God Shared His Heart

Some time ago at Amazing Grace Worship Center, God shared His heart with Pastor Keven and me.heart

It all began when a young adult I had worked with expressed difficulty in their marriage.

We spoke a couple times regarding it, and I thought everything was on the mend.

I mentioned to my husband, Pastor Keven, that we should consider having a marriage conference at AGWC, but truthfully, he was concerned of the attendance.  We certainly did not want to invite speakers only to have a few people attend.

Several months later this couple that had experienced difficulty divorced.

I wondered if we had hosted the marriage conference if that marriage could have been repaired.  That was enough.

Keven and I booked the only two people we knew that did marriage conferences, Jeremiah & Jean Castille of Stille Married Ministries.

Jeremiah & Jean Castille

We had a fantastic turnout!

And after surveying those who attended, it was clear couples (and singles who attended) wanted to learn more about investing in the person they intend to spend the rest of their life with.

Meanwhile, Keven and I continued to pray and fast about what God’s heart was for AGWC.

Where did He want us to focus?

What did He want us to put our energy into?

I began to have a strong sense to invest in families, but I explained to Keven that I didn’t even have a clue where to begin.

After speaking with people who were struggling in new marriages, in second marriages blending families, and even people who had been married 30+ years, we realized the marriage was the place to concentrate.

If the enemy can find a way in under the spiritual covering of the husband and wife, then the rest of the family will suffer.

And so we put our focus into building strong families.

A wonderful couple who attended AGWC nearly 16 years ago began attending and

David & Michelle McKinley

explained God had sent them back to AGWC to invest the talents they had learned.

Catching up, we found they had been in marriage coaching the last 10 years, and they expressed a desire to bring their expertise to AGWC.

God was already sending us the tools we needed to help build strong families.

And so, we are very excited to announce the new ministry at AGWC

Amazing Marriages

Let me tell you how it works:

  1. Couples visit the church website at www.amazinggracewc.org and click the Connect tab, then Amazing Marriages Marriage Coaching to learn more about the program.
  2. Should you decide to participate, you may click this link now:  http://www.amazinggracewc.org/amazing-marriages-coaching/ to submit your application.
  3. The application is received by our Marriage Ministry Directors, David & Michelle McKinley who will contact the couple concerning coaching.

It’s very private and very simple.

Ministries such as Amazing Marriages tend to fill up quickly and we expect a waiting list to form very soon.

If you or someone you know could benefit from this ministry, please feel free to apply or share the information.

They may also contact amazingmarriages@amazinggracewc.org for more information.

We are so excited that God has shared what is on His heart for His people, and we are working diligently to build stronger families.

Other steps we are taking is to hold a Fall Family Intersection Series on Wednesdays at 7 pm during October of this year.  Some of the topics include:

  • Being a Spiritual Covering as a Husband and Wife
  • How to Pray for Your Spouse
  • The Single Life
  • Leading Generationally, the Grandparent’s Perspective
  • The 5 Love Languages based on the best-seller by Gary Chapman

Families are so worth the invest.  After all, God invented them.

In the very beginning of the Bible, after God’s beautiful creation, it was not complete until Adam and Eve became the first family.

God’s original design for families is reflected in Genesis 1:28:

“Then God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it’.”

God’s plans for families is still the same.  We are to be strong families that enlarge and spread God’s presence all over the earth.

Since the beginning the enemy has been attempting to divert families from God’s plan for them.

At AGWC, we are getting busy to keep God’s plan on track for families as we bring hope, healing and restoration to marriages with our new Amazing Marriage Coaching Ministry.

A ministry of

Amazing Grace Worship Center

Amazing Grace Worship Center

The Devil Tells Lies

devilYou probably already know this.

Then, why do we fall for his tricks so often?

Let’s face it.  He can be pretty convincing at times.

Sometimes it helps just to remind ourselves of this truth…

The devil lies to you and me

Call to mind that issue that keeps plaguing you lately.

Now ask yourself

Does that thought bring me encouragement?

Does that thought bring me peace?

Does that thought lift my spirits?

Or are those thoughts causing depression, fear and discouragement?

If you tend to feel more like the last answers, guess where those thoughts are coming from?

You see, God’s thoughts are never fearful, never depressing and never discouraging.

That would be against His nature.

That’s a sure way to recognize, that even though the thought may seem very real,

It didn’t come from your Heavenly Father.

And you cannot afford to have a thought in your head that He doesn’t have in His.

So, what’s a person to do?

Sometimes thought bombard us so badly that we cannot seem to turn them off.

Rather than trying NOT to think about them, just simply choose to think on something else.  Let me give you an example…

In working with young people a lot, a common lie Satan tells them is

You will die young.

But that goes against God’s Word.  Psalms 91 explains that God wants to give us a long life.

The devil may retort with…

“Yes, but there are lots of good people that have died young.  That means you are a candidate too!”

And there is some truth to that statement.

He’s very good about putting enough truth in a statement to make you believe it.

But we do not know the circumstances that surround the deaths of every good, young person.

What we do know is what God’s Word has said.

Children who obey their parents are promised a long life (Exodus 20:12), plus the promise in the 23rd Psalm.

Wouldn’t it be a better idea to agree with what God has spoken than what the enemy has spoken to you?

Here’s another popular lie the enemy tries to sell us…

Your nerves are getting so bad you are going to have a nervous breakdown.


And you know as well as I do, some days are so bad that this almost seems true!

So, what’s a person to do on days like this?

Remember the words of the One who gave up His life so that we could have a wonderful life.

Take His words and turn them into declarations over your life because the power of life and death is in your tongue (Proverbs 18:21).

Recently, a young adult mentioned to me they had a headache all day.

They explained lies began to pour into their head that sounded like this:

“You have an aneurysm”

Immediately, fear gripped their heart.  “I have had a headache all day. Could this be the case?” they wondered.

But they knew this was not God’s nature for their life to be cut short, and so they began to say His promises of life aloud.

This is how we combat the lies the devil tells us.Bible

Knowing some of these lies have sounded familiar to you too, let me give you some Scriptural declarations to speak over your life:

God hears me when I pray, answers me, and delivers me from all my fears.  Ps. 34:4

God is holding my right hand and is telling me not to fear because He is helping me.         –Isa. 41:13

I have God’s peace because He gave it to me.  John 14:27

Lord, I thank you that you have granted me peace at all times and under all circumstances, whatever comes.  2 Thessalonians 3:16

Jesus came that I might be safe and sound.  John 3:17

I hope in God because he is reliable, trustworthy and faithful to His promises.                 –Hebrews 10:23

The righteous face troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue every time.  Ps 34:19

If you’ve been battling lies of the enemy, I strongly suggest copying and pasting these Scriptures, then printing them out and keeping them nearby for declaration.

You will be amazed the next time the devil comes to you in the night to cause you to experience anxiety and these Scriptural declarations rise up in your spirit and bring you peace.

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