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It was another day of feeding in Camden, New Jersey and although it was pouring rain, it did not deter us from ministering as usual.

As we gathered, the crowd was thin and the rain kept pouring. By the time we completed setting up the multitude was ready to eat.

We thanked God!

As you can imagine, they were famished because it was raining for two days and no one had been out to feed because the weather did not permit.

The timing was right and we had an opportunity to pray before we went into sharing. We got help and suggestions from the crowd, for the best place to set up. They were receptive during prayer.

Again, we thanked God!

Somehow, things seemed different. People were coherent and seemed to be in a positive mood. We had a few persons come up for hugs and they even kissed us.

That was very different, I am sure you can imagine!
The one that made an indelible impression was Kenya. Kenya was normally dressed in layers and layers of clothing, from his head to his toes because he is truly homeless. Today, he was dressed differently in fewer layers of clothing and he was smiling from ear to ear. Kenya mentioned, “He admired the fact we are always so patient with him and that we are consistent in coming” and he thanked God.

This touched our hearts…

Why?

Because, Kenya never seemed to be coherent. He always seemed to be in another world. We thanked God for the encouraging words from him and thanked God that he was talking and sharing his name in a manner, we could understand.

Soon, the feeding was over and it was time to bond some more.

Kenya walked over and asked if we could help him meet Christ.

This was a profound and defining moment for us. We prayed the sinners’ prayer and he asked for help with the Lord’s Prayer.

The day ended on a great high! We had our first soul saved in Camden, New Jersey.

Lord, we thank you.

We thank “A Bite A Yaad” for preparing breakfast for the Street Ministry in Camden.

Maintaining a Quiet Spirit by In Touch Ministries


How do you respond to conflict?

Read | Proverbs 26:4

When conflict arises, we frequently want to rush in and defend our position. Perhaps we even feel justified in blaming others. However, James 1:19 gives different advice for dealing with tension and disputes: “Be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.” In other words, more can be accomplished through a calm approach to the situation.

Scripture also suggests that we . . .

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• Pray. First, we should ask the Lord to guard our mouth and give us the right words to say (Luke 12:12). Also, we ought to request discernment concerning the root issue, including insight as to whether we might be at fault.

• Aim to see with divine perspective. Our sovereign God works all situations for the believer’s benefit (Rom. 8:28). He not only uses difficulties to teach us but also allows us to demonstrate the life of Christ by the way we respond.

• Forgive. Even if someone has hurt us by causing the conflict, we should forgive. Jesus died to pardon all of our sin, and we, in turn, should forgive others. In fact, if we don’t, our lives will become burdened by resentment and broken relationships.

• Respond. If we’ve done something wrong, we should apologize and ask forgiveness. But if we’re not in the wrong, we can still express appreciation that the other person took time to share his concern. Also, we should affirm that we will carefully consider his comments.

How do you respond to conflict?

Pray for the strength to stay calm and do what is right, even during difficult, emotional situations.

Wash me oh God!!!


Psalm 51 (KJV)

51 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Exercising Self-control over your Tongue


Proverbs 25:1-28

In this Chapter Solomon encouraged us to be wise and careful in our conversations. Learning to control our tongue is an important step in self-control.

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The tongue- what a study in contrast!

To the physician it is merely a two-ounce slab of mucous membrane enclosing a complex array of muscles and nerves that enable our bodies to chew, taste, and swallow.

How helpful!

Equally important it is the major organ of communication that enables us to articulate distinct sounds so we can understand each other.

How essential!

However the tongue is as volatile as it is vital. It was Washington Irving who first said, “A sharpe tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.”

It was James, the half brother of Jesus, who first warned: The tongue is like fire…a restless evil full of deadly poison (James 3:6-8). Verbally cyanide. A lethal, restless, flaming missile which assault with hellish power, blistering and destroying at will,

Yet, it does not look anything like the brutal beast it is. It is neatly hidden behind ivory palace gates, it’s movements are an intriguing study of coordination. The tongue can curl itself either into a cheery whistle or manipulate a lazy afternoon yarn. With no difficulty it can flick a husk of popcorn from between two jaw teeth and hold a thermometer just so. Note the tongue can be extremely tricky! It can help you enjoy the flavor of a stick peppermint as it switches from side to side without once getting nipped. Moment later the tongue can follow the directions of a trumpeter, allowing him to play, “Flight of the Bumble Bee” without a single miscue.

On the other hand, watch out! Let your thumb get smashed with a hammer or your toe get clobbered on a chair and that slippery creature in your mouth will suddenly play the flip side of its nature.

Not only is the tongue untamed, it is untamable!

Meaning what?

Meaning as long as you live it will never gain control of itself. It defies being tamed.

Incredible!

What can tame Flicker and Trigger and Shamu and Lassie …. but the tongue? Impossible to train!

….It takes… a tight, conscious muzzle on the muscle in your mouth. Harnessing such a wily creature requires a determined mindset… It is a project you have put off long enough. (From Growing Strong in the Season by Charles Swindoll)

Application

Have words ever popped out of your mouth before you thought about them?

Think before you respond.

Never just blurt out answer.

Do not insult someone or carelessly criticize.

Never be sarcastic and be careful how you tease.

Explore these scriptures to and see how it can help you change:

Psalms 34:13; Proverbs 10:19; 21:23; Galatians 5:22-23; James 1:26; 3:5-10; and 2 Peter 1:5-7

Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus, please help me to control my tongue. Help me to think before I speak. May the fruits of the spirit be evident in my life. Thank you for hearing my prayer and please forgive me of all my sins as I confess them to you. Amen!

“Inspired by Max Lucado, The Devotional Bible”

Eliminate Laziness


Proverbs 18:9 NCV “A person who doesn’t work hard is just like someone who destroys things.”

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Approach your day in a new way.

Take inventory of how much time is spent driving, working, or eating?

Do this in an effort to eliminate laziness.

Simply ask yourself the question, how much of my time is wasted?

Actively make an effort to be productive in the kingdom of God. Replace wasted time with an activity that has value in the kingdom of God.

Look, search and see if there is an opportunity for you to be more productive. Be honest with yourself.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to see this clearly, then humbly go to the Father and ask Him for help.

Prayer

Father, God I thank you for today and I thank you that I can be honest and candid with you. Please help me to take inventory of how I spend my time and money. Help me to be an exceptional steward over what you have given me.

Help me to change and help me to totally accept your love for me. I want to be just like you. Open my eyes and help me to be open to growth in this area.

Thanks for hearing my prayer. Amen!

Scriptures to explore

Proverbs 6:6-11, 18:9, Ecclesiastic 10:18, Romans 12:11, 2 Thessalians 3:11-12 and Hebrews 6:11-12

Inspired by The Devotional Bible by Max Lucado

Grace not Perfection by Jenneil Ross


Grace, Not Perfection!

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Many of us grow up in an environment that lauds perfection over all.

I know you know exactly what I mean…

Come with me, and let’s explore this deeper!!!

We may get our validation through good works. How many of us are “trophy” wives/husbands/employees; adult versions of the “trophy” children we once were: taken out and dusted off to be shown off when we do something well?

What happens when we exhibit less than model behavior? Sadly, we are taught we are not deserving of praise, we are not even worthy of being noticed. Our self-worth and identity then becomes wrapped up in external validation ushered in by our own perfection. We learn that as we are incapable of sustaining perfection, we are incapable of remaining worthy.

A lot of times that spills over into our spiritual walk.

Again, I know you know this perfectly well…

Right?

We are good Christians when (insert any favorable action here) but undeserving of God’s love when we don’t do all He commands.

Ah,my friends, that is the devil working his way to separate us from the all-encompassing validity of God’s grace.

Sure, Paul reminds us in Romans 8:38-39 that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God. That is an absolute truth. Still, many things can make us THINK that God’s grace is not sufficient for our multitudes of sins. Because the world operates on a ledger system (you have to put in in order to take out), we assume we have to do something to earn grace.

Thank God grace is, in fact, unmerited favor!

Allow yourself time to let this take root…

We didn’t do anything to get it and subsequently don’t lose it because we’ve been bad children. (There are consequences to actions, of course, but losing God’s grace isn’t one of them.)

“It is by grace you were saved through faith, and not of yourself.” – (Ephesians 2:8.)

This is when we start to shrink on our walk.

Are you still with me?

This is when instead of boldly going forward we are tricked into thinking that someone who “messed up” as badly as we did could not possibly be qualified to talk about God’s power to transform lives.

Except, THIS is when we absolutely need to talk about it. See, now our story has moved from “because of God, I no longer do this particular thing,” to “because of God’s grace, I am forgiven of this particular thing”.

This is true…

Our emphasis shifts from us to God’s all-encompassing grace. We can declare at the first acknowledgement of our sin, “This is why Christ died for me.”

Let us not be discouraged when we fall. Let us not slink into despair and allow the devil to cause us to doubt our place as children of God. Let us remember God’s grace is sufficient for you, for me, and the guy next door.

We are a “crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God” – Isaiah 62:3

Prayer
I thank you Father, that through your son Jesus Christ I can live in this truth. I am replacing all lies with your eternal truths about who I am in you.

I pray that the Holy Spirit will help me to process this and show me exactly what needs to change for me to be totally free from perfection and accept Grace for what it truly is.

Father I thank you and I am placing my life in your capable hands.

A Heart of Humility


James 4:6 “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

What does it mean to be humble?

Father, I pray that your grace will help me to be humble. Thank you for you blessing and your mercy.

Help me to love deeply and don’t shrink back but to press forward.

I have an eternal hope in you and your grace is upon my life.

Lead me and guide me along the way.

Thank you Father, may your perfect will be done. Amen…

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Going into the World by Jenn Ross


Good Morning, Prayer Works Family.

Matthew 28: 19-20 commands us to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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Many Christians refer to this as the Great Commission. We are entrusted with God’s Word and commissioned to tell it to the world.

Yet, it is imperative to address people’s physical needs, too.

It is difficult for one who is hungry and unclothed to think of a merciful and loving God. Jesus was careful to not only give people spiritual food but he literally fed them, too. He gave them fish and bread when they were hungry.

Remember the feeding of the five thousand?

It is an example to us to not forget the immediate physical needs of our brothers and sisters. He said when we feed the least of His people, we are feeding Him, too.

Our leaders, Faith White and Debbie Miller-Curtis are out in Camden today doing as God commands. They will be feeding and ministering to the homeless.

Won’t you support them with your prayers today?

Today’s food is prepared by A Bite A Yaad, with donuts provided by Dunkin Donuts.

We implore you to follow this example and help someone today.

In these harsh times, there are many of us who need immediate help. You may be the hands of God at work in someone’s life.

Let us be our brother’s and sister’s keeper.

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Food for Today by Daniel Phillington


2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

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Do you have a lot of worries over circumstances you cannot control?

Dear friend, one ounce of worry doesn’t do an ounce of good. Letting worry creep in means you are giving control of the situation over to a spirit of fear.

If you find yourself worrying about something, stop and occupy your mind in the word of God that will solves the problem.

Get your hands busy and put on a spirit of love by serving others.

Please pass on.
There is no fear in God. xxx