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Merry CHRISTmas!

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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

Destiny Declarations

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This morning I woke up late. I had slept at least one hour more than usual. Last night I stayed up late on the computer and needed the extra sleep. When I woke up, I was feeling a bit groggy, and slow. I still felt tired. I wanted to just roll back over and go back to sleep. I didn’t want to get out of bed at all.

But, it was trash day, and the garbage men would be coming soon. I might have already missed them. I groaned. I dragged myself out of bed, and went in and said ‘Good morning’ to my Mom. She asked if I was going to walk this morning like I usually do. I said, “I don’t think so, I am really tired this morning.”

I shuffled around the house in my slippers and gathered up all the trash in the house for the garbage men to pick up. I plopped down in the chair by the door to put on my tennis shoes. Then threw my coat on over my pajamas, and shuffled out to the curb, to take out the garbage. The sky was gray, and the wind was chilly. I pulled my coat closer around me. It was a cold, gray, windy winter day.

I came back in the house shivering. “I am cold and tired, and I don’t feel so great,” I announced. “It is so cold out! There is no way I am going to walk this morning. I don’t think I’ll even get out of my pajamas today! I don’t feel like doing anything today.”

Then I heard what I had just said, and I thought, “Wait a minute! That is not my destiny declaration for today. I am not going to be in agreement with that!” Immediately I announced, “No, actually, I slept great! I even slept in late. I am refreshed, I am energetic. Today is going to be a great day of doing fun things to fulfill my destiny. I am going to go change out of my pajamas and take a brisk walk in this great cool air.”

And, that’s what I did.

The choice was mine. I am the one who decides the perspective I will live my life through each day.

I could have been grumpy and irritable all day. I could have slouched around in my pajamas, complaining about being tired, and done nothing all day long. Or, I could choose to be energetic, healthy, get dressed, and do my destiny.

The choice is yours. Every morning. Every minute. Now.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (NIV)

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…

Root issues…

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Attribution: Rod Allday

Attribution: Rod Allday

Well, I found out what the brown spots were in our yard, that I have been mowing over all year. It is a particularly gnarly type of weed, with beautiful tiny purple flowers. They were brown all summer, and just started getting green leaves, and blooming the little flowers, now that we got some rain, and it’s a bit cooler.
Mom said there was a write up in the paper about them last weekend. She pointed them out to me yesterday, and taught me how to pull them out. You have to gather up all the little ‘branches’, and then twist the plant, as you pull it, to get the entire root out. Because, of course, if you don’t get the root out, it will just come back again.

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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.

 

 

Peace for Your Problems

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Philippians 4:6 & 7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

frightened-1172122_960_720It sure seems like an easy thing to worry. Everyday, problems come our way, and we have a choice. We can either decide to worry and be anxious, or we can turn everything over to God, knowing that He is in control.

Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 
When we are anxious and troubled, our minds become anxious and troubled & consumed with the problem or situation.

When we are consumed with the problem, we focus on all the negatives, not all the positives. Focusing on all the negatives causes us to have toxins released in our bodies that make us ill. We literally make ourselves sick by the constant focus on our problems and being anxious about the situation.

So, God gives us the answer…  Read More

Alignment

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In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6 – NASB

Recently, I noticed my car was pulling a bit to the right, which is better than pulling to the left, into traffic, but still is not as it should be.

That means my car has issues. It needs an alignment. When your car pulls right or left at the same time that you’re trying to make it go straight, then you’ve got issues. And it means you need to get your car to a place that does alignments.

Basically, an alignment “will make your [car’s] path straight,” like in today’s Bible verse.

It’s pretty common to need an alignment for your car. You need your car realigned because it’s been out doing what cars do – driving on bumpy roads, hitting potholes, and going over an occasional curb. Stuff like that knocks your car out the alignment.

The problem is, if you don’t get your car realigned, it throws everything off. The longer it goes on, the worse the damage. Including destroying our tires & then causing problems in many other areas.

Kind of like in our lives.  Read More

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!

STOP!

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Stop-300x300“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10 ESV

It is a new year. As a ministry we always stop at the end of the year and ask God to clarify what the coming year will be for us. What is the vision for the new year? What is the Mission for this next season? What strategies are we to implement, with our activities this year, that will accomplish the Mission and Vision?

We have been actually processing this, for 2015, since the beginning of the Jewish new year 5775 back in September of 2014. The year 5775 after Creation, which runs from Sept. 25, 2014, through Sept. 13, 2015. The year 5776 starts Sept. 14, 2015. Since last September, we have been sensing a shift in our activities, and in our vision, and have been pressing in to what that could mean for us in 2015.

2015 is a Sabbath Rest year (Shemittah 5775) and a Jubilee Year (Yobel 5776). In the Bible during the year of Sabbath Rest, and a Jubilee Year, all debts between Jewish debtors and creditors were cancelled, and all slaves were released. Every seventh year, in the Sabbath Rest year, the farmers did not toil in the fields. They gave the land a year of rest. They trusted God for provision. And because of the year of rest for the fields, the land was more fruitful in the subsequent seasons. In addition, during the Jubilee Year all slaves were freed, and all fields and houses sold during the past fifty years were returned to their original owners. Read More