Encouragement

The Chain Breaker Changes Lives

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Recently my Husband & I went to a Zach Williams concert & also saw an interview he did about his life. Once thing stuck out to me, The Chain breaker produces a change life. Zach talked about how his life was filled with choices that took him away from God, his family, & the dreams he had in his life. He shared how he got into the party life. He lost his scholarship he got for basketball. He started a band and the party life style got more a part of his life than God & his family. Finally when he got to the bottom and was about to loose his marriage & children, God moved on his life. What came next is what touched my heart. 

Zach talked about how God reached out to him. He had never left Zach. God was right there through all those choices he made. When Zach finally surrendered to God’s calling, he walked out on the band he was in and went home a changed man. He wrote these following songs that have changed many lives. 

Chain Breaker – 

If you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles

If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies

If you’re trying to feel the same old holes inside

There’s a better life

There’s a better life

If you’ve got pain

He’s a pain taker

If you feel lost

He’s a way maker

If you need freedom or saving

He’s a prison-shaking Savior

If you’ve got chains

He’s a chain breaker

God wants you to have a better life. There is one that wants you to lose everything. But THE Chain Breaker, Jesus Christ, came so you could have life. 

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

He is your pain taker. He took your pain on The Cross. 

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 John 3:8  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Song of Deliverance –

Hard times and high waters

On the road that I have wandered

Bridges left burning

A lot of dead-end learning

Stone walls, I’ve built up

Trapped by the way I’ve been livin’

I don’t wanna be a prisoner

I don’t wanna be a prisoner

I will sing a song of deliverance

I will lift my hands and drop these chains

Walk out free in Jesus name

I will sing a song of deliverance

Whoa, Hallelujah

Whoa-ho, I am free

Romans 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Ephesians 2:8-9  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Galatians 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Freedom – 

I felt the flames, I heard death knocking

My hands were tied, my feet were bound

Buried alive, covered in ashes

My soul was 6 feet under ground

Then you rolled that stone away

You pulled me from the grave

Praise the Lord I saw the light

And I’ll never be the same

The devil whisper little lies

He tried to steal my victory

But I starred those demons in the eyes

Cause these boots gonna crush the enemy

I got that freedom, freedom in my soul

I got that fire, fire in my bones

I got that resurrection

Got that hallelujah

I got that freedom, freedom in my soul

Got that resurrection

Got that hallelujah

Got that new creation

Got that the blood of Jesus

Got that fire burning

Got that holy spirit

Got that Sunday’s coming and I can’t stop singin’

Freedom, freedom in my soul

I got that fire, fire in my bones

I got that resurrection

Got that hallelujah

I got that freedom, freedom in my soul

This song has the death, burial, & resurrection of Jesus in it. Thank God that because of what Jesus did we can have a changed life. We once were dead and now are alive. We once were lost and now we are found. 

This last one is a song and a prayer for many. For those who have surrendered to Jesus and what He did for us have felt this song deeply. There are time when we fall on our knees and pray this song. 

Wash Clean – 

Father open up my eyes

So I might truly see

Everything you have done for me

Lord I’m tired and I’m torn

My face is on the floor

Break these chains and set me free

Father take away my pride

Just set it all aside

So I might hear what you have to say

Lord I’m tired if all my guilt

I’m tired of all my shame

Break these chains and set me free

Cause I been living a lie that I just couldn’t see

And holding on to things that I just didn’t need

But you took these hands and washed them clean

Oh like a blind man lost in the middle of the night

You came down and you opened my eyes

And I won’t ever be the same

Oh that’s what Jesus

Jesus did for me

Solo over verse

So now I’ve opened up my eyes

And swallowed all my pride

I finally let you lead the way

And I fall down on my knees

I’m just a Brother of your Grace

And I won’t ever be the same

Going to the concerts and listing to Zach’s life story really shows how God can turn a life around, Save a family, and touch many through Zach’s story and songs. The Chain Breaker Jesus Christ has changed my life and so many others. My prayer is as others hear Zach’s story and songs they too will meet The ONLY true Chain Breaker…. JESUS CHRIST! #ChainBreaker

Thanks Zach for sharing your life with us all and for these powerful songs. 

For Zach’s website Click Here

 

The Newsboys United – The Cross

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Recently my husband and I went to The Newsboys United tour. It was one of the places we went for our 25th anniversary. We don’t always go VIP, but this time we did. What a great experience we had.

One highlight was being in the question and answer session with hundreds of other people. Every time someone got up and ask a question they also gave a testimony on how their life was changed or touched by the Newsboys music and by their daily walk with this Lord.

Music can be a powerful thing. But music with no anointing is just music. The Newsboys United Tour is more than just music. The Band truly plays for The Lord. They are very humble and thankful for what God has done in their lives.

One of the songs that still is in my head each morning when I awake is “The Cross Has The Final Word”.  They started the song out with a video of Billy Graham. He talked about The Cross and how cruel it was of all punishments. How Jesus was made fun of, mocked, beaten, and so much more. How through Jesus we can have forgiveness of sin. He could have come down off the Cross at any moment. But He stayed there for everyone. He loves you. Only through Jesus is there any hope & forgiveness of sin. Many say is there any hope for me, the drunk, prostitute, robbers, murders, people who have done evil things privately and corporately. Is there any hope for you and I? The Cross is the only way!!!!

Then the Newsboys came out and did their song. What a powerful moment. We used our cell phone and video taped it. May this video move you to a respose to Jesus and what He did at the Cross. The Cross surely has the final word!!! You can be set free today. Your life can be changed. You can be forgive. Surrender to Jesus and what He did for you in LOVE….

 

#NewsboysUnited #PeterFuler

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Faith Like Potatoes – The Angus Buchan Story

Angus Buchan is a farmer in Africa. God got a hold of him in 1979 and ever since then he has had such passion for the word of God. His vision includes:

1 The Great Commission – Mark 16:15

2 Caring for Orphans and Widows – James 1:27

3 Equipping Saints for the Work of Ministry – Matthew 28:20.

Faith Like Potatoes: The Story of a Farmer Who Risked Everything for God.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
(Hebrews 11:1)

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“SHOULDERS” By For King & Country

At first it was hard to watch this video. I almost shut it off. BUT THEN, the 2nd half really touched my heart. The Bible says:

John 16:33 …I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

God loves us so much that He has provided a way for us… We may experience things in life, BUT God is BIGGER than those things.

He says come to Him…. Everyone…. ALL & He WILL give you rest.

Matthew 11:28-30King James Version (KJV)

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

He has BIG shoulders. He is BIGGER than sickness. He is BIGGER than loss. He is BIGGER than weakness. He carries all on His SHOULDERS….

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This is part of the Chorus…
[Chorus:]
My help comes from You
You’re right here, pulling me through
You carry my weakness, my sickness, my brokenness all on Your shoulders
Your shoulders
My help comes from You
You are my rest, my rescue
I don’t have to see to believe that You’re lifting me up on Your shoulders

EVEN WHEN WE DON’T SEE HIM, HE IS NEAR…. And one TOUCH from The Master, can change your world…. THE ONLY HOPE this world has is that special touch!

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More from the song…

When I’m caught deep in the valley
With chaos for my company
I’ll find my comfort here
‘Cause I know that You are near

From Joel & Luke about the video….

When it came to creating a music video for “SHOULDERS,” we knew that it had to carry as much personal and spiritual meaning as the song! We partnered once again with moviemaker and brother, Ben Smallbone (The Proof of Your Love | The Music Video) to write and produce this theatrical and heartfelt piece. After months of writing and rewriting the story, over two days of filming and countless hours refining, we’re more than thrilled to present to you the music video for our song “SHOULDERS!”

– joel & Luke

Watch this video and be blessed…

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No Reason to be Ignorant of the Bible

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There is no reason in this day and age that anyone should be ignorant of the Bible. We have so many resources to help us learn.

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

I am going to give a few of the resources here. These are just a few of them. But all of them are free to use.

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Thomas Road Baptist Church has a resource page. They even have an APP for free.
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In Touch Ministries – Bible Studies & Free APP Click Here

Here are some Bible search resources

Blue Letter Bible – Click Here

Bible Gateway – Click Here

Free Podcast on iTunes is a great way to get some great teachings…

Free Teachings on YouTube…

Free Downloads from Amazon – Click Here

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Right Now Media has so many free videos and other resources for great teachings. Click Here

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Resources we post for FREE –

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Our Blog page – Click Here

There are many churches that have free downloads and other resources. The main thing is that we spend time in the word, seeking and searching out the things of God. Our focus in life needs to be the Gospel. This world has nothing to offer us that is lasting. So seek out an eternal life through study of the Word of God…

Christmas with a Capital “C” – Act Now

This time of year there is controversy around Christmas. To say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”. To Celebrate Christmas or not. Not sharing your faith or even mention Christmas. Now those who do celebrate and believe in the Christmas session are in the minority. This is a sad thing.

I love this song and video

So this post is to talk about places we can help so that others can hear and experience true Christmas. Places to volunteer and to give your money so others can feel the love of Jesus in their lives. It is our actions that show the Love of God to those in this world. Let’s not hold back. No matter what we are going through there is someone who is worse off than us. Show others the same love you have received from God.

James 1:27 (KJV)

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Thomas Road Baptist Church has a great way they reach out… I love the heart of this Church. It is a church who loves people. Winning souls is their main focus. They are always reaching out. Christmas is no different…Help them reach out this year….

TRBC announces their Christmas Cares! This church-wide outreach effort unites us in purposefully taking the love of Christ into our communities this Christmas season.

Click Here

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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD®
A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ Name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.

Your gift-filled shoebox, dropped off during National Collection Week, can give hope, change lives, and transform communities

Operation Christmas Child – Click Here

You can build a shoebox online – Click Here
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Hugs For Soldiers – We need to honor our Soldiers for all they do for this country. I came across this program… Check it out… Click Here

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THE LIBERTY GODPARENT HOME – CHOOSE LIFE

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LESEA GLOBAL FTH – FEEDING GOD’S CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD

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There are so many more…the main thing is to find someone to help, especially this time of year….DO SOMETHING…

Crowder – “Come As You Are” | Live at the Grand Ole Opry | Opry

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BE LIFTED UP TODAY…. COME AS YOU ARE….YOU WILL NOT LEAVE THE SAME

Come out of sadness
From wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted
Let rescue begin
Come find your mercy
Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t cure

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Fall in his arms
Come as you are
There’s joy for the morning
Oh sinner be still
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Come as you are

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