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Dear family of our Lord Jesus Christ,
God Bless you and yours forever and ever! What did you hear from the Lord yesterday? After I read the CUP yesterday, I treasure our relationship even more. Take your shoes off now and stay awhile here at the CUP and pray over the writings today.
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C. S. Lewis said this about friendship…………
In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.”

Please go back to yesterday’s CUP at this time and read more on Godly friendship.
Godly friendship’s can kill a lot of evil in this world we live in. Remember satan does not like Godly friendship’s! Put on the Armour of God each day.

April 3, 2013. Jesus has water we know not of. The water Jesus gives causes the believer never to thirst again. Rather, that water becomes a forever river that flows from the throne of God within the believer’s heart. The woman lived in a dry, dusty and harsh city near Jacob’s well. She was so moved by the words of Jesus that she believed. She then led the men of her city to also believe.  This living water can be yours every day as well. Are you dry and thirsty? Believe as she did.
John 4:13-14 (NASB) “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” Ras Robinson

I may get an email about a CUP I posted weeks or days ago….this short but sweet reply by Alan Autry lifted my spirit today……….
Dear Family of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Thank you for stopping by for a CUP of encouragement!
I want to share with you this day more than ever, that God speaks to me in
my sleep, God show’s me things. This started years ago but is now
increasing.Sharon says of late I have been in such a deep, deep sleep at
night. It is the peace of the Lord. What the Lord is telling me is to be
obedient, be absolutely obedient. The other thing He is stressing to me is
to keep walking for Him, keep on the path I have put before you, says the
Lord. He also is bringing me and Pastor Paul Holt closer together to be
watchman on the wall for Him and bringing our wives with us in doing this
work. I am seeing right before my eye’s much of the results of the Lord’s
work. I am trying not to get in the way! In this CUP I have posted on
standing in the gap for God, please read it.

PS If I could bottle it….I would give everyone a bottle, but it can be
found in your Bible!
This message really touched me brother. God Bless and love you! Alan

Alan played Bubba in the TV series In The Heat Of the Night. Alan was a great help in our Lord to Actor Carol O'Conner in his relationship with Jesus and also supported Carol after the death of O'Conners son Hugh.
He now makes Christian movies. WOW! They are dynamite! I encourage you to google Alan's name and watch his movies and support him and his wife in prayer as they go forth spreading the message of our Lord.

More emails………….

Thank you once again for THE Cup !!!   Everyday, the more I read, the more I learn, and even better, the more I enjoy…

I have a personal situation I’d like to ask your advice on…   While considering if I should call you in person or ask via email such as this I got the ‘very distinct feeling’ that I should do this in electronic form so it could be shared with others, such as in THE Cup, as it may apply to many of our fellow Brothers & Sisters in today’s environment & I have NO doubt you have the answer and/or direction I need…   To follow on that thought, maybe it might be a good idea if this type of helpful communication were provided (like a question & answer section, or “Dear Dewey”), in The Cup or on the web site in the future for all of us to share with each other…

Now my situation/question for you that you are more than welcome to share with all:

As you are well aware, recently YOU brought the LORD back into my life and I couldn’t be happier.  Also, as you well know, I became unemployed a few months ago and am in search of employment.  Due to physical disabilities I have applied for Social Security Disability since the limitations I have prevent me from a high number of opportunities and not many want to hire someone at 60 anymore not realizing the dedication and reliability most of us older folks offer in their employment.  In a position of just having brought the LORD back into my life I still have A LOT of education I need to catch up on.  My understanding is to serve the LORD and he will provide and that I shouldn’t be greedy for material possessions.  This raises a ‘confusion’ for me as I don’t know if I should pray for help in my search for a limited income.  I search not for financial ‘riches’.  I am only in search for a limited amount of income to sustain my household and loved ones.  Is it wrong of me to pray for help with employment or is this praying for material or earthly things that I shouldn’t be praying for?  Don’t want to pray out of ‘greed’ but my family is my responsibility and don’t think that is ‘greed’.  I actually pray that I might find work which would allow me income in excess of what I’m allowed under SS disability, (presuming I even get it), and that the pay structure could be manipulated to allow the excess be donated to such things as FGGAM and my Church in their work for “HIM”.  Is this wrong ?  I don’t think I’m praying out of greed but rather for “HIS” help in fulfilling my responsibilities to the family I promised to provide for.  HELP !
rick stambaugh

LOVE U BROTHER !

rick

Here is my reply to Brother Rick………..

Rick, Excellent suggestion!

I have been praying for over an hour for God to give me the words to speak to you.
here is how we should pray……

Lord thank you for my life.

I hold onto all your promises in your Word.

Lord, I pray for a good Godly job that You will lead me to. I turn this job search over to you.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future.

I turn this job search over to YOU, God Almighty, I give it all to you.

I will have an attentive ear and spirit to hear you call me to my next job.

In the name of Jesus, AMEN! Thank YOU LORD!

Now we wait…Psalm 46:10 Be still and wait upon the Lord

If you have a question for me, just email it and I will answer you as the Lord leads, this is not of me, but of God. I will never post your question without your permission.

Right now we pray for Jobs for Gretchen, Stephanie, Natasha, and Rick
For all those looking for work Lord, we pray for a Godly job.

We pray for safe travel for Wannel Pate to go see Brandy and George who just moved.

We pray for the family that has had their loved one go back to drugs.

We continue to pray for Joseph who is dealing with much emotional hurt from childhood. We pray for the Mark Doering family in the passing of their Mother. We rejoice in her going to heaven and we pray for strength and peace for the family here on earth! AMEN!

Please pray for 11 year old Jojola Baca missing since Monday after school
in Albuquerque.
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One of the blessings that I have had in my life is getting to know Pastor Leonard Navarre

and many folks at Valley View Christian Church in Edgewood. Coming up on April 18th

I will have the blessing to teach their Men’s Bible study! This is the group of men who

donated the car window’s to daughter Gretchen after her’s were smashed out. Leonard

has poured so much love and Godly knowledge into me, it is impossible to put it into

words. So many in this congregation have dome the same to FGGAM. They are always

outside the walls of the Church helping so many in the Edgewood area. I told Leonard

when they opened the new addition it would not be long before they would have to build

on again. For those of you not from New Mexico, Edgewood has a population of 3,735.

Valley View is a shining light for all of us to learn from, it is drawing people into the

Kingdom. This Church has the favor of God upon it. I post a letter Lead Pastor

Brandon Shaffer sent to his flock yesterday……..read it and be encouraged. The

Church is not dead in America, We just have to make sure that our Church’s are in

the Will of God and our Preaching His Word and not our’s, that we are not compromising

the Word of God. Pastor’s need to make sure they are hearing God and not themselves.

I could do a whole seminar on this! LOL LOL As I have seen in my last 40 years

Churches in small towns like Edgewood flourish in the Lord and Churches struggle

and fail in small and large towns. I see Churches in large Cities flourish and also fail.

When I go to Preach or visit a Church I can feel right away in the Holy Spirit where

a Church is at in it’s relationship to the Lord. Another Church in a small Town, First

Baptist in Magdalena lead by Pastor Paul Holt is on fore for our Lord! WOW! In

Albuquerque when I am out and about, like most everyday I hear so many Godly

things about Legacy Church, Pastor Derek told me yesterday 867 water baptisms and

12,635 total attendance over Easter weekend! Legacy Church reaches beyond it’s

walls and into the community and state. If you would like to share about your Church

please send me an email and we will post it! For God’s Glory Alone!!!!!!!!!!!! AMEN!!!!!!!!!!

Dear Valley View Family,

I intended to write this yesterday but my mind was mush after such an amazing Easter.  If you weren't here, you missed an absolutely awesome experience. 

As I've thought about Easter @ Valley View over the last few days I have really asked “what were the big wins?” Let me share a few.

#1: Transformation. Our Easter Services were capped off by watching a dad baptize his daughter.  Personally, that is one of my greatest joys.  But it tells me that true transformation is ongoing and happens in homes, marriages, workplaces & communities.

#2: The Crowd. This last Sunday 804 people worshipped with Valley View Christian Church.  By far that is largest number of people we have ever had.  What inspires me is that the 800 number could become normal very soon.  That means more transformed lives for Jesus on an ongoing basis.

#3: Volunteers & Staff. I am so thankful for the number of people from Valley View who stepped up this weekend to make Sunday possible.  There are really too many to thank individually.  But for those of you who served in some way, "THANK YOU!"  I've always said the best thing we have to offer after Jesus is our people.

#4: Sacrifice. When we're crowded inside the parking lot is also crowded.  We asked those who were able to park on the back lot.  By the time I arrived Sunday morning there were more parked on that lot than anywhere else.  I know it was small, but it shows me that y'all love those who are yet to find Jesus or call Valley View home enough to walk a little farther.

#5: Extending Invitations. The 'sweet spot' of Sunday for me was the number of people I met that told me they were here because someone invited them.  I truly believe that ministries that thrive and grow do so because people invited their friends, relatives and co-workers to church.  Meeting people who were invited by people was the highlight of my day.

Aside of the wins of Easter I also realize that we still have work to do for Jesus.  There are still lives to be saved.  Marriages still need to be repaired.  So yesterday I started preparing for this coming Sunday.  Even though Jesus has risen from the grave, we still live in a broken world.  Lives, homes and marriages are in shambles.  The world is in turmoil politically.  Even worse, people are dying each day looking at a Christ-less eternity.
Therefore, I'm done looking back.  Instead, I'm focused now on our ministry of helping people take NextSteps on their journey with Jesus.  Right now I'm working on a message that will lay the groundwork for the next month.  Sunday, we are beginning a new message series calledREBUILDING A BROKEN CULTURE, which is based on the book of Nehemiah.  In Nehemiah, the servant of God discovered that nearly everything in Jerusalem was broken.  However, what we find is that Nehemiah not only rebuilds the walls around Jerusalem, he guides people to rebuild their lives for God. 

I believe the message of Nehemiah is timely for today.  I hope and pray that you will join us Sunday (& every Sunday) as we look at what we can do to help people rebuild their lives.

Thanks for being such an awesome church.

Brandon
One of the things the Lord has us do at FGGAM is connect people with a Church and Pastor. If you are looking for a Church and to have a relationship with a Pastor and the Body of Christ, just contact me. We are doing this every week, guiding people back to the Church. We do it through prayer.
We are so blessed this morning to have Darlene Quiring from one of my favorite places in the World, Mt. Lake
Minnesota with us..she writes on the Holy Spirit........may the Holy Spirit move in you as you read...............
The Holy Spirit is Love. The Holy Spirit is Life. The Holy Spirit... is God. "The Spirit of God made me and the breath of the Almighty has given me life." ( Job 33:4) God is Spirit. The third person of the Trinity, God Himself, the Spirit of Christ. The Holy Spirit is our breath, our Life, the reason for our existence. He is Love. He is active. Well, what does He do? He changes us. He transforms us. He teaches us. He brings us into a deeper relationship with God. Being God He can do this. He is Himself God, and God is Love. When we encounter the Holy Spirit in our lives, we encounter God's Love. Put another way, when we encounter God's Love we encounter God's Spirit. Experiencing this, by default, changes us.

Think about how afraid the apostles were after Jesus died. They stayed in the upper room hiding, afraid they would be killed too because they were followers of Christ. The Holy Spirit comes and everything changes. Now they are fearless, bold, unafraid. They now not only are brave enough to speak to the world about Christ, they also know what to say. The Holy Spirit has given them the words, the passion, the ability and the means to spread the good news of Jesus' life and death and resurrection. Literally, just a few minutes earlier these same men were afraid of their own shadow. Talk about power. This same power, this same Spirit is still here today. He's not a different Holy Spirit. He's the same one that the apostle's received at Pentecost. This same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives within us. He is no less powerful in us. Do you really believe that? Or do you perhaps think Jesus had a different Spirit than we do? He didn't. There is only One Holy Spirit. There is only One God and He's here to help us overcome our fears too and give us a new passion for living His Life.

This Spirit that gave Jesus life is the same Spirit that gives us life. But too often, we don't ask for this life. We ignore Him. We wonder why it feels like God doesn't help us but we don't ask Him too. God acts when we use our free will to invite Him into our lives but we don't do it. Why not? After all as it says in Galatians 5:22-23, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."Aren't we all looking for these things? This is not only what the Holy Spirit desires to give us, this is what He Himself is like. God gives us Himself, so that means He is loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, generous, faithful, gentle, and has control. He sounds great but we seem to avoid Him at all costs. We just don't want God in our lives when He's exactly what our lives were created for.

I once heard the Holy Spirit described in comparison to chocolate milk (bear with me a minute). When making a glass of chocolate milk - the chocolate is on the bottom - it's there, truly and fully and completely, but it's not being utilized to its full potential until it is stirred up. Once it is shaken up, everything changes.  He's there, truly and fully and completely, but we don't utilize His gifts as we ought to. Sometimes we even forget that we have received Him. When we pray to God to unleash His Love within us, everything changes.

Yes the Holy Spirit may shake things up in your life but it's all good. When we come to know God in this personal way we realize that it's always good. The Holy Spirit is to be experienced. Just like the glass of chocolate milk, we don't make it to just stare at it. We are called to drink it, to enjoy it, to be nourished by it. The Spirit of God is not chocolate milk. The Spirit of God is Life itself - true Life, everlasting Life! In the Holy Spirit we "live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28), and we are called to live His Life to the full, not the way the world calls us to, but the way the Spirit does, guiding us to a Life of inner peace. We go through the routine of life, figuring we are living as Christians when really - there is so much more!

So let's not leave the Spirit sitting around at the bottom of our lives. Let's make Him a priority, let's stir Him up, even put Him first in our lives. Let's ask God for this grace. Let's give everything to the One who gave us everything - and still does today. God can breathe new life into us and give us a new enthusiasm. A fearless and powerful life of Love awaits us. Let's shake it up and let God release His Spirit into our lives in a New Way, Today.

Thank you for sharing Darlene! God Bless you and yours!

For God's Glory Alone in the Love of our Lord Jesus Christ, Dewey Sharon and Family


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