Thursday, February 27, 2014

It's Real. It Works. It's Always Available. It's Prayer.

The definition of prayer is: a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God.  God's will for our lives is to give us hope (Jeremiah 29:11), to prosper us ( 3 John 1:2), and to provide a way for us to seek forgiveness and healing from him ( 2 Chronicles 7:14).  All of those promises are available to us through prayer.  

Prayer has a restoring power within it that renews the spirit and refreshes the soul.  We, at the Church of Atlanta Lighthouse invite you to join us in prayer and fellowship with the Christian Family Worship Center on March 15, 2014 from 10:00am-12:00pm.  Our very own, Pastor Timothy McKibbins will be the guest speaker.  We want to pray for you, your family and our community.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Join us for an Observation of Black History Month

A Brief History on Black History Month

Black History Month started as Black History Week in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson and his organization, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.  The 2nd week in February was chosen to honor the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.   

Woodson felt that it was necessary for the self worth and growth of Black people in America to realize that their history didn't start with slavery. Woodson also wanted to highlight the contributions of Black people to America and the world.  

According to Woodson, "Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history."  In 1976, Black History Week grew into Black History Month and was officially recognized by President Ford.

We, at the Church of Atlanta Lighthouse, would like for you, your family, and friends to join us in this great celebration of Black History.  We look forward to seeing you.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Character Building Situation

"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; Knowing this that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.  
-James 1:2-4

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
-John 16:33

A Character Building Situation

Have you ever been in a situation that was just the worst?  Or have you ever been in between a rock and a hard place? Me too. Those experiences are what I like to call Character Building Situations.  I, along with several other Georgia residents, had my character tested during the recent inclement weather that we experienced last week.  As I traveled on the roads trying desperately to reach my children, dodged icy spots and other drivers that slid around the slick streets, I began to get frustrated and discouraged.  My circumstances looked bleak and I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to pick up my kids from school that day.  I felt like I was trapped in a nightmare that wouldn't end.  

However, anytime that I'm confronted with tough situations, the scriptures above tend to come to my mind.   I've learned that in the mist of frustrating times or character building situations, there is always a lesson to be learned and there is always something to be grateful for.  With every character building situation, I realize more and more what James meant when he wrote the previous scripture.  

5 Reasons Why We Count Our Trials as Joy

1.  God won't let us be tempted beyond what we are capable of handling (1 Corinthians 10:13).
2.  God uses these situations to help us recognize the areas in our lives that need improvement (Ephesians 2:10 and Philippians 1:6).
3.  These situations are opportunities for us to grow in integrity (Romans 5:3-4). 
4.  Our trials and temptations will only be for a season (Ecclesiastes 3:1-7).
5.  Jesus overcame the world which makes us Over-Comers as believers of Christ (1 John 4:4).

After considering those scriptures I began to calm down.  I prayed for peace, for the other drivers, and the kids at school waiting to go home.  Even though it took almost 4 hours to get home on one of the scariest drives I've ever experienced, we made it home safely.  My faith in God grew, my patience increased and I was able to experience God's peace during a trying time.  Always remember to seek God in your character building situations.  God bless you!

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