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by Tonja Taylor  

 

 

The right prayer Covering is very important. It can even be the difference between life and death! 

The LORD Jesus Christ died on the cross over 2,000 to shed His pure blood to cover the whole world! THAT is the ultimate Covering, and once we receive Him as our Savior and LORD, then He becomes our High Priest, Who ever lives to intercede (pray) for us to our Father God! 

Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest Who has [already] ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith in Him].--Hebrews 4:14, AMPC

Hallelujah! 

So, once we receive Christ Jesus, we are translated from the defeated, temporary, putrid kingdom of darkness, into the glorious, victorious, eternal Kingdom of Light--the domain of the LORD Jesus Christ!  Jesus the LORD becomes our High Priest, Who continually goes before the Father in Heaven to pray for us. GLORY! That is the highest and best and most powerful Covering!

We need to understand, however, that He works with our prayers on earth. Yes, we can pray in our hearts, but our prayers spoken out loud help the holy angels, who work with the LORD Jesus Christ in perfect unity, understand whether we are speaking in alignment with God's Word.

God's angels respond to His Word. We are to meditate--think about over and over--God's Word, to have good success (Joshua 1:8). 

We are to pray for each other. Jesus the LORD, our High Priest, works through our prayers--spoken, written, and even in our hearts (silent), but especially with our spoken words. 

After all, Elohim (The Holy Trinity of God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit) created the world with words (Genesis 1). 

So let us use the gift of words to pray for one another! 

Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].--James 5:16, AMPC

The most powerful ways to pray for others are (1) to pray the Word of God, and (2) to pray in the language of the Holy Spirit. 

Hallelujah! The LORD gives us both!  He inspires us and leads us and helps pray with these, and then He acts upon our prayers!

How great and awesome, merciful, faithful, and kind, is our loving God!

Another thing to consider is about prayer is that, as you rise in ministry, you need more cover. First, every Believer in Christ needs the faithful prayers of their pastor(s). There is definitely a priceless spiritual covering when we come under the covering (the leadership, the correction, the guidance) of the right pastors who truly follow the whole Bible, and revere it as the inerrant and unchanging--and unchangeable!--Word of God.

Next, as you expand duties in minstry--by the leading of the Holy Spirit, in His timing (more reasons to pray; to understand these things and not lag behind nor step out too early! Ask me how I know!)--you need additional cover of true prayer warriors and other spiritual leaders, who know and walk in their spiritual authority on the earth.

May these points inspire you to appreciate the prayer cover you already have, first in the LORD Jesus Christ, our beloved and holy High Priest; after that, others that pray for you. Some may be on the other side of the world, and you may not meet them till Heaven.  Also, pray for yourself, because by the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, you have the right to approach Father God at His  Throne of Grace and ask for what you need. 

Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of  grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].--Hebrews 4:16, AMPC

Pray all the more as The Day approaches! You will help yourself and others--even around the world--more than you know!

Ask the LORD for more prayer cover if you need it, and to respect what you already have, for that cover has protected you from harm and deceit, more than you know! 

God is good, and He loves you. Receive this message and go forth and conquer! Live the victorious life in Christ, amen! 

 

Tonja K. Taylor is a joyful, free worshiper, teacher, author, wife, and mother who adores helping others know the sweet faithfulness of God. Through her YouTube channel, "River Rain Creative Arts" and other platforms, she tutors globally in faith, worship, writing, holistic health, & ESL.

 

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by Jerry Ousley  

 

 

Doubt and Lazarus

Read John 11:1-44

Part 2 – Jesus Prayed

 

            Now at the tomb of Lazarus, after Jesus had wept over His friend, He asked them to do something that seemed very strange and frankly, stupid to the people there.  He asked them to remove the stone from the mouth of the tomb.    Lazarus and his sisters were not rich people.  While they had managed to secure a tomb, a small cave-like opening in the side of a hill, I’m certain they could not afford the elaborate preparations that the rich and wealthy provided for their dead.  Wrapped in strips of clothe referred to as “grave clothes,” when Jesus asked them to remove the stone, Martha immediately responded, again in doubt, “But Lord, it’s been four days.  Surely he stinks now.”

 

            Of course, his body had begun the decomposing process.  And I am certain that Martha was right in her assumption.  They just could not get past the natural when it came to their situation.  They were aware of the miracles that Jesus had done for others.  Somehow, they just could not believe that He would work for them.

 

            Are we any different today from those then?  As believers in Christ, we know what He is capable of.  We have read of His miracles, His teachings, His compassion for the human race.  We believe and don’t doubt in what He has done.  But when it comes to doing it for us, we somehow don’t feel worthy.  Perhaps we feel that He can’t do it for us.  And so, we make excuses like, “That was God’s will for then, but now we have faith and don’t need miracles.”  Or, “We have the Bible now.  God’s word is complete and so we no longer need miracles today.”  It is true that the miracles of Jesus and the Apostles were witnesses to the unbelieving world as proof that Jesus was indeed Who He claimed to be.

 

            But remember that often when telling of a miracle of Jesus the act is preceded with the words, “He had compassion on them.”  Healings and miracles were a great witness of the identity of Jesus.  But He also had compassion on people and healed them.  That means that Jesus felt a compelling love to help those He came into contact with.  No, we don’t have record that He healed every sick person He saw.  But He did heal many.  And so, what right do we have to say that He no longer heals and works miracles based on the experience of some who have not received what they thought they needed?

 

            I refuse to pretend that I understand the mind of God.  I have no idea why He healed some, worked miracles for some, and kept silent for others.  I don’t understand it because I am human.  As mortal men we have only a glimpse of what God has allowed us to see of His fantastic ability and His mind, His will and His wisdom.  He is God, not me.

 

            Jesus told Martha, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”  Though they doubted still they obeyed Him and rolled away the stone from the tomb of Lazarus.

 

            Now Jesus did something that each of us can do.  He prayed.  We have memorized the cliché’ that “prayer changes things.”  We have made those words into plaques and signs.  But do we really believe it?  Prayer always changes things.  Sometimes it tugs at the compassion of God and in His Divine will He moves and grants the miracle we feel we so desperately need in our life.

 

            But sometimes when we pray, He changes our hearts.  Though He may not heal or work a great miracle, He changes our hearts so we can see the answer.  God is God, not man.  He is not a weak being that responds to our ever beckon and call.  But He does hear every prayer, and I believe He answers each one in the best way for our situation and circumstance.

 

            The words of the prayer of Jesus were these: “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.  And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”  Jesus was God in the Flesh and He knew what He was about to do.  He knew that what His purpose was would be accomplished.  But those around Him, in their doubt and unbelief, needed to hear Him communicate with God.

 

            He wants you to believe.  You and I, who are born and bred to doubt, who are sinners and strangers to the righteousness of God, are encouraged by Jesus to believe.  He wants us to know that He has been sent to make us free from our doubt and sin.

 

            And then . . .

 

. . . To Be Continued . . .

 

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by PamFord Davis  

 

 

Lord Jesus, teach me to pray.

“And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

Give us day by day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil (Luke 11:1-4 KJV).”

Lord, teach your followers how to pray.

“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen (Matthew 6:9-13 KJV).”

Jesus is our teacher; the Bible is our textbook.

I highly recommend another book titled ‘With Christ in the School of Prayer’ by Andrew Murray [1828-1917]. It is one of few books that I read and re-read. It’s still available for purchase.

Lord, I want to pray with passion, purpose and power.

Lord, teach me to pray.

 

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Daily Devotional: Look, it's a Gourd!

by PamFord Davis  

 

 

Look, it’s a gourd!

Gourd growers use a lot of seeds in their planting. In addition, gourd seed often comes out of dried gourds after harvesting. It’s not unusual to see new gourds popping up in lawns far from the gourd patch. Birds also eat and carry the seed.

“Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: ‘Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth (Matthew 13:3-5 NKJV).”

An unexpected gourd plant sprang up in a crack of pavement; the gourd should have come as no surprise. It was growing in front of the gourds business on Main Street, Oak Grove.

Am I growing; are you?

Are we maturing in our faith?

“You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:17-18 NKJV).”

Growth requires a good root system.

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love (Ephesians 3:14-17 NKJV).”

 

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Daily Devotional: Looking Up

by PamFord Davis  

 

 

Are you looking up?

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day (Genesis 1:3-8 KJV).”

The Psalmist looked up.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge (Psalm 19:1-2 KJV).”

Creation reveals the Creator; look up.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse (Romans 1:18-20 KJV).”

The signs of the times are predictions of Jesus’ return; look up!

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh (Luke 21:28 KJV).”

 

 

 

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There are many forms of limitations we experience as human beings. Many times we may not realize that they are spiritual but they really are. The spiritual controls what happens in the physical. These limitations are usually forms of spiritual chains. You may notice that no matter how much effort you put in you have been unable to move from a level, or you may notice that no matter how much you try certain doors have not been open to you. These are limitations also known as spiritual chains. However, you are a child of God, called by God, loved by God and chosen by God, you are not meant to be limited. Why are you experiencing limitations in spite of this? Why does it seem as if you are held by invisible chains? How do you experience God's deliverance? These questions and more would be addressed in this video titled "God is breaking chains in your life | Nothing can hold you down when God is on your side".


God has a plan for your life and that plan is a good one to give you an expected end. You need to realize it is not God's desire for you to be limited or for you to experience limitation. His desire for you is that you are unlimited. It is not God that is limiting you! God will not keep you in chains! You need to realize this because the first step to deliverance is realizing what God's will for you is and comparing that with your life. Then enforcing God's will in your life through faith.


In this season of your life God is breaking every chain in your life. He is setting you free from every form of bondage. Spiritual chains take many forms physically. What do I mean by this? Many times different people may experience spiritual chains but in different ways. Jabez was an example of someone who experienced spiritual chains. He was more honorable than his brothers, yet he was suffering. The chain in his life was validated by his name, his name kept him in captivity and though he was more honorable than his brothers he could not rise above them. He prayed to God and God delivered him. Whatever chain you may have in your life God has the power to break them. A song by Tasha Cobb's says "There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain". In Christ and in his name there is deliverance for all those who are bound. Jesus said in the book of Luke Chapter 4: 18 -19

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. This was the purpose of Jesus which he fulfilled while he was on earth and even after he left the earth. One of the things he mentioned was to preach deliverance to the captives.

 

Jesus did this by paying the price for our deliverance on the cross of Calvary. He not only paid for our salvation but through his death and resurrection he also paid for our deliverance. The price for your deliverance has already been paid on the cross, it has been nailed to the cross. You may have the question; why then am I experiencing bondage when Jesus has paid the price for my freedom? This question would be answered later in the video.
How chains affect your life


• They limit you; chains have a limiting effect on people. In the physical, those who are chained or incarcerated can not move beyond a certain limit. They are restricted by their chains and can only stay in the jurisdiction such chains permit. Chains keep a person within a certain limit, it keeps them going in circles. It may be in any area of your life, it may be your academics, your finances, your relationships, your health or your career path. If you notice that for a period of time you have been going in circles, or that you have been struggling to leave a position to no avail, it may be that there are spiritual chains holding you back that need to be broken. You may realise that you gave so much potential and you are working endlessly but you have little output to show for it. It may be caused by the presence of spiritual chains.

 

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by Ken Barnes  

 

 

These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. 
(Proverbs 1:1-2 NLT)

What is the purpose of the proverbs of Solomon, King of Israel?  Are they promises or probabilities?

Proverbs is a book of wisdom or insights that if you apply, you will usually receive the desire results, but not always.  When I hear a Proverb taught as a promise, I shudder. Someone is going to be disappointed.

Proverb 22:4 NLT, True humility, and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.  Does that mean if we walk in humility and fear of the Lord, we will always be wealthy?  It means that if exhibit these characteristics you will be faithful in what you do and God will generally bless you, but not always? 

What about the Church in Macedonia which was praised by Paul in I Corinthians 8 for their generosity when they were experiencing deep poverty?  Did they not get the memo that they were supposed to be prosperous?  There was no memo because the result of humility and the fear of the Lord varies according to the circumstance or the people involved.  It is a probability, not a promise.

What about a long life?  Of course, if you look at your body as the temple of the Holy Spirit, you are not going to abuse it and you will probably live longer, but even with righteous living longevity is not a given.  Most of the Disciples' lives were shortened by martyrdom.

Interpret the Proverbs as instructions in wisdom not or you will end up disappointed and in contradiction to the whole counsel of God.

 

 

I worked for seventeen years as a missionary with Youth With A Mission. My missionary work has taken me to Mexico, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Spain, and Ukraine. I hold a Masters of Education in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Commonwealth University. kenbarnes737@gmail.com

 

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by Jerry Ousley  

 

 

The messenger approached the group of men with reluctance.  He carried bad news that had to be given.  A very good friend of Jesus by the name of Lazarus was deathly sick.  Most thought He would rise immediately and go to His friend.  But to their utter surprise Jesus said that the sickness of Lazarus was not one leading to death, and He waited two days.

 

They doubted Jesus when He waited those two days before going to Bethany.  The Jewish leaders in Jerusalem (very close by to Bethany) were seeking Jesus to take His life.  Was Jesus a coward?  Would He allow the fear of those leaders to stop Him from seeing His dear friend?

 

And then they doubted Jesus when He chose to go to Bethany.  Afterall, they were seeking His life.  Why would He want to go there now?  He had already said that this sickness of His friend was not one to death.  Why take this chance now?

 

Jesus told them “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.”  What a strange thing to say.  His disciples responded “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get well.”  Jesus then plainly spoke and told them that Lazarus was dead.  It was Thomas who supported Him, though again through doubt when he said, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”

 

When Jesus arrived, He found that Lazarus had already been in the grave for four days.  Many Jews had come to comfort Lazarus’ sisters, Martha and Mary.  When Martha heard that Jesus had finally come, she went to meet Him.  In the course of their conversation Jesus told her that Lazarus would rise again.  She agreed but in doubt said that he would rise again in the last days resurrection.  To her doubt Jesus responded “I am the resurrection and the life.”  He also said to her “Whoever believes in Me shall never die.”  Then asked her “Do you believe this?”  Martha wanted to believe but still in doubt answered “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”  Despite the encouraging, positive words of Jesus. She just could not bring herself to believe that Lazarus could be then and there resurrected.  She doubted.

 

Martha returned and told Mary that Jesus had come and was asking for her.  Mary was the one who had anointed Jesus’ feet with the precious perfume and then dried them with her hair.  She held nothing back but plainly told Jesus “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”  All the mourners had followed Mary when she ran from the house to meet Jesus, and as Mary began to weep then these professional mourners cried with her.  Mary loved Jesus with all her being but in this moment, she doubted Him for not being there before.

 

The crowd doubted Jesus.  He asked “Where have you laid him?”  As they took Him to the tomb the Bible tells us that Jesus wept.  They commented “See how He loved him!”  but they didn’t realize that, even though Jesus did love Lazarus, He may have also wept because of all the doubt surrounding Him.  Then the doubtful words of the crowd, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?”

 

So much doubt.  They doubted that Lazarus could be raised, and the world doubts you.  How could such a one be saved?  Why would God love a sinner like me and like you?  In this world we are surrounded by doubt.  We may doubt ourselves.  It is human to doubt.  Because of the sin in man and in this world, doubt is a natural thing.  Remember the incident of the man who brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus?  When Jesus asked him if he believed he responded with, “Lord I believe …“ then, being honest added “Lord help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24).  He couldn’t help but doubt.

 

We may be surrounded by doubt in this sin-cursed world, but there is One who ignores doubt; Who pushes forward beyond doubt … Who works despite doubt.  Doubt troubles Him not and in the face of doubt, He works.

 

. . . To Be Continued . . .

 

Jerry D. Ousley is the author of ïSoul Challengeï, ïSoul Journeyï, ïOrdealï, ïThe Spirit Bread Daily Devotional and his first novel ïThe Shoe Tree.ï Visit our website at spiritbread.com to download these and more completely free of charge.

 

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by PamFord Davis  

 

 

“You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV).”

You, You, You…

I want Your perfect peace.

I need Your perfect peace.

Peace is impossible without the power of Your Spirit.

Anxiety and tension become controlling.

I willingly stay my mind on You.

I purposely fix and focus my thoughts on You.

Why?

Because I trust in YOU!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV).”

 

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by Tonja Taylor  

 

 

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.--Matthew 5:8-9, Berean Study Bible

The LORD our God is the living Word (John 1), and all right thoughts and words come from Him.  

Since I was 10 or so, writing stories, and letters and more has come easily to me. It is one of my strongest gifts. However, years ago when I served as a supervisor over several other people, I  found one letter very hard to write. 

At that time, writing letters and memos comprised a large parts of my communication with the 10-or-more drivers I supervised, as a manager for a major distribution company.  When time permitted, I used handwritten notes because it was more personal.  The drivers knew I am a Christian, and my relationship with them was very good.

However, a particular driver--the only female on my staff--came in and loudly verbally attacked me one day, in front of my boss and co-workers.  I was shocked at her unprofessional behavior and responded in a manner less loving than I would have liked.  She’d professed to be a Christian, and had shared many of her spiritual and emotional battles with me.  I had been prayed for her daily. 

It was part of my job to write her up for that. 

She avoided me for three days.  My pride was stung, even though I knew the battle was a spiritual one. 

In the meantime, God gave me His wisdom. He is so good! He helped me realize that first, I had been unprofessional in allowing her to spill her emotional battles to me on the clock, especially more than once. After all, I was not her counselor.  

I wrote her daily notes, thanking her for her good work, and suggested that we “bury the axe and get over this.” In addition, I asserted politely that we no longer talk about personal issues at work. I emphasized that I would not and had not shared any intimate details she'd told me with anyone. She had told me she was a divorced single mother, and I understood many of the battles, being in such a state myself. 

In the back of my mind, however, I was writing all kinds of “letters of correction” that I planned to discuss with her and put in her file, but the Holy Spirit wouldn’t let me do that. 

He showed me again that the spiritual battle superceded the earthly one, and it was my job--especially as the manager--to let Jesus love her through me.

It took Him three days to convince me.  When I wrote the final note and told the driver I appreciated her, bragged on her good work, and--here is the hard part--asked her to forgive me, explaining that I was “still working on the responding in love part,” she resumed her professional manner and continued to do an excellent job. 

Once again, God overcame the enemy through words--His words! He had given me restraint and helped me overcome my flesh and truly show the love of Christ. 

It was so worth it, for so many reasons! 

If you need the LORD's help in a situation like this--or any other--know that He, the Living Word will help you! Ask Him for wisdom, and to write through you. Then trust the words He gives you. He alone knows human hearts, and what will reach others for healing and freedom!

For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.--I Peter 1:23, New Living Translation

 

 

Tonja K. Taylor is a joyful, free worshiper, teacher, author, wife, and mother who adores helping others know the sweet faithfulness of God. Through her YouTube channel, "River Rain Creative Arts" and other platforms, she tutors globally in faith, worship, writing, holistic health, & ESL.

 

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Album: V XV XX - EP
Release Date: 2021-12-31
 
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01 Still Ain't Bout No Games
02 Let Freedom Bang XV
03 King of kings
 

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Daily Devotional: In His Presence

by PamFord Davis  

 

 

“You will make known to me the way of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever (Psalm 16:11 NASB).”

In His presence…

Yes, ‘I Can Only Imagine.’ (MercyMe)

Many of us have been in the presence of entertainers, sports heroes, authors, popular evangelists or politicians.

Some shake celebrities’ hands or get their autographs.

My husband has been a news director at radio and television station. It gave him the opportunity to interview influential politicians. Two later served as presidents of the United States of America. I’d say his being in their presence was impressive.

Nothing can compare to being in the presence of the LORD.

“The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You support my lot.
The measuring lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my inheritance is beautiful to me.

I will bless the Lord who has advised me;
Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. 
I have set the Lord continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices (Psalm 16:5-9a NASB).”

 

Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Coosa Journal, Mary Hollingsworth's The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter, Jo Krueger's Every Day in God's Word. http://www.pamforddavis.com

 

 

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Louisiana - Every artist will tell you that their newest music is their best. In the big picture, that is how development should look. While it is easy to say that Louisiana’s Reece Laché is producing her best art to date, the truth is that she has been crafting high-quality songs for some time now. So what makes her new project All Love different? The simple answer is found in the finishing touches.

 

All Love delivers Laché’s penchant for songwriting and pairs it with top level engineering to give the project a polished sound. It is this combination that causes the 8-song offering to come through the listener’s speakers, even those who have supported the artist for some time, as a sonic experience that is not only special, but leveled up from previous offerings. Laché enlisted engineering work from Aye Tev. on the project and the results are undeniable.

 

Reece Laché is an artist who never shies away from being transparent and her previous music is filled with the struggles of her life as she has discovered who God created her to be. While difficulties still exist, the overall feel of her writing has noticeably evolved. “The best things in life are free,” explains Laché. “So I say, let Him free you.” Yes, as believers we are not promised an easy path to travel, but we can find security in knowing the One who will be by our side for the duration of the journey. 

 

Highlights of All Love include the hard-hitting, melody driven “Cold World”; the call to surrender of “Come To Me”; and the anthemic “Stuck” that features the ultra-talented J. Monty. Production for the project was done courtesy of Wayne Klassik, Jay Boskie, and Aida Vaselka. 

 

All Love is being released to digital music retailers on January 7, 2022.

 

Give Reece a shoutout on social media and fantastic gift by listening on release, which also happens to be her birthday! 

 

For the latest from Reece Laché: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

 

Project Details

Title: All Love

Artist: Reece Laché

Release Date: January 7, 2022

Production: Wayne Klassik, Jay Boskie, Aidas Vaselka

Engineering: Aye Tev.

Features: J. Monty, Jamie MacDonald

Track List:

  1. All Love
  2. Call
  3. Stuck
  4. Cold World
  5. See Me
  6. Come To Me
  7. Care For Me
  8. Who’s I Am

 

 

 

About Reece Laché

Reece Lache’ takes biblical principles of God and implements them into her music as they fit her life and journey. She started making Christian Hip Hop in 2013 after she gave her life to Christ and fought her way through total transformation. 

 

Her music is based on her journey and real-life experiences. A consistent blend of lyricism with a modern sound. Lache’s music connects with a large variety of listeners. As she describes it, “My life is no fairytale. If it ever seems to be, it’s because of God, not me.”

 

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Baton Rouge, LA – Every once in a while, in the music space, you come across a project that feels almost like it was a masterpiece made for you. God Tier is truly one of those projects! With God Tier, JayKnight pours his heart and soul out on every single track and gives the most transparent snapshot of his life through his lyrics. God Tier is one of the most transparent projects Rapture Ready Productions has ever put out.

 

The beat selection shows that JayKnight stays consistent through the entire EP with a sound that takes the listener on a journey through his thoughts and feelings. From “God Tier” to the last track on the EP, “Cry”, every song takes you deeper explaining why JayKnight’s gift to tell stories through rap is truly a God Tier skill. This is definitely an EP that you have to listen to all the way through.

 

As JayKnight explains, “I give my all in everything I do. But with ‘God Tier’, I gave more of myself than I ever have and I want every person who listens to ‘God Tier’ to feel that .”

Stream/Download the new EP God Tier now on all major digital music outlets:

https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/jayknight2/god-tier

 

For interview or review inquiries, email: jdun@rapturereadyproductions.com 

 

*Song download available upon request



EP Details

Title: God Tier

Artist: JayKnight

Release Date: December 31st, 2021

Engineering: JayKnight of Morning Music Movement

Label: Rapture Ready Productions

 

Follow JayKnight : Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

 

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About JayKnight

JayKnight is a Christian Rap Artist stationed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with a true heart and desire to be a light in this dark world. JayKnight uses his music to deliver and comfort people with the message of Jesus Christ!

 

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Sea Salt Mint White Mocha Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home

 

Total Time: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
Makes: 26

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) white baking chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extract. In another bowl, whisk flour, espresso powder, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in oats and white chips.
  2. Drop dough by scant 1/4 cupfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until edges begin to brown, 12-15 minutes. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.

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Apple briefly hit a market cap of $3 trillion during intraday trading on Monday, before dropping back under the mark shortly afterwards. Apple broke the barrier when its share price hit $182.86.

Apple rose 2.5% on Monday to close at $182.01, just missing closing the trading day at the $3 trillion mark.

The milestone is mostly symbolic but it shows investors remain bullish on Apple stock and its ability to grow. At a market value of $3 trillion, Apple tripled its valuation in under four years. And analysts see plenty of room to run.

Apple showed annual growth across all of its product categories in its fourth-quarter earnings, with revenue up 29% year-over-year. While the iPhone is still the biggest sales driver, Apple’s services business grew 25.6% year-over-year and delivered more than $18 billion in revenue during the quarter.

In December, for example, Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty raised the firm’s price target on Apple from $164 to $200, and maintained the equivalent of a buy rating, arguing that new products like virtual reality and augmented reality headsets aren’t yet baked into the share price.

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Verse for Today

 

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

 

Reflection

 

In order to follow the two greatest commandments, loving God and loving others, we must first understand God’s love for us. Again, the beloved Apostle John informs us, saying in Chapter 4 of his First Epistle, We love him, because he first loved us.” God loved us first, and from that love flows love for Him and His people. 

 

The love God has for us is hard to fathom since we are so undeserving of it. God’s “agape” for us is so undeserving that we often don’t believe it. How could the God of the universe love such a sinner?

 

Remember, God’s very being is love, so loving us is all about who God is and not at all about who we are.

 

The proof of God’s love for us is in His words and actions. A person who loves you will not just say it, but will demonstrate it through consistent, loving actions.

Likewise with God, who through His word tells of his great love for His people while demonstrating it in countless ways:

 

  • God’s love for us is sacrificial. A person who loves you will make sacrifices for you, laying down their own needs and desires in favor of yours. How much more does God sacrifice for us! He needs nothing from us yet gives us all we need out of His great love toward us. Our greatest need is for Him, and He is more than enough.

  • God’s love for us is not dependent on our goodness. Paul tells us in Romans, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Christ died for sinners, not for good people who have it all together.

  • This is the ultimate proof of God’s love, that He would sacrifice His only son to die in the place of undeserving sinners like you and me.

  • Nothing can separate us from God’s love. How can Paul be so certain of this idea he so poetically professes at the end of Romans 8? Is there really nothing that would cause God to retract His love and separate us from it? 

 

Paul, as the most undeserving of sinners, experienced the love of God on the road to Damascus and had no doubt about the abiding love of God. He knew how undeserving of it he was and how lavishly God had poured it out on him anyway. No, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

 

Prayer

 

Loving Father, I can only love because you first loved me. The two great commandments Jesus gave, to love you and love my neighbor, are impossible for me to follow without first experiencing your love. You love me, so now I am able to follow those commandments. Thank you for this truth.

 

I confess that I have a hard time wrapping my mind and my heart around your love for me. When I think of the depths of my sinful heart and the disobedient actions that flow from it, I cannot imagine that you would still love me. I am so undeserving of your love, and I need faith to believe it.

 

Your word declares your love for me. All over the scriptures I find words that declare your love for me. Thank you for these words, for your word is truth. Please help me to believe it.

 

Your actions prove your love for me. Every good gift I have here on earth is from you, lavished upon me out of your great love for me. You have given me far more than I deserve: health, a home, a family, a church...the list could go on endlessly. Thank you for the good gifts you have given me because you love me.

 

The greatest proof of your love is Jesus. I know that you so loved the world that you sent your only son Jesus to die for the sins of it, for my sins. That is the greatest testament of your love, and no other proof is needed. I am brought to my knees in worship when I think of the sacrifice you made for me.

 

Nothing can separate me from your love. There is nothing I could do to make you not love me, and in that I rejoice! Though I still struggle with sin and need your grace and mercy daily, I can rest in your sacrificial love for me. 

 

Thank you that I can never be separated from that love and will know it in this life and the life to come. In the name of Jesus, who gave His life for me out of love, I pray. Amen.

 

 

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