she has spent a lot of time on the phone with me through this, and she has been more than willing to text with me. She doesn’t have a lot of time, but yet she is willing to spend much of it with me. I don’t always have an easy time talking to people, in fact, inside turmoil will cause me to pull away from people more, but I do need to be willing to talk about things.
I say all that to say that the trial you are going through, just went through, or are about to go through, God knows about it. He has people in place, ready to help you. He Himself will give you the strength and comfort you need, but then, He will also have people who will help. No matter what we go through, there is a purpose for it. He gives us a song in the night. He does comfort. 2Co 1:3-4  “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
 
We are comforted so that we can comfort others. What a thought. Throughout this trial, I have had several needing me to encourage them, for Guy was known by many, and loved very much. He and I are exact opposites, in that he is a people person, I am not. Because of that, though, so many, many people knew him. He had touched many lives. Many people are hurting through this. Many people need the comfort that only God really can give. God, and fellow Christians are comforting me, and I need to turn around and help with comforting others. So many times I have just wanted to pull away. That is my personality; I don’t want to be around very many people for very long. I still have to reach out to people, and you know, it does help. It is hard, believe me, but the Christian life is not “Sunshine and Roses, only a thorn now and then” It is a struggle. “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” This doesn’t mean just from the world, Satan wants to persecute us, he wants to destroy us. He doesn’t look for the strongest Christian, he looks for one that is weaker. When Job was doing well, did his friends complain that he must be sinning? No, it was when he was weakened by trials. When we are weakened by trials, Satan will try to destroy us. By comforting others, and by encouraging others, often we will comfort and encourage ourselves in the process. So no matter what you are going through, remember that He will give you the grace you need, and with the comfort He provides, comfort others.

He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials he multiplies peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again


- Annie Flint

Prayer Requests
Our President
Our Millitary
Pastors
Missionaries
Evangelists
Allen Marshall - cancer
Kim Scherer  - Assistant Pastor's wife - Cancer
Johnny V. - Salvation
D and his family - salvation

If you have any prayer requests, feel free to email them to godsrosesnewsletter@gmail.com
 
 
Where is your hope?
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" I Pet 3:15
Hope, this is something extremely important for us to have, and it is what keeps us going as Christians. Many people will see us as different, they see the hope that is in us, or they should. What is this hope? Well, we have the hope that Christ is coming back for us. We have a hope that we will spend eternity in Heaven. This "hope" is not "Oh I hope this will happen" it is a strong assurance. "Hope - Confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well founded expectation of good; as a hope founded on God's gracious promises; a scriptural sense." -  Webster's 1828 dictionary.
So now that we have this hope, and other's see this hope, they are going to ask us what is with this "hope" that we have. This verse tells us to be ready always to give an answer. You must know how to answer these people who may ask. One way to do this is to memorize the verses….what verses? Well, our hope should not be based on our own, or someone else's opinion, it should be based on God's Word. Any hope that you have, any belief that you have must be based from the Bible. Our word is not any good, it is God's word that pierces the heart of man.
It is true that, for those of us who grew up in Church, it is really easy to rely on the opinion and teachings of others. This is not a good thing.
"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." Heb 12:2
We need to look to Jesus, for He is where our faith comes from. Our faith is the anchor for our hope. Our faith is anchored into the Word of God. Our faith is our shield. The Word of God is our sword. This is how we will fight off the enemy, read Ephesians 6:11-19. Our helmet of Salvation protects our head, because we know we are saved. Our breastplate of righteousness protects our heart, our heart must be pure before the Lord. Our shield of faith, and Sword of the Spirit help us to ward off the enemy. The truth around our loins keeps us able to stand firm. God's Word is truth. Again, we must be grounded in the Word. Our feet shod with the preparation to spread the Gospel. (Ready always to give an answer, and on the pursuit to spread the truth out there.) And finally on our knees in prayer. Pray without ceasing. If you are not praying, you will not know how to answer those who ask us. "Answer not a fool according to his folly." Pr 26:4 "Answer a fool according to his folly"  Pr 26:5 We must have wisdom, and pray for it, as to when to answer the questions that people ask us. Sometimes when someone says, "How do you know God exists" they are not always asking to learn, sometimes you will be casting your pearls before swine. Sometimes you can win them. It takes wisdom. Where do we get wisdom?
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." James 1:5
All of this ties together to help us to reach this lost world for Him. We must have our armor on, and we must be in prayer asking for souls, asking for wisdom, and asking for His strength.
But the verse doesn’t stop at giving an answer….it says “With meekness and fear” We should not be showy about what we know, either. We need to be meek about it.  But we also should have a fear…if we don’t tell these people the truth they will spend eternity in a lake of fire.  This should scare us. Their blood will be on our hands. 
So let’s be ready to answer those around us in a meek and mild manner, and yet with the fear of what will happen if we don’t tell them.
May God bless you as you endeavor to serve Him.

Prayer RequestsOur President
Our Millitary
Pastors
Missionaries
Evangelists
Allen Marshall - cancer
Kim Scherer  - Assistant Pastor's wife - Cancer
Johnny V. - Salvation

If you have any prayer requests, feel free to email them togodsrosesnewsletter@gmail.com
 
 

As we approach February, we approach Valentines Day, a day many think about love, and about "Forever". Have you ever thought about the things that God says last  forever? Let's look at those things today.
1. Our Lord.
Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Psalm 72:17
His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.
Psalm 135:13
Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations.

I am so thankful that Jesus Christ is forever. If Jesus ever changed, what would that do to my Salvation? I am so thankful that He whom promised that He would not lose us, does not change, and will not lose those that are His own. He also is continuously willing to save those who trust Him. He is never going to die again. He is forever our God, our Guide, our Avenger, our Shield, our Protector. Jesus Christ is forever, amen?

2. His glory.
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.
Gal 1:4-5 “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Philippians 4:20
Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Whether we remember to give glory to God, or not, He will get what is rightfully His. He knows just how to get the glory He deserves, too. It is best if we chose to give it to Him.

3. His Kingdom
Exodus 15:18
The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.
Psalm 10:16
The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.
Psalm 29:10
The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever.
Luke 1:33
And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Revelation 4:9
And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

As long as Christ is King, His will must be accomplished. Right now, Christ is King in Heaven, soon He will be King on earth, as well. I look forward to the day He reigns here on earth, but I cherish the thought that, as Kiing right now, His will still is accomplished.

4. His Priesthood
Psalm 110:4
The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

As a Priest, our Lord is able to forgive our sin. He shed the perfect blood to atone for our sin once and for all. Because of this, He has a continual Priesthood in which He allows us to have fellowship with the Father, if we confess our sin.

5. His Counsel
Psalm 33:11
The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

His counsel guides us as to what He wants us to do. We have a more sure word of prophecy, because we do not have to wonder if the man we ask counsel from is truly getting it from God. We can go right to God and ask for His will, in His time, He will reveal it to us.

6. His Praise
Psalm 111:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

What an honour, and a privilege, it is to be able to praise the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. We are able to show forth His praises, in a world that is dark, and needs Him.

7. Our inheritance
Psalm 37:18
The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be forever.
We don't ever have to worry about missing out on Heaven, because His promice of our inheritance is that it is forever.

8. His Truth
Psalm 117:1-2
O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
John 17:17
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

 Psalm 119:89
For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
Isaiah 40:8
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever.
1 Peter 1:23
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

1 Peter 1:25
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
 
Psalm 119:152
Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.

9. His Mercy
1 Chronicles 16:34
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
 
Ezra 3:11
And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.

Aren't you thankful for His mercy? No matter what we have done in our lives,, God will let us come back to Him, if we repent, and His mercy keeps us from facing the full judgment we deserve. We will never face Hell. We may face earthly punishment, but we will not face the full judment we deserve. We also will lose rewards in Heaven, but how wonderful God's mercy is.
 
10. Punishment for the wicked
1 Chronicles 28:9
And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
Revelation 14:11
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Revelation 20:10
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

When we realize that the eternal destiny of many around us is Hell, and that it really does last forever, that should make us long to reach those around us. I read recently where someone tried to say that Hell does not last forever, because how could God do such a thing? His judgements are just. They are pure. They are right. They are true. If a man rejects Him, what more can He do for that man?  Hell is as much eternal as Heaven is.

11. His fear
Psalm 19:9
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

The fear of the Lord goes beyond just a reverance. There has to be a literal fear. Not that if you disobey God, He will strike you wtih lightning, but that you will not have His favor on you. The fear of the Lord brings you to the point where you serve Him with a willing heart. It goes beyond the punishment, to the point of the heart. A child first learns a fear of their parents, for what the punishment will be, and all though that is a good fear, it is not enough. There must be a fear to the point where the child respects the parents, and longs to please them. There must be a fear of the dissapointment they will bring to their parents. The hardest thing for a child to know, is that their parents are disapointed in them. This fear causes obedience, and that is what we need in our lives.

12. His judments.
Psalm 119:160
Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

No matter what the judgment is, it is something that is eternal. When He judges us, and He sees His Son, and says to enter in to Glory, it is eternal.

13. His Preservation
Psalm 12:7
Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
1 Thessalonians 4:17
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1 John 2:17
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

What a blessing to know that I am safe forever in His grip. He knows exactly what He is doing with me, and He is preserving me for what His use is for me.

14. His Strength
Isaiah 26:4
Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

His strength is what keeps us going, and it will NEVER fail us. The strength He provides is amazing

15. His intercession 
Hebrews 7:25

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

16. Our reign
Revelation 22:5
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Just as Jesus is ruling and reigning forever right now, we will be ruling and reigning with Him some day. What an amazing thought.

As we have looked at these 16 things that last forever, may it challenge us to live for Him more and more each day.
PRAYER REQUESTS
Prayer Requests
Our President
Our Millitary
Pastors
Missionaries
Evangelists
Allen Marshall - cancer
Kim Scherer  - Assistant Pastor's wife - Cancer
Leonard Sherry - broken neck - needs surgery, but doctor's refuse to operate.
Johnny V. - Salvation







IF YOU HAVE ANY PRAYER REQUESTS, FEEL FREE TO SEND THEM TO:

GODSROSESNEWSLETTER@GMAIL.COM

 
 
I deeply appologize for not adding the newsletters on here. I have had quite a bit of busyness, and changes going on in my life. My brother died March 2nd, and that didn't help anything.
 
 
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Little baby on the hay
Soon there'll be another day
When nails will pierce your hands and feet
As you provide our soul's defeat
Risen Jesus on the throne
We lift our praise to you alone
For you're the gift that we recieve
The moment that our hearts believe.

Roy Lessi
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© 2010 DaySpring Cards and Roy Lessin. Used by permission, all rights reserved. www.dayspring.com 

Merry Christmas to all!
This is the time that we celebrate the birth of Christ, our Lord. This is also the time that many forget about Christ, and only think of Santa, and of gifts, and of food. Let's not forget about Christ.
He truly was born to die. He knew, when He came, that He would be suffering on the cross for us. He didn't just stay that little baby in a manger, He grew into a man, and died a horrible death for me, for you, for your children, for your family, for my family, for every single person that we walk by. He didn't die for those who were good, He died for all.
Can you imagine what it must have been like for Him? He willingly came to earth, knowing what was going to happen. He knew very much about every nail that would be pounded into His hands and His feet. He knew about the crown of thorns that would be slammed into His head. He knew about the mocking, the spit, the scorn, the shame, the embarrassment. He could have easily said, "No, I won't go!" But He came, and in a very humble way.
Jesus knew what His Father's will was for Him, and He did it.
How about us? Do we know what our Father's will is for us? Do we do it?
How often do we just go ahead and do what we want to do, never asking God what He wants us to do? How often do we just go somewhere, without asking where His will is for us to go?
When we find out His will for us, do we say, "No, Lord, I can't! It is too hard!"
Look at Jonah, he told God that he could not witness to the people of Nineveh. He felt that they would hurt him, or kill him. What was God's will for him? It was to go, and witness to the wicked people in Nineveh. When God convicts us to witness to someone, and we think, "They will laugh at me!" We are disobeying God. We are really acting like Jonah.
This Christmas season, let's remember Christ, remember that He was love. His love was so great, that it sent Him to die for all, and we are supposed to have that love, that we will tell all about His love. Christmas is a wonderful time to witness, because many already are thinking about Christ, so let's take advantage of this wonderful oportunity.

Merry Christmas everyone!
May God bless you in this wonderful season, and for the coming year.

Prayer Requests

Our President
Our Millitary
Pastors
Missionaries
Evangelists
Allen Marshall - cancer
Kim Scherer  - Assistant Pastor's wife - Cancer
Leonard Sherry - broken neck - needs surgery, but doctor's refuse to operate.
Johnny V. - Salvation

If you have any prayer requests, or suggestions, or comments, please contact me at mailto:godsrosesnewsletter@Gmail.com


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We have heard the statement many times, “The safest place
for a Christian is the will of God.” But in order to be doing the will of God,
we must know what His will is.


The will of God is quite a study in itself, but I am going
to have us look at one aspect of it. God said, “Ye are the salt of the earth:
but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is
thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot
of men. ” Mt. 5:13


God’s will is for us to be salt. How many of us have lost
our savour? How many of us are no longer being what we should be for the Lord?
I heard a really great quote from a Pastor, “We are called to be thermostats,
not thermometers.” We are not there to just see that things aren’t going right,
and do nothing about it. We are to be doing those things we can do, to change
the circumstances around us. So, how do we be that salt? Well, let’s look at
what Salt is.


1.       Salt kills

Salt can be used to kill of weeds. Salt can be used to kill
of stumps. Salt can also kill of what you actually wanted to keep, like your
plants.


Sometimes we may have to become a salt to those around us.
Sometimes we may have to point out sin, or point out false doctrines, or
correct dangerous actions of those around us.


2.       Salt heals

When I was a little girl, if I had a sore throat, my Mom
often had me gargle with warm water and salt. It wasn’t because she wanted me
to choke, but because salt has a way of healing. Many people have used salt on
all kinds of wounds.


When you put salt on a wound, often it doesn’t feel very
good. It burns, or stings, and feels like it will make things worse, but it
really can help it to heal.


As salt, we should be helping to heal the hurt in the lives
around us. Sometimes it may actually seem to sting, and make things worse. How
can it help a hurting heart, to tell them that what they are doing is not a
good idea? But sometimes that is just what they need to hear, in order for them
to heal.


3.       Salt
preserves


We use salt on meats to keep it from spoiling as fast. What
causes it to spoil? Bad elements getting to it.


We as salt should be reaching those around us who, maybe
they aren’t so much hurting, but they are angry, or they are bitter, or they
have a possibility of becoming that way. Our salt can keep those feelings from
coming, or at least from taking root. By preserving them, we are able to keep
them from becoming useless.


None of these can we do on our own, though. As salt, we must
be in tune with the Holy Spirit, He is the one who will show us how, and when,
and what we should say.


Salt kills, heals, and preserves….you need to know when to
use the salt, and how much.


Colossians 4:6

Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt,
that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.


The salt cannot be too much, or it will ruin the product.
Ever had a bowl of soup that was too salty? It ruins the whole bowl, doesn’t
it? We can put too much salt out there, and cause our testimony to be ruined.
We must ask the Holy Spirit to guide us. He is willing, and able. I am
learning, slowly, but surely, what His purpose is in my life. It isn’t a
one-time deal, “Well, I asked the Holy Spirit to help me last month, so now I
am good for a year.” We must ask Him daily. We must ask Him every moment.
“Lord, help me know how to answer this person.” It’s not easy. Our flesh wants
to do everything on our own, but we can’t. “Without me ye can do nothing” John
15:5 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil 4:13


You see, as we are the salt, it will cause this world that
is already thirsty, but often doesn’t realize it, to become even
thirstier.  Salt also makes you thirsty,
right? Well, we know the Living Water. He is willing to draw all men to Him,
but they have to come to Him. How will they do that, if they don’t know that
they are thirsty? As we are living our lives in a way that is a salt, it will
cause them to be thirsty for what we have, that they don’t have.


May God help us be the salt we are supposed to be.

Prayer requests:

Our President

Our Millitary

Pastors

Missionaries

Evangelists

Allen Marshall - cancer

Kim Scherer  -
Assistant Pastor's wife - Cancer


Leonard Sherry - broken neck - needs surgery, but doctor's
refuse to operate.


Johnny V. - Salvation

If you have any prayer requests, or suggestions, or
comments, please contact me at godsrosesnewsletter@gmail.com



 
 
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Come unto me all ye that labour, In this uneasy world, many are searching for rest.  Where do we find the rest we need? The Bible is the answer to all of life’s questions, so let’s look there.   Mt. 11:28-29  “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”   Jer. 6:16 “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”   Ps. 37:7 “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. “   All we have to do is turn to the Lord, and walk in His ways. He wants to provide us with that rest.  His Spirit will comfort us, and He will help us to rest in Him.   Ps. 16:9 “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.”   We have the hope that when He comes again to receive us unto Himself, all our labours and toils will cease. We have the hope that our Salvation is sure. We have the hope that He is coming for us. This isn’t a hope that, “Oh, I hope it will happen.” This is an assurance because we know we are saved, and we know He is coming for us.   So, what keeps us from the rest?   Ps. 38:3 “There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. “   Ps. 132:14 “This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.”   The verse before this is talking about Zion, where God dwelled at the time. It was His house.  Now God’s house is the Church. Although He does dwell in each of us individually, when we say we are going to God’s house, we are talking about going to Church. When we are in Church, we are with His people, and should be learning His word. This will help us to get the rest that we need.   Ps 37:4-5 “Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”   This rest comes from trusting the Lord. Really, nothing that happens to us is a surprise to Him. He is in control of everything, and we can trust Him.   Pr 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

II Sam 22:3 “The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.”   II Sam 22:31 “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”   Ps 2:12 “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”   Ps 4:5 “Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.”   Ps 5:11 “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.”   Ps. 9:10 “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”   Ps 18:2 “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”   Ps 18:30 “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.”   Ps 34:22 “The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.”   Ps 36:7 “How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.”   Ps 37:3 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.”   Ps 56:3-4 “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”   Ps  5:11 “In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.”   Ps 62:8 “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”   Ps 64:10 “The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.”   Ps 91:1-6 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.”   Ps 118:8 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”   Ps 125:1 “They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.”   Pr 29:25 “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.”   Pr. 30:5 “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”   Is 12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.”   Is 26:3-5 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:
For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust.”
  Sometimes trusting Him, and resting in Him does not seem easy, but He will help us to do so. All we have to do is ask Him to. He wants us to rest in Him, and He wants us to trust Him. It makes  a big difference in our lives when we do rest in Him.   Always Enough Mark Rogers Copyright 1996 Mark Rogers Ministries, All Rights Reserved – used by permittion   Looking back and thinking I can see where God has led The mountain tops of vict’ry, the tears that have been shed And even though I’ve failed Him in so many different ways It seems I almost hear the voice of Jesus gently say   Chorus 1 “I’m always enough, I’m all you will ever need When your finally tired of walking on your own Just reach out your hands, I’ve promised to meet your every need Let go of your pride, I’m still by your side, and I’m always enough”   Sometimes we think we’re all alone and no one understands The hidden hurts and failures the broken dreams and plans We do our best to hide the pain and face it on our own Forgetting that those burdens are not ours to bear alone
Chorus 2 He’s always enough, He’s all you will ever need When your finally tired of walking on your own Just reach out your hands He’s promised to meet your every need Let go of your pride, He’s still by your side, and He’s always enough   Prayer requests: Our President
Our Millitary
Pastors
Missionaries
Evangelists
Allen Marshall - cancer
Kim Scherer  - Assistant Pastor's wife - Cancer
Leonard Sherry - broken neck - needs surgery, but doctor's refuse to operate. Johnny V. - Salvation   Update on Joyce West, at 2 AM on 15 September 2010, Mrs. West went home to Heaven. She is no longer in pain, and no longer sick. If you have any prayer requests, or any ideas for future newsletters, please e-mail me at godsrosesnewsletter@gmail.com and let me know. www.godsrosesnewsletter.weebly.com

 
 
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What's your number?
Ps. 90:12
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”
None of us knows exactly how long we will have on this earth. Sure, the Bible talks about 70, maybe 80 years that God says is the number of the years of man. We don’t really know how long we have, though. For every day that we live, we can only be certain of one thing, death is swiftly approaching. “Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Pr. 27:1. “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. What is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14
Our life is so short, maybe tonight we will be facing the Lord. If you were to be told you would die tonight, what would you want to be sure gets done? Why not make sure it gets done, anyways? We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow.
So what should we be filling our vapour with? Well, we are told to number our days, and apply our hearts unto wisdom. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be, also.”
If we apply our hearts unto wisdom, then we will be using our time on earth in the way that God wants us to. Sometimes what God wants us to do, will seem foolish to other people, but we are not to be pleasing other people, we are to please God.
So how do we get wisdom? I’m so glad you asked me that question. I was hoping you would. J
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
As we learn to fear the Lord, we will grow closer to Him. As we grow closer to Him, we gain wisdom. Why? Because He is wisdom, he is Omniscient, all wise, or all knowing.  He will guide us in how we should be going. He even guides us with His eye.  He cares so much about us, that He longs to take us under His wings, and teach us, and train us, and guide us.
“If any man lack wisdom let Him ask of God”
Our life is too short to try to live out on our own. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
The way that we think is the right way, if we are not asking God for wisdom, and going to those who God has put in our path to give us wisdom, can be the way that will spiritually kill us. Sometimes it will actually physically kill us. It may seem like it is a good thing to hang around this group of people, and participate in their doings, after all, it isn’t absolutely wrong…..They just aren’t doing what is right. “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it IS sin.”
So you have the choice to live for the Lord….or live for self.
 
The days are short, the time is near
The hour is dark, the call is clear
Why then do we, if we are holy
Not go and reach those who are lowly?
Why do we sit and play all the day
Pretending the darkness will just pass away
No, my friend, it will not go
It will only get worse, as you should know
The time for us to act as we should
To witness and do those things that are good
Is now, not later, before it’s too late
And those we hold dear, won’t reach Heaven’s Gate.
Prayer requests
Our President
Our Millitary
Pastors
Missionaries
Evangelists
Allen Marshall - cancer
Kim Scherer  - Assistant Pastor's wife - Cancer
Leonard Sherry - broken neck - needs surgery, but doctor's refuse to operate.
Joyce West - cancer