Okay so we build, work, play, toil, and do so much day in and day out. Is it all worth it? Truthfully, it isn’t unless it is done with eternity in mind. “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his own soul? (Mt.16:26)

The pressures and enticing (because they could be enticing) ways of this world could become so strong, that if we don’t live with the right perspective – an eternal perspective – we can become lost and intertwined and lose focus of what God wants for our lives instead of what we have simply become accustomed to. Yes, live life, and live it to the fullest, but do it with eternity in mind. “He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.” (Rev.3:5)

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t be afraid to be different. At times it may even feel like you’re standing alone, but it’s okay. Many went through it before you. “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth…and truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” (Hebrews 11:13-16)

Fast and pray that as you go living out your purpose in this earth and fulfilling your assignment, that your feet may be planted here but your eyes on eternity. Live as an ambassador representing your true home!

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

Mt. 7:13-14, John 3:16, John 14:1-3, 1 Cor.15:54-57, 2 Cor.5:6-10, 1 John 5:13-14, Rev.2:11, Rev.3:5-11

Investing in eternity with you,

Pastor Charles

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Definition:

au·ton·o·mous (ô-tn-ms)adj.

1. Not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent: an autonomous judiciary; an autonomous division of a corporate conglomerate.
2. Independent in mind or judgment; self-directed.
The word of the Lord says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). However, in a culture where it seems like “self” is king, many have misconstrued this freedom with an abuse of autonomy (defined above). Let’s not forget that the Word of God also says, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you”(Romans 13:1-3).
By setting up someone as an authority over us, God is not saying that someone is more important to Him than another. But authority is required in order to maintain order and discipline. Authority is also required to guide people in the right path for their own good.
I can’t help but think of King David in the Old Testament. David had been persecuted by King Saul (primarily due to jealousy). However, when the opportunity presented itself for David to kill Saul, he didn’t. Instead he said, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.” Wow.
God has placed people in authority all around us; just as he has placed you in authority over others. From parents to principals, pastors to police men; from the President to those in our city government – to name a few – God has called us to respect and obey authority. He didn’t call is to break His moral laws in the name of authority, but to respect authority.
Let us fast and pray for those in authority; whether we agree we them or not. Let us pray that we can demonstrate respect, civility, and submission to those that God has place in authority over us. Let us fast and pray that God would guide them and lead them to govern and lead with principals and values that would build up and not tear down. Let us pray that they would be open to God’s leading.
Think about anyone and everyone that is in a place of authority and take time to pray and fast for them.
Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on http://www.biblegateway.com/).
In submission with you,
Pastor Charles
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We are barely into the third week of the new year. There is no question, particularly if you attend church regularly, that you started your year with a strong, positive, and perhaps prophetic word for 2017. For many of us, we even began the year with a 21-day Fast. You had your mind set that this year would be different.

The question is, has everything gone as planned thus far? I pray it has. However, for many, things just don’t go as humanly planned. Maybe sickness tried to knock on your door. Perhaps you faced a financial issue, a relational breakdown or a mental attack. What are you going to do? Are you going to sink back in distress and allow negative thoughts to distract you from your God-given mission?

Allow this to be a reminder. A reminder that you cannot make the same mistakes you’ve made before. A reminder that you cannot allow the enemy to distract you from what God wants to do for you and through you. A reminder to remain steadfast and focused on the word God has given you. “But pastor you don’t know the challenges I’m facing,” you may say. You are right, I don’t. But God does and He has already given you the strength, the power, and the strategies to move forward and above your circumstances.

Let us Fast and pray for focus. There is too much at stake. We can not afford to waste time with distractions and mental anguish. Let us Fast and pray for a mind dedicated to believing and declaring God’s Word. Fast and pray that like Peter (Matthew 14:22-33) you can step out in faith and walk over the very thing that has caused you fear – because you know that Jesus is present.

As you move into the final stretch of your 21-day fast, I want to pause with you to remind you that opposition will arise, but you cannot allow it to distract, discourage, or detain you from the journey you’ve begun.

As we move through this last, Fast and pray for yourself and the rest of the body of Christ. Let this be a week of counting God’s blessings, seeing God’s intervention, and moving in new dimensions.

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on (www.biblegateway.com).

Psalms 112:7, 1 Cor. 15:58, Galatians 6:9, Philippians 1:6, Philippians 4:13,  James 1:2-4, James 1:12, John 4:4 

Praying and Fasting for a steadfast spirit,

Pastor Charles

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Ever find yourself wondering why you do the things that you do? Or have you ever met someone who gave an excuse for their current behavior that sounds something like this, “Well, my dad was the same or my mom or my grandmother was just like this…”

Well let me encourage you to realize that despite the shortcomings of those that came before you, you do not have to carry that “generational curse” any further. There may have been drunkenness, drug addiction, adultery, depression, financial chaos, laziness, poverty, (and the list can go on and on) in your upbringing or extended family. Maybe you are repeating the same mistakes as those before you and don’t even realize it. Well, what better time than now to bring it to an end.

Believe God for transformation (Rom.12:1-2). Believe God during this time of Fasting and prayer that He will bring to memory and give you the power to overcome those things that have tried to hold you back and hold you down. Believe God that the legacy you leave for those that will follow will be much different. They will follow in the liberty, integrity, character, prosperity, power, and greatness that you lived in…and not the bondages. You are more than a conqueror!! (Rom. 8:37)

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com)

2 Sam. 22:2, Psalms 34:19, John 8:36, Rom.8:15; 36-37, 1 Cor. 6:11, Eph.5:8, Col. 1:13

Believing with you,

Pastor Charles

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Wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, wind down, and do it all again the next day. Sound familiar? That daily cycle of life has the tendency to cause people to limit their view to what’s in front of them. As a result, the life outside of that “vicious cycle” becomes very unfamiliar. But it does not mean it does not exist.

Within that larger scope of life are missionaries, pastors, families, and millions of people, here and abroad, that do not enjoy the comforts of life we enjoy. They need our prayers and they need our support.

While traveling overseas, I had a first-hand experience of the look of relief on a mother’s face when she was handed a bag with the most basic of foods – rice, beans, and flour. Or how about the appreciative look on a teenager’s face when handed a tube of toothpaste or a bar of soap – priceless.

“Oh man,” was the sound of discontent from a teenagers mouth during one of our mentoring nights in our city, when he found out that the food distribution we offer would not be happening until the following Friday night. When we probed a little further we found out that he had very little to eat and even when he would arrive at home the night, things would not look much brighter. Yes, here in America; in our own backyard (Yes, we got him some food. As a matter of fact, we when ahead and provided food for all the students present that night). This too is missions.

Fast and pray for the least of these. That we would be so moved that our prayers, time, talents, and treasures would become the answered prayers for the many that cry our to God for provision on a daily basis. Pray for our missionaries that are dedicating their lives to being the mouth, hands, feet, eyes, and ears of Jesus Christ to those around the world. Fast and pray that God would accelerate their work and the masses would come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and that no weapon formed against them would prosper.

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

2 Chron.6:33, Isaiah 49:6, Daniel 7:13-14, Mark 13:10, Luke 10:2, John 4:34-38

Praying for the world with you,

Pastor Charles

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What’s the sound you hear as you go about your day at work? How about at school, on the city streets, and just about anywhere else except a house of worship? Is it the sound of revival? Is it the sound of joy, greatness, purpose, tranquility? Or is it the sound of distress, worry, chaos, anxiety, depression and depravity?

Undoubtedly, our cities are in need of revival! The very word “revival” means to live again. We have more social programs, entertainment venues, and the like, all in the name of “helping” people live a “happier” life. Yet, debt, corruption, crime, drugs, alcoholism, teenage pregnancy, divisiveness and so many other ills abound in ways never thought possible. We have more police officers yet people feel less safe? Have we forgotten, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it. Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”(Ps.127:1) It’s time for our cities to “Live” again!

Yesterday (January 20, 2017) was a historical day in America, as there was a (peaceful) transfer of power to an incoming President who ran a rather unorthodox campaign, to say the least. Whether you are in agreement with him or not, God’s Word still calls us to pray for him.  Conversely however, despite all the promises made from the inaugural podium, we must understand that fastest road to a great nation is not a man but a nation turning to God. We need a fresh wave of God and the power of the Holy Spirit to sweep through our cities. And it may very well begin with your (our) intercession.

Fast and pray over your neighborhood, government, school staff and administrators, your work place, police force and all public safety personnel, for city administrators and law makers, even for our churches. Pray that many, many of these places would be occupied by God-fearing, Spirit-filled individuals. That we would not only pray but also take the steps to be the hands, feet, and mouth of Jesus in our city. Fast and pray that the powers of darkness would have to surrender to the Light of the World!

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

2 Chronicles 7:13-14Psalms 85:5-6, Isaiah 57:13-16, Habakkuk 3:2, John 10:10

Standing in the gap with you,

Pastor Charles

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What will the weekend look like in cities all across America? Where will many youth and adults alike “hang out?” What is the agenda on the streets? As we run our youth mentoring program every Friday night, I often see dozens of other youth throughout the city headed for the club scene.  As we go through the weekend I can’t help but wonder how many of these people will continue to live a life like the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:5-32), looking to satisfy a thirst (and hunger) in all the wrong places. Constantly indulging  in all sorts of habits and temporary pleasures – day after day, night after night- without ever encountering Christ. Why? Because few professing to have Christ, ever dared to confront them like Christ confronted the Samaritan woman. Not negatively, but with an offer of hope and eternal satisfaction.

I invite you to focus today on asking God to give you the boldness to share the great news of Jesus Christ. Take time to Fast and pray for the lost. The fact is that we are constantly surrounded by people that can benefit from you serving as the hands, feet, ears, and mouth of Jesus Christ. Jesus himself ignored His need for physical food, in exchange for the opportunity to lead this Samaritan woman to the knowledge of a Savior (Himself). How about you? Would you be willing to forget about yourself for a moment and share the love of Christ with someone else?

The step could be as simple as asking someone, “Hey, I am spending some time praying for people, when I go pray, what can I pray for in your life?’ That simple door could lead to the sharing of the love and hope of Christ.

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

Mk. 16:15, John 3:16, Rom. 1:16, Rom 5:8, Rom. 6:23, 1 Cor. 15:1-4, Col. 4:2-6

Praying for the lost,

Pastor Charles

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“Do you want to get well?” With a question like that you would think the answer would be an immediate, “Yes!” Instead it was, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred.” Such was the answer of a man that had been sick for thirty-eight years laying by the pool of Bethesda. (John 5:1-8)

His respond is too similar to ours – shaking in fear over battles God has already won. It seems like we go through life, from one weakness to another. Sometimes we become to focused on an illness, a weakness or some disability that wants to paralyze us from seeing progress. And like this man by the pool of Bethesda, instead of accepting God’s invitation to be healed, we make excuses.

Well how about if I told you that God desires for you to be healthy and whole? Some of these weaknesses and sicknesses may not leave if not through Fasting and prayer. Such was the case of the epileptic son of a man in Matthew 17:14-16, whom the disciples tried to cure but couldn’t. Jesus’ response? “However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and Fasting.”

As you continue your fast, pray, declare, and believe God for healing. Whether it’s for you, a loved one, or someone you may know of, believe that God is still a healing God.

Perhaps the sickness is physical, spiritual, emotional or otherwise. Whatever the case, God is still a healing God. Though I don’t share this as an excuse or exemption from seeing doctors, (for I believe God has given doctors knowledge and wisdom) at the end of the day, God can work the miracle that others may have given up on.

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

Ex. 15:262 Chron. 7:14, Psalms 30:2; 103:1-3; 107:20, Isaiah 53:5, Jer. 17:14, Hos.6:1, Mt.10:1, Lk.6:19, James 5:14-16

Believing with you for healing,

Pastor Charles

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Just recently I heard a story of a man who, in attempt to beat a red light, went through an intersection and caused major fatalities. He survived, but unfortunately some of those he collided with did not. Where was he headed? He was simply headed to meet some friends and engage in one of their favorite hobbies. In a rush to have fun, his life changed forever. Although this story moves me to pray for both, him and all the families affected by the accident, it also moves me to think about the speed in which many of us do things.  Could it be that in rushing through life, we miss being the hands, feet, ears, mouth and eyes of Jesus Christ?

I wonder if the priest and the Levite in the story of the “Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:30-37) were also in a rush to get somewhere? So much so that they turned to the other side while a Jewish man lay by the roadside naked, beaten, and half dead. Could it be that we too are guilty of turning our faces to the other side?

As we continue this fast, we may not often come across people who have been physically beaten, stripped and left for dead. But how often do we pass people who have been beaten by life’s issues, stripped of familial and economic connections and left as outcasts? Look at how Isaiah 58 presents Fasting: “No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.  Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.”

Can I challenge you to slow down during this fast and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to be the hands, feet, eats, mouth or eyes of Jesus Christ.

Let us fast and pray that like the Good Samaritan, we too would be inclined to stop and help heal the wounds of those who are hurting. They may be at your job, among your relatives or even in your own home. Who knows, they may even be sitting on a chair at the church.  It may cost you time, talent and money, but in slowing down to serve, you touch the heart of God.

Here’s an article for further reading dealing with reaching hurting people: http://www.alsotouch.com/devotional-4/

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

Deut. 15:11, Prov. 19:17, Isaiah, 1:16-17, Rom. 12:15, Galatians 5:22Eph. 4:28

Reaching the hurting with you,

Pastor Charles

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Have you ever felt like you wanted something for somebody else more than they wanted it for themselves? How many of you (us) have family members that you want so much more for them. Perhaps some of you have come short of just giving up on them. Imagine how Jesus felt as He looked over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-42) and wept. Unlike the tears he shed when he cries over Lazarus (John 11:35), this type of weeping is a sob; a wailing. He has seen their potential and they have missed it altogether.

Let me encourage you today to Fast for your family. Begin with your immediate loved ones – husband, wife, children. If un-married – mother, father, brothers and sisters. Then move on to more extended family. Maybe like the people of Jerusalem they have missed God-moments, opportunities, tugs from God. Perhaps they are living a status-quo life. Maybe some are bound by the enemy in lifestyles and bondages that you may think they’ll never be freed from.

Like Nehemiah (4:14) I encourage you, “Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and daughters, your wives and your homes.”

Pray that their (spiritual) eyes would be opened. That they would heed the voice of the Holy Spirit. That God would interrupt their lives and fulfill His purpose over everyone of them. That no weapon formed against them would prosper.

If we are going to see a strong, God-fearing nation, then we must begin to see strong marriages, strong families, strong homes. And living below God’s best is not an option.

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

Deut. 31:12, Joshua 24:15, Neh. 4:14, Job 1:10, Prov. 15:27; Prov.15:31, Luke 11:17, Luke 11: 21-23, John 17:14-19, Eph. 6:1-4

Interceding with you,

Pastor Charles

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