Video: “Valley Faith: Finding The Rose Of Sharon”

Learn about the fire of God and all of the things that it wants to be as a part of your life!

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Sermon Notes: http://www.heartofgraceministries.com/blog/after-the-fact/fire-god/#.VdvF_CVVhHw

Valley Faith: Finding The Rose of Sharon

God is the beauty and hope in unlikely times and unlikely places

Song of Solomon 2:1-3

2 I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.

As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

The rose of Sharon is a large hibiscus shrub. It grows about 12 feet tall, has large three-lobed leaves, and a lovely rose, purple, white or blue flower. The uniqueness of the rose of Sharon lies in the fact that it blooms at an unlikely time and in unlikely places. The rose blossoms in the fall, when few other shrubs are in bloom. It grows well in unfavorable conditions and does not seem to be partial to the city or the country.

Unfavorable growing conditions? In our honest moments we sometimes marvel that the soil of our lives could produce anything beautiful. It is full of the stones of selfishness, the weeds of deceitfulness, and the acidity of our pride. Yet the Rose of Sharon persists, blooms, and grows, even when other plants are dormant.

The lily is a very noble plant in the East; it grows to a considerable height, but has a weak stem. The church is weak in herself, yet is strong in Him that supports her

While it doesn’t look like God is among you it is simple not in natural view. If you pray you will see him.

Hebrews 11:2-4

For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

If we never endure the valleys we will not learn to hope when we are struggling to survive.

James 1:12

12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Video: “The Purpose of the Ministry”

Let us understand the purpose of the callings that God has given us to do.

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Sermon Notes: http://www.heartofgraceministries.com/blog/after-the-fact/purpose-ministry/#.VbzkVfNViko

Video: “Peace: The Harmony Between The Heart And Mind”

Presented at 13th Street Church of God, LaFollette, TN

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Sermon Notes: http://www.heartofgraceministries.com/blog/after-the-fact/peace-harmony-between-heart-mind/#.VT7Zw9JViko

Don’t Be Afraid To Lose

100% of the opportunities that we have and do not take will be lost unless we take a chance on something will at least give you shot of making it. However we all know that from the popular cliche that we “can’t win them all”. I also heard another great saying that said that you win some and you learn from when you lose. Don’t be afraid to learn from your losses each and every day. Nobody has ever gotten better from winning them all.

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Don’t worry, for life is not like the NCAA tournament: there will always be another game or opportunity if you lose. There will be more opportunities to be better, wiser, and stronger. Nine times out of ten you will find that what you learned is actually what you really needed rather than always being the winner. God wants the best for his children (even when they lose from time to time). Don’t count a loss as failure but count it as a chance to become better to be able to win a harder game. Seek God sincerely in these wins, losses, and let the opportunities where you doubt your own abilities allow you to grow from what you have learned to do the best you can do. You may not win today like a lot of people you see making it but stop looking to only win. Winning isn’t everything! Remember that in life it rains on the just and the unjust. Just because we are the most talented and are the most qualified does not imply we will still gain victory. Sometimes the most difficult things come out of when we think we are so close to victory.

We must learn that sometimes you may lose but you should never lose the value of how far you’ve have come and endured and let God work in your life. As we all fall God is there to pick us up and help us to become exactly who He wants us to be and thinks ahead of us for the ultimate victory of righteousness. As God’s glory shines in you for others everyday learn to stay encouraged and let God walk with you in all your worries and trials of life. Live life to the fullest and enjoy it as God planned for you to.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”