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SOURCE OF STRENGTH

 Jesus repeated himself because he knew they were weak. He gave them the source of their strength yet they fell   asleep,
 THIS IS THE EXAMPLE I FOLLOW WHEN I REPEAT MYSELF!!
 Luke says – “Jesus told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.”
 Then Jesus leads by example.- “He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are   willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Then an angel from   heaven appeared and strengthened him.
  Luke 22:40‭,
 
 After the supernatural takes place he didn’t quit…JESUS WENT DEEPER>>> “He prayed more fervently, and he was in   such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.
  Luke 22:41‭-‬44 NLT
 
 THEN JESUS REPEATS HIMSELF BECAUSE THEY FAILED TO OBEY-
 “At last he stood up again and returned to the disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted from grief. “Why are you   sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.”
  Luke, ‬45‭-‬46 NLT

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WHEN A SHIFT HAPPENS

 When a shift is happening in our lives, DEEP BROKENNESS will accompany it.
 “Repentance” comes from the Greek word “metanoia,” which means “a change of mind.” Repentance is deep remorse   followed by a significant life change—a heart-and-mind determination to go another direction. John the Baptist was   called to be like a plow from the Holy Spirit to break up the ground of religious inflexibility so the seeds of grace and   love could be planted for a new generation. He was destined to carve out a highway in the wilderness of dead   religion, and this required some deep breaking. Every big move of God and every significant spiritual shift in history   have been preceded by repentance and brokenness. A.W. Pink, who was an English Bible teacher, said, “The Christian   who has stopped repenting has stopped growing.”
 
 We are a blessed generation with many opportunities and a great future ahead. Yet even in the midst of that, we are   one of the most broken generations in history. Still, we can turn our brokenness into a weapon against the enemy,   commit ourselves to Jesus Christ, tell him we are His, let Him plant His seed in our brokenness, and be instruments of   His glory.
 
 God has been breaking up our hearts through every struggle we have faced. He has been getting us ready for the seed   of His destiny He is going to plant in our lives.
 Every true move of the Holy Spirit in history has brought a fresh vision of Jesus Christ and a new FOCUS ON JESUS.
 The world has seen many paradigm shifts over the last few generations, including shifts in science, education, politics,   technology, and global connectivity, among others. There will be another major spiritual shift in the earth, and   Christians are going to be part of it.
 
 God wants to shift today’s generation into a new spiritual dynamic. He wants to shift us from fear to confidence, from   confusion to peace, from bondage to freedom, from pain to power, from pride to humility, from an impoverished   mindset to a realization of our authority in Jesus Christ, and from thinking of ourselves as victims to knowing we are   victors in Christ. God wants to shift us from our addictions to His anointing, from our depression to His delight, from   our selfishness to a spirit of servanthood, from the natural to the supernatural, and He wants to shift today’s church   from death to revival.
 
 Are you ready for the shift?? Are you teachable or has a root of bitterness settled in? Do you find yourselves   offended???? Once you repent and choose to remain faithful a shift will take place.
 
 Love you.
 PK

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THE HARDEST TO LOVE

THE HARDEST TO LOVE
 
 Is there anyone in your life who is hard to love?
 
 In Matthew 5-7, otherwise known as the “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus teaches his disciples how to be like him   in all kinds of areas. For many of us, the words which Jesus spoke that may be the hardest to follow are “love   your enemies.”
 
 Matthew 5:43 says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.”
 If we look closely, Jesus doesn’t say “You have read it,” he says, “You have heard it said.”
 We can search the Scriptures all we want, but we won’t find a command anywhere that explicitly says “hate your   enemy.” So what was Jesus doing?
 In this instance, he was clarifying some texts in the book of Leviticus that had been misinterpreted over time to   the point where God’s people thought that loving one another only applied to friends and family.
 Leviticus 19:18 says this: “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people but love your   neighbor as yourself.”
 
 So yes, the precedent to love the neighbor was set early on, but what exactly was meant by “neighbor?”
 This is how the debates and misinterpretations started, but Jesus set the record straight by raising the standard.   For Jesus, it starts with loving ourselves because it’s too hard (if not impossible) to share the love of God if we   don’t see ourselves how He does. From there, God’s love extends to our loved ones, but it doesn’t stop there. If   we’re following Jesus, God’s love flows through us to the people that are the most difficult for us to love.
 
 At the moment when evil did its most damage, Jesus’ desire was that his enemies be forgiven. Even killing Him   wasn’t enough to hold back His love, so what’s holding you back from genuinely loving your enemy? Jesus’   resurrection is proof that following Him leads to true life, so when you think about it, is the cost of extending   mercy to your enemy actually greater than the reward?

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A PRAYER FOR THE NATIONS TO THE LORD

A PRAYER FOR THE NATIONS TO THE LORD
 
  • If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
 
  • We have prayed a lot about our needs, problems, or struggles we face every day, but what about praying for our nation? Is praying for the nation one thing that we should do, or is this only meant for those with a special calling as intercessors?
 
  • Seeing the condition of the Israelites who reaped the consequences of their actions, God was waiting for someone to stand up for the nation before Him. This means that God is waiting for someone who will cry out to Him. God asked the Israelites to humble themselves, repent, fast, turn, and cry out to God.
  • Each of us is called by God to be an intermediary or a liaison between our nation and God. We can read the news through the media and know what is happening in our nation. What do you feel when you see that situation? For example, when a bad thing happens/there is injustice/some sins and transgressions are done by the people living in our country. Will we keep quiet?
 
  • Do we believe that God can restore everything?
  • Before asking for repentance and change to happen in our nation, we must first come to confess our transgressions and turn to God as representatives of our nation. Let us seek God’s approval, let us be fair, love one another, and act righteously before God and everyone, because the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
  • It is not about how long you pray. It’s about who is praying.
 
Blessings, PK

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EVERYONE FACES TEMPTATION

Everyone faces temptation but the great news is that God always provides a way out. In fact Paul tells us in
1 Corinthians 10:13
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 1No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
 
What is temptation?
Temptation is anything that promises satisfaction at the cost of obedience to God.

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THANK YOU TO EVERY PASTOR THAT LIVES FOR THE LORD

 THANK YOU TOO EVERY PASTOR THAT LIVES FOR THE LORD and serves in our great state of Kansas.
October is Pastor appreciation month and I want to thank the many Pastors who have loved through it ALL.
 HERE are some stats for those who want to know why I PERSONALLY APPRECIATE EVERY PASTOR OUT THERE.
 GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
 72% of the pastors report working between 55 to 75 hours per week.
 84% of pastors feel they are on call 24/7.
 80% believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families. Many pastor’s children do not attend church now   because of what the church has done to their parents.
 65% of pastors feel their family lives in a “glass house” and fear they are not good enough to meet expectations.
 23% of pastors report being distant to their family.
 78% of pastors report having their vacation and personal time interrupted with ministry duties or expectations.
 65% of pastors feel they have not taken enough vacation time with their family over the last 5 years.
 28% of pastors report having feelings of guilt for taking personal time off and not telling the church.
 35% of pastors report the demands of the church denies them from spending time with their family.
 24% of pastor’s families resent the church and its effect on their family.
 22% of pastor’s spouses reports the ministry places undue expectations on their family.
 66% of church members expect a minister and family to live at a higher moral standard than themselves.
 Moral values of a Christian is no different than those who consider themselves as non-Christians.
 The average American will tell 23 lies a day.
 53% of pastors report that the seminary did not prepare them for the ministry.
 90% of pastors report the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be like before they   entered the ministry.
 45% of pastors spend 10-15 hours a week on sermon preparation.
 85% of pastors report the use of the internet and other resources have improved their study time compared to when   they first started their ministry.
 50% of pastors state they spend 1 hour in prayer each day.
 95% of pastors report not praying daily or regularly with their spouse.
 57% of pastors believe they do not receive a livable wage.
 57% of pastors being unable to pay their bills.
 53% of pastors are concerned about their future family financial security.
 75% of pastors report significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry.
 80% of pastors and 84% of their spouses have felt unqualified and discouraged as role of pastors at least one or more   times in their ministry.
 52% of pastors feel overworked and cannot meet their church’s unrealistic expectations.
 54% of pastors find the role of a pastor overwhelming.
 40% report serious conflict with a parishioner at least once in the last year.
 80% of pastors expect conflict within their church.
 75% of pastors report spending 4-5 hours a week in needless meetings.
 35% of pastors battle depression or fear of inadequacy.
 26% of pastors report being over fatigued.
 28% of pastors report they are spiritually undernourished.
 Over 50% of pastors state the biggest challenge is to recruit volunteers and encourage their members to change   (living closer to God’s Word).
 70% of pastors report they have a lower self-image now than when they first started.
 70% of pastors do not have someone they consider to be a close friend.
 27% of pastors report not having anyone to turn to for help in a crisis situation.
 81% of pastors have been tempted to have inappropriate sexual thoughts or behavior with someone in the church but   have resisted.
 17% of pastors report inappropriately texting with a church member at sometime in their ministry.
 34% of pastors wrestle with the temptation of pornography or visits pornographic sites.
 57% of pastors feel fulfilled but yet discouraged, stressed, and fatigued.
 84% of pastors desire to have close fellowship with someone they can trust and confide with.
 Over 50% of pastors are unhealthy, overweight, and do not exercise.
 The profession of “Pastor” is near the bottom of a survey of the most-respected professions, just above “car salesman”.
 Many denominations are reporting an “Empty Pulpit Crisis”. They do not have a shortage of ministers but have a shortage of ministers desiring to fill the role of a pastor.
 71% of churches have no plan for a pastor to receive a periodic sabbatical.
 66% of churches have no lay counseling support.
 30% of churches have no documentation clearly outlining what the church expects of their pastor.
 1 out of every 10 pastors will actually retire as a pastor.
 100% of Pastors are special people who selflessly sacrifice knowing 96% of their efforts are for an audience of ONE.   GOD.
 THANK YOU ALL.
 Love ya. PK & Missy.

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DROP THE FEAR

 

Drop The Fear.
 

Fear can be a sticky thing. Give it a place to grab hold and it can suck you down into a muddy pit. You might even feel that you’re going under, with little hope of rising back up.

But God the Father has His strong and caring hand extended out to you. He’s waiting for you to grab hold of His hand! Grab his Hand and drop the fear!

Sometimes fear can be overwhelming. Sometimes you may feel as though you can’t help but feel fear. But, God is able and willing to help you! And once you’re “up from the mud” His firm grasp is always there to keep you from sinking again even when the ground underneath you is unsteady.

Let go of fear and hold on to God’s loving hand. Drop it.

Things to Ponder:

Have you ever felt stuck due to fear? How did you change how you felt?
Are you currently feeling stuck because of fear?
Is there something that is stopping you from taking God’s helping hand? If so, go ahead and ask God to give you the strength to hold His hand and trust Him and let go of the fear.
 

Take it to the King after you answer and watch the Comforter take over.

Blessings
PK
 

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THE EXCHANGE

“The Exchange”

When Joshua took over for Moses, he had some big sandals to fill. Not only was he the new leader of the Hebrew nation, but he was also being tasked with a nearly impossible mission— to take possession of a land full of strong, gigantic enemies.

To say he had some fears is an understatement.

But God answered those fears by extending an incredible promise: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”            (Joshua 1:9 NLT).
In exchange for crippling fear, Joshua was going to gain something far stronger—Almighty God was promising to go with him: to have his back, everywhere he went!

Mission accepted and (spoiler alert!) accomplished.

There are plenty of things in this world that can trigger fear: serious illness, financial insecurity, crime in the neighborhood, bullies, persecution, and more.

The list is long.

How do we deal with all of these fearful circumstances?

  • The same way Joshua did. By laying down fear and picking up the hope that comes from God’s promises.

In the Bible, there are over 70 verses that basically say “don’t be afraid” (depending on the version you use.)

But God never meant for you to simply turn off fear; you have to exchange it for something else. We can trade in our fear for faith in God’s promises!

What God offers to us in His promises are His Words, in which we can literally trust Him, instead of feeling paralyzed by fear.

Discover what God wants to give you in exchange for your fear. These things can help you move forward through difficulties, overcome despair, and journey in His plan with confidence.

God sure is good.
Blessings
PK
 

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LOVE IS A STORM

“Love is A Storm!”

In life we will all experience storms, but Praise be to God that He is right there with us.

When storms appear in your life, don’t get sidetracked by the noisy crackling thunder and the whistling winds. Instead, aim to intentionally focus on Jesus Christ.

Jesus is with you in the storms of life, and in His power and authority He is able to command peace in any storm that surrounds you today.

Although the storm rains seek to soak your strength and the whistling winds seek to shift your course, remember God’s love. He will never leave you nor forsake you and He is right there with you.

God is guiding you in love and developing you into the dynamic person you were called to be. Have faith that God is coming through and don’t mistake that just because you are going through storms God’s love is absent. No! God is there and those who love him, He is working everything out for their good according to his purpose! God loves you in every season you experience in life, whether it is great or challenging. Remember that God loves you! Don’t forget that he really loves each and every one of his children.

Walk in God’s love today because He always comes through in His love for you!

Pray with me- “God, I thank you for your love, kindness, grace and mercy. Although I experience storms in my life, I thank you that you are there with me. Sometimes it is a challenge to see how everything will work out for my good when I’m going through storms that seek to choke my praise and blind my focus on you. Our Heavenly Father, I praise you for being sovereign and that all my storms are subject to you! Thank you for peace, strength and growth as my faith increases in you. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

Have a blessed day.
PK
 

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ONLY THEN

“ONLY THEN!”

Joshua 1:8 NLT
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. ONLY THEN WILL YOU PROSPER and succeed in all you do.”

God has established loving boundaries for us to follow as it relates to: friendships, business agreements, conversations, marriage, associations, relationships, work, teaching, discipline, when someone does you wrong, your actions, your thoughts and so much more. We as believers are to spend time in God’s word and prayer as the Holy Spirit reveals deep truths to us regarding God’s covering and loving boundaries.

The loving boundaries God has established in your life are not to limit or punish you but to bless and reward you. We are called to listen and obediently pay attention to God’s commands to love him and serve him with all of our heart, soul, choices, thoughts and our whole being. (Deuteronomy 11:13). There is blessing in obedience. When you obey God and respect his love for you, you are really showing and telling God that you love him.

THIS IS THE KEY TO WHAT GOD PROMISES AFTER HE SAYS “ONLY THEN!”

Don’t mistake God’s commandments, boundaries and covering as limitations in your life but receive them as his love for blessing and prospering you. ONLY THEN will you step out of the life of wondering aimlessly in rebellion & see your life change direction towards the PROMISES OF GOD.

God comes through in loving YOU. SO When you obey God and respect his love for you, you are really showing and telling God that you love him.

Pray with me!
God, I ask for forgiveness in classifying your commandments, boundaries and covering as negative limitations in my life. I know now that your love forever encompasses me. Thank you for your commands that are established to protect me when I follow them. I choose to obey you, LORD. In Jesus’ name, AMEN

Have a blessed day!
PK
 

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