Category Archives: Thought Provoking

He Blessed Me For Doing God’s Work: Dawn Goodman

Hi Everyone,

My name is Dawn Goodman I am one of the van drivers for Jubilee Christian Church. I wanted to share with you one of my experiences while performing my duties. The Sunday after the tragic shooting incident at the school in Newtown, Connecticut I noticed a man dressed in military clothing standing on the corner of Hwy 55 and Hwy 54 collecting money. I do not usually donate to people on the corner because many of them are collecting money to support a drug or alcohol habits.

Both of this man’s legs were artificial limbs so I knew that he was a Veteran of the US military at some point in his life. I felt gratitude and sympathy for his sacrifice of both his legs fighting in war. I wanted to make a donation to him all that at I had in my pocket was $1.00. As I tried to give him the dollar he reached in his pocket and handed me three dollars and closed my hand so I would not drop it and said No the donation should be for you.

At this point the light turned green I had to leave and could not ask him why he thought I deserved a donation. The next time I went to that intersection he said You did not expect me to give you money did you? I said No I didn’t expect that at all. He said that I was doing the Lord’s work by driving the church van that is why he believed that I deserved a donation. I thanked him and said that is a wonderful thought, He told me that he is a Pastor of a church in Mebane, NC trying to raise money for the families of the children and teachers in Newtown, Conn who were killed earlier that week in the school. He invited me to come visit his church one Sunday if I was not driving the van. I don’t remember the name of his church but I did not forget his donation,to me and the reason for it.

Dawn

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Antonina Griffin: Against All Odds. My Struggle, My Success, My STORY!

We found this on youtube and decided to share. It reminds us that NO matter what we are going through…GOD can ALWAYS get you THROUGH it!

You might need some tissue paper…it made me cry! God is wonderful!

JubileeNCBlog Team


Let It GO by Bishop T. D. Jakes

There are people who can walk away from you.

And hear me when I tell you this! When people can walk away from you: let them walk. I don’t want you to try to talk another person into staying with you, loving you, calling you, Caring about you, coming to see you, staying attached to you. I mean hang up the phone.

When people can walk away from you let them walk. Your destiny is never tied to anybody that left.

The bible said that, they came out from us that it might be made manifest that they were not for us. For had they been of us, no doubt they would have continued with us. [1 John 2:19]

People leave you because they are not joined to you. And if they are not joined to you, you can’t make them stay.

Let them go.

And it doesn’t mean that they are a bad person it just means that their part in the story is over And you’ve got to know when people’s part in your story is over so that you don’t keep trying to raise the dead. You’ve got to know when it’s dead. You’ve got to know when it’s over.

Let me tell you something. I’ve got the gift of good-bye. It’s the tenth spiritual gift, I believe in good-bye. It’s not that I’m hateful, it’s that I’m faithful, and I know whatever God means for me to have He’ll give it to me. And if it takes too much sweat I don’t need it. Stop begging
people to stay.

Let them go!!

If you are holding on to something that doesn’t belong to you and was never intended for your life, then you need to…

LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to past hurts and pains…

LET IT GO!!!

If someone can’t treat you right, love you back, and see your worth…

LET IT GO!!!

If someone has angered you …

LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to some thoughts of evil and revenge…

LET IT GO!!!

If you are involved in a wrong relationship or addiction…..

LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to a job that no longer meets your needs or talents

LET IT GO!!!

If you have a bad attitude…

LET IT GO!!!

If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better…

LET IT GO!!!

If you’re stuck in the past and God is trying to take you to a new level in Him…

LET IT GO!!!

If you are struggling with the healing of a broken relationship…

LET IT GO!!!

If you keep trying to help someone who won’t even try to help themselves…

LET IT GO!!!

If you’re feeling depressed and stressed …..

LET IT GO!!!

If there is a particular situation that you are so used to handling yourself and God is saying “take your hands off of it,” then you need to…

LET IT GO!!!

Let the past be the past. Forget the former things. GOD is doing a new thing.

LET IT GO!!!

Get Right or Get Left .. think about it, and then ..

LET IT GO!!!


Word of The Day: Ephesians 3: 20-21

This word stuck out during one of our Prayer Chain sessions yesterday…and I think that it is important that we all meditate on it.

Ephesians 3:20-21: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Jesus Christ throughout the ages, world without end.

Pray: God WILL do Exceedingly Abundantly Above and Beyond all that I ask for.

Keep Praying! Remember…there is Immeasurable Power in it!

JubileeNCBlog Team


Harriette Petersen: The Power in Peace

One of our JCCI members sent this in after she read it. It was copied from http://www.devotionalchristian.com. Please read and be blessed. May the Peace of the Lord continuously be with you. Amen.

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Have you ever experienced the power in God’s peace? Peace is sometimes defined as a state in which turmoil ceases. It occurs between nations when they sign an agreement with one another on the parameters and borders and interactions between themselves. Peace is not the document. Peace is the trust of individuals to keep their word concerning the document. Peace is the absence of conflict, battles, and war.

Synonyms of peace are tranquility, calmness, stillness. For us, it is the absence of chaotic heartbeats and sweaty palms and frantic activity. It comes in quietly, yet simultaneously floods your soul and stills the rapid rythym of the blood coursing through your veins.

What causes you unrest, disquiet, anxiety? The outward circumstances? The unknown and unproven? The regrets and apprehension you will repeat your actions and end up with the same results? That is because you trust in your own abilities, your own experiences, your own resources. When we think it is all up to us, our adrenaline surges, our blood begins to pump. Sometimes we lose the ability to reason. We are confused. We envision all the problems that can occur.

When we trust in God, in His Word–we do not lean on our own understanding, but rely on and depend on God. When we rely on Him and His proven promises, He stills our hearts and calms our spirit; He gives wisdom and discernment to our minds. When that occurs, our bodies find His peace waiting to quiet our heartbeat. He creates a respite of refuge we cannot grasp or describe with human words. Even now, my words are inadequate, they are clumsy wads of vagueness. However, you know it when you have it–just as you know you know God, when you know Him. And when you don’t have peace, you know it cannot be produced by your own means. It is of God.

It’s like watching water pooling in one area, seemingly without one ripple of movement. Unless you walk down a bit further, you would miss seeing its power pouring over a dam of rocks and surging mightily on down the stream of water.

When men make peace, they place confidence in other men’s integrity and honesty. Yet, even in their most sincere moment, they each know the other could change course and break the treaty agreement. When God makes peace, He reconciles our hearts to His; He fuses His life into ours. He dwells in us and gives us the peace and confidence in Him that flows with power based on His strength, His ability to move the water downstream. Peace knows God is moving, acting and working together all things according to His riches in Christ Jesus. Peace rests in the pool of God’s will as He moves the current and releases His power.

God’s peace releases an inner confidence that cements faith in place. It’s power calms the calamity within an anxious heart just as certain as Jesus calmed the raging seas which terrified His disciples.

Jesus does the same for us. “Peace I leave you…”, He promises. He calls us to come:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

PRAYER: O, LORD, thank you for Your peace.  Thank you for giving me calm in my turmoils.  You are the answer to my questions. You are the protection for my life. You are the provision for my needs. You are the peace I can depend upon to see me through whatever comes my way. Keep me ever mindful of these facts so I continue to rest in the peace You freely give to me.

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Have a blessed weekend!

JubileeNCBlog Team


The Worst Days of Their Lives

Someone sent this to us and asked that we share it on our Blog.

It’s a miraculous story…that also teaches forgiveness!

Warning: you may need a lot of tissue paper to watch this…it’s tugs at your heart and releases the tears!

JubileeNCBlog Team


Facing the Storms of Life

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Have you ever been at a point in your life where you feel like giving up? It might be that your marriage is falling apart…or you can’t seem to find a job…or you are in so much debt…or you feel like you are the only single one left…you are so ill and the doctors can’t seem to find a cure…you work hard in school, but your grades never reflect that…your heart was broken by someone you gave your all to.

Or maybe you feel afraid…alone…depressed…defeated…abandoned

…and when these moments come…you begin to think “God…why have you forsaken me?” or begin to feel like you don’t deserve any of this.

The truth is that God will never forsake you. Remember Jesus? (If you don’t…join the 30-day Challenge and read the book of Matthew) Even, He, felt like God had abandoned Him when He found Himself on a cross; being mocked, beaten…and, ultimately, dying for sins He did not commit (Matthew 27: 45-54). Jesus did not deserve any of this…He was dying for OUR sins! We deserved to be punished, not Him! He was without sin and He took over our sins so that we may have another chance (“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”- 2 Corinthians 5:21)

God loved Jesus; He declared His love for Jesus when he said “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased (Matthew 3:17).” And at the end of everything, even though Jesus died for our sins, he got the greatest blessing: He is, today, seated at the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19).

Now, we know that God loved Jesus…but He still made Jesus suffer for our sins. He did this because he loves us so much and wanted us to have a second chance at eternal life (John 3:16).

When we face the storms in our lives, especially when we have faithfully served God; it is because He trusts us so much and He believes that we are strong enough in our faith to “suffer” in the world in order to receive eternal life in exchange. He holds us in high regard…just like he held Jesus. He knows we can handle it…and he wants us to try to be perfect…just like Jesus was perfect (Matthew 5:48)…and He is using these storms to prepare you for His plans.

God will NEVER give you more than you can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13)…He has given you direct access to Him, so that when the storms seem too strong for you to bear, you can come to Him and he will calm the storms (2 Corinthians 1:8-10). God is not pleased to see you suffer. He loves you and that is why He constantly gives you multiple opportunities to come into His presence. His plan is to fill your lips with testimonies…but what is a Testimony without a Test? Now…your test might last longer or seem greater than others…but remember that God always remains faithful (consider reading the book of Job).

Some other times, we face storms because we have not served God like we should. The only times some of us remember God is when we need something. So, when God misses us so much, and He knows that we will definitely come to him when we need Him, he brings the storms our way so that we can come into His presence…and hopefully, stay; even after the storms have calmed down.

Therefore, do not let the storms shake your faith, but instead, fill your lips with testimonies and gratitude for the opportunity to prove yourself worthy of the kingdom and in the end, you will surely overcome (Revelations 12:11).

Don’t worry about the things of the world…because these things will surely pass away…but the Kingdom of God is eternal for those who live righteously (1 John 2:17). Remember, it does not profit you to gain the world (face no storms in life) and lose your soul (live eternally in hell fire). Eternity is so much longer than the number of years we spend on earth.

Our prayer is that the storms we face will draw us closer to our Father in Heaven.

JubileeNCBlog Team


Test or Blessing?

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Test: a procedure intended to establish the quality, performance, or reliability of something, especially before it is taken into widespread use

Blessing: God’s favor and protection

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The past seven months have been extremely rough for me and my family; My wife has been ill and I was laid off from my six-figure paying job. Between paying hospital bills, providing for our three children and paying mortgage and bills in the home, I am completely broke. The job search has been extremely difficult, especially since I am playing “mummy and daddy” and also taking care of my ill wife. I have taken out all the money I had in my IRA account. I have gone from living comfortably to having about $100.00 to my name.

I have always believed that things will get better. I paid my tithes diligently when I worked and I am still very much committed to the church. My whole family still prays together and we trust the word of the Lord that says in Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good go those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them”. I have not complained about the storms I am going through and I have managed to remain thankful to God for everything.

I have been strong for the past seven months, but this morning, when I prayed, I cried. I could not hold back the tears. I cried as I asked God to make a way where there seems to be no way. I reminded Him that I had been faithful and have remained faithful. The doctors were asking for more money, my children were losing weight, I was two months behind on mortgage, I had sold all I had.

On my way to the hospital, it was storming heavily and a young man stopped my car. His tire had burst after he drove over a rock in the middle of the road and because of the pouring rain, it was very difficult for him to call a mechanic or fix it himself. He had a lot of things in his car that he didn’t want to leave behind so we put everything in different parts of my car. As we drove, he told me his name, but I was too consumed by my thoughts to remember it. I could tell he was extremely rich because everything he wore looked expensive and while he made phone calls, he gave commands like a CEO.

When we got to his destination, a huge office complex that probably had 15 companies within it, he hurriedly gathered his things, thanked me and ran off to avoid the pouring rain.

This evening, after I picked my children up from school, my youngest daughter noticed a bag in the back of the car and immediately asked “Daddy…what is this?” I grabbed the bag  from her, knowing that it belonged to the man I had picked up, and looked into it. It was money. More money than I had seen at one time.

Now…I am sitting in my car, staring at this bag of money that can change my life forever…wondering if this is a BLESSING or a TEST. I can keep the money and believe that God has blessed me through this stranger…or I can go back to the office complex and try to find this young man among thousands of people or even take the money to the police station.

Is this a Blessing or a Test? Let us know what you think by commenting below.

Bible verses to consider

1 Peter 1:7 – These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold – and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

James 1: 12 – Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who Love Him

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Also…stay tuned for more thought provoking stories like this on Mondays.

Jubilee NC Blog team