The Summer 2017 Edition of “Food For Thought” Newsletter from John 6 Ministries in Mount Pearl, NL, Canada, was sent out today.
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The Summer 2017 Edition of “Food For Thought” Newsletter from John 6 Ministries in Mount Pearl, NL, Canada, was sent out today.
Didn’t get yours? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
And, the winner is…Karen Giardina from Plano, Texas, USA.
Karen, it will be my pleasure to send you a signed copy of “Our Father: A Personal Journey of Discovery into the Lord’s Prayer.” Please send your mailing address to me, in a private message, or at email@example.com
Thank you to everyone for your support!
Celebratory Book Giveaway…
Tomorrow, Friday, July 7th, is the last day to enter your name for a chance to receive a copy of “Our Father: A Personal Journey of Discovery into the Lord’s Prayer.”
If you’ve liked www.facebook.com/ourfatherbook, www.facebook.com/john6ministriesinc, or are friends with me on my personal Facebook Page, you are eligible for an opportunity to win a copy of my book. All you have to do is contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your interest, and you will be eligible. The winners will be chosen on Sat., July 8th. There will be one giveaway per FB Page – when you e-mail, please indicate which page(s) you are signing up for.
If you already have a copy and would like to give a copy to someone, this is a great gift-giving opportunity. The material in this book has changed my life, and I would like to see others blessed by it as well.
In honor of this special week of celebrations; Canada’s Birthday (July 1st) and Independence Day in the United States on July 4th, I’ve decided to give away one copy of “Our Father: A Personal Journey of Discovery into the Lord’s Prayer.”
If you are interested in this opportunity, please send me a note at email@example.com by Friday, July 7, 2017. The winner will be chosen Sat., July 8, 2017.
There will be giveaways on my personal FB page, my book’s FB page and John 6 Ministries Inc. FB Page. Each giveaway will be conducted separately. (If you’ve ‘liked’ www.facebook.com/ourfatherbook and www.facebook.com/john6ministriesinc, you can feel free to enter your name to be considered on each page. In your e-mail, please specify the page from which you are entering.
God bless you all! Renee
This is an article that was originally written for the Spring 2017 Edition of “Food For Thought” Newsletter, distributed by John 6 Ministries Inc. based in Mount Pearl, NL, Canada.
Since the summer of 2016, I have written three articles for “Food For Thought” that have been inspired by John 10:10, which says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Those three articles have been; “Living Life Abundantly”, “He is a Thief After All”, and “Come Let Us Adore him…Together!” Now, I am coming to you with yet another article inspired by John 10:10. Today’s article is intended to focus on Jesus saying that He came to give us life MORE abundantly.
I believe this Scripture reminds us that God intends that those who follow Jesus, and have chosen to trust Him, can have uncommon, extraordinary lives. As it says in Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV), “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Whatever the topic, my writing comes from the place where God is working in my own life, or has done so in the past. If it’s not personal to me, I have nothing valuable to say. I’m just an ordinary woman who can attest to God’s ability to do something extraordinary with my life. It’s not about what I can do, rather, it is about what HE can do, in and through me.
Generally, Satan’s first objective is to confuse our thoughts…about God, ourselves, the world (and the state of it), and even him. He lies to us all the time. Scripture tells us that he is the ‘father of lies.’ He especially likes to make us doubt his existence, because if we don’t believe he exists, or intends to do us harm, we won’t feel the need to be on guard against him.
The good news is that Jesus is the complete opposite of Satan. He has already won victory over the Enemy, Satan, and because of Jesus, we can live as victors and overcomers.
Those who have chosen to follow Jesus Christ and receive Him into their lives, are not meant to live the same as those who haven’t been reconciled with Him. Because of Him, we can live amazing lives, which are filled with God’s grace – His unmerited favor. That doesn’t mean we’ll never have any trouble in our lives. We know this because in John 16:33, Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
So, what does having life MORE abundantly really mean? What does ‘immeasurably MORE than all we can ask or imagine’ really look like?
By receiving Jesus Christ into our lives, we can be in restored relationship with our heavenly Father. That restoration is the beginning of overall restoration in our lives. We’ve all likely had things happen to us that have left us broken and scarred in some way, but Jesus is the only One who can heal those hurts, renew us and take us on the journey toward wholeness. As part of that restoration that Jesus brings to our lives, He is able to work in and through us in amazing, incredible ways.
When we receive Jesus into our lives, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us. It’s through the Holy Spirit’s power at work within us that we can achieve things that wouldn’t be possible without Him. He deserves the glory when we accomplish those things through His power working within us.
Without the Holy Spirit’s power working in my life, I would never have been able to write a book, publish it, or start up John 6 Ministries in Mt. Pearl, NL. Not everyone will be called by God to do the exact same things as me. For example, it wasn’t God’s plan for me to be a parent, which is something that many of you do every day, through God’s divine enabling. Training up a child in the way he or she should go, so that when he is old he won’t depart from it, is an incredible responsibility, but an amazing blessing as well. (See Prov. 22:6)
Once we’ve received Jesus Christ into our lives, we have a connection with our heavenly Father that can be life-changing. When we commit to knowing and meditating on His Word, and spending time with Him through prayer, we discover a strength that is bigger than ourselves. That strength will grow steadily as we stay connected to Him, as He is the ultimate power source of our lives.
Let’s face it, everyone has questions about which decisions they should make in their normal, daily lives. In Jeremiah, 33:3, God makes a promise to us. He says, “‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ He promises us that when we call on Him in our prayers, He WILL answer us.
I’m reminded of Isaiah 55:8-9, which says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
We have the opportunity to tap into God’s unending wisdom and knowledge. He loves us with an everlasting love, and He invites us to come to Him, and to have a relationship with Him.
Accepting God’s invitation to call on Him is the beginning of our personal journey toward discovering MORE in our lives.
If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to accept His invitation today!
Each quarter, John 6 Ministries Inc., based in Mount Pearl, NL, Canada, distributes the newsletter “Food For Thought.” It is distributed by e-mail and freely given to anyone who asks to receive it.
If you are interested, please feel free to send your name and e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Geographical location is not a concern. We distribute to various locations in North America.
I am not the sole contributor to the newsletter. Other people write articles on a variety of topics. Our desire is to encourage people in their daily journey’s with the Lord.
Thanks and Blessings,
Founder and Ministries Director, John 6 Ministries Inc., and Author of “Our Father: A Personal Journey of Discovery into the Lord’s Prayer”
Originally printed in the winter 2016 edition of “Food For Thought” Newsletter…
In my article for the fall 2016 edition of “Food For Thought,” entitled “He Is A Thief After All,” I said “The thief’s ultimate target is to steal the unity within God’s family – the Body of Christ.”
Scripture reveals that it is God’s will that His children live in unity;
John 17: 20-23 says, “I do not pray for these alone [His disciples], but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”
All who choose to receive Jesus Christ into their lives, have received the Spirit of Adoption, and therefore, are God’s children. (Rom. 8: 15, Gal. 4:4-5) Together, we are God’s family – the Body of Christ.
There are many differences within God’s family, such as, preferred styles of worship, chosen methodologies in conducting His kingdom’s business, opinions on doctrinal matters, and so on. If the thief, Satan, is able to keep us focused on those differences, instead of the things that Scripture says to base our unity on, he is able to steal the unity that God desires for His family.
In Matthew 22:37-40, we are given these priorities, “Jesus said to him [A Pharisee], “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Our neighbors are everyone we meet, regardless of where they live. God desires for everyone to have a place in His family, as His child, and that everyone live in restored relationship with Him, through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Just as God the Father desires that He and His Son, Jesus Christ, be One, He desires that His children would model that same oneness. His desire is revealed to us in Ephesians 4:1-3, which says, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
The Holy Trinity; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, is whole and complete in every way. The Body of Christ should reflect that unity, which is possible through the Holy Spirit working in and through each one.
1 Cor. 12:12-14 (NIV) confirms that, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.”
In Jesus’ prayer in John 17, referring to the importance of unity within the Body of Christ, He says, “…that the world may believe that You sent Me…” The things of this world are so often fractured, that those who have not yet chosen to become part of the Body – want, maybe need, to see something different – something that will give them hope, capture their attention and their hearts, and draw them to life with Jesus.
What an awesome privilege we’ve been given as believers, and followers of Jesus Christ. When we know and experience His love, and are transformed by it, we have something incredible to share with everyone we meet. Through Him, we can be made whole again. As people read the “story of our lives” and see Jesus, they can have hope for their future, instead of settling for the brokenness that this world offers.
Please don’t ever doubt that your life matters; to God, to your friends and loved ones, and even to those with whom you may only associate with as an acquaintance. If you’ve received Jesus Christ into your life, and tell others about Him, those people want to see Him in you, and in your relationships with other people. For His followers, there’s no greater pleasure than making Jesus better known to the world.
When God’s family displays the love and unity as God intends, this world can be transformed. The thief, Satan, wants to prevent that at all cost. If he can accomplish his mission, through creating disunity within God’s family…He is one step closer to achieving his goal.
I suggest that we all come together, despite our differences, to love and adore Him forever! He is worthy of our love and devotion…all the time!
This is an article that I wrote for the fall 2016 edition of “Food For Thought” Quarterly Newsletter, freely offered by John 6 Ministries that is based in Mt. Pearl, NL. If you wish to receive this newsletter each quarter, please let us know at email@example.com. All we need is your name and e-mail address.
In the summer 2016 edition of “Food For Thought,” I wrote an article entitled “Living Life Abundantly.” That article was based on John 10:10 (NKJV) where Jesus says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” In that article I focused on the abundant life that Jesus came to give us.
Our thoughts on the meaning of ‘abundant life’ often differ from Jesus’. Likewise, our thoughts about Satan’s role as a thief are frequently quite different than His. In this article, I’d like to take a closer look at Satan’s intentions for, and activities in our lives.
All throughout God’s Word, there are numerous warnings about Satan’s plots against us, and that we need to be steadfast in the fight against him. Here are just a few of those Scriptures…
1 Peter 5:8-9 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
Ephesians 6: 10-13 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (See also verses 14-18, as they elaborate more on the whole armor of God)
1 Corinthians 10: 12-13 – Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
James 4:7 – Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Let’s always remember that while the thief, Satan, may win some of the battles you have with him, Jesus Christ has already won the war against him. The war was won more than 2000 years ago – on Calvary’s Cross! Satan knows he has already been defeated, so he is trying to take as much away from us as he can. His time to do so, is short, and he knows it.
In His Word, God has given us all we need to be victorious against Satan and his schemes. Once we know God’s truth, we need to take it seriously, and put His instructions into practice. He loves us and wants us to be protected from any of the harm that the thief, Satan intends for us.
Sometimes it’s fairly easy to look at other people’s lives, and see Satan’s effect on them. “What are some of the effects that Satan has on YOUR life?” “What are some of the things he has stolen from, or destroyed in YOUR life?”
Some people live with addictions, broken relationships, financial hardships, abuses, and numerous other things that are fairly obvious works of the thief. Any of those issues can have more subtle effects as well, and can be used to steal your sense of value, cause you to feel unworthy of God’s blessings, or prevent you from living in your God-given potential.
I’ve had some physical infirmities since birth that cause me to struggle with fear, insecurity and the effects of being rejected at times in my life, especially when I was younger. Even though that rejection is mainly part of my past, the effects of it still linger. That is part of how the thief still attempts to steal from me, and destroy my ability to walk into my God-given destiny.
For those who know me well, those issues are probably fairly obvious. However, I go through some challenges that are more easily hidden from others, but are just as damaging to my life.
Some of those more subtle effects on my life are that I second –guess myself a lot, which has made it very difficult for me to confidently step into God’s plan for my life, and to become the person that He created me to be. Whenever I have a request to make of someone that will require any time or effort from them, I struggle with feeling like I am being a bother to that person. Thankfully, God has blessed my life with many people who have been willing to come alongside me and help me every step of the way.
Through those weaknesses, Satan endeavors to steal my peace, my joy and the future that God intends for me. Whatever our weaknesses may be, he desires to use them to keep us from fulfilling God’s will for our lives as revealed through the Apostle Paul’s word to the church in Ephesus. Ephesians 4: 1-3 says, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
A little further in Ephesians 4:11-12, the Apostle Paul reminds us that there is a place for everyone in God’s family. Regardless of how we may feel about ourselves, we are dearly loved by God. All of His children have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. Every person has received gifts from Him that will enable us to accomplish our part in the work of God’s kingdom.
That Scripture says, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,”
Through relationship with Him, and exercising the gifts that the Holy Spirit gives us, God desires that we become spiritually mature, and therefore less likely to fall victim to Satan’s plots against us.
In confirmation of that, the Apostle Paul’s message to us continues in Ephesians 4: 13 to 16, which says, “till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
Through Jesus’ prayer to His Father in John 17:20-21, the desire of His heart is revealed. He said, “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
When we become aware that we do have value to God and we have a place in His family, we become a threat to Satan’s plans. The thief’s ultimate target is to steal the unity within the God’s family – the Body of Christ.
How is Satan attempting to steal, kill and destroy the good things in YOUR life?
Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, you and I don’t have to be victims of Satan’s schemes. In Him, you ARE victorious. Stand firm in faith in Jesus Christ, and take hold of that victory today!
Each Wed., there is a post of “A Taste of The Living Bread” placed on the John 6 Ministries FB Page. I am not the sole contributor to this segment, so I won’t be posting them here often. Today, I am sharing a post that I placed on the Facebook Page recently. If you are interested in viewing these posts each week, please feel free to visit us at http://www.facebook.com/john6ministriesinc If you ‘like’ the page, you will receive the weekly post directly to your personal page on FB.
A Taste of The Living Bread – by Renee Noseworthy
On a recent vacation, Bruce and I were faced with some unexpected difficulties related to physical issues.
There was one particular day when I was feeling especially weighed down with those circumstances. I was expressing that frustration to Bruce, when I felt that God spoke to me in His still, small voice.
God’s response to me when I was feeling upset and frustrated was a reminder of who I am in Him. I felt He reminded me that day that I am the daughter of a king…the King of Kings actually.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)