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I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength --- Philippians 4:13

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Freedom Fighters w/ Host Richard Andrew

FREEDOM FIGHTERS w/ Host Richard Andrew and guest
I AM A WARRIOR

having a disability.... ~ "pushed to the fringes of society" ~ I can relate! Growing up hearing from doctors and other professionals a lot about what I wasn't capable of doing. To finally pushing my way through college with not just one but TWO college degrees as a way of saying, "Yeah? Watch me!" (Having to pay for a few semesters on my own due to grades.... Even fighting my way to employment, and now getting to do something I have wanted to do since I was a little kid and that's to share my story with whomever would listen. (I've shared at my church a few times, and now at a few schools here in Montana (even tried writing my story in book form, but certain obstacles kept getting in the way) .  
**********"The best of you is not behind you" WOW! Powerful (I think I felt Holy Spirit zap me with *that* one). I am struggling with this very thing right now with a few health set-backs as of late that have left me feeling discouraged.
"Waging war" for the kingdom (I always seem to come away from your shows excited for Sunday mornings. evenings. and/or Wednesday evenings when I teach the youth at my church.)
"I have not yet done enough" (with recent heath issues, I once asked God if He was done with me. Yeah, migraines are wicked, not to mention other issues) Like Paul says....."I press on"
"Leading sons and daughters closer to the Kingdom" I've been teaching in the church for quite a few years now, and *still* question God if He is *sure* he's got the right gal. Some days I feel more qualified than others.
Character, skillset, …...We are ALL warriors
Willingness to go ~ my mind says go! My pocketbook just laughs. In the meantime, I just make myself available to however HE chooses to use me. (Though I often think we have a difference of opinion.(99...eye roll)
short term missions trips..... Chi Alpha~ Transforming the University, the marketplace, and the world. involvement in Chi Alpha (a college ministry on the University of Montana campus.) I've been to Idaho on the ISU campus, Nevada on the strip and surrounding areas, Canada, Crow Indian reservation (and Blackfoot? I'm suddenly drawing a blank).  
 "You never know what kind of impact you'll have" ~ When we shared on one of the reservations in Canada, I hadn't planned on sharing my testimony but felt led at the last minute on the night other students shared. It was the night before we were supposed to leave.  We shared in a youth group and I wondered how my story could impact them. I was humbled, when, on our drive home (Ohmygoodness I am getting emotional trying to type now), my campus pastor and I shared moments from our trip. He shared with me that he had received a phone call from the youth pastor saying my story had not only impacted him, but was exactly what these youth needed to hear.  
Miracle~ at some point we have to remember what our faith is, what we believe.  (James 1:22,
James 1:22 22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Even when we think we are at our most humble, we have not yet begun to humble ourselves yet."
Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up in due time. (a lot of feelings behind this verse, seeming to struggle with His timing)
Finding humility ~ washing another's feet

The more desperate you are for Him, the more you see Him

My greatest days are NOT behind me! They are in front of me!!!

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

20-Day Gratitude Challenge

20-Day "Choosing Gratitude" Challenge 2019Your Challenge: For twenty days, Ask God to show you the many ways in which He has blessed you. Keep track of what He shows you and express gratitude to Him and others *daily* for specific praises. 


DAY ONE: A Declaration of Thanksgiving and Praise

And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever toward Israel.” And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.       ~ Ezra 3:11


As God's people, we need to dedicate each day for Thanksgiving and praise for all that God has done for us---even in the midst of conflict and trials. Be an igniter of gratitude by encouraging those you love and care about to cultivate a thankful heart too.


Lord, teach me to cultivate a thankful heart. Help me choose to give thanks in the places I most want to complain. I want my life, my heart, and my attitude to have gratitude for Your provision each and every day. 

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SUMMIT High School Presentations

Public speaking, I love the thought of it but when it comes time to standing in front of a crowd, that's when the nerves creep in. Outlines don't do me much good as I tend to jump around , thinking of better ways to say what I want to say.

(Listening to 'Take My Will' (by cc artist Richard Andrew) while reading the notes that students write to one or more Peers. These notes contain what the students take away from our stories.


"Seeking more of You and finding less of me, and now I'm free"

What I am teaching them , and in turn they are teaching me

Notes from students
5/ 12
Keeping positive/ using strategies for mental health
making the best of a situation
Life is a gift, we shouldn't waste it by letting it get us down and pitiful
Inspiring others to go after their dreams (students telling me they also want to work with children)
Never give up on yourself
Don't be afraid to take help when offered. it opens new opportunities
*Don't ever get bitter*
Inspiring
Finding your passion, a good way to balance your mental health.


Mrs. A’s class “not talk about God so much as a student complained"
(I sent a message (more like a rant)  to my friend RA who does public speaking as well as his music and was very much blessed by his response. He had some words that were tough, I was a bit hurt by the teacher's response, discouraged, unsure of how to proceed with the next speaking engagement. But his words cause me to think differently and to move forward in faith.
               Richard Andrew You're very patient my friend. I realized soon after considering my response that it would be the length of a book. And some of my thoughts may surprise you. I'll try and be brief: I have been honored to serve the Gospel in the earth in many secular environments. I've experienced similar feedback as you in this instance. I too was initially frustrated and experienced some measure of offense at their response. But I've learned much over the years and grown in many areas. It sounds like you were at a school? I'm guessing a public school? If this is the case, I would ask what did you expect? Did you think you would receive the embrace of the church in a public school? Probably not, but I'm sure you didn't expect to be censored either. And that's understandable. One expects to hear about God in a church or a church sanctioned event. However most are not expecting to hear about Him in non-religious venues or events. So it's completely understandable that the teacher would respond in this way. Were you brought in to talk about Jesus or talk about another topic? We must have a measure of grace to navigate these secular waters. And we must use wisdom too. We could push back and possibly get a green light to speak freely, but in the process we might have pushed someone further away from Jesus with our self-righteous demands for religious freedoms. We leave thinking God patted us on the back for defending His name, and totally miss How He may feel about our pushing someone further away from the truth. Love is kind and patient. It keeps no record of the wrong doings of others. The Bible instructs us not to serve pork for dinner if our dinner guests believe it's wrong to eat pork; even though we know the truth is we're free to do so. What's the message here? The Apostle Paul said, "I have become all things to all men that in doing so, I might save some." There's something about offering grace to fill in the areas between our belief systems and the belief systems of others. It makes sense to initially want to rise up against such censorship, but the Bible is clear.. His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts; they're higher. To think we always know the best response in awkward moments is pretty darn bold if you ask me. Love covers wrong doings. And yes, that goes for the wrongs of those who got under our skin. A measure of patience & love goes a long way. It sounds like you handled the situation well; simply respecting their wishes. I think it was Mother Teresa that said something along the lines of 'share Jesus; use words if/when necessary'. There are many ways to share our faith. His fingerprints are all over our lives. Sharing any part of it points toward His love and divinity. Building relationships often bears fruit; and that takes time. So this one opportunity might lead to another more intimate setting where there's more freedom? Who knows. Shouting Jesus from atop a soapbox may seem commendable, yet may not result in many decisions for Jesus. You went there to serve. Serving others always mirrors Jesus and bears fruit. Your life shouts Jesus...without the help of your voice. Pray before. Thank Him after; for taking your limited words and using them to touch hearts and point toward Him. Keep being you sis. And pray for these that reject your message. Don't carry the offense! Paul said to shake the dust from your feet and move on! I'll leave you with this, the Bible also says to "cast not your pearls before swine; lest they turn and trample you". Non believers don't speak Christianese. . . in some cases they simply don't understand it and in other cases they're down right offended by it. You need wisdom to navigate where and when to speak; "Be slow to speak and quick to listen". But all people speak the language of love, and hope. God is love. And Jesus is the "hope of glory". You did nothing wrong at this speaking engagement. You spoke of Him because "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks". Glory! However the teacher didn't do anything wrong either. You both did what you thought was right based on your individual belief systems in this world and the messiness of our culture. Jesus said, "they rejected me so they'll reject you..." You probably wouldn't have been offended if you were asked to not speak about the Easter bunny; and that's because you don't believe in the Easter bunny. Well many don't believe in our Jesus, so we must lean on the power of the Holy Spirit. HE is very creative and will make a way where there is no way. I don't have to tell you that God loves that teacher. DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED sis! You have a powerful ministry. I feel it in my spirit. Press in and press on. Keep living out loud and loving well. -ra
Joanna Weaver ~ the Living Room Sessions #1


Even though we have a heart for Jesus, we can sometimes shove that desire to the side

Growing our Walk with God, Living a life that glorifies Him

Make my heart available to Him

Allow Him to put his finger on things in my life, and challenge me, release grace to change me

Leading , loving , living like Jesus . applying it to my life

Become real to me! Be my best friend, Jesus

Leading (my pre-k's) to the best of my ability

Inspired, encouraged

Mary and Martha ~ Luke 10:38-42

Moving in her giftings

***Got so busy serving Jesus, she almost missed out on the opportunity to know Jesus***.

Mary ~ Taking the posture of a disciple
Martha ~ thought her place was in the kitchen

This podcast, getting to know Jesus, not in kitchen service for Jesus, but in Living Room intimacy

There is no higher calling than to sit at Jesus' feet

Jesus wants to get to know me, to get His hands on me and to change me by His grace, and to transform me into everything He meant for me to be when He created me.


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Sunday, August 21, 2016

HFTCN: Van is Fixed !

It feels great to have my van back again!  The Problem? Clogged air valve. Who knew it would make the car run so slow.

Today, I stayed through our movie  the children made light sabers, and had a blast having wars with each other. 

Our scripture verse of the day was John 14:3 , "
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Since Tank was trained the 'Bed' command using a rug, now, no matter where we are, if he sees sa rug, he will go and lie down on it.  This was the case today.  People thought it was cute

The day was as little less stressful what with now having my van back. But then we had a hard craft , one that I really couldn't understand how to do. A lot of weaving Para cord for a compass that you can wear on your wrist. I had to have someone else explain it.

Early arrivals practiced the dance with our team members.

Pastor Eisele (our youth pastor getting ready for VBS, upstairs getting sound ready, you could hear him singing.

Today, we had ALL SIXTY kids in one room for craft.  It was a tad noisy.

Somehow, they thought it to be hilarious hitting ME with the light sabers.   I would get them back when they least expected it. Ha!

I told myself that with SOOO many kids, I would be a bit strict with interaction with Tank.  God stepped in and reminded me that Tank could be a ministry tool. When opportunity arose, I would explain to children what Tank does for me, and tol, they may pet him. Some of the children I allowed to hold the leash, or walk him around where I could see them (Tank is a foodie, and so I wanted to monitor his nose on the ground)

A song we sang today was based off of Romans 10:9, "that if you confess with your mouth 'Jesus is Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved'.  Each time the song said 'you', I pointed to a child sitting next to me. BIG smiles from them when I did.
Two blonde brothers were so cute with Tank. One of them especially (drawing a blank on names, drats) I had a bag of treats with me and he would get Tank to do the basic stuff. I have a picture of him on his hind feet getting a treat held in the air.

Today in service, as Children's Pastor Joel Niles was giving a sermon on the difference between baptism in water and baptism in the Holy Spirit, Larry Garcia got a surprise water bucket dumped over his head.

I asked a little girl today, "What was your favorite part so far?", her answer, "The part where I danced".  There was a lot of dancing going on during worship, as our worship team had choreography for each song we sung.


SKIT:
Pastor Red Star in a black curly wig, "Stayin' Alive" song
Pastor Eisele, "Who Am I?" Casting Crowns song

15 first-timers
20 children accepted Christ for the first time!



Later in the day, a VBS-er saw me kicked back in my power chair and thought it was cool.

Allyssa, fun to play around with. She and I tried to poke each other in the belly. Ow, my ear!

Joystick on my chair , "Joy" stick as children love to play with it. I gave some an opportunity to drive my chair (with me still in it) while they walk beside me. Only one managed to run over his/her toes.

HFTCN: Message ~ Adrian Garcia SIN and the Egg



Not a Trace of A Migraine All Week!

August 11th 2016

WORSHIP : Pastors Jeremy and Trish Eisele
"Here For A Reason" resonated within me today

James 1:22 ~ Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

"Everything" skit moves me every time (even during the practice)

Hula hoop contest (PICTURE) winner

Joel (skit) F.B.I~ Fry Bread Inspectors

I stayed behind and relaxed in the cool hotel room while others went and did street evangelism. It was too hot out there for me. Cathy and I played Yahtzee

My Van is supposedly fixed! YAY!!!  Michaeli Layerle and Trish Eisele went and picked it up.

Revival service at the church was off the HOOK!

Sunsets in Montana never cease to amaze me (I had pictures taken thank you to Kim Rockwell)

God slipped a thought into my head today:  How do I act once I leave the sanctuary?

Lord, help me to live up to /live out what You have spoken to me today, this week.


Ya know, I brought both my manual AND my power chair, I expected to use my manual chair more. However, after the first day my back was pretty tired and sore. I've used my power chair more than the manual and I think it has been a real witness for the youth here.
The kids think it's cool!  I have let them push buttons, and control the chair (with me in it) and on a low speed.    But I think since the van issue, Trish Eisele and Esther Valimont have had the most fun.
 Tuesday , 45 children total

HFTCN: VBS and Custer's Battlefield

Okay, so I posted a lot of what God did to us and through us on our missions trip to Crow agency, this post is entirely dedicated to the kids and how ,well, of course, I wanted to take them all home with me

Hardin and Lodgegrass
Crow Native Americans

Psalm 33:12 (our theme for the week)
Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen for His inheritance

I was up at 5:30 a.m. to be a the church at 7:30a.m.. After a quick prayer of safety for all, and we were on the road  by 8:00 a.m. Well, we were supposed to be, most everyone showed up late (Bitterroot time)

Tank and I are in my van, Kim Rockwell is driving and Cathy Rouse is riding shotgun. I am situated behind the drivers seat with my power chair locked into place. Tank is already asleep on the back seat, guarding my suitcase. Cathy Rouse makes jewelry as part of her work, so she and Kim were talking about porcupine quills made into jewelry.
Even after all that praying , .....what ministry trip would be complete without a test (a little engine trouble) ?  My van decides its going to run slow. Huh, gauges looked normal, but suddenly we are doing 25 on a 80mph highway. We pull over...../
     "The enemy has been defeated, death couldn't hold you down. We're gonna lift our voice in victory , make our praises LOUD! Shout unto God with a voice of triumph, shout unto God with a voice of praise! We lift Your name up, we lift Your name up!
     Stopped at a rest stop/gas station to inquire of my parents to know what to do.  Josh Weaver, pastors son, buys me a pack of gum. Cathy meanwhile, is the calm  and encouraging one.
When I get stressed, apparently I chew gum faster. Meanwhile, on Christian radio, "Here in the power of Christ I stand!"  All I can do is laugh in the enemy's face. We are getting there one way or another.
In our waiting, Kim's girl Alyssa has a game with origami. Apparently, I will marry a prince and have a pet dog. GREAT, I am already halfway there!             

Day two we are driving to the church from our hotel and there is an awesome lightning show going on all around us.

Wait. .....suddenly nobody can find Pastor Eisele ......he had gone fishing on someone's boat  with a few others.

Later in the day, I am cutting pool noodles so that we may decorate them as light sabers. And two of our VBS'ers are having light saber wars with me. HA!

A child's laugh is the best sound in the world

One of the children says to me, "You have a cute dog, he's super cool!"  Thanks kid, I couldn't agree more.  :)

Our schedule each day consisted of children in three groups, Kindergarten and 1st grade was first, 2nd and 3rd graders in the second group, and finally the 4th through 6th grades. We ended with lunch for all the kids, which  we were able to participate in. To make conversation with children, on occasion I would ask a child what their favorite part of the day was. 

After each day of VBS, we had the choice of hanging out in our hotel rooms OR , going sightseeing. As tired as I was , I was able to rest a bit before we headed out.

Our first day was taking a tour of Custer's Battlefield.  I found it interesting that Custer converted the Crow Indians to Christianity. I noticed that upon looking at the grave markers,  a few scattered here and there were not white, but black.  It turns out that the black markers represented Native AMericans who were killed.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

HFTCN: How to Have a Missionary Heart ~ Larry Garcia

Children's Pastor : Joel Niles ~ The Great Commission
Romans 10:9

Ephesians 4: Five different types of ministry
     Apostles
    Pastors
    Shepherds
    Prophets
    Teachers (integral of making disciples)
    Evangelists

Every single one of us is a missionary
Romans 10:10-15    

God wants to bless me abundantly when I answer the call
Matthew 28:19

When we go forth, God is with us.
"Go!"

I have a mission from God

(John 9:1-7) my favorite verses
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
Rosy Garcia (Larry's mom)  
 Potter's Hand

Teach me Lord, what it means to live by faith

ISAIH 52

vs. 7 bare feet
How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal
What is my 'Why'?  ~ Make it all about Jesus
                                    Make it greater than defeat

Romans 5:8
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Dunamis : Dynamite power

Ephesians 2:14 ~ He is our peace

Particia ~ separates

   God broke it down at the cross
         Come to the throne of grace with boldness

Lord, break the walls of bitterness
     and of separation

Step out of the boat just like Peter did

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Romans 10:9

If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.


The Human Right ~ MISSIONARY ATTITUDE
Everyone has the right to hear
Whosoever call on the name of the Lord shall be saved  ~ Romans 10:13

Joshua and the battle of Jericho
Ch. 6 and  7 (5:13 - 6:27)

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I am the vine, you are the branches.....Apart from Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5)

Ephesians 6 ~ Armor , Prayers, supplication

Supplication : Press on through
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Matthew - Come unto me, all [ye] that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.:

Isaiah 55:1- Ho, every one that thirsts, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

 James 4:8- Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.
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John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Revelation 22:7 - And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hear say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Isaiah 1:18- Come now, and let us reason together, say the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

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WHAT are we fighting for?

He WILL direct us and make our paths straight

*****When I fall, GET BACK UP!*****

March toward your goal

But our light afflictions are only for a moment 2 Corinthians 4:17

Romans 8:37
17 victories Where am I at?
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We are called to be victorious

$$$ Exercise the authority God gave you $$$

Where am I at?
Get out of your comfort zone

CHALLENGE: Lord, what would You have me do?

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Joel: Prayer
"Mustard seed"
Don't let the enemy tell you that you are not worthy.

God wants ALL of me



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HFTCN: (Guest Speaker) Pool of Bethesda

WORSHIP:   ♪ One Way!
                      (I live by faith and NOT by sight!) Lord, am I impatient for what You want to do?

                    ♪  Good Good Father
                              (God: Live for what I have for you *today*)
                               "You are perfect in all of Your ways to us"
                                 Surrender your will, your dreams

                    ♪  I Call Your Name
                                Live for the moment, live for today
                                Your bring Your kingdom and stand by my side
Pastor Eisele repeated the line and told someone thee needed to hear it again.... (Probably me)

* You Restore the Broken*

ANTICIPATE


                  ♪    Great I AM

Father, I elevate YOU above all my problems
SCRIPTURE : valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37) =
There is nothing that He cannot do
The Lord is the same yesterday, today, forever


Pool Of Bethesda: Jump  in the Water!
Let God do what He wants in your life

"God IS changing me!"

John 6:30
So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform?

GOD has the last word!

I have purpose today!

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♪  It IS Well ♪

Father, teach me to live for what You have for me today

I am NO NONGER a slave to fear!

God, what are You going to do?  (when I awaken each morning)

He has power to transform ANY situation

Lord, heal my mind, my thoughts

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Thank You God for giving me life!

NO MATTER WHAT, I will not forget Jesus

My mind
      eyes
      voice
      feet
      hands
It's all Yours!
      home
     work
     dog
     car
It's all Yours!

Keep praying for the church

Praying for others,  blessings which cannot be contained

♪ Let It Rise ♪

Seen driving on the street : A motorcyclist with a boom box strapped to the back (I should do this with my power chair)
 

HFTCN: Ephesians 5

*Know who you are in Christ*
(Why an I here?)
I am here because God decided
Tell the good news to those who have no hope
Share what God is doing in your life
TODAY IS THE DAY
*I have the Spirit of God!*
I can give the Spirit of God
God loves me NO MATTER WHAT!

Soul winners, not soul keepers
I am here for a reason, a Bigger purpose, God has a Bigger Plan

PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND EVERYTHING WILL CHANGE

I may have nothing, but I have LOVE< COMPASSION

The best things cannot be bought

Matthew 28:19-20
 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

HFTCN: Evening Service

Evening Service ~ Church of the Open Bible

Song by Trish and Jeremy Eisele , "I won't go back"

Prayer ,
Father, remove the chains on this nation. Drugs, alcoholism, abuse, oppression. Soften hearts to the Gospel. Give your ministers BOLDNESS to go where there is need (even if that means me)
Call us out God, to go! Call Your people out of their sin!

Worship: I'm Forgiven
                Your Love Oh Lord
                Where the Spirit of the Lord Is.... (there is freedom)
                We Wait For You (To Walk In the Room)
                The More I Seek You

GOD:  I'm in the little things AND the big. Invite me in!

Pastor Joel Niles : Anointing, Power, Presence

                  I Could Never Thank You Enough

Father, break through the barriers
              we're not good enough
                             strong enough
                             smart enough
                             capable enough

Replace it with God-Confidence

Break chains of distraction

"There is a HUGE need, right here!" ~ Pastor Eisele

***** Give me a heartbeat that says, "What can I do?"

*Filled with the Spirit every day

Anticipation

Don't yield nor submit to the enemy

Ephesians 5: Our fight is not with flesh and blood, know who you are in God

45 CHILDREN TODAY!!!  (each day we saw an increase)

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HOPE for the Crow Nation ~ "I'm a Transformer"

 <3 5:1-5="" p="" romans="">FAITH triumphs in trouble
(Transformational, not just functional)

Romans 5:3-4
and not only that, but..."Lord, where are You now!? God, what are You going to do with this?"

Mogli ~ Jungle Book, "We've got to learn them all we know"
     <3 glory="" in="" p="" tribulations="" your="">
My father did not tell me how to live, but lived and let me watch

*** God's plans are not the same as ours ***
God, why have You stopped me here?   Listen

2Corinthians 12:9 ~ But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me

His grace is sufficient

Things may not be going the way I planned, but God is still in control
Jeremiah 29:11

Don't think small
Is everything I have sufficient for Him?

<3 2corinthians="" 4:17="" p="">2 Corinthians 4:17 ~ For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison

(Be a Proverbs 31 woman)
worker, doer
Don't look for a husband
Do what God has called you to do today
Be a victor, not a victim

He has given me everything I need to do what HE has called me to do *today*
(I tend to look waaay far ahead into the future, which gets depressing)

Romans 8:18
<3 5:1-5="" p="" romans=""><3 glory="" in="" p="" tribulations="" your=""><3 2corinthians="" 4:17="" p="">For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us
Am I lifting up my problems more than my praise to God
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<3 5:1-5="" p="" romans=""><3 glory="" in="" p="" tribulations="" your=""><3 2corinthians="" 4:17="" p="">Romans 5:3-4 , produces character
<3 5:1-5="" p="" romans=""><3 glory="" in="" p="" tribulations="" your=""><3 2corinthians="" 4:17="" p="">Through him we have also obtained access by faith[a] into this grace in which we stand, and we[b] rejoice[c] in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

Philippians 2:22 (we shall be doing the same today)
But you know Timothy's[a] proven worth, how as a son[b] with a father he has served with me in the gospel.

brother from another mother, brother from the same father

Joint heirs

In my weakness, His strength is perfect
His grace is sufficient

Be transformed, to be a transformer

D.O.G.S. ~ Disciples of God's Son

WORSHIP: Peace Like a River
                    Open the Eyes of My Heart
                    Let it Rise

In our fellowship time after service, I had the opportunity to share some of my life story with Pastor Red Star.  Very encouraging





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Monday, August 15, 2016

HFTCN :Proverbs 18:6 ~ A fools lips walk into a fight and his mouth invites a beating

Pastor Harris Red Star Hardin Bible Church
Proverbs 18:6 ~ A fools lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating

I serve a God who is mightier
They (the world) want a brother, sister, encourager
My prayers are powerful!  Even more powerful than a pastor sometimes

FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

Pastor Jeremy Eisele : Smith Wigglesworth ~ God said it, I believe it, that settles it!

Empty me Lord, and fill me with You!

"Indian Time" (when church starts, usually an hour later)

my prayer : "Lord, stir up a hunger for You, to know You! 
(God answered one night when children rushed to the altar when they were asked who wanted to live for Jesus. 

WORSHIP: Pastor Jeremy Eisele  ~ Protect your pulpit
"Oh Happy Day!"
"Here for a Reason"  ~ speaking right to me, a pep-talk of sorts, to myself
*NEW* Come Like the Dawn
Take Me In
     my prayer, "Lord, don't let me come out the same!"
Oh, the Blood of Jesus
<3 in="" jesus="" p="" victory=""> 

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Hope for the Crow Nation ~ God Wants Us Here for a Reason

Sermon ~ Pastor Joel Niles (Hamilton Assembly of God children's Pastor)
  Why Did God Save Me?
Worship: To tell others (Michali)

God did not save me to go to Heaven. There is a work for us to do here on Earth.
Be obedient when He tells you to do something.
 <3 ask="" do="" equip="" for="" god="" he="" me="" not="" p="" something="" that="" to="" will="">Even in my discouragement God, give me the means to do , to give me the strength what He has me to do.
     Philippians 4:13 ~ I can endure all things.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving ; when you are discouraged, think of something you are thankful for
 <3 eyes="" keep="" open="" p="" spiritual="" your="">
***<3 u="">Tell the enemy he HAS to flee!

I
am a 'Game Changer' ~ Pastor Redstar  (Hardin Bible Church ~ Hardin, Montana)

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HAOG Missions Trip 2016 ~ "Hope for the Crow Nation" VBS/Revival

Months before this trip, God implanted the desire in my heart to embark on a missions trip quite like the trips I had taken with Chi Alpha from the University of Montana. I prayed every night, for a solid week; but the enemy crept in, then, sorta forgot about it. March rolled around and the desire once again was stirred in me. Wednesday night before teaching Rainbows, my Sunday school, helper talked about a missions opportunity she was embarking on. I must have looked interested in it because the next thing I know she is asking ME if I wanted to go. Out of my mouth before I could think came a resounding, "YES!" Oh, but then I gave an excuse that I didn't have someone to help me with my evening and morning routine, not to mention a few extra's.  She said she would be willing to help wherever needed. (Prayer answered!)
  At church two days later, the missions opportunity was presented by a husband and wife from our congregation. An opportunity to minister on the Crow Native American reservation. The opportunity stirred something in me as I immediately began to recall a ministry opportunity on the reservation in Canada with Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship on the university of Montana-Missoula campus. (What tribe, I am drawing a blank). I remember sharing my testimony and my college pastor's conversation with me afterward; how much their youth pastor was touched by my testimony and how he felt it was good for the youth to hear.
     This current missions trip was to the Crow agency, a Native American tribe in Hardin, Montana. The trip consisted of putting on a Vacation Bible School for the Crow children, preschool to sixth grade. Four days of singing, dancing, crafts, drama's, Bible stories, and prizes! Our last day would be filled with sight-seeing in the town of Hardin.
     Commence nine loooong months of waiting, praying, planning and fundraising (Indian taco's, YUM!).
           Are we there yet?!

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Sunday, September 06, 2015

We Are What We Speak (Sunday Sermon)

Hymn: Blessed Assurance (chorus)
"This is my story, this is my song, praising my savior all the day long. This is my story, this si my song, praising my Savior all the day long."

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Your Grace is Enough (Chris Tomlin)

Great is Your faithfulness oh God
You wrestle with the sinner's heart
You lead us by still waters in to mercy
And nothing can keep us apart

So remember Your people
Remember Your children
Remember Your promise
Oh God

Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough for me

Great is Your love and justice God
You use the weak to lead the strong
You lead us in the song of Your salvation
And all Your people sing along

So remember Your people
Remember Your children
Remember Your promise
Oh God

Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough for me [x2]

So remember Your people
Remember Your children
Remember Your promise
Oh God

Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough for me

Your grace is enough
Heaven reaching down on us
Your grace is enough for me
God I see your grace is enough
I'm covered in your love
Your grace is enough for me
For me

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whatever may pass and whatever lies before me, let me be singing hen the evening comes
          `Blesss the Lord, Oh My Soul'

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Crazy......the Lord has been speaking the word, "Grace", to me for days, weeks even......and now we've had a sermon on it. I wasn't "quite" the crazy note-taker, but really felt the Spirit impressing on me to *really* pay attention. Bringing to my heart/mind areas I could be showing a little (okay, a LOT) more grace.  

WE ARE WHAT WE SPEAK
Let praise be a lifestyle
  Opening:
Hypocrite : actor
"They worship God with their lips , but their hearts are from me ~ Matthew 15:8
Text Points:  Matthew 15:10-20
A.) We are not defiled by unclean hands but my an unclean <3 br="" heart="" nbsp="">       Proverbs 19:14 ~ Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, Oh Lord my Rock and my Redeemer(words AND thoughts)
B.) Taste the fruit (Matthew 12:33-37)
Justified or condemned by our words
Joys and difficulties as a pastor (personal experience)
Out of the heart, the mouth speaks (Vs. 34)

 
III)  The Application

A.) The Unspeakables
It's not the words, it's the <3 at="" br="" he="" heart="" looks="">You can tell what's in a man, by what comes out. 

B.)  Ephesians 4:29 Build up, give grace
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
***Is it good, is it necessary, is it kind?***

-Corrupt is difficult to define
-The opposite is easier
     1. Is it good? Not bad doesn't make it good.
     2. Is it kind? \
                      -A host of scriptures
     3. Is it edifying?
     to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift:Words CAN hurt
          Proverbs 18:21 "the powerful tool"
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
     4. Does it impart grace?
          GRACE: Unmerited favor
                          (Undeserved)
Blessing, grace, life, hope
          1Peter 4:10  
               We steward grace

Lord, help me to choose my words wisely

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Skeet/Trap shooting

    About a year ago, my family and I attended an event called, "Babes n' Buck shots".  My father is involved in a "Shooters" club with a good friend of his, and one night the men of the group put on an event for their ladies; hence the name, "Babes N' Buck shots".  I found out, scarily enough, (haha!), that I love to shoot a gun.  What a stress reliever! At the end of the night one of the gentleman had talked to us (mom and I) about coming to the gun range and learning how to skeet/trap shoot. It was one thing after another, and kept getting put off; weather, health, other obligations kept getting in the way). Today, smoke was in the air due to local fires around the valley and beyond. We didn't let it deter us from a date with a clay birdie and a gun.  

     It hit the first four targets, WAHOO! (As my back/arms got tired from holding the gun, I gradually became worse at shooting)   The instructor said to me that not many can do that.  The gun was a bit heavy, and my back wasn't very strong due to my scoliosis and sitting in a wheelchair, but what arms strength I had helped.  And I had FUN!!! It's not so much vision that was a factor , but timing, and with practice I KNOW that will improve.  In fact, I am seriously considering taking lessons from him once a week or so and investing in equipment so that I can do this at home or out camping.  The gun can be modified a bit with my short stature. I found it difficult to lean my head into it so that I might better aim for the target. With a shorter "butt"  (the part that rests in your shoulder  when you shoot) I wouldn't have so much trouble reaching nor holding it up

Is it really bad that I reeeeally enjoy shooting something....whether it's a pistol, bow and arrow, or shotgun?   HAHAHAHA!!!  (Evil grin)  I scare myself sometimes =D