Hosanna Reflection May 28, 2017

God is Over All
Youth Service
May 28, 2017

 

Hosanna Reflection
Romeo Berry

“We Have to Be Prepared for Trials in Life”
 

To be ready you have to prepare yourself in God
Phil. 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Jesus has our back no matter what
We have to do the right thing
Psalm 3:6 I am not afraid of ten thousands of people
No matter how people put you down you must stand up tall
Be patient with God
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage and he shall strengthen your heart
2013 wrote a poem, thankful that God heard his prayer
If you are going through a time of waiting for something from the Lord, I encourage you not to worry and keep calm,
Those that are waiting, don’t worry
When you are not worrying you are prepared
No matter where you are, or where you go God loves you!
Stay faithful God has your back.


 

Hosanna Reflection
Kayla Washington
“Learn to Blossom”

 

We can be the sunflower, or daffodils weed like flowers that can hurt the growth of other flowers
Luke 21:36 – Pray and be aware of the enemy’s tricks to distract you from your path. Continuous prayer helps ward off the enemy
Col. 4:2-6 –Prayer helps us blossom. Prayer will open doors for us so that we can proclaim the word of God and provide answers to people in need.
Going to church can be hard
Not waking up can make life hard
I can go with my friends
I get up and go to church
A party should never be before God
I can be ready to receive what God has
Matthew 25:1-12 The Parable of the Ten Virgins
You must keep watch
You do not know the day or the hour
The ten virgins were preparing
Be prepared for the day of judgment
We must be ready
Keeping an open ear to the Lord will help
I asked a friend if he wanted to come to church
Be prepared to do what God tells us to do
Put God first, keep your ears open
 
 

Hosanna Reflection
Kevin Patterson

“The Bridge”


 

Bridge – something that is intended to reconcile or form a connection between two things.
Focus on youth, “I wasn’t ready!”
Caught with no oil in our lamps
I have said that I am not ready
Friends who did not want to serve God
Ready means to make preparation
Let’s get ready and construct our bridge
Dead Load is the actual weight of the bridge
We are doors of blessings to our friends
Do you consider yourself a bridge?
Close eyes think of all the persons who need to be ministered to that you know
How much does your bridge weigh
I Peter 2:24 Jesus bear our sins
Live Load the daily weight of traffic that we should carry
Proverbs 8:34 Blesses is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
Jesus instructed us to pick up our cross daily and follow him.
Put your own desires to death
Wind Load the pressure of the storm that beats on the bridge
John 16:33 Be of good cheer I have overcome the world
The second leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24 
Teens dying every day of overdoses
Many could not handle the storms of life
I remember a time, I wanted to leave San Diego
I knew that leaving could effect my daughters life
That decision saved my daughters life and my life
Do you have any storms in your life?
Peter had many storms
Matthew 14:26-32 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage!” It is I, don’t be afraid.
Jesus said, why doubt?
We should encourage each other
Acts 14:22 The believers are encouraged to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.
We think that we can play games with God
Peter’s experience could have been us
Don’t say I am not ready
You must decide if you will be a bridge, or you will be a heavy load on someone else’ bridge
I was dealing with pride during my divorce
One afternoon a saint, helped me I was given a powerful word of encouragement
I felt weak, that day my bridge was constructed
I saw cracks in my bridge
I asked GOD to send an inspector
God sent me Jesus!
This inspector is free, he is still working on my bridge
Some cracks are gone, I am not the same
Jesus has killed much of the pride
Jesus is the center of my joy!
I am still here!
If you see cracks just call on Jesus
Bridge over troubled water
Alpha and Omega
King of Kings, Lord of Lords!
Their Rock
Be the Bridge!!!!
 
 

Hosanna Reflection
Zowie  Agbaosi

“I Wasn’t Ready: Excuse vs. Testimony”


 

Matthew 25: 1-13, Matthew 24:42-51, Luke 12:35-48
Example of youth prepared to race
Kids talking junk, one student starts tying their shoes
Distracted and not paying attention
Get ready, set, go!
I wasn’t ready
The one who complains make excuses
I am the type of teacher that says, “Oh well! Everyone had the same amount of time
Luke 12:35-48
Be ready for the Lord cometh in an hour that ye know not of
Blessed is the servant who is ready
In a kids world, you are waiting for your parents to come home
The house is clean
The second watch 9pm-12am
The kids eat from the refrigerator
Babysitter is fired not paid
Oldest child is punished
They knew the rules, but they were not ready
You took so long coming home
Be prepared, stay alert, get ready, stay ready, be humble
The Ten Virgins
Five wise and five foolish
Parents the lamps are your cars
Wise parents come home with gas in their cars
Watch you don’t know that day or the hours
It was night and they came with no oil
Did the other virgins not think about getting oil in their lamps
They did not think that they needed to be ready
We all fall asleep on our watch
The women were called at midnight to come
They wanted to borrow oil
The five said no, they wasted time to get their oil
Procrastinated, not prepared!
The bridegroom came and left
The ultimate shade comes when he says I don’t know you
How does it feel to be ready, but not ready
Be prepared, you are responsible for yourself!
The footrace, you know to be ready, it only takes one distraction, blaming others!
No do overs!
We are told to be ready!
I want to be ready for the rapture!
You have been warned for decades
I am not ready, will not be an excuse that we can use
We have more time to be ready!
Jesus can come at any time!
It is time to think of when we procrastinated
You did run well
Gal. 5:7
Gen. 19:26
Excuses cause your blessing to go to another
Matthew 25:24-29
Excuses causes you to be left
My role was falling apart, my parents divorced
I needed hope, I wanted Jesus to change things
I was ready to receive the Holy Ghost
I wasn’t ready for the deeper calling on my life
I was not ready to forgive
I was not ready to get over pride
I was not ready to stop being a doormat
God set up intervention
I wasn’t ready to be a missionary in Uganda
All things have worked for my good
Turn your I wasn’t ready into your testimony! Revelation 12:11
 

 


 

“But ye shall receive power, after
Main Scripture:  Acts 1:8
Topic:   Use The Power Within You


Minister Carolyn Hunt
May 7, 2017
Hosanna Reflection

GOA 


that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

Other Scriptures: 1 Kings 18:45; 1Samuel 10:6; Judges 3:10, 6:34; 1 Samuel 16:13-14; Jeremiah 20:9, 23:29, John 14:12

We truly feasted on some good food from the Word of God in April. It made me go back for second and third helpings “He Lived, He Died, and He Rose, by Apostle David. It’s something about the “Fourth Watch, Min. Reginal and knowing, “What time it is!”  By Pastor Debbie. Now because Jesus lived, He died and He rose, He gave us unlimited access to the Father. The Veil is torn, and we can now go behind it and commune with the Father all we like. On top of that, we have been given a special language to communicate with Him that the devil can’t understand.
      
April 6th of this year Apostle David ministered on the Names of the Holy Spirit.
God has no problem sharing all that He has with us.
He one way to we can learn about someone is to learn what they are called
One of the Holy Spirit’s attributes is “Power!”  Acts 1:8; “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

My Hosanna Reflection this morning is:   “Use the Power within You!”

I want to give you the definition of the word Power, and that is: the ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality, this is the noun. The verb of power means: supply (a device) with mechanical or electrical energy, to move or travel with great speed or force. This is from Webster’s dictionary.  In Greek it (Dunamis/do-
nam-si) miraculous ability, abundance, strength, mighty. Hebrew (Koach/koakh
) it means strength, ability and force.

 We will be able to do greater works Jesus said in John 14:12; “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
Do you know the power within you? There are so many names of the Holy Spirit and the help that He gives us. I want to focus on the Power especially after the last few messages that have been preached. For many, we are in that “fourth” watch, and yet many don’t know what time it is, and we’ve got to get out of the boat with power.

This Power of God is not a new thing. God has embowed His people to perform many an awesome miracles, but it would have to come upon them. Now we are blessed to have it dwelling in us daily when asked God to receive it.  I just want to do the roll call of a few people we don’t normally think about.

Elijah outrunning the chariot of Ahab 1 King 18:46 (NIV) “The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.” (Commentaries has it that it was for the zeal of God and show His Glory)
Samuel anointed Saul in 1 Samuel 10:6; “The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.” Saul was able to do many a great thing in God’s name until he became disobedient to God and could no longer operate in that power. Awe, don’t grieve the Spirit within you.
Othniel, Caleb’s younger brother in Judges 3:10; “And the Spirit of the Lord (Power) came upon on him, so that he became Israel’s Judge and went to war. He overpowered the king of Aram and there was peace in the land for forty year.
Ezekiel 11:5; 37:1 “The Spirit(Power) of the Lord Fell upon me,” He Told Him is thoughts and He also told him to speak to those dry bones.

Isaiah 61:1 our calling scriptures; even though it is our calling scripture many do not understand the magnitude of power when he said, Jesus said and when we say; “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”
Jeremiah 20:9; “But His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” He could hardly retain it. He says I grow weary trying to hold it in. This Spirit, this Power within you moves you to action. 

Anyone desiring to have this power: I’m not saying just to say it, the Word of God declares in Acts 10:34; “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:” That means, you me, anyone we can operate in the same power. I’m talking about Peter, “Rebuking Jesus, don’t go to Jerusalem to do what you came here to do. Peter, ”Don’t wash my feet, Peter. I’m Talking packing Peter cut of an innocent’s ear Peter. “I don’t know Him cursing Peter. Oh but when he received that Power and became to use it. I’m talking Peter saying; “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the Name of Jesus rise up and walk!” (Acts 3:6) Peter in Acts 9:40-41, sending those in the house weeping outside, kneeling beside her dead body, said; “Arise!” She got up. Peter used the power within him Min. Reggie talked about Paul and Silas in prison a few weeks ago in Acts 16:28. In that 4th watch they began to sing, and it said the other prison were listen. Just from the power of them singing the earthquake.

That Power will make you be able to sing, “Set Me Free” for over two hours until everybody get saved and set free. I’m talking about a Hosanna Party in Chicago. Now, back to back to Paul. The earthquake, prison doors open. He had to tell the guards not to kill yourself we are still here. I’m talking Paul the Tent Maker from Tarsus, the Serial Killer turn Saint, the persecutor turn Preacher that wrote most of the New Testament. He utilized the power within him.
The Church grew because they operated and used the power within. He then preached in Thessalonica. Acts 16:6. Jason and brethren believed the words they preached. It made the Jews who didn’t believe mad. Dragged them out the house and said; “These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also.”
What time is it? It is the Fourth watch and it is time to use the Power within. 

This power will change you; empower you to the work God has called you to do. The Glory of God is upon you and illuminates you, delivers you, heals you saves you, and transforms you. (Share a testimony about when I first saw Pastor Debbie, Prophet, and the Team. Share what Anita P. said when she saw me in the dark. 
    



  




 



Hosanna Reflection from Nate Tate

 Stay Woke
 

A couple weeks ago Apostle ministered on Tithes! During this time he mentioned Moses' interaction with God when he saw God's glory. He also mentioned Jacob's encounter with God. After that God was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I would like to reflect on those two themes: God's glory and a personal relationship with God.

And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
                                                                    STAY WOKE

Christ praying and the angel comforting/strengthening him was foreshadowing the Holy Spirit relationship with his disciples after his death and resurrection.

*Moses Jacob, and the Israelites had an external Relationship with God.
After the resurrection of Christ we have an internal relationship with God.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

-Solomon's temple was a place for the Holy Spirit to dwell on Earth. People could not go in when the temple was filled with the Holy Spirit. But we are living temples. Solomon in all his wisdom never had the  in-filling of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2: 1-4

* Have we grown familiar with the Holy Spirit?

*God wants a Yes. Last week Apostle mentioned that the task God wants from us may be difficult but it's not impossible.

2 Timothy 2:15 
2 Timothy 1:7 

*Living God's power and Manifestation on Earth. 
*We should live in compassion and love.
*Live Holy so that others would want a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father.



God is Over All
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Hosanna Reflection – Sings of the Second Coming
Minister Michael Smith

Scriptures: I Thessalonians 4:17; II Timothy 3:1-5; II Timothy 3:4; Matthew 25:1-10

Golden Nuggets:
We often miss signs that Jesus is coming
We see them so often that we tend to forget or ignore them
Example was Janella’s testimony of missing signs on a winding road
The signs were there all the time
God being a good God has given us signs
There are signs of the Second Coming of Jesus
We which are alive and remain will be caught up
The Rapture is a sign
No one knows the day or the hour
Will you be ready?
Have you seen the signs?
The weather is one sign with tornadoes
There have been tsunami’s
How am I getting others ready?
The oil in the lamp it is the work of the Lord
Your flame can’t be seen
Your responsibility to show others your light
In the last days perilous times
What you do, impacts others
One example is disobedience to parents
In the old days, you did not openly disobey your parents
You are showing a sign of the Second Coming
Despisers’ of those who are good
When you were saved, shared His testimony
Came to a Hosanna Party and left with three gifts
Make certain that your lamp is trimmed and burning
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January 29, 2017
Youth Service
Hosanna Reflection Notes
‘Til the Day I Die!

Kayla Hunt
Scriptural References:  Daniel 3       Galatians 6:2       Hebrews 1:6       Psalm 100:4
Golden Nuggets:
In the book of Daniel; Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego told King Nebuchadnezzar that they only serve one God.
They wouldn’t bow down.
They worshipped God!
In Daniel 3:25, they were saved!
At a certain time, she was going through depression.  She wouldn’t listen to people.  She talked to her parents; then she talked to Pastor David.  Pastor David helped her a lot.
The Bible tells us in Galatians 6:2 to bear ye one another’s burdens…
‘I worship God because I’m grateful!’
The bible says… And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.  (Hebrews 1:6)
Worship is an expression of giving honor to God.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  (Psalm 100:4) 
God is good, and we all can worship him more. 
If you think you can worship all you can…GIVE MORE!

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Faye Winston   
Scriptural References:  Genesis 27:2       Joshua 14:11       
Golden Nuggets:  
Will we stay faithful to God ‘til the day we die?
Will we turn on and off our faithfulness?
Genesis 27:2 reminds us that we’re getting older and out time is getting closer.  When we get old, do we think…I’ve served God long enough?
Does He matter to us?
Be a leader by showing God that we need Him!
At home, we should constantly follow God!  
Don’t just serve at church to impress the Pastor.  
At school, preach the gospel!
Don’t put on a godly front and talk the talk and not walk the walk!
As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.  (Joshua 14:11)
In Joshua 14:11, God gave Joshua strength when he was young and when he was old!
God builds us up!  He doesn’t tear us down.
It’s up to us to keep the spark with God.
We must do what we did in the beginning to serve God!
Sometimes, we push God to the side and believe that He’s normal.
Stay committed and be ready to battle!
God helps us he most!!!
God is ALWAYS trying to build us up!
God wants us to strive!
We bloom in God.
Don’t give up on God, ‘cause He won’t give up on you!
‘Til the day we die; He’s not gonna give up on us!
Stay committed!  God never tries to push us away!
Today, make a promise to God.  Make a vow to seal the deal.
We have to battle ‘til the end.  There are no breaks!
We have to show people.  We have to keep walking with God!
Say…’I (insert your name) vow to try my hardest to stay committed ‘til the day I die!’

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Novice Minister Nathaniel Tate
Scriptural References:  Matthew 24       Matthew 25       Matthew 5: 15, 16

Golden Nuggets:
Matthew 24 deals with the Rapture and the Tribulation Period.
Matthew 25 begins with Jesus teaching about the ten virgins.    It is about being ready.
Verse 14 deals with the parabFaye Winston   
Scriptural References:  Genesis 27:2       Joshua 14:11       
Golden Nuggets:  
Will we stay faithful to God ‘til the day we die?
Will we turn on and off our faithfulness?
Genesis 27:2 reminds us that we’re getting older and out time is getting closer.  When we get old, do we think…I’ve served God long enough?
Does He matter to us?
Be a leader by showing God that we need Him!
At home, we should constantly follow God!  
Don’t just serve at church to impress the Pastor.  
At school, preach the gospel!
Don’t put on a godly front and talk the talk and not walk the walk!
As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.  (Joshua 14:11)
In Joshua 14:11, God gave Joshua strength when he was young and when he was old!
God builds us up!  He doesn’t tear us down.
It’s up to us to keep the spark with God.
We must do what we did in the beginning to serve God!
Sometimes, we push God to the side and believe that He’s normal.
Stay committed and be ready to battle!
God helps us he most!!!
God is ALWAYS trying to build us up!
God wants us to strive!
We bloom in God.
Don’t give up on God, ‘cause He won’t give up on you!
‘Til the day we die; He’s not gonna give up on us!
Stay committed!  God never tries to push us away!
Today, make a promise to God.  Make a vow to seal the deal.
We have to battle ‘til the end.  There are no breaks!
We have to show people.  We have to keep walking with God!
Say…’I (insert your name) vow to try my hardest to stay committed ‘til the day I die!’

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le of the talents, and what we need to do while he (Jesus) is away.  Talent (Aramaic) is a measure of weight or money.
In verses 24 thru 28, the person with 1 talent didn’t think much of what his master gave him, because he didn’t do the right thing.  Do the right thing!  Right is the root of righteousness.  Do the righteous thing!
Gifts should be given with devotion, loyalty and trust…to God.
Everyone has a God given ability.  We have these talents and we think they’re just there for us!
What more have we done with our talents as of last year?
Sometimes, we don’t find significance in what God has given us. Because we don’t see it reaching the masses.  
God gave us talents not only to be preached, but to help one another.
How are we using our talents to help one another?
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; nor it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  (Matthew 5:15-16)
Good works means doing the right thing…doing what’s righteous.


Sometimes we hold on to our talents because we really don’t think it’s good enough.  
Let your light so shine.  If the light’s not on; there’s nothing to see.
At school…are you a Christian…and a backstabber?
At work…are you a good worker and a backslider?
We want God to bless us, but we’re not doing what’s righteous.
If people only see the wrong we do, they’re not glorifying God.
I need to be right.  I need to be right so that God can get the glory!
There are levels in our fruit.  Fruit is a talent that someone needs to see.
Talents and fruits are what we should be giving to the people.
We’re in it for the free fruit!
Once you get a fruit, the devil’s gonna try you!
Everything we go through, God already sees that we can overcome it!
We must live in righteousness!  We must live in the fruit of the spirit!
We are the star of our own life movie.
We are in the supporting role in everybody else’s life.
God is judging our roles.
When we get to Heaven, God is gonna say…this is your life.
Everything we do, God is gonna judge us on our works.
God sees us in our supporting roles.
God gave one servant one talent and the servant didn’t see it as being significant.
God gives us talents and asks…’How did you use it for my glory?’
When we get to Heaven, many things will need to be done.  What if we don’t find them edifying?
It’s all about using our talents.
Money?  God’s not gonna be looking at that.  He’ll be looking at what we did in our lives.
At church, at school, and at home…God will be looking at all of it when we get to Heaven. 
It doesn’t matter how your life looks to anyone else.  It matters how it looks to God.

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Youth Pastor Victor Brown
Message is “Our Generation: God is waiting on you.” 

Daniel 12:4 - It has been prophesied that in the last days Knowledge shall increase. This generation of Christians today has more access to spiritual resources than any other generation before it. We have no excuses for not seeking after God. Matthew 7:7, James 4:8 
When we see all the resources that are at our disposal to get closer to God, we ask Who have we been living for? Have we been ignoring the tools and living for ourselves more so instead of for God? What has hindered us? Are we seeking after things to bring joy, when God promised in Psalms 16:11 that in his presence is complete joy?
Revelations: Rev. 3:15-17 – Many Christians have become idle (not growing), lukewarm, because we feel we have the things of God that we need, and have no need to earnestly seek for more of God. 
God wants us to buy Gold from him. Apostle taught us that buying Gold is using the Word of God and applying it to our lives. Make this a Priority. 

God is waiting on you. He is waiting on you to daily ask him what he wants you to do. 
The response to the messages on the rapture is not just to give you information, but to encourage you to become faithful and focused on the Lord because he has a greater reward in store for you. 
Where has our focus gone? Let's seek the greater in God. Let's seek to fulfill his will above our own. 
Sometimes we don’t go after the deep things of God because we think that it is not for us. God specializes in choosing those who are not viewed as the popular choice. 1 Corinthians 1:26, 1 Corinthians 12: 22-23 -  In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.
You may not feel you are as important to the body of Christ as others, but you are important and loved. You can witness and save souls that others cannot.  You are God’s GREATEST ASSET & GREATEST TOOL. If you become on fire and use the resources God has given you, you will start a revolution for God within your homes, work places, and this city. You’ve got to recognize your power. 

Pastors work to protect the congregation because they are the most important to God. God is waiting on you to realize this. You are more loved and more honored.

You have everything you need to succeed in God’s plan for you in this life. 
You are not alone - Hebrews 13:5 
You have been given the Spirit of Peace – John 14:27 
The Lord is your strength and your shield – Psalms 28:7
You are a winner and not a loser – Romans 8:31  
You have a Spirit of Power – 2 Timothy 1:7 

2 Corinthians 5:17 – You have been changed by God and received Power from God. Whether you feel powerful or not, Power is apart of you. You have been endowed with power because it’s in your identity, and God who works all things for your good. 
The devil tries to make you forget who you are and the power that you have. Negative Feelings may try to get on you like clothing, but feelings & problems can’t change your God-given identity within. 
Jesus said that Greater Is He that is within you, than He that is Within the World. Greater is the Holy Spirit that is within you than any obstacle that comes against you. 
1 Corinthians 12:16 - There is Power in the Mind of Christ, which you have. 

WAKE UP, ARISE and take upon the destiny that God has called you too. He has called you for Greater for his Kingdom. Better is Coming! Use your Spiritual Resources. Remember to Cry Aloud, Spare Not, and Claim the Promises of God.
In this generation of unlimited access to the things of God, Let’s seek after God like never before.
What if God is just waiting on you to go after Him and go to the next level, so that He can take all of us to the next level? What if God is just waiting on you to focus on him so that he can give you what you desire? What if God is waiting on you, to unlock the destinies of hundreds of thousands of people? 

Discussion Questions:
What spiritual tools do we no longer use as often as we did? What are the benefits of increasing our usage of these tools?
Have we become idle in our growth towards God? Do we fight to be extraordinary in God, or have we become more satisfied with feeling that our lives are acceptable to God?
Do we feel that we are using the power God gave us to win souls (Acts 1:8) when we received the Holy Spirit, or have we been sitting on the power?
Has the enemy discouraged us into believing that we are not powerful? How can we remind ourselves that we are strong in God?

What is God waiting on you to do to move the ministry forward?





GOA

October 9,2016
Hosanna Reflection by Pastor Linda

                                                TOPIC:  The Right Attitude War brings Victory.

                                       From Pastor David’s Moving forward on September 18, 2016.

Slice of bread: Moving forward means war. The enemy wants your faith, trust in God and your commitment to server God.
Scriptural References: Proverbs 23:7 Isaiah 54: 17 Isaiah 59:19 2Cor 4:16-17
Philippians 3:13-14

Dear Lord
We thank you for making it possible for us to look at our circumstances though your eyes. Let us have a trusting attitude concerning
 The issues of our lives. Amen

.  Squad that fights collectively
.  Where do our battle start? Victory and defeat starts in the mind. 
.  God calls on us to win the battle of maintaining a correct mental attitude first.
.  When we face circumstances in our lives that seem unbearable.
.   It is important for us to nowhere our battles are coming from.
.  Question who is behind this trial, and find the enemy.
.  You can have two believers face the same trial one will draw closer to God and one 
    One will become depressed and fill defeated 
.  The Bible says perfect love cast out fear. (I John 4:18).
.  Satan wants to use circumstances to defeat you.
.  Your children, finances, jobs, heath, marriage, 
.  Forget, Reach out, Press on.
. Examples of good attitudes, David, Job,





Lenette Brown  TOPIC: The Game of Life

BoardGame Description

This game attempts to mirror life events many people go through from going to college, raising a family, buying a home, working, and retiring. the intent of the game is to have the most assets at the end of the game, assets are earned primarily by working and earning tokens with dollars amount on them. Additionally, the first person to complete the course gets additional money tokens. 

There is a very linear board that you move along by spinning a wheel or landing on spaces that tell you to move to a specific space or forward or back. There are a handful of intersections where you can choose to go one direction or another but they ultimately have similar spaces and meet back up quickly. There are a handful of choices regarding insurance and investments but for the most part it is a game of luck.

"The game of Life can be fun to play, but without the right instructions and rules it can also be very confusing. You obtain money and life tiles so that you can have the most value at the end of the game. at the end of the game, all players repay their loans and add up their life tiles and money. The player with the most money wins the game. 

In "Saving Our Lives," AD mentions that there are two types of Life:
-The Natural
-The Spiritual 

The Natural Game of Life
In the natural, similar to the boardgame,
Goal: to get as many assets, retire well, get the most stuff
Spinner: our own will and desires is what tells us to move forward and back
Instruction Manual: world's way of doing things...in order to get this, you have to go and do it this way.
Players: Anyone can play.

The Spiritual Game of Life
Goal: Body count and good works so that we can "retire" in heaven
Spinner: Holy Spirit is our compass, tells us which way to go, how to move forward and not to go back.
Instruction Manual: The Word of God
Players: Players must be covered by the Blood  in order to play.

Some of us play the natural game of life in order to get spiritual things. 

We find that in playing the natural game of life, all we really seek are spiritual things like peace, joy, and happiness. Love. We want to be accepted. We want to be admired. We want more stuff. But the things in this natural life are temporary. We can not take these things with us. The scripture in Matthew 6: 19-21 says " do not 
for each one will be rewarded for their works. The souls that you save, the good works that we do here on earth, those are the things that really count.

Some of us focus more on playing the natural game of life than the spiritual one.

Matt 6: 33, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you." What things? If we scroll up, we see that those things are our needs! Every one of our needs will be provided for. The scripture says that "the Gentiles" worries about those things, what to eat, what to wear, but the children of God? God will provide for all of them! So if our needs are met, then why do we still seek after things in the natural? We want more stuff! We want Life and more abundantly! We want MORE! But the scripture in Philippians 4:11 says "Be Content...in every situation." The peace, the joy, the love, will come if we learn how to be content. 

In order to win at life, we have to lose at the natural game of life and continue/start playing the spiritual one. Matt 16:25,  
   “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.”

We have to lose at one in order to win at the other. People may ask if we can play both games, but the scripture "No one can serve two masters".... Matt 6:24. God first.

As AD says in the sermon, "the greatest temptation is to preserve natural life," but only in Jesus will you find everything that you're looking for. Are you ready to play the spiritual game of life? Then Let's stop worrying about winning the natural game of life and start playing to win the spiritual one! 




YOUTH DAY WORSHIP SERVICE   September 25th
GOA
The Game of Life by Brittany Franklin
 
This sermon is based on the sermon by Pastor David entitled “Saving Our Lives”. It was a powerful word and I’m not going to give you a long recap because you should have been there. But Pastor David was talking about how saving your life means putting your own wants first. That’s something that the world thinks is very strange because you always here to put yourself first. But in God that is something that is very selfish since our life is not our own. I can’t help but think about the song that says:
 
You thought I was worth saving
So, You came and changed my life
You thought I was worth keeping
So, You cleaned me up inside
You thought I was to die for
So, You sacrificed your life

So, I could be free
So, I could be whole
So, I could tell everyone I know
 
So after all that God has done for us, after the completely unselfish sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross, after giving us breathe in our bodies and the activity of our limbs ever morning, after blessing us with shelter and running water and food and cars no matter how many problems they may have, we have the audacity to put what we want before what God wants. And maybe I’m the one that’s crazy. Maybe it doesn’t really take all of that to serve the Lord. But I believe that it is our reasonable service to deny ourselves anything that would jeopardize our relationship with God.
 
I know that it’s difficult to understand that Jesus did not come so that you might have fun and have it more abundantly. I know you might not want to hear that Jesus did not come so that you might have earthly wealth and have it more abundantly. It might be a bummer that Jesus did not come so that you might have “me time” and have it more abundantly. But he came that you might have life more abundantly.
 
We will take some time to discuss what life is a little later. Right now I’m going to ask my 2 contestants to come up for a little Grace Covenant Family Feud. I feel that’s only appropriate since our theme is the game of life. We are going to use this example to show us the difference between what life means to the world and what life should mean to use as Christians. Hopefully you have a little fun too!
 
So I’m going to ask Kiyhana to come up first and Christin will go behind the stage.
 
There are 5 questions on the board and they represent 5 areas where we want to save our lives. I’m going to put 1 minute on the clock and you will have to answer the 5 questions within that time. Then your team mate will come behind you and answer the same questions. The goal is to get to 200 points. Are you ready? Ok let’s go. Start the clock.
FAMILY FEUD QUESTIONS
1.       Your boss asks you to pick up an extra shift on Sunday for triple overtime but you're supposed to help clean Harvester's Hall at church. What do you do?
2.       Your family and friends are complaining that you don't spend enough time with them because you're always at church. What do you do?
3.       You have the opportunity to work for the biggest producer in Hollywood but they don't want to hire you unless you get high with them in the studio. What do you do?
4.       Your best friend just posted a hilarious and relevant post on Twitter but it's vulgar and full of profanity. What do you do?
5.       You're behind on your rent and your car note and your tithes are just enough to cover your past due balance. What do you do?
 
So Christin represented the world and how the majority of people would have answered these questions. Kiyhana represented how we as Christians SHOULD have answered these questions. The questions represent 5 areas where we are trying to save our lives. Those areas are money, relationships with family and friends, success, social media, and physical possessions. Of course there are many other areas that I could include such as time, physical appearance, marriage, and more. But we will just talk about the 5 areas for today.
 

Let's start by reading in Luke 9:24 which says, "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it."

Let’s start with a few definitions so we can make sure we’re on the same page. First let’s define save: to keep from being lost; to prevent the occurrence, use, or necessity of; to set aside, reserve, or lay by.

Pastor David said our greatest temptation is to save our natural life. Obviously most people will do whatever necessary to avoid from dying but today we’re talking about this physical life that for some reason we have been deceived into thinking is better than our eternal, heavenly life that is yet to come. We will put all of our time and energy to keep from losing this physical life and to avoid the occurrence or use of our lives for God. We will reserve some of our time and energy to make sure that we can do what we want to do but we will not put 100% into what God desires for us to do. We will only give 50% of our praise at Praise Til You Drop so that we can save our energy for the club afterwards. We will only give 75% of our tithes so that we can save our money for a down payment on a house or a vacation. We only give God a small percentage of control over our lives as opposed to totally surrendering to him. And that’s not how it should be.

Most people are really looking for internal peace when they’re chasing all of these physical things. We are chasing after money because we just want to have peace of mind that all of bills will be paid comfortably plus we’ll have a little bit of extra money for clothes, cars, houses, vacations, new phones, cable, movie dates, makeup, haircuts, weaves, manicures and pedicures, shoes, and all of the other things that are pleasing to our flesh. We are chasing relationships with family and friends because without God there is a void in our souls that we are desperate to fill with companionship but in actuality we just need to get closer to God. We are chasing success because we just want to feel like we made it in this world and that we will have a legacy to our name that we can pass on to our children. We are chasing social media fame and recognition because we want to be accepted by others instead of shunned. And lastly we are chasing physical possessions because we want to be comfortable in this vapor time of life, no matter how short it may be.

One thing I want to point out is that life is manifested by growth that stems from changes that happen internally. Life is not something that begins externally or outside of yourself. It takes some work and internal examination to stimulate growth. I know we think that it works like this, but you can’t just roll the dice and hope that you land on the right space. When you live your life like things matter more than our character in God, you are no longer on the narrow road that leads to heaven. However, you will land on every space God intends in this game of life if you stay on the narrow road.

Just remember that when you leave this world you cannot bring a U-haul with all of your possession attached to your hearse. When we make it to glory, God will not care how many shoes you have in your closet; he will ask whether you clothed the naked. God will not care if you ate Ramen noodles or steak or lobster for dinner; he will ask if you fed his sheep. God will not care if you had the best boyfriend or girlfriend; he will care about your relationship with Him. Realize that God is not trying to take things away from you. He is trying to get us to seek the pathway of life over the pathway of destruction. We all have dreams but our dreams are so small compared to what God has in store for us. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now until him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”

Before I close I want to give you some words of encouragement from some of my favorite games.

SCRABBLE – when life gets confusing God makes sense of it all. Jeremiah 29:11.

TABOO – when you say something you shouldn’t, God still loves you. John 3:16

CLUE – when you sin, you will be found out. Proverbs 28:13.

BATTLESHIP – you might not be able to see the enemy with your eyes but you can develop tactics and strategies to defeat him and sink his battleships. 2 Corinthians 10:4.

MONOPOLY – God will lead you in how to manage your finances and gain important investments. Malachi 3:8-10.

CANDYLAND – finding your sweet spot in God’s kingdom. Matthew 6:33.

PACMAN – even when it seems like the enemy has you surrounded and you can’t get to your goal, God will always make a way of escape. 1 Corinthians 10:13.

CANDY CRUSH – no matter how impossible it may seem to pass this level in your life, you can and will achieve your goal and get on to the next level. Ephesians 4:13.

TEMPLE RUN – as soon as you start this game you are running with demons behind you and when you’re doing good you don’t see the demons; but as soon as you stumble or fall the demons are right on your heels and they don’t stop chasing you until you die. John 10:10.

The truth is you can learn lessons from these games but life is definitely not a game you can play on your own or a game that you play only for yourself. Dr. Martin Luther King so eloquently said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?”. It’s time to move forward church and begin to seek the pathway of life which is in Christ Jesus. The purpose of your salvation is to save others. So pick up your pieces, ask God to direct your path, and press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling.

Make sure that you stick with God on this game of life and you will make sure that you’re on the winning team.






Hosanna Reflection by AILANI LEON 
Good  morning, today  i'm  here  to  talk  about  the  topic  of  this day “ The  game  of  life”. What  is  the  game  of  life? The  game  of life  is basically  the  everyday  things  we  go  through  in  life.

The game  that  i  chose  to  talk  about  today  is  mario. Mario  is  a game where a  character   tries  to  get  through  many  obstacles  in  order  to get  to  the  flag  which  means  you  won  the  level  and  get  to move  up. Mario  is  going  to  represent  us  today, imagine  us  in  the game  as  we  have  to  try  to  get  to  the  flag  the  flag  represents our  reward  from  god.


So  as  we  start  off  we  all  know  that  we have  to  go  through  something  before  we  can  reach  the end, there  are  many  things  coming  at  us  and  it's  up  to  us  to  see  if we  want  to  dodge  the  obstacles  or  get knocked  over  and  lose  a  life in our case we just struggle and fall.  

only  get  three  lives  to  be  able  to  get  to  the flag. As  we  seem  to  be  doing  good  in  the  game  then  something  big comes  out  and  tries  to  block  your  way  from  doing  so  you  have  to  use  power  ups  to  defeat  the  obstacle, like  david  and the  goliath  we  have  to  knock  it  over  so  that  we  can  get through  like  the  scripture 1 samuel 17:48- 49 says “As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.

49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.”This  is  what  we  must  do  to  our  obstacles  in  order  to get  through, we  can  not  let  the  enemy  take  our  chances  to getting  close  to  god.Once  we  get  through  our  obstacle  we  all know  that  the  enemy  isn't  going  to  give  up  that  fast  because you  know  what  the  bible  says  in  1 peter 5:8 “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”This  means  that  we  have  to resist  the  devil’s  temptation  and  lies  so  that  we  won't  fall away  from  god  because  there  are  times  where  you  just  can't help  yourself  but  listen  to  the  devil  and  that  just  makes  us drift away from  god  as  we  listen  to  the  devil.

That's  why  we  must remember  the  scripture  Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”If  we listen  to  the  bible  then  we  will  be  able  to  get  through  our obstacles  like  mario  and  then  we  would  get  to  the  flag  which the  flag  represents  a  gift  from  god  because  as  we  are  getting to  the  flag  that  means  we  move  up  a  level  and  when  we  move  up  a  level  we  are  moving  closer  to  god  and  that  means if  we  are  moving  closer  to  god  he  is  giving  us  more  gifts  so that  we  can  use  those  gift  to  spread  the  word  of  god.

The  bible  says 1 Peter 4:10 “ God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”So  our  life  is basically just  like  a  game  we  have  our  obstacles but  it's up  to  us  to  decide  if  we  want  to  go  through  those  struggles  and  come  out  a  winner  and  receive  something  new from  god  or  give  up  and  lose. My  question  to  you  is  What  will  you  do  to  survive  the  game  of  life?

 



Hosanna Reflection  by Youth Pastor Victor Brown

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Being your brother's keeper isn't for your brother, It's for you.”
In the animal kindom, animals know the importance of looking out for each other and the group . 
In Matthew 22:39, Jesus said that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves.
He did not just say it to be a blessing to others, but loving and being our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper is a blessing for us.
When we are not our brother's keeper, not only is our brother/sister hurt, but we are hurt also in that: we are sinning (disobedience), we suffer loss, we threaten our future blessings that God seeks to bless us through our brother/sister, and we are losing out on the potential that what we can receive from our brother/sister in the future. 

When we kill our brother, we are killing ourselves. When a wolf in a pack is injured by another wolf, the entire pack suffers because the hunting ability is diminished. When Our brother suffers, the entire family suffers. 
Ecc. 4:9 – One of the strongest attacks of the enemy is to get you when you are alone, and away from the people of God. 

Satan attacks people to get them away from their Christian friends and the Church, because his tactic is stronger against One than against Two. 

Satan & society have tricked people into believing we are supposed to be alone & loneliness is ok. Jesus said we would never be alone. So why do we separate from our brother & sister? 

When we see someone who has offended us, don’t dwell on it. Rebuke the thought & the enemy (who desires to have you separated) & Push forward in unity with your brother/sister.
Ecc.4:9-12 MSG Version - “It’s better to have a partner than go it alone.” And if one falls down, the other helps. But if there’s no one to help, tough! By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst.”

PRAY for Your Brother & Sister throughout the week.





God Is Over All

August 7, 2016
Hosanna Reflection
Cross Bearing
Pastor Yvonne Watkins


Scriptural References:  John 21:15-17       Philippians 4:13        Isaiah 61:1       Galatians 6:1         
John 13:15-20       Mark 12: 30-31       Galatians 6:6-7

Golden Nuggets:  
Why did Jesus use a lamb; then sheep?
Lambs are less than a year old and do not reproduce.
Sheep are more than a year old.
Sheep are Christians dependent on spiritual meat.
Many times, young people are more willing to learn.
Some older people can become set in their ways.
Lambs and sheep need a keeper.
The watchman:
Is the keeper of the house.
Is the protector of God’s house.
Is the protector of the holiness of God’s house.
Keeps the house holy.
Keeps God’s people on the right track.
Helps us to stay ready for the kingdom of glory.
Has a heart that is fully committed to the Lord.
The watchman is responsible for feeding God’s sheep and showing the people God’s ways.
Will we do what Jesus did?
Will you put the needs of others first?
Will we judge one another?
Will we bear one another’s burdens?
No cross, no crown.
Speak to yourself…I can do all things through Christ, who strengtheneth me.  (Phil. 4:13)
We did not get saved just for ourselves!
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath