Songs of the Season NOW

LET HEAVEN & NATURE & PEOPLE SING!

Luke 2:10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

Luke 2:14    “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!

Luke 2:15   When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.


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De-Stressing The Holidays

De-Stressing The Holidays

Pastor George Dupree – Wednesday, December 11, 2018

The Christmas Holiday Season can certainly be Joy-Filled and of course, they can be Stress-Filled too. Maybe you had to stretch a little bit even to just read this post but I encourage you to read on, it’ll take only a few minutes… Read more…

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Advent of Hope

Advent Of Hope

Sunday, December 2, 2018 – Pastor George M. Dupree

  What is Advent? – Advent comes from the Latin word adventus meaning arrival or coming. Advent also means the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.   The Hebrews looked forward to the coming of a Savior or Messiah—the First Advent. The prophecies of the Messiah gave them hope. Hope is associated with anticipation and expectation. God uses the scriptures to bring hope into our lives because the scriptures tell us who God is and they tell us about His awesome love for us. Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.   Advent counts down the four weeks leading up to Christmas. This season is about resetting Jesus Christ at the center of our lives. By observing Advent we will be able to focus on the true meaning of Christmas, which is Jesus, He was God’s gift to all mankind. So in essence, Jesus was the first Christmas present ever given.   The first candle, the candle of hope means his promise and the hope we have because of Him. We can have hope because God is FAITHFUL and will keep the PROMISES He made to us. Our true hope comes through Jesus because He came to forgive our sins and give us eternal life.   Mary brought Jesus into the world; God uses PEOPLE to bring hope into the world. He uses men and women, boys and girls to bring this message of hope. He’s not interested if your perfect, He just wants to use ordinary people to declare and extraordinary message of hope.   As we begin our journey through Advent, we pray we will remember that hope is found in Jesus. You can count on this, during the next 23 days your life will be busy so our expectation for this Advent series is that we’ll be reminded to be more intentional in looking at what has come to us because of the Advent of Christ.   The Old Testament prophet Isaiah said – The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.                        Isaiah 9:2   For someone stuck in a dark place the greatest comfort would be light. The light would bring hope. That’s where we get the expression “light at the end of the tunnel.”   For the Hebrew people the prophecies of a Messiah gave them hope. For Christians we have the comfort of prophesies fulfilled through Christ; which should bring to us anticipation and an expectation that God can do anything and that He will fulfill what He has spoken of.   Jesus brings Hope – He turns DESPAIR into hope. He takes away our sin and that removes despair.   He works great things in us, from the INSIDE OUT. He changes our heart. When He makes us whole on the inside it really doesn’t matter as much what’s happening on the outside.   His main mission was to RESCUE mankind from their sin, that’s redemption. Sin causes separation from God and separation from God causes despair and hopelessness. That’s what the message of the Gospel brings; it brings hope because Jesus brings redemption.   Paul had persecuted the Christians Acts 26:9 “I used to believe that I ought to do everything I could to oppose the followers of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 Authorized by the leading priests, I caused many of the believers in Jerusalem to be sent to prison. And I cast my vote against them when they were condemned to death. 11 Many times I had them whipped in the synagogues to try to get them to curse Christ. I was so violently opposed to them that I even hounded them in distant cities of foreign lands.   Then God told Paul I am going to send you to the Gentiles,18 to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’   Because of him persecuting the Christians Paul probably felt hopeless and alone but after Jesus appeared to him he had HOPE. He tells us where this hope comes from; it’s Christ in us. Colossians 1:27 God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.   Jesus looks beyond the outward appearance and actions, He looks to the heart. In Paul He saw the brokenness and the emptiness that was in his heart and He came along side him and filled his heart with hope.   This we know – Paul was broken and without hope but Jesus changed that. He didn’t reject Paul, instead He was gave him hope.   Romans 15:13   Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. RECEIVE HIS HOPE – GIVE HOPE TO SOMEONE ELSE


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Close The Book

CLOSE THE BOOK

Sunday, November 25, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree

  There is often a contradiction between our new identity in Christ and how we think and feel about ourselves, this affects the way we live, it affects our emotions. These emotions don’t need to be removed; they need to be reshaped. God wants to renew our mind by the Word of God. When you know the Word of God you can fight against the contradictions that come to you.   Contra means against – Diction means something spoken   A contradiction comes against what has been spoken. Often we’ll have thoughts that are contrary to what God says and in those times we can choose what we’ll believe.   Here are some things that often affect what we believe about ourselves

  • What people say about us
  • What we do
  • Where we were born
  • What we’ve done

Our emotions respond to what we are thinking. What do you think of yourself? What do you say about yourself? What Does God Say About You? What’s important is who you are IN Christ.   This is what you can say about yourself as a believer in Christ   I am God’s child. John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,   I am Jesus’ friend. John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants…but I have called you friends… I am a new person in Christ 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. The Holy Spirit lives in me 1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.   I am a masterpiece Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.   I am totally and completely forgiven. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I am alive in Christ. Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in our trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved… I am loved by God Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.   Do any of these phrases match your thoughts about yourself?

  • I am unloved and un-loveable.
  • I am not good enough, I feel inadequate.
  • I am a fearful and anxious person.
  • I am a disappointment.
  • I am not very smart. I am not special or important.
  • I am worthless and don’t deserve anything.
  • I am a sinner and can’t be forgiven.
  • I am unwanted and don’t belong.
  • I feel condemned.
  • I have no plan or purpose for my life.

Here Are Some Truths That You Can Say About Yourself

  • I am not who others say I am, I am what God says I am.
  • I am not what I do – I’m a human being not a human doing
  • I am not what I did – I’m forgiven and I’m a new creation
  • The truth about me is always what God says!

If you think that you don’t fit in – YOU BECOME A CONFORMER – you will try to conform to what others want of you or what you think will make them accept you.

  • 1 Samuel 15:24 I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them.

If you think that you’re not good enough – YOU BECOME A PERFORMER – You’ll try to do things to make people accept you.

  • Luke 10:40 Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.

YOU NEED TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST – LET’S DECLARE IT In Christ I Am Accepted

  • Ephesians 1:6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

In Christ I Am Brand New

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

In Christ I Am Complete

  • Colossians 2:10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

In Christ I Am Free

  • John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

 

  • Romans 8:1 There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

This is what God said about Jesus Luke 3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”   This is what the devil said to Jesus Luke 4:3 and the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread. 4 But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ”   This is what Jesus said and did Luke 4:16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:   18 The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” 20 Then HE CLOSED THE BOOK, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down.   SAY WHAT GOD SAYS AND CLOSE THE BOOK


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WHERE IS IT?

Are you facing a seemingly impossible situation? Is what you’re asking God for seem unlikely to come to pass? Is your faith being tested?
Perhaps, you feel completely trapped, hedged in and overwhelmed, with no solution in sight. Maybe you’re confronted with a challenge where there is no resolution. Or, your heart is heavy with doubt as you cannot figure out what to do next, for there appears to be nothing you can do about what you now face. If you are on an emotional rollercoaster, you could be wondering, “How can things change for the better?”
However, impossibilities are the platforms upon which God does His best work; have faith. With man it may be impossible. But with God, all things are possible. Have you ever felt you were in a hopeless situation? Today, realize your faith only works in the realm of impossibilities. So, where is your faith? Is it working?
Your faith guarantees the results are inevitable. Your faith keeps you going when everything else tells you to give up and quit. Your faith should be the force that gives you the refusal to quit. You should look into the face of adversity and say, “I like my odds.” When you do this, it gives you an unwillingness to move aside. Your faith should solidify your belief in a cause wherein you become distracted by nothing.
 

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ATTN: PARENTING

And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ. (1 cor. 11:1)

Whatever role you might be playing at this time; married, single or being a grand parent, if there is anything that you wish to change in the child, first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in yourself. You have influence and you do not need a title or position. Parenting alone has influence. Which kind of influence do you want to have on a child; positive or negative? It is sad that I have witnessed a parent who began screaming because of a phone call, a mom who smokes a cigarette because she is unable to cope with stress, a Dad who begins to drink every day because life’s challenges become overwhelming. What is the child beginning to learn? It is acceptable to lose your temper. screaming at the top of their lungs when encountering difficult people. I have seen many times a mom lashing out at her child in a supermarket because she is trying to manage her kids. There are frequent times I have been in restaurants and witnessed a child out of control and the parents doing nothing. Do you know that doing nothing is teaching children that aberrant behavior is acceptable and a child is learning that any type of behavior (temper tantrums) is acceptable. If you don’t get your way, throw a temper tantrum. Unfortunately, these young children grow up into adults still throwing temper tantrums. But this time, rather than throwing food on the floor, they will punch walls, strike their spouse or significant other. This is learned behavior and the abuser will have all kinds of excuses rather than take responsibility and say it is not their fault. So today’s principle is based on what Paul the Apostle told Timothy, “….and you should imitate me, as I imitate Christ…….. The examples we set as parents for our kids, how we behave when things don’t go our way is much more important than the rules we set for them. Children will become not what you tell them, but they become who you are…………..


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Moderate Your Meditation

MODERATE YOUR MEDITATION
 
Sunday, September 23, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree
 
Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
 
There are many misunderstandings about what meditation is. As Christians, we use the Bible as our guide for all of our spiritual disciplines. Some forms of meditation encourage you to empty your mind and rid yourself of conscious thinking, this in not Biblical meditation. Biblical meditation encourages you to fill your mind with the Word of God.
Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
 
If you do the first two, you will be the third.
Don’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly – Delight in the Word of God
You’ll be like a fruitful tree.
 
There are benefits to meditation
 
A Stable Life
You are planted; even if everything else around you is being uprooted you remain planted. You’ll have stability in your life because your roots go deep.
 
A Productive Life
You’ll have a productive & fruitful life – yielding fruit, results, evidence of God in your life.
 
A Prosperous Life
Prosperity is more than money, prosperity is the ability to make wise decisions – you don’t usually have to talk yourself into making the wrong decision. The choices you make each day determine your destiny. That’s why we have to daily meditate on God’s Word.
 
A Fresh Faith – his leaves will not whither.
We all need refreshing of our faith on a regular basis. Nobody’s interested in buying something that’s stale; it doesn’t have the same appeal as something that’s fresh. We don’t want to live on stale bread, we live by the bread of God’s Word, and it’s best on a daily basis.
 
 
What does it mean to meditate?
Meditate – to think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, plan mentally; consider, think deeply or carefully about something, to utter a sound, to mutter; the act of thoughtful deliberation with the implication of speaking to oneself, muttering sounds spoken to no one in particular, melody
 
Ephesians 5:19 …making melody in your heart to the Lord
 
To meditate is to ruminate
Ruminate is a verb and it means to think deeply about something. It also means to chew the cud.
 
Meditation is repetitive thinking. Worry is negative meditation, continuous thinking of a negative thought. That’s destructive. But the act of meditating on God’s Word is constructive in our lives.
 
Final Thoughts To Meditate On
Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
 
Psalms 145:5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works.

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TIME TO DECIDE

I have been talking about your future and how will your life look like down the road. What is it that we do in the meantime? When you really think about it, your future is not only predicated on what you decide, it is based on what you do every day that matters the most. Make sense? I think every reader will agree that you cannot go back and change your past. Nor should you worry about future events that are outside of your control.

Although you cannot go back and start all over, you can start from now and make a brand new ending. You can decide how your life will end. Sure, your past is important, but not as important to your present as the way you see your future. So, the best way to predict where you will be is to create it. You can stop living your life by default and begin living your life by design. It is never too late. God told Joshua, “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.


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WHAT DOES YOUR FUTURE HOLD? (you decide)

Remember, the last article I had written about the path to happiness. Now you know this path does not exist. It is not there; because it is an illusion. It is not a route among many. Why? Because happiness IS the path that you decide to take.
 
The most simplistic and beneficial way of deriving happiness is to add value to people. This is what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Phillippian Church, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
There is a truth here at work. Happiness is not the absence of problems, difficulties and challenges; but the ability to deal with and resolve each of them the best way we can.
Understand that you cannot change people, you cannot change attitudes. you cannot change the way they think about you. There are many things in this life that we cannot change. But the one thing in life you can change is the way you respond.
When you finally settle down at the end of the day, you realize happiness has nothing to do with your life’s circumstances. It is all based on your ability to accept the things you are experiencing.  Whatever you are doing in life, remember; do not let the past affect your today because the past is gone.  You cannot change it, you cannot alter it, you cannot relive it.
Like time, it is gone forever so do not live in the memories of the past. The other side of the coin is not letting your future disturb you because it has not come yet.
Finally, happiness is not about getting what you want all the time. It is about loving what you have and being grateful for it. It would be wise to listen to the wisdom written by the Apostle Paul over 2,000 years ago, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (Phil. 4:11)

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WHAT ARE YOU IMPARTING TO OTHERS?

“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”
Paul, who considered himself the least of all the saints, was the most educated, zealous and multi talented person of the day. What exactly is the unsearchable riches of Christ that Paul was talking about?
 
Let me ask you a few questions before we continue to read? How big is God to you? Is God big enough to meet all your needs? Is God big enough to handle all your problems? Is God big enough to fulfill all your desires?
 
When we understand that the riches of Christ are inexhaustible, we are free to share them and spend them without worrying about poverty tomorrow. These riches mean we are freed from jealousy, envy, and strife; and we are free to love, to joy in our salvation, and to impart the same salvation and grace to others.
 
Today, what is it that you are imparting to others? Worry? Fear? Complaining ? What is it that people see in you in times of distress? Do they see the transformation that occurs when God is working and willing to do of His good pleasure in your life? God is always willing but we have to apply what we hear and learn and walk in what we learn. Remember inspiration + application = Transformation. Nothing more – nothing less.
 
As worshipers of God, this is great news. There is no place to go but higher and deeper in spirit and in truth. None of us is capable of fully understanding the nature of God or experiencing the full presence of God in our lives. None of us can see fully the big picture God sees or grasp all that he is.

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