Archive for August, 2011
“If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Mark 3:25
Pray for families in your community and across the nation. Ask Him to strengthen marriages, encourage parents toward His priorities, heal relationships and secure traditional values in the home. This God-ordained institution has the potential to impact the culture mightily as husbands, wives, parents and children embody the love, grace and truth of Christ.
Please watch this short video below and let’s pray together for our Family.
God Bless you,
Pastor Don Dukes
“When we read in the newspaper about young people stealing, killing, destroying property, or being sexually promiscuous, we can be sure that those individuals do not have a healthy fear of the Lord, nor a good understanding of His ways, nor a hunger for the things of God. Some of these young people may even be from Christian families and have received Jesus, but because they haven’t been taught to fear God and desire His presence they are controlled by their flesh. Fearing God means having a deeply committed respect, love, and reverence for God’s authority and power. It means being afraid of what life would be like without Him and being grateful that because of His love we’ll never have to experience such despair. It means hungering for all that God is and all that He has for us.”
WEAPONS OF WARFARE
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. MATTHEW 5:6
- The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death. PROVERBS 14:27
Adapted from Omartian, Stormie (2010). The Power of a Praying® Parent (Power of Praying) -
(Kindle Locations 1053-1061). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
Christ is the vine, and God is the gardener who cares for the branches to make them fruitful. The branches are all those who claim to be followers of Christ. The fruitful branches are true believers who by their living union with Christ produce much fruit. But those who become unproductive- those who turn back from following Christ after making a superficial commitment will be separated from the vine. Unproductive followers are as good as dead and will be cut off and tossed aside.
Commentary from The Life Application Bible
John 15:1-5 (NLT) “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. 5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.