Celebrating the Gift of L.O.V.E

“Thus says the LORD: The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; 3 when Israel sought for rest, the LORD appeared to him from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. 4 Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel! Again you shall adorn yourself with tambourines and shall go forth in the dance of the merrymakers…” Jeremiah 31:2-4ESV
It is that time to celebrate Love and Black history; although each of them in their respected places is well-deserving of this celebration, each one should be a part of our daily lives 365 days a year. African Americans have a rich heritage to be proud of, and it cannot be contained exclusively for one month. I felt the need to concentrate on what so many repel from: The Gift of Love and why it is so important to some and not important to others. I have heard the comments and even said them myself, “it is just another day, couples should show love to their mates intimately and authentically. Another good one, singles should learn how to celebrate themselves until the right one comes along. “
As we rethink the relentless conversations about this topic, we have to look deeper into this. Those comments are true, but I wanted to give you a revelation of why we should celebrate Valentine’s Day 2021. During these tedious times in our nation that we all have had to survive, the transition of job losses, stresses and relational disparities, deaths, and uncertainties, the one thing that COVID taught us is the value of saying ” I LOVE YOU.” This day has been set aside as a holiday of expression. If we celebrate all other holidays, then why can’t we do the same for this one? Meet the expectation and go the extra mile to show someone just how important they are! Change your routine and do something different, enjoy the ambiance of love and all that it entails. I have not been single in a long time; however, you need to know that you are a rare commodity and that God has not slighted you. It is a beautiful moment when you can appreciate you and all that you offer. Smile! Do not allow one day or a month to alter the plans of preparation for your special day.
Husbands go the distance. I am challenging us to change the repetition; women deserve to be treated like a queen. I want to encourage each of you not to lose the expectation of what LOVE means to both of you! Celebrate the day that you said, “I DO” and say “I DO” AGAIN, over a cup of coffee, breakfast, lunch, or dinner; better yet, cook at home! Take the pressure off of an expensive dinner; what if she likes pizza; have her one delivered at work! Put a note on the mirror.  I came across this acronym for L.O.V.E. and thought how befitting.
L- Listen to yourself and your mate
O-Observe your connection to yourself and your mate
V- Visualize and speak wholeness and life over yourself and your mate.
E-Express yourself to your mate, and if you are single, express your desire to God for a mate.
Remember, our actions and words have an impact. In the scripture above, the Love of God bought healing, restoration, and joy back to Israel. What are you waiting for? Celebrate and make this month one to remember. Reset your Love Language. I am praying that this will be a month of Celebration and Victory.
Pastor House

 

Glimpse of Divine Promises September 2020

The Glimpse of Divine Promises

While reading the book of Noah, we were able to get a “Glimpse” of his unwavering faith. Through this, we watched him trust the vision that God had given Him following the flood and the receding of the waters.  I often wonder how it must have felt, hearing from God in a way he never had, instructing him to do something he’d never done. Noah had to train himself to follow orders from God because his simple act of obedience would be the ingress to the restarting of a generation. He had to have a keen sensitivity to the voice of God, despite people not understanding his purpose.  Coming into this new season, I wanted to uplift your spirit because 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. However, in the midst of it all, I want you to know that God is with us.  In our life, we often struggle with whether God is still speaking and or listening to us about His promises concerning our future.  Let us recap Noah working with God in 6 keys of Trusting the Process.  Even to obtain a glimpse, we must begin with the Law of Obedience.

  • After Noah’s obedience – “God’s Plan” Follow it
  • After Noah road through the storm – “God’s Security” Trust it
  • After 40 days Noah sent out the raven – “God’s Timing” Believe It
  • After Noah sent the dove after waiting seven days – “God’s waiting Period” Rest in It
  • After Noah waited seven more days, he re-sent the dove – “God’s Glimpse of the Promise” Expect It
  • After Noah waited seven additional days on purpose – “Self-Discipline” Learn to Trust the process of it

Like Noah had to go through the strategic systems of faith and development, so should we.

I wanted to encourage you in our former scripture in Genesis 8:5: “And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.”

I believe that September will be our month to adjust, reestablish, and make plans, rebirth ideas, and to regain our focus on the promises that became blurred over the last six months.  I believe that by the time October hits, we will see progress.  Stay hopeful and expect to see what God has promised you.   I want you to know, entering into this new season of “Reopening,” that God has not forsaken you.  I am always praying for your much success.

After this, you will see the promise.

Pastor Clinton House

Coronavirus Response

The spread of the coronavirus has caused a level of fear and anxiety in many people.  We know that God is in control and that He has not given us the spirit of fear. Yet, we do not take this situation lightly and understand the importance of operating with wisdom.  We are closely monitoring the news of the coronavirus and paying attention to guidance published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

While there have only been a handful of presumptively confirmed cases in Nevada, we are taking precautionary measures to ensure a safe place to gather and worship at MFM.  Until the virus is contained, MFM will implement the additional safety measures while our weekly services continue.

ILLNESS:
If you are ill, please enjoy the service online.  This will ensure that you recover more quickly and do not pass on an illness to others.  You can go to mfmnv.org for information on streaming.

COMMON AREAS:

Doors and surfaces in common areas and the bathrooms will be wiped down more frequently.  Additionally, more hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed in the common areas.

GREETINGS & PRAYER:

To minimize contact with other congregants, MFM volunteers will replace the customary handshake or hug, with a friendly verbal greeting.

During greeting time in services, you should greet one another with smiles and waves instead of handshakes.

During prayer, we will not link hands but may, instead, place our hands on each other’s shoulders or elbows.

OFFERING:
We recommend that you give online at mfmnv.org or by using MFM’s mobile app or text-to-give to reduce the potential spread of viruses through handling money; however, we are still accepting checks and cash.

KIDS & YOUTH AREAS:

We will wipe down all surfaces and toys with an appropriate disinfectant more frequently.

As always, we ask that you do not bring your children to services or Kingdom Kids if they are sick.

 

PREVENTION:
We strongly encourage you to become educated on the coronavirus by visiting the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) website or the Southern Nevada Health District’s website.  (A notice from the CDC is attached for your convenience.)

Here are some basic preventative measures:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away and immediately wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Let’s pray for those negatively affected by the virus and work together to prevent its spread.

Sincerely,

 

Pastor Clinton House

January 2020 Year of Divine Reversal

YEAR OF DIVINE REVERSAL

“Call to me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.”
Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV)

What He is going to show you, speak to you, release to you, reveal to you in 2020
are going to be things that you have NEVER seen.

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Welcome to the year of massive benefits. I am so excited that we have entered into ten years of new beginnings, God opportunities, readjustments, and reclaiming our years. In 2020, I have prayed and decreed over our lives that this will be the opening of years of divine reversal of everything that was on hold, lacking behind, broken, or lost. I have been trusting God for total recovery, and this will be an amazing year of uncommon victories. God is declaring over His people that; we will not have to work and labor hard for our harvest. God is releasing and removing things at the same time; however, it is working in our favor. He is saying rest and receive your blessings. There are things that will come looking for you this year, and you will see long-awaited prayers answered. This will be a year of prophetic miracles, provision, and fulfillment. Just as the Lord took seven loaves of bread and fed a multitude, so shall it be that supernaturally the Lord will take our little and make it great. Many will go from not having anything to having more than enough! 2020 is our year to live in our fields of harvest, I am excited and awaiting our months of seeing the hand of the Father in operation. I believe that God has been preparing us for the best years of our lives. God has been watching your potential and not your trial; He is ready to reward you for making it through your years of drought.

The number 20 is associated with a trial, a period of waiting, and if successfully completed, the reward is generous and full of God’s love. The number 20 in the Bible symbolizes the cycles of completeness. It is not so widely used, but often it is connected to a period of waiting, laboring, or suffering that is compared to a trial and afterward rewarded. Jacob waited 20 years to get his wives and property and be released from his father-in-law. Solomon was building a house for himself and God; it was 20 years until he got a place to live. Jabin, the Canaan king, was oppressing the Israelites for 20 years until Deborah and Barak managed to release them from the trouble. God told Abraham that if he finds at least 20 righteous people in the city of Sodom and Gomorrah, he will not ruin them. We have entered into the years that everything changes.

It is time to celebrate and walk with great expectations of the divine access that has been released over this new decade. Open your mouth and decree that these next ten years shall be filled with the manifested promises of God. “Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he will hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows. Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee, and light shall shine upon thy ways.” Job 22:27-28. This brand-new decade will bring about willpower inside of us. You will have the determination and grit to no longer stand on the outside of your dream and purpose, looking in. Instead, in this year of 2020 and beyond, you will seize territory with every step you take.

Welcome to our year of Greater

Pastor House