2014 Something For Your Spirit

Something For Your Spirit
December 2014

Our Prayer For You
Scripture Reference Luke 2:11-12

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord... 12...And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 

As wonderful as this season is for so many, there are an equal number that find this season to be one of tremendous sadness. Almedia and I have to give God all the glory and praise because we have not personally felt the sadness of loss of a family member recently. Yes, we have however mourned with church members and friends who have suffered the loss of fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, husbands and wives.

Some feel a sense of loneliness because of relational breakups or children away and unable to be with you or those in service to our country. The sadness can come because of a lack of money to be able to buy gifts. This can indeed be a season of heaviness.

Our prayer however is for someone who is feeling despondent to have their eyes of faith opened and see this is really a season of hope and tremendous joy because in spite of the things that cause us the sadness and depression, it is in reality the season when we reflect on the greatest gift ever given. 

The Gospel of John reminds us "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life"  (John 3:16 KJV) 

Contrary to what the world wants you to believe, this season is not about the Christmas tree or Santa Claus or digging yourself into a hole so deep in debt buying things for people that it will take you all of next year to climb out. 

When my kids were small, I did everything possible to make Christmas special for them including giving them everything I was able to get. They were excited in tearing the wrapping paper off to get at their gifts, my daughter looked lovingly at her dolls she received. But I also saw that they began to lose interest after a while. The newness of the gifts had worn just that quickly. Those gifts brought only a temporary sense of of happiness and satisfaction.

I couldn't be mad at them because after all, they were just children with no sense of what the cost was to see they eyes sparkling. 

Over 2,000 years ago, our Heavenly Father sent His beloved Son Jesus to our world. He had a specific purpose and even as a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, the Heavenly Host sang their praises and gave Glory to God for His incredible gift to humanity. 

The common, lowly people by Jewish standards (shepherds abiding in the field caring for their flock) realized, there is something different about this birth and child. So much so that they felt drawn to this baby to adore Him, to reverence Him, to Worship Him. Why? Because He is Christ The Lord.   

It was prophesied 700 years before His birth in Isaiah 9:6 that the government would be upon His shoulder so He would be entitled to reign forever...His name would be called Wonderful, a name that expresses his ability as a political figure and leader... Counsellor, the living Word and source of guidance... Mighty God, our God incarnate...Everlasting Father expresses Christ's care for us His children as a father and Prince of Peace...His reign will be known by health, well being, prosperity, and total happiness when He defeats Satan.

And because of this baby that has felt every tear you and I will cry, felt every pain (emotional and physical) you and I will ever experience, gave us an example of how we should and can live and shed His sinless blood on Calvary's cross so you and I would have life eternal with Him, His Father and Heavenly Host our prayer is that you will let a Thank you Lord come from your lips...that a Hallelujah will come from your very soul and that you... as those at His birth will Adore Him...Christ The Lord...

Thank You Lord,
Elder Thomas W. Burgess  
               

Something For Your Spirit
November 2014
Almedia and I Pray you and your 
family will have a wonderful Thanksgiving

October 2014

Something for Your Spirit

Never Give Up!Longsuffering:

A Fruit Of The Spirit 


Scripture Reference: 

Galatians 5:22....But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.


Have you ever experienced a time where you became so confused, so discouraged and so disheartened in your Christian walk that you just wanted to let go, give in and give up?


In researching for this message I saw where Nancy Missler said, if we are honest with ourselves, all of us at one time or another would have to say, Yes, we have felt this way and it's devastating.


As Christians, hope in God and His promises are the anchors of our soul. Therefore, it's imperative we have complete confidence that the Lord will do all He promises to do in His Word. That's the basis of our faith. However, how do we avoid the feeling of wanting to let go, give in and give up in light of some of the trials and tragedies God allows in our lives? How do we refrain from being angry, bitter and blaming Him?


The Biblical answer is by learning longsuffering. Longsuffering is a fruit of the Spirit and is listed as number four on Galatians' list of ten! Longsuffering is a part of God's character, a part of His image and a part of His nature. Therefore it's something He wants us all to learn.


Longsuffering speaks of a person who doesn't give in to dismay, confusion and discouragement when difficult circumstances occur, but patiently endures them without complaint, "seeing Him who is invisible" in the midst of the trial. (Hebrews 11:27) 


Many of us face hardships in our marriages, in our relationships, our jobs, our finances, and the list goes on and on, but we must never give up on God! Although the valleys seem dark and it does appear that `we are troubled on every side, distressed, persecuted and cast down,' but in the eyes of our faithful God, `we are not distressed, not in despair, not forsaken and not destroyed.' (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)


We are loved by God and He desires that we live the abundant life. His abundant life only comes from a dying to self and a living for Christ. He is a God that loves to have His children bear fruit. It's not the same fruit that the world bears; that of financial wealth and material things, but the wealth that never rusts and never passes away - the fruit of the spirit.


Isaiah 41:10 tells us: "Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you. I will uphold you..." This is our promise and this is our hope! But, in order to take advantage of this promise and hope, we must first learn to do our part of the bargain: we must learn how not to be dismayed and how never to give up!


Hebrews 6:12 is another interesting Scripture about longsuffering. It tells us that we are to be followers of them who through faith and patience (i.e., longsuffering) inherit the promises of God. The root of the word "longsuffering" in the Greek is thumos, which means anger, wrath or indignation. Longsuffering means "holding back or restraining" what we really feel (anger, wrath or indignation) and what we really want to do; and instead, doing what God wants us to do. 


The way we hold back or restrain our natural response is by choosing to give our anger, wrath and bitterness, etc., to God, rather than acting upon them. “It’s barring ourselves from following what we would really like to do" and, instead, doing what God wants us to do. God, then, promises to be our champion, our defender and our vindicator.


When we learn to respond in this way, Romans 5:3-5 tells us we'll be able to "glory in [our] tribulations...knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope; and, hope maketh not ashamed, because the Love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given to us." 


I believe the Lord is telling us that the fruit of longsuffering is absolutely critical to experience, imperative to implement and essential to display. There seems to be eternal consequences! Men and women who, in spite of their horrific circumstances, have chosen to never let go, never give in and never give up, but let God.  


The definition for the word "suffering" is probably quite different from what you might imagine. Suffering simply means "barring ourselves from following sin and self." In other words, when we choose to bar ourselves from following what we want, what we feel and what we desire, and choose, instead, to follow what Jesus has asked, we often do suffer. It's often very difficult to say "no" to self and "yes" to God; and, difficult to put another's interests and needs before our own.


Think how our lives would be affected if longsuffering were exhibited in individual relationships, family relationships, church relationships, and workplace relationships. The old nature can be very short-fused at times, and we tend to strike back against offenses with unkind words and unforgiving spirits. By obeying the Holy Spirit, the believer in Christ can say “no” to retaliation and exhibit a forgiving and longsuffering attitude. As God is longsuffering with us, we can and must be longsuffering with others (Ephesians 4:30-32).


The ultimate example of God’s longsuffering is His waiting for individuals to respond in faith to Jesus Christ. God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).


Have you made that decision to believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you and that He rose again to provide forgiveness and eternal life? If not, read Romans 10:9-13.


May God Continue to Bless You!
Evangelist Almedia F. Burgess


September 2014

Something For Your Spirit


"Great Is Thy Faithfulness"

Scripture Reference: Lamentations 3:22 & 23

It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassion's fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.


The song lyrics are...Great is thy faithfulness oh God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with thee..Thou changest not, thy compassion's they fail not, As thou hast been, forever thou will be...


Great is thy faithfulness, great is thy faithfulness morning by morning new mercies I see...All I have needed thou hand hast provided...Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me. 


When I think about what those lyrics mean to me personally, tears comes to me eyes because God has indeed been so faithful to me. Especially when I think of all the times I have let Him down, fallen short of His expectations, being far less in my christian walk than I should be, yet He continues to have compassion toward me.


It is because of His mercy toward me that I have to show compassion toward my fellow man and woman, unfortunately many don't. Yet God has compassion toward them with His Mercy He provides every single day.


All the evil stuff we do because we are inherently an evil people, yet God gives us another chance. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction: who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies...Psalms 103:4 ...not just mercy but tender mercy, steadfast love, or covenant love is what we get from God. David wrote in Psalms 23:6...surely, beyond a doubt, without question...surely goodness and mercy shall follow me not today or tomorrow or this week or month but "ALL" the days of our lives.   

 

The historical background of Lamentations is...The Judahites had been able to think of themselves as God's chosen race and felt they would only experience His good things. They (like us) however forgot those good things they felt privy to were conditional. If they were disobedient the blessing were replaced with punishment. 


We tend to have difficulty with the obedience aspect of our relationship with God but in defense of us, I can tell you first hand, being obedient isn't always easy.


I can remember doing something my father to me not to do and had to 

suffer the consequences. There was however one time when I knew I was in serious trouble with him but he fooled me by showing me mercy. That is what this message is about...mercy when we don't deserve it.


Isn't it wonderful knowing God won't do to us what we do to each other. The next time you step out of line and know how badly you messed up, remember 1st John 1:19...If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 


He does it because He loves us, "Great is thy Faithfulness".


Thank You Lord

Elder Thomas W. Burgess        


    


August 2014

Something for Your Spirit


"Change and Trust God"

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

 

The subject for this month comes from a Women’s workshop we had earlier in July at our church. It was all women and the facilitator was our First Lady Sandra Askew. It was quite an interesting event because things are constantly changing and we as people must deal with them every single day. And dealing with change we must trust God through it all.

 

When I was doing my research for this message, I found where Gini Andrews said, life for most of us is not a steady-paced stroll through time, with a beginning, a middle, and an end, like a well-constructed play. Our lives are filled with change. What happens that there is always change? We change, schools, careers, homes, churches and yes we change friendships. Not all change is by choice.

 

Tragedy strikes and our lives change forever. Marriages dissolve, and a woman linked to her husband finds herself wondering what am I going to do? So at this time in our lives, it’s good to know that there is a person who is the same, who never changes. The writer of Hebrews quotes Psalm 102 as the book begins (1:10-12) about how even the heavens and earth will perish. “But you remain the same.” In all the changes of life, it is wonderful that we can trust in Jesus who is the same forever. So you may ask what does it mean that Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever?

 

It means Jesus is the same in His person. We as a person or people are always changing, we change physically—from youth to maturity of middle age to the weakness of old age. But Jesus never changes. We are strong one day and weak the next. We are resolved to follow God one day, but wavering and sinning the next day. That’s how we are, but Jesus never changes. He is as loving and welcoming and kind as when He first came to this earth.

 

Jesus is the same to His people. Remember Jesus loved us when we did not love Him, when we were going our own way, and doing our own thing, He still loved us. He may discipline us when we go astray, but His love is unchanging. He loves us as much now as He will when we stand before His throne in heaven. He told the disciples at the Last Supper, “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me.” (John 15:9). See the Father loves the Son perfectly and Jesus loves us perfectly. He cannot love us more than he loves us now. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

 

So now we have the believer’s who still ask the question, is our God the Lord of change? Will he be with us in change, especially when it strains our trust to its limit? Ironically, while we trust him with our eternal fate, we may find it difficult to trust him for next’s month car payment, mortgage payment or even a new relationship. The assumption that the Almighty is unacquainted with the complex people he has made keeps us hanging onto bits and pieces of our lives, deceived by Satan’s ancient lie that God does not want the best for you and me.

 

In this threatened world in which we live, we should remind ourselves that God is unchanging: “I the Lord do not change” (Malachi 3:6). “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

 

May God continue to bless all of us in this world of change.

 

Evangelist

Almedia Burgess


July 2014

 Something For Your Spirit 

"Bless The Lord"

Scripture Reference...Psalm 34:1

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

The focus of our country last month had been on team USA's attempt to bring home a Soccer championship. Our major cities opened stadiums so people could watch and cheer Team USA on to victory free of charge. This team should be credited for their great play and for bringing awareness of their sport to an entire nation that was hungry for their victory. 

Unfortunately they lost to Belgium but they should be congratulated for their attempt to accomplish what many experts said they had no chance of winning. The goalie was praised for his valiant effort at stopping 16 shots on goal which I believe was a record in itself but Belgium was too much for Team USA. 

I Bless the Lord for these players and their effort and Praise God for Brazil hosting the games because in Brazil is a mountain with the statue of Christ The Redeemer at its peak that attracts visitors from all over the world to its stunning beauty.

David wrote this Psalm because king Saul was trying to kill him simply because of jealously. David in his attempt to get away from Saul wound up with people who didn't like him either and David played crazy in front of these peoples king to keep his life. David did not credit himself for his cunning playing crazy idea, he instead Blessed God and gave Him all his Praise. 

Have you Blessed the Lord? Is His Praise continually in your mouth? You may think you don't have much to bless and praise Him for but if you think about it...you will find you have many reason to do both.

Bless the Lord because we prayed for our family members as they left for their reunions and arrived safely, Praise Him because if He had not created us we would not be here to have reunions... (Genesis 1:27)... 

Bless the Lord because fireworks went off in neighborhoods all over America last night and none hit or damaged our homes, Praise Him because of our obedience to God... He gave us homes and places to live (Deuteronomy 6:11)...

Bless the Lord because police sirens, fire trucks and ambulances rolled all night rendering aid to those who needed them ...Praise Him because non stopped where we live and He gave us a restful peaceful sleep...(Leviticus 25:18)

Bless the Lord for what we consider small things, Praise Him because those what we consider to be small things were created by Him and they teach us enormous life lessons (Proverbs 30:24 -28)... 

Bless the Lord for the difficulties I have on my job, Praise Him because it is through those difficulties I learn greater faith in Him to get me through them... (Exodus 14:14)... 

Bless the Lord for the beauty of your creation, Praise Him because it is through His creation that we learn their is no God but Him and in Him we live move and have our being (Acts 17:28)... 

Bless the Lord because even though I feel my paycheck isn't enough to pay my bills, I will Praise Him because all my need is supplied by Him through Christ Jesus...(Philippians 4:19)

Bless the Lord for the small amount I have compared to what the world say's I should have to be considered successful, Praise God because my rest with my little is more peaceful than many who have great wealth and no rest... (Isaiah 55:1 - 3)...

Bless the Lord for my glass that many say is half empty, Praise Him because He see's my half empty glass overflowing...(Malachi 3:10)...

Bless the Lord for His many blessing to us we don't even deserve, Praise God because He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life...For God sent not His son to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved...(John 3:16 - 17)...    

God Bless You,

Elder Thomas W. Burgess


June 2014 

Something For Your Spirit

Lord, Is It You?

Scripture Reference 

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21 KJV


This months message came to me from the Daily With The King Devotional by W. Glyn Evans that mentioned hearing God's voice when He speaks behind you. It resonated in my Spirit because I had that encounter with him some years ago that caused me to question whether it was really God that I heard.  

Maybe you would not question it because you are super guy or super lady that never has a doubt about God's guidance in your life but for where I was in my walk with Him at that time, I wondered if it was Him. The amazing thing about that encounter was I did exactly what His voice said and my wife and I were tremendously Blessed. 

Yes The Word say's He leads me beside still waters (Psalm 23:2B) and in those times when God leads you from the front, there is never a question because you expect that from Him and can see Him and His work but what happens when His voice speaks to you from behind and you obviously can't see Him. 

Trusting God in all things is easier said than done depending on where you are in your walk with Him at that time in your life. What you learn about His leading you from behind is the increased faith you have built within you after experiencing Him and His precious promises you learn from reading His Holy Word.

When you can see where He is leading you your faith is easy. You may not be able to see around the twists and turns on your road but knowing He is leading makes having faith a piece of cake because you can see Him. Peter saw Jesus walking on water and stepped out on His Word in faith when Jesus told him to come. Peter walked on water. (Matthew 14:29 KJV) ...That voice from behind however requires a much deeper level of faith.

One of our Assistant Pastors referenced Elijah running from Ahab and Jezebel in the Old Testament Book of 1st Kings Chapter 19 during his message in a recent Sunday evening service. Elijah was afraid for his life (even after God had done miraculous things for him before this threat) he thought he would hear from God in a strong wind, earthquake or fire to reassure him that God was still with him but God wasn't in the strong wind, earthquake or fire. He heard God speaking to him in a still small voice.  

Sometime's God speaks from behind because He is pushing you to and through whatever you need to get past. When God speaks to you in ways you don't expect, it isn't a time to wonder because we have the Holy Spirit whose job is to lead us into truth (John 14:16-17 KJV). Last months message and this one both point us toward Pentecost and the amazing Power we receive as believers because of the gift of the Holy Ghost.

We have Blessed Assurances because we are Gods children, make sure you are in prayer daily, in His Word daily and never doubt when you hear His voice behind you. Because of your obedience to Him you will be tremendously Blessed like Evangelist Burgess and I were.

God Bless You,
Elder Thomas W. Burgess 


May 2014

Something For Your Spirit

Faith To Believe The Precious Promises

Scripture Reference

Luke 24:1-12


We have spent time celebrating Lamb Selection Day (Palm Sunday) followed by walking with Jesus through the scriptures during His final week before that date with Calvary's cross. The we rejoiced on Resurrection Sunday (Easter) knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is alive. He overcame Satan's desire to kill Him and defeated death, hell and the grave in the process by coming out of the tomb with the keys' of victory. 


All of this was part of God's plan for our redemption after the fall in the Garden of Eden in Genesis. God orchestrated events throughout the annals of history for every person who had lived and died to those currently alive and those to come (unless Jesus comes back ) to experience what His Son, Jesus did for us on Calvary's cross so we would have life eternal. 


In the Old Testament, God had promised the children on Israel wonderful things if they would be obedient to Him. He delivered them time after time from one calamity to another (even through their captivity) that what He promised them would come to pass and to help them he repeatedly told them to wait, be of a good courage, don't fear and have faith in me and my promises to you because God is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man that he should repent, hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19 KJV)    


Just A Few Of God's Old Testament Promises

Genesis 1:29...And God said, Behold, I have given you you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat...KJV


Exodus 12:13...And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt...KJV


Numbers 21:8...And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live

...KJV


Psalm 23:1-6...The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want...KJV


Isaiah 43:3...When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee...KJV


The recurring problem for them as it is with us was always "what their eyes saw"...Adam and Eve's eyes saw a tree they were told not to bother and had to have it. The Tower of Babel was built because they had to reach what their eyes saw... heaven. Joesph's brothers were jealous of their brother because their eyes saw the coat of many colors his father made for him. Saul's army was scared of the Philistine Goliath because their eyes saw a man much larger than they were. David got himself into a world of trouble because his eyes saw a naked Bathsheba and had to have her. God had made "Precious Promises" to each and every one of the examples I just gave you but they forgot the promises because they had to wait for it, what there eyes saw was something for right now.


For us, we are fearful of losing our jobs because our eyes see pink slips going around the office so we wonder when am I going to get mine. Our eyes see the meager amount of money in our accounts and worry because there isn't enough to pay this bill that is due. Here is the problem with what we see... 

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world...1st John 2:16...believe in the Precious Promises God spoke (and continues to speak) to your spirit...fear not, wait and have faith.


In our scripture reference, the disciples saw the suffering and agonizing death of Jesus on that cross and even though He promised them He would come out of the grave on the 3rd day (and He did), the reality of what their eyes saw overshadowed their belief in His promise. 


Now that we are in the season of Pentecost, waiting for God's promise's has an even greater impact in the lives of the believer because of the endowment of the Holy Ghost in our lives (Acts chapters 1& 2). Have faith to believe in our risen Savior and His Precious Promises, have faith to believe God has a special purpose for your life that only you can fulfill and have faith to believe that waiting for the Holy Spirit will give your witness amazing "POWER" needed to win souls for God's Kingdom.


God Bless You,

Elder Thomas W. Burgess  


April 2014

Something For Your Spirit

Our Mighty God


What a Mighty God we serve. That is what we sing Sunday mornings during Praise and Worship but do we really appreciate our Mighty God and do we truly serve Him as we should?

The scripture reference comes from the 9th chapter of Nehemiah and has significance for this month and season we are about to celebrate. The story actually starts in chapter 8 when the Old Testament priest of the scribes Ezra and Nehemiah help the body of worshipers really understand the Book of the Law or Torah.


Ezra, "a ready scribe in the law of Moses" is correctly so called for two reasons, he could write or copy the Law and at the same time was an able interpreter of it. It is one thing to be a member of a church who is lost in God’s house because they don’t have the proper understanding of God’s Word versus the one whose Pastor has the gift of making God’s Word understandable to the point where that congregation leaves services delivered from whatever they came to church with.

 

When God’s Spirit truly resides in His house true change takes place in the lives of those who attend. The Awesome and Mighty Power of God unleashed on those who spend time reading his Word and Worshiping Him will bring that person strength they never knew was possible.


Nehemiah Chapter 9:3…And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the Lord their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshiped the Lord their God. Can you imagine how different our life would be if we spent half the day reading the Bible and in Worship to the only true and living God who wants to have a relationship with us.


Jubilee Church of God in Christ is truly blessed as a congregation because we and those who visit can feel God’s presence when you walk into the building because of the power of God’s preached word through Pastor Askew. The anointing that is upon him enables you to understand God’s Word and because we understand that Word, we like those listening in Nehemiah chapter 8:10 were told, this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

Yes He created the heavens and the earth, yes He created the fowl of the air, great whales and creeping things, He spoke and the earth brought forth grass and herb yielding seed after his kind…and yes He created man and woman in His image and gave us dominion over what He created. Only a Mighty God could do that.


Think about how God told the waters of our rivers, lakes, oceans and seas to gently come to the shore then retreat, the sun rises every morning in the east and sets every day in the west because God told them to do so. Of all the trees that have been planted, currently planted and forever will be planted no two leaves are the same. Of all the people who have lived, currently alive or will live, none has your fingerprint. Only a Mighty God could do that.

Nehemiah chapter 9 tells of His Awesome Power taking care of the children of Israel including the amazing Red Sea miracle and reminds us of God’s long suffering kindness with them and us when we (like them) do wrong in spite of all He has done and continues to do for us.


In this very special season we just entered, we are reminded and understand just how much God loves us for He gave us His only Son… Jesus Christ... that whosoever believes in Him will have everlasting life (John 3:16). We are reminded and understand the great price Jesus paid for our deliverance from sins clutches. The suffering He endured on Calvary’s cross and the true meaning of the Blood He shed for you and I. Only a Mighty God could demand that of His Son.


God in His Awesome Power raised His Son, Jesus Christ from deaths grip for you and I so we would understand and tell all we meet how Mighty our God is and that it pays to serve Him completely. For this very special season, make sure you follow the leading of the Holy Spirit this Lamb Selection Day (Palm Sunday) and Resurrection Sunday (Easter) …spend time in the Bible and in God’s house. 

 

God Bless You,

Elder Thomas W. Burgess



Something for Your Spirit 

March, 2014

We as Women – Strong & Spiritual

We as women play such an important role in society.  However, the role of the woman has changed and will continue to change dramatically. Striving to maintain ourselves in the age of technology, we find years pass with such speed and anxiety that sometimes we do not know what maintains us except the blessing of God.

 

 A woman carries the responsibility of the physical, mental and spiritual well being of her family. This is a serious job that can reap great rewards, but also carries dire consequences when not done successfully. In addition to that, many women have added the weight of work and career. 


There are a number of strong women in the Bible but it seems that the stories of these women are not told very often. Among the strong women one will find Hannah who begged God for a son. She promised that the son would have his life dedicated to the service of God and when God granted her the son, she made sure that this promise was kept. 


1 Samuel 1:15

And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD. 


When there is constant pressure and no relaxation, when there is no outlet, when there is a constant deficit in our mental and physical capacity, it results in a shattered mind and the loss of happiness and inner peace. We suffer as women, and our generations suffer as a result. This is a dilemma that is shared by women in every country, of every religion, on every continent. Hannah was a strong woman but as the scripture said she was a woman of sorrow.  She believed that she would be granted a son, and it did happen, simply because she poured her heart out to the Lord. Regardless of what the Priest thought of her, she stood her ground and said what she desired, and it was granted.   

 

We as women must encourage one another to develop our inner strength by drawing close to God and surrendering ourselves completely to Him. Remember the saying “When you give yourself and your life to God, He will make you strong and give you power. This strength is with you always and will help you overcome life’s challenges. When you surrender to God, you enter into a partnership with Him and He walks with you. You hear his voice and you depend on His strength, not your own.


Women have a special gift and a valuable role to play in society. We have the ability to influence our husbands, our children and others around us on a daily basis. By being good examples and inspirational role models, we can transform our homes and communities and impact positively on society.” We should motivate and encourage women to make a difference in whatever they are saying or have a desire to do: “Great nations are built on the foundation of sound families and stable homes where honest values and upright principles are learned.”


It is Women’s Month at our church and the theme is “Becoming God’s Image and Taking Dominion” Women if you want it, you can have it. Trust God in all you do and take dominion over you and your situation. Pray and cry out to God, let him know what your desires are, with all sincerity I believe it will be granted.


God Bless you!

Evangelist Almedia F. Burgess


February 2014

Something For Your Spirit

Open Our Eyes

2nd Kings 6:15 – 17 KJV

And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? (16)…And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. (17)…And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

This month’s message is a powerful example of what we need to be mindful of in our own lives everyday…operating in God’s purpose for our life, absolute faith in God and the power of prayer so we can have our eyes opened to a whole different realm to live in.

The Old Testament Prophet Elisha is the central character who replaces his mentor Elijah. Both prophets were ordinary men who performed extraordinary things in God’s service and are a testament to those willing to allow God to use you for His work.

Men and women that make the decision to follow God no matter where He leads you don’t have a life of ease; they have burdens like all of us. They realize however that the Words written in His Holy Writ are truth and have enough faith to believe in them. The Bible say’s we should not fear, they don’t. The Bible say’s be obedient to what God tells you to do, they are. Because of their obedience and absolute faith, they operate in the spiritual realm, seeing things you can’t see unless you too live, move and have your being in Him (Acts 17:28)…

Genesis 28:1-11… is the story of Jacob, one of the son’s of  Isaac.  Jacob is obedient to his father and mother in their charge to him. Verse 12…And he (Jacob) dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13… And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 14… And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15… And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.  

Elisha knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that God would be with him no matter what he faced. It was his servant who feared because of what his eyes saw…the enemy surrounding them. Elisha prayed for him, asking God to open his servant’s eyes so he would see what Elisha already knew. God did open his servant’s eyes to the spiritual realm and he saw God’s army between them and the enemy. What a tremendous comfort and life lesson that had to be to the servant, but it was business as usual for the prophet because Elisha knew God had his back.  

In our lives, if we are not fulfilling our purpose that God has for us, our focus like Elisha's servant will be on the things in the natural…fearing what our eyes are seeing…more month than money in our bank account, fearing losing our jobs because of cut backs, unable to advance because you are perceived as being a trouble maker, seeing spots on an x-ray that is cause for concern…living a life of constant worry.

When we have unwavering faith in God, doing what He is telling us to do, staying in His Word with prayer …when faced with what others call pending disaster our greatest message will be preached. Telling all around us (like Elisha to his servant) fear not for there are more with us than those against us and I am going to pray that God opens your eyes that you can see.

God Bless You,

Elder Thomas W. Burgess

 

 

 

 

 

January 2014

Happy New Year

A New Year Resolution


Lord, Keep My Eyes On You

Scripture Reference 

                                                            Psalm 121: 1-2


 1...I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help,

2...My help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth.


All Praise and Glory to God for allowing us to make it to another year. I don't know about you, but I failed miserably last year in many area of my life but God showed mercy on me and I thank Him. He has been so faithful to me... it is of Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassion's fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23)...that is His promise to us, God is just so good.

If you too have realized that you have not done all you could for Him, now is as good a time as any to make the change. Don't carry 2013 regrets into 2014 because its over, the best thing you could do is learn from the mistakes, pull yourself up, dust off the stuff that is stuck on you and move forward.

Look at it this way, when you are about to walk into someone's home, it is common courtesy for you to always wipe your feet to remove dirt and grime from your shoes so you don't carry stuff into their home, if they have a door mat. God has supplied all of us that door mat at the door of 2014. No matter what we have done to each other or ourselves, no matter how much mud we have walked through trying to make it day by day, no matter much grime is on our shoes and us, no matter how much we soiled ourselves in 2013...wipe it off, leave it on the mat and step into this new year with a totally new focus.

Someone may be saying, you just don't know how bad I have messed up...I really hurt this person or when God asked me to do this one thing, I never did it and He won't forgive me or whatever you may feel totally broken by...the good news is unlike the world, that throws broken things away because it has been ruined...it isn't until you have been totally broken that God can use you for His purpose.

Resolve for 2014 your acceptance that you need God everyday of your life and not just when you are in a tough time...Resolve for 2014 that in and of yourself you admit you never accomplished what you thought you did, it was God that sold the cars, it was God that got you the promotion, it was God that told the company to hire you, it was God that talked to the banker to modify your mortgage, it was God that remove the spot in your body that the doctors thought was cancer, it was God that got you through the divorce...whatever it was...it was God and not you.

Resolve for 2014 to raise your sight. Life will often cause you to look down on things you face because you feel defeated. After a while you don't expect any good thing because you can't see past the issue. Some may say, looking down while walking will keep you from tripping on cracks in the pavement. May I suggest looking toward the hill called Calvary where the Old Rugged Cross was placed and that our Lord and Savor Jesus Christ died on because it is at that hill, you will gain your strength. Don't worry about tripping on the pavement because you are trusting God to guide your footsteps, keep your eyes toward the higher place God wants you to be.

The lyric to one of the most powerful Praise and Worship songs says the very thing found in the scripture reference, Lord I will lift my eyes to the hills, knowing my help is coming from you, your peace you give me in time of the storms...You are the source of my Strength, You are the source of my life, I lift my hands in Total Praise to you.

Verse 8 of the 121 Psalm is where you should stand for 2014 and Resolve to believe...The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even forever more...
God Bless You
Elder Thomas W. Burgess
         

  
  
  
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