.... YES you read correct.... Our very own Pastor Rowdy will be appearing on the pilot episode of "Holy Smokers" as a host. In order for this showing to be a success we need Everyone to tune in and watch on May 27th, 2014 at 8:00 pm on Discovery Networks "Destination America" (Check your local listings for correct time and channel's) The amount of viewers who tune in will determine whether or not the show gets picked up as a weekly program! So help us to get Freedom Biker Church recognition as a Christ Body !
Louisiana Viewers these are the channels: Channel 286 DirecTv, Channel 194 Dish Network, Channel 102 Cox Cable, Channel 152 Charter Communications
When difficulties arise, how can you be sure you’re responding in a way that would please the Lord? Here is an acrostic, based on the word adversity, that suggests the steps you should take:
Accept the events of your life as part of how God equips you. Decide to follow Jesus’ ways of responding to trials. Veer to neither the right nor left from the path of obedience. Expect the Holy Spirit to help you grow through your difficulties. Remember how the Lord has helped you in the past. Set your face like flint (Isa. 50:7) to endure the trial without wavering. Invest additional time in your relationship with God. Trust the Lord, especially when you do not understand. Yearn to be made ready for the return of our Savior.
Adversity will either harden or soften us. Some people become hardhearted and resist God in times of adversity, but those who know how to respond are softened by troubles and broken. But when it is of the Lord, brokenness is a positive thing that prepares, equips, energizes, and empowers us as children of the King. We will come to know the fellowship of Jesus’ sufferings and proclaim with Paul, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Cor. 4:17 NIV).
Let us take as our position the words of James 1:2-4, which says to “consider it all joy” when we encounter trials, because such testing of our faith produces endurance and perfects us.
We sometimes become impatient in our prayer life. We might get angry or simply throw up our hands and decide God is not listening to us when He doesn’t answer our prayers immediately or in the exact way we hoped. The truth is that God delights in answering our prayers and has provided plenty of promises that should motivate us to talk with Him.
Read today’s passage one more time. If we understand what Jesus was saying in Matthew 7, we will be able to pray with greater confidence.
To ask is the easy part. We request aid in our jobs or protection of our children. We also ask to be drawn closer to God.
Then, to seek is the next step—the action stage of asking. Oftentimes we need to do something before God will bring about an answer to our prayers. For instance, if we pray, “God, please help me understand Scripture,” we must proceed to open the Bible and start reading.
Finally, to knock demonstrates that we’re coming to the Lord with a sense of dependence upon Him. We recognize that we cannot manipulate an answer to our petitions but instead must rely upon His power. What’s more, our ability to “knock” is unique—our God is personal and intensely interested in us.
Jesus uses the words ask, seek, and knock in the present active imperative tense. That means “ask and keep on asking; seek and keep on seeking; knock and keep on knocking.” In the Scriptures, prayer is compared to incense, which implies an unbroken stream that flows from us to heaven. Are you providing a continuous fragrance to the Lord with your prayers?
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