Saturday, July 12, 2014

All is not lost and your life is not over!

GOD knows you do not understand what is happening or why it is happening to you. HE knows you are trying but keep running into road blocks. The LORD knows you are in trouble. HE knows you are feeling scared, frustrated, discouraged and defeated. It is especially for this time you must trust in and rely on GOD. All is not lost and your life is not over. Receive these words into your heart, mind, and spirit right now...

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5-8‬ NIV)

I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭41‬:‭9-10‬ NIV)

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭2‬ NIV)

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (‭Psalm‬ ‭91‬:‭14-16‬ NIV)


Sunday, June 9, 2013

A JOG IN THE PARK


"A JOG IN THE PARK"
 
One day there were 2 separate men jogging in the park, each with their pet dog running along beside them. The first man had his dog attached to a leash. Each time a small animal like a squirrel or rabbit would appear on the path, the dog would run towards that animal attempting to chase it. The man would then pull back hard on the leash, forcing the dog away from the animal, bringing him back in stride. The second man did not have his dog on a leash of any kind. Instead, his dog was running freely along beside him. The second man's dog also noticed the small animals along the path. However, unlike the first dog, this second dog never left the man's side and remained in perfect running stride with him.
 
In this story, the jog in the park represents moving through daily life. The small animals represent the daily distractions meant to break our stride and take us off our chosen path. GOD loves us and wants to have a close relationship with us. GOD does not want to force us to be with him like the first man with his dog on the leash. Instead, GOD has given us the gift of "free will" (no leash) and wants us to be with him like the second dog running freely along side the man.
 
Perhaps in reading this story you've noticed in the case of both dogs, the man never left the dog's side. As you jog through your life, choose to run along side GOD. HE has already chosen you. HE will never leave your side. He will get you past life's distractions and keep you on your chosen path of destiny.
 
"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." - Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
 
GOD Bless You!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Forgive and let it go

When people do something to hurt us, it is in our best interest to simply forgive, let it go, and move on forward. This is not an easy thing to do, yet we must do it.
 
"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." - Colossians 3:13 (NIV)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Let's Do Our Best To Love Everyone

JESUS humbled HIMSELF and washed the feet of the 12 desciples (including Judas; the one JESUS knew would betray HIM). Let us do our best to show love to everyone, remembering that we ourselves are not perfect.

"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."

1 John 4:10-12 (NIV)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

GOD Will Speak To You!


Have you ever had someone come to you saying, "I have a word from the LORD for you" or "The LORD told me to tell you . . ." ??? Far too often we (all of us) rely on other people to tell us what GOD is saying to us. While it is true that GOD will speak to you through other people, rest assured that GOD will speak directly to you (to your heart; your spirit). Often times after GOD speaks to you, HE will then use other people to confirm what HE has already said to you directly. Ultimately you have to know GOD's voice and follow what HE says above the opinions of others.


John 10:27

"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me."


Perhaps you are asking, "How will I know when GOD is speaking to me?" Well GOD has many ways of speaking to us. For instance, have you ever had an occasion where you've said, "Something told me not to do that" or "Something told me I should go right instead of left" ??? It wasn't just "something" that told you, but rather "someone". It was GOD speaking to you. GOD will often put (speak) something in your heart in a small quiet (gentle) thought. Although it came to you in a gentle way, you heard it loud & clear and it resonates passionately within. That is the voice of GOD speaking to you.


Is this the ONLY way GOD speaks to us? Absolutely not! GOD speaks to us in countless ways. HE may speak to us through a song we hear on the radio, or through reading a book, or even a message on a billboard. GOD may also speak to us in ways we would never consider, such as through the chatter of a homeless person on the street, or in simply watching the sun rise. Sometimes GOD speaks to us in a quiet moment. This is why when we really want to hear from GOD we should turn off everything (mobile phone, tv, ipod, lab top, etc), get somewhere quite and be still. It is good that we pray to GOD, however we sometimes forget to be still, and listen (wait) on HIS response.


Back in 2007 I was facing one of the most difficult situations of my life. I knew I had to make a decision that would deeply effect my family as well as myself. I didn't know what to do so I prayed asking GOD for guidance. Days went by! Weeks went by! I got nothing (NO RESPONSE from GOD)! There were plenty of people around me who seemed sure about what I should do and were quick to voice their opinion. Although I felt they were making their opinions known to me from a place of love, their suggestions did not feel right in my heart. One day I spoke to my dad about the matter. He was the only one who said, "I don't have a clue as to what you should do in this situation." I felt this was the most honest answer I had received thus far. My dad then went on to say, "However one thing I do know, GOD may not always answer you directly. Sometimes HE will leave it up for you to decide. But after you've made your decision, GOD will always give you little signs along the way to let you know if you are moving in the right direction." Shortly after that conversation I realized I had to make a decision of which I could look myself in the mirror and be at peace with (regardless of the outcome). After I made my decision, an immediate peace came over me and I knew that was GOD.


So what happened you asked? Well I was faced with staying in Las Vegas where GOD had opened amazing doors for me, or return to Detroit in an effort to save my marriage. I decided to return to Detroit in an effort to keep my family together. Unfortunately the marriage ended in divorce a few years later. There are those who would say I made the wrong decision because (in their opinion) the marriage was doomed to fail anyway and therefore I should have stayed in Las Vegas. Today I can honestly say I have no regrets. I know I made the right decision because I can look myself in the mirror and say, "Terrence you gave it your best effort!" If I had stayed in Las Vegas and my marriage failed, then I would always be left with the question, "I wonder what would have happened if I had returned to Detroit???"


Once I had made my decision to return to Detroit, GOD gave me little signs along the way to show me I was moving in the right direction (just as my father told me the LORD would do). Although GOD did not give me a specific answer to my question, HE still answered by giving me HIS peace once I had made my decision.


So rest assured that GOD will speak to you! HE sacrificed HIS son JESUS just to reconcile our relationship with HIM that we lost in the Garden of Eden with Adam. Would you as a parent make a sacrifice to restore your relationship with your children, and then afterwards not talk to them or communicate with them in any way? By the same reasoning, GOD (our FATHER) would not have allowed JESUS to suffer as HE did in order to restore our relationship with HIM (GOD our FATHER) and then not speak to us. GOD is our FATHER and HE loves us! HE may not always answer us when we want. HE may not always give us the answer we want. We may not always understand HIS answer . . . Yet HE always answers us. Sometimes we will understand and there will be things we will never understand. However GOD gave us a clue in HIS word to help us along the way . . .


Proverbs 3:5-6

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge HIM and HE will direct your path."


I pray these words have been a blessing for you as they are for me (bringing us in closer relationship with our FATHER). Please feel welcome to reply and share your thoughts by posting them here or privately at tpbiblestudy@comcast.net.

If this message has touched your heart and you do not know JESUS CHRIST as your Lord & Savior but want HIM in your life you can accept HIM right now wherever you are. Pray this prayer out loud, "Dear GOD, I ask forgiveness for all of my sins. I believe that JESUS CHRIST is your son. I believe that JESUS suffered and died on the cross, was buried, and was resurrected for me. I accept JESUS as my Lord & Savior. Come now and live in my heart. I accept you as head of my life. In the name of JESUS I thank you, Amen."

If you have just prayed this prayer I say to you "GOD bless you and Congratulations"! If you do not have a church home, pray and ask GOD to lead you to a local (Bible believing) church in your area where you can be baptized in the name of JESUS, fed the Word of GOD, and fellowship with other Christians.

If you have any questions please send an email to: tpbiblestudy@comcast.net

Monday, March 19, 2012

Forgiveness (Audio Podcast)

Forgiveness is a difficult thing to do at times (especially in extreme circumstances).
In this podcast, Terrence Parker shares this message about forgiveness to encourage, uplift, and inspire. Click on the following link to listen: http://terrenceparker.podomatic.com/entry/2012-03-19T12_47_06-07_00

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Does GOD Care About My Love Life (Dating)?

Does GOD care about your love life (dating/relationships)? The answer to
this question is YES! GOD absolutely cares about your love life. Connecting with
the right person through falling in love can mean the difference in moving
forward in the good plan GOD has for our lives verses going down the wrong road
which takes us further away from GOD.

So then how do we find our soul mate? How do we know if the person we have
deep feelings for is "the one"? The only way to know for sure is to talk to GOD
about it and then trust HIM. I specifically used the word "talk" rather than
pray on purpose. Actually praying is "talking" to GOD, but some people think we
should only go to GOD with more serious issues such as healing the sick. While
it is true that we should bring such issues before GOD, we can also talk to HIM
about the hard classroom exam coming up, or making a good purchase when going to
the store. In other words, GOD is our FATHER and HE cares for us in this way. We
can go to HIM and talk about anything that is important to us in our daily
lives.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer
and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of
God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus
."

Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
"Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we
may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need
."

For example in praying (talking) to GOD about my love life I could say,
"FATHER, as you already know, I met a very beautiful woman recently. We have
been out on a few dates and we seem to have a connection. I like her a lot and I
believe she likes me too. As you also know, I have been terribly hurt in the
past. I don't want to rush into anything and make a mistake, but yet I don't
want to move to slow (or not at all) and miss out on having a wonderful loving
relationship. So what do I do FATHER? I need your help on this. Please guide
me because I want you to be in the lead in this. Is this the woman YOU have
prepared for me? I am trusting you to show me the way."

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own
understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths
straight (will direct your paths)
."

Now once you have talked to GOD about this, the hard part is trusting
HIM. It's hard because our emotions are usually in high gear when engaging a new
romantic love. Not saying you should not pursue the relationship. However just
be sensitive to GOD's voice, and the "signs" he gives to lead you as you have
asked.

The best place to start is in the Bible. Anything GOD will say or show
you for your best interest will always match GOD's word. HE will NEVER
contradict HIMSELF. Here are some scriptures which talk specifically about
love.

1 John 4:7-8 (NIV)
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love
does not know God, because God is love
."

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it
is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not
easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but
rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always
perseveres
."

Use these scriptures as a guide for you own behavior and see how the other
person responds in the relationship. GOD will show you things along the way as
you interact with your love interest. As HE does, talk to HIM and ask for
direction and confirmation.

GOD absolutely cares about who you date. It is what ultimately leads to
marriage which is the first thing he ordained. Some people do not have a desire
to be married and that is ok. The Apostle Paul was not married and spoke of this
in his writings. However if you desire to be married, talk to GOD and trust HIM
to bring the right person in your life. When that person comes along, GOD will
let you know. The truth of GOD will shine in your heart as bright as the noon
day sun!

Romans 15:13 (NIV)
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in
him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy
Spirit
."

I pray these words have been a blessing for you as they are for me
(bringing us in closer relationship with our FATHER). Please feel welcome to
reply and share your thoughts by posting them here or privately at tpbiblestudy@comcast.net.

If this message has touched your heart and you do not know JESUS CHRIST as your
Lord & Savior but want HIM in your life you can accept HIM right now
wherever you are. Pray this prayer out loud, "Dear GOD, I ask forgiveness
for all of my sins. I believe that JESUS CHRIST is your son. I believe that
JESUS suffered and died on the cross, was buried, and was resurrected for me. I
accept JESUS as my Lord & Savior. Come now and live in my heart. I accept
you as head of my life. In the name of JESUS I thank you, Amen."

If you have just prayed this prayer I say to you "GOD bless you and
Congratulations"! If you do not have a church home, pray and ask GOD to lead you
to a local (Bible believing) church in your area where you can be baptized in
the name of JESUS, fed the Word of GOD, and fellowship with other
Christians.

If you have any questions please send an email to: tpbiblestudy@comcast.net