Hosanna Reflections July 15th, 2018

God is Over All
July 15, 2018
Hosanna Reflection

Novice Minister Lauren Johnson

Job evaluation on job directly relates to salary
One does not meet expectation, Two 
Job knowledge – the knowledge of techniques
How well do you know your spiritual job?
Primary to reconcile man back unto God
Communication and collaboration how well do you work with God’s people?
Psalm 133:1
It is blessed to live together in unity
Do you seek out your relationship?
Reliability – the ability to do the work and get the job done
Do you attend prayer and bible study?
Is anyone asking for your help?
If you are not asked to do anything then change some things
Luke 16:10
Learning the extent that the individual is willing to learn
Apply the sermon to your life
None of us are perfect but we strive for perfection
We have to set goals for the next year
New Year Service 2018
Think on the excitement this would be a better job
You promised God to do something
It is July, how far have you come?
People are on track for their goals six months into the year
Seven months on your evaluation
We have a special opportunity
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 a year of expected blessings
Re-evaluate your goals
Prepare for your blessings
Do not get weary in well doing
Keep moving forward!

God is Over All
July 8, 2018
Hosanna Reflection
Pastor Linda Jackson

Joshua stepped forward to lead after Moses death
Twelve had spied out the land and came with a good report
Joshua 1:7-8
Be strong and of good courage
Joshua commanded his army, get together in three days
Must be ready to go be positioning us to receive our blessings
Joshua 14
Caleb and Joshua came in they received their blessings
Being strong and Joshua was forty when he went in and was eighty-five
He received his blessings
Joshua was handing out the land
Caleb was handing out the land
Joshua said I am just as strong today as we were back then
Do not let the enemy tell you that you do not have anything to do
Your blessing is right here
Everybody goes through not just you
We have to stand for God
Caleb said I am on the cutting edge at eighty five years old
Stand up for your blessings!
Breakthrough prayer fight for your blessings
Jesus sacrificed his life for you
Joshua climbed the mountain
I am all in God!
Stand your ground!
You have communion and fellowship
Everything is not perfect, we are suppose to stand together
We are to love one another
Forgive one another
Open your heart now to receive your blessings
We have to run until the end
Let’s go into the promised land
Has God ever let you down?
No matter where you have come from Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburg, etc.
There is a ram in the bush!

God is Over All
June 17, 2018
Hosanna Reflection
Youth Pastor Victor Brown

Some are uncomfortable with Father’s Day
Being a youth without Father’s in their lives
Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and of good courage
Philippians 4:19
My God will fill up all your needs in Christ Jesus
God is our Father
Circumstances arise in our lives
God promises to bring a blessing that will not harm us
We must trust him and love him
God has promised to take care of you
Don’t listen to the enemy
The enemy works in half truths
The presence of your human Father is not with you
God provides for you, he with you through everything
God’s glory is made up of a presence 
Your God is so awesome, you can’t handle it
He won’t get too close t you
The lie of the enemy is that you are missing something
When God is with you
He has made ways for you to receive 
God gives in every way
If you realize your identity you would not listen to the enemy
Your Father your provider
God is my Father
Honor your father and mother
Love them and honor then whether you love them or not
Some have fathers that we expect more from
We only have the present, let the past be the past
Treat them the way that God wants you to
He will continue to take care of you
We all fall short, but God forgives us
If God forgives us, let’s forgive those who hurt us
The enemy wants us to feel as though we are lacking
God wants better for our relationship then in our past
New fathers set up prayer times in your homes
Mothers support the fathers present and absent
Do not talk negatively
Your father was good at this and that

Speak against the enemy
They deserve the best, share the good things
Two thousand children have been separated from their parents
You have a father that no one can keep you away from the love of God
Turn to him and ask to be in His life
See the true reality
God is present just like air
He is more present than any father you can ever have
God who created all fathers
Daddy’s Home by Travis Hill (lytrics)
They had the King of Kings
Quit searching for what you have
You have the Father of Fathers
Listen God has been with you all of your life
You belong to me! God says you can have my last name
I am your Father!

Close your eyes…..
He will not forsake you, you belong to God!
God loves you! You belong to Him!

God is Over All
Hosanna Reflection
June 10, 2018
Novice Minister Anika Greene
It’s Me, It’s Me, It’s Me Oh Lord Standing in the Need of Prayer

Foundational Scripture:
I Corinthians 11:31

Matthew 7:1-5
Hypocrite a person who pretends to have morals that they do not actually have
The sermon on the mount
How can I be concerned about what you are not doing if I am not doing it
John 8:7
He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone
There is a sinful person and you want to throw a stone
I can’t cast any stones
Story: Man who went into a sanctuary, went to Harvester’s Hall, saw some sinful people. They ran to the pastor to share what he saw. I want you to get a cup of water. Fill it up with water, walk around the building four times and walked around. He was not to spill any water. The pastor said, what did you hear walking around the church? Focus on yourself!
God has given us enough to work on
It is amazing what you will see if you focus on yourself
Focus on your glass, do not let others take away your good
Hold fast to what you are working on
Hold fast! Don’t worry about those who complain about you
Fill your glasses of water, walk around the church and see what God give me
It’s me, it’s me, it’s me Oh Lord!

God is Over All

June 3, 2018

Minister Deborah Tate

Christ is life

  • Inspired by Finding life

  • Matthew 6:24-25

  • No man can serve two masters

  • Matthew 6:33

  • But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

  • Example of Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz

  • Some are not happy, we are worried

  • Concerned about the bad news all around

  • Murmur and complain because we do not have the best job

  • The world says get more, get more, get more

  • We think that things will bring us joy, why are we miserable?

  • God placed Adam and Eve in the garden

  • He did not want them to love the garden more than God

  • Seek God as a priority

  • Am I seeking God first?

  • Where do I primarily spend my energy?

  • Do I just do what I want? Do I do what God wants?

  • Matthew 16:24-25

  • If anyone wants to come after me, let him deny himself

  • As followers of Jesus we must lose our lives in the service of Jesus

  • All these things will be added unto you

  • The Lord will not leave you nor forsake you

  • My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus

  • Psalm 37:5 I have been young now I am old but I never have seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging bread

  • Dorothy only had to click her heels and say, there’s no place like home

  • You don’t have to search over the rainbow!

  • Jesus Christ is life!


Today, I want to highlight a portion of our Senior Pastor, Apostle David’s Message called “Finding Life.” I want to focus on specific part regarding being tricked into trying to find life through other means outside of God.

But before that, I just want to highlight my phone. (Demonstration - throw it down, we have more feelings towards inanimate objects than God at times. We get distracted.)

In life we allow things to distract us from what God desires for us and has for us.
We become spiritually narrow-minded, and unable to hear God when we focus on finding life outside of God’s plans and desires for us. And it usually doesn’t start out in something horrible, just a desire to have what we want in a certain way. It’s not bad to want money and get peace from financial instability. It’s not bad to want to want a mate. It’s not bad to want to rest. It’s not bad to watch tv, netflix, or spend time on apps on our phones,  It’s only bad when we put our desire for satisfaction in an area higher and above pleasing God and his will. At that time, We become distracted from our purpose to love God and love others through obeying God’s directions to us. And Like Drug addicts trying to find life in getting high, and missing all the real life around them; when we make habits of giving into our distractions - doing anything that separate us from God - we miss the true life that God has placed before us and around us. And just like family members of drug addicts suffer, all those who God has chosen to be connected to us by watching us.. knowing us.. or simply being around us, they suffer when we prioritize our distractions above God. Imagine if Cesar Chavez was distracted. Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr. was distracted. Today when you get distracted, others around you suffer whether you see it or not. 

Have we become addicted to our distractions?

A distraction is defined as anything that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else. What causes us from giving our full attention to God? What are those things you thought about when you heard Apostle’s message about finding life - those things you feel you do or engage in that stops you from sacrificing or submitting to God and his way.
Identify our distractions, those things that we do, opportunities that take our time away from doing God’s will, or feelings that arise. Identify the distractions, so when they arise, you can fight them.

Oh, I’m drawn to this black mirror, this  tv, computer or phone screen, I know if I start I will be on it longer than expected - Let me make sometime for God first before I get sucked in.
Let me make some time for God before I get into it this. When I’m around this person, I’m tempted to sin (anger, frustration, or doing something lusful with my mind, or being angered or frustrated by a person) in someway. Let me make a plan to fight what causes me to sin. 
Oh I know I’ll probably spend time doing x & y, and since I feel like I have no time today, during my lunch break, or let me stop and go to the restroom and pray and talk to God for a minute, Let me listen to my bible or worship music on my way to work and home before I’m filled with the things and responsibilities of my family.
Be proactive. You don’t reach a goal without planning and sacrificing, so why do we treat God as though we’ll grow when the right time comes. We spend time planning to go places with our family and friends, or hours doing homework, or hours at work trying to acomplish tasks - Spend time planning to grow in God, when he requires at minimum the same dedication and preparation time. 
Listen - Don’t get it twisted -- School and work do not distract us - it’s how we handle and manage these things that cause us to be distracted. You can be at work and on your job spiritually. You can be at school or  doing homework and still spiritually connected to God and seeking him while doing it. At times We can choose to  additionally be at work, or be with family when God desires us to be in the fellowship of the believers and spending time with him, which can distract us - but THE CHOICE  to do something outside of God’s will is always the distraction, never the actual item. A Beautiful Man or Women is never the distraction, It is the choice to do something outside of God with them that is the distraction.  
So  let’s be proactive with our choices in life. While at work and school, We can willfully decide that with every second we are at work, We will acknowledge God in our tasks and conversations with others. Asking God how to best accomplish the tasks or ask for his help to succeed. When every conversation comes up at work or school, actively looking for God in the conversation, and how to minister to those around us. While in conversation with someone, Simply Saying to God, as someone talks to you, “God is there something you want me to do or say to this person?” Seeking God and ready to preach in and out of season, 2 TImothy 4:2. This is what the bible means when it says “making the most of every opportunity, in Ephesians 5:16. Looking For God in Everything… Asking God what he wants us to do all the time.

If we are truly led of the Spirit, He will guide us into accomplishing everything we need to do each day - whether at work, when at home, at school, and at church and how best to accomplish it. God calls families, God calls us to be a light at school and work, and to receive and give when at church.
Everyday is a day to accomplish God’s will to please him and bless others. But we have to decide to sacrifice, sacrifice jumping to doing it our way when he knows Best, and seeking him and his way. Choosing God’s life for our lives, over our life for ourselves.
We either proactively chose to grow in God, or chose something over God by what we decide to do with our lives everyday. Life is all about what we prioritize.
A famous female time management expert said in her TEDx speech, It’s not that we don’t have time to do something, it’s that we choose other things as priority. Instead of saying, “i don’t have time,’ it’s really saying “I choose to put other things as priority” We always have time to do what we want, because We make time for what is important to us. No day passes that God has not setup time for us to commune with Him - talk to him, hear from him, read his word. We either just ignore God when he nudges us to engage with Him, or we completely have become immune to those nudges because we have prioritized God out of the picture that he can’t even reach us in that area anymore. The Holy Spirit will only nudge us so much in a certain area, until his nudges seem lower and lower - because we have ignored Him so much.

Today, I want to encourage you, that it’s time to choose God’s way of Life, which comes in the smallest of things. Asking God and including him in all things you do. The Bible says In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths - Pr. 3:6. Teenagers, Get to class and in every class ask God to help you succeed but also accomplish any ministry tasks God has for you while in the class - which is to bless others around you in personal ways and lead them to Christ. God has people around you who need things, healing, need encouragement, and the keys to salvation and help growing in him. 

We block others from obtaining Life in Christ and freedom from bondage when we focus on obtaining what we believe is Life for ourselves. What about the girl in your class who seems like she has it all but is really putting up a front because she is hurt inside bc things aren’t right at home? What about the person at your job who has issues at home and with their family and you have the words of Christ and God’s Spirit to bring salvation, the power of God in his life? What about the boss at your job who seems like she is more reserved or hiding something - insecure and not confident because only God knows what is happening because she hasn’t shared it yet? 
God has us around people who need the light. HOW SELFISH will we be in focusing on obtaining perishable Life that we won’t seek God’s way in all things so others can be set free. Your salvation was never meant for you alone, but it was for the hundreds of others around you, who can ONLY receive Jesus through you. Will you block their freedom by your lust for pleasure and selfish ambition? Because of Fear, anger, not understanding, irritation we won’t say something to them -- Imagine if Jesus, no imagine if the one God called to bring Salvation to you missed their opportunity or gave up on you bc of their selfish desires… Where would you be? Don’t do that to someone else. 

If you know that you can give God more. If You KNOW that you have been selfish with your time, and prioritizing God out of it, or giving Him Less than you know that He desires from you. If you have been doing your own thing and not obeying God. And if you are sorry to God for it, and you want God to know that you are sorry and that you need his help. Than I want you to stand now as a witness to God you acknowledge your wrong, you are sorry and you desire that God give you just a little more help. Stand now if you are repentant and want God to know that you care and want more of his help in obeying him.

Pray - Father God, you see those standing. You know our faults, but you also know the great things you have planned for us to be a blessing to others as you bless us. God see our hearts now. We are sorry, and we want help. We want more of you. Have your way in our lives, and give us a lasting way to know when you speak to us, and the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit’s power to overcome our weaknesses, lack of desire to follow you and obey. We love you God, and you know how hard it is for us. And we Thank you for giving us another chance to serve you. Thank you for believing in us, and in your power through us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Chose God. Fight the distractions. Start acknowledging God in every decision, and He will answer, bless, and help you follow him even more.