by Chris Allen
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:13 (NKJV)
In the book of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul is writing to encourage the church at Ephesus. He encourages them by sharing what they have gained in Christ. Paul begins by sharing their position in Christ:
- they are seated in heavenly places,
- they received their salvation;
- they are saved by grace, through faith.
He talks about the mystery that is hidden in God and that the Jew and the Gentile would form the Body of Christ, which is the Church. Paul talks about the unity in the body and the gifts that each member of the body receives. He talks about their Christian walk, how they are to be imitators of God. He talks about the family dynamic and relationships. He also prays two powerful prayers. He prays that the eyes of their hearts be enlightened and they know the hope of their calling. He also prays that they be rooted and grounded in the love of Christ. His prayers are for spiritual wisdom, not for material processions.
And when he gets to the middle of chapter six, Paul makes a switch and says, “Finally . . . be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!” (v.10) Why? Continue reading
by Min. Chris Allen
I remember eight years ago being at a muscular sclerosis conference with my mother, who had been diagnosed with the disease, and as the presenters were sharing information, the Holy Spirit started downloading a vision that I wrote on the pad provided for us to take notes on. By the time He finished, Anointed Women In Christ (AWIC) was birthed. I was so excited I couldn’t wait to get out of there to share with my best friend what God had given me. And we hit the ground running! We registered the business ministry, developed a team, and set the launch for November 2011. But little did I know at the time what it would cost me in order for it to become reality. Continue reading
by Tammy Phillips
It was so tall. My sisters and I had to rear our heads back to see the star on the top of it.
For years, my parents took that artificial Christmas tree out of its worn old box. Then we would put it together, pile on the tinsel and bulbs and lights, cover each branch with fake snow and then illuminate the tree with the spinning four-colored wheel. Our tree was Phillips, pretty and warm. It looked like it was touching the ceiling.
Then something happened. Our old tree shrunk?
I did not have to maneuver my head to the see the top star. My toes did not have to tippy to put the garland and ornaments on the top branch. My sisters and I had grown almost as tall as our tree. I remember when I was in my early teens being amazed that our tree and our Daddy were not tall at all.
My nephews continued the tradition of being in awe of the tall Phillips tree, pretty and warm, until they too shot up near the star. But even when our perspective changes, it was comforting to know some things stay the same.
Daddy was no decorator. But, Mommy was gone, and we were grown and he decided to try, so… Continue reading
by Sharman J. Monroe
2017 was a year full of events in our lives. Some events we loved, some we just liked and some we could have lived without. We lost some people dear to us and we welcomed new people into our lives.
As a result of these events, we are each a different person than who we were on January 1, 2017. How so? Because all the events we experienced changed us into the person who is reading this message.
Hopefully, the events made you stronger, more courageous, wiser than you were before they happened. If they did, you experienced personal growth. If they didn’t, I invite you to revisit event and reassess them and their effect on you. Now that time has passed, I bet you see them in a different light.
We are all busy running here and there doing holiday stuff. Continue reading