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Strengthen thy foundation only through God’s will.

Follow God and He will carry you through your trials

Recently I have been put in a very difficult situation. My flesh attempted to take over. But the sermon that I last heard stated:” Do not fret!” I realized that is was going to be another lesson from my Heavenly Father .

God lead me to the scripture:

Mathew 10:27-28

What I tell you in darkness(in prayer), that speak you in light(openly): and what you hear in the ear(what the Spirit reveals) that preach you upon the housetops.(publicly)

28)And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul(don’t fear man) but rather fear Him(God) which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

He was allowing me to know that He was in control and all I had to do was stand firm in Him and they may give me a difficult time but God is going to carry me through all my trials and tribulations. He then lead me to:

 Mathew 10: 34-36

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth.(the entrance of Christ into the world brings shows the evil of the heart) I came not to send peace, but a sword.(the sword against the Righteous will be the response of religious reprobate[shameless person])

35) For I am came to set a man at variance(odds)against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

36) And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.(speaks not only of immediate family, but at times, of one’s Church family)

So do not be surprised if you run into trials and tribulations that concern you and your Church family. It comes about and again if you are in the Lord you will listen to Him and not fret. What I am going to do is walk you through how the Lord carried me through this issue to get ready for a meeting where I was being removed as a recovery leader. Yes, I was hurt but again God strengthened me because I chose to follow Him and His word.Here is a verse that I live by daily and I wanted to share with you.:

Mathew 18:18

18) Verily I say unto you, whatsoever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven and whatsoever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.

So if a believer conducts himself Scriptureally, the decision reached will be honored and ratified in Heaven.

Recently I went and asked someone to pray for one of the person’s in my recovery group. I was devastated because the person remark was not what I had expected. the person’s remark was: “You lie with dogs you get fleas.” So yes there was not a prayer for this young man who was coming up on his one year anniversary of being clean from his issues. I felt a type of hatred or anger coming from this person and instead of confronting the situation I choose to pray for this person daily. but God had lead me to some verses that really strengthened my prays for this person. 

1John 4:20

20) If a man say, I love God and hates his Brother, he is a liar(as James states in James 3:11 “does a fountain send forth at the same place sweet and bitter?)For he who loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

So if a professed Christian cannot love a Christian brother who is sees daily. How can he love God? Whose image he bears, yet has not seen?

1 John 3:15

Whosoever hates his brother is a murder(absence of love proclaims the presence of hatred; where hatred is, there is murder) and you know that no murderer has Eternal life abiding in him.(comes back to absence of love)

 Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirreth up strife’s(strife/debate Greek eridos, from “eris”, rivalry, strife, exertion or contention for superiority, either by intellectual or physical efforts)

So in the end we need to follow 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:

4 Charity(love) suffereth long,(refers to patience) and is kind;(represents the second side of the Divine attitude toward human kind) charity(God’s kind of love) envieth not;(does not want what other’s have) charity vaunteth not itself,(never brags) is not puffed up,(is not prideful)

Doth not behave itself unseemly,(is forgetful of self and thoughtful of others) seeketh not her own,(is unselfish) is not easily provoked,(is not bitter from antagonizing people. or insult to injury)) thinketh no evil;(takes no act of evil)

Rejoiceth not in iniquity,(never gossips of misdeeds of others) but rejoiceth in the truth;(proclaims that which the Word of God identifies as truth)

Beareth all things,(never complains) believeth all things,(takes the kindest view of all man) hopeth all things,(keeps believing for the best) endureth all things.

Recently I have been battling with this issue of with a church where an unmarried couple, living together and working as the head of a Children’s class. I know it does not follow God’s word. But God took me to these verses:

1 Timothy 3:12

Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children on their own.

1 Timothy 4:1

Now the Spirit(Holy Spirit) speaks expressly (pointedly) that in the latter times(times in which we are in, the last of days, which begins the fulfillment of end time prophecies) some shall depart from the Faith(Paul is referring to the Cross; we are told here that some will depart from the Cross as the means of Salvation and Victory)giving heed to seducing spirits(evil spirits, i.e. “religious spirits” making something seem like what isn’t) and doctrines of devils(should have been translated “doctrines of demons”; the “seducing spirits ” entice believers away from Faith, causing them to believe and follow “doctrines inspired by demon spirits.”)

1 Timothy 4:7

But reject profane and old wives’ fables,(that which does not have the true character of the Word of God) and exercise yourself toward godliness.(Paul’s thought moves on immediately to a contrast between the discipline of the body and the discipline of the Soul.)

So as I read these verses I realized the ill feelings I was feeling about this issue where the correct feeling coming from God’s word. He then led me to this verse that He wants me to cherish and follow all the days of my life.

1 Timothy 6:11

11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

This is the fruit of the Spirit or at least which the Spirit alone can bring about in our lives, which He does by the Cross ever being the object of Faith.

Now some people may think I am judging. But I am not I found these verses that pretty much can explain what is happening.

John 7:24

24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

What it is stating Judgement must be rendered according to the whole Word of God, and not only by taking part and perverting it to one’s own satisfaction)

There are actually two kinds of judgements.

Discernment: Kind of judgement God directs believers to use. As in the verse below Paul told the Christians in Thessalonica.

1 Thessalonians 5:21

21 Test all things;(when Prophecies are given or anything claims to be of the Lord, it should be put to the test; the test is, “is it spiritual?”) hold fast what is good.(This refers to the sifting process of accepting that which is definitely of the Lord, and rejecting that which is not.)

22 Abstain from every form of evil.(ask the question “Does it please God?”)

Here is something that A.W. Tozer stated:

“Among the gifts of the Spirit scarcely one is of greater practical usefulness than the gift of discernment. This gift should be highly valued and frankly sought as being almost indispensable in these critical times. This gift will enable us to distinguish the chaff from the wheat and to divide the manifestations of the flesh from the operations of the Spirit.”

1 Corinthians 2:15-16

15 But he who is spiritual judges all things,( portrays only the Spiritual person as capable of the proper discernment) yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.(refers to judgement which God accepts)

16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?”(answer no one: Isiah 40:14) But we have the mind of Christ.(they who have the mind of Christ sees all things as God sees them.)

So as reading these scriptures I have come to the conclusion that all Christians should exercise discernment at all times.

Judgement God condemns

Pride-filled criticism/ is the judgement God declares inappropriate.

Luke 18:9-14

Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves(self righteous) that they were righteous, and despised others:(the twin curse of self righteousness)

10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, (only one would be heard by God)  one a Pharisee( a man who claimed to believe the Bible) and the other a tax collector.(Publican, in Israel referred to as a traitor, thereby beyond salvation)

11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself,9His prayer went no further than he. It may have been directed to God, but not heard by God) ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.(placed himself higher than the publican. He asked for the Lord for nothing, and that is what he received)

12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’(VS. 11 is relative righteousness  and this verse is work righteousness, both rejected by God)

13 And the tax collector, standing afar off,(did not feel free to come close too the temple) would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven,(he realized and admitted just how unclean he really was) but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’(brought instant results because the plea was based upon the Atonement and not self righteousness)

14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified(declared a righteous man; there is no degrees in justification; one is either justified totally or not at all) ratherthan the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Those who criticize others to make themselves look good , to justify their own sin, to slander someone they dislike or to attract attention to themselves are engaging in unrighteous judgement which God condemns.

So to finish God brought me to:

1 Peter 5:10

10 But the God of all grace,(God is the source of all grace) who hath called us(divine summons) unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus,(Jesus dying for my sins on the Cross) after that ye have suffered a while,(transition from “flesh” to “Spirit” which is not easy, fast or simple) make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.(on a firm foundation which cannot be moved, as the Grace of God comes to us in an uninterrupted flow)

So all in all God is making me stronger and firmly rooted by all my trials and tribulations of life. I will not falter when satan attempts to attack. 

 But I am comforted, believeing by my rough discipline God is Fullfilling my foundation to a very firm foundation and my roots are planted very deep. 

We are not judging people when we discern behavior or beliefs that are clearly unbiblical. For an excellent passage on having a judgmental spirit versus a discerning spirit, read Paul’s teaching on the problem of doubtful or questionable things in Romans 14. Having an opinion is not judging.
Making an observation is not judging.We are commanded to exercise righteous judgment. We are forbidden to judge when we are not qualified to do so. We may not judge according to appearance (John 7:24). This means that we may not judge on the basis of insufficient, superficial information.John 7:24 “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” 

Praise God He has carried me through this trial and tribulation with mighty learning. God gets all the glory and only Him. Amen.

Author: Janine Palma VanDenBerg

 

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Thomas Dickens July 1, 2012 Sunday

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Sandra and Mari our family may be in Kansas but we will never forget them. God bless

Sandra and Mari came to us as a true blessing and now it is time to say farewell. They are always family and we love them with all our hearts. Our prayers are always with them. God bless dear children and keep your eyes focused on God! We are always here for you both. God bless.

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Jesus prayed for unity and being united as one on earth.

John 17:20-21

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Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

John 17:11

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11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.

It is very sad when people of one congregation attempt to fight their own family. Jesus or God never intended it to be this way. Personally I do not believe in denominations because they always cause issues in the long run. Some how man has chosen to hide behind denominations and God wants us all to unite. “United in one” is the phrase today and we need to follow this. Not because I am saying so but because Jesus said so in one of His longest prays said here on earth. Jesus was still here on earth and actually prayed this with the disciples. So if you are wondering were this prayer is it is John 17. But I am going to focus on a few verses and then leave the rest for you to study and cherish in your hearts.

John 17:14

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14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

The world’s spirit is ruled by satan. so yes as Christians we are continuously in “Spiritual Warfare” But as Christians we should not be bowing down to satan by bring warfare into our own congregations.We are to support each other through the word. Not by what we MAY think is the right way. Use the word as your “Owner’s manual” and what you believe and what is true will soon be the same. But as we grow our true word is the Bible.

John 17:15

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15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.

This is a part that Jesus is praying from His heart as all the rest. But if we want to be “United as One” we really need to understand this verse. Yes, we are not of this world so in our living and actions we should show God’s love through ALL our actions not just a few or the only ones that fit OUR beliefs. It is not what “we want”; to live in us, it is what God wants. We are to Die to ourselves and live for God.To be able to truly show God’s love through all our actions we must firmly believe in the death of Christ and His resurrection and we must build daily by study of His word. Daily means everyday. Not as we see fit or as others take us to Bible studies. God wants us to be responsible and study His word on our own and learn the way He wants us to live and that is NOT of this world. 

John 17:16

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16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

Mind you Jesus states “just as I am not of this world.” All true believers of God should all live like Jesus did while he was here with us on earth.

John 17:18

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18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

Jesus is speaking or His death before it even happened. He has sent us as Christians out to preach and live the cross daily. Every minute of the day , every second. Praise God. So let’s get the Bibles out and start studying to be His true followers and warriors.

John 17:20

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Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;

Jesus was not only praying for the twelve disciples, but for the many and I mean many who come in the years to come. Who would believe their testimony.It is totally up to us as Christians to bring God’s word to others. That does not include going to Church every Sunday and listening to the sermons. But it is going out into the communities and spreading His word to people that we meet each and every day.  Let’s take advantage of the prayers from Jesus. Think about it, way back before He died He was already praying for us.

John 17:21

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21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

Jesus is praying for unity among all believers of the word of God. Which can only be done in the love of Jesus. So if there are issues in the church and in your fellow worshipers. Let’s work them out by the word and only the word.If we follow the word down to the last word there should not be the issues that arise in the church. So let us pick up the Bible today and everyday to learn more of God’s will than our will doing something else we have chosen to do. When the word “US” is referred to in this passage, Jesus is referring to the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.

John 17:22

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22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:

Jesus has GIVEN us unity and glory through His death on the cross and His resurrection. Mind you I stated “Given.” We as a church should remain as “United in one” as The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit have done. One in Fellow shipping, One in God’s purpose and one in God’s glory. Ask yourselves are we doing this or are we doing the exact opposite?

John 17:23

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23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

Jesus is the mediating link of the relationship between Father and believers. It explains by the death and resurrection of Jesus He has brought “Unity in One.” Because of God’s love. We as True Christians are responsible to show God’s love through all our actions.If the Christian chose to live by His word, Because of that God will be able to reach more unsaved, but only if we promise to do HIS will.

All in all Jesus is praying that we as Christians decide to do God’s will and not our. We need to love all thy neighbors and not just a few and hate a few. I am going to leave you with these verses and then maybe you will understand “United In One.” God bless.

1 John 4:20-21

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Obedience by Faith

20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

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Happy Mother’s day… Is it hurt, pain or all in all Praise and celebration?

I am happy and I am sad today on Mother’s day. I am happy because I know my mother is in Heaven and she is praising God for bringing me to Him and I am now His Child. I am happy because I know my son Cory Donovan Cliborne is in Heaven and he is looking down on mommy as the mother he always wanted and God finally brought her to him. These are blessed things to be praise God for today on Mother’s day 2012. I also am so happy because I have been reunited with two of the four children to whom are still here on earth. I was reunited with my son Nick Huncherick in 2010 and reunited with my daughter Samantha Mays in 2012. I also know I would never have had a chance to be reunited with my children; had it not been for God and His patience in me and not giving up on me as His child. My name is Janine Palma VanDenBerg. If you are new to the site I will give you a small update on why I say this. I was a prostitute, crack addict, alcoholic and drug dealer for 18 years. Now I am God’s child and warrior. My whole testimony is found at this link.(https://unitedchristianinnercityministry.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/hello-world/) But praise God I can now firmly and honestly say I am God’s child and I am His servant for the rest of my days here on earth and I will be His warrior forever.

I am sad and really if you think about it , it is a silly reason. I hurt because I miss my mother and son Cory. But as God has promised they are in heaven. My mother was a devote Christian and she died still an elder in the church. She suffered for so many years with terminal cancer. The doctors gave her six months to live but she lived thirteen years longer. I do believe she tried to hang on so she could see me finally turn my life over to God. But my stubbornness and hard head allowed her to die before I was saved. Plain selfishness on my part. But I can praise God because all that is behind me and I do not have to worry about the past. God has forgiven me and I am His child and warrior till death. My son Cory died of sudden infant death syndrome. He was three months old. I know God has him up in heaven to this day. Cory was born on December 24, 1995.

Deuteronomy 1:39

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39 ‘Moreover your little ones and your children, who you say will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them I will give it, and they shall possess it.

God is talking about Heaven and eternal life.

My sadness appears to be a very selfish thing. My mother is no longer suffering from cancer and she is no longer having to go through chemotherapy. My son Cory is in Heaven also and is worshiping the Father almighty. So if I am saved I too should be praising God for my eternal life and knowing God has promised that when I die I will be with Him and my family.

2 Corinthians 5:8

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We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

So if we have a deceased Mother or child  who is saved  Should we not be happy for them being with God? Not having to suffer these agonies of pretty much defeat here on earth?

Revelation 21:4

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And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

I think so many people are so concerned on their well being that they forget in a state of depression that God is giving them the chance to see the peace and eternal life that God has given their ones that have passed on. I know now that when my mother looks down on my life now she is happy. I know when I was saved there was a party of celebration in heaven.

Luke 15:10

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10 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

So instead of spending this Mother’s day feeling sorry for yourself because maybe your mother is not here anymore or that you child was taken home sooner than you thought, why not spend the time with the Lord and getting to know Him as your Savior. Eternal life is free.

Romans 6:23

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23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God promises this. Would you rather spend the rest of your life being selfish, lonely,always striving to get to the top and for what? All you have to do is realize that you are a sinner. Under stand that Jesus died for our sins.

Romans 3:23

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23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

John 3:16

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16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

This verse you must ponder on and ask the Lord to let you know the true meaning of it. Maybe this verse may help you out a bit:

Isaiah 59:2

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But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.

Because of our immortal life and our immorality we are not able to feel God’s love in our lives. We are feeling alone and maybe even dead in our life here on earth. That is when we need to make a decision to “die to our self” and what I mean by this is quit living the sinful life we have chosen and stop being selfish and live our life for God.We need to start by repenting of our sins and asking God for forgiveness. 

Luke 13:3

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I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.

Acts 17:30

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30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,

Repenting is not feeling sorry:

2 Corinthians 7:10

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10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

Repentance is a change of heart and change of mind. As God did with my life. I knew I was not living the right life. I knew I had to trust God to help me change. SO when I turned my life over to God that meant I literally turned my life over to Him. I had to stop doing the drugs and alcohol to which led me to prostitution. All of the old me had to go. Through God he was able to take them all away from me.

Matthew 22:37

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37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

Believe me lost ones this is not a difficult decision to make. Coming from an ex-prostitute, ex-crack addict, ex-alcoholic and ex-drug dealer living my life for God is so much easier, even when satan throws trials and tribulations at me I know God will not give me anything I cannot handle.

1 Corinthians 10:13

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13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

God did not take Daniel from the lions den, No; God carried him through it. Same with  Shadrach Meshach and Abednego, God did not take them from the fiery furnace; yes, He placed an Angel there for them and God carried them through it. He will do the same for you.

Romans 2:4

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Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

Jesus wants us to confess Him before man:

Matthew 10:32-33

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Confess Christ Before Men

32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

Then we will want to be baptized in His name:

Acts 2:38

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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.

Acts 22:16

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16 And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’

1 Peter 3:21

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21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Now I will tell you being a faithful Christian is not simple. We will have wars with satan. Because we pose a threat to him now. Before when we lived our lives for satan he was happy because “Misery loves Company.” satan is going to burn in hell as the promise from God.

Matthew 25:41

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41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

So little ones should we not make our lives more productive and have our mothers and children praising God for eternity by turning our lives over to God? Wouldn’t that be better than sitting a feeling sorry for ourselves today and the rest of our lives here on earth? Sit down and ask yourselves am I really getting anywhere in life MY WAY? Please take this seriously and if you do rrepent and turn your lives over to God it will not be something you will ever forget or regret. God bless and:

HAPPY 2012 MOTHER”S DAY!!

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Wait on the Lord…..

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I believe it is time to introduce myself. My name is Janine VanDenBerg. I am more or less in charge of the web site and I have written some blogs and did not put my name to them because I want all the glory to go to God. But just the other day someone asked me who’s testimony did they read. Actually it is God’s way of allowing the world to know that through Him and Him only am I able to grow in the Spirit. But pretty much enough of the rambling.

Isaiah 40:31

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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.

This verse above had me thinking most of the night and going through the steps that the awesome Father has taken me. I am a very faithful follower of the L.A. Dream Center. I was blessed in my third year of serving the Lord faithfully; to be able to attend a Short Term Mission trip there.While I was there the first time all I could think of is it would be so awesome to do my internship there. I was willing to bend over backwards to learn the ropes of serving the Lord and showing His love through all our actions to those who are less fortunate. Because of my background of “eighteen years of drug addiction, drug dealing, alcoholism and prostitution” I had not quite understood that I had learned the hardest part. That was being able to trust and obey my Father. But when you finally turn your life over you realize that there is alot more freedom in this world by following the Lord. But God had carried me through four deaths and I was still here so He defiantly has me here for a reason. 

But when I got started at the Dream Center, God placed me right in the middle of downtown Los Angeles. It was only two blocks away from the Police Department. God placed me with Chris VanWinkle in the “Under the Bridges” Ministry. We had to go out to skid row everyday and hand out tickets for free food. That does not seem so bad but this place smelled of urine, you go and see blocks and blocks of old rained on refrigerator boxes where people and children actually lived. As you walk down the road you see a crack head smoking crack right out in the open, you see a heroin addict.  shooting up right in front of you, you see drug deals right there in front of you, maybe some prostitution going on in broad daylight. But these people do not seem to be phased by the life style. Most probably learned how to dissociate and ignore all things around them. But I felt very comfortable there. I felt as though I was at home because of the years on the streets I lived in Orlando, Florida. I was over whelmed with joy. I could finally serve God to the best of my ability and feel comfortable with these amazing children and lost souls of God.

 This is where we come back to last night. I stayed awake in amazement of the patience and timing God has for us. I remember coming back to Roanoke with the desire and want to serve Him immediately. But I too still was a young Christian and had to heal more with my mental illnesses. Or please allow me to word that a bit better. I had to learn to have more faith in God that as I grew in Him, my mental illnesses began to disappear. This is where this verse came in last night that got the Spirit stirred up and I stayed awake praising the Father of the blessings I have received from him since the first Short Term Mission trip in June of 2006.

Isaiah 40:31

New King James Version (NKJV)

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.

God was telling me He had all this planned and all I had to do was follow Him. I struggled with that for a long time and God waited and carried me through the messes I made. Knowing all along I was going to grow into the warrior He wanted.

I often catch myself asking God ; “Why did you not lead me to United Christian Inner-City Ministry” years ago? Why did I have to wait so long. Well the answer is: All things are done in His timing and His timing only. Had God brought me over to the church sooner, I may not have been able to follow through with doing His job as He wanted it done. I may have even gotten bored and started another project. But praise God about October of last year they finally diagnosed me with A.D.D. and I was given a medication that allows me to start and finish projects instead of starting so many things and never finishing a thing. I know God blessed me with an amazing mentor Pastor Mike English. He and his wife Billie have so many dreams to do through God and bring glory to God’s name. I too have dreams and I know now I can start and finish them praise God. All and all to wait on God and to follow His every move is the best way of doing things and I can say Janine VanDenBerg is a warrior and servant of God’s truly now because all I want to do is serve Him and sow seeds and show His love through all my actions. NOT MY LOVE but God’s love. It is just a simple thing of saying to yourself everyday; “Are you dead yet?” In other words we need to die to ourselves and live for God every second of everyday. All I can say this morning is THANK YOU FATHER for having PATIENCE with me and you will continue to have patience  as I grow in you. God bless and have a wonderful day.

Please remember these verses:

Galatians 6:3

New King James Version (NKJV)

For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

John 1:3

New King James Version (NKJV)

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

Also a verse to pounder on is:

Luke 17:3-4

New King James Version (NKJV)

Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you,[a] rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you,[b] saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”

Again God bless

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Dante and the love of God.: “Under the Bridge” ministry


Praise God. Tuesday was here again. We had a very blessed night witnessing and mainly spreading the love of God to the amazing and awesome lost souls of God; in Roanoke Virginia.
It started out as a rainy night in Roanoke. Damp and cold was not the way we wanted to go share God’s love. A few of us almost decided not to go. Then one of our members reminded us “Homeless people and lost souls have to be down there no matter what. They do not have a choice but to stand around in the rain.” So we prayed and started down to the Bridge on Tazewell Avenue.
I, Janine VanDenBerg do not have many great and wonderful memories under the bridge. Because I too have been a victim of trauma and underneath that exact bridge I use to prostitute myself to afford my drug habit and also most of my past boyfriends drug habits. But I can feel everyone’s hurts and I am able to remember where I have come from. God has molded me into one of His servants and I want to return the love that God has given me.
We talked with alot of sad and lonely people and we were allowed to pray for and with these awesome souls. We were able to make new friends and it is such a blessing to be there with these very smart, intelligent, artistic people. They just got on the wrong path somewhere, or alot are trauma victims to whom do not realize there is another way of life, or some their parents threw them out on the streets at a young age, the main story we usually get is the parents chose drugs over them and they were not brought up with a sense of responsibility or are unable to realize they can be responsible because nobody has reached out to give them their time and effort to care enough to show them.
The end of the night grew near and we hated to have to start to head back to the van and leave our friends up under that bridge. We got into the van and we were talking about the experiences and the smiles and the many hugs we received. Pastor Frank then asked Jeremy for one of the books that we were handing out. I looked up and there was an older man walking down the hill. He appeared as though he was beaten to death by life. Pastor Frank called out to him to offer him the book. He appeared to be distracted and pastor Frank called again. The weary older man looked up with a very weather beaten face and no sign of any laugh lines. He slowly walked over to the van and took the book and said “thank you”. he then just broke out in to a very sad and lonely cry. I, Janine sitting in the back seat tried to open the door forgetting Pastor’s Franks back door does not work properly. I was struggling very hard to get out and I began yelling at Joe “Open this door, Joe open it!” We as ex-street people understand “street people” especially men do not break down crying in front of strangers for no reason. We got out to the man and hugged him and attempted to comfort him.
We found out his name was “Dante.”Dante’s son had died two days before hand. Tears were streaming down this amazing souls face. My heart was breaking inside. I wanted so much to take that hurt away from him. I too had a son die of Sudden Infant Death syndrome and I had a break down from the situation. He just wept as we stood and held him tight. He stopped crying and looked up. You could see days of dirt on this mans weather beaten face.”Why are you all doing this?” He asked. His look was baffling: “People just do not even know I am alive.” We tried to explain that God uses us as His way to reach out to you and to let you know He loves you. He began cussing and so forth and he said that just does not happen to him. We asked him if we could pray with him and he said please do. We all prayed for him to be comforted and that God would place special angels around him. We finished and Pastor Frank and Jeremy went on to the van and allowed Joe and I to speak with the man.
I began speaking with Dante. I found out he had been drinking since he found out his son had died. He also had been taking a lighter to his forearms and burning himself so he did not have to feel the pain of his son dieing. He lives in a camp outside of Roanoke. He had not ate in 3 days so he came into town to eat at the Rescue Mission. He often flipped from and calm personality to a very enraged and ugly personality. I had seen this one other time in LA when I was at the Dream Center. I asked him if we could have a small prayer and he said yes again.

I then prayed that the demon would be rebuked in the name of the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit, That this man was a child of God’s and the demon has no right to be within him. Or around anyone of us. That he was to be gone NOW OUT!!!!! Again we praise you our dear Father for giving us the authority to rebuke and remove such demons. We praise you father for Dante. In thy name we pray amen.
Dante looked up and broke down again in tears. I cannot live this life anymore. I need peace. Can I have the peace that you have. We explained about Jesus dieing on the cross, saving us all from our sins and that God wants us to be dependent on Him and Him only and all the glory goes to God. Dante asked if we could lead him through prayer because he had never prayed. We lead him through the prayer and we praised God for our new brother in Christ and closed the prayer up. Dante’s face was beaming. He jumped up and said “I am a warrior for God now! I want to pass on this peace.” He hugged us and quickly left with his hands in the air and praising God.
We are still praying for you Dante and we pray all is well. We invited him to our church and he said he had to get things in order again and he would be there soon. God bless.

Update: March 25, 2012 Dante came to church. He says things are alot better now. He is still looking for a job. He also wants to attend church regularly and also wants to attend Celebrate recovery. He is still staying in a camp outside of town. Thank you Father for a new brother in Christ. God bless Dante. Also be praying that Dante Gets a job!!!

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