Word of Encouragement Archive

The "Tribe" of Joseph        (2012 Speaking Engagement)

(Genesis 35:10-12 reads)

“And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.  And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.”

God Has a Plan. God Keeps His Promises.

Joseph’s Background
Joseph, or Yosef in the Hebrew meaning “he will add,” was the 11th son of Jacob, the first-born of Rachel, his mother. Born to him in his old age, Joseph was Jacob’s favorite. Jacob displayed his favoritism by making Joseph a coat of many colors. Jacob’s differential treatment of Joseph fueled jealousy amongst his brothers. To add fuel to the fire, Joseph at the age of 17 began having these dreams—dreams of his father, mother, and brothers bowing down in submission to him. (We are reminded that one day every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.) (...)

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Living Holy

(Revised 2009 Workshop Manuscript)

(It's A Lifestyle)

As children of God, we have been selected and chosen to glorify God. “To Glorify God” is to honor and extol him. Scripture unfolds several ways in which we consciously and actively answer this privileged call; however, they all stem from a lifestyle of holiness. Holiness goes far beyond a particular denomination or religion type. It is truly our accepted way (style) of life, the way we are expected and choose to live.

The opportunity to conduct a workshop on this timeless topic was bestowed in 2009. Given the importance and significance of holiness in the life of the believer, a manuscript designed to serve as reference material was developed to assist Christians at every stage in his or her walk. Whether you’ve just begun your journey (babe in Christ) or you’ve been traveling this road for some time now (seasoned), the prayer is for these words to leap off the pages into your heart and spirit! (...)

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The God In Me

(My God Is Greater)

(1 John 4:1-6)

Verse 4  reads “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

My God is greater! Greater than any circumstance or situation. Greater than any problem or issue. Greater than unemployment or debt. Greater than any doctor’s report, diagnosis or prognosis. Greater than any trial you may be facing on today. Greater than any plot, ploy, scheme or device of the enemy! My God is greater!

Who created the heaven and the earth? Who took the earth when it was without form, was void and covered in darkness and spoke light into existence. Who divided the light from the (...)

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The Sixth Sense

(April 2011)

(Acts 3:1-16)

(Please be patient with me. God is not through with me yet.)

Every person is born with the five natural senses (see, hear, smell, taste, and feel). Every person born again, a child of God, has a sixth sense called faith. We must discern when it is appropriate to rely upon or use our five senses and when to use our sixth sense. Because God gave us these five natural senses, they do have a purpose. Without seeing, we would be unable to look around and see God’s great handiwork in the earth and what he’s doing in each of our lives. Without hearing, we would not even have faith because Romans 10:17 tells us faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. So, we need our five natural senses. But sometimes our natural senses give (...)



It's All Good!

(April 2013 Bible Study with Singles' Emphasis)

(Romans 8:14-18; 28-39)

I love the Word of God and the way it is written. I have come to realize God is very deliberate in the words he uses in scripture. He does not use language haphazardly but he carefully chooses each word to convey the message He wants to send to his people.

Read Verses 14-15

Do you know what it means to be adopted into the body of Christ? Just think for a moment what that really means. Well, what does it mean in the natural to be adopted? Usually when a child’s biological parents no longer want or feel they can handle or take care of a child, they give the child up or away to an agency, if you will, to be placed with another parent or family. All rights are signed over to the new parent(s) via a binding agreement and the child goes to live with the new parent(s). Now this child who was once rejected, was once ostracized, and in some cases, was once left for dead, has a new chance at life, has gained stability, has a new-found love (real love shown and felt). This same (...)

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Keeping It Real

(Adaptation from July 2007 Youth Message)

Proverbs 4:7 tells us “...with all thy getting get understanding”. We want to begin by defining key words in our message “Keeping It Real”. We go around quoting scriptures and using the latest buzz words and phrases in our everyday conversation without really understanding what they mean and how to apply them in our lives. Personally, I know growing up as a child in the church, I did not always understand what was being said; because, first of all, I was not saved and did not have the desire to seek answers, seek revelation and no one took the time to explain or teach. So, we want to keep these basic definitions in mind, which will hopefully improve our overall understanding of what is meant by keeping it real. According to a Webster’s dictionary, the word “real” means “existing or happening as or in fact; actual, true, authentic; genuine, not pretended; sincere. Real also represents the law of or relating to permanent, immovable things.” The word “keep” has several different meanings but the one that stood out to me as I was preparing this message is “to go on maintaining”. So, in other words, when you combine the definitions, “Keeping It Real” means to go on maintaining truth, authenticity, genuineness and sincerity.

Now that we have defined “Keeping it Real” in the literal sense, how can we gain understanding in the spiritual sense of “Keeping it Real”? Through prayer and reading the word of God, we are reminded of ways in which God expects us, including you, young people, to be real for him or in other words, maintain truth, authenticity, genuineness and sincerity for him. It should be evident to us all that God wants us to keep it real for him.

This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of ways we are to be real for God, but these are the ones in which I was led to address. What does God expect in keeping it real? (...)

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