Thought for Today:Your Gifting and God’s Grace

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Your Gifting and God’s Grace

Thought for Today: Gifting- Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay
aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”

So many times we forget that “God uses us through our Gifting,”  The reason so many people are either unhappy, unfulfilled or sometimes even confused about where they belong in the Body of Christ can be alot of factors.  Sometimes we limit ourselves to our natural
gifting, speaking, and singing, serving ect… the list can really go on and with each person it can be different. I want to encourage you; your spiritual Gifting is much different than natural….

Natural is something you are born with, but, Your Spiritual Gifting is something that God can only do in and
through you…because if you could do it, it wouldn’t be God…

So how do I find my Spiritual Gifting? By getting alone with God is what I would list as the most critical step…  What I have found in my life is when I think awe I could never do that, usually that is His still small voice saying to me Ron spend some time with me so I can talk to you….Or sometimes it may be a Pastor or Leader who sees something you don’t or won’t recognize and then the Lord uses them to nudge you and challenge you …

Here is an example, mine,  I really struggled with going into the ministry, I had seen too much hurt and was really frightened of it, all I
wanted to do was work and serve God in some way.  I was very unfulfilled at that time.  But my father seen something in me that I did
not see or maybe I didn’t want to see or even accept.  One day he called me and started talking to me and he said “Ronald Wayne God has His hand on your life and I can see His anointing on you, will you come to Susanville and work me as my Youth Pastor….”   In my mind & flesh I thought are you kidding me Dad… I could never do what you do, I actually had a hard time talking in front of people …and still to this day unless the anointing is on me I struggle…  I can talk your leg off about things in general and love talking to people in general…

Yet, My Father asked me to pray about it…. I sure did not see what my Father was seeing, but when I got alone with God,  one night He brought back every word He had spoken to me and I laid there crying,  even tho I was really scared, I knew this would have to be God.  As I got to Susanville the task were great and tho He was my father, he now became my mentor and had very strict rules and he expected a lot of me, but, he was there for me every step of the way, God using him to help to form and shape my gifting…

I will never forget the youth group was exploding with many young people getting saved and it was doing great.  One night my father looked at me and he said “tonight you will be going to Prison….”LOL LOL LOL  I thought in my mind, are you nuts, me and convicts… I thought to myself, okay dad, I know you probably thought I would wind up there, but, now you are actually sending me there to minister…?  I am not you, I am just a Youth Pastor…. What do I have to offer these men?  I know I lived a rough life before I got saved, but, Pastor I really think we should think about this, don’t you? I had started with the excuses, and later that night as I was signing in at the front desk well , I realized he meant what he said…And as that huge steel door slammed behind me and you heard the sound of that lock, snap and then the the one that was in front of you the lock would snap and you were seconds from entering the yard, and that long walk to the Chapel, God gave me two men that would go with me Richard and Richard and to this day one of them I am friends with and he will never know what he has meant in my life.  Richard has never heard this story and it’s ending.  That night I do not remember which one was with me, but we went together many many times.  I did not realize how that night would change my life… As I looked out over that rough crowd, my knees literally shaking, men with mean looking faces, huge muscles, and looks of emptiness in their eyes.  I listened to some of the men sing a song called, “My life is like the wind it keeps movin for you Lord…” something inside broke like a river and tears streamed down my face and God spoke to me and said “I have called you to this place…” I thought “Prison…” And as I took the pulpit there was an anointing and I preached on “God’s love.” To this day I have that cassette tape.  As I gave the alter call here they came, white, black, red and brown standing in front of a God who loved them, and God saved them.

Little did I know that the one with the longest hair would look me up in I believe 2000.  It was now  around 2000 and we had just started
registration at our NHCC our school at the Church I pastured in Veneta, Oregon.  My secretary Jim came into my office, “Pastor there is a man out here who wants to see you, I know you are really busy, what should I do?  He says He is sure He knows you, he thinks…”  I turned and said bring him in Jim.  In walked the most clean cut man, in a beautiful suit, tho his hands and knuckles bore the signs of being in a gang… I thought do I know this man… we shook hands…  You are Pastor Ron he asked, “I am he…”  big tears began to well up in his eyes…”you don’t remember do you? “ I softly said no, I am sorry I don’t”  You used to preach at the Susanville Medium Security Prison… I said “Yes, many, many, many, years ago, I was a Youth Pastor ” I am James and he said “God’s Love,”  I got saved that night Pastor… Now I had
tears streaming down my face.. he rushed to me and threw his arms around me, saying thank you Pastor, thank you for bringing that word from God to me…I got saved that night and my life has drastically changed…he was balling, I have looked high and low for you… I seen your ad for registration in your school and I seen your name…and I had to see if it was you.

I want to enroll all eight of my children in your school and I would like for you to meet them…he went out of my office…tears still streaming down my face, then eight beautiful children and his wife came in and he began to introduce them to me… This is the man that brought the Gospel to daddy one night…I am sorry but I could not hold the tears…  Pastor James would be my keynote speaker at our schools first class Graduation and he rocked that Packed house,  as He now shared the Gospel from my pulpit …  Pastor James church was 6 times larger than
mine, but man he was gifted at reaching the hurting…

Why do I share this story?

God needs you to step into your Gifting and do it with all you have for him, someone is waiting for you to bring them the Gospel in the way that only your Gift can present Jesus to them  as Lord and Savior and touch their lives with the Master’s touch… You want fulfillment answer His call,  you will never be able to do it on your own but in Him you can do all things….I would have never thought that one message,
one night, one act of obedience, one act trusting God for my Gift would have produced this beautiful story of God’s Grace to a man who the world had thrown away, but, God he saw the potential and the heart and made the way.  You will never know who God will touch
through you and sometimes we will never know till heaven, but the call is on, when you feel inadequate, God is more than capable all He needs is you to accept His Gifting in your life….May the God of Grace challenge you today and give you His Peace and may you accpet the challenge to thrust the cycle in deep into the Harvest, Let God use your gifting….!!!

 

Pastor Ron Crandall

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Power of Prayer & Giving

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Power, Prayer, Unite, Join, Need Prayer, prayer team, Love, Trust in the Lord,

Lay it at the feet of Jesus

Those of us who are Proclaimer’s for Christ press forward in these end of days with earnest and obedient steps doing the will of our Lord and Savior. Daily we lovingly accept the gifts of burdens that is placed upon us. We proceed with total expectation that the Lord will bless what is done in Love and in instant obedience to His desires. Prayer is our the greatest of all gifts that the God has given man. We reach out to you and ask that you pause for a brief moment as you read this and pray for this Ministry and all that we touch. Also please come to us and let us pray for you and with you. If you feel called to join our prayer team please give us your contact information so we can ad you to our prayer team. If you have needs, share them, tell us what it is that you want God to do for you and we will join you in prayer.

God loves each and everyone of us and He wishes nothing but blessings for our lives. Christ Jesus clearly taught us to tell him what we want Him to do for us and to Pray earnestly and faithfully and our prayers will be answered. (not might be answered). Let us pray together that the Holy Spirit comes  and blesses all of who lovingly pray in one accord.

Matthew 18:19-21

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

   19 “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. 20 For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

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The Joy of Fellowship

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It is through loving fellowship that we all grow in Love and Knowledge and strength so that we may do His will and be pleasing to our Lord God.

 

As Christ centered believers who come together to praise, worship and fellowship both socially and spiritually in Christ Jesus that we are able to work as one body to do the great commission and spread the good news of the Gospel throughout all corners of this world. If you desire to grow and honor Christ…

 

We encourage you to join us in our social forums and perhaps even preach, teach or share your blessings with us as a blogger proclaiming Christ.

 

For it is through the spreading of His love and the love for all Christian believers even if we may have minor doctrinal differences that we glorify God and can unify the full body of Christ and prepare disciples and perhaps avoid becoming a casualty of deception in these end days.

 

1 John 1

Introduction, The Incarnate Word (New American Standard Bible)

 1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life— 2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ4 These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.

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Youth in Christ

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Children, are they important? Who are they? Who will shape the future?

Children are the future, which means they are Very important. But do they shape the future or do their teachers shape the future?

God tells the Israelites in Deuteronomy,” “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Proclaimers for Christ takes the raising of disciples and our future generation extremely seriously and is fully committed to provide our total support to all of the youth who keep Christ at the center of their hearts. Join our forums and social network and engage all that Proclaimers for Christ has to offer.  Explore the several blog sites that are youth inspired.

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PFC Social Network

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Jesus wants to hang out with you!

Right Now

This Minute

Today

and every day and minute for the rest of eternity.

The choice is really yours.

Jesus Loves YOU!

Whenever two or more of us are gathered in His name He is present. Say Hi! Jesus. Because he is here with us in this moment. This is what being part of a Social Network of Christ centered believers is all about. When we get together here in this Social Network. In the Chat Rooms and In the Forums then the Holy Spirit of Christ is with us… with you… right now in your living room and he wants to fellowship with you.

Conventional so called wisdom wants to limit your beliefs and limit your faith and access to our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus will not be contained. By getting Social and getting together with other Christ centered believers who are focused on Him and His will and His love and not on just busy “Churchy” stuff.

Think About it!

Whenever two or more are gathered in His name… He is there. Now, thanks to Social Networking, computers and phones we can be gathered together while being miles apart. Imagine, sitting at home, lonely, hurting or just hungry for the Lord and fellowship and you can pop into Proclaimers for Christ’s social network and pray, felloowship and invite Jesus to join you!

Ever wanted to testify more?
Ever wanted to witness more?
Ever wanted to be available more?

This is your chance… GET EVOLVED today and you can start helping and meeting other Christ centered believers that just want to be the best Christians that they can be, following their calling, being obedient to the Lord and NOT just to man. We need you! You are part of our family… Welcome home!

 

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In His Service – P.U.S.H.

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A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light, and God appeared.  The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin.

The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might.  So, this the man did, day after day.

For many years he toiled from sun up to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might!

Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.

Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind:  (He will do it every time)!

“You have been pushing against that rock for a long time and it hasn’t moved.”  Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure.

These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man.  Satan said,  ”Why kill yourself over this?  Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort, and that will be good enough.”

That’s what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of prayer and to take his troubled thoughts to the Lord.  ”Lord,”  he said,  ”I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked.  Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter.  What is wrong?  Why am I failing?”

The Lord responded compassionately,  ”My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done.  Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it.  Your task was to push.  And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed.

But, is that really so?  Look at yourself.  Your arms are strong and muscled, your back shiny and brown, your hands are calloused from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard.

Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to  have.

True, you haven’t moved the rock.  But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom.  That you have done.   Now I, my friend, will move the rock.”

At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just simple obedience and faith in Him.

By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves the mountains.

When everything seems to go wrong… Just P.U.S.H.

When the job gets you down…Just P.U.S.H.

When people don’t do as you think they should…Just P.U.S.H.

When your money is “gone” and the bills are due…Just P.U.S.H.

When people just don’t understand you…Just P.U.S.H.

P  =  Pray

U =  Until

S =  Something

H =  Happens

May God bless you in His Service.  Join Proclaimers for Christ and share, teach, preach and fellowship.

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A Birthday Answer to Prayer

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It was 1970 and our family was living on a small farm in Northern Minnesota.  It was my son’s fifth birthday and we were totally broke!  My husband’s business had gone South and he was away on a construction job trying to make up for the loss.  It was one of those summers where everything that could go wrong, did.  I had bought my son a birthday present ahead of time but we had no money for cake and ice cream.  At five years old, you don’t necessarily think a birthday has to be huge to be fun, but you still need cake and ice cream to make it a party.  I stormed heaven asking God to make a way.  Just after noon a friend drove up and made me an interesting offer.  She too was short on money but her kids wanted a baby rabbit of which we had plenty since we raised them for meat.  She would give me a dollar and a dozen eggs in exchange for a rabbit.  We quickly made the trade and I headed for the house to bake a cake.  Back then you could buy ice cream bars for 10 cents each so when my sister arrived with her three kids, my son’s favorite playmates, we headed for a nearby country store to buy the ice cream.  The party was a success and I will never forget God’s goodness to care that a little boy had a birthday party.

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Being A Go-To Person!

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Love,Comforter,Peace,GraceThis life is so beautiful, but there is many times it can get very rough it can pull us apart and tear us up, I know this for a fact because I have been there and it stinks, sometimes it may feel like no one cares or sees our pain, or fears, But God is always right there ready to hold us in His loving arms, and comfort us.

I just want take a moment and say I believe we that are in that state of our lives when we are strong we also need to remember to show authentic love in our community, and be the person that people can come to for help when they need a strong shoulder to lean on what I’m saying is “A Go-To Person” someone people can rely on and trust in to listen when they need an ear on their behalf someone they can look up to, and pray with them and for them.

I know there was a time in my life when I wished there would have been “A Go-To Person” for me like about seventeen years ago when I gave all I was and had to God, and at that time I knew I really had something God had given me, but did not know what to do with what I had so I became discouraged in my Christian walk with my Saviour I did not know that there was a such thing as an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ so I strayed away from the wonderful life that I had with Him, and chose my own way, down the path of destruction, and I went down that path for about fourteen years,and also lost my nineteen month old son in a tragic accident in June 2004,   but little did I know that God was at work the whole entire time to bring me back.

I ended up losing an awesome job I had with great benefits for my family, and also going deeper and deeper down in my own muck, when one day I got enough of  it and had no where else to go then I came to God, and said Lord you know my life and where it is headed I need Your help I need to find a job because this life I am living is going no where.

So I cleaned up my life some what and God answered my prayer and I got a job working in the logging industry, little did I know that eight weeks later I would meet that “Go-To Person” the hand of God moved in this mans heart to invite me to come to church so that next following Sunday morning my family and  I went to church and met the most wonderful people full of love and totally excepted me, and my family.

Then about six weeks later on a Sunday morning after the worship and sermon there was an altar call given, and I was sitting in my seat with my head pounding from the night before because of all the drinking I did, and I knew it was time to make a decision with what I needed to do with my life, and where I was going was no good, so I stood to my feet and showed God my decision to come back to where I once was many years before, and so I asked the Holy Spirit to fill my life again, and that I wanted to live the rest of my life for Him, and do His will, and not be a selfish hard hearted person that I had become, thank God for His wonderful grace because that Sunday morning He flooded my soul with peace,love, and joy, and also thank the people in our church that my family, and I still attend now  three years later.

And I will have to say there were those there and still are those in our church that are “Go-To People”.  And I am proud to say that I love them all very much, and also love my personal  Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for He is truly our “Go-to God” for our lives He is always the same yesterday,today, and forever praise the Lord. Amen.

Psalm 103:2-6 (NLT)  2 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
3 He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5 He fills my life with good things.
My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

6 The Lord gives righteousness
and justice to all who are treated unfairly.

May God bless you all!!

by-Rudy Smith

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