Does it seem as if your life has become too busy? Is every moment occupied with details, and, at the end of the day do you still have too many unchecked boxes left on your “to do list”? If so, it is time to slow down and find the place called REST!
More than ever, people are concerned about the growing demands on their time, which is taking an emotional toll on their well being. Statistically, stress is on the rise among children and adolescents. As a nation and as individuals, adults are stressed out about all kinds of things, including relationships, career, finances, family problems, loss of a job, unexpected health problems and a host of other things. Any change only adds to their anxiety.
People of all ages feel pushed to the limit as they try to cope with the pressures of life. They long for a day in the future when they will have the finances for their dream vacation to some exotic destination to enjoy the “trip of a lifetime” — an event they...
Since the clock struck midnight on January 1 and a new year began, have you taken time to ask yourself, “Am I making life count?” Historically, people make resolutions about changes they want to make in their lives when a new year begins. They evaluate their health, weight, finances, relationships in some cases, and other areas of life that they want to change.
When we talk about making the year count, a quote come to mind that I read recently by Abraham Lincoln. He said, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
There’s great wisdom in these words by Mr. Lincoln. As you begin 2018, I encourage you to take time to enjoy life and make the most out of it. And I believe the way we do that is by making life count.
James 1:2-4 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work...
A couple of weeks ago, Kent spoke on the Antidote for Anxiety, and ways to bless others. It's so important this holiday season to be willing to serve others. Why do we want to encourage you to pay it forward this holiday season?
1) It turns our focus away from ourselves. Instead of the usual thought pattern of “How can I benefit from this?” or “What’s in it for me?”, the question of the day is more like, “How can I create a little happiness for someone?” or “How can something I do let someone know, with no strings attached, that kindness is still present in others?”
2) It’s centered around giving rather than taking. Taking or receiving is what we do when someone gives us a gift. It’s certainly what drives most dreams — we go out and claim it, make it happen, both are forms of taking. But giving — the ability to give — is a gift unto itself.
3) It’s joyful both...
When you're tracking with the hebraic or biblical calendar, you begin to work in the cycles of God's blessings. When you begin to read the Bible with the hebraic mindset, you're essentially getting back to your Hebrew roots. Obviously, the Bible was written by Hebrews... it was divinely Authored by God but written by the Hebrew people. Last year, we started a bible reading plan that examines the Bible from a hebraic perspective. How cool is that? You can find the link to follow along right here:
This reading plan breaks down the entire bible into easily readable chunks and aligns with the major feasts, or, Moedim (meaning Feast of the Lord).
The Jewish approach is to read through the Torah (the five books of Moses) in weekly portions, combined with selections from the Haftarah, which are selected readings from the Prophets and other books of the Tanakh (Old Testament). The Torah cycle begins after the Fall Feasts (Rosh...
You often hear us talk about Rosh Chodesh, where once a month you gather around a table and share a meal with friends and family and just talk about the goodness of God. Interestingly enough, the table is a way to connect with those around it. You sit and talk and connect to your family and friends.It’s not even just about inviting your friends to the table, it can be your family. Families that eat dinner together have a stronger bond than those that don’t. Don’t feel pressured to have a huge gathering. Rosh Chodesh can be the people in your home, once you’ve mastered that, you can start inviting others to your table. When you think about big family gatherings, there is usually food and laughter involved. It’s no surprise then that there is a biblical connection to gathering around a table - in fact, throughout the bible, God has a way of showing up at the table. It’s worth noting that, “When Jesus himself wanted to explain to his...
In the Old Testament God sent prophets to turn people and nations from destructive behavior. Prophets spoke the word of the Lord to God’s people, not to judge them, but in hopes that they would return to Him. God is faithful to send prophets to warn His people so destruction and consequences can be averted. In my understanding, it was rebellious behavior that caused destruction. God’s heart was not to judge His people but rather instruct them because He did not want them to continue to live in destructive behavioral patterns.
One such prophet is Isaiah. Isaiah was sent to God’s people during a time when God had taken a back seat in the hearts of His people. Isaiah used strong words describing the malady that was affecting the Israelites: your country is desolate, the whole head is sick, sin and rebellion are bringing on disaster, and Jerusalem is filled with filth. He described a society being decimated by moral perversion, relational and religious hypocrisy,...
As we have been speaking about the Glory of God here at Word Alive I came across this past word from Doug Addison. Check out this great confirmation!!!
The Glory of God is returning in 2017
It will be the Wind of Change during this season that will set the stage for some very long-awaited changes. It will begin to open the Heavens over us in new ways and awaken people to their need for God’s love and power. It will release a greater measure of God’s Glory and presence.
“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:2 NKJV
The last revival in North America was the Jesus People movement in the early 1970s. During this time there was a strong presence of God’s Glory. It was like a liquid anointing or tangible spiritual atmosphere that could be felt by many people. Without God’s greater Glory and power, we will not be able to be part of a revival and...
My wife, our four children, and I live in Orlando Florida. We had been praying to find a church body that was a place that we could call home, to put down our roots. About a year ago, Nicole “accidentally” found Pastor Kent’s teaching, “Don’t Pass Over Passover.” We were thrilled to have discovered a vibrant, Holy Spirit filled, Apostolic church that was also celebrating the Lord’s Feast Days. I was honestly a little surprised when I learned that the church was in “Where, Alabama?”
We knew we had to visit, so we packed up our family and headed up to Word Alive, to attend the Sunday services. It was Shavuot, 2016. We loved the praise and worship, and really enjoyed the teaching. Even more, we were delighted at the hospitality and friendliness we encountered by numerous people. We really were hoping to connect with some people for fellowship, but with only a few hours in town, we didn’t expect anyone to be able to take the...
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Pull in for Your Pit-Stop! This Will be a Week of UPGRADE to Accelerate You into Your Future!
Pull in for Your Pit-Stop! This Will be a Week of UPGRADE to Accelerate You into Your Future!
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Dear Pulled Aside Ones:
We are in a time when the heavens are stirring, and revelation is breaking forth. Sunday morning was not only a time when the skies thundered and poured forth rain in the natural, but Heaven poured forth strategy after strategy for this week. During Ascension Worship and Declaration, the Spirit of the LORD revealed that we have been brought to our point of intersection. This is a week to come in for a “pit stop,” so we can be tuned up for the acceleration ahead. Be sure to read below a portion of Sunday’s prophetic release that will help direct your course for this time of UPGRADE!
Deliverance: A Sign and Wonder of God! During our Celebration...
"Sing, O barren, you who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman," says the LORD. "Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes." Isaiah 54:1-2
We understand that this scripture addresses the state of despair the Jews were in after their deliverance from captivity. Isaiah 54:1-2 is a prophecy of their inheritance of increase for their nation after they settled into their own land. Jerusalem had been in the condition of a wife who is childless, or a desolate solitary widow; but now it is promised that the city should be replenished and the country peopled again. Not only are the ruins of Jerusalem to be repaired, but the suburbs that extended on all sides and a great many buildings erected upon new foundations,...