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Publish Date: January 30, 2015  ::  Author: Terry Jones

Proven with a Purpose

James 1:12 states that "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under a trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him."  
 
 
As a child I never liked taking test.  They never made since to me.  Why would somebody want to know what they had just taught me?  It wasn't until I started to understand the reward of passing the test, that I began to understand the purpose.  The purpose of the test was to see if I had mastered the information taught, had an above average understanding of the information, an average understanding, below average understanding or failed to grasp what was taught.  If I demonstrated a mastered understanding I would receive an "A".  After a while I began to understand the rewards of paying attention and receiving what was taught.  The same is with God.  We need to pay attention and receive what is being taught as we go through the various situations in our lives.  God wants us to pass the test, but we need to learn to apply what we have learned.  

 



Publish Date: January 1, 2014  ::  Author: Terry Jones

Reset

As I sit and reflect on the first day of 2014, I sense that God is calling for us to "RESET".  Webster's Dictionary defines "reset" as to set again or anew.  When you purchase a computer device or smart phone it comes with factory settings.  However, the more that you use the device, add applications, or download files the more you change the device and the more it is removed from its original settings.  Sometimes when downloading applications or files you may download a virus that will attack your device and cause it to either not run efficiently or cause your device to shut down.  Once that happens you have a choice.  Either you can purchase an antivirus program to clean up your machine or you can go under the general settings and push what is called a "reset" button.  I believe that during our Christian walk we have a tendency to download things (weights and/or sin) that are not of God into our lives causing us to not efficiently or cause us to be ineffective in the kingdom of God.  It is this time God is call us to "reset", by confession and repentance.  Sin is something only God can clean us up from.  However, we are called in Hebrews 12:1 to "...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us...".  God is calling us to stop asking Him to do something that we have been commanded to do.  If you have a weight that is slowing or weighing you down it is our responsibility to lay it aside or strip it off.  That is the "RESET".  Lay aside or strip off anything that may be holding you down or slowing your progress.  The choice is yours.  "RESET" 2014
 



Publish Date: November 22, 2010  ::  Author: Terry Jones

Worship Your Way Through

 I have come to learn that worship is not just a Sunday experience.  Worship is an everyday lifestyle.  The longer we compartmentalize  God to just Sunday morning the more we miss out on seeing and experiencing who He truly is.    
 



Publish Date: March 25, 2010  ::  Author: Terry Jones

Don't be afraid to be Dangerous for the Kingdom!

God is looking for some dangerously bold folk. Paul was dangerous bold before his conversion, and God used him greatly to spread the Word about Jesus Christ. God took that dangerouly bold man, and converted him and used his dangerous boldness to accomplish so much. Let God use you today!
 



Publish Date: September 2, 2008  ::  Author: Pastor Terry

How to defeat your Goliath

 Everybody has a Goliath in their life.  But there comes a time when you have to say enough is enough, and have to face your issues.  Your Goliath may be different from mine, your Goliath may be; men, women, gambling, having a short temper, sex, pornography, lying, lack of confidence, drugs, drinking, and/or cursing.  If you search your heart each one of us has a Goliath, and we must face it and stand against it or else we will find it running and ruling us.  When you read 1 Samuel 17, you will read the full account of David and Goliath, but I want you to focus on 17:46.  Within that verse you will find David beginning to prophecy victory of Goliath.  When faced with your Goliath it is very important you begin to prophecy victory over your situation, and believe that "no weapon that is formed against you will ever prosper."  God wants you to live a victorious life, and more abundant life.  So know that you have the power (Holy Spirit) within you to speak victory over your situation and it shall come to pass.  Walk boldly and know that God has given you the victory in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
Pastor T
 



Publish Date: July 21, 2008  ::  Author: Pastor Terry

God First

 We find ourselves in many of our situations as a result of some of the decisions we make.  Just like when the people Judah decided in Haggai 1: 2 "The time hasn't come yet for the Lord's temple to be rebuilt."  As a result, of that decision Haggai prophesied in verse 5 "The Lord who rules over all says, Think carefully about how you are living.  You have planted many seeds.  But the crops you have gathered are small.  So you eat.  But you never have enough.  You drink.  But you are never full.  You put your clothes on.  But you are not warm.  You earn your pay.  But it will not buy everything you need."  When we decide within ourselve to not put God First, we do not walk in abundance which God has for us.  The time is now, put God First in all that you do.  If your serving in ministry be consistant and put Him first and watch God Bless you. 
 
Peace and Blessings,
 
Pastor Terry
 



Publish Date: March 31, 2008  ::  Author: Pastor Terry

Glory Cloud Worship

For those of you who missed our worship experience yesterday all I can say is WOW!  We had what the scriptures describe in 2 Chronicles 5: 13-14, where it say "It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever:  that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord;  So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud:  for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God."  There was truly a moment during that time that all was a peace and no one could stand because of the Glory of God.  This is what happens when the people have no hidden agendas, come on one accord, and come purely to worship the Lord.  I want to encourage you to remove any hidden agendas and come on one accord to worship the Lord and watch God fill your temple. 
 



Publish Date: March 24, 2008  ::  Author: Pastor Terry

Thank God for our Judas

 We celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ yesterday.  The Resurrection is a wonderful thing, but there were things that Jesus had to endure that had to happen before He could reach His destiny.  Things that had to be set into motion so that the scriptures might be fulfilled.  Much like many of us, before we could reach our destination, there was some things that had to happen.  Things that had to be set into motion before you could come into what God had ordained or chosen for your life.  Just like Christ many of us have had to endure the pain of being betrayed.  I have come to tell you today that God can take that betrayal, that "back stabbing", to grow you and move you closer to your destiny.  So in spite of the pain you may feel, thank God for your Judas because it is your Judas that God will use to catapult you closer to greatness. 
 



Publish Date: March 17, 2008  ::  Author: Pastor Terry

Holy Week Day I

Today begins Holy Week or Passion Week as many people have come to know it.  Holy Week is the week of events leading up to death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We begin Holy Week with reading John 12:1-8.  As we read this passage of scripture we find Jesus six days before the Passover with Lazarus whom he raised from the dead, Martha and Mary.  Mary took a pound of ointment of spikenard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair.  Along with Jesus was Judas Iscariot (who should betray Jesus) saying  "why was not this ointment sold for a year's wages and given to the poor."  The scripture goes on to say that Judas didn't say this because he cared for the poor; but because he was a theif; and having the bag (money box, the purse of the Twelve), he took for himself what was put into it (pilfering the collections.)  This scripture has always been of an interest to me, because if you go back in John 6:70, 71 you will find Jesus predicting and telling the twelve, "Have not I chosen you twelve and one of you is a devil?"  Jesus chose those close to Him, knowing that one would betray Him.  Jesus knew that once Judas would betray Him, it would push Him closer to His divine purpose.  But until then He kept Judas close by Him, knowing what he was going to do.  This happens in modern times.  God strategically places people in our path for us to chose, only for them to be used to propel us closer to our divine destiny.  The enemy thinks that he will going to destroy us, but God is using what the enemy meant for bad to push us closer to our destiny.  I want to encourage somebody today.  Don't cuss out your Judas, but keep them close knowing that God is going to use them to move your closer to your divine destiny to fulfill the plan He has for you.   
 



Publish Date: March 7, 2008  ::  Author: Pastor Terry

Overcoming Obstacles II

 As I continue to read the story of Joseph, the Holy Spirit revealed to me that because of the bitterness of Joseph's brothers they couldn't receive the dream of Joseph.  Therefore, rather than sharing the dream that predicted his future rise to greatness,Joseph should have discerned and had the maturity to know that it would not be received.  However, in his youthfulness he shared it anyway, making his brothers even more jealous and bitter.   Jealousy and bitterness can cause people to do some dangerous things.  Just like their daddy (Jacob) did with his brother Esau they (the brothers) did to Joseph.  They took the coat, the symbol of their resentment.  They cast him into a pit to remove him from their sight, and sold Joseph into slavery to make a proft off of his life.  Jacob was reaping what he had sown so  many years prior.  Remember I told you before Jacob's name means "surplanter", "trickster", "deceiver" and his sons were living out his name.  I learned about generational transfer a long time ago.  As a parent you're going to pass something on to your children.  It can be the things of God or it can be things of the devil, but something will be transferred.  This is something that Jacob did not want to be transferred to his children, but by his actions he helped create an atmosphere which bred hatred toward Joseph.  Eventhough the brothers did all of those terrible things to Joseph, God was using what the enemy wanted to use to destroy Joseph to only move him closer to his destiny.  I want to encourage somebody today.  You may have grown up in a terrible situation and encountered obstacle after obstacle. However, you need to know that when God gives you a dream it shall come to pass, and he will use what the enemy sent to destroy you to build you up and bring you closer to the dream HE has placed inside of you. 
 
Much Love,
 
Pastor Terry
 



Publish Date: March 6, 2008  ::  Author: Pastor Terry

Overcoming Obstacles

 Last night I was reading the story of Joseph and realized somethings.  Before Joseph received the dream, there were numerous obstacles he had to overcome.  Joseph's father Jacob whose name mean "surplanter" or "trickster" laid the rocky road for his youngest son.  If you remember earlier in the scriptures Jacob tried to marry Rachel out of order, and was tricked into marrying her older sister Leah who didn't look so good.  After being married to her and having children by her, he was later given Rachel's hand in marriage and had Joseph and Benjamin by her.  Talking about a blended family.  Next, by no fault of Joseph's, Jacob showed favoritism toward him and gave him a beautiful coat of many colors.  As a result, Joseph's brother didn't like him, and they directed their anger toward him.  In addition, Jacob's sons began showing "surplanter" or "trickster" traits.  Joseph had so much to overcome.  Stuff that he didn't create, but that were the result of his father.  There are so many of us who before we were even born had the odds stacked against us because of the name our family had in the community.  We had nothing to do with it, it just was.  Remember that even though all of this was stacked against Joseph, God still gave him a dream.  No matter what you may be faced with, hold on the dream that God has given you.  If you do that you will overcome any obstacle placed before you, because "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." 
 
Much Love,
 
Pastor Terry 
 



Publish Date: February 19, 2008  ::  Author: Terry R. Jones, Sr. Pastor

Worship Living (Part I)

 For those who have known me for some time worship has been something near and dear to my heart.  Over the years I have come to learn that worship is not just a Sunday thing.  True worship is 24-7 and is accompanied by challenges, which come to develop us into becoming deeper worshippers because we recognize God for who HE is (Jehovah-jireh, Jehovah-nissi, Jehovah-shalom etc.) in our lives.  Genesis 22: 1-2 "And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham:  and he said, Behold, here I am.  And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of."  The first step to Worship Living is to make yourself available to God.  Abraham said "Behold, here I am."  Many of us don't want to make ourselves that available, because we think that we can live our life on our own.  Worship, lends itself to dependence on God, and the world teaches that we should be independent versus dependent.  Next, true worship should challenge us in a personal place.  God told Abraham to take his only son Isaac and "offer him there a burnt offering." Worship should hit us in a personal place in our hearts.  If our worship unto God does not hit us in that personal place, and if it is not a true sacrifice then we need to check ourselves. 
 



Publish Date: February 14, 2008  ::  Author: Pastor Terry

Friends

On this day that we call Valentines Day, I began to think about all of those whom I call Friend.  Naturally, I call my wife my lover and friend, however I have come to learn that I have reserved this title only for those who are deserving of it.  Throughout the years I have seen people and even pastor(s) use this title or word loosely, but only to find that these people don't meet the criteria.  The scriptures tell us how to know a true friend.  In Proverbs 17:17 it reads "A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."  I can honestly say that outside of my wife, I have few friends, but the ones that I know have put up with me "at all times", in the good and bad times and have loved me through them.  We may say things that anger each other, but we know that we have been placed in each others lives to be a blessing.  So, yes, what they say may sting a minute, but I know that they are there for me to love me in spite of myself.  Last, but not least that last part of the scripture which deals with the word "brother."  I have 2 natural brothers and I love them dearly, but you know that you have something unique and special when you have a "friend", and then that friendship turns into brotherhood.  I can honestly say that about 2 people in my life.  One lives in Rome, GA and the other here.  I can say that a true "brotherhood", bond has developed and that there is nothing that they wouldn't do for me, or I for them.  I want to encourage you today to re-evaluate whom you call friend and don't use that term loosely, but more than anything reserve the title "brother" or "sister" for those most deserving.   
 
"It's all about the KINGDOM!"
Pastor Terry
 



Publish Date: February 13, 2008  ::  Author: Pastor T

Don't believe the Hype

 I was talking to my wife last night about the Genesis 3:1-7.  In our discussion we talked about how subtil the enemy is, and how we sometimes don't even recognize things until we are deep in it.  However, the one thing that we did discuss was in verses 4-5, how the serpent convenced Eve that she didn't have something that she already possessed.  As a result, Eve acted on it and did something totally against what God said not to do.  How often do we believe the hype of the enemy, when he tries to convence us of something we don't have.  When we gave our lives to Jesus Christ and were filled with the Holy Spirit we have everything that we need to live a blessed and whole life.  Often times the enemy will play on you and try to get you to believe that you don't have all that you need.  For example:  He will try and get you to think that you need a man or a woman to complete you.  But if you really take a look at your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, you have everything that you need to complete you.  So I say to you today, DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE.   
 



Publish Date: February 12, 2008  ::  Author: Pastor Terry

You're not a know it all

 Last night as I was studying a scripture that has always fascinated me.  I Corinthians 13:9-12.  Verse 9 has always captured my attention "For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect)."  It really hit me that after 4 years of undergrad and 2 years of graduate school gaining my masters degree that I really don't know anything beyond what was taught to me by man.  Schools teach us that we can master things and become a doctor of something, but in reality we don't know it all.  Our mastering something only goes as far as the person who is teaching it.  If we are being taught by human beings they have a finite understanding, leaving room for more learning by the student.  However, if God is doing the teaching He has Infinite understanding of all things.  So, I encourage you to don't stop your learning where man leaves off, but allow God to complete our learning.  Which means we have to go through His classroom of life of test and trials, because as the Word of God says in James 1:4 "Consider it wholly joyful, my bretheren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.  Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.  But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be (people) perfectly and fully developed (with no defects), lacking in nothing.