The Tale-Bearer’s Trouble

There’s a practice that is being used as a doctrine in the body of Christ, however, it is not scriptural and it brings condemnation on believers. Someone may have approached you to tell you that the reason there is adversity, trials or sickness in your life is due to sin in your life. This notion from people who are “tale-bearers of sin” fail to hear from God. Although a tale-bearer is someone who is a gossiper, some also take another perspective. They may claim to have discernment or a prophetic word from God for you. Tale-bearers are not being used by God and their words are a lie from the enemy. Scripture tells us that under grace, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. [Romans 8:1] They may see that you are being hit from all sides with attacks that are slowly breaking you down til you have nothing left to fight with, but God’s Word is full of promises and tells us what our rightful position is on this. Romans 8:37 sums it up by telling us that “in ALL these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” If the tale-bearer is right, proposing that we suffer because we are in sin, then the work Christ accomplished on the cross would be incomplete and his grace would not be enough. This is absolutely not true. It also goes against the character of God to use believers to lay judgment on other believers. It is the job of the Holy Spirit to lay conviction on each of us. It’s true that our disobedience will reap consequences and we will have natural consequences for our wrongful actions or sin. However, it is important to know that under the law of grace, it is not God who punishes when we face trials. It’s possible that it can be an attack from the enemy, or simply the result of living in a fallen world, or disobedience has opened a door that gives the enemy a right to step in and stir up trouble. In light of this, the Word of God has a remedy for that too. We can claim his promise in Isaiah 54:7. “There is no weapon formed against us (from the enemy) that will prosper.” Examine your heart before the Lord, don’t justify your actions or wrongful doing, then simply respond to your accuser of the brethren, “God does not reveal to man, what he has covered by his grace.”

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MINISTRY UPDATE – Summer 2017

Hey Friends,

It’s been a while, but I have a good reason for such a slow update.

I finished my last engagement for the Spring on June 2nd.  Every event this Spring has been wonderful and I’ve seen God touching so many hearts, from Seniors groups, Sunday morning church services to Women’s groups too.

On June 3rd, I woke up and had no voice. Days went by and I started to have a voice, but it sounded like Mickey Mouse. A terrible virus hit my sinuses and bronchial tubes all at once. My voice box was shut down. I pulled an “all-nighter” being treated at a hospital and returned home. No one at my home church except my Pastor, a few friends, and the church secretary heard hide nor hair of me (except by email or quick phone call) until the 3rd week of July.  At this point, it’s been a little bit up and down as I recover. Sometimes, my voice is there, and sometimes it’s not.  An evaluation from a vocal coach “Karen Lane O’Connor” says when I can sing, it sounds really good, but my voice is still healing.  As a result, besides a few short sprints of a song here or there, I won’t be doing any lengthy concerts for a while.   I did accept an opportunity to share a few songs at a Ladies’ Summer Brunch on Aug, 12th along with a brief devotional. It was well received with grace and understanding, since the Holy Spirit ministers through the words and music, thankfully, and is not dependent on how good my voice sounds.

Way back in February, I injured my left hip. I have hobbled through all my Spring ministry engagements, expecting that it’s going to heal sooner or later if I just rest it and use ice and heat along the way.   It was very laborsome and I could tell that my body was compensating for the imbalance. Doctors kept showing me stretches I could do. They suggested that I do aquafit, physiotherapy and core strengthening exercises. I saw a few specialists but the more I tried to do what they recommended, the worse it has become. During the first week of July, my left hip seemed to snap into place but left throbbing pain. It’s never been the same. Over the last week, the pain has increased so badly and the inability to walk any length of time has become overwhelming at times.  A heating pad has become my home base.

On Wednesday, Aug 2,  I had an MRI with the dye injected into my left hip so that it would be a “high contrasting image” on the MRI. Before the MRI, I met with my radiologist and she told me that they were looking for a labral tear in the left hip joint. She discussed my symptoms with me and although I do not have the results of my MRI yet, (not til Aug 21)  the radiologist is pretty certain that this is my problem. The worse case scenario is that I will need surgery to repair the labral tear OR I choose to continue walking with this pain, like a lame duck and eventually face a total hip replacement. The best case scenario (in the natural) is that the tear is minor and the treatment will require a lot of down time, rest and limited mobility, either way, I will face some prolonged physiotherapy without a miracle. Another scenario is that it is not a labral tear at all, and we continue to find the right medical help. While I want to believe for a miracle, as many of us know, the process doesn’t always bring an instant miracle. In addition, doctors have realized that I may have damaged the left and right Piriformis muscle due to a bad fall I had in 2013, that is now complicating problems even more. This is a muscle that lays over of your Sciatica in the lower back. I am now experiencing numbing in my hips, through my legs and feet. It’s minor at this point, but I want to avoid any further damage. This is very discouraging and frustrating for me, as I have been attempting to raise funds for the “Blessing Fund” so that there are funds to provide for families in crisis. I am also embarking on a fundraising campaign to complete a new CD (50% done) but WHAT I REALLY NEED RIGHT NOW, (besides your prayers that I deeply treasure) is to simply rest in the Lord… and an electric scooter to get to doctor’s appointments and help me get around, shopping etc.  I’ve often used my ministry income to help support the costs of past events for the ministry to the Christian Women Fellowship in my region, and this means that without ministry engagements because I need time to heal, I have no income.   I do this with a passionate servant’s heart. The Lord has always come through just in time, and I continue to trust him to provide. At this point, in all the times that I have been instrumental in gathering funds through the charity, for others who are in need, now, I am in need. I am a little weary and although I am believing for a miracle, it can take some time to see past the overwhelming circumstances and gain the inner strength to rise up in faith. I remember well because it was a 13-year journey with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, and Depression before the Lord miraculously healed me.  Thank you for your prayers and support. I would love to hear from you and I appreciate your prayerful feedback tremendously, more than you know.

I will resume recording new radio devotionals for WJIC, the Cpop Network and Racman Christian Radio in a few weeks. I will also be preparing for Women’s Event “Fall into Jesus” with Joanne Goodwin, scheduled for Sept 22, 2017. See details here.  I’m also looking forward to what God will do in 2018 since I have seen that churches and organizations have already booked me for the year ahead. Organizations, specifically “pro-life” organizations will be a new experience since I will also be sharing in highschools too.

There have been some ministry developments with new music but I can’t release that information yet because of the work in progress. When the time is right, I will not waste time getting the news out to you.

Thank you for your heartfelt sincere prayers and God bless you.


Four Keys to Riches in Christ

Prayerfully consider these four keys to wealth and riches in Christ, to apply them in your walk with Christ.

#1 KEYS TO RICHES IN CHRIST (God’s Goodness)– Psalm 72 The goodness of God was displayed in Solomen’s life and he was asking for more because he wanted to look after the widows, orphans and the poor. He was distributing what he had to give to others so that he could influence the world around him. This is what made him wealthy in many ways. It wasn’t how much riches he had, it was what he did with what God provided to him.

#2 – KEYS TO RICHES IN CHRIST (God’s goodness) – Find yourself “in Christ”. Jesus said in John 17, the glory the Father has given to me, I give to you. Ephesians 2:6 says you are seated in heavenly places in Christ. From heaven flows his blessings, through him, flows his blessing and in him exists every blessing. His Spirit dwells in you and you partake of his glory and goodness, by faith.

#3 KEYS TO RICHES IN CHRIST – (God’s goodness) – Unselfish Motive. Good leaders sacrifice in order to help others gain. Our motive should be to give God glory and to benefit others. Jesus marks this as a golden rule “Do to others what you want them to do to you.” (Matthew 7:12)

#4 KEYS TO WEALTH (God’s Goodness) – Increase comes from giving. “God so loved the world that he GAVE…” giving is a part of God’s nature. He gave the fullness of himself when he gave his Son Jesus, and he works his nature in us as we walk in Christ. You can give him praise, your talents, your resources. When you are doing this, you are stepping into the glory of God’s goodness (his wealth and riches) being manifested into your life.

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WISDOM LIKE GOLD – “In Difficult Times”

You aren’t troubled with adversity, sickness or trials so that you can be subdued by them. They have a purpose because God never wastes any opportunity to draw you closer to him. They are meant to teach you to pull your strength from God because his strength is perfect. He makes up the difference in your weakness. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” I understand all too well how very hard it is to pull yourself up when the pain is overwhelming but take courage because Jesus said he overcame the world. (John 16:33) The cross is your victory and everything you need was accomplished then. It’s yours for the taking! The woman with the issue of blood never asked Jesus for healing, (Matthew 9:20–22, Mark 5:25–34, Luke 8:43–48). She believed and pressed in through the crowd for her prize. Her faith is what caused the virtue of healing from Jesus to flow through her. Jesus never said he would move the mountain for you. He said you believe and do not doubt and SPEAK to the mountain and it has to move. (Mark 11:23) First, you must exercise your faith, like it is a muscle, by using the Word of God to strengthen your spirit. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. (Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. Romans 10:17 NIV) Sometimes you have to spoon feed yourself the Word of God like it’s your medicine for whatever troubles you. Speak the Word of God out loud to yourself so that your spirit takes it in as you hear it. If you need healing, use scriptures about healing to strengthen your faith. Whatever your need, speak Scripture because it is a weapon to fight off the enemy and gird your faith. Ephesians 6:10-14 tells us “Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand. Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness…” Use the Word of God because it is your sword, (“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:17) Your trouble and adversity is certainly a battle. It is a mountain you need to move or he gives you the power to climb over it. Either way, you have been given the weapons and authority to overcome through Christ. It’s yours for the taking when you press in by faith, strengthened by his Word. James 1:2-4 says, “My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, NOT DEFICIENT In anything.”

by Laurie Marks Vincent. – copyright, The Little Book of Abundance. You are welcome to share this on social networks, however, please do not copy without the expressed written permission of the author.

WISDOM LIKE GOLD “Conditional Relationships”

(Relationships in Leadership)

“Conditional relationships” are based on one or both person’s need. These relationships are not based on pure acceptance or mutual partnership because when one party of the relationship forms an opinion about the other, a judgemental perspective forms and then they distance themselves from the relationship. Communication to discuss these discrepancies is often weak in these types of relationships. In some relationships, a sense of competition causes one party to look down on the other. This is a form of compensating when they may feel they have lesser value than the other party in the relationship.

Jesus never responded or reacted in relationships like this. He never did any of these things. He never separated himself from people but loved them and always let them know they were accepted. He was always inclusive, not exclusive. He never placed boundaries in relationships to get away from people but instead, he redirected their misaligned thoughts and only secluded himself for a brief time to rest and recharge.  He determined to set people free and send them on a path of victory, healing, deliverance, and success. He truly demonstrated the Kingdom of God.

Even as Believers in Christ, the fullness of his love can never totally be experienced because he is so great. We will never realize the fullness of his unconditional love until we reach our eternal home. As leaders, we define his love, with the very expressed love of Christ working in us and through us, by example in words or through our actions.  They have to experience his love before they can live it and share it, as they grow to be a leader with a servant’s heart too. I encourage you today to take the positive in people, especially the one who is left out or seen as the outsider. Build them up. Help them to realize that they can step to a higher level in their gifts, abilities, and in their walk with God. Then be practical and provide them with resources to send them on their way. Don’t harbor jealousy of other’s success but join with them to celebrate. Be genuine and active in other’s successes. This is the reflection of a leader who has a servant”s heart.

by Laurie Marks Vincent. – copyright, The Little Book of Abundance. You are welcome to share this on social networks, however, please do not copy without the expressed written permission of the author.

West Highland

You’ll be enjoying a decadent evening! Desserts along with and a powerful message of the “Unbreakable Woman”, Laurie Marks Vincent’s testimony and beautiful music.

$8.00 per person at the door    (See details below)

WHEN:  June 2nd at 6:45 pm

WHERE: West Highland Baptist Church

1605 Garth St.,
Hamilton ON L9B 1X8
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Phone: 905-387-5385 (9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday)

 

 

 

New Events Coming Up

Event – Online with Laurie – Music & Ministry.

This is a special video presentation of music and testimony with a time of ministry. Released later in April, I’ll have a pre-recorded video made available for those who sign up to receive it.

The video explains the details and you’ll find the sign-up form below.

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Chained or Changed Women’s Conference

Presented by Seeds of Promise International, I am so looking forward to this excellent weekend of ministry to women and the opportunity to share the “Unbreakable Woman” Message.

“Saturday only” rates may be available. Please inquire about details and more information by calling the phone number on the poster below.

 

“Just For Girls”…. Mother’s Day at Clearview Community Church

I’ll be ministering at Clearview Community Church in Stayner Ontario.  It is a brunch for women on Saturday, May 13th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  This will be a fun morning with lots of laughter and an encouraging word for women in general, as well as a celebration for every Mother there. More details coming soon.

Faith Forward

Enjoy a “Wings To Victory” Radio Devotional.

Heard on Racman Christian Radio and the WJIC Radio Network and the Cpop Network

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