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Prayer, Prophecy and Praise Revisited

Good day friends and family,

As I awoke this morning, I felt the heavy burden of prayer, and as I prayed the Lord brought to my remembrance the significance and importance of prayer, prophecy and praise!

Over the next few weeks, I am going to share on each one of them in greater detail, because the saints of God must know that these spiritual weapons of warfare are not carnal, but are mighty in God to the pulling down of strongholds!

2 Cor 10:4 AKJV (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

So, let’s talk about prayer, which is a powerful virtue given by God that allows us to commune with him, connect us to heaven, and effect change in the earth realm.

Lets be clear, if you are going to do anything significant or great in the earth for the LORD, its going to include prayer and faith! Period.

Regardless of your status, education or gifting. If you lack prayer, you are missing an important component in your life! Prayer is the divine balance in your life that opens the door to breakthrough and blessing!

At some point in your life, regardless of who you are, you will need to connect to heaven through prayer for divine direction, grace, strength, peace and needs!

It is amazing that the disciples walked with Jesus and saw him casting out devils, sharing revelational parables, and performing miracles. Yet they didn’t ask him how he did those things. Guess what they asked? Luke chapter 11 verse 1 tells us!

Luk 11:1 AKJV And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

Isn’t that profound? You see, the things that are taking place in the earth and in your life, often times require divine intervention, and since God has all power in his Holy hands, and is able to make all grace abound toward us, we look to the hills and heavens, from where our help comes!

Psalm 121:1-2 AKJV 1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where comes my help. 2 My help comes from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

I have much more to share, but I want to leave you with this! In Luke chapter 18, Jesus tells the parable of a widow who needed justice against her adversary, and starts the story off by saying:

Luk 18:1 AKJV And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

So, in the beginning we see the story is about prayer, where the widow has a need, which is justice against an adversary!

The Bible does not specify what that need was. Just like this widow had a need, all of us have a need at times in our lives!

So in seeking justice, this widow continuously goes to an unjust judge who would not give her justice! Eventually, he relented and gave her justice!

Luk 18:4-5 AKJV 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

At the end of the story, Jesus makes a profound point and says :

Luk 18:6-8 AKJV 6 And the Lord said, hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth?

So, the moral of the story is that just as this widow got what she needed from an unjust man because of her persistence. You will also get what you need from the Lord, if you are persistent in prayer! Be encouraged and keep praying! Help is on the way!

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God bless, see you soon!

Pastor Quinn

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Free Indeed!

John 8:36 KJV, If the Son, therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.

When we look at scripture from Genesis to Revelation, we find that the LORD is all about liberty and freedom.

In the book of Exodus, Moses was called to deliver the children of Israel out of bondage, where they had been slaves for 400 years. (Genesis 15:13)

Then we find in the New Testament book of Luke 4:18, Jesus proclaims what he was called to do:

Luk 4:18 KJV -The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.

In this verse we find that the LORD came into the earth realm to bring freedom to those in bondage!

When I think about bondage and freedom, I am reminded of Jan 1, 1863, where the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln that all enslaved people in confederate states were free! Although it was issued, many people were still held in the bondage of slavery.

Specifically in Texas, where slavery continued until the spring of 1865, when General Granger and Union troops showed up on June 19, 1865 and emancipated those were still enslaved.

This is a historic story of freedom, in which I am reminded of the bondage of sin, which still enslaves many people today.

Just as a man rode into Texas proclaiming freedom in 1865, the God man, Jesus Christ came to earth, and set every human free from the bondage of sin!

Truth be told, many people have not received the spiritual and physical freedom given by Christ at the cross to deliver them from the bondage of sin, where he provided deliverance, freedom, and salvation at the cross. So, as it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual!

So, it is important that we remember June 19th, 1865, which is referred to as Juneteenth where the last slaves were set free.

This is so profound, because there were slaves that were still in bondage who didn’t know they were free, until an Army of soldiers were dispatched to ensure they were set free! According to history, we find that for over 400 years Black Americans endured bondage.

Thousands of years before this emancipation, the Father sent his Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, and to redeem us from bondage!

Jesus then proclaimed in Joh 8:32 KJV, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

The truth is that Jesus took sickness, slavery, bondage, and sin at the cross! We are no longer slaves to sin, because Christ has made free! Where there is bondage all over the world, I pray that God’s freedom would prevail!

The Word of the Lord to each and every person reading this devotional is that Jesus Christ paid the price for freedom with his precious blood! We are no longer captives and in bondage to the enemy of our souls! Through salvation in Christ, we are free indeed in Jesus’ name! If you desire more information on salvation and freedom in Christ, click here Salvation

God bless!

Pastor Quinn

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Are you a Witness for the Great Commission?

Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 

One of the most profound instructions that the LORD gave to the disciples who became Apostles was in Matt 28:19-20. It is called the Great Commission.

Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

Some translations of verse 19 say, Go and make disciples of all nations. Regardless of the translation, the LORD told them to teach or instruct all nations of people and to baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

Now, many will make a doctrine of whether you were baptized in the name of Father, Son or Holy Spirit or Jesus Name. This is nothing to debate and I don’t want to focus on this! My focus today is on the Great Commission!

How many churches and believers have been obedient to follow the Great Commission? Every church has a vision but we also have a mandate to fulfill the Great Commission. This is not a thing of the past! It is a thing of the present time, in which every man, woman, boy and girl needs to hear the good news of the Gospel!

Soul winning is not a thing of the past. It is a present-day event in which many people need to hear of the good news and saving grace of Jesus Christ our LORD!

The filling of our churches and church growth should be based on one thing, and that is enlarging the Kingdom of God and decreasing hell’s kingdom.

It is for soul winning and fulfilling the Great Commission, through the preaching and teaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom to save souls. If this is not our mission, then we are not fulfilling the Kingdom mandate.

Remember the words of the Apostle Peter in 2 Pet 3:9, ” The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit fell upon the disciples who became Apostles, and the LORD said something so profound that we miss many times!

Let’s read it! Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 

Notice he said you shall receive power to do what? Be witnesses unto me! The power is not given so everyone can see us. The power is given so people see Christ’s power working through us to be witnesses for the Kingdom of heaven!

What does it mean to be a witness? A witness is someone who saw or experienced something. Someone who was an eyewitness to an event. The dictionary describes witness as:

A person who sees an event, or someone who saw an event, or something to take place. It is an observer, onlooker, eyewitness, spectator, viewer, watcher, bystander, or passerby.

As it relates to the Gospel, it is someone who came to Christ, saw the works of Christ, or had a personal account or witness.

Question? Have you been saved and experienced the goodness, grace and mercy of the LORD? Has God done anything in your life, that needs to be shared? Then you are a witness of all that Christ has done and is doing in your life in this present time!

Never forget, we are to be witnesses of his power, witnesses of his grace, and witnesses of his love. We are not to get saved, experience the power and then sit down!

To sadly, this is what we do. Someone once said, “We go from the streets to the Savior, then to service for the Savior, then back to the Streets to witness for the Savior.” Listen, we live in a world that is gone crazy, and they need to hear the good news of Jesus Christ!

It is God’s desire that everyone of us be a witness for Jesus Christ to display the love, grace, power and anointing of God! If we have experienced his transforming power, we are to be witnesses of it! Remember Jesus once said, “I am the light of the world, then he said, you are the light of the world!”

Joh 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.” 

Mat 5:14  “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 
Mat 5:15  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. 

This is the time that we as a church are to be witnesses! We are not called to get saved, sit down and fall back. We are Christian soldiers in the Army of the LORD, who must advance forward for the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of darkness is advancing every day. We see it and read about it every day.

Do you have on the armor of God? Then it’s time to get in the battle and be a witness for Christ! This is our Commission! Sadly, this has become the Great Omission in many churches and believers’ lives!

The question is will you be a witness for Christ to share, invite, or tell someone about the good news of our Messiah and Savior? Let them know that God loves them despite where they are, what they have done, or presently doing! That he wants to know them personally, and to fulfill the purpose he has for their life!

Remember you are a witness, and your testimony and life can be a blessing to someone who may be going through something today! Don’t miss your moment to be a powerful witness for Jesus Christ!

God bless,

Pastor Quinn.

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Waiting with Patience for the Promise

Act 1:4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 

Act 1:5  for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 

Act 1:6  Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 

Act 1:7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 

Act 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 

On June 5th, 2022, according to the Biblical calendar, Pentecost Sunday was celebrated. It was the Biblical Holy day of Pentecost in which the promised Holy Spirit of God fell upon the people in Jerusalem, as prophesied by the LORD to empower them to do great works for Christ.

Before the day of Pentecost came to pass in Acts chapter 2, the LORD gave them instructions and wisdom on what they were to do before the Promise of the Father came to pass.

As we look at the event that transpired, I want to expound some wisdom on what happened years ago and how it applies to us today!

In Acts 1:4, the LORD told them to wait for the promise of the Father, the prophesied coming of Holy Spirit who would empower them, lead them and guide them into all truth! Read (Luke 24:48-49, John 14:15-17, John 14:26, John 15:26-27, John 16:7-15)

This is interesting, because I’m sure they were waiting and watching and finally it came to pass.

Can you imagine waiting on God for two weeks and nothing happened. 30 days and nothing happened, 40 days and nothing happened. Then all of a sudden it came to pass on the 50th day! (After Resurrection Sunday/Passover)

It is important for us to know that our waiting is not in vain. Whatever you are believing and trusting God for will come to pass in the appointed time and season. There are some things God will do, and some things you have to do. Let God be God, but you must have faith and wait!

That’s sounds easier said than done, but we all need patience.  And God does his best work when we are patient with faith trusting him!  

The Bible says in Isa 30:18, ” Therefore the LORD will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore, He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him. 

He then confirms it in Isaiah 40:31

Isa 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. 

He then tells them in verse 5:

Act 1:5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 

Notice that he makes a distinction in the baptisms. There is water baptism and holy spirit baptism. Although some people debate this, the scripture is clear!

Water baptism is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When you repent of your sins, you die to your old ways and self, this is the DEATH. (Identifying with Christ death at the cross)

When you go down into the water (full immersion), you are BURIED with Christ, when you come out of the water, you are RESURRECTED in the newness of life, just as Jesus was raised from the dead.

2Co 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 

Holy Spirit baptism is the empowerment, and infilling of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer who is completely yielded to Him. This baptism is not a requirement for salvation; rather, it is a gift and empowerment to do the greater works of Christ for those who have born again in Jesus Name!

Peter said in Act 2:38, ” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

There are some who say that the baptism in the Holy Spirit no longer exists today and was only given to the first-century church. Others say that every Christian is already baptized in the Holy Spirit when they receive Christ, but the LORD said in Act 1:5, “For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 

Then they asked the LORD a question, in Act 1:6.   Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 

Act 1:7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 

In other words, time is in the hand of Almighty God. Time is his business. Why? Because we serve a great God who ordained time but sets outside of time. And the reason many people are frustrated with time is because they don’t respect time or can’t accomplish what they want to do in the time that they want!

The disciples wanted to know in Acts 1:6, what God was going to do with the nation of Israel!  But the LORD told them again:

Act 1:7  And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 

Act 1:8  But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 

In other words, God has a plan, and the important thing that you should be mindful of right now is that you are to wait for something that is so important, which is the promise of the spirit!

The LORD then tells them in Act 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 

In other words, you are being empowered to be witnesses for me wherever you are in the earth! Which means you are the light of the world, the salt of the earth, and you are a city on a hill which cannot be hidden!  So let your light so shine that other may see your good works and glorify God in heaven! Matt 5:13-16

The promised Holy Spirit was important for the church then and is important for the church today! We should embrace the Holy Spirit like never before!

Why? Because we can’t do anything in our own ability! We need Gods presence and his power in the church to serve and change our communities, counties, cities, schools and country for Christ! We don’t need more man-made religion or rules that have no power to induce change.

The church needs believers who have the power of Holy Spirit to stand strong like the Apostles and believers in the first church who were victorious in their walk with the LORD and displayed the love of Christ!

Are you ready to receive a fresh a touch from God and the Holy Spirits power? Then lift your hands by faith, open your mouth and ask the LORD to fill you again with a fresh touch of his precious Holy Spirit!

God Bless,

Pastor Quinn

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Good day Family and Friends, The Wisdom for Life Devotional online, where I have shared the Word of the LORD and commentary through devotionals and scripture is now ML Excellence Devotional and Books!

The website now includes ML Excellence Publishing and books! I will continue to share what the spirit of the LORD is saying to the church, and things concerning our lives, in the challenging times in which we live in a greater capacity!

Thanks to all the supporters and readers that have supported me over the years, reading and sharing the devotionals!

May God bless you!
Pastor Quinn

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A New Season and a New Start

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: 

Ecclesiastes 3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted. 

Ecclesiastes 3:3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up. 

Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance. 

Ecclesiastes 3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing. 

Ecclesiastes 3:6 A time to gain, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to throw away. 

Ecclesiastes 3:7 A time to tear, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak. 

Ecclesiastes 3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace. 

One of the things we find in the book of Ecclesiastes is the wisdom of Solomon who expounds on the wisdom of times and seasons for everything under the sun.

And what is even more interesting is that the writer of Ecclesiastes goes on to say in verse 11, that he has made everything beautiful in its time!

One of the things that we must always remember is that God ordains everything in times and seasons.  This is why we have spring summer fall and winter!

Even in your personal life you may have some seasons in your life where everything is going well, then there comes a time when it seems like things may not be going right. You might have some seasons in your lives where you have a lot of money, then there could be a time when your money may be funny.

There may be some seasons in your lives where you are joyful and times where you might have pain. Regardless of whatever season you are in, remember that it is just a season. The scripture says in Psalm 30:5 -Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

That’s why when you are going through a trying time in your life, don’t get out of the will of God, and don’t give up on God. Why? It’s just a season, and just like the seasons in the earth. It’s going to pass, why? Because it’s just a season!

A word of wisdom for us all when we are going through. Go through it and get through it, so you can get to it! Get to what? Get your peace, purpose, provision, prosperity that come through the promises of God!

And so, we must also be discerning and wise, to know that when you are in a fruitful season, you need to maximize the moment. In other words, don’t miss your moment! Some people miss their moment because they don’t understand times and seasons. Others understand times and seasons and they maximize the moment!  

Many times, people miss opportunities in their lives, because they don’t maximize the moment that God gives them.  When God gives you opportunity, opens a door, grants you favor, never miss your moment! This is why you must stay focused in God, stay humble and stay in the will of God.

And so here we are in the month of June! It’s a new season, and with every new season comes new things and new experiences! I don’t know about you, but despite everything going on in the earth, I believe God is still blessing his beloved children who walk by faith and not by sight!

I believe that this is a season of opportunity, a season of breakthrough, a season of favor, a season of great grace, and a season of great expectation for those that love the LORD and stand strong in his Word!

When God opens a door, no man can shut it, and when he closes a door, no man can open it! So, we embrace whatever season God has for us! This is the key to keeping your joy. One of the reasons people lose their joy is they don’t understand times and seasons in their lives!

We must understand that where we are today is a result of two things: 1. The perfect will of God for your life, and 2. Decisions and choices you have made.

The Will of God is important, because in his perfect will we find direction, purpose and peace through his precious promises. Making the right choices and decisions is also important because decisions and choices give direction. If you make the right choices and decisions, you will experience peace and joy.

When you make the wrong choices, there is no peace or joy. Have you ever brought a car or something, and when you get home, you have decision remorse? Thats because you may have made a wrong decision and don’t have peace!

Times and seasons in decision making and choices is very important. No matter what you go through, God alone knows you by name, and when you trust him with all of your heart, and lean not to your own understanding through prayer, recognizing that everything has a time and season. You will have the peace you need to do what you desire or want to do!

Be Blessed!

Pastor Quinn

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Changing Your Tomorrow

Good day all,
A Word of encouragement from the Lord:

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but what you do today determines your tomorrow and will create a new history.”

Psalm 30:5
For his anger endures but for a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

Psalm 68:19
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

Psalm 118:24
This the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!

Lam 3:22-23
22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness.

God bless, Pastor Quinn

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Today, Love and Forgiveness

Good day Wisdom for Life friends and family,
Blessings, I went to my hometown to do a funeral for a 1st cousin not long ago. When I returned home it began to sink in that life is so short!

Tomorrow is not promised! My brother told me recently about a good next-door neighbor, and his family who died suddenly.

The LORD just wanted me to share that now is the time to appreciate a family member, a friend, a neighbor, A clergy or someone special to you! Don’t let today pass you by!

The Word of God says to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and your neighbor as you love yourself. Matt 22:36-40. We do well in the first part of that verse and fall short in the second at times!

Remember yesterday is history, you can’t change it. Tomorrow is a mystery, you don’t know what is going to happen, but this is the DAY the LORD has made! What you do today can change or determine tomorrow. Forgive, forget, let go of the pain and what happened, and move forward today, because it will surely brighten your tomorrow!

In scripture, the LORD connects prayer with forgiveness. It is a prerequisite for answered prayer. Forgive today, release it today, smile, and move forward in the blessing of God for your life. Because tomorrow is not promised, only today!

Read Matt 6:14, Matt 18:21-35, Mark 11:24-26, Luke 11:4 and Luke 17:3-4

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The God of more than enough

Phi 2:13 AKJV For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

When you attempting to accomplish something great! Never look at the numbers! Although more is better, we cannot deny!

Yet, God loves to showcase his strength with the insignificant! We serve a great God who is not concerned with numbers. Man may be concerned with numbers but God is not.

Read the story of Moses and the twelve, specifically Joshua and Caleb who spied the Promised Land. Numbers 14:21-38

Read the story of Gideon. Judges 7:2-9

Read the story of David.
1 Samuel 16:7-13

Read about Jehoshaphat. and Judah. 2 Chron 20:17-30

Read the book of Revelation chapters 2 and 3 concerning the seven churches. 2 out of 7 received the commendation of God: Smyna and Philadelphia.

Read about Jesus the twelve disciples. John 6:53-68
Jesus had about 70 disciples, but 12 remained.

Remember to trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Your faith, focus and fire for God will ignite a passion for your purpose that keeps you moving forward to fulfillment of your destiny, despite physical or human obstacles in your way!

God bless, Pastor Quinn

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Day of Prayer

Good day family and friends,

Today, May 5th is recognized as the National Day of Prayer. It is a time to pray as a nation, and as a people recognizing that we are indeed blessed as a people and nation despite everything going on!

We as believers in Christ recognize that every day is a day of prayer, and we need God’s grace, mercy and favor in all that we do!

Take the time today to look to the LORD and pray for the church, our communites, city and country and read these scriptures:

Matt 6:9-15
Matt 7:7-8
Luke 11:1-13
Luke 18:1-14
1 Thess 5:17
Eph 6:18
1 Tim 2:1-5
James 5:14-18

God bless, Pastor Quinn