“Secret Service” – The ministry of Angels

I’ve been sharing about the ministry of Angels and how they deliver and protect the believers. According to Hebrews 1:14 angels are “sent forth to minister” on behalf of those who belong to the body of Christ.  The word “minister” is the Greek word diakonia, a word that depicts highest level service.  We can be confident that the ministry of angels is to ensure our safety from dangerous and harmful things. These angels provided the highest level of service available to help believers and protect them from harm.
 
The phrase “sent forth” in Hebrews 1:14 is a translation from the Greek word apostello, which describes how one is dispatched on a mission.  These angels spoken of in this verse are purposefully dispatched on a mission to serve and protect believers. In Hebrews 13:2 the bible talks about showing hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this as entertained angels without realizing it!
 
Angels are powerful and awesome beings.  (2 Kings 6:12-17)
 
The following is a list of activities that angels perform:
1. Angels Meet Physical Needs. (Matthew 4:11, Mark 1:13, 1 Kings 19:5-7
2. Angels Give Strength. (Luke 22:40-44) We find here in verse 43, where an angel strengthened Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane during the most difficult time of His earthly ministry. The word “strengthening ” comes from the Greek word enischuo, a compound of the words en and ischuos. The word en means in, and the word ischuos is the Greek word for might or strength. When these two words are compounded, the new word means to impart strength, to empower someone, to fill the person with physical vigor, or to give someone renewed vitality. In other words, a person may have been feeling exhausted and depleted, but suddenly he receives a robust blast of energy that instantly recharges him. (HUMMM… could this possibly be the first energy dink? And just think it was, and is FREE!)
 
You can listen to this message on our website under the media page.
Watch for a continuation of activities that angels perform next week!


Community Back to School Health Fair

CaroMont, others throw healthy back-to-school bash for kids

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Thanks to a caring community coming together, more students had a healthier start to their first day back to school this year. Family Christian Center, in partnership with the Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services and sponsored by CaroMont Health, held a Back­-to-­School Bash on Aug. 20 for the Linwood community in Gastonia.
 
“An event of this magnitude is a serious undertaking and would be impossible without the donations of time, talent and finances from our sponsors and volunteers,” said Pastor Daniel E. Barrick. “Whether you prayed over the event, filled book bags with supplies, served snow cones, assisted with administrative tasks or simply offered a smile to a hurting family, every single act was done in love and compassion. Every act, no matter how small, contributed to the event’s success.
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“The smiles on the faces of the children as they received their backpacks lit up the room, and the care and attention shown to each family as they were guided through the available health screenings was nothing short of extraordinary,” the pastor said.
 
The annual event brought more than 1,500 children and their families to the Family Christian Center on Linwood Road in Gastonia. Children ages four through 12 received free vision, hearing and dental screenings. The more than 400 children who received health screenings also took home a free backpack of school supplies.
 
 
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More than 160 volunteers from various departments within the health department and other community organizations were available for families to lean more about their services and answer health-related questions. Additionally, kids enjoyed games,
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snacks, complimentary haircuts, and had the opportunity to get FBI finger printing. The event and school
supplies were provided by funding from CaroMont Health’s Sponsorship Program. Other community sponsors who helped make this event possible are Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services, Family Christian Center, Gaston Family Health Services, New Destiny Worship Center and Novo Nordisk.
 
“We’re excited to have been able to support the back-to-school event again this year that brings all these wonderful services to our community,” said Andrea Serra, vice president of Community Care Services and representative from the CaroMont Sponsorship Committee, “We want to continue to make strides to becoming a heather county and that starts with making sure children are healthy and ready to start school with up-to-date immunizations and health screenings. Healthy living starts early, and if we can reach children when they’re young, then we’re doing our part to building a healthier generation.”  
… published in the Gaston Gazette on Wednesday, September 7, 2016
 


Re-Joy

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Philippians 4:4
Are you trapped in a prison of despair, doubt, unbelief or anxiety?
Like David, maybe today you have lost your joy.
Psalms 51:12-13 NIV …
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.
Nehemiah recognized what his strength was.
Nehemiah 8:10 NIV … Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
If you are weak in a certain area of your life … rejoice in that area!
 
The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians is most unique books.
Some scholars call it “the epistle of joy” because the word “joy” or “rejoice” appear in it 16 times.
Yet what is amazing is that this letter about Christian joy was written from a prison cell!
While Paul was under the watchful eye of Roman guards, bound in chains, he wrote some of the most uplifting spiritual words ever penned.
In the letter’s four short chapters the author continually exhorts us to rejoice no matter how dark our circumstances are.
He writes: NASB … Philippians 1:18 …“I will rejoice”
Philippians 2:16-16 NLT … But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. 18 Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy
(rejoice in the same way!)
Philippians 3:1 … “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord” …’
Philippians 4:4 … “Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, rejoice!”.
Like a broken record, Paul hammers the same theme over and over and over, REJOICE!
The word for rejoice is “chairo”. The word can mean “to be cheerful, or calmly happy”.
IN other words this Greek word “chairo” can be used to describe a behavior and attitude.
 
To “rejoice in the Lord’ is not primarily a matter of feelings but obedience … Joy is an attitude, it has nothing to do with circumstances and every thing to do with choice.
Make the choice to REJOICE today! 
 
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