by Pastor Brenda Thomas
Recently, I was ministering at my brother-in-law and sister’s church in Washington. One day while waiting on the Lord, I kept hearing this phrase, “It shall come to pass.” As I was pondering that statement my eyes rested on a large 1828 Noah Webster’s Dictionary on the shelf in my brother-in-law’s study. This is an amazing dictionary! Many of the definitions contain scripture references to where that word is used in the Bible! Isn’t that awesome? Would to God our young people were still learning the meaning of words from that dictionary!
What I discovered about the word “shall” was really great. “Shall implies a promise or a command.” A good example would be, “I shall pay you $100.00 on Friday.” In addition, this is the best part, when used this way, “THE FORCE OF [THE] PROMISE [IS] IN THE PERSON UTTERING [IT]!” I think you can see where I went with that!
We have all had the unfortunate experience of someone promising us to do something and then, for whatever reason, it never materialized. Even people with the best intentions may not always be able to fulfill their promises simply because they are humans, and humans are not perfect. We forget, we over extend ourselves, we change our minds, or we encounter circumstances beyond our control, etc. The list could go on and on!
But, when we are standing on a promise from God or His Word, we can be assured that there is a force behind His promises that will always bring them to pass! This verse is a good reminder, “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19 NASB) God cannot lie. If He spoke it in His Word, or spoke a word to your heart then you can take it to the bank, because it will be just as He has told you!
I have a question for you: What has God spoken to your heart regarding your family, your health, your career, or your ministry? Too often the passage of time makes us think that they are not going to come to pass. Since when is God limited by a device called a clock? Tick tock, tick tock doesn’t make Him nervous, anxious or disappointed!
I believe as you listen to the entire message “It Shall Come To Pass” from October 15th, you will be encouraged to keep your expectation activated. If you have let some dreams or visions go because they didn’t happen as soon as you expected, then pick them back up! It is never over until it is over! Our Father is willing and able. IT SHALL COME TO PASS!
by Pastor Brenda Thomas
Many equate summer time with kids out of school, days off from work, trips to visit family, vacationing at your favorite spot, walks on the beach, picnics in the park… the list of summer activities could go on and on! Summer is supposed to be fun, right? It is great to enjoy nice weather and spending time with family and friends. I personally loved the special “Grammy Time” I had these past few weeks with all three of my sweet granddaughters!
But I want to highlight some “Fun” events that take “Fun” to a new level. Fun that is out of this world! There is no greater joy than extending your hand to touch a life with the love of Jesus. I am so proud of our Church family at HBCC for participating in three major Outreaches this Summer.
In July, over fifty people from our Church joined hundreds of other Christians participating in San Francisco City Impact. What a blessing to minister to those living in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. Countless numbers of lives were touched with the love of God through prayer, receiving free food, hair cuts, manicures and pedicures, medical attention, games for the children and even grooming for their pets! What a joy to see God’s love in action! Now that is fun!
We just finished two more outreaches this month. Our church always has a booth at the Zucchini Festival in Hayward, CA. This year we continued to let our light shine in our community and had the opportunity to pray the Salvation Prayer with 144 people. There is no entertainment or activity that compares to the joy of leading someone to Jesus; what fun!
Last weekend, we held our annual “Operation Outreach.” This event includes games and crafts for the children, a free hot dog lunch for all attending, bags of groceries for each adult and, the highlight of the day, every child gets a backpack filled with school supplies! Close to 200 backpacks were given out, 150 bags of groceries were distributed, and 145 adults and children received Jesus into their hearts! It is hard to describe the smiles and grateful hearts, but as they say, “A picture is worth a 1,000 words!” Some of the event was captured in the pictures below.
Pastor Mark and I want to say a big thank you to all who made these outreaches possible! So many of you participated through your prayers, finances and giving of your time. May you never forget the impact your actions had on the lives touched, and may your heart be ever filled and flooded with His joy and goodness!
You are loved,
by Pastor Brenda Thomas
Have you ever been overwhelmed and overjoyed by an act of kindness or expression of love? Maybe at an event, or occurrence, where you were honored and your hard work was recognized. Perhaps it was an unexpected gift or blessing from the Lord that left you at a loss for words, but a heart filled with thanksgiving and gratitude?
Our family was recently blessed by the birth of two new granddaughters born about three weeks apart. I have refrained from flooding my blog and ministry page with pictures and comments, but the time has come to share my joy!
Eden arrived on March 28th. She was welcomed by her delighted parents, James & Esther. I was not present the day she was born in Missouri but I arrived as soon as I could. The following picture (or picture below) is our first meeting when she was only a few days old. Pretty sure she was thinking, “Grammy you are Amazing!”
And then, Lucy made her appearance in Southern California on April 22nd. Her parents, John & Lindy and, of course, her big sister Olivia, were all overjoyed the day she was born. I had the privilege of taking Olivia to the hospital to meet her baby sister for the first time. Her excitement and reaction were priceless! As she held little Lucy she looked up & said, “It isn’t a dream, I’m really a big sister!” Check out the following photo (or photo below)..a picture is worth a thousand words!
Have you ever had a dream in your heart that seemed impossible to be fulfilled, but God brought it to pass?! Hopefully you were as excited as Olivia and reacted with tons of joy, delight & thanksgiving!
When Olivia uttered those very passionate words it reminded me of this passage in Psalm 126:1-3. I particularly like it in The Message translation; it reads:
“It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion’s exiles. We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. We were the talk of the nations—”God was wonderful to them!” God was wonderful to us; we are one happy people.”
The birth of these two precious babies made me do all the above! I feel extremely blessed, happy and fortunate. All I can say is God has been wonderful to me. I AM ONE HAPPY GRAMMY!
I trust you have had occasions in your life where a dream has been realized or a tremendous blessing overtook you to the degree that all you could utter was, “God has been wonderful to me!”
If you are in a season right now where you are standing, expecting and anticipating a breakthrough or a harvest on seeds you have sown, let me encourage you with the rest of this passage in Psalm 126:4-6:
“And now, God, do it again—bring rains to our drought-stricken lives So those who planted their crops in despair will SHOUT HURRAHS AT THE HARVEST, So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with ARMLOADS OF BLESSING!” (MSG/Emphasis Mine)
My arms are full of the blessings of the Lord!! May yours abound with the blessings you are believing for!
by Pastor Brenda Thomas
Recently someone pointed out that STRESSED spelled backwards is DESSERTS. What do you reach for when you are tempted to be stressed? Sweets can be comforting, but they aren’t a substitute for God!
Proverbs 15:15 says, He that is of a merry heart has a continual feast. One commentary says, “Life is miserable when one is in pain, but a banquet when one is joyful!”
The next time you are feeling stressed, I encourage you to come to the Father’s banquet table. You can partake of all the rest, peace and joy you desire and not gain an ounce or experience a “Sugar Rush or Crash!”