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Why all the squawking and shrieking?

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Blue Jay Photo from Pixabay

Today, while Mom and I were sitting on the porch the blue jays in the trees in our backyard started squawking – or more like shrieking – like a sound I’d never heard before.
Skeee-walk… skeee-walk…

shreeeeak… shreeeeak…

jayer… jayer…

And it went on & on & on…
And the longer it lasted, it seemed like more birds were joining in!

I was starting to get irritated. I thought to myself, “Why won’t they be quiet?” I was getting so annoyed I was thinking I should go shoo them away somehow. But they were up in the tree too high. Surely there had to be a way to get them to be quiet…

 

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CHRISTmas 2018

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Christmas Nativity Orignal Painting by Diane

Christmas Nativity Orignal Painting by Diane

Merry CHRISTmas from all of us here at YWAM Hollywood!

We pray that as you celebrate the Birth of Jesus, you will be filled with the wonder of His gift to us!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one & only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.- John 3:16

Opportunity knocks

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Walter P. Chrysler said, “The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers.”

Are you ready to open the door when opportunity knocks?

Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

How can you be ready to open the door?

One way is to know what your vision is. Know what you are called to do.

That is what Diane Wigstones’s book “Dream Big – Start Small – Start Now” is all about.
Diane has developed some simple tools that can help you get more clarity and stay focused in your life. Throughout the book, she uses a simple tool she developed called the “Focus Funnel” to help you get clarity on your vision and your life calling. It will help you stay focused as you Dream Big, Start Small, and Start Now with the tasks that need to be completed to make your dream a reality.

Remember, sometimes we are the ones that need to knock!

Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Luke 11:9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

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Be ready when opportunity knocks! 

If you can dream it, you can do it. 

Learn how by ordering Diane Wigstone’s new book “Dream Big – Start Small – Start Now” today!

You can order the book on the DestinyCenter.com website: http://www.destinycenter.com/readlimit=100&product_id=461

 

Love never fails…

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It’s Valentine’s day. The day that we celebrate LOVE. But, these days it seems so few people really know what love is.

It’ not a silly game. It is life. And if we want to win in life, the only way is to love well.

Let’s look to the source of love, for HIS definition of LOVE…

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. 

But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.

But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13 – New International Version (NIV)

Let’s choose to love well today, this month, this year…

Dream Big

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dream bigThe seminar was starting in about thirty minutes. I was setting up my computer, and getting ready for the lecture portion of the class. One of the women registered as a student for the training came up to me.

“I want to write a book,” she said. “It has always been my dream.”

“Then you need to write your book,” I said. “You can do it.”

“But, I never have the time,” she said. “I have a job and a family. I never have time to get away and write my novel.”

“You don’t need to get away to write it,” I said. “You need to start on it now, where you are.”

“But, I would never have time,” she said.

“If you write one page a day, you’ll have 365 pages by this time next year,” I said. “That is plenty of pages for a book.”

“Wow,” she replied. “I never thought of it like that.”

“So, my assignment to you is this,” I said. “Write one page today. Start now. Today. You have a few minutes before we start the class. Go get some paper, and begin writing it now. Then, write some more during lunch, and during our dinner break. By the end of today, you should have one page.”

“It can’t be that simple,” she said.

“I have written over 50 books,” I replied. “It is just that simple. Start small, and start now.”

She did. By the end of the day she had a title, an outline, and three pages written for her book.

Dream Big: Write a book

Start Small: Write one page

Start Now: Immediately. Today. Now!

It is a new year. A new start. What will you do differently this year to move toward making your dream a reality?

SO, let me begin by asking you, “What is your dream?”

Your big dream.

What is it that you want to accomplish in your life? What is it that you care about? What is your passion? What do you want to do? Who do you want to be? What is your big dream? How can it ever be accomplished?

That is what my new book “Dream Big – Start Small – Start Now” is all about.

I have developed some simple tools that can help you get more clarity and stay focused in your life. Throughout the book, I use a simple tool I developed that I call the “Focus Funnel” to help you get clarity on your Big Dream, and stay focused as you Start Small, and Start Now with the tasks that need to be completed to make your dream a reality.

DreamBig-_frontcoverYour dreams can come true! 

If you can dream it, you can do it. 

Learn how by ordering Diane Wigstone’s new book “Dream Big – Start Small – Start Now” today!

You can order the book on the DestinyCenter.com website: http://www.destinycenter.com/read?limit=100&product_id=461

Spiritual Freedom

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Luke 9:3 – And [Jesus] said to them,
‘Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; 
and do not have two tunics.’
 
Willing to live less so that I could live more…
Blog by Pastor Chris DeGreene
 

 (Memorial Day was celebrated this past Monday, the last Monday in May, in the United States)

 
flag-958343_1920 copyMy mind turns to Memorial Day, because the older I get, the more I value those who have been willing to live less so that I could live more.
 
It has been said to me that Veterans Day celebrates the heroes who came home. Memorial Day celebrates the heroes who didn’t come home.
 
In essence, all these heroes took one thing and only one thing into battle, namely, a willingness to die for their country, coupled with the belief that earthly freedom was worth the price.In today’s Bible verse, Jesus sends out the disciples and basically tells them to take one thing and only one thing into their mission field, namely, a willingness to die for the kingdom of God, coupled with the belief that spiritual freedom was worth the price.

 

Do you see the parallels?

2bereavement-1239415_1920 copyYou could say that there’s at least an implicit charge here from Jesus to us, Jesus sends us out as disciples and basically tells us to take one thing and only one thing on our trip, namely, a willingness to die to self for the kingdom of God, coupled with the belief that spiritual freedom is worth the price. This dying to self will happen when we use time with family and friends to remember, speak of, and celebrate both those who have died for our freedoms and how those sacrifices have blessed our lives.

Many military personnel have died for our earthly freedoms. Many a missionary and Jesus Christ himself, most of all, died for our spiritual freedoms. Let us be found using our time to remember, speak of, and celebrate both those who have died for our freedoms and how those sacrifices have blessed our lives.

Praise God!
Pastor Chris

 

For several months this year, we will be featuring some of our friends, and Destiny Center Authors, as guest bloggers. Today’s blog about Memorial day, is from Pastor Chris DeGreene. To read other wonderful devotionals from Pastor Chris, you can purchase his book, “60 Days of Praise! Devotional” on the DestinyCenter.com website.

Pastor Chris has a large faithful following of his daily devotional “Day of Praise.” You can join the “Day of Praise” family each day by reading a daily devotional from his book “60 Days of Praise! Devotional”. 60 Days of Praise! Devotional book is a collection of two months of wonderful, inspiring, thoughtful, and often humorous, devotions selected from Pastor Chris’s writings. You can start your day off right each morning, with a new daily devotional from 60 Days of Praise! Devotional. Be encouraged and challenged to grow in your walk with Jesus each day, as you read 60 Days of Praise! Devotional. Praise God!

You can get Pastor DeGreene’s book here: http://www.destinycenter.com/read/Devotionals-Journals?product_id=171

 

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About the Author: Reverend Dr. Christopher DeGreen is Pastor of Christ the King Lutheran church in Birmingham, Alabama. He was born in Atlanta, caught tadpoles in Memphis, grew up in Kingsport, TN, walked on the football team at the University of TN, learned about Pastoring at the Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia, was called to Christ the King Lutheran church in Birmingham, AL, got his D. Min. from Beeson Div School, saw his three amazing kids be born and grow, and was blown away by God’s grace when he married his Beloved Amanda.

 

 

Announcing the YWAM Hollywood Supernatural Destiny School – On-Line!

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SDS2-6-sm3Announcing the YWAM Hollywood Supernatural Destiny School – On-Line! 

We wanted to let you know some exciting news! YWAM Hollywood is partnering with the University of the Nations, and the Destiny Center Institute, to begin offering a complete 4 year curriculum, on-line. You can register now for one of the limited spaces for our first year core course, the Supernatural Destiny School, which starts in October. It is an awesome school that has been taught on location worldwide, to students from over 100 countries, & is now available on-line!

We believe that you were created to have a successful life that has purpose and meaning. You were created for significance. You can make a difference in the world! Let us help!

See the cool video about the school here… http://www.ywamhollywood.org/training-events/ 

register3Register today for the Supernatural Destiny School (SDS) & let God show you what to do to get the most out of life, and how you can make a difference, and change the world for Jesus! http://www.ywamhollywood.org/on-line-training/

We have more information about the school on our website. Check it out, and please  share the information about the school with your friends, family, and church!  http://www.ywamhollywood.org/on-line-training/

We are excited about our new on-line training school & hope you will join us this fall for the YWAM Hollywood Supernatural Destiny School!  (Btw – Our on-line SDS Class starts October 12, 2015 & we have a limited number of places available –  so, we hope you’ll register today!)

Many blessings!

YWAM Hollywood

 

15 Ways to Ensure Success Each Day

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keyPsalm 100 tells us the way to succeed each and every day as we live our lives for Jesus. Let’s take a look…

1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Psalm 100:1-5 (KJV)

Many people will try to tell you what you need to do each day to be successful. But, if you really want to know the truth, turn to the Bible.

To start off each day right, your daily prescription is found in Psalm 100!

15 ways to ensure success each day:

1. Praise God with a joyful noise.

2. Sing in God’s presence.

3. Be glad as you serve God.

4. Know and declare that God is God. (and you are not)

5. Know and declare that God made you.

6. Know and declare that you belong to God.

7. Know and declare God will take care of you.

8. Be thankful.

9. Come to God with Praise.

10. Be thankful to God.

11. Bless God’s name.

12. Know and declare that God is good.

13. Know and declare that His mercy is everlasting.

14. Believe and agree with God that what He says is true.

15. Know and declare that His truth extends to you now and endures to all generations.

Psalm 100, in verses 1 through 5, tells us 15 ways to ensure success each and every day as we live our lives for Jesus.

That is good news worth sharing!

If you want to ensure success each day, begin by praising the Lord and declaring the truths found in Psalm 100.

Praise the Lord!

Double Your Happiness

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Double_happinessYou make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 ESV

Happy New YEAR!!!!!!!!

We’ve been talking the last few times together about happiness.

It is something that everyone wants.

In America we even have in the United States Declaration of Independence that happiness is an “unalienable right”.

It states: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

In Chinese, they have a character that translates as “double happiness”. It can also be translated as “double happy” or “double joy”. This symbol is a Chinese ornamental design commonly used as a decoration. You will see it on Chinese lanterns, and on greeting cards.

The truth is, God created you, and wants to you to be happy.

But you will only be truly happy if you know your Creator. Jesus came so that we might be reconciled to God. He came so we could have a relationship with Him. He knows that will bring us joy and happiness.

God would like to double your happiness, as you spend your time with Him. Worship and prayer are key. Praise, rejoicing and thanksgiving are key.

Find time to experience the “fullness of joy” today that can only be found with God.

God can give you double happiness this year! Let’s make 2015 the best year ever!

 

Happy Valentines Day, God!

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Take time today to LOVE GOD!

WORSHIP GOD!

Talk to God in prayer!

He loves you & is waiting to spend time with you!

Tell Him how much you love Him!

“Happy Valentines Day, GOD!”

God loves you. He really does!

We pray your Valentines Day is BLESSED with the understanding of how much God loves YOU! We pray that God’s love fills your heart and your life today! We pray that you will be able to rest in the heart of God, and listen to His heartbeat for you, and for Hollywood!

“Happy Valentines Day, GOD!”