SFFC NEWSLETTER – JUly 2019
Hello Strong Faith Family,
We want to highlight some amazing events
and resources available to you!
How Praise Affects Life
(Click Here to watch the message!)
Psalms 104:24 (KJV/AMP) O LORD, how manifold (many and varied) are Thy works! In wisdom hast Thou made them all: the earth is full of Thy riches (the riches of Your creation).
Praise God for the richness of His diversity! This summer at SFFC, we have been enjoying wonderful messages from a variety of voices. We love your teaching, Pastor David, but we thank you for giving others the opportunity to use their gifts to minister God’s Word to us also. While we will be enjoying more “guest speakers” throughout the rest of July, Pastor David kicked off the month with a wonderful message on The Power of Praise.
Five Benefits of Praising God
Praise invites God’s presence into your life.
Psalms 140:13 (NIV) Surely the righteous will praise Your name and live in Your presence.
Want to live in God’s presence, whatever your current situation? Then you better make sure you’re praising God! Psalms 22:2 tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people. Inhabits means “to sit as a Judge or a King,” – that is in a place of authority. When you are praising God, you are acknowledging Him as the ultimate authority in your life.
Praise gives you the right perspective.
We are constantly bombarded with the world’s negative perspective. We need to get God’s positive perspective on things. We need to tell our mind, will, and emotions (our soul): You will praise the Lord. This is what David did . . .
Psalm 103 (NIV) My soul, praise The Lord! Affectionately and gratefully praise Him and never forget how kind is: He forgives all our sins and heals all our sicknesses… He gives us plenty of good things; He makes us young again… He brings justice… The Lord is kind and merciful; He is patient and full of love… He does not criticize… He has taken our sins away as far as the east is from the west… He is kind to His followers as a good father is kind to His children.
Regularly read through this beautiful psalm and remind yourself of the goodness of God!
Praise makes the enemy flee.
James 4:7-8 (NIV) Submit yourself to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Submit to God; make the sacrifice to praise Him, even when you don’t feel like it. Draw near to God through praise – come into His very presence by speaking of His goodness and His authority in your life – and then when you speak to the devil, he will flee from you.
Praise releases the power of God.
In Acts 16:25-26 Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God in prison, at midnight (in the darkest of circumstances), just because they loved God and wanted to thank Him, not to get out of their situation. They praised to get the right perspective, God’s perspective, and the other prisoners heard them. Suddenly, there was an earthquake and all the cell doors were opened and all the chains fell off – not just Silas & Paul’s. There is immense power in praising God!
Every person has reasons not to praise God and every person has reasons to praise God. So, which are you focusing on? Make the choice to focus on God’s love, goodness, kindness, mercy, benefits (re-read Psalm 103) and you will have a heart to praise Him.
The Body Of Christ
Psalms 68:19 (KJV) Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
Praise the Lord that He always has something new for you. A word of encouragement, a word of direction, a new person to meet, to minister to, to receive from, an unexpected blessing! Hallelujah! All people are connected. God created us all. We are all His children. Believers (born-again Christians) have a special bond; we are are all “of the same body” which is “The Body of Christ.”
1 Corinthians 12:12, 27 (AMP) For just as the (a person’s) body is a unit and yet has many parts and all the parts, though many, form only one body, so it is with Christ . . . . Now you (believers) are collectively Christ’s body and individually you are members of it, each part with its own distinct place and function.
Christians should all have a mutual interest in, and desire to care for, one another. God has appointed us all in The Church (The Body of Christ) as He saw fit, each with the primary function of blessing and helping the other members (body parts) to work as one unit, so that we can reach out to bless and help and share the Good News with those who are not yet “of The Body.”
1 Timothy 2:4 (AMP) God our Savior wishes all men (people) to be saved and to increasingly perceive, recognize, discern, and know The Divine Truth.
Thank The Lord that He daily lifts you up and strengthens you so that you can uplift someone else, in order to fulfill His ultimate desire of bringing all people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. God desires all people to know Him through His Son, Jesus. Jesus Himself said: I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. –John 14:6, KJV.
Thank God that He is daily loading us with benefits. That He is always leading us to increase in our knowledge of Christ – in our perception of The Divine Truth – and of our place in His kingdom. Thank God that He has something new for you every day. That He always has more of His will to fulfill in your life. That He always has a greater blessing for you to walk in. Amen!
Mark Your Calendar
- Coatesville Food Co-op Saturday, July 20th – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
- Harrison House Nursing Home Ministry Wednesday, July 24th – 6:00 to 7:00 pm
- Bingo Night Friday, July 26th – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
- Growth Track, Steps 1 & 2 Thursday, August 1st – 6:30 to 8:00 pm
- Corporate Prayer Saturday, August 3rd – 9:00 to 10:00 am
- Growth Track, Steps 3 & 4 Thursday, August 8th – 6:30 to 8:00 pm
- Men’s Fellowship Friday, August 9th – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
- Women of Worth Saturday, August 10th – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
- Evangelism Saturday, August 10th – 12:00 to 2:00 pm
- Leader’s Meeting Sunday, August 11th – 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- St. Martha’s Nursing Home Ministry Wednesday, August 14th – 6:30 to 7:30 pm
- Coatesville Food Co-op Saturday, August 17th – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
- Small Group Leaders Training Sunday, August 18th – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
- Harrison House Nursing Home Ministry Wednesday, August 28th – 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Click here to get more information and to register for the events you’re interested in on Facebook!