I want to take this time and say thank you to everyone that invested their time, money, and prayers in Rock the Block Back to School Bash. It was a huge success.

We had 5,000 people in attendance, we gave away 1,300 backpacks, we served 3,000 meals. There were 12 people baptized in water, and 3 babies dedicated to the Lord. There were 400 haircuts given, we did 450 family portraits. The Florida Department of Health administered 100 Back to School Immunizations as well as provided shot records for the students. The Polk County Health Department administered 30 HIV tests.
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Newsletter-50:20 Vision

50:20 Vision
God created this world, and “it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). But sin entered this good world, bringing brokenness into all our relationships. At the close of Genesis, however, Joseph notes the saving work of God that reverses this breakdown.
How powerful is God? God can take harmful intentions and use them to accomplish his will. God can take what was meant to harm and use it to save. God can take an instrument of death–the cross–and make it an instrument of life.
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Newsletter-Warriors of the Faith

Warriors of the Faith
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10-11 ESV)
Jesus is the mighty victor who has defeated all of evil’s hosts; conquering death, the power of sin, and the devil himself. As Christians, our concern is conquering power dwelling within us (Ephesians 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:7), and that inward dwelling should bear heavily on our outward living. Jesus’ prayer for us was to be in the world, amidst danger, but shielded and protected from its source (John 17:15) living victoriously over temptation. Too often, we find ourselves buried in the same habitual sin, with real victory seemingly miles away.
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God is not a man who lives on if, don’t you know that? Then why do you keep saying, “If the Lord never does anything else for me, He’s done enough,” because we all know that’s a lie. Yes, I am appreciative, grateful, ecstatic and forever indebted to God for what He has already done in my life but I will never ask Him to stop.
 Don’t you know that when you use the word if, you’re actually showing doubt which means you really aren’t sure the person who you’re asking can do whatever it is you’re asking them for? When you say, “Lord, I want you to heal me, if it’s your will,” you’re really saying Lord, heal me if you can but hasn’t He already made His will plain? God is a healer, the only thing that is different about our healing is the time it’s actually done.
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Revelation 2:7 “To him who overcomes I will grant to eat of the fruit of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God”

God knows our afflictions, distresses and pressing troubles…and He is with us. He wants us to understand that He is our shelter and strong tower that we can feel safe in, no matter what the circumstances.

It is easy to become discouraged when we are in the midst of a difficult set of circumstances, or when our body is in pain, or when the trial that we have endured seems endless, or when we don’t know what the future holds. So, we must do one thing..we must keep our eyes and our hearts FIXED on the Lord. He says that where our treasure is, there our heart will be also…and He lives in our hearts.
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Newsletter-Desperate Faith

Desperate Faith
Mark 5:25-34

25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask,’Who touched me?’ “
32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

Have you ever felt like your very life is being sucked right out of you?
Your energy is being drained from more than just your body, but your very soul.
A heavy thought to start such a post, but this was exactly where this woman lived. I have lived there before, many have, many still do, and perhaps you know what I am talking about. It’s a life where a happy smile on an aching disposition could no longer be tolerated. I didn’t, and you may not have a physical condition as draining as this woman had, but the picture of her life somehow dramatically mirrors many others. Life is running out of you faster than it is being replenished and it is leaving you dry, cold and exhausted. Nothing seems to be enough, nothing satisfies, everything drains.
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Newsletter-What to Leave Children

What to Leave Children

“The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.” -Proverbs 20:7

Anxiety about our family is natural, but we shall be wise if we turn it into care about our own character. If we walk before the Lord in integrity, we shall do more to bless our
descendants than if we bequeathed them large estates. A father’s holy life is a rich legacy for his sons.

The upright man leaves his heirs his example, and this in itself will be a mine of true wealth. How many men may trace their success in life to the example of their parents!

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Newsletter-“Fear” A Four Letter Word

“Fear” A Four Letter Word
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
More than once since I committed this verse to memory I have had to embrace it as truth and pray that I not give in to a “spirit of fear.” I have come to believe that the word “fear” really is a four-letter word and should be considered profanity. Wouldn’t it be great if we could somehow have it censored from all of our thoughts and feelings, like bleeping out a bad word? But instead, fear is very much a part of our reality, even more so than we realize or want to admit. I know there are times when being fearful can be a good thing, such as being afraid of doing something that might bring harm or danger.
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Newsletter-Prayer and Peace

Read the Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:1-2:11
At first glance it would appear that this is a kind of bargaining prayer of Hannah’s – that she is offering to give the boy back to the Lord only if the Lord will give him to her first so she can enjoy him. It is possible to read this account that way, but, if we look closely at it, we can see what is really happening here, for I am sure this is not the first time that Hannah has prayed at Shiloh for a son. All along she dreamed of having a son of her own, a little boy to love and cuddle, to teach him to walk, to read stories to, to watch him grow to manhood to become a strong, clean, fine young man, the pride of her life. She wanted him for herself, and she prayed often for that, but her prayer was not answered.
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Newsletter-Silencing the Voice of Self-Doubt

Silencing the Voice of Self-Doubt
Philippians 1:6
Being confident of this very thing that He who hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
There is an enemy that tries to defeat every one of us at times. It’s the enemy of self-doubt. You know what I’m talking about. Perhaps you got that new job, or you have a new direction to take and self-doubt says, “You just can’t do that,” or “You’re not smart enough.” But maybe you’ve been at a task a long time and you’re weary and the voice of self-doubt shouts, “You don’t have enough strength,” or “You’ll never make it!”
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