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Dr. Tonya Lewis: 12 Verses for Living Stress-Free

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11).

God’s plans for us do not include stress and worry about the issues in our lives. God really wants us to trust His love for us, as well as His commitment to being our Heavenly Father. Who knows better than He what it means to be our Heavenly Father? He has pledged to care for us and even signed on the dotted line with the blood of His beloved and precious Son, Jesus Christ.

God’s original plan for us was to dwell in the stress-free environment of the Garden of Eden while enjoying a loving relationship with Him. Genesis 2:16-17 says,

But the LORD God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden – except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”

Adam’s decision to disobey God did not position him and the rest of us to just automatically enjoy a stress-free life. Now, we must put forth the effort to live stress-free.

Jesus asked in Matthew 6:27,

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan?” How often does Jesus have to substitute Martha’s name with our names and say to us what He said to her in Luke 10:41Martha, Martha,” the Lord replied, “you are worried and upset about many things?

12 Verses for Stress-free Living

It is DEFINITELY possible to free our minds of anything which troubles us if we just follow God’s directives found in His Holy Word. Twelve such verses to aid us in living stress-free are: 

  1. Matthew 6:34So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
  2. Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.
  3. 1 Peter 5:7– Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. 

Yes, “all” is such a tiny word to encompass such a giant-sized invitation, yet God means ALL…each and every single concern (even concerns you have that are not reasonable to others—yes, even those concerns)! God knows that we cannot focus on obeying His will and Word if we are consumed with our own worries. Other verses to aid us are:

  1. Psalm 37:5Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust Him, and He will help you.
  2. Psalm 55:22Give your burdens to the LORD, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
  3. Psalm 23:1-The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
  4. Psalm 34:9O fear the LORD, you His saints; For to those who fear Him there is no want.
  5.  Psalm 34:10-…But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.
  6.  Psalm 84:11-the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
  7. Matthew 7:11So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
  8. Romans 8:32Since He did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else?
  9. Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD watch over those who do right; His ears are open to their cries for help.

We must also note that Jesus said in Luke 10:42,

There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Minister Matthew Henry explains, “For one thing is needful, this one thing that she has done, to give up herself to the guidance of Christ. The things of this life will be taken away from us, at the furthest, when we shall be taken away from them; but nothing shall separate from the love of Christ, and a part in that love.”* 

So stop stressing, stop worrying, and live stress-free! God Bless!

Dr. Tonya Lewis has been a member of West Angeles Church of God In Christ for over 40 years. She serves on-staff as the Executive Director of Bereavement Ministries. She holds both Honorary Doctorate and Earned Doctorate degrees. Dr. Lewis has been teaching the Overcomer’s Bible Fellowship for over 34 years at West Angeles, along with other teaching venues.


OVERCOMER’S BIBLE FELLOWSHIP – You are invited to join the Overcomer’s Bible Fellowship, facilitated by Dr. Tonya Lewis.  This fellowship can teach you how to overcome any and everything that’s contrary to God’s Word, thus developing you into strong, spiritual, Kingdom citizens. Join us each Sunday morning, 8-10 a.m., or Sunday evening 5:30-6:40 p.m. in the North Campus Sanctuary.

For more information on the Overcomers Bible Fellowship, please contact Dr. Tonya Lewis, 323-733-8300 ext. 2242.

 

[*] – Matthew Henry Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible. Accessed 9/27.

Photo, © Aaron Burden, c/o Creation Swap.

10 Healthy Juicing and Smoothie Recipes for Consecration

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We’re entering the annual January Consecration, which is always a great time to begin a healthier lifestyle. We’ve compiled some popular fruit and vegetable juice and smoothie combinations to inspire you.  Try these, or create your own!

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” – Psalm 103(KJV)

JUICE smoothie

Creamy goodness: Banana-blueberry smoothie.

When we think of fasting, we often don’t think of juicing or smoothies as a “green meal”.   But juicing and smoothies can have many benefits.  Juices can be a great way to add nutrients to your diet and to easily absorb vitamins.  Certain elements like ginger and pineapple can reduce inflammation, and we can also add spices such as cinnamon for added benefits and flavor.

For many, the idea of juicing vegetables may be a bit challenging, especially for beginners who are starting a consecration for the first time.  But with a simple blender or juicer and a few of our favorite fruits, you’ll find that adding fresh juices and smoothies are a great, easy way to better health.

Below we’ve listed 10 popular juicing and smoothie combinations and recipes that taste fresh and yummy but will offer you more nutrients and vitamins at consecration time: or any time of the year.

 

JUICING AND SMOOTHIE RECIPES

1. My Pineapple Goodness
1 large handful of fresh baby spinach

1/2 fresh pineapple

10 strawberries

1/2 cucumber

 

2. Strawberry Fields

2 Apples

2 Carrots

8 Strawberries

 

Usea combination of your favorite fruits to create your own customized juices and smoothies.

Usea combination of your favorite fruits to create your own customized juices and smoothies.

3.  Banana Blueberry Smoothie

1 banana

1 handful of blueberries

1/2 cup of orange juice

1/2 cup of pineapple juice

1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 handful of ice

Combine in blender and enjoy!

 

4. Wake-up

1 regular orange

2-3 skinny carrots

2 1/2 sweet potatoes

1 chunk of ginger (about an inch)

 

5. Veggie Lover

1 beet

1 very large carrot

1 bell pepper

1 apple (cored)

3 stalks of celery

3″ chunk of Daikon radish

1/2 bunch of cilantro

1/2 bunch of kale

 

 

6.  Date Fig Smoothie

5 dates, pitted and chopped

3 figs, chopped

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 handful of ice

Mix on high in a blender and enjoy!

 

7. Carrot Ginger Delight

4 carrots

1-inch piece of fresh ginger

1 apple

 

8. Very Berry Apple Berry

2 cups strawberries

2 peeled oranges

1 cup raspberries

2 apples

 

9. Sweet Berry Treat

2 apples

1 pear

1 beet

1 kiwi

a handful of blueberries

 

10. Good Morning Greens

Handful of Parsley

3 Leaves of Curly Kale

1 Kiwi – not too soft peeled

1 Granny Smith Apple

 

All of these ingredients can be found at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. Just have your juicer or blender ready, toss in the ingredients, add a touch of ice, and you’re ready to go!


Please consult a doctor before starting any new eating regimen.  This information is not a replacement for professional medical advice.

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Questions to Consider on the Power of Your Thoughts

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Have you ever considered the power of your thoughts? This week, we welcome Elder William F. Hampton to the Elders’ Corner, with the first piece in a new series which focuses on our thoughts.

The World Book Dictionary defines a thought as “the power or process of thinking. It is a mental activity; the characteristic thinking of a particular person, group, time and/or place.  

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a thought as “serious consideration.” Strong’s Concordance defines a thought as “an association of ideas; cogitation (meaning, ‘deep thought, careful consideration, pondering, meditation’…); divided in mind.”

My definition would be:

A process of thinking that dictates your future.

In the upcoming weeks, join us on Westa.org as we focus on our “thoughts.” I will examine how the brain processes thought, and I will also touch on the following:  

1. Does God know our thoughts?  

2. What are man’s thoughts?

3. Who should determine our thoughts?

4. How can we develop our thoughts?

5. What are God’s thoughts?

6. How can thoughts affect our lives?

Last, but not least, I would like to focus on what our thoughts should reflect. Please join me next week to explore the question, “Does God know our thoughts?”


Elder F. William Hampton is a long-time member of West Angeles Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. Born in Houston, Texas, he received his High School Diploma from Hinds Agricultural High School,  his Associates of Arts Degree from Utica Junior College, his BA from Texas Southern University and his MFA from Loyola Marymount University. Elder Hampton joined West Angeles Church in 1985 and was ordained as an Elder in June of 2008.  He has worked with the West Angeles Sunday School and Youth Ministries, and is currently a member of the Web Team.  

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Bishop Blake, Magic Focus on Advancing Black Males

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Bishop Charles E. Blake, pastor of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, and business person Earvin “Magic” Johnson are partnering to offer advancement services to equip African-American men to succeed in life.

During the official launch event on March 18 at West Angeles COGIC, the two leaders announced the initiative before 400+ men attending the church’s Brotherhood Organization gathering.

The program, billed as “Super Saturday,” featured breakfast and motivational speeches by Blake, Johnson and actor and entrepreneur Romell Witherspoon.

“This initiative was birthed out of a deep concern about poor academic achievement, financial disenfranchisement, high unemployment, soaring crime levels, the desperate state of the African-American male and the breakdown of the family unit that plagues our cities, small and large, urban and rural,” explained Blake.

To combat those challenges, the advancement services will focus on education (access, excellence and  equity), economic development (job creation and training), crime prevention (reduction and  rehabilitation), family life (developing healthy men, women and children) and financial literacy (earning, saving, investing and spending wisely).

While West Angeles COGIC already offers 20 programs specifically for men, Blake noted the Super Saturday event strengthens the church’s effort to do even more to help African-American men.

“This is kind of a special day to have Earvin with us now and Witherspoon, a very sharp entrepreneur, to share with us from a millennial perspective. Nobody’s a better business person than Earvin “Magic” Johnson. He’s taking us to another level and we’re going to continue as long as we are here,” said Blake.

Explaining that the initiative is another step towards community improvement, Johnson said, “The face of our community changed when Bishop built the church (West Angeles Cathedral).  I think people’s minds were changed, so now we have products and services and goods that we never had before in our community.

“We have had so many things happen that are positive in our community. This is what it’s all about. We’ve got to continue to take striving steps to make our community better.”

Johnson’s commitment to community development and empowerment is illustrated by his long history of establishing businesses and hiring people in underserved communities across the nation. In South L.A., he is heralded for opening a movie theater, several Starbucks and other businesses in the area. Through his Magic Johnson Foundation, he sponsors a number of philanthropic campaigns such HIV educational and  awareness programs.

A 25-year member of West Angeles COGIC and president of the L.A. Lakers, Johnson said, “I’m never going to change.  It’s not about my job or what I do, but who I am.  I will always be a man who will be involved.”

“His businesses that he manages here in Los Angeles and the economic opportunities he provides are in the hood or near the hood. So I’m very proud of him and his efforts to improve to enhance the community,” added Blake.

Originally posted on LAsentinel.net.

March Revival: Order in the Court

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Bishop Roderick L. Hennings returns to West Angeles Church of God In Christ for Revival this week, from March 1-3.  

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. presented to us the opportunity for renewal and refreshment at West Angeles Church of God In Christ with a powerful revival titled “Order in the Court.” The guest pastor for the revival was Bishop Roderick L. Hennings of Zion Dominion Global Ministries in Rochester, NY, who began day one of the revival with an insightful look at Psalm 30:5 (KJV)–

For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

“The western mind looks at time as being linear – having a beginning and an ending,” began Bishop Hennings. “In fact, we’re the only people in the world who believe that time is linear.”

He went on to teach the congregation about the true meaning of the text, and that time is endless in God’s context.

“What time is it? No matter what time it is, joy cometh; Joy is always on the way…so even in the middle of your greatest pain, joy is on the way!”

Bishop Hennings also reminded the congregation of the power in giving God heart-felt, exuberant praise.

“You can be a quiet worshiper but you can’t be a quiet praiser…Joy is looking for you! Joy is coming! Give Him praise in your time!”

Highlights from Day 1 of the powerful, 3-day revival “Order in the Court”  follow:

REVIVAL Hemmings 2017

“Order In The Court” – Bishop Roderick Hennings conducts March Revival at West Angeles COGIC.

“He’s knocking with His Word” – Bishop Roderick L. Hennings

“The enemy can’t find you when God places you…When you’re in the right place – where God placed you – the enemy cannot find residence.”

“He pulled (Eve) out of her place. I don’t want to talk to anyone who can’t talk to me in my place!”

“Roles change when you get out of position.”

“When a man is not in place, things get out of order.”

“You learn how to love by being touched: not by being told.”

“A woman responds to touch.”

“Only one person can fit the place God has designed for you, and that’s you. Tell your neighbor, ‘I’m necessary.’”

“When you don’t know your assignment, you waste your time.” – Bishop Roderick L. Hennings

“When God has an assignment on your life…Thank God for every day you’re alone. That’s the time He’s developing you in the dark so he can present you in the light.”

“The danger of doing things God hasn’t called you to do will cause you to fight in battles, and then want God to back you up.”

“Know the difference between purpose and a proposal. When you have purpose, it’s the reason for your being; the reason that you’re here. But a proposal is something that you present, and you hope someone accepts it.”

“Purpose won’t let you die. Purpose won’t let you go through life precariously; hoping something will happen.”

“Lift your hands and say, ‘Lord, work on me!’”

“People make decisions based not on choice, but on what they value.”

“When you don’t know your assignment, you waste your time.”

“That ‘no’ can keep you on point. That ‘no’ can keep you on your assignment.”

“He’s not into exposing your processing plant. He’ll work on you privately, so He can promote you publicly.”

“Are you fitted for glory?” – Bishop Roderick L. Hennings

“Sometimes reminding yourself gives you balance.”

“God qualifies you by choosing you.”

“Even though you’re anointed to do what you do…there’s some stuff you still have to pray off of you.”

“If your prayer is promised-based, God moves quickly because you’re saying what He wants to hear.”

“You have to pray His Word! When you start praying His Word, you know you’re being fitted for glory. When you pray His Word, demons back up!”

“When you start praying the Word, the enemy has no room in your conversation.”

“Serving is not about recognition. He said, ‘Don’t get tired while doing the right thing.’”

“We’re in the last days…and all eyes are on the Christian church. Are you fitted for glory?”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – 1 Kings 6:7,13-19, Genesis 2, Revelation 3,  Hebrews 13,  Ecclesiastes 10, Hebrews 5:1-2.

Preacher, teacher, author, apologist, Bishop Roderick L. Hennings is Senior Pastor of Zion Dominion Global Ministries which he founded 1993. The church grew from 20 to 4000 members, moving to 14-acre campus in Buffalo, NY. Bishop Hennings is also the COGIC International Director of Church Growth and Development, and Administrative Assistant District Superintendent to Bishop Glenwood Young of the NY Western Jurisdiction #2. The author of “Survey of Biblical Theology,” Bishop Hennings is married to First Lady Pamela D. Hennings, and father of 2 daughters, Ariane and Chloe.


 

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