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 Faith Alive  Lam. 3:21-23

This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, 

because his compassion fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.
Maintaining a good vivid memory for anything is an act, an act that need to be mastered, because when situations happens, its takes going back to those reserves to maintain a proper composure.  I mean when your call is challenged, the believer of the Lord Jesus Christ is called on to RECALL, because nothing in life can hurt you but your response. Your response to any situation in life, whether good or bad, makes all the difference. Consider God's servant Job. When everything went south for him, he worshiped. This a man that God testified about, and pronounced him righteous.  Yet trouble came, his response made all the difference, he was restored after being patient in tribulation. Look at another servant of God, John the Baptist, this the Voice, that Herald the coming of our savior, the man who baptized God, yet trouble came calling.
His response to this also made the difference, his questions to Christ tells us that he didn’t recall the faithfulness of God to mind. He sent two of his student to enquire from Christ, if he is the one that waited for or we should look forward for another. Jesus’ response to John’s enquiry was heart wrenching.  He talked about John saying, among men born by women, there is none greater than him, but the least in the kingdom is greater than him. Why? Isn’t it sad, wouldn’t he hid his face between his legs and cry? Look at John the Baptist sitting on this cold stone slab in his prison cell, after hearing the reply from JESUS CHRIST. Recalling to mind, and keeping your hope make all the difference. My friend please read all of Lamentations 3. Was Jeremiah at ease? Was everything going for him? The answer is no, he was not having fun, he was seeing pain after pain, tears, and chains, but he did something right. He recalled to mind the mercies and the faithfulness of God. They are new every morning.  My prayer for you today is that you will recall the faithfulness of God to mind, and trust in Him totally, whatever your situation might be. Be blessed in Jesus' name. Amen     



  FOUND BY LOVE
      Mark 5:1-20
We do not know his full story, but we know about the Love that came purposely to set him free.
Living on the streets is terrible enough let alone the tombs.
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Evidently his family has given up on him, they have done their best to restrain him from self-injury, from going to the tombs, no chain not fetters could hold him.
Society has shunned him, who is his friend? Who is not afraid of him?
There he goes naked, unkempt, undesirable, alone.
And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. Some will say he will be better off dead, he may have thought, maybe once and again, why was I even born at all? Why have I come to this world to see only adversity?
Little did he know, that his real story is yet to begin, little did he know, that he will be the first evangelist to reach those ten cities (Decapolis), little did he know that he will be dressed up with royal robe.
Maybe you can identify, maybe you have chains that need to be broken, maybe you are well dressed but deep in your soul, you know you are naked, bruised, filthy, and dying, you know you need of a savior, to drive out your demons, to drive out what is sitting on you.
To make your life worth living, to dry your constant tears, to lift up the load from off you.
He will if you will run, bow down and worship Him, He will.
Maybe you cry yourself to sleep, or can barely get to sleep due to the heavy burden you are bearing.
Maybe you have a secret addiction that only you and God know, which you have fought tooth and nail, but still can't shake, there is a savior, like the man in the tombs, you may be classified as a living dead, but there is a savior.
Do you have chain? He is chain breaker; do you have pain? He is a pain taker, do you need freedom, or saving?
Jesus is a prison shaking savior.
He came for just you, so you can tell your world, what great things the Lord has done for you.




 By Pastor Anthony


  THE LOST SHEEP


 Luke 15:4-7 the lost coin Luke 15:8-10 This one is just like the one before, every girl in the middle east is given a necklace with 10 coins on it. This is put on her neck by the father, to make her girl look beautiful, but at the same she is given a charge to keep. When this girl is of age, families who want this girl for their son will ask for her coins, if she has been able to keep the coins all these years, she is considered virtuous. For this reason, every woman will light a candle, sweep and entire house, search crack and crevice to make sure the coin is found.       When she finds it her friends will rejoice with her because they understand suitors will not be happy with 9 coins but ten.  Jesus attaches the same importance to the soul that is wondering, which needs salvation, who need to be brought home.  THE QUESTIOns "What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one which is lost, [searching] until he finds it?  this question might not be understood by a modern day American, or a westerner.  Because we have this saying "bird in hand is better than thousand in the bush".    Why leave a ninety-nine sheep in the wilderness to look for one? Why is the life that lost sheep this important to the shepherd? A man's wealth is his sheep, he may eat the goats, but his is only sheared once a year. His wealth is the quantity of wool he gets from the sheep.   When his son is of age, he gives the young man 100 sheep, and off he leaves for the wilderness to care for that head of sheep. he is expected to come home with increase and nothing less. Peradventure if he fails in this endeavor, there is a probability he might not get a wife. Who will give his daughter to a lazy and careless man to marry. Jesus came looking for His bride. To seek and to save that which was lost​   Luke 19;10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost  



Written with love by Pastor Anthony   

   John 4:4-15 NIV
4 Now he had to go through Samaria.    5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.   6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”  ​ 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews, do not associate with Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this  water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”    


 ​When you have an appointment with His Majesty, the

 King of the whole universe, the creator of all things,

 you get to the meeting place first and wait humbly.
But this time it's the Lord Jesus Christ Himself waiting on you.
How many people have been labeled damaged goods by the world,

 by our own family and friends, by our communities.  
How many of us have looked at ourselves and hated everything that we are.
Many of us have resigned from hope and given up altogether, not careful at all, we tell ourselves, what else can hurt more than I am hurting already. So we indulge. We give up on hope, faith, peace, and even give up on ourselves.   I want to share with you that grace waits on you. all He is saying is come. Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."    Jesus waits, His hands are stretched forth, a sweet embrace awaits, grace awaits, love will find you, just come and drink, escape from your weariness. He waits at the well, just come.
From which well have you not drank, which desire have you not sought, and still not satisfied.
The truth is if you drink this water, if give in to what life is offering you, you will thirst again, you have done what you term your best, but you have not been satisfied, my friend know that grace waits on you at this well. Jesus Christ is waiting on you at His well of grace, love, peace and joy.
He loves you so much that he died on the cruel cross for you.    Draw near today for he has loves you already, you don't have to cleanup, for you cannot, quite! come, he will clean you up.      Reflect, share and be a blessing.       GMC : gracemountchapel@gmail.com