Merry Christmas from Our Hearts to Yours

While we’re opening our gifts, enjoying the company of our friends and family, celebrating the memories, as we gather around the dinner table to eat great food and the warmth of laughs, please let us take one moment to remember the true meaning of Christmas, “Jesus”.

Wishing you and yours a Blessed and Merry Christmas – Pastor Clinton & Dr. Mary L. House

23 “Behold, THE VIRGIN shall be with child and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel” which, when translated, means, “God with us.” 24 Then Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and he took Mary [to his home] as his wife, 25 but he kept her a virgin until she had given birth to a Son [her firstborn child]; and he named Him Jesus (The Lord is salvation).

Matthew 1:23-25 (AMP)

 

 

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O Give Thanks 2017

BUILDING A SPIRIT OF PRAYER IN THE HOME

During the week of O Give Thanks, each member of MFM should select 30 minutes that they will dedicate to prayer and quiet time in the home.

With all members participating, there will be many people praying every hour of the day for strength and development of individual families as well as the Body of Christ.

VETERANS OF FASTING & PRAYER

For those of you who are seasoned in fasting and prayer, you may want to fast two or more days continuously.   This is fine, just exercise wisdom

CORPORATE PRAYER

Together, we will lift our voices in prayer for the following:

Pastor & First Family Church               Family     The Body of Christ     Children/Youth The Vision of MFM

Ministry Leaders   City, Country, Nation     Community   President & First Family       Government

Law Enforcement   Firefighters           Mayor    Peace      Freedom                 Incarcerated          Sick

Bereaved                Missions                 Armed Forces        Veterans

We are asking each family to adopt one or two other families to carry in prayer during the week of O’ Give Thanks. Pray that the Lord bless, keep and shine His face upon them, gives them grace, keeps His face before them, gives them peace, that His name shall be theirs. (Numbers 6:24-27).

1) THE NORMAL FAST: Luke 4:2 (To abstain from eating)

2) THE ABSOLUTE FAST: Acts 9:9 (To abstain from eating & drinking)

3) THE PARTIAL FAST: Daniel 10:3 (To abstain from certain foods)

Benefits to Fasting

  • Develops humility
  • Strengthens the inner man
  • Looses the bands of wickedness
  • Releases heavy burdens and freedom from oppression
  • Manifestation of God’s power
  • Brings the church family into greater unity and growth
  • Opens the door for you to receive God’s anointing and fresh revelation
  • Increases faith
  • Gives you the power to gain victory over the sins of the flesh
  • Breaks addictions (food, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, gambling, etc.)

Prayer

Prayer is an important part of your Spiritual growth. It is two-way communication with God. We can talk to the Lord any time and any place. In prayer, God reveals His plans and purpose for our lives. It is in prayer where we receive direction, spiritual warfare strategies, and wisdom.

Types of Prayer

Personal Prayer: Taking your petitions and supplications before God.
Be careful with nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplications with thanksgiving let your requests be known unto God. Philippians 4:6

Intercessory: Praying on behalf of others as the Spirit of God leads.

Corporate: Praying together collectively as a church for the Body of Christ, the nation and it’s leaders, kingdom advancement.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14

 

How to Pray
Learning to pray begins by making the choice to be alone with God. You must set aside time each day to meet with Him. Find a place where you won’t be distracted or interrupted.
O God, thou are my God; early will I seek thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; Psalm 63:1

 

Home /Work/  School

At home, work, or school do the following when  appropriate:

  1. Read your Bible
  2. Stay prayerful.
  3. Maintain a quiet, spiritual state of mind
  4. Refrain from unnecessary talking.
  5. Encourage someone with words of love or kindness.
  6. Refrain from watching television, reading newspapers, and Internet activities. (During the week of consecration, knowledge of world events can weigh you down).
  7. Plan in-the-home activities for the family.
  8. Read the Bible together, as well as interesting fun books
  9. Play Bible games.
  10. Abstain from game consoles, internet gaming, and computer-based games.
  11. Develop a family hobby or individual hobbies.
  12. Write letters or notes to loved ones and friends.
  13. Enjoy the Word on audio and video recordings.
  14. Go to bed at a reasonable hour and get plenty of rest.

 

May God continue to bless your faithfulness to this Church. Your dedication, commitment, and love for God are the key to the success of this ministry. Without a true love for Him, we could not achieve the ultimate goal and purpose of God. Your individual blessings lie in your commitment to Jesus Christ, and our corporate blessings will be accomplished because we love Him and have made the choice to follow His will.

 

FASTING SCHEDULE

The time of fasting will commence Sunday at 12:00 midnight and conclude at 4:00p.m.on Friday.

The Daniel (Partial)  Fast Monday, Wednesday and Friday (fruit, vegetables, water, juice).

The Total Fast: Tuesday and Thursday. You should have nothing to eat or drink during fasting hours on Tuesday and Thursday.

Eat only one meal after 4:00p.m.each day of fasting schedule. Feel free to have a healthy snack with juice and water following your meal. 

Fasting Schedule 2017

11-13 through 11-17

Fast begins when you go to bed Sunday night  (Mon 12 am) Nov 13th and concludes Friday, Nov 17th at 4 pm.  On Monday, Wednesday and Friday you should only have water, fruit & vegetables if you are doing Daniel Fast after 4 pm you may have a light meal and a snack before bed. On Tuesday and    Thursday (Total Fast) you should have nothing to eat or drink until 4 pm. After 4 pm you may have a light meal and a snack before bed.

O’ Give Thanks

Every year during the month of November (Monday, November 13th at midnight — Friday, November 17th at 4:00 pm), Mountaintop Faith Ministries (MFM) embarks upon a week of ‘O Give Thanks, a week of consecration; reflecting on God’s goodness, His mercy and His grace towards us. It is during this time that we empty out or vacate our “house” and allow Jesus to take over and occupy our life in every aspect (mental, physical, financial, social and most of all spiritual). We exchange what we need to survive for what we need to live and that is Christ.

Fasting is a faith-move. We believe that because we are empty and ready to receive from God that the Holy Spirit will speak to us more clearly, filling us with His wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

From a physical aspect, fasting helps to detox our bodies, especially, if we replace food with fresh water.  Fasting helps reduce clogged arteries and lowers heart disease. So as we go through the week of ‘O Give Thanks, let us fast, pray, mediate and praise God for this is truly the embodiment of health and wellness.

Someone once said, “Fasting without prayer is just dieting.”  When you are doing a spiritual fast, it automatically comes by “prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:21). And so in health and wellness we do not “diet;” but rather, we ‘cleanse’ and focus on the entire body, mind and soul.

Prayer – taking time out to communicate with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through word or thought.

Fasting- a willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time.

Healthy Eating – eating a variety of foods that give you nutrients such as: protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy.

Wellness – the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.

Once you complete the MFM week of ‘O Give Thanks, make sure you keep it going.  Take time out weekly to fast & pray.  MFM has established every Wednesday from 12 midnight to 4 pm as their Corporate Day of fasting.  Join us, simply “Get in where you fit in.”

Note: Please consult your doctor / health professional before beginning any fast.

By Tracy Byrd, Fitness Instructor

‘Nevada Pro Bono Services’

The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada’s Mission is to the preservation of access to justice and the provision of quality legal counsel, advice and representation for individuals who are unable to protect their rights because they cannot afford an attorney.  How this legal service is provided is through the Pro Bono Project. 

The Pro Bono Project coordinates private attorneys who generously volunteer to provide free legal services to individual who cannot afford an attorney.  While the attorneys do not charge clients their hourly rates, clients are responsible for any cost in the case that cannot be waived. 

Through the Project, pro bono attorneys provide assistance with matters including, but not limited to, real estate, consumer fraud, bankruptcy, and family law, including representation of domestic violence victims and child victims of abuse. 

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE THE PRO BONO PROJECT PROVIDES

The Pro Bono Project matches private attorney volunteers with low-income individuals in need of assistance in the following areas:

  • Adoption
  • Bankruptcy
  • Child Abuse/Neglect (Representing Children)
  • Civil/Consumer
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence

 

The above list is not exclusive of the areas of assistance.  It is also important to note that they DO NOT provide assistance with criminal, employment, personal injury, or traffic matters. 

To apply for services, residents of Clark County must meet financial guidelines established the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. 

If an applicant meets the initial requirements, the applicant will be scheduled for an interview with an intake advocate. The applicant will be required to provide proof of all Household income and documents related to the case. 

Once all necessary intake information has been provided, the case will be considered by a review committee.  The committee will determine whether we will assist the applicant based on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, merits of the case and availability of volunteers.  

If the committee decides to accept the case, the applicant will then be placed on a waiting list while we begin the process of trying to match the case with an available volunteer attorney. This process typically takes between 30 and 90 days. 

Once a person is accepted for service, they MUST: 

  1. Keep the Project informed of any changes in contact information;
  2. Notify the Project immediately of any changes in household income;
  3. While on the waiting list, inform the Project of any developments in your case and provide us with copies of any documents received from the court or opposing party;
  4. Be prompt and prepared for all meetings with the volunteer attorney; and
  5. Be prepared to pay any costs associated with your case (You will not be charged attorney’s fees, but volunteer attorneys are not necessarily agreeing to pay out of their pockets for costs in your case. 

For more information, please contact the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada @ 702-386-1070.

By Tanika Capers, Esq.

 

Question: “What does the Bible say about managing your finances?”

Answer: The Bible has a lot to say about managing finances. Concerning borrowing, the Bible generally advises against it.

See Proverbs 6:1-5; 20:16; 22:7, 26-27 (“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender…. Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you”). Over and over again, the Bible warns against the accumulation of wealth and encourages us to seek spiritual riches instead. Proverbs 28:20: “A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.” See also Proverbs 10:15; 11:4; 18:11; 23:5.

Proverbs 6:6-11 offers wisdom concerning laziness and the financial ruin that inevitably results. We are told to consider the industrious ant who works to store up food for itself. The passage also warns against sleeping when we should be working at something profitable. A “sluggard” is a lazy, slothful person who would rather rest than work. His end is assured-poverty and want. At the other end of the spectrum is the one who is obsessed with gaining money. Such a one, according to Ecclesiastes 5:10, never has enough wealth to satisfy him and must be constantly grasping more and more. First Timothy 6:6-11 also warns against the trap of desiring wealth.

Rather than desiring to heap riches upon ourselves, the biblical model is one of giving, not getting. “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). We are also encouraged to be good stewards of what God has given us. In Luke 16:1-13, Jesus told the parable of the dishonest steward as a way of warning us against poor stewardship. The moral of the story is “So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” (v. 11). We are also responsible to provide for our own household, as 1 Timothy 5:8 reminds us: “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

In summary, what does the Bible say about managing money? The answer can be summarized with a single word-wisdom. We are to be wise with our money. We are to save money, but not hoard it. We are to spend money, but with discretion and control. We are to give back to the Lord, joyfully and sacrificially. We are to use our money to help others, but with discernment and the guidance of God’s Spirit. It is not wrong to be rich, but it is wrong to love money. It is not wrong to be poor, but it is wrong to waste money on trivial things. The Bible’s consistent message on managing money is to be wise. If you need financial help, you can inquire more through Christian Financial Concepts – http://www.crown.org.

Recommended Resource: The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

Information taken from: https://www.gotquestions.org/managing-finances.html

 

 

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