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August News Letter

 
The Pentecostals of Billings Newsletter
All Nation's Day - Sunday August 29 - 2 PM August 2010
In This Issue
Goodbye to Friends
Youth Rummage Sale
20/20 Vision Challenge
August 2010 Calendar of Events
Forgiveness
Developing a Calm Spirit
The Voice of Truth
Have You Told Me . . .
Mexican Lasagna
 

Goodbye to Old Friends

As everyone knows Sister Nikkie and Sister Brittany are moving to Texas at the end of the month to attend Texas Bible College. The youth would like to wish them both the best of luck and thank them for all of the work they have put into our youth group. We will miss them very much and be praying for them as they go on to do God's work. It's not often we find friends that keep us in line or who believe in us and love us even if we are different from everyone else. We know these two girls will go on to great things but we thank God everyday for the chance we had to befriend them. Good luck Nikkie and Brittany, and God bless you.
 

Youth Rummage Sale

Saturday August 14

8 AM - 2 PM

Pentecostals of Billings Parking Lot

If you have donations please see April Coonfare.
 

20/20 Vision Challenge

Take the 20/20 Vision challenge and pray for your church.
The 20/20 Vision includes 3 tasks:
 
Pray 20 minutes a day.
 
Read the Bible 20 minutes a day.
 
Fast 20 hours a week.
 
This challenge is a simple sacrifice of your time to see things happen.
 
Bible Trivia
 
1. What was the age of Moses at the time of his demise?
 
2. According to one of the famous Bible quotes, what is the "root of all kinds of evil"?
 
3. What was it that Jacob had to become in order to marry Rachel?
4. How many books of the Bible are named for women?
 
5. What did the lords of the Philistines offer Delilah for revealing the secret of Samson's strength?

(See below for Answers!)
 
Trivia Answers -
1. 120 years Deuteronomy 34:7.

2. The love of money
1 Tim 6:10

3. Serve Laban for 14 years
Gen 29:16-30

4. Two - Ruth and Esther.

5. They promised the sum of 1,100 pieces of silver each, according to the Bible (Judges 16:5).
 
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Service Times:
Sunday: 10AM and 6 PM
Wednesday: 7 PM
Saturday Prayer: 7 PM
 
August 2010 Calendar of Events
Friday August 13: Youth Outreach @ park @ 7 PM
Saturday August 14: Youth Rummage Sale 8 AM - 2 PM
Sunday August 22: Women's Prison Service
Sunday August 29: All Nation's Day @ 2 PM
 
FORGIVENESS
By Mike Hansen
If someone were to ask you, "In one word, describe the Gospel of Jesus Christ", what would you say? Love, salvation, redemption? All of those are definitely a part. But, my response would be forgiveness.
 
Since Adam's fall in the Garden, man has been in a sinful state. The only way out is with God's forgiveness. So everything focuses on forgiveness or there is no hope. God instituted a plan in the Old Testament where man could effectively "roll his sins back" for a year, but the real problem wasn't solved until the death of the one pure sacrifice, Jesus Christ. He took the sins of the world, past, present, and future upon himself and died so those sins could be forgiven. How important is forgiveness to us? Without forgiveness, there is no everlasting life.
 
Without a doubt, we need God's forgiveness. But forgiveness is a two way street and that brings us to the hard part. Matthew 6:14,15 says "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive your trespasses. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Also, Mark 11:25 -And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any: that your Father also which is in Heaven may forgive you your trespasses." (Also read Matt 18:23-35).

One of the hardest things to do is forgive someone who has wronged you. There's just something about human nature that derives a certain amount of satisfaction in condemning someone who has not been fair to us. And yet Jesus, our perfect example, who wronged no one and did nothing to deserve his ultimate fate, found it in his heart
while hanging on the cross to say, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34). We, on the other hand, can easily hold a grudge even though we may have done something to deserve our treatment. And then we can even more easily hold a grudge when we haven't done anything to warrant negative treatment. "How dare they treat me like that. A pox on you and your household," we may say. But warranted or not, as Christians, this cannot be our attitude. James 5:9 says, "Grudge not one
against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door."

Besides our eternal destiny, there is another reason why forgiveness is so vital to our existence. Upon studying this, I was amazed at how many times forgiveness and healing were intertwined in Scripture. When Jesus was involved in His ministry on earth, He often transposed healing and sins being forgiven. Could there be a connection here that we may have overlooked?

Medicine and science have proven that individuals who carry grudges, animosities, and unforgiveness within themselves toward others have a greater propensity toward physical and mental illnesses (not to mention the spiritual implications) than do individuals who
have rid themselves of the anger and bitterness toward others. What we often fail to realize is how our negative feelings toward others affects us. The majority of people we are angry with are seldom aware of our deep resentment toward them. They go through life
unaffected by our bitterness and yet we are being eaten alive by those feelings every bit as much as someone with cancer.
Could it be that our lack of healing (whether emotional, spiritual, or even physical) is a result of our being unable to forgive those who we feel have wronged us in one way or another. It would definitely be presumptuous of me to say that this is always the case. And yet, I believe it is something that we need to take to the Lord in prayer. David prayed, "Search me O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and
lead me in the way everlasting." (Psalms 139:23,24)

I don't believe that God ever commanded us to do something that was detrimental to our well being. Everything He instructed was for our benefit. I encourage you to ask the Lord to help you overcome the obstacle of unforgiveness in your life. So many things will improve for you. You will be happier. Your relationships with others will suddenly become meaningful and fulfilling. The church will become more unified than it's ever been. And who knows. The physical infirmities you have been struggling with for so long may suddenly, miraculously disappear. It may be that God is just waiting for the "opportunity" to heal you.
 
DEVELOPING A CALM SPIRIT
By Mary Loudermilk
"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city." Proverbs 16:32
 
We live in an angry world. It seems that each week we read of another instance of this anger breaking loose and spilling onto an innocent bystander. We have even coined a phrase to describe the aggressive, often deadly, anger displayed on our highways-road rage.

Anger is a destructive emotion, and it is often directed at those nearest us-our family, our fellow workers, or even our brothers and sisters in Christ. If someone says or does something we don't like, they may receive a mean, curdling look, a rude comment, or a raised voice. Or, the angry one may refuse to talk, pouting and shutting the other out.

Benjamin Franklin once said, "Anger is never without reason, but seldom a good one." Often anger is caused by negative thoughts. When something happens, we interpret it in a negative rather than positive or neutral way. When we think negatively, we create anger.
Negative thoughts, in turn, may cause us to feel threatened by the situation. When things don't go as expected, we may feel off balance, out of control, and challenged.

The final ingredient in anger is a rush of adrenalin. This hormone fuels our emotions by causing our heart to race, our respiration to increase, skin temperature to rise, and blood pressure to go up. Anger is definitely not a healthy emotion.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 warns, "Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools."

Analyze your anger style. Is it "in" or "out"? Do you shout, kick, break, slam (anger out)? Or do you pout, sulk, clam-up (anger in)? Neither way is productive. The best anger style is self-control. You may have to work at this if you are by nature very emotional or easily excitable. James 1:19 admonishes us to "let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath."

You can control your response to situations and refuse to blow up or do a slow burn. Here are some steps you can use to defuse your anger.

Memorize Scripture and quote it when you feel anger rising. Pray and turn it over to God. It then becomes His problem, not yours. Take a walk. Literally remove yourself from the situation until you have time to cool down and discuss the problem rationally. Write it down instead of spilling it out. Lay it aside until the next day(and then toss). If you still lose control, don't get discouraged. Ask God's help to do better next time.

If you use the above tools consistently, you will break the anger cycle. You will be exercising self-control. Solomon, a very wise man, said, "He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit (Proverbs 17:27).

"The fruit of the spirit is . . . self-control" (Galatians 5:23, NKJV).
 
THE VOICE OF TRUTH
Making your heart sensitive to God and what he wants you to do in this world is a hard thing. Many of us become like Jonah and run away from what God has called us to do. We have just been lucky that no giant fish has swallowed us!

When God spoke to my heart a few years back to start a devotional prayer group at work it took me awhile to listen and become sensitive to what he wanted me to do. I had an open door with my boss giving me the okay to do it once a week on our 15 minute break, but even though I had the okay it took me a month or two to really do it. Why? Because I was scared of what others would think. Because I really didn't know how to go about it. I didn't expect anyone to come. Because I would not only be known as a "dress lady" but also a "women of prayer" How ridiculous is that! It was silly but that is what the enemy wants us to think.

As I was on my way to work one morning I was praying for God to help me with this issue I was having with getting it going and reaching for those lost souls. The song "The Voice of Truth" from Casting Crowns came on the radio and as I was listening to the words it was shown to me what I really was doing. I was listening to the giant that was telling me that I would never win.

I won't make a change in anyone. I couldn't do it, I am a nobody. But when it came to the part -"but the voice of truth tells me a different story, the voice of truth says do not be afraid, the voice of truth says this is for my glory. Out of all the voices calling out to me, I will choose to listen and believe, the voice of truth" my eyes became unblinded from the enemy. I could see I was listening to the giant and not the voice I should have been listening to- the Voice of Truth.
Who is the giant? The giant is Satan, this giant is that voice that discourages you and drags you down in believing you won't ever be a soul winner, or anything for God. He wants you to doubt, and wants you to believe you will fail, and people will tease you, but if you listen closely and make your heart more sensitive to that voice that is telling "You can do it with me. I will lead you, I will help you," -you will see that you can do it.

In the end result I saw many that respected me more and I had a wonderful turn out every Tuesday morning. No, none have come to the church; but I know the seeds I planted will prosper one day. Every day we need to make our hearts sensitive to what God wants us to do that day. The question is "What voice are you going to listen to?
 
HAVE Y0U TOLD ME LATELY THAT YOU LOVE ME? GOD
Taken from God Speaks by Honor Books
"Do you love me? . . . Feed my Sheep!" John 27:17
 
Many years ago, on a bitterly cold day in February, a little boy was standing barefoot in front of a shoe store in New York City. A woman riding up the street in a beautiful carriage saw him and ordered her driver to stop. She alighted from the carriage and quickly went to the boy. "My little fellow, why are you looking so earnestly in that window?"

"I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes," he replied, shivering. The woman took him by the hand and went into the store. She asked the proprietor for half-a-dozen pairs of socks. She also asked for a basin of water and a towel. When he brought them to her, she took the boy to the back of the store, removed her gloves, knelt down, washed his grimy feet, and dried them with the towel.

She then had him put on a pair of socks. Returning to the front of the store, she bought him a pair of shoes. As they parted, she said, "I hope, my little fellow, that you are more comfortable." He caught her hand and with tears in his eyes replied to her, "Are you God's wife?"
If you love God, it will show.
 
MEXICAN LASAGNA

Ingredients
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds ground chicken breast
(available in the packaged meats case)
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
1 cup medium heat taco sauce or 1 (14-oz) can stewed or fire roasted tomatoes
1 cup frozen corn kernels
Salt
8 (8 inch) spinach flour tortillas, available on dairy aisle of market
2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar or shredded pepper jack
2 scallions, finely chopped

Directions
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil - twice around the pan. Add chicken and season with chili powder, cumin, and red onion. Brown the meat, 5 minutes. Add taco sauce or stewed or fire roasted tomatoes. Add black beans and corn. Heat the mixture through, 2 to 3 minutes then season with salt, to your taste.

Coat a shallow baking dish with remaining extra-virgin olive oil, about 1 tablespoon oil. Cut the tortillas in half or quarters to make them easy to layer with. Build lasagna in layers of meat and beans, then tortillas, then cheese. Repeat: meat, tortilla, cheese again. Bake lasagna 12 to 15 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbly. Top with the scallions and serve.