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2016 Teaching Series:
by Hope in Today Ministries

True Colors:  “Let Your Light Shine!”

Do we know how to get that light of Jesus to come out of us to Shine for The Christ?

2 Corinthians 4:6 KJV For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

This is the Beginning:
Your Believer's Prayer for your Salvation
Posted by Hope in Today Ministries, March 21 2016

 

Current Series for 2016   " True Colors:  Let your Light Shine! "
You are invited to attend the Next Available Class!  Or, you can follow along online!  

Tr ue Colors, what is the the first thing you think of?


Perhaps you will look at the color of my skin?  Or, Maybe you will look at the colors in a rainbow?  Or perhaps you will look at the colors in nationalities?


If you are thinking of colors in the way your natural eye sees color, then let me explain the inspiration of True Colors!


In order for you to see the true color in me, you would have to be born again.  


What does this mean you may wonder?  Or, perhaps you already understand that to be born again means when you believe Jesus in your heart, your spirit is made brand new!  Our body is not made brand new on this earth, because our bodies are still aging.  Our mind is not made brand new, because our thoughts are constantly being transformed and conformed in and to the image of God's mind.


Being Born again, means that Jesus lives in me; and Jesus in me is my true color! Jesus gives me the light of my knowledge to guide my thoughts, which ultimately control my attitude.  


However, I still have a human nature that tends to want to take on the attitudes that are of a different spiritual color than that which is Godly and pure in my heart (the place where the Holy Spirit lives in mine).


Our Senses are constantly being exercised to discern good verses evil.  Light verses dark.  These are the colors of our attitudes in Christ; or against.


If you would like to learn how to let your True Color Shine for the Lord, then this Series, "Let your Light Shine" is for you!


If there were no darkness in the world, we would not need a light to shine!


There is no condemnation in the knowledge that there is darkness in the world; the darkness is the condemnation; YET< The light of Jesus is calling the world into the Salvation of the Lord. 


So, just because we confess to something that is still in the knowledge of darkness, the very fact that we confessed our lack of knowledge is asking for God to shine His Light into our world that we may see clearly; and come into the light.  


Then, our light of Christ can shine in this area of knowledge too!


As children of God we are meant to help each other along our way and encourage each other!

Like two different candlesticks burning of the same flame joining each other to become one flame.  And then, how much bigger is our joined flame as one?


Here's a wonderful thought!


We can't be in the same condition as another to shine our light!  

  • If there were no darkness in a person's life, then, no light would be needed to shine.
  • If there were only darkness in our life, then we would have no light to shine.


Our job is to shine the light of Jesus for each other along our journey to gain the light of our knowledge of God's Way!


Jesus is the light of knowledge in each believer.  And, each believer has been given a portion of faith to share; according to the purpose in which we each are called!  Not one of us can do anything alone.  We need each other, but we each need Jesus More!  


Jesus is the source of our light!


In the natural eyes, you see my skin color, but in the spiritual eyes, you can see Jesus in me.  Jesus in me is my true color!


In order for you to see the true color in me, you would have to be born again.  This is the same light that Jesus had.


The Light of Understanding has come to the world; and Jesus has assigned us a job to do!



14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven ( Matthew 5:14-16).




Let Hope in Today Ministries paint a picture of this light of Jesus for you to see.


If I said to you, God loves you.  And, you replied, I don't understand.  I would be shining my light of Jesus for you to understand that God loves you.  If you said, I don't understand, please write it down for me.  And, I replied, Okay, but I don't know how to spell LOVE.  Will you spell love for me?  When I confessed / admitted that I didn't know how to spell LOVE, I was confessing the darkness and you had the light.  When you spelled "L O V E" to me, you shined a light for me.  My light didn't judge you that you didn't know God loved you.  Your light didn't judge me that I didn't know how to spell love.  And, together, our light joined as one and God has all the glory!


As 2 candles burning unite in Christ and come together to burn as one flame!


The flame is of the Holy Spirit; and two believers that come together as one mind in Christ for God's glory alone is powerful in God's Kingdom work!  When two or three are gathered together in HIS Name, there HE will be with us in the midst!


This is the "True Colors" of the spirit whom lives in us, where different minds of the same God join together to learn how to let our light shine as ONE, who is the LIGHT!


Light and Dark is the color choices in our attitudes.  We can learn to let the beatitudes of Christ shine; as the light to the darkness for others to see Christ in us as a believer and follower of the ONE we trust in.  



Trust in God; Trust also in His Son.



Our light begins with Salvation; (not of our own works; it is a gift of God ... so no man can boast, but glory is God's); and we'll be working Salvation out till the end, but it is God who is doing the work in us; and it is God who is the glory in all things!



In every situation that is a mountain formed in our life, there is a light to be shined!


A mountain is anything that it contrary to God's Word.


And, God won't do for us what He has told us how to do for ourselves.  We pray and we speak to the mountain.  But most of, we let our light shine for God's glory unconditionally!


Every believer has a Helper in the Holy Spirit; and Jesus did make us a church to unify in His glory!


Will you join us in this series?  As we paint a picture of a Father's Love for the world that He gave His only Begotten Son that for whosoever might believe shall not perish, but have everlasting life ...and then be begin to learn how to let this light of knowledge shine in the face of Jesus for the world to see it is (JESUS) whom is our light we shine to be seen.  


Don't hide your light under a bush!  Let your light shine!  Someone needs what you have been blessed to know!  If there were no darkness, no light would be needed.


Think about the power of the light and what this means to a dark place in a person's soul ...

A soul is immensely and incredibly valuable to God; and this all begins with God has SO loved you!  


Love in Christ, 
Karen Rowe, Director 

Hope in Today Ministries, Inc.

The Train Whistle, Sounding the call of God's Love


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5 Minutes, by Karen Rowe March 17, 2016

Today's Inspiration:


It always makes me smile when I am driving, and all the sudden my car appears to have ears when the sun casts the shadow from behind.


5 minutes


To most 5 minutes is trivial in the big seem of things; or if on an exercise machine the last 5 can seem like an eternity.


But 5 minutes to God has something waiting in every second we spend with Him.




For every 5 min earlier, or later in the morning, the portrait in the sky can change from red and rising, to bright and blinding, to ...



At just the right time, in just the right position, God will bring a smile to your face!



Life is full of opportunity. We have great choices in this world, but 5 minutes can make a difference in where we place our faith and words. And, of all the choices to believe in, there is still only One God to believe and place our hope in.



Sometimes even at the end of the day when we are tired, 5 minutes can make a difference with the words we allow to be chosen. "Am I bragging or complaining"? If the answer is one, or the other, or both at the same time...the best blessing is found in the 5 minutes of quiet ♡



I hope this is a blessing to your day to find what God wants you to see...even by faith to know what is there.



Love in Christ, Karen 
Hope in Today Ministries

True Colors, by Karen Rowe March 14, 2016

Our “True Colors” can’t be seen until something presses up against us. 


Creation is filled with many beautiful colors; the sky is filled with rays of hues and rainbows can even been seen; people and animals come in different shapes, cultures, natures and colors. 


However, there is no color to God that is good or bad, except darkness in sight of light. In God there is no darkness; there is only light.




Jesus is the light in a believer.



In the beginning the spirit of darkness was hovering over the earth and God said, “Let there be light!” That there was light and that was the beginning and day one –that light entered a world in need of light; and in need of a savior already, because of darkness was already hovering.


But light separated the darkness and in light there is no darkness. Darkness is the absence of light. Light is the power that separates and eliminates darkness.  In the light there is life!


Life is with God!


However, in our human nature alone, our true colors can’t be seen until something presses up against us; something that can reveal our true spiritual new nature; and yet this is a process!


It is in that very challenge that we can learn, grow and mature in our knowledge (  )




of HOW to LET the LIGHT of JESUS who lives in us come out of us to shine for the glory of Lord to be seen!


How do we let this awesome light of Jesus shine?

By remembering the Truth!

By rolling the Truth over and over in our mind.

By meditating on the Truth.

By remembering that Jesus is the Truth; and by abiding in the Truth, we are equipped that we are set FREE from bitterness / strife / self-pity / envy / and selfish-ambition to SHINE for JESUS!

2 Corinthians 4:6

For God, who command the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

For God, who command the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:6

Genesis 2:

16The LORD God commanded the man, saying, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die."

Genesis 1:2-5King James Version (KJV)

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

What Faith Looks Like, by Karen Rowe March 17, 2016

Faith says come 

–and expect what you can’t see.


Faith says come 

–and be certain of what you hope for and sure of what you don’t see.


Faith is beautiful like fish are under the water –you can’t see the fish, but you are certain they are there.


Faith is freedom from doubt!





Sometimes fish will jump out of the water to see; sometimes you can shine a light at night down into the water and illuminate the mighty numbers of fish that are in a lake. All the time those fish are in there, but we can't see.  The same is Christ in you when you believe; He is your faith you can trust on!


Sometimes, you hope to catch a fish to see; yet unconditionally of if you catch a fish to see or not, you can be certain there is a fish under the water waiting to be seen, found, or even caught for food; as God knows our every need!



What is it that you are hoping for? Where is your faith?


What is it that makes you sad?  Or feel lonely?  Where is your faith?


Can you trust God by your faith?  Jesus is your hope in your faith!


With your faith that is like the size of an iceberg ...

that is bigger under the water than what you see emerging from the top of water ...

The Bibles says, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, by your faith it is done.


But where is your faith, hope and love?  Is your faith in God's Word?  Do you know that God is all-knowing and God loves you ... that God is working out His plan of Salvation that is bigger than we can comprehend!  YOUR STRUGGLE HAS PURPOSE!


Your struggle has purpose and your purpose is let your faith in Jesus be your light to the world; that you trust in God and trust also in Jesus!  Unconditionally of what you see or don't see.  Like the fish that are under the water in a lake ... Hope is Near and Real!


Can you trust God by this faith that God has given you a measure of faith to you as a gift to use as a tool ... In other words, are you willing to trust God to use your faith to remain in your trust in Him and also in His Son, Jesus?


A tool is meant to work; and be used according to a purpose that it was made.


Faith is Effective Hope, like the faith that trusts that fish are under the water waiting to be found? 


Yet, you will only see the fish (the things you hope for) if you don't give up looking the right way and waiting for the right time ... By God's perfect Creative and Redemptive Design.


Just because you can’t see the fish yet, doesn’t mean it is not there; and just because you can’t see the manifestation of your dream, doesn’t mean it is not there.


Faith is good and it is beautiful, because what God knows faith is greater and more powerful than our eyes can see. 


So God says, trust in Him.



There’s more! God says to trust also in His Son! 


I hope this is a blessing to you.


Love in Christ, 

Karen Rowe, Director

Hope in Today Ministries, Inc.

The Train Whistle, Sounding the call of God's Love

Those things ...DO:  And the God of Peace shall be with you.

Encouragement and Instruction from God!


Think like Jesus, hope like Jesus, talk like Jesus, pray like Jesus, read God’s Word like Jesus, walk through life like Jesus –trusting God in His timing, sometimes saying no, it is not time yet; and sometimes saying never-the-less God’s will be done …



Just as if you may need to go to the right fishing spot at just the right time; and fully equipped with all you need to catch a fish that you desire; there is an effective way that depends on the details right down to the size of the hook and the portion of the bait. 


The bait and hook; even the test line and rod and reel are ‘fish specific’ –as it is in our faith and as we learn how to let that light of Christ come out of us to shine!


God gives us a measure of faith according to the purpose in which we are called.to use for a purpose, but it is God who is our source of light.  Jesus is the Truth, the Way and the Life.  Abide in Love is the Way; Abide in the Truth is the power!


The Bible says and Jesus teaches that God’s desire for us is to be our friend; and also make us fishers of men. 


God knows the desires of our heart –and God knows our life plan. 


Sometimes God reveals the miracle of our faith sooner; and sometimes we have to endure a little longer –just like when we go to the lake to fish, there is a special time that fishing is right and good.  


There is a part of the day that the fish are biting; or we can try anyway at the wrong time of the day to catch a fish; and see what we can do by our own might. There is a time for everything. But the time to trust God is ALL TIME.


Can you trust God like this by your faith?


Are you willing to endure somethings to get to where God is taking you? 


We really don't have choice, but still we make choices all the time.


As we really don't have a choice in an assignment (like a research paper / project in school), but we make a choice in the outcome and grade.  And, we make a choice in our peace.  How long we put off doing what is assigned is how long we will choose to put off our freedom.


Are you willing to answer to God’s request? To Come. Trust Him.  Pray.  Follow His Son.


God says, see the birds and the flowers and how they are clothed and fed; how much more will I do these things for you? 


I believe we begin by trusting that God is the living God, God is the Creator of all things, God is our Instructor of Knowledge of Protection, God is our Redeemer by His Love and Mercy that He has for us, God is our giver / our Provider of all things, God is our Father when we believe in our heart Jesus and make welcome the Holy Spirit, which is of God’s divine nature.



Just as gold must be purified to be beautiful, so do we need to have impurities in nature removed out of us by a process to be made spiritually beautiful by our faith that can’t see, but God knows the end product. 


God is making us beautiful –and teaching us how to be a light to the world.


Honestly, the fish under the water are already beautiful before we can see; just as we are in God's eyes beautiful to Him (not our sinful nature, but whom we are to God ... a child whom He loves). 


Just  as perfectly, the fish is more beautiful in the water than it is on a dock caught. Jesus is not catching us in a net to toss us aside to die or be consumed. Jesus is teaching us that God sees the beauty in us before we can know –and God gives us knowledge and direction to help us in our faith, as a diver will put on their gear to go under the water to discover what is already there.


Discover your inner beauty and light, which is Jesus!  Jesus is a new confidence to know.  Have you invited Jesus to be the new you?


Faith knows by trust –and obedience!  Just ask God, seek His knowledge, and Knock and the door will be opened to you to come and see the light of Christ!

I hope this is a blessing to you!

Love in Christ,
Karen Rowe, Director
Hope in Today Ministries, Inc.
The Train Whistle, Sounding the call of God's Love

Hope in Today
Corresponding Videos

To know and understand this light of this 2016 Series, you must be born again.

Those things, which we have both learned, and seen in Jesus, DO:  And the God of Peace shall be with you.

Hope in Today Ministries is teaching God's Love, because God wants us to see the
True Light of His relationship with men. 

God's love is FOR you!


Hope in Today Ministries believes this post below will demonstrate your hope that is found in Christ.


*What is Peace? JESUS is PEACE!

*How do we keep that inner peace?


Hope in Today Ministries invites you to visit the below website that we guest write for, to hear a message about God's love for you.


I hope this is a blessing to you.


God loves you SO much, He gave you His LIFE!


Hope in Today Ministries presents:

The Center PEACE, by Karen Rowe April 6, 2016

By Karen Rowe - April 7, 2016

COMING SOON!!!!

COMING SOON!
Why did God allow the 4 Gospels to be written? 

God wanted to show His relationship with man!

Let us begin to uncover the ONE TRUE LIGHT in gospels:  
BEGINNING WITH
Matthew

Matthew
Theme:  Christ, The King!
God's Relationship with Man

Let us begin with the 1st book of the Gospels of MATTHEW, because God wanted us to see the True Light of His relationship with man!


Theme:  CHRIST, THE KING!

Let us CONTINUE to uncover the ONE TRUE LIGHT in gospel:  
MARK!

Mark
Theme:  Christ, The Servant!
God's Relationship with Man

 

Let us CONTINUE to uncover the ONE TRUE LIGHT in gospel:  
LUKE!

Luke
Theme:  Christ, The Man!
God's Relationship with Man

 

Let us CONTINUE to uncover the ONE TRUE LIGHT in gospel:  
JOHN!

John
Theme:  Christ, in His Deity!
God's Relationship with Man

 
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