Feed The Hunger

 

The most common and by far the worst hunger is hunger of the spirit. Most people say they are okay, that they have everything they want and need. Yet if they would listen to that still,small voice inside, they would know that its whispering “feed me”.

On Saturday, Feb 28 from 8 to 10 a.m., you are invited to come and join us and be prayed for. Come as you are, and fill the hollow inside with Gods love and grace.

Jesus Reigns Ministries, A Vallejo Community Church will join with other members of the community to offer the opportunity to wash your clothes, get a haircut, have some food and be prayed for. The event will be at the corner of Tennessee and Sutter in front of the Laundromat and Global Thrift.


Love After Marriage Workshop

 

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How To Be Faithful To God



A Book Review for Unlocking Heaven

Unlocking Heaven – Keys to Living Naturally SUPERNATURAL

The book “Unlocking Heaven – Keys to Living Naturally SUPERNATURAL” shows us that, in the bible, Jesus called every believer to live a naturally, supernatural life. He wants to bring the Kingdom to earth so that what is in heaven, can be on earth. In Matthew 10:7-8, Jesus commanded the disciples to preach that the “Kingdom of heaven is near; heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers and drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” Christ goes on to tell us in John 14:12 that “whoever believes in me, will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” This stands as not only a command, but a promise. In fact, the book itself examines several promises made in the book of Matthew.

The author of Unlocking Heaven, Kevin Dedmon, entered public ministry in 1981. As with other great revivalists of the past, and throughout history, he and his wife were average, everyday Christians with different backgrounds and they held different jobs. Because of their passion and dedication, they sought to discover the keys to unlock heaven and allow them to live a naturally super natural life and ministry.

Gods call evokes uncertaintly; feelings of intimidation, fear and inadequacy. My own reply would be “are you sure about this?” But God is known for choosing the least likely person to do His will.

The author writes, “As a believer, Christ lives in us, He also wants to live thru us. He wants to reveal his glory through ordinary, extra-ordinary people. In Isaiah 60:1-3, He commands us
‘Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord arises upon you. See, darkness is over the people, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light and Kings to the brightness of your dawn.”

The author continues, “Jesus wants to shine through our lives. He wants out of the box! Christ in us has the answers that those around us are waiting for. Through Christ we have access to every resource in heaven that can meet every need here on earth.

The book continues, “To say that we have the power to heal someone is inaccurate. We cannot heal anyone, but Christ in us can. We cannot save anyone, from sin, but Christ in us can. Conversely, it is almost as if God will not heal, deliver and save without us. God has the power to heal us on his own, but God in his sovereignty, has chosen to partner with believers to bring his kindom rule to the earth just as he did when he commissioned Adam in Genesis 1:28 to “fill the earth and subdue it”. Obviously, God had the power to rule the Earth, but he chose to give the responsibility and authority to us.”

The author quotes from the bible frequently and asks us; “In Matthew 10:8, Jesus told his disciples to give away what they had, and freely received.” What had they freely received? Jesus gave them authority to drive out evil spirits, and heal every disease and illness. (Matt. 10:1)

“Jesus said in Matthew 12:18, “all authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to me”, implying that he was giving his authority to the disciples so they could represent and expand His Kingdom. Therefore, with authority comes inherent responsibility.”
Imagine this. The disciples have been with Jesus everyday for a while now, but they remain anxious and unsure of how they can be like their Master. They want to walk in Jesus footsteps and be able to release the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

The disciples had a true desire to know how to live a naturally supernatural life. Which takes us to the core of this book.

How can we live a naturally supernatural life? The book, Unlocking Heaven, draws heavily from the book of Matthew to answer that question, and provides several examples of people who have done so. It provides scriptural references for what Jesus said about living in the supernatural and praying that God’s will is done in our lives.

The point that Jesus was driving at with His disciples is that a sincere and honest petition from their hearts is the only way to live a naturally supernatural life, to release God’s Kingdom and move heaven to earth. I believe the disciples finally got it.

If we are like children, loving, faithful and devoted to God, it will be His pleasure to bring Heaven to Earth, and allow us to live naturally supernatural lives. We must live a dynamic, intimate relationship with God.

Unlocking Heaven is well written, inspirational and informative.


Fathers, You Are Wanted and Needed!

Not every child gets the opportunity to grow up with a father figure. Some fathers disappear even before the child is born. Other fathers were there at the start and become alienated through circumstance, like divorce, and slowly disappear over time. While there are also others who are always there physically but are emotionally unavailable due to preoccupation with work and other things.

If you’re from a fatherless home, it is easy to hold grudge and cling to all the bitterness. But sooner or later, you will become a father yourself and if you don’t overcome the struggles of growing up without a father, your own child will feel it, too. The effects of fatherlessness is a vicious cycle that needs to be broken.

This advice below comes from the leader of the band, Pennywise:

“If you’re from a broken home, it’s easy to cling to all that anger. But learn over time to take the anger and make it something positive. We can raise better kids by being more attentive fathers. Maybe that’s the way we can create a better world out there, by being better fathers.”
As we look forward to celebrating Father’s Day, I hope that every father remembers that a child, no matter his or her age, will always need a father. No matter how far between the “Hi’s” and “Hello’s,” take the opportunity this Father’s Day to break the distance and make contact.

The Lord God, our Father, knows how important it is for a father and his child to be together, that’s why He has never forsaken us.

It is the Lord Father’s desire to turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents to save society from utter destruction. -Malachi 4:6
Father’s you are wanted!

Come celebrate Father’s Day at our 10:30 AM Sunday service.


Slow Down, Reconnect and Nurture Your Family

Raising a family is a sacred gift from God, so it is important that we take time to nourish and not take this sacred institution for granted. Families are more than just a group of people living in a house and sitting on the same table to dine. However, amidst the squabbles of every day life — mealtimes, works, commutes, homework’s — you name it — we tend to neglect to truly connect with each other.

What would it feel like if we step back for a moment, slow down and do less so that we can really reconnect with our family?

If you’re a parent it may help if you start with self-care. Forget the pile of laundry for a moment or the stack of papers on your desk at work, give yourself a break. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so take care of yourself. Take time to fill yourself with energy so that you can actually give more not only to your family but also to your community.

For a child, a teen, or a young adult, maybe a time off from all the pinging electronics would be all you need to really reconnect with your parents, your siblings, or even yourself.

When we take some time off from all the things that’s eating our time and attention on a daily basis, we can develop appreciation of the things that truly matter — a simple conversation with the family, a walk in the park, a playful moment with our pet, and a simple prayer to God.

I know that hitting on the breaks when we’re surrounded with the demands of everyday life is never easy, but a timely break is essential for us to nurture ourselves, our relationship with our family, with others, and with God.


An Inspiring Advice From a Parent to His Son

From time to time, human as we are, we get into misunderstandings with each other, even with our own family. It is important that we acknowledge our shortcomings so that we learn to understand them and learn from them.

This story is an inspiring one. This is the story of a son in an argument with his father and how he was taught a lesson he will never forget.

I’m the oldest of the three kids. I’m older than my little brother by 2.5 years and my little sister by 9.

When I was about fourteen or so, arguing with my dad in private about something I don’t remember, he being the second-oldest of eight kids, told me:

“Any decision you make in this household, you make three times. Once when you make it, once when your brother makes the same decision after watching you do it, and once when your sister makes the same decision after watching you and your brother do it. How you treat your brother will tell him how he can treat his sister; and how you treat your sister tells her how she will expect to be treated for the rest of her life, even as far as her future boyfriends.”

This just goes to show that our actions, no matter how little, may have a rippling effect to the people around us. It is important that we always take responsibility of what we do, especially so if we serve as role models to a certain person or a group of people, because even when we are not actively trying to influence those around us, we will somehow impact the decisions of the people that look up to us.


The Importance of a Father in The Life of a Child

Our fathers play a very important role in our lives. Their influence is invaluable and their nurturing love is irreplaceable. It’s Father’s Day this Sunday, so during this very special day let’s take some time reflecting on the importance of a father figure in the life of every child and some of the qualities we might hope to find in a father:

A father must be comfortable in expressing himself appropriately, is prepared to laugh, cry, and show love and affection. In the eyes of a child, his father is his role model, so the father must be able to communicate positively, compromise effectively, and resolve problems satisfactorily.

A father must be morally strong. Children who see their fathers do “the right thing” and do things with integrity will most likely grow up as adults valuing those qualities.

A father must value his family. A good father spends time with his family and demonstrates how important quality family time is. A child who grew up in a household with a father that’s always there during special family events and moments, will build his own family around the same set of values.

The Fatherless Homes

But not all of us are blessed with having a father figure. In fact, 23.6% of US children (17.4 million) lived in fatherless homes in 2014. (Source: [US Census Bureau, 2015] Living arrangements of children under 18 years and marital status of parents, by age, sex, race, and hispanic origin and selected characteristics of the child for all children: 2014. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Census Bureau.)

Some children are born to a single mom, others grow up with their fathers during the first few years of their lives and then become alienated because of circumstances. Still, there are other children who grow up with their father physically present yet emotionally unavailable. Having an emotionally unavailable father is, in some aspects, just the same as not having a father at all.

In 2011, children living in female-headed homes with no spouse present had a poverty rate of 47.6%. This is over four times the rate for children living in married couple families. (Source: ource: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (2012). Information on poverty and income statistics: A summary of 2012 current population survey data. Retrieved from: http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/12/PovertyAndIncomeEst/ib.cfm)

The influence of Fathers

One clear example of the impact of a father’s presence on his children’s life is church attendance.

If both parents go to church 72% of children will go to church too even when they’re already adults.

If only the father goes, the percentage of children who will go to church is at 55%; but if only the mother goes to church, and the father doesn’t, only 15% of the children will go to church when they’re grown. So while mothers have greater influence on some aspects of their children’s lives, church attendance is one area where the father has big influence on his children. (Source: Raising Faithful Kids in a Fast-Paced World, Dr. Paul Faulkner, 123 – 124)

A lot of fathers assume that the mothers have more influence when it comes to the spiritual activities. They assume that the strong spiritual influence of their wives will make for their failure to be a spiritual role model too to their children. This is not the case and fathers should do something about this immediately.

God teaches us the same thing in the Bible:

(Ephesians 6:4). “Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done” (Psalm 78:3-4).
Dads, you hold a tremendous amount of influence to your children’s lives. So you need to take responsibility and get more involved. If you think you haven’t been the best father lately, we challenge you to make the necessary changes before it becomes too late.

Father’s Day is also an opportunity for every grown-up son to reflect on his own upbringing. Always improve what you can improve, work on not repeating the same mistakes your father commit, and always strive to become a better father when the time comes.


You Are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

What words come to mind when you take a look of yourself in the mirror. Do the words “I’m fearfully and wonderfully made” often come to mind?

Maybe there are days when you feel not so wonderful at all, days when you consider yourself “average” or “not bad”. There may be even those days when you take a closer look at yourself, you see flaws you can’t ignore. Days when insecurities just eat you up.

Remember, when see yourself as ordinary or unremarkable, you’re not seeing yourself as a result of God’s loving creation. We must understand that each one of us is God’s unique design, and we are wonderful in our own unique ways.

In Genesis 1:27, “God created man in his own image… male and female he created them,” we often think of this as our likeness to God in physical appearance alone, when in fact our likeness to God transcends all that’s physical and spatial. Our soul bears God’s image, too: mind, will and emotion — knowledge, righteousness and true holiness.

Only Jesus Christ is the express image of God’s person, having the same nature. ~Colossians 1:15 – 17; Hebrews 1:3

God honored us by fearfully and wonderfully making the Word flesh. ~John 1:1, 14

Indeed it was a great honor when he cloth the Son of God with a body like ours; then cloth our fleshly body with a glory like His.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
While evolutionary biology sees us as nothing more than just evolved apes, we are vastly unique in so many levels. For one, only humans have the ability to create and understand art. We also have the capacity for abstract thinking. By observing things and events, we are able to come up with explanation why certain things happen as they do. Chimpanzees, on the other hand, merely react in a form of conditioned responses from directly observable events. They operate mainly in a world of concrete and tangible things.

We, humans, are set apart from all creatures by our ability to make moral judgments. We are capable of discerning between right and wrong. We experience shame and guilt, recognise our wrongdoings and then seek redemption.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
We are also set apart because of our ability to love and receive love. We know that God loves us dearly and we’re able respond to the love God gives to us.

Our hearts is fearfully and wonderfully made by God, letting us to love and experience Him intimately. Our hearts reveal our personality — thoughts, memories, emotions, desires, will. ~Luke 6:45

Our hearts is capable of not only feeling but also of thinking and remembering, enabling us to do decisions with integrity and to discern every course of action.

When we live an upright and honourable life, God fils our hearts with joy. ~Psalm 97:11

God value our bodies and our hearts dearly. We are an intricate and fleshly fine-tuning of divine wisdom, a creation “a little lower than heavenly beings” but capable of being the crown of honour and glory. ~Psalm 8:5

So the next time you look yourself in the mirror, see yourself as God sees you, fearfully and wonderfully made, designed to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your should and with all your mind.” ~Matthew 22:37


Making Daily and Life-Changing Decisions

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:15 NIV

Every day we’ll be faced with decisions. Mostly it will be mundane daily choices, but from time to time we will have to make life-altering decisions, that can’t only change our own lives but that of others as well.

But this is something that we must all do. Living comes with making choices and making decisions. We are gifted by God with freewill and with the ability to make sound decisions, so we must accept that gift and exercise our decision-making whenever necessary.

In every situation, in every challenge, we are given choices. It is up to us on what our reaction will be. We can choose to move. We can always choose our own path.

Some things may be beyond our control and it may seem that we’re powerless at times. But we are not. As long as we have God in our hearts, we are never truly powerless. He will show us the light, and enlighten our hearts and mind if only we seek His wisdom and guidance.

There are many choices within our power. Adventures waiting to be discovered. New lives God wants us to touch. But we need to make decisions for them to happen. So decide. Choose!