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Sunday, August 13, 2006

I have been very busy this summer working hard at school and taking care of three beautiful blessing from God. School is going very well I just posted two of the papers I was required to write and I hope that helps my readers understand what I have been up to. One of the resourses our Evangelism Class used was www.wayofthemaster.com the video clips with Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort taught me alot about street evangelism and also other forms of reachingout to others including family and friends.

God Bless I will try to write more soon!

Leadership Evangelistic Report


Are you leading with the “Confidence in God’s Call”?

The confidence in God’s call relates to Paul’s exhortation to Timothy to “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 2:1 NIV) Tony answered this question with a definitive “No.” He then went on to explain that grace is a free gift from God yet it takes an ability to teach. This ability has to be nurtured and matured. For Timothy he had the experience of accepting the free gift of grace, and he nurtured his ability to teach by sitting under the teachings of Paul. Tony is an elder in the church who has had the opportunity to take part in a program called Pastor in Training or P.I.T.S for sort. This has been his way of playing a Timothy type of role which helps him to mature his ability to lead with more confidence.
Reid makes the statement “God will never use us unless we realize that we are nothing apart from him.” In interviewing Tony this stands out as a major part of his leadership character, he has been a Christian for seven years and realizes still that if it weren’t for Christ in him he would never be able to help people on the level he does now.

2. Are you leading by “Equipping Other Leaders”?

Equipping other leaders requires taking the knowledge we have and sharing it with others. We see Paul speaking to Timothy about this very principal in 2 Timothy 2:2 when he says “The things you have heard from me…commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” Reid speaks of the two different forms of mentoring, formal and informal, and he also mentions peer mentoring all of which Tony could relate to, agreeing that he has been involved with each form at some level.
Mentoring for Tony is a big part of encouraging people to put things into perspective, enabling him to help youth and newer Christians of any age to realize their own leadership qualities. In our church we are always trying to raise up the next generation of leaders. Another part of mentoring that is important in leadership is peer mentoring in which the “iron sharpens iron” concept comes into play. This is evident in the P.I.T.S. program where you have other leaders in training giving constructive criticism and encouraging feedback. Tony likes knowing they are there to listen to him teach whiling supporting him with their critiques. All in all the responses to this question was an affirmation of just how well I believe Tony is working at reaching out to other leaders as well as building up future leaders.

3. Do you lead in “Humility”?

Jesus led in humility as a servant leader. In Mark 10:45 Jesus said “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Reid states “being a servant means being human, being transparent,” and also “your respect, your awe, your wonder that God has called you will say much to those who follow you.” Tony’s response to this question in particular reflected these two statements. He talked about how people will “follow” just about any type of leader at least for awhile, but that people will “stay” with a humble leader. Key to being a humble leader is where your personal thoughts are. John 12:42-43 NKJV says “Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise of men more than the praise of God.” Tony emphasized verse 43 because he believes this is a major part of what causes the downfall of many leaders. As soon as a leader starts thinking “I arrived” God is going to break them down. Pastors fall because they start wanting to be more important then the people they serve. To serve is to be a shepherd. A shepherd tends to the every need of their flock which requires a lot of actions: feeding, protecting, teaching, instructing, discipline, etc. Only humble Pastors or leaders can truly shepherd their flock. I especially liked Tony’s remark “I don’t want to be held up by those I am teaching I want to hold Jesus up so people can see Him. I want to point people to Jesus.”

4. Are you leading others “to Greatness for God”?

In our book Reid talks about being a “visionary leader” one who “see the potential in others” and that one of the roles a leader has is to “help others catch the vision that God has for their lives.” Tony uses his gift of encouragement and his influence as a leader to bring others “to Greatness for God” by conversing with them about what they think their personal gifts may be. He then helps them to take advantage of different opportunities to try out the gifts they may or may not possess. As a leader he has the ability to influence others yet he doesn’t want to misguide anyone one so he is careful not to call out a gift if he is not a hundred percent sure that it is there. He also remarked that when gifts are genuine they work easier, but there are times when certain gifts have to be “faked” in order to be obedient to God’s will. For him it is street evangelism. Tony will be obedient to go out and approach a person but it takes stepping out of his comfort zone to do so.

5. Are you leading “Consistently & Biblically”?

Reid states that “leadership must be founded on the timeless principles of Scripture” this is an important concept because all truth is found in the Scriptures. When Tony is approached by a person, whether in a positive or negative manner, he is willing to take the time with that person to say “let’s see what God’s word says about this matter.” If a person comes to him and twists Scripture or misquotes Scripture he will work with them, if they are willing to, so that all may have a clearer understanding of what is being said. Tony gets down on himself for not knowing enough Scripture by heart but his integrity and ethics are consistent. Reid states as his final sentence in dealing with leading “Consistently & Biblically” “we need leaders who will declare boldly the unsearchable treasures of Christ from a heart of love and without fear of the consequences.” Tony definitely has the heart of love and more knowledge then he gives himself credit for, in my opinion he is well on his way to fitting this statement.

6. Are you leading by the “Strength of Your Character”?

Tony answered this question before I had a chance to share anything Reid had written. His response was one that inspired me and impacted me the most out of our entire interview it really helped me to understand his genuinely humble character. His response was the way I think more people should respond. “My character is flawed even with Christ in me. I want to lead by Christ’s character.” He went on to explain that from his own personal life he knows that character can be faked. His character is what led him to become a Christian because before he was saved he would pick himself up by the “boot straps and get things done” in front of officers and other Navy Brass. In private however he didn’t employ the same “character.” After going through the “school of hard knocks” he realized he needed a Savior to help him build a right character with matching integrity. Then I read to him what Reid says “leadership is influence…you must have integrity, conviction, and character.” I would say that Tony’s response and the way that it inspired me would be evidence that he is in line with Reid’s statement. You can’t have a right “character” without the integrity and conviction to back it up.

7. Provide a summary of your interview.

To summarize my interview with Tony I would have to start by saying that I was greatly encouraged. Tony is a great man of God with a God given ability that he has taken care to nurture and mature under careful discipline and the discipleship of other leaders and mentors including a couple of courses with Liberty University. He is an active elder at Calvary Chapel of Southeastern Connecticut and is also part of “Pastors in Training”, offered under Pastor Joe Paskewich. Tony has a wonderful wife Angela and together they have four sons of their own who are all very involved in youth activities at the church, and as a family they have opened their home for the past two years to take in foster children. They currently have three all of who call them “mom” and “dad”. Tony along with his family work to reflect the love of Christ to these children as well as the children’s natural families and or pre-adoptive parents.
I was encouraged listening to Tony speak with humility and awe about God, he obviously has a heart that seeks after God’s will. He is filled with the compassion and radiates the love of Christ.
I am honored to know Tony and his family and to know that we are all part of the same body of Christ. I learned a great deal from this assignment about myself, about my brother in the Lord, and about leadership. I look forward to taking the lessons learned and applying them to my own life, most of all to keep in the front of my mind that God can use me despite of my weaknesses and when He does use me that it is all for His glory, AMEN!

Witnessing Report


Part ONE – What were the circumstances surrounding your conversation with the unbelieving person when presented the gospel to him/her.
The circumstance surrounding my conversation with Brian when I shared the gospel with him where I involved in an outreach called “The 90 Day’s of Blessings” in Hartford, Connecticut. As part of a pray evangelism team from the “Connecticut House of Prayer”. We were to pray for people who would request prayer, as well as share the gospel with those who didn’t know about God.
Brian came into the prayer tent requesting prayer for healing because he had a headache. I started the conversation by introducing myself as “Kerri” and that I would be more than willing to pray that God would take away his headache but “before I pray I need to ask do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?”

Part TWO – What was the reaction (questions/comments/statement) of the unbeliever?
Brian said that “no, I don’t know about Jesus, I don’t go to church.” I applied the techniques we have learned from Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort in “The Way of the Master” and “The Mirror of the 10 Commandments”. I took my Bible and turned to Exodus 20 allowing him to read the Ten Commandments with me, I then explained them to him in simple terms. I asked Brian, “have you ever taken anything from someone else without their permission?” “Yeah, I have.” “Have you ever told a lie?” “Yeah, I have.” I then explained to him that the Ten Commandment are the laws that God will judge us all by one day and that by his own confession he is a “liar” and a “thief” so if God where to judge right now he would be found guilty. I this used the courtroom analogy, “Brian if you where to stand before a judge in a court of law and you where found guilty of bringing a weapon to school and as your punishment he wanted you to pay a $20,000 fine would you be able to?” “No, that’s a lot of money.” “Well, what if a total stranger all of a sudden walked into that courtroom and said ‘I love Brian so much I am willing to pay this fine so that first, he doesn’t have to, and second, so that he can walk out of here totally free.” “Wow! That would be nice.” “Brian, over 2000 years ago Jesus did exactly that for you He came to the earth and died in our place taking away the punishment of sin. If you take the gift of salvation, you can be saved from the wrath of God’s judgment and at your trial Jesus will say ‘his debt is paid!” I then showed him John 3:16 and he was very receptive.

Part THREE - What did you do/say to the person in light of the persons reaction to your presentation of the Gospel?
Brian responded by making a profession of faith. I helped him to pray, repenting of his sins and asking Jesus to come into his life. I also gave him a tract with more information about salvation. He then asked me to write down the Scripture verses I had shared with him. Then I took his information letting him know that a member from the local church would follow up with him some more. I also prayed with him that God would heal his headache and then welcomed him to the family. An interesting side note is that at the same time I witnessed to Brian another member of our prayer team was witnessing to his mother and walking her through the steps towards salvation, followed by her making a profession of faith.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Steps

Romans 4:11-13
11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12 And he is also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.13 It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.-NIV

God is making my family take steps of faith. Yet, unlike Abraham’s descendents we don’t have footsteps to follow in, so you can almost say we are taking “blind steps” in faith. I have to admit there are times when it feels like I am taking no steps forward and times when I feel there is no faith to back up my steps. Like Abraham and his family it will not be through the law that we will receive our promise but through faith.

The Lord will keep His promise even if it takes more time then we think it should. Here is a little background information on Abraham. God made a promise to Abraham that he would have a son. Abraham took things into his own hands when Sarah gave him Hagar who bore him Ishmael. This could not fulfill the promise as God intended. Thirteen years later God again spoke to Abraham about the promise. Thus, allowing a miracle child, Isaac, to be born to the now hundred year old Abraham and ninety year old Sarah. I want to stress the thirteen years because that is a long time for us to wait. For God it was the right time for His promise to be filled so no man could say it was not of Him. Abraham had thirteen years of taking steps of faith. Thirteen years of saying to himself “did I really have a covenant with the Lord? Did I understand what God was saying to me?” Thirteen years of questioning his own faith in God. Thirteen years of not having a clue as to what God’s plan was.

Today we live in a fast paced world with instant upgrades to faster computers, faster cars, and faster technology as a whole. We live in an “I want the answer now” society! God is a God of perfect timing! We have to at times take off our watches, turn off our televisions, computers, phones, etc. Go into a quiet place and step into God’s perfect time. Wait upon the Lord and know that He is just! Will you take a step in faith and let your timing be God’s timing?

Written By: Kerri Dorricott 6/29/06

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

What Shall We Eat?

Matthew 6:28-31
28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?”-NIV

Well, once again my spouse and I had a “discussion” about money issues. We have been going through a “desert” time for over a year now. Today’s discussion was due to a cut in our food budget which because of our situation has to cover two households. I allowed fear to rise up and make me concerned about how we were going to stretch this food allowance.

Later as I was studying and spending time in God’s word, I was reminded of this verse.
I saw how time and time again God provided for His people regardless of their situations. It was like God was asking me these questions and saying to me, “are you allowing doubt to try to come between us?” After all for over a year now God has made the money stretch, we haven’t missed a meal, and we have been blessed continually.

We all need to hold onto the promises God has given to His children. The next time you are facing a stack of bills, wondering how to buy clothes, or where the next meal is coming from. Stop! Take a deep breathe and ask Dad for a hand. He will be faithful to fulfill His promises!

Written By: Kerri Dorricott 6/27/06

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Learning to Count

Psalm 40:4-5
4 Blessed is the man
who makes the LORD his trust,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods.
5 Many, O LORD my God,
are the wonders you have done.
The things you planned for us
no one can recount to you;
were I to speak and tell of them,
they would be too many to declare.

The Lord God has done great and wondrous things for all of us. As I have reflected over the last several days, weeks, then the past year. I remember times that God has provided protection while I was driving, food for my family, made the dollars stretch, and many other unexplained happenstances? The more we trust the Lord the more He blesses us.

The Lord has a plan for each of our lives which He has known from the beginning of creation. We do not know all that God has planned. We can trust that when we are obedient, listen to His voice, and give thanks for what He has done for us we are fulfilling a part of His plan.

The Lord wants us to remember the times He has taken care of us when we are going through hard times. We all need to be challenged to reflect upon the Lord’s mercy and grace when in the face of adversity. Know that if we were to start to count of our blessings, “they would be too many to declare.”

Written By: Kerri Dorricott 6/24/06

Friday, June 23, 2006

SHOUT UNTO THE LORD!!!

Psalm 100
A psalm. For giving thanks.
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.-NIV

As believers we have the ability to know we serve a mighty and awesome Lord. A savior who is worthy to receive all of our glory and honor all of the time! Often we put ourselves into a comfort box. We need to jump out of our box and SHOUT UNTO THE LORD! As we shout and as we proclaim the promises of the Lord an excitement can rise up with in us. Psalm 100 shows us ways to shout to the Lord. We can worship! We can know that he is God! We can be thankful! We can be faithful, proclaiming triumphs to the Lord!

The other day I experienced this first hand as the Lord encouraged me to give a shout of victory. I believe God is going to release a new anointing on His people as we step out of our comfort boxes. He will give us a new boldness, allowing us to go out, to shout His name and to proclaim His truth with a determination that will be heard.

Written By: Kerri Dorricott 6/23/06

Dear Blog,

I have been busy as I have started stepping out into the thing the Lord is leading me to do.
I have begun to post my writings on an awesome website that allows Christian writers to post for free it is located at www.faithwriter.com .
I am also going to be starting two courses next week through Liberty University’s Distance Learning Program www.liberty.edu . I have decided to do a double major in Psychology and Religion.
I have also started using my talent with the camera to create a web store at www.cafepress.com/kerbeargifts .
So today I posted some of the writing here and am hoping to continue to add entries more often then I have.

Kerbear

Do you know the benefits of drinking tea?

Well here are some benefits of drinking tea taken from an article in Let’s Live Jan 06 titled Drink To Your Health.

Tea may reduce your cholesterol in fact it has been associated with decreased LDL which is bad cholesterol and increased HDL also known as good cholesterol.

Tea may combat cancer in Iowa 35,369 postmenopausal women who drank two or more cups of tea a day had a 60% reduced risk of developing cancers of the digestive tract and 40% less urinary-tract cancers. Women who drank four or more cups were even less prone. Also studies show that women who drink at least one cup of green tea daily have a 39% lower risk of getting ovarian cancer.

Tea may protect teeth Green tea is high in antioxidants it has shown to reduce plaque and strengthen tooth enamel.

Tea may fight infection studies show that tea potentially increases the body’s defense against infection.

Tea may strengthen bones researcher in Taiwanese announced that longtime tea use appears to strengthen bones.

Tea may cut heart attack risk a 1993 study reported that high consumption of black tea corresponds with fewer fatal heart attacks.

Also tea has half the amount of caffeine as coffee also you can decaffeinate tea by steeping tea for 20 seconds throwing that water away and steeping the tea bag again in fresh hot water.


Do you know the benefits of knowing the word of God?

Well here are some of the benefits of knowing God taken from his holy word found in the Bible.
Knowing God brings health, strength, peace, tranquility or quietness, and a pure heart.

Health
Proverbs 3:8 “It will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones”
4:22 “For they are life to those who find them, and health to all flesh”
15:30 “The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and a good report makes the bones healthy.”
Jeremiah 30:17 “For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds says the Lord,”
33:6 “Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.”

Peace
Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
Job 22:21 “Now acquaint yourself with Him and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.”
Psalm 29:11 “The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.”
34:14 “Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.
37:11 “But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”
119:165 “Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.”
Isaiah 52:7 “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion “Your God reigns”
54:10 “For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.”
Isaiah 55:12 “For you shall go out with joy and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

Quietness
Psalm 23:2 “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads beside the still waters.
Proverbs 17:1 “Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house of feasting with strife.”
Isaiah 32:17-18 “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in a quiet resting place.”

There are many other scripture verses for you to discover in the word of God and by picking up your Bible you will receive peace, strength, tranquility, health, and much more. Try having a cup of tea and some Bible reading time together.

Written By: Kerri Dorricott 3/06

Whose Voice Will You Listen To?

John 10:10; The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.-NIV

Do you know there are many ways the enemy likes to break us down? One of them being he will try to talk to us and distract our thoughts. This can bring confusion to our minds. However, we a recourse, 2 Corinthians 10:5 says “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
I know that in the midst of a struggle it gets very difficult to determine if my thoughts are focused on the voice of truth. I wonder if I am allowing the enemy to take advantage of my situation, to come in and steal my joy, kill my hopes, and destroy my destiny. Whose voice am I going to listen too?
I would encourage you to take a moment the next time your mind is swarming with thoughts. Bring each one to the Lord and ask Him to give you wisdom and discernment. Allow God to bring peace to your mind as you listen to the voice of truth and destroy the voice of the enemy.
Written By: Kerri Dorricott 6/19/06

Organize Your House.

1 Corinthians 3:16; Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? -NIV

I was cleaning my house today, trying to bring some organization to the clutter. It is nice because my house functions so much better when it is organized. I am then allowed the freedom to do other things in my life. I began to understand what Jesus meant as he spoke to the crowds about the temple and God’s Spirit in us. I was reminded that we are His temple and that we must keep His house in order. We must have organization in our spiritual home. This will allow us the most freedom for our God given abilities and talents.

Let us rise to the challenge of getting God’s house clean and organized. Let his house function better. Allow this organization and peace in the place where Christ resides with us. As we are organized in His will, his word promises that He will be faithful to let the other parts of our lives fall into place.

Written By Kerri Dorricott 6/19/06

Understanding…

Isaiah 40:28-31
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” NIV

The other night I was at a friend’s house and I thought of this scripture as we talked about hardships that were taking place in our lives and in the lives of the people we receive prayer requests for. At first I only thought about the latter part of the scripture but when I turned to it in the bible my eyes fell upon the first part, I read it aloud and was inspired and encouraged.

It is one thing to say God is in control of our lives, it is another to gain encouragement from knowing that He is in control. Isaiah said “He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom”. When I first read this, it was as if a light bulb went off in my head. For quite some time I had been trying to figure out how this mess in my life was God’s will and trying to gain insight into God’s thoughts, but I couldn’t fathom His understanding and I am not supposed to! He is God, He is in control, He has the plan, He will not grow tired and weary and because of all of this I can rest in Him. Gain hope, renew my strength, continue to run and not get weary, walk and not faint.

When you are in the midst of a storm hold fast and know God knows what he is doing, that He loves you and always remember “Father Knows Best”.

Written By: Kerri Dorricott 6/16/06

Roots...

Psalm 1: 1-3
1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

Like trees we also have roots. The interesting thing about roots is we know they are there but they are usually invisible. You know the saying “out of sight out of mind” I think we apply this to our roots as well. To the human eye the root goes undetected and unnoticed. But to God the roots are very important. God wants us to be firmly planted with our roots being continuously watered by the living water of His word. In order for the tree to produce fruit in its season the roots must be deeply grounded. This week I experienced God’s presence as He told be to stand strong and not move because He didn’t wanted my roots to be lifted and potentially destroyed. He reminded me that even though I couldn’t see what was going on underneath He was watering and strengthening my roots. Be encouraged in the face of the storms as you stand and your roots hold strong to the things of God and your tree doesn’t topple over. Pruning and growth doesn’t just take place with the branches it goes much deeper.

Written By: Kerri Dorricott 6/15/06

To Write or Not to Write

John 14:12-14
“12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater tings than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

It’s funny to me that for so long I have actually been fighting the fact that I am supposed to write. Then the other day I was told by God, my husband, and a brother and sister in the Lord to write. Hmm… Guess my question got answered. SO I WRITE!!

Now that the question has been answered and I know what I have to do all of a sudden there come’s distractions, fear, anxiety, and the dreaded WHAT IF’S!!!

Well to all of these I say Behind me Satan God has something BIG in store for my family and I and I am tired of your lies!! In the name of Jesus be gone! Lord fill me with the peace that passes understanding and the assurance that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as my savior, remind me I have the mind of Christ and allow me to use the gifts you have given me to serve you and those around me.

We have authority in the powerful name of Jesus Christ to rebuke the enemy. Sometimes it requires us to step out of our comfort zone and be bold in that authority. If rightly used in faith we can make the enemy flee, heal the sick, save the lost, we can even go into the enemies camp and take back all that he has stolen from us.

I think it is high time we put on our walking boots and walked all over the enemy instead of letting him try to walk all over us!!

Written By: Kerri Dorricott 6/15/06

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


A Lesson in Life


You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again...

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and
how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to
make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and
struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second
she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.
She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished
the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and
placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in
a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see."

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots.
She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the
daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she
observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to
sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, Mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the
same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after
being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its
liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside
became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in
the boiling water, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks
on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee
bean?"

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong,
but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my
strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with
the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a
financial hardship, or some other trial, have I become hardened and
stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and
tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot
water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets
hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean,
when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation
around you.

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do
you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a
carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of
everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their
way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you
can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and
heartaches. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you
was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is
smiling and everyone around you is crying.

This is from Moody Bible Instiute's Daily Devotion
I though it was quite inspiring and went along with what I was talking about in my previous post so I added it to my blog. I am trying to create a link so that those of you who want to go there directly can.


Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Read: Romans 8:18-30
Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. - Romans 8:14
TODAY IN THE WORD
James Lindsey Smith's ordeal was “a thrilling narrative of escape.” Under cover of darkness, he and two other men sailed a small boat from Virginia to Maryland. There the men were separated, and Smith managed to avoid detection as he walked alone through Delaware to Pennsylvania. Along the way a woman fed him. In Philadelphia, a man secretly sheltered him and arranged to get him to New York. There he met others who helped him travel to Norwich, Connecticut, where he settled, married, and became a preacher.
The year was 1838 and Smith was a black slave. Like thousands of others, his journey on the “Underground Railroad” was conducted by nameless individuals who assisted and protected him. With their help, Smith eventually made it to freedom. In a similar way, believers are on a journey from bondage to glorious freedom (v. 21). Along the way, we're helped in our weakness by the Spirit, who intercedes for us and leads us according to God's will.

But before glory, there's much suffering. On the one hand, our present suffering doesn't compare to this future glory (v. 18). In fact, this glory will be so great that the entire creation groans eagerly for it! Because we have the Spirit, we too groan, because deep down we know that this present life isn't all there is. We long for our resurrection bodies, which will be free from corruption and decay.

On the other hand, however, God knows that our present suffering could overwhelm us, so He assures us of two things. First, we're not alone. The Spirit helps us in our weakness and translates our groaning into inexpressible words before the Father. Second, God assures us that He's working redemptively in every circumstance we encounter (v. 28). This doesn't mean that things will turn out how we expect, or that we'll have comfort and ease. Rather, it means that God uses every situation to make us more like Jesus Christ. What an amazing assurance, even in our darkest trials!



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TODAY ALONG THE WAY
You know how encouraging it can be to learn that someone's been praying for you. Now consider the fact that the Spirit is praying for us! Hebrews 7:25 says that Jesus is always interceding for us. That's amazing, because we often think only that we pray to God rather than that God prays for us! What a great assurance as we face life's difficulties. For more assurances of how God acts for us, read through Romans 8:31-39.


Tranquility a sunset reflects off the Gulf Waters as the bird seeks his dinner.
For a moment all is calm maybe this is a glimpse into what Heaven holds for all who seek the Father's will here on earth. God is with us we seek tranquil moments like what this picture reflects! I think at times we expect God to allow us to go through our entire life wading in the calm water with no storms in site and not a care in the world. BUT God does not say follow me and all will be easy live will be a bowl full of cherries instead he gives us His word the Bible which shows us how to face the storms and assures us that while we face our storms He is there with us praying for us, providing for us, loving us, wanting us to love, trust and obey Him! Just think what a storm would be like if we didn't have God's umbrella over us!!
God Bless!!! Remember sometime we need to LET GO AND LET GOD!!!

Monday, April 24, 2006

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Gethsemene Rose

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Gethsemene Rose Garden

Hi
I am just starting out with this whole blog thing don't know much about it but hope to fiqure things out as I go. Check back later!!