Aglow Internation Mission Statement

· Help restore and mobilize women and men around the world

· Promote gender reconciliation in the Body of Christ as God designed

· Amplify awareness of global concerns from a biblical perspective

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7/11/2018

Treasures in the Darkness-Encouragement for Today - July 11, 2018   by Dr. Tony Evans

     A rock collector named Rob once went on a dig and found a rock he described at "purdy and big."  He tried unsuccessfully to sell it, and when that failed, he kept the rock in his closet in the dark.
     Rob guessed the blue chunk of rock could bring as much as $500, but he would have taken less if something urgent came up like paying his power bill. That's how close he came to selling for a few hundred dollars what turned out to be the largest, most valuable sapphire ever found.  The blue rock that Rob Cutshaw had abandoned to the darkness of a closet two decades ago--now known as "The Star of David" sapphire--weighs nearly a pound, and could easily sell for $2.75 million.
     How many of us have a treasure hidden in the darkness of our lives, unaware of its immense value?  God wants nothing more than for you and me to have full access to all the blessings and rewards He's already laid aside for us to have.
     It's easy to live life unaware that God has set aside this treasure to have. I can often live in desperation, wondering when I'm going to get a break, questioning when God's going to finally come through-----.
     God has called you to a mighty work as well. The hardships we face can be distracting, even paralyzing sometimes.  But God wants to know whether our focus is on Him or on our hardships. When we stay diligent with what He's given us, God will fill us to overflowing..with even more down the road.
     Consider this example. If you wanted to purchase a particular amount of rice, the person behind the counter would pour that rice into a measuring pot or scale of some kind. But they would not fill it to the precise measure straight away; they would only go three quarters of the way up and then shake the pot and press on the rice. The reason for shaking is to both level out the rice and fill in any gaps that formed underneath. In other words, because of the shaking and the pressing, you get more rice.
     That's what God can do in the midst of your trouble; He lets life press down so He can "fill in the gaps."  II Corinthians 4:8 reads, "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing."  Most often, it's life's darkness that God prepares us for His best.

     Lord, I ask You to give me Your peace, so I might weather the storms and relax in dark times, knowing You are with me.  Fill me with a greater measure of Your courage, that I might stand boldly against the enemy's attacks.  Finally, I ask for patience as I wait for Your great treasures, both here and in the life to come.  In Jesus' Name, Amen

Truth for Today:  Isaiah 33:6, "And He will be the stability of your times, a wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge:  The fear of the Lord is his treasure." (NASB)

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6/07/2018

Happy Father's Day


"Only a Dad"
Only a dad with a tired face 
Coming home from the daily race 
Bringing little of gold or fame
To show how well he has played the game,
But glad in his heart that his own rejoice
To see him come and to hear his voice.

Only a dad with a brood of four,
One of ten million men or more,
Plodding along in the daily strife
Bearing the whips and the scorns of life;
With never a whimper of pain or hate
For the sake of those who at home await.

Only a dad neither rich nor proud, 
Merely one of the surging crowd, 
Facing whatever may come his way,
Silent whenever the harsh condemn,
And bearaing it all for the love of them.

Only a dad, but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing with courage, stern and grim
The deeds that his father did for him.
This is the line that for him I pen,
Only a dad but the best of men. 
http://festivals.iloveindia.Com/fathers-day/poems/spiritual-poems.html 

This could be a picture of my dad, coming home and plowing after a long-hard, hot day working outside in the weather...cold or hot no difference. He still had to do his job to feed his "brood of four". 

Tobacco was the money producing crop, but there was corn, potatoes, onions, leaf lettuce, and tomatoes to be planted. Mom tended the smaller vegetables.  We were planting tobacco as soon as the plants were tall enough in the early spring, (barefoot and sometimes bringing water when the ground was too dry). There was weeding and the topping of the tobacco to be done when it got bigger. Also, picking off any big green worms that thought the crop was planted for their sustenance.

We had two work horses on our farm and got to ride on the sled to the field when we had the chance.  The horses weren't for riding purposes.  There were cows and chickens to be tended to, also.  Hogs were raised to be butchered for the winter's food supply. 

I still don't know how my dad could work so hard.  Times were difficult. I guess he thought he had no choice.  If there was to be food for the winter and money from the sale of the tobacco for Christmas gifts for us, he had no choice.

His dad was a farmer, and my father was wise to the ways of farming, although he never went farther than about 3rd. grade and could hardly write his name. 

He did not attend church, but I believe that he received the Lord before he passed.  I have a lot of rethinking to do.  As I grow older, and I hope wiser; it is becoming clearer to me what he did to keep his family with a roof over our heads and food on the table. He was good to us children. Mom was the disciplinarian.  Only one time did my brothers get punished by him because they went where they shouldn't have gone.

He was a tall man in his bib overalls. He didn't have a suit or a fancy shirt. He was a plain man.  He died at the age of 65 back in 1972. My three brothers and I are now orphans, I guess, as mom died that year also. 
                                                                   Anonymous 

5/03/2018

Happy Mother's Day
 I want to pay tribute to my mother, Zenith Olive.  She was born in 1915 to a large family of eight, if I'm counting right. Five girls and one boy plus father and mother.
       Her father was sent to a facility for people with mental problems, leaving her mother to deal with the children.  Her mother remarried to an abusive type man, and when she found herself with another child coming in 1919, she went wading in the middle of the winter barefoot and caught the flu epidemic that was prevalent at that time and died.
      The children were farmed out to relatives, and she ended up with one family whose children were mean to her. There were other homes after that I don't have details for.
      She and my father married, and there were six in our family. My dad farmed and worked for an auto wrecking company--we called it a "junk yard."  He was a very hard worker as was my mother, also.  
     The picture of the woman milking a cow could have been Zenith. She milked two cows - once in the morning and once in the evening. She could chop wood with an axe like a man. She was a stay-at-home mother while we were small.  She sewed many of my clothes for school, and she cooked great food without using a recipe. 
     When we came home from school, there were freshly baked blackberry or raspberry cookies waiting for us. Once in a while, she would bake bread.  Our steady diet consisted of pinto beans and corn bread which we shared with the dogs after we finished supper. No dog food for them.
     Punishment came in the order of a small switch that would sting our legs. Sometimes, we would cry before she ever touched us. We always deserved the switching, and no one sassed or argued with my mom. We never even tried it.
     We all finished high school. When I would encounter a math problem, I couldn't solve, she helped with it...such as how many gallons of paint would it take to paint a barn.  My mom only got through eighth grade; but she was very intelligent, and my father had to help on his parent's farm. I think that he got to third grade. He could barely write his name. 
     We lost our parents in 1972. My dad had a bad heart and suffered from diabetes.  They could not afford hospitals and doctors.  My mom had developed manic depression and shot herself a week or so after my father died.
     I still miss her so much. I guess I didn't appreciate her when I was a youngster, but I would give anything to have a chance to see her again.  I have to believe that she died as a Christian. She was always singing gospel songs.  It was funny when she spoke of our neighbor lady singing "I'll fly away."  Maybe she knew more about her than I did.
    "I was country when country wasn't cool," as the song goes. An old saying is "that you can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl."  The Lord looked out for four children, and now we are all in our seventies.
     God certainly knew what He was doing when He created mothers...one of the best things He ever did.          The End.
 

11/30/2017

WHAT IS A MANTLE BIBLICALLY?

THE MANTLE OF ELIJAH
 This picture represents Elijah going up in a chariot of fire and tossing his mantle down to Elisha.

Prophets were known for wearing a mantle as a sign of their calling from God. The prophet Samuel wore a mantle. The prophet Elijah "threw his cloak around (Elisha)" as a symbol of Elijah's ministry being passed on to Elisha. The prophet's mantle was an indication of his authority and responsibility as God's chosen spokesman. Elisha was not confused as to what Elijah was doing; the putting on of his mantle made his election clear.
    Some theologians see the mantle as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. For example, in 2 Kings 2:14, Elisha takes the mantle that had fallen from Elijah, similar to how Jesus received the Spirit "descending" on Him at His baptism. (Mathew 3:16).  The audible voice of God in Matthew 3:17 confirms Jesus as God's chosen servant.  We see a similar "falling" of the Spirit in (Acts 8:15-16 and Acts 10:44).  It's only after Elisha takes the fallen mantle that he performs miraculous works (1 Kings 2:14,21,24).  The Holy Spirit is the Person who empowers God's people to do God's work.
     The mantle served the practical purpose of keeping people warm and protecting them from the elements. It also served a symbolic purpose, in the case of the prophets, showing they were wrapped in God's authority.  The mantle presents a visible representation of a New Testament principle. The mantle an be seen as a symbol of the anointing of the Holy Spirit whom God so graciously gives to all Christians, the people of His choosing (1 Thessalonians 1:5-6; 1 Peter 2:9).  All information was taken from www.gotquestions.org

    Have you received your mantle already?  When Jesus ascended to Heaven, His mantle was too vast to be placed on only one person. It fell upon the 120 in the Upper Room, and continues to descend on those who have the call of God on their lives.

Winter Park Aglow Community Lighthouse meets the 2nd. Saturday of each month in Room 24 at 9:30 a.m. at:
Aloma United Methodist Church
3045 Aloma Avenue
Winter Park, FL  32792, and can be reached by calling the church at 407 671-2180 for further information.

All are invited without cost or reservation.  Refreshments are served after the meeting which ends around 12:00 noon.

9/28/2017

HIGH HOLY DAYS OF FALL

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

It's the holiest time of the year for followers of the Jewish faith. Rosh Hashana has just passed, and Yom Kippur is fast approaching.

Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New year, 5778. On the Gregorian Calendar this year, 2017, it fell on  Wednesday, September 20 at sundown.  It was timed at what was believed to be the anniversary of the Biblical story of creation of the first humans, Adam and Eve, as described in the Book of Genesis, which we refer to as the "Old Testament".  Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, (which this year will be celebrated on September 29, 2017, at sundown), on which God decides each individual's fate and on which Jews are meant to make amends and ask for forgiveness for any sins or wrongdoings from the past year before their fate is sealed on Yom Kippur..

Rosh Hashana marks the start of the "Ten Days of Repentance" or the "Days of Awe," which culminate in Yom Kippur.  According to the Jewish belief, God inscribes His judgment and the fate of each individual in the "Book of Life" on Yom Kippur.  The trumpet or shofar will be sounded to mark the end of the holiday.

What does all of this mean for us as Christians?  We would do well to examine our lives to see if we are living in a way that is pleasing to Our Heavenly Father.  We can seek His face and ask for guidance and wisdom in the days to come.  Although we may be broken and battered, or at least feel that way, we must remember the promises contained in the Word of God.  What waits for us at the end of life will be worth so much more than the tribulations that we are going through at present.  God rewards those  who continue in the faith.  Hebrews 12 reminds us of those who have gone before us. These writings are a tribute to their faith and trust in the one whose name is above all names, who gave his life as a ransom for many.  Stand still and see the Victory of the Lord on your behalf. (My version of 2 Chronicles 20:17).


Winter Park Aglow Community Light House meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at Aloma U. Methodist Church, 3045 Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, Florida, in Room 24 at 9:30 a.m. and lasts until about 1:00 p.m. No reservations are required and there is no cost, but an offering will be taken. Come and join us and be blessed in the presence of the Holy Spirit as He pours out His blessings upon us.

8/03/2017

GOD LEADS THE WAY - STORY OF REBEKAH AND ISAAC

REBEKAH ON A CAMEL COMING TO MARRY ISAAC

Genesis 24:61 - Rebekah follows Eliezer on a camel to meet and marry Isaac.
(This picture is by Fredrich-bouterwek)

This is a story of trust on Rebekah's part to cross the desert to meet a man she had never seen with a man she did not know.  Eliezer was the servant of Abraham, the father of Isaac.  Eliezer was Rebekah's  guardian. She was entrusted to his care.  He had prayed to find a bride for Isaac, and his prayer was answered when Rebekah gave him a drink and also watered the camels.

This is a wonderful story of how God worked in this situation.  Everything was orchestrated by Him.  Rebekah had to trust Eliezer's intentions, his knowledge, and his leading to bring her where she needed to go. Rebekah represented us, the bride of Christ. Abraham represented God the father, and Eliezer represented the Holy Spirit who was the guide. 
(This concept by Jonathan Cahn in The Book of Mysteries.)

We know that God has a plan for our lives, also.  Jeremiah 29:11 states "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Verse 29:13 "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall seek for me with all you heart." KJV.

God is faithful to fulfill His word when we do our part.  It may not seem that anything is happening, but have the faith of Abraham, who became a great nation, and in the appointed time your miracle will happen. Heaven is waiting for all believers who put their trust in God and His word.  What better answer to your prayers. There is a season for everything under the sun according to Ecclesiastes Chapter 3. Don't give up, be patient and have faith.   God loves you. Jesus gave His life for you, and prays for you constantly.

Winter Park Aglow Community Lighthouse meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at Aloma U. Methodist Church, 3045 Aloma Avenue, in Winter Park, FL.   The meeting starts at 9:30 and lasts until about 12:30 p.m. in Room 24.  Refreshments are always served. Prayers are offered each meeting for those who desire to be prayed for.  There is no cost or reservations required,  but an offering will be taken.  You can call the church for further information at 407 671-2180. 

6/30/2017

FREEDOM ISN'T FREE

Apostle Paul in Chains in Rome
Freedom isn't free as you can see by Apostle Paul in chains in Rome.

 Paul describes himself as a bond slave for Jesus Christ. In Colossians 4:3 Paul speaks of the mystery of Christ for which he was in bonds.

I Corinthians states that we are bought with a price. Chapter 7:22 "For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant. Verse 23: Ye are bought with a price...  Christ has set us free from death and the grave.  Jesus has the keys to death and Hades.  He overcame every  curse that was put on man by sin.  Everyone that is hanged on a tree is cursed, so Jesus became a curse for all mankind who would accept Him.  You can read all the curses in the Book of Deuteronomy, we are no longer under a curse; we are free in Christ. "He who the son sets free is free indeed."  
     Know your rights, do not succumb to all the assignments of the enemy against you.  The blood has cleansed you from all your unrighteous deeds.   Your sins though as scarlet are now white as snow. He has removed them as far as the east is from the west, but this does not mean that we have the right to continue sinning.  Be blessed this day in the knowledge that God loves you and Christ died in your place.

Join us on July 8, 2017 at Aloma U. Methodist Church in room 24 for our monthly Aglow meeting.  Come and be blessed by the Holy Spirit who reigns at our meetings.

The address is 3045 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, FL.  We meet in room 24 at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments are available, there is no fee or registration required. Come as you are and experience the love of God, forgiveness of sins, and the blessings of the Holy Spirit.