Morning Encouragement for 9/19/2022

Good morning,

Samson was the tallest and strongest in the nation in his lifetime. He was called from his birth to take the vow of the Nazirite. Because of his parents’ obedience in his upbringing, Samson was blessed by the Lord and afforded the position of “Judge”. The thing is though Samson had an appetite for women and because of his great strength, he considered himself to be impregnable. He believed that he could have any woman he chose. His first wife was a Philistine who would conn him into divulging a riddle. This set the stage for the battle that would ensue between Philistia and himself. Having great strength is a curse and a blessing depending on which God you serve. Samson was self-serving and it will cost him his life and any good that would have come from him. When the Lord blesses us with the gift or gifts they are in their rawest form – “potential”. The care we put into developing our gifts tells the Lord “what we think of them”. Consider an “empty box” it can either hold a large amount or scant few items depending on how they are packed. To Samson’s credit, he killed more Philistines in death than in life which is a sad epitaph because it was not the “be all end all of his mission”. My encouragement for you today is, “Commit your gifts in the Lord’s service and He will help you to pack more into your life than you can possibly conceive.

Verse: Judges 16, Exodus 28:36-37, Psalms 29, Luke 6:37-38,

Famous Quote: “Mere talents do not give glory to G-d but a humble heart” – Mac Conoza

Father,

You graciously endow us with gifts and talents when we are born. The size nor the adoration that comes from them is not the tall tale sign of our love for you, they are the fruit of a developed gift. When we do not hone our gifts, they will remain as “raw materials” that neither look nor sound good. Help me today to use my gifts for your glory that people will be fed by them and people will come to serve you. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand whom they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).

IHS
MK

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Morning Encouragement for 09/09/2022

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Good Morning,

One of the hardest things for mankind is, “honor the vows you have made” (Ecclesiastes 5:5). The reason this is so important to our lives and that of the people we represent, is that by not honoring we become a “liar” just like the Devil; after awhile, lies become a way of life for us and it becomes our main language (John 8:44-46). Now we all have had that one person in our lives that is long on promises and short on follow through sometimes that person is “us”. The problem with this is that people become disillusioned or disenchanted and, after a while, we don’t know what to believe so we trust nothing coming from the liar’s mouth and then we become cynical. If in our churches we do not keep a careful watch over our theological stance people will stop listening to the church as we have found out over the past few decades (Crossroads Church). The Devil uses this opportunity as a platform against the Lord G-d.  The Devil whispers in our ear “Your G-d does not care about you look how he didn’t honor  ___. If I were made a god of your life, I would ___ right away”; in essence, he would use the same steps that Absolom took when forming a coup against his father David (2 Samuel 15:1-6). I encourage you Good morning, to take a careful look at the foundation of your life to see where some cracks and crevices have cropped up and then seek to fix them.

Verses:2 Samuel 15:1-6, John 8:44-46, Ecclesiastes 5:5, Deuteronomy 23:21-23, Psalms 61

Famous Quote: “Put your nose into the Bible every day. It is your spiritual food. And then share it. Make a vow not to be a lukewarm Christian” – Kirk Cameron

Father,

Above all else, we are to honor the vows we have made to you and our fellow man even if it hurts. The problem is, that we are passionate people who speak first and think last. Help me to consider the promises I make and honor them to the end of my life. The world accepts lies only when it suits them but you are not like the world. Those who come near to you acknowledge you and walk in paths of righteousness for your namesake. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand whom they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).

IHS
MK

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Morning Encouragement for 9/11/2022

Good morning,

At a mini-gathering this past week, someone told a story about our deceased son. While the story was entertaining, a thought crossed my mind that although it sounded something like would Matt would do it didn’t mean that it actually happened; basically, it was a memory distorted as it might have been it could not be validated. In the same way, In scripture there is a thing called “pseudepigrapha” which means “so-so scripture” that is, it sounds like something someone would say or do, not that it actually happened or happened in the way it was told. For example, Enoch the son of Seth walked by the seashore and then disappeared (Genesis 4:26 and Luke 3:38). Much of the OT and parts of the NT are “stories or predicated upon them. Stories can and do get exaggerated with each retelling does that mean scripture is invalidated? Not by any stretch of the imagination. The first 11 chapters of Genesis are believed to originate from Mesopotamian stories. Mesopotamia is in western Asia and the Fertile Crescent and because there was no such thing as a “computer” or a “book”, the people told the family stories as a means of tying the generations together. When we cease to remember these stories or reject them, we close off a door that ties our past to our present and future.

Verse: Psalms 78, Deuteronomy 11:18-25,

Famous Quote: “Every relationship must have a starting point so  that past errors may remain in the past.” – Mary Lydon Simonsen

Father,

Help me to remember my past is not a hammer to beat myself or others up, it is a pit that reminds me of how far I have come. The stories in scripture are in print so that we may know You and see how you have worked through sinful mankind. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand whom they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).

IHS
MK

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Morning Encouragement for 9/18/2022

Good morning,

If I were to give a subtitle to the Bible, it would be “Sinful man in the hands of a Loving G-d”. When you think about it makes sense because it talks about the imperfect man. No matter what his people went through or their vile paths, G-d still loved them just as he loves us. The thing I find so interesting about scripture is that G-d never explains why He loves us or why he puts up with our nonsense. G-d doesn’t need our help yet, He invites us to be a part of the story of His remarkable Kingdom. The people who enter His service are not “super” by any stretch of the imagination, they are the blind, lame, and deaf that are rejected by the world. From these “imperfect people” come mighty men and women of G-d who move mountains for the Kingdom. Imperfect people do not become new physically when they enter service, they become new spiritually as to have a “new song to sing”. When the world sees these people who serve the Lord, they know the face but the spirit in them is “brand new and filled with power” they are no longer the defeated person who sat and begged on the street. Are you part of the story of G-d’s remarkable Kingdom? If not, I invite you today.

Verses: Isaiah 42:10-13, Psalms 96, John 5

Famous Quote: “I have never known a man who received Christ and ever regretted it.” – Billy Graham.

Father,

You invite us to be a part of your kingdom not out of obligation nor resignation but out of a desire to work and through your creation. We are imperfect people and not deserving of anything You do for us. Help me today to honor you and with great joy carry on in the mission you have sent me on. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand whom they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
IHS
MK
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Morning Encouragement for 9/8/2022

 

Good morning,

I met a man many years back and I shared with him the good news of Jesus Christ. He listened to me for about five minutes and then said, “I tried Christianity when my wife and I were going through marital issues. We made the Lord number one in our lives for three weeks and promised to serve him fully if you would heal our marriage”. Long story short, the marriage never got healed and he and his wife walked away from the Lord with a sour taste in their stomach for the gospel. You would think that God would really fret about us threatening to leave when he doesn’t answer our prayers or demands. The truth is, that if he worried about them and rushed to fix the problem so that we didn’t walk out he would have to constantly keep bailing us out because our first response would always be “fine I’m leaving!“ (Proverbs 19:19). When the sum total of our worship of G-d lies only in “what He can do for us”, He is put in the place of serving instead of being served; basically, He becomes a sugar daddy and little more than a vending machine.

Verses: Psalms 25, Isaiah 40:27-31, Proverbs 3:4-5, Numbers 20:1-13.

Famous Quotes: prayer is the rope to pull God and man together but it doesn’t pull God down to us and it pulls us up to him. Billy Graham.

Father,

you desire only the very best for us, you know our needs, and you know the plans you have for us. Unfortunately, it is easy to believe that unanswered prayer is a sign that you don’t exist or that’s what the devil tells us. You gave us the power of prayer, the power of autonomy, and the wisdom of Scripture to guide us. Help me today never lose sight of you, never lose trust in you, and always honor you with my life. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).

IHS
MK

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Morning Encouragement for 9/7/2022

I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
IHS
MK
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Morning Encouragement for 9/6/2022

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Good morning,

You may or may not have said or heard this “promises, promises”. This is usually said when a person habitually makes promises and then for whatever reason breaks them. When people do not come through on their promises, at first, we understand and then slowly become cynical. When this Psalm was penned, the nation had been told varying stories about the “faithful G-d” yet had never seen even one thing done in their life. Then along comes this character talking about what G-d had done in and through his life. The part that is missing in the stories is where “obedience comes into play. The people were expecting the miracles as it had happened in the time of Moses however, due to disobedience, those miracles never came to fruition and, as such, they walked away from the Lord. David was the anomaly in Israel and was blessed from the time of his youth. In the same way, the Lord encourages us to be the anomaly rather than the consensus. I encourage you today to consider the promises made by the Lord and walk in obedience to the Lord.

Readings: Psalms 119:49-56, Jeremiah 29:10-13, Isaiah 1:18-31, Deuteronomy 28:1-14,
Acts 5:27-32.

Famous Quote: “Obedience is the key to all doors” – C.S. Lewis

Father,

You desire great things for us, and you have always loved your creation. When we walk in obedience, your Spirit leads us to the place of fruitfulness. When we are blessed, the world turns against us out of jealousy and envy. Please help me today to walk in obedience to Your word in all that I do despite the clamor of the world. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).

IHS
MK

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Morning Encouragement for 9/5/2022

Good morning,

Troubles in life are a constant part of our journey. We can count on having troubles as surely as we can count on night following day and day following night. No gets out of life with out experiencing problems. The problem is we are never quite sure how long they will last or how soon we can expect another bout. The great King David of Israel/Judah knew a great deal about having problems in life during the years he was on the run from Saul, the fallout of Bathsheba, and the failed coups. When he and his men were away in battle helping the Philistines, David and his men’s wives were captured by the Amalekites, wealth was stolen, and the town was torched. David could have caved into the pressure and blamed the Lord for the events instead, he turned his eyes to the Lord, sought guidance from Abiathar, and found strength in the Lord he served from his youth who had never failed him. Today, many of you are going through immense struggles in your homes, cities, states, and nations. I encourage you today to find strength in the One Lord who is above all lords and the G-d who is above all gods. His name is, “Jehovah who is present”, “Jehovah who provides”, “Jehovah our Peace”.

Readings: Psalms 119:89-96, Psalms 37:23-26, John 15:12-17, Mark 13:28-31

Famous Quote: “I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead, others from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m already, you see. Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me – Dr. Seuss.

Father,

If your son Jesus and the great King David did not get out of life without troubled times, I have hope. More importantly, because they were able to overcome every obstacle, face every mountain that stood in their way, and yet found a way to bore through them, I am sure I can too. Thank you for the power of the cross that paid for the sins I have committed and the ones I haven’t yet committed. The reason the cross stands in  the way between You and the troubles I am facing, the ones I have faced, and the ones I will face is that sin will never be a show-stopper from me entering Your rest. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock, and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).

IHS
MK

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Morning Encouragement for 9/4/2022

Good morning,

Yesterday was a very special day for me because I officiated at my son and daughter in-law’s marriage ceremony. After it was over, people were very pleased and impressed by what I had said. My thought was, “I missed some key points that I wanted to say” after all, I had put in several hours work into crafting the marriage document. I understood, though, “What I wanted to say was not as important as what G-d wanted to say to bride and groom”. The message ministered not only to the couple but to the audience as well. You see, G-d doesn’t expect us to speak the polished English language nor speak in the rich baritone voice of Charlton Heston, He expects us to be “ourselves”. When we are ourselves and allow Him to speak vicariously through us, the message will reach the listening ear. When Peter was called to lead the 12, he was no leader and certainly did not have Jesus’ power of speech nor the courage to face the challenges. However, through time and patience, Jesus molded Peter through the trials. Jesus never gave up on Peter just as He never gives up on us and always, ALWAYS had faith in Peter even when Peter had no faith in himself. Today, you and I go through trials but when we keep our hand in Jesus’ hand, we’ll make it through whatever the world may throw at us.

Verses: Hebrews 11, Psalms 119:74-80, 1 Timothy 1:3-7, Proverbs 30:5, Mark 11:20-25

Famous Quote: “…if we only lead one soul to Jesus Christ, we may set a stream in motion that will flow on when we are dead and gone.” – D.L. Moody.

 

Father,

I am so thankful for all that you do in and through my life. You ask me not to imitate people nor act like the others do. You ask me to live for you and to honor you in all that I do. Please help me today to above all, “Honor your presence with words that encourage others”. Thank you for my readers, my family, my city, my state, and my USA. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).

IHS
MK

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Morning Encouragement for 9/1/2022

Good Morning,

One of the many anomalties with our makeup is that we eat because we think our body needs it when it really needs something to drink. So in these moments when I am actually thirsty, I go through the refridgerator and cabinets to find what I am looking for but never find it. In the same way, there is a hole in our life that only the Lord can fill. It is for this reason that we go to the world to find what is missing in our life like wealth, fame, careers, and love. Yet no matter how much we obtain, we always seem to be missing the “one thing”. When we accept the Lord into our lives and walk in His grace, everything that we have garnered will become secondary to the Lord. You see, the Lord G-d made us by forming us in the womb so He made room for Himself in us. His commands are from all eternity and everyone that is accepted them into their lives has known life and that more abundantly. No matter what life throws at us, we have a Rock on which we can stand that is unmoved by the world’s threats and pressures.

Readings: Psalms 119:81-88, John 10:7-18, Proverbs 1:7-19, Isaiah 29:5-8, Deuteronomy 30

Famous Quote: “Whatever [the] fears, encourage [yourself] to face them – then turn them over to G-d. G-d loves [you], and when we know Christ and have put our faith and trust in Him, we know He’ll never abandon us” – Billy Graham.

Father,

As Billy Graham put it, “we’ve always needed G-d” (Prayer 9/11/01). The ways of the world are shifting sands because they are always changing one fad to another. Help me to daily put my trust in You no matter what comes at me or where my mind takes me. Help me to be an encouragement to my readers that they accept you into their lives and find the freedom and the missing part of their lives. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).

IHS
MK

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Morning Encouragement for 8/31/2022

Good morning,
Many of you have had people call or show up unexpectedly to tell you all about their problems down to the minute details. Usually, those calls or drop-by visits entail some need like money, a ride, and/or an ear to listen and to commiserate with. Once the individual(s) have left with their needs met, you may not hear from them again until they need something else; there is a name for people like this, “User”. In the same way, when we go to church and altar calls only when our life is out of whack like a job loss or, marital issues, we are being users of the Kingdom. As users of the Kingdom, we never go beyond the “infant stage” this is why some people are blessed more than others, have more joy than others, and have the power of the Lord operating in their lives. The Lord’s desire for our lives is that we will walk in obedience, adhere to his statutes, and cling to His testimonies so that, when the Lord enlarges our heart, we will cling to Him.
Readings: Psalms 119:25-32, John 10:7-19, Romans 12, Proverbs 4:20-27, Deuteronomy 18:9-14.
Famous Quote: All growth that is not toward G-d, is growing in decay – George McDonald
Father,
Above all else, you desire that your children remain free. This world is all about “control” and people who come to you only to have their “headaches” removed but live like the world miss out on your greatest gift “Jesus’ sacrifice that paid the penalty for our sins”. Our world is in upheaval as nations and cultures throw off the old shackles. and the USA is no different. I pray for this nation, my city, and my state. I covet the prayers of the saints in praying for revival across the globe.
I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
IHS
MK
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Morning Encouragement for 8/30/2022

Good Morning,

Jesus gave an illustration about a landowner who developed his land and then hired men to watch over it (Mark 12:1-7). The landowner is G-d and the field is our life. We are given autonomy over our lives but, whatever comes from it we are will be held accountable. As children of the Living G-d, we are held to a higher standard than the world. Nowhere in scripture will you read “tell the world to do as I say or else”; it does however strongly advise His children to live Godly lives. The question we need to ask ourselves is, “what fruit do we want from our lives and how serious are about it?”.

Readings: Psalms 119:113-120, Mark 12:1-7, Ecclesiastes 11, Deuteronomy 28, Galatians 5:16-26.

Famous Quote: WHAT contempt hath God poured upon the wisdom of this world! How hath he brought it to nought, and made it appear as nothing. He has allowed it to work out its own conclusions, and prove its own folly – Charles Spurgeon

Father,

You do not give me the position as “chief moral consultant” nor do I have authority to tell anyone how to live their life. I do have the authority over my life and my children when  they were at home. Taking care of me is enough of a task. Help me to daily watch over my house. Thank you for all that you do in and through my life. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
IHS
MK
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Morning Encouragement for 8/29/2022

Good Morning,

When you read Jesus’ command, “Go into all the world …”, the disciples are told to share the good news and baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit (Mark 16:15-18). In another area the disciples are told “Sin shall not have dominion over you: you are under grace” (Romans 6:14). So how does one go out to share the gospel and not let sin have dominion? The answer is, “we deal with our heart” by reading about what the pleases the Lord. In this world of the time just as it has always been, temptation is a constant pull at our hearts either through inward struggles or outward pressures. So if everyone sins and falls short of the glory of G-d, why is there a necessity to watch over the gates of our heart and mind? The answer comes down to this, “we are judged by the world for every indescretion and sin complicates our mission as much as it cast spurge on the name by which we minister. It is for these reasons that David so was so careful over everything he did until the moment lapse of wisdom.

Readings: Psalms 119:31-40, Romans 6:12-19, Mark 16:12-20, Proverbs 5:7-14, Deuteronomy 9:1-5

Famous Quote: “Walk circumspectly, because you don’t know who will be influenced by your words and actions.” ~ DL Moody

Father,

Living for you requires work on our part to accomplish that which you have assigned us to do. The world may not bat an eye at sin unless you have lived by Kingdom standards and then go astray. Please help me today to honor you in all that I do. My prayer is that your precepts and statutes will always be a part of my life. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
IHS
MK
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Morning Encouragement for 8/28/2022

Good Morning,

There was once twin boys who both wanted a special toy. The first one walked in and with platitudes and smiles told his dad what he wanted only to be told no. The second son walked in and politely asked to talk to his dad. As the conversation started, the boy told his dad what he wanted and wanted to know how he could earn the money for it. The father gave the 2nd son some odd jobs to do and the boy gladly did the work and in couple of weeks he had earned the required amount and bought the toy. The first son charged his father with “favoritism”. The father told the son “you asked me to get you __ toy and by appearances you were not going to work for it”.

There are oddities in life that no explanation can suffice one of them being “attitude towards prayer matters”. When we treat prayer like a “wash list”, it is would be tantamount to walking into the CEO’s office where you work, putting your feet on his/her desk, and telling them “I want you to …”. When you hear about people praying for years and nothing happens but one individual prays and the walls come down and doors are opened. While this may seem unfair or that G-d plays favorites, the answer lies not in the words he/she spoke, the phrases used, and/or the look on her/his face. The answer lies in the heart of the petitioner.

Readings: Psalms 119:153-157, John 17, Daniel 9, Ecclesiastes 5:1-7, James 4:1-10.

Famous Quote: “The function of prayer is not to influence G-d, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays” – Soren Kierkegaard.

Father,

Thank you for the awesome power of prayer. Help me daily to hold onto your hand through the Holy Spirit. Even in my confusion, your Spirit speaks powerfully to my heart. Lord, we need revival in our land and a prayer revolution. This word is on a collision course with the destiny of its actions. I know from scripture that in all the times your Spirit marched out was always in times of trouble. Please silence our politicians and bring them to their knees so that they would proclaim your will not theirs. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
IHS
MK
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Morning Encouragement for 8/27/2022

Good Morning

When I was in Recruiting School, my teachers regaled the class with funny stories that happened in the field or, and told of “gimmicks” which helped them to be successful. I tried a few of the gimmicks because I wanted the fruit of success but they didn’t work for me mainly because it was not in my character. Remember this, in every case where the Lord calls us to ministry, He gives us everything we need and it will fit our character. Consider how young David after telling the King “don’t worry I’ll take care of this giant”. To prepare David, Saul gave David his armor but it didn’t fit him so David politely refused them. The only weapon David carried with him was his slingshot and 5 smooth stones. It was said of Jesus, “he was a nobody by earthly standards yet, he did more in 3 years for the community than the religious leaders had done in years of service. The reason he was so effective is that his eyes were on the Father, his father’s laws were his guiding principles. When we too apply G-d’s commands to our life, we will reach people for Jesus.

Readings: Palms 119:97-104, 1 Samuel 17, Exodus 3:7-12, Proverbs 1:8-19, Isaiah 53

Famous Quote: “Let the pure gospel go forth in all its lion-like majesty, and it will soon clear its own way and ease itself of its adversaries” – Charles Spurgeon

Father,

the mission field that you send us may not be ready but you give us the tools so that we are ready to go to work. David was a young man when you called him and even then you were preparing him. When Moses was first called you sent him with your word and your authority. Because of disobedience and fear, you sent him with a staff that would only serve to cause problems. Help me to listen, understand, and be obedient to what you call me to do. I pray for my city, state, and nation that you will continue to heal and restore them. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).

IHS MK

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Morning Encouragement for 8/23/2022

Good Morning!

In Psalms 119:57-72, David speaking, he says “The Lord is mine. …”. For something to be “ours”, it means we are accountable for care and maintenance. If we do not respect that which belongs to us by being abusive to them, we will not have them very long because those items will break down and fall apart. Similarly, when we do not treat our relationship with the Lord by abusing the relationship and being disobedient, will not remain in a covenant with Him before He casts us out. Choosing to serve the Lord is a personal choice that requires work on our part. Consider the customer who is purchasing a car. Each car comes with an instruction book that is usually ignored and left in the glovebox in the sealed bag. The book contains valuable information about its specific settings, maximum weight the vehicle can operate safely trailer, which lightbulbs are needed, tire pressure settings, and maintenance intervals. If we ignore these specifics, we damage the car and the warranty will be voided. Similarly,, when we come to the Lord, there are requirements and maintenance items that need to be attended to if we want to grow in faith. The Kings of Ancient Israel were required to handwrite 613 commandments from the 2nd book of the law or the Mitzvot Torah (Talmud Malkkot 23b) (Deuteronomy). Fortunately, we are not required to remember all of G-d’s laws instead, we have two to remember and meditate on. When we meditate on these two laws, we will do that which pleases the Lord.

Readings: Psalms 119:57-72, Matthew 22:34-46, 1 Peter 3:11-21, Psalms 91:16, Deuteronomy 17:18, Romans 10

Famous Quote:

God imposeth no Law of Righteousness upon us which He doth not observe Himself. – BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE

Father,

How can one learn what you require of him/her unless he/she first immerse themselves in you? How can one know the truth if they do not study what you require of them? Without the three being in agreemen,t there is no way we can know what you require of us or how can we know the true G-d (1 John 5:6-11). Without them Lord, we are simply people guessing about the truth of salvation and establishing our righteousness, not yours. We need you so desperately today Father, we need the atoning blood, and forgiveness for the mess we have made of our lives. I pray for revival across this great nation, heating of the land, and Your good spirit operating in and through our lives. Many have stood in public places stating that we do not need you well, those people do not speak for me. Violence has reached epic proportions as people rise up to demand change all the while being no better than the people they protesting against. Our financial system is in a disarray and is not getting better no matter what our politicians say. Businesses across the land and the globe have ceased to operate with a strong moral bearing and when it comes to schools? the less said the better. I plead the blood of Jesus over my city, state, and nation Lord. Please do not destroy this nation but rise up prayer warriors as never before Lord. I pray for our military, EMTs, Police, teachers, preachers, and medical staff.

IHS MK

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Morning Encouragement for 8/21/2022

Good Morning!

Through out scripture, we are commanded to walk in obedience to the Lord. The problem we have is that we live in the world where God’s laws and commandments are meaningless. It’s bad enough to hear the clamor of the world but in our home, we should expect some amount of acceptance but it is not always so. if we only had to face our worst enemy, it would be more preferable than to face our family. I believe it is for this reason the disciples were sent home to their families to share the good news. If the teams could win at home, they could win everywhere they went. If the group capitulated to the whims of the family and violated God’s laws at home, never mind reaching the world. In the same way when we are called to do something for the Kingdom, we must settle it in our minds that “no matter what the world says, or how much our family disagrees with us, we will serve the Lord”. Many people start off on the path of salvation and proclaim their love for Jesus but the stress of the world pulls them down. Others come to the Lord just until ______ happens. Only a few by number stay the course and become all that the Lord has in mind for them. Where do you stand today?

Readings: Psalms 119:17-32, Matthew 22:1-13, Jeremiah 12:1-13, Proverbs 1:8-19, Deuteronomy 32:1-35.

Famous Quote: Although God’s people find many successes in the world, they must not fall prey to a spirit of pride. We succeed not because of our moral superiority but because of the faithfulness of our divine intercessor and because of the great mercy of God. – Author: Max Anders

Father,

Thank you for your unmerited grace and mercy. When we come to you on blended knee and our hearts submitted to you, you put us to use for your Kingdom. Help me today to honor you in all that I do. I pray for my nation today Lord. I know that wickedness has reached epic proportions but please do not destroy us. Help me to minister to lives through this medium that many more people will come to the Lord. I pray for our military, medical staff, EMTs, police, and front line workers who work each day putting their skill sets to work. I desire that revival break out across this nation to defeat the Prince of the power of air. I love you Lord may you be pleased with me.

IHS MK

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Morning Encouragement for 8/20/2022

Good Morning! Well here we are in the last full week of August which signals the end of summer. I hope that each of you have taken the time with family and friends this summer.

When you came to the Lord and by obedience went through the water’s of baptism, what did it feel like? Was it just another day in your life? Or was a day for you? When nation Israel crossed the river they were the same nation but were no longer slaves running from Pharaoh. The day they marched out of Egypt was likened to breathing fresh air because they knew that at the end of the day, they would not be subjected to the whips and tyranny of Egypt ever again. While this great and most definitely “good news” the thing is, just as Israel found out, walking out of slavery is one thing but defeating the demons that brought about slavery is another. Look at what happened to Israel in the days, weeks, months following the crossing of the Sea of Reeds: doubt set in, fear of the unknown, food and water became a problem; Add to the mix, fights began to break out and some wanted to go back to Egypt thinking that the nation would welcome them back with open arms. It would seem, to me anyway, that the easiest part of the trip was getting the “green light from Pharaoh”. In the same way the easy part of salvation is going through the waters of baptism. On Sunday morning after the baptism, we are on fire for the Lord but then Monday morning comes around, still pass our old familiar haunts, and at work we are still be reminded of our failures because we are a new person in the same old frame. Remember, you never fully defeat these demons until the day you are brought home to Jesus. I encourage you to read the 114th division of Psalms and commit it to memory specifically the last verse. May you have the victory

Readings: Psalms 114, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, John 9, Proverbs 2:1-8, and Exodus 14.

Famous Quote: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela.

Father,

You desire above all things that we walk free from the bondage to sin. The Devil will continue to remind us of who we are, what we’ve done, and the lives we have hurt. Yet, it is by the Cross of Jesus that the death penalty has been annulled. When I am down and feeling on the verge of going back to Egypt may this Psalm be a standard by which I can hold onto. I know that your son defeated the enemy “death” because he was resurrected from the dead after paying the penalty. May you always encourage my readers. I pray for EMTs, Police, Medical staff, teachers, and front line workers. Please watch over my family and keep them in the same word by which you called me.

IHS MK

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Morning Encouragement for 8/18/2022

Good Morning,

In Judaism, the 110th division of Psalms is a reference to Abraham and his victorious battle to rescue his nephew from the hands of the Mesopotamian Kings (Genesis 14). If Abraham had stayed in Ur of the Chaldeans and ignored the call, he would never have to rescue Lot, never have to deal with anxiety over his aged wife being raped, nor would have to take his life in his hands. Simply he would have remained known as Abram. While this is good, consider what he would have lost, being presented with the Beulah land, holding the promised son Isaac and out of obedience watch the Lord’s deliverance and the birth of a nation. but he would also never know what it was to hold his son Isaac nor be presented with the “Beulah land”; remained known as Abram”the do nothing” and “the go no where” (Isaiah 30:7) He would have instead of Abraham the High Priest, King of Peace King of Righteousness. Obeying God’s call upon our life is not without peril, never without struggle, and is incomplete until the Lord says, “it is finished”. The first step in every work of the Lord is and will always be “obedience”. When we walk out in obedience, the Lord puts the plan together and at the end shows His glorious work in our life. When we are obedient and faithful to the Lord, people will follow us to the gates of hell itself because they have faith in us knowing that we would never let them down. Be encouraged my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord.

Readings: Genesis 13, Psalms 110, Hebrews 12, John 16:19-33, proverbs 22:4-14.

Famous Quote: Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.”
― Charles Stanley

Father,

Being obedient is not easy for us humans because, it means acting on what we do not see, and listening to the G-d whose face we do not see. When Abram acted on faith that you would provide for his and his family’s needs, it was an act of obedience. The problem is, it is not the command “to leave” that was as problematic as it was the struggles they faced. When Israel left Egypt that was the easiest part of the whole journey because their past lay in rubbles behind them. The hardest part was going through a baron desert land hungry and thirsty when all they had to do was ask in faith and I know you would have provided. Please help me today to honor you in all that I do and walk in obedience to you. Please watch over my families today, guide and keep them. Thank you for the healing soaking rain that we received. I asked in faith for the land to be healed and you did your mighty work. Help me always to be a voice of encouragement. Please watch over our police, EMTs, military, elected leaders, my city of Stacy, my state of MN, and my USA. Please encourage your servants across all quadrants of this world to pray for the peace of their land.

IHS MK

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Morning Encouragement for 8/16/2022

Good Morning!

The Church of the Living G-d is made up of people from all walks of life. Some are old having spent most of their life chasing the “worldly dream”. Others come to the Lord in their youth. Some come after reaching the end of their strength and found solace in suicide. Each one had one thing in common, they were saved by the hand of the Lord. In each and every case, the common thread was that they had an appointment with the Lord. When we testify about our background and the steps that took us to get to the Throne-room, it is to encourage us in our walk, keep us humble, and be a source of encouragement to those who are in the storm of their life. The Lord never uses our background as a bargaining chip to get his way, he does however use it to remind us of where we came from to humble us when we get too proud. Our background is a useable resource for the Kingdom of G-d because we can reach the broken in spirit, those who are at the end of their rope, and a welcoming hand to those who were/are lost. Today our world has gone in search of many schemes but they all will come full circle to the cross and then the throne. We are not able to legislate morality however, we can be the gentle hand and voice that welcomes them home. My prayer for you today is that you will be the gentle hand and voice to welcome them to the cross

Readings: Psalms 107, Ecclesiastes 7:27-29, Genesis 41:9-15

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Father,

Thank you for a bright new day in your love. The work you are doing to heal our land is nothing short of amazing! I know that you answer my prayers not because I am an example of a “pristine individual” but that out of humility and faith answered my request. I pray for my city, state, nation, and the people from all walks of life and profession. In the words of St Francis Assisi, help me to be an instrument of your love. May your good Spirit rest upon my readers, family, and those I meet today.

IHS MK

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