Dear Praise Family,
I hope that one of the things that you've been doing during this "stay at home" time is keeping up with your daily Bible reading from our 2020 Bible in a year plan. If so, you would have come across this verse from 2nd Samuel 12:25 "and because the Lord loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah." This verse is referring to Solomon, who had just been born to David and Bathsheba. They gave him the name Solomon, which means "peaceful", but God told Nathan the prophet that His name for the baby was Jedidiah, which means "beloved of the Lord", or "loved by God".
In essence, this is the same way that the Father refers to His Son Jesus in Matthew 3:17, at the time of Jesus' baptism, when it says “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” Do you realize that in some way, we are all Jedidiahs? It's true because we are all loved by God. You might not feel like a Jedidiah sometimes, particularly when circumstances are coming against you, but never doubt the sure and certain, never-ending love of God, who proclaimed over us in Jeremiah 31:3 “I have loved you with an everlasting love."
Be blessed in that assurance.
Happy Mother's Day to all of you who are mothers. This Sunday we have a special message for everyone especially, mothers. One of our spiritual moms, Rev. Linda Ryan will be speaking a message of healing called "Love Letter to Mom's." Here is an insert of the message a portion of the opening and the closing words just to prepare your heart for the complete message.
I speak to those mothers who had beautiful hopes and dreams for their children, child, and one day all those dreams, visions were shattered. To those mothers who's children have not honored you as the Bible says. Maybe they don't talk to you. maybe you don't see them anymore; maybe they are on drugs, alcohol, in gender confusion, or depressed. Maybe your child is suicidal. Our hearts are broken, crushed in pain, questioning the Lord what could I have done differently so my child would have turned out like those good children? I was one of those mothers.
What did I learn during this journey? God is love and the key is ...His love will never fail us. He loved me before the foundation of the earth. Then He chose me and He has an everlasting love for me. I am His beloved. I place my hope in the love of God, rather than hinging my happiness on the well-meaning but broken affections of people. I trust a love that existed before the earth was formed, a love that made the ultimate sacrifice for my renewal. A love that gave up Glory and experienced our lack in order to be near. A love that is motivated by love for the other person. Compassionate, eternal, and unconditional not based on performance. This kind of love that will Never Fail you or me because love holds the final victory in Jesus Christ. HIS LOVE NEVER FAILS.
Rev. Linda Ryan
Letter From Lynette Wolfe,
Director of Intercession
I praise God, as a child of God, that I am able to go into the heavenly throne room at any time and in any state of mind, to be in His presence and bring my praise and petitions. Hebrews 4:16 states "Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Having needs drive us to prayer. This coronavirus situation is causing people to look beyond their own ability to control life and meet needs and go to prayer more for answers to their own fragile state. There are many needs large and small. There is a need for protection against the virus, need for peace of mind, need for finances, need for healing, need for wisdom for the healthcare and essential workers, wisdom for our government leaders to just name a few of the needs. Thank you to all that are praying. "The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much."James 5:16
God is aware of our personal needs and those around us. Choose today to come before Him. God loves to hear from you and to have you spend time with Him. His grace is sufficient for you. As a testimony, several of us have been prayer walking in Egg Harbor City, praying for salvation, families, schools, businesses, and local leaders. We sense God's love for the people and that strongholds are being broken. We have had the opportunity to pray for individuals.
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Time: May 7, 2020, 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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May God fill you with His passion and zeal, to rise above the distractions and fears, and lead you in Spirit-led times of refreshing and petitions.
With a thankful heart,
Praise Director of Intercession