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Pages of Power Written by Pastor George Christopher

Pages of Power:

Reverend Christopher is the Pastor of The Midway Independent Christian Church in Chickamauga Georgia. He has pastured his sanctuary for 24 years, teaching them to search the scripture and encouraging them to seek and foster a personal relationship with God. He firmly believes that living a Christ Centered life, can only be accomplished by studying and meditating on the Word of God.

Anger

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Bereavement

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Confusion

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Doubt

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Drudgery

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Envy

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Editor

Fear

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Mia James

Hope

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Contributing Writers

Spiritual Growth

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George Christopher

Stress

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Troubles

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Witnessing

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Word of God

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For God has not given us the spirit of fear: but of power and of love and of sound mind Pages of Power 2 Timothy -Written by Pastor 1:7 George Christopher

Publisher From The Desk Publishing Rose.studio6@yahoo.com

Account Executives Rosanna Christopher Mia James Pages of Power Š e-zine. January 2012. Published by From the Desk Publishing Wallaceville Road Chickamauga, GA. Direct all publication and editorial inquiries to rose.studio6@yahoo.com. All the information herein has been checked for accuracy. No responsibility is accepted for deletions, omissions, errors and/or inaccuracies. Publisher reserves the right to place any ad on first come first serve basis. No materials contained herein may be reproduced without the exclusive written permission of the publisher. Š Copyright 2011 by From the desk Publishing. Published in the U.S.A.

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Anger Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. Romans 12:19

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20

"Heat not a furnace for your foe so that it do singe yourself." -William Shakespeare

"God isn't saying we shouldn't express our thoughts and emotions but that we need to do so wisely. If we quickly go on the attack,...we may find ourselves without defenses. Like an un-walled city..." Pamela McQuade

"Father God. I have been quick to anger and even quicker to act on my anger which is something you have told me not to do. It is sinful and it goes against the peaceful and compassionate nature that you have enabled all of your children to have. As you dwell in me father, raise the character of you up in me, so that I can have the spirit you need me to have. Control my anger, and more importantly, my mind and my life. In Jesus name we pray. Amen"

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Bereavement He is not a God of the dead but of the living. For to Him WE ARE ALL ALIVE. Luke 20:38

This is my comfort in my affliction, for your words have given me life. Psalms 119:50

"We are so eager, we demand. We demand in this world what only the next world can give. No sickness, no suffering, no struggle. We stomp our feet and shake our fists, forgetting it is only in Heaven such peace is found." Max Lucado

"The obituary editor of the Boston newspaper was not one who would admit his mistakes easily. One day, he got a phone call form an irate subscriber who complained that his name just appeared in the obituary column. "Really,?" came the calm reply, "Where are you calling from?!" As story told by Archbishop John L. May of St. Louis

"Dear Lord, I know that you are the creator of all things and you are the Father of all the earth. You created us in your image to love us and you gave us your only son so that you can acquire us as sons and daughters. It is hard watching you finish what you started when you call a loved one home. Give us rest and peace in your grace so that we may one day be where our loved ones are now, home. Amen"

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Confusion God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all of the churches of the saints. 1 Corinthians 14:33

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

"A Christians place is behind God not ahead of himself." R. Christopher, COB

"Instead of going around in circles confused, I started going down on my knees in prayer. Prayer, I found, has much better scenery." COB supporter Nickio Davis, Harrison TN

"Thank you, Lord for providing all of our needs. Help us to understand that everything we need in all aspects of our lives comes from you. You are the head of the household, the head of the church and the head of our lives. You are the one we should turn too to meet our needs. Lord help us to be more like you in meeting the needs of others as well and to take care of the responsibilities. Lead us and guide us. Amen"

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Doubt We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. -2 Corinthians 4:8-9

My counsel shall stand, and I will do my pleasure...Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it. -Isaiah 46:10b-11b

He moves when we don't expect Him to...He knows the doors that we face. He speaks right before we stop believing...He shows His love through His Grace" Lyrics from J. Moss' Psalms 150

"God does not dispense strength and encouragement like a druggist fills your prescription. The Lord doesn’t promise to give us something to take so we can handle our weary moments. He promises us Himself. That is all and that is enough." Charles W. Swindle

"Our Father, give us patience to wait on your divine word. Help us to understand that that you care for us and you know exactly when to act on our behalf. Give us the strength to stand until you come. We need not doubt you when we know to trust you. Amen" Page | 6


Drudgery I have this against you, that you have left your first love. -Revelations 2:4

If we had forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a foreign god, would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of our heart. -Psalm 44:20-21

"Lots of things contribute to our drudgery days. But one thing we cannot stop doing-we cannot stop doing good in Jesus' name, on the job and off. No matter what the cause of our drudgery, if we reconnect with God and follow His commands about our situation, He will help us find a way out...." Pamela McQuade The everyday guide to success Humble Creek publishing 2002

God is always with us; why should we not always be with God?" -W.B Ullathorne

"Father God, I come to you as a child not knowing the words to say to describe neither what I have done nor how I feel. But I know you know what is in my heart. Search me o Lord and strengthen me where I am weak. Build me up where I am torn down and prop me up on every leaning side. I am lowly and in despair. You hear me even when I am silent and you encourage me even when I am slow and stubborn. Thank you. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Envy -

Delight thineself also in the Lord and He will give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalms 37:4

For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. James 3:16

"A jealous person is doubly unhappy- over what he has, which is judged inferior, and what he has not, which is judged superior. Such a person is doubly removed from knowing the true blessings of creation. -Desmond Tutu

"What God has for me is for the me He is preparing me to be. Not the me I am right now. " -R. Christopher, COB

"Dear Lord, please move on the alter of my heart and help me to be grateful for all that you have given me and what you will bless me with. Allow me the grace and humility to wait in your presence and to be a servant to your. Lord let me fullfill your desires for me, that you may give me the desires of my heart. Amen"

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Fear For the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, fear not; I will help thee. -Isaiah 41:13

Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. -Proverbs 3:25-26

"We all go through pain and sorrow, but the presence of God, like a warm comforting blanket, can shield us and protect us, and allow the deep inner joy to surface, even in the most devastating circumstances." Barbara Johnson

"Be still, my soul! Thy God doth undertake to guide thy future as he has thy past. Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake; all now mysterious shall be bright at last. Be still, my soul! The waves and winds still know His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below..." Katharina A. von Schlegel

"Dear Lord, I AM AFRAID! I bless you that you have delivered me in the past And I know you can deliver me again. I know you are my protector. I know that you will let no harm come to me. And if an allowance is made in my life by you I know you can take evil and mean it for good. Help me to take courage in your word in the face of fear. Help me to seek the light in the darkness and not give in to it. In Jesus name I pray. Amen"

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Hope Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34

You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word. Psalm 119:114

"Suffering is not a test of faith...If God's love calls you in suffering, respond by self-surrender, and you will learn the mystery of Love." -J. Messner

"All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all that I have not seen." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Our Father God. There are a lot of things that we do not understand. Help us to rest in your word thru our suffering. Help us to cling to the words of hope you have given us. Lord you said in your word that you would never leave us nor forsake us. Lord we believe on you your word right now heavenly Father. We believe on your word right now when you said that you would be with us even until the end of time. We need you Jesus. If we have ever needed you we need you now. Bless us Lord God and be with us as we put our lives back together. Amen" Page | 10


Growth "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." James 1:5

"But the path of the just is as a shining light, that shinneth more and more unto the perfect day." Proverbs 4:18

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door we do not see the one which has been opened for us." -Helen Keller

"NEVER MISS A GOOD CHANCE TO SHUT UP." -Will Rogers

"Father God, we know that you know that we are quick to think we have all the answers. Lord help us to hear your direction and follow it. Protect us and guide is our average prayer, but Lord today I and those that read this prayer are asking you to help us receive direction. Help us to humble ourselves in your presence and respond to you as student to teacher." Amen"

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Stress I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints. Psalms 85:8

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. Isaiah 32:17-18

"God offers you that peace (the peace that Moses had) too. Just spend some quiet time talking with him. It can feel more restful than a month's vacation." Pamela McQuade

God does not dispense strength and encouragement like a druggist fills your prescription. The Lord doesn’t promise to give us something to take so we can handle our weary moments. He promises us Himself. That is all and that is enough." Charles W. Swindoll

"Dear Lord, please help us learn to quiet ourselves in your presence so that we can hear the calm of your voice and gather the strength of your solace. Let us willingly carve out time from our schedule of what we think is important in order to focus on the promise of your word, which is truly the most important thing. Let us look to you for our emotional needs as well as our spiritual, physical and financial. We know you care for us and you will provide for us. Give us that peace that surpasses all understanding and the grace to endure the stresses of life... not with a grain of salt, but with a mustard seed of faith! Amen" Page | 12


Troubles Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in god: for shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance and my God. Psalm 42:11

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

"Be still my soul! The Lord is on thy side; bear patiently the cross of grief or pain; Leave to thy God to order and provide; in every change he faithful will remain. Be still my soul! Thy best, thy heavenly Friend thro' thorny ways leads to a joyful end." Katharina A. von Shlegel

"There is more to your life that you ever thought. There is more to your story than what you have read. There is more to your song than what you have sung....so I urge you don't give up. So I plead finished the journey and [so God will exhort you there] be there when God whispers you name." Max Lucado

"Oh God! I cannot find the words to say, but you know what is bearing down on the altar of my soul. In my silence, heal me, hear me, and hold me. Amen" Page | 13


Witnessing No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lamp stand, that those who come in may see the light. Luke 11:33

That the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here. John 14:31

"When I don't "feel" faith, when no spiritual high fills my soul, I may still be faithful. While I'm at that spiritual plateau, God may be building my hoped for quotient." Pamela McQuade

"Other books were given for our information, the Bible was given for our transformation." -Anonymous

"Dear Lord, we come humbling ourselves before you. We ask that you give us the strength to go forth and tell a dying world about a living Christ. Father we know that you have delivered us from our past offences and you have cast them into the sea of forgetfulness. Help us to do the same so we can move past guilt, fear and shame and be lights in a dark world. Amen" Page | 14


Word of God Romans 10:17; So then Faith commeth by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

John 5:39; Search the scriptures for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

1Peter 2:2; As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.

Think of the Word of God as a band aid for the wounds of life. It is medicine for the spirit that strengthens to body and protects the soul. " -R. Christopher

Lord our God, you told us to work while it was day, for when night will come no man can work. We ask dear Lord that you soften our hearts and renew our spirit so that you may show us what you would have us to do. Let our works be acceptable to you. We ask that you bring us closer to your sweet spirit and that you open our eyes and ears so that our minds will be focused on reaching out to others as your life and death did. Lead us and guide us in the spirit of your fathers work. All these things we ask in Jesus name. Amen Page | 15


Pages of Power Volume 1