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Jesus, Our Source of Life

On Friday’s at the INN we take time to pray for the ministry and to proclaim the many truths of Jesus Christ. Join us in praying for the ministry and remembering the many benefits and blessings found in Jesus.

I choose LIFE, You have set before me today LIFE and prosperity…You will make known to me the path of LIFE; in Your presence is fullness of joy: in Your right hand there are pleasures forever… You Lord are the defense of my LIFE; whom shall I dread?… For with You is the fountain of LIFE…You redeem my LIFE from the pit…In You is LIFE, and the LIFE is the light of men…Jesus came that I may have LIFE, and have it abundantly… Jesus You are the bread of LIFE…and You said “I am the resurrection and the LIFE; you who believe in me will LIVE even if you die.” …As sin reigned in death, even so grace will reign through righteousness to eternal LIFE through Jesus Christ my Lord…I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who LIVE, but Christ LIVES in me; and the LIFE which I now LIVE in the flesh I LIVE by faith in You the Son of God, who loved me and gave Yourself up for me… For I have died and my LIFE is hidden with You…So that being justified by His grace I would be made an heir according to the hope of eternal LIFE…His divine power has granted to me everything pertaining to LIFE and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called me by His own glory and excellence…

 

Deuteronomy 30:15, Psalm 16:11, Psalm 27:1, Psalm 36:9, Psalm 103:4, John 1:4, John 6:48, John 11:25, Romans 5:21, Galatians 2:20, Colossians 3:3, Titus 3:7, John 10:10, Romans 6:23, 2 Peter 1:3

Jesus Our Salvation

This is our proclamation of the Salvation we have through Jesus Christ!

There has been born for us a SAVIOR who is Christ the Lord…The Son of Man has come to SAVE that which was lost…SALVATION belongs to You Lord…The SALVATION of the righteous is from You…If we confess with our mouths Jesus as Lord, and believe in our hearts that You raised Him from the dead, we will be SAVED…For by grace we have been SAVED through faith; and that not of ourselves, it is Your gift…You are our strength and song, and You have become our SALVATION…You Lord are our light and our SALVATION; Whom shall we fear? Our souls waits in silence for You only; from You is our SALVATION…You only are our rock and our SALVATION, our stronghold; we shall not be greatly shaken…On You our SALVATION and our glory rest…Our hearts shall rejoice in Your SALVATION…Our spirits rejoice in You our SAVIOR…If while we were enemies we were reconciled to You through the death of Your Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be SAVED by Your life…We have fixed our hope on You the living God, who is the SAVIOR of all men, especially of believers…You SAVED us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to Your mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit…You are able also to SAVE us forever as we have drawn near to You through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for us…We will sing to You Lord, with all the earth; proclaiming good tidings of Your SALVATION from day to day…That Your way may be known on the earth, Your SALVATION among all nations…

Luke 2:11, Matthew 18:11 Psalm 3:8, Psalm 37:39, Exodus 15:2, John 10:9 Romans 10:9 Ephesians 2:8 Psalm 27:1, Ps 62:1, Psalm 62:7, Psalm 13:5, Luke 1:47, Romans 5:10, 1 Timothy 4:10, Titus 3:5, Hebrews 7:25, 1 Chronicles 16:23, Psalm 67:2

Proclaiming The HOPE We Have

Have you ever spoken with someone who seemed hopeless? If so you know that being without hope affects everything:  words, decisions, appearance and life in general. We are not without hope and that is a  wonderful reason to celebrate. Join us in making this proclamation and let’s celebrate together ‘Christ In Us The Hope Of Glory’, may we help bring hope to the hopeless…

HEALING PROCLAMATION…

God’s Word is full of very powerful verses regarding healing and story after story of wonderful healings taking place. Here is a Proclamation concerning healing that we can make for ourselves and for those we are praying for who need to be healed. Jesus Our Healer, we give all the glory to You!

HEALING PROCLAMATION…

Heal us, O LORD, and we will be healed; save us and we will be saved, For YOU are our praise…JESUS YOU bore our sins in YOUR body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by YOUR wounds we are healed…Send forth YOUR WORD LORD and heal us…YOU LORD will remove from us all sickness and every kind of disease… We shall serve YOU, LORD OUR GOD, and YOU  will bless our bread and our water; and YOU will remove sickness from our midst… healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness… Freeing us from our sickness… YOU YOURSELF took our infirmities and carried away our diseases…YOU restore us to health.

Jeremiah 17:14, 1 Peter 2:24, Psalm 107:20, Deuteronomy 7;15, Exodus 23;25, Matthew 4;23, Luke13;12, Matthew 8;17, Psalm 41:3

Tips For Speaking To Children – Part 3

Here it is,  part three of ‘Tips For Working With Children’. I am sure you can add more to this list. I believe that if we follow these tips, we will be effective in our teaching and communication with children, and we can be  a part of seeing Biblical truths established in them.

TIPS FOR SPEAKING TO CHILDREN – Part 2

Welcome back to ‘Tips For Speaking To Children’! This is part two of a three part series. One more part is yet to come. I believe these tips will help anyone who has children of their own or has an opportunity to work with or speak with children in any capacity.

STUDY THE SCRIPTURES:

It is important to help develop in children a reverence and respect for God’s Word. you can do this by how you handle the Bible. Don’t throw it around or put it on the floor, hold it reverently letting the children see what a very special book it is to you! Even if you know the verse by heart, still open the bible to that verse and read it from there. This helps to communicate to the children how very special and important God’s Word is to you.

It is essential that you study Scripture, so you know the importance of what you are sharing. Make sure your Scripture is in context. To share a simple truth with children you need to have a really good grasp of what it means yourself. Do word studies; find other related verses; look at the original Greek / Hebrew meanings. Condense what you have learned into bite size children’s portions. you may not get to share everything you have learned, but forming the basis of what you do share, will be all that you have studied. It is very hard to share a truth simply, when you are not convinced of it yourself.

We are to give children nuggets from God’s Word. Once you have had a chicken nugget you develop a flavor for chicken! Wanting eventually the whole chicken and not just the nuggets. No one would think of giving a small child a whole chicken to eat, they are just not ready for that yet! But you can give them some nuggets! That is what we are to do, Then they will become hungry for the whole of God’s Word later. You are going to find the nuggets by knowing the whole chicken!

BE AS CREATIVE AS YOU CAN BE:

Usually no idea is too wild!!! The more unusual the better! The unusual and unlikely, grips the hearts, minds and imaginations of children, they usually remember such things. Jesus did and does the miraculous and unusual, these things stick with us as they did with the disciples. Be very visual in all you do with children!

ASK QUESTIONS:

Ask questions of the children, that will help determine just how much of what you have shared they have understood.

Good Questions:

How can we do what it says in this verse?
What might stop us from doing that?
What do you think this means for you today?

Feedback and questions help to give children a framework for taking what they have learned and applying it in their lives’. These are good questions to be asking ourselves too, as we study God’s Word.

Many blessings to you as you have the blessed opportunity to work with children,

Melissa Lee

TIPS FOR SPEAKING TO CHILDREN

I have been so blessed these past twenty plus years to work with children of all ages and from different nations, here at The Inn. I have worked with children in one way or another since I stopped being a child myself! I want to share with you over the course of the next weeks some tips that I believe will help as you work with children. So, here you go. Three tips for today! These are not in any particular order, nor are they by any means exclusive.

3 TIPS FOR SPEAKING TO CHILDREN

1.BE AS VISUAL AS YOU CAN BE:

Don’t just stand there and talk! Use as many visual illustrations as you can. Children love visual aids and will remember much better what you are talking about if you use them.

A THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION…

I have noticed over the years that thankful people are a delight to be around. Their conversations are liberally sprinkled with gratefulness, it just oozes out of them! It is good manners to say “thank you”, somehow we have the “please” down fine.  There are many people in my life I need to say thank you to, those from my past those in the present and there will be those I am sure in my future,  both family and dear friends. Most of all though I want to say thank you to  the One who has given everything for me, Jesus.  May there always be found a word of thankfulness on the tip of my tongue ready to burst forth.  Join me in making this Thanksgiving Proclamation…

A THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION..
Let me come before Your presence with thanksgiving, let me shout joyfully to You with psalms. I will give thanks to You Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders and magnify You with thanksgiving. I give thanks to You Lord, for you are good; for Your lovingkindness is everlasting. I will sing to You, overflowing with many thanksgivings. I will give thanks to You Lord according to Your righteousness and sing praise to Your name, Lord Most High. I will give thanks to You forever. To all generations I will tell of Your praise. I will give thanks to You, for You have answered me, and You have become my salvation. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, my soul knows it very well. Being righteous I will surely give thanks to Your name. Thanks be to You God for Your indescribable gift! Thanks be to You God, who always leads me in triumph in Christ, and manifests through me the sweet aroma of the knowledge of You in every place. I will be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let my requests be made known to You God. Let me continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to You God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to Your name.
Psalm 95:2, 9:1, 69:2, 118:, 147:7, 2 Corinthians 9:12, Ps 7:17, 30:12, 79:13,139:14,140:13, 2 Corinthians 9:15,1 Corinthians 15:57, Philippians 4:6, Hebrews 13:15 NAS

 

The Preciousness Of Your Prayers

When you are a part of a Ministry that spans the years and is still in existence and flourishing, it becomes very clear that prayer has been a major part of that. We have a Prayer Room on the third floor dedicated for that purpose. Recently we had a day of prayer, and all the staff and everyone here took an hour to pray for our very busy upcoming Summer. This caused me to wonder just how many prayers have been prayed in this place over the years?  Far too many too count, I am sure. The amazing truth is, God hears our prayers and is faithful always to answer. If only we had a record of those prayers, I believe we would be leaping up and down and shouting our praises as we saw the amazing and miraculous answers our God has given!

OUR GOD IS ABLE – 3 Day Study

It is so important that we realize that Our God Is Able, that there is nothing he cannot do. He is the God of the impossible and He will far exceed our highest expectations. Join me in taking a little time in these next three days to study this amazing truth from the Word!

Three Day Word Study  – OUR GOD IS ABLE…

It’s Not Over Until The Last Net Is Lowered (Luke 5)

At the point when we think we are done, there may be something more. The fishermen from the boats had gone down from them and were washing their nets. Clean up was underway. It was over. They were done with fishing, all over but the putting away of the nets.

E.A.S.T.E.R.

When we hear the word Easter, what first comes to mind? The Last Supper? The cross? The unmatchable sacrifice? The weeping? The empty tomb? Jesus dead but now alive? Our lives’ never the same again? Each line below spells E.A.S.T.E.R. May the wonder and treasure of ALL that Jesus has done for us, be fresh in our hearts this Easter time. He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
 
E.A.S.T.E.R.
ENTIRE, ALL SIN TAKEN, ETERNALLY REMOVED
EASTER AND SALVATION TO EVERYONE RESOUNDING

Proclaiming God’s Word: “He is Able”

Sometimes we can be so limited by our abilities and what we think we can or cannot do. The good news is it is not about us and our abilities but about God and who He is and what He IS ABLE to do.  We are to focus on the wonderful truth that our God is ABLE, when we do that we have the right perspective, God’s perspective and truly nothing is impossible for Him!
Let us declare these words of truth together concerning what our God is able to do!

 

GOD IS ABLE PROCLAMATION

He is ABLE to save us forever who draw near to God through him, since He always lives to make intercession for us…

Proclaiming God’s Word: “Strength”

There are times when we are weak and do not feel strong, maybe because of sickness or trying circumstances, or busy times. There is good news for us however, for when we are weak He is strong and His strength is available to us every moment. It is so good to know it is not up to us and our ‘little bit’ of strength, but up to Him and His more than sufficient strength. Join me in proclaiming these verses today and may you be blessed with His joy, may you serve with the strength He gives and may you be strengthened with all power! Amen!

A STRENGTH PROCLAMATION

I LOVE YOU, O LORD MY STRENGTH…

YOU ARE MY STRENGTH AND SONG…

Proclaiming God’s Word: “NOW”

Sometimes as we walk through our days we look back fondly to times that were. If we are not doing that we often are looking forward to what is yet to be. It is good to gather the memories of the past and to anticipate eagerly what is ahead. God’s Word has so much to say about ‘Now’, I put this Proclamation together to help me live ‘Now’, and to appreciate what God has done for me and what He has and is giving me today. Proclaim this, because it is the truth!

May God bless YOU greatly as you walk with Him ‘Now’, may none of us miss the wonder and beauty of the moment we are in!

NOW PROCLAMATION
NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION…

NOW I KNOW HIM AND HAVE SEEN HIM…