Fasting and Prayer

As we have said good bye to 2014, we are excited about what God has in store for 2015.  Each new year brings with it new hopes and dreams; sometimes, a starting point to eradicate the failures, disappointments, and even the unfortunates losses we may have endured.
Jesus said in Mark 9:29, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting,” and we invite you to join us in prayer and fasting over the next several days.


Daniel’s Determination

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank…” Daniel 1:8 (NKJV).

After the House of Judah was taken into exile by the Babylonians, King Nebudchadnezzar wanted the best and the brightest of the Exiles to serve in the king’s palace.  “Bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants [King Jehoiakim, king of Judah], and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good looking, gifted, in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand…” Daniel 1:3-4 (NKJV). 


According to God’s Heart

“And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.”
(Jer. 3:15 NKJV)

When God spoke through the Prophet Jeremiah to Israel (the Northern Kingdom), He was speaking of a day when all of the 12 Tribes (the House of Israel and the House of Judah) would return to Him and be restored.  The reference of shepherds (pastors) during that particular time was “king” (leader) and the king was going to lead with knowledge and understanding (after God’s heart) and not with falsehood and deceit. 


Pleasing or Appeasing?

By Pastor Craig E. Brown

All of us, at one time or another, have chosen to “appease” someone rather than to “please” them.   Whether it was a parent, sibling, spouse, or supervisor, we knew exactly what to do or say to just “get by” and escape their wrath or satisfy an immediate need, only for a short period of time. 


Forward, Not Backward!

By Craig E. Brown

With the two major political conventions now concluded, I found it interesting how these conventions seemed to have propagated contrasting themes. One convention championed themes suggesting, “We Built It,” “Making America American [again],” and “Going Back [To the Reagan Era?].” The other convention platformed themes suggesting, “Forward,” “Continuing the Hope and Change,” and “Don’t Go Back.”