PRAY for Israel…POWERFUL Speech By Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fell silent for 40 seconds during his U.N. speech to protest what he called the world’s silence on Iran’s threats to Israel. The end is near Church. (Click image to see full speech, or use link below)

“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2015/10/01/full_video_israeli_prime_minister_benjamin_netanyahu_slams_iran_deal_at_united_nations.html

Give me a Home Bible Study lest I perish!!!

AMVETS_Memorial_Bridge“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name…”          (Matthew 28:19)

Has it been four years already? If you’ve followed this blog for anytime, you will already know that a little over four years ago my family and I moved to a new town 30 miles from where we had lived for much of our marriage. It’s a beautiful town… with wonderful people.

Just recently, my husband and I have injected ourselves into the community. Though we are still busy in our local church at our previous location, we know if we are to win this new community for the Lord, we must first get to know them. I have become very involved in the PTA and find myself in the schools weekly. This is really important to me because not only am I helping our schools to run more effectively for our precious children, but I also get to connect with the other moms and teachers in my community.

Last week, I finally went walking at the field in town with one of the moms from my son’s school. It was actually fun! Sometimes I go walking by myself at the State Park but Hubby gets a lot concerned about me walking alone in that hugh park – where is his faith right?  So it was really exciting to finally have a friend to walk with, and I’m praying a Home Bible study will develop soon.

Hubby, with his crazy schedule, has also found a way to become a part of our community. He has taken on the responsibility of coaching one of the basketball teams at our Middle School! That was totally a God thing! God opened that door at the time we needed it and Hubby walked right through it.  Somehow though, I think this is more play than work for him, Ha! He is having way too much fun, studying plays and “practicing” with our son Jonathan, who is also on his team. Coaching will give him the opportunity to connect with the dads in our community, make some friends and hopefully get a home bible study. I am praying hard for him though, because as a Bible Quizzing coach myself, it can be a little tricky working with parents when their children are involved. He will need the wisdom of God to keep everyone friendly and on the same winning page 😉

All these efforts may seem futile, however the driving force behind all these endeavors is a burden to win our neighbors to the Lord. We no longer want to hide our heads in the sand as we drive to our wonderful home church 30 miles away to worship our magnificent, saving God.  I will no longer make excuses or pray for God to send someone else, while countless fathers, mothers, children, and young adults have no idea that Repentance, baptism in Jesus name and the gift of the Holy Ghost is available to lift the guilt of sin and break the invisible, but very real, chains that hold them captive.

Having great conversations with my neighbors about our kids, homes, dogs and the supermarket in town that is closing; is no longer enough. Going to birthday parties, play dates and working together on the stage display is an inditement to my soul, because I know the whole time that if  I don’t say something, this soul might be lost for ever.

The Lord has laid this burden heavily on ours hearts and we cannot shake it, neither do we want to shake it. We don’t know how, we have so many fears, so many questions and so many concerns, but they all pale in the light of eternity. “Who will go?” the Master asks, “send me… send me. If the Lord wants someone I’ll go.”

Please help us pray, as I pray for you – apostolic families all over this great nation, to put our sickles in the harvest. The end is nearer than when we first believe. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain…” (John 15:16) 

Fasting and Prayer Wednesday…

Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. (Matthew 17:21)

When I blogged consistently, Wednesdays would be “Fasting and Prayer Wednesday”. Though I stopped blogging about it for a while, I still tried my best to fast every Wednesday. I have other days that I fast for other things for e.g., I fast one day for my husband and his ministry, I fast another day for God to open doors regarding a burden he has placed on my family’s heart, but I can’t seem to get away from my church’s general Wednesday fast. I guess its just so ingrained in me from childhood.

Since I’m testing my toes in the sea of blogging again, I want to encourage you to fast. The scripture referenced above is taken from a passage where “Jesus rebuked the devil” out of a concerned father’s son, and immediately “the child was cured from that very hour.” (Matthew 17:18) His disciples had tried before but to no avail, and Jesus was a little impatient with them, “and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you?” (Matthew 17:17)

Feeling discouraged, the disciples took Jesus to the side and asked, “Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed , ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit, this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:19-21)

This was definitely a challenging situation, this need was urgent. The demons were throwing the young man often into the fire and often into the water. So the father needed help for his son and he needed it fast! His son’s life was in jeopardy!

Somehow it seems that the situations we face today are ALL so challenging, so urgent. Similar to a woman, who is about to be delivered of her baby. She is feeling contractions and they are coming fast, right on the heels of each other.

Our challenges are coming fast and forceful because of the time. The church is about to be delivered out of this world and the enemy is throwing his strongest blows. God has allowed it because we need to be built up in faith, we need to remove the dross that is buried deep in our hearts that even we are not aware of. Until a forceful situation arises in our lives and we respond like the drunk down the street. We are surprised because we think we are “perfect” but God is not surprised, he knows that our “heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it.” (Jeremiah 17:9)

If we intend to survive, we have to take authority over these challenging situations and utterly destroy them, I mean cut its head off. But we will not be able to do that unless we are strong in faith. Unless we build up our faith muscles through prayer and fasting. Fasting doesn’t remove the situation; but it strengthens US, that we have faith to defeat it. Remember when God told Moses to go up and posses the land, the people were weak in faith – they didn’t trust God, so they said we can’t go up because there are giants in the land. But after forty years, Joshua said let us go up and because the people believed God, they went up and took the land. They had faith in God and God honored their faith!

When WE are strengthened through fasting and prayer – our spirit grows, our faith in God is secure, and our flesh is buffeted. Woe be to that demon that tries to mess with us or our family. We speak destruction upon the enemy’s devices in faith and God backs us up!

So I encourage you, pull out your fasting and dust it off. Let us strengthen the church, through fasting and prayer.

Paula

ants chased me off the deck…

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 We had so much fun! At first it was only going to be the kids and I at my husband’s impromptu barbeque (those are my favorites), but my son Jonathan got so excited he shared the good news with his little friend – not the gospel, I wish he would be as eager to share God’s good news, please pray for him – then his friend asked his dad “can we go to Jonathan’s barbeque”, his dad decided it was a great idea and even brought food, Haha!

We hadn’t used the deck all summer, we have been so busy traveling for Bible Quizzing and vacation and hosting and weddings and back to school, and preparing for Hyphen Conference (let me pause here to emphatically say that this Saturday, September 12th, UAT is the place to be! 20524 Hollis Ave., Jamaican NY 11412. NY Metro District Hyphen Conference Synergy!!!) And, we may not have used it at all if we weren’t having guests over. So as was my yearly custom when spring rolls around – only this time it was the end of summer, I grab my dishwashing liquid, an old broom and my hose and got to work scrubbing and washing the deck. The kids enjoy helping with the hose and I love it because I know its clean and the kids and I can run around bare feet without worry 🙂

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So our little barbecue turned into a wonderful time fellowshipping with brothers and sisters of like precious faith. I was a little concerned because even after four (4) years of living here we still had no patio furniture. My husband ran to BJ’s and picked up 2 additional chairs – we already had two that we travel with in our car – to put out on the deck. Our friends could not have cared less that we had no  “patio furniture”, everyone just walked around and had a great time.

This morning because I hadn’t use it in such a long time, after the kids left for school I decided to read my bible on the deck. before long I was brushing ants off the chairs and skipping like a crazy woman towards the back door trying to avoid stepping on them, WHAT?!?! A body can’t relax without getting attacked, ugh!

They came for the spilled juice that I couldn’t see but they could smell, and the yummy smell of little barbecue oil splatters from the grill. So you know what I had to do? You guessed it! I had to wash the deck again! Off I went to get my broom, dishwashing liquid and water. Needless to say my hands are officially sore, don’t ask how I’m able to type this blog post, I have no idea, Haha!

Close up of the peppers my kids are nurtured from a tiny leaf bud...

Close up of the peppers my kids nurtured from a tiny leaf bud…

So as you can see, I’m blogging again… We’ll see where this goes, but my heart is to encourage you in prayer, fasting and studying the word of God. I hope also to be encouraged by you. We are living in a time when the church needs to stick together, there is no question about it. United we stand divided we fall.  I do hope this is a place you will visit often 🙂 See you soon for some more happenings in your life and mine on Apostolic Talk!

Paula

Paula Nelson Co. now has a Clothing Line!!!

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PNskirt3 copyI have taken a huge leap of FAITH! After much prayer and deliberation, I am now in the process of creating a Paula Nelson Clothing Line. Of course I’m nervous. On some days I am absolutely sure this is what I am suppose to be doing, while on other days I am close to tears and asking myself “what on earth do you think you’re doing?” But I feel led to continue, the benefits of this endeavor (which I will share in detail in a later post) far out weigh the disadvantages. In short, I am persuaded that a modest, stylish clothing line is a necessity for our Apostolic young girls, teens and ladies alike in this society.

So without further adieu: This Winter (or what’s left of it), Paula Nelson Co is introducing KNITTED SKIRTS in a variety of colors and styles! I am calling this introductory line; the Blue Line. We will maintain our signature black and white polka dots, and the same care and meticulousness that you are accustomed to in our Paula Nelson hat. However this year we are introducing an element of blue in most of the advertised pieces.

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This winter blue, cabled, knee length, carefully hand knitted skirt for both girls and ladies, is the first piece in the blue line! Multicolored Ribbing on the hem of this skirt beautifully accents the contrasts of garters, knits and purl stitches. Wear this piece in concert with thick grey, white or black stockings for a stunning winter look!

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So there you have it! Begin to see yourself on the next cold winter day in your elegant, chic, warm hand knitted skirt. I need your support 🙂 Order one for yourself or for the precious little girl in your life! More pictures of different styles coming soon. So check back weekly for a new stylish design.

Orders can be made at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PaulaNelsonCo

More from the Blue line:

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Like us on Facebook at:https://www.facebook.com/PaulaNelsonCo to see many more pictures of our creations.

And  “follow” Apostolic Talk to get all new post directly in your email. I will be having a promotion soon where the person who refers the most people to our Facebook page will get one of these skirts free of charge in the size and length of your choice! A blessed and prosperous new year to you all!

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Christmas Caroling with the Youth Group!

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Left to right: John, Me, Joel and Liz

Looking back over Christmas 2014, I have to conclude that it was one of THE busiest Christmases I’ve had in my life! But I wouldn’t trade it for anything! “Burn yourself out for the kingdom”, a friend encouraged me some time back. And honestly, that is my heart’s desire, to live out my life fully for the cause of Christ. “…Is there not a cause?” David asked when he saw that uncircumcised Phillistine threatening his people.

YES! there is a cause. I am sickened by the reports I hear about the condition of this world: Young children are being abused emotionally, physically and sexually by hurt, desensitized, confused adults. Teenagers and elderly people alike are taking their own lives, and hollywood has lost all sense of reason in what they produce for our innocent little children. I must make a difference at all cost, I don’t always know how, the problem is so big and I’m just one person. But when God opens a door I will walk boldly through it.

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So this Christmas, the youth committee at our church came up with some brilliant ideas to impact our community during the holiday season. A team of our young people, under the banner of “Spread the Cheer”, visited the children’s cancer hospital and were privileged to give gifts to the precious children there. They testified, as did the team last year, that they were deeply impacted by the experience. Last year my husband said he had to turn aside to cry, when the nurses explained that many of the children would not make it. The precious faces and innocent eyes of these beautiful children leaves an indelible impression on our young people.

We were not allowed to pray or lay hands on. But next year (if the Lord should tarry), I pray that when we walk through the rooms the shadow from our bodies will heal the sick! Hey, I believe it can happen. It’s been done before! “…eyes hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart o man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him…”! 1 Corinthians 2:9

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Items for Spread the Warmth being sorted on my dining table

Under the banner of “Spread the Warmth”, in one night, our youth delivered over one thousand dollars worth of winter hats, scarves, gloves and socks to the shelter near our church. And I was privileged -Joel and I actually – to take part in the purchase of these articles of warm clothing. This was so fulfilling; shopping in the busy stores in the middle of the holiday season, trying my best to match the ages and genders from the list given to us by the shelter with things I hope these families would love. It was also very interesting for someone like me on a budget, who refuses to spend money on anything of poor quality.

Young people preparing gift bags

Young people preparing gift bags

But God made a way! Everyone on the list received hats, most times with matching scarves, warm socks, gloves and mittens that I or any of my children would be proud to wear. At target, I explained what the purchase was for, and the managers took five dollars off some snazzy warm hats I wanted to purchase for the mothers. I was so excited, these hats will last and keep them warm through many winters.

Distribution of Spread the Warmth gifts

Distribution of Spread the Warmth gifts

At Walmart, I purchased matching hats and scarves for girls ages 5 to 17 years old, the hats and scarves were five dollars each, ten dollars per child. As we rung up the purchase the cashier saw one hat tagged for two dollars and without a word from me, she proceeded to call for a manager, the manager then agreed to give me all the hats for two dollars!  What a blessing!

Singing Christmas carols as we distribute gifts

Singing Christmas carols as we distribute gifts

I rejoiced in those bargain moments 🙂 but my greatest joy came when I saw a precious little eight years old girl (gifts were labeled by age), dig into her sparkly gift bag and pulled out out a matching scarf and hat set. She smiled widely then donned her hat and wrapped her scarf securely around neck, I couldn’t hold back the tears.

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A few of our young people made history in our town by being the first to go caroling in front of the local Best Buy and also at the beautiful Cross County Mall in our city. Our “MVP”, affectionately called Sis. Angie 🙂 reported that the mall’s management team graciously turned off their overhead music for our Youth as they sang! WHAT!!!

caroling1Last but certainly not least was the FIRST EVER CROSSHEIRS YOUTH RETREAT 2014!!! This was a vision of our Pastor to see the young people have a retreat at the end of the year, we tried last year but it didn’t materialize. But this year, because it was God’s will and also because of the amazing Youth Committee Team we were able to host our first ever CYR 2014!!

 

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Split Sessions

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Praise and Worship

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Split Sessions

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Everyone raved about having an awesome time in the Lord. The preached word of God was RICH and powerful, the songs were anointed and ENERGETIC! The prayer was PASSIONATE and the fellowship was REAL!!

The only thing more I can say about that is: Be There This Year at CYR 2015 (if the Lord should tarry)!

I’ll be back soon with more on our Holiday activities and a big exciting announcement I will be making regarding my plans for this year. May God richly bless you on this very special first day of the Year 2015 🙂

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours, and a very Happy New Year! The day after Thanksgiving, Friday November 28, the kids and I started to decorate our home for Christmas. We did very small touches of decorating in each room throughout the house. Here’s a fun, quick tour of a few of those rooms:

We took down our Fall wreath and hung our Christmas wreath on the front door. Then in our family room we added some poinsettias to the mantel. That red vase on the center table is there year round but it does add a festive Christmas look to the room.

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In our dining room, I added some more poinsettias and candles on top of the piano…

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…and also on the dining table.

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The above picture is our dining table after we decorated for the holidays, and below is  right before Christmas dinner.

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In the Kitchen we hung a small home made wreath by the window facing the backyard.

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And that’s it!

Simple, but very enjoyable to our family. Oh! And how could I forget to mention that my husband has been streaming Christmas music through the house since before Thanksgiving 🙂

This Christmas was jammed packed with activities! I’ll be back soon to share with you some of these activities and pictures as well. Until then, enjoy these last few hours of 2014 with your family. What a blessing that God has spared our lives to see another year, in Jesus name.