Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gerald Crabb To Undergo Heart Surgery


Prayers are appreciated for Daywind staff songwriter, Gerald Crabb. He was admitted into the hospital last night with chest pains. Due to several blockages, by-pass surgery will be required. Please be in prayer for him as he faces this surgery and several weeks recovery to follow.

Be sure to watch for updates as we get them.

Note from the God Inspires Editor:

Last night, the 1st Bikers Church group posted a notice that one of the greatest Southern Gospel singers of all time, (who will be visiting our church in December) is having heart surgery. So, I went on Youtube to find a song to post at my God Inspires web site and this is what I found.

I love this song. The way I feel today...the way I feel EVERY day as I struggle to make ends meet, I continue to hold on tight to my faith and it carries me through. Each day I wake up feeling SOOO blessed. I look forward to whatever challenges come my way because I KNOW there is a God and that He is with me. I see His work in my life on a DAILY basis. Sometimes every MINUTE of it. I know the only reason I have the aches and pains I feel right now, coupled with the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction is because HE has blessed me. I feel secure as I lay down at night to sleep.

Sometimes, the mountains don't move, but the Lord has been gracious in helping me climb! I thank God for singers and songwriters like Gerald Crabb who help give us a platform for Praising an Awesome God! And Gerald is in our prayers at God Inspires!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Event: Matt Redman (Unbroken Praise Tour) at Moores Lane Baptist Church July 25!

Join Moores Lane Baptist as they welcome Matt Redman for a night of Praise and Worship!

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

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Genesis 1:29 -- God Provides

Written By Shonda Ponder
All Bible verses taken from the KJV of the Open Bible

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. - Genesis 1:29

In order for God to give us anything, it has to belong to Him. God is God of the whole earth. Indeed, The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein (Psalm 24:1). Therefore, anything you obtain in this life is a gift from God.

In the beginning, man had no reason to covet his neighbor's belongings. There was one human being, and God had given him the whole world. Today, you are one human being in a world FULL of human beings. But, God has still given you the whole world. What you do with it determines whether you are in God's will, or your own.

On your own, left to your own devices, God will withdraw Himself from your life so that you can see that life without Him is chaotic to your heart, your mind, and your spirit. (Psalm 81:12-16) But, if you trust in Him, and make Him Lord of your life, He will provide all you need to glorify Him with -- including food, clothing and shelter. You have no reason whatsoever to have stress in your life!

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? (Matthew 6:25-30)

So, REJOICE! Be glad! For God is God, and He loves you!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Genesis 1:28 - Using the Golden Rule to Dominate

Written by Shonda Ponder
All Bible verses taken from the KJV of the Open Bible

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. - Genesis 1:28

God gave man dominion over the earth. He made men the gods of this world -- not to abuse it, but to use it. The earth brings forth everything that man needs to create and be the men of God that He created them to be.

In the animal kingdom, when animals are wild and have not known mankind, they are dangerous to men. Once they get to know man and what he provides for them, they see him as a god. They treat man with reverence and loyalty. But in order to get this loyalty, man has to remain consistent and loving.

We also have to remain consistent and loving to our offspring, and to others who may depend on us for their needs.

A good rule of thumb is to always treat others as you want to be treated; not as they have treated you, or as they might treat you, but as you want to be treated by them.

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. -- Matthew 7:12

Perfect only in Jesus

I have heard people say they will not go to church because it is full of hypocrites. Well, yeah! That's why people should come to church! If only perfect people would come to church, the pews would be empty!

Romans 3:10 says there is none righteous, no not one.

So, only those who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior are allowed into the kingdom of Heaven, because only HE is our righteousness!

Church is about praising HIM, not yourself. So, if you think you are too perfect to come to church, then you are most in need of it. YOU definitely need to be there.

You can't grow or learn anything until you admit your need for HIM to make you perfect!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

National Religious Liberties Conference Scheduled November 6,7, 2015

Des Moines, IO - July 2, 2015 (God Inspires) -- The Supreme Court of the United States has spoken: "Gay" marriage is the law of the land. Chief Justice John Roberts' words in the minority report ring ominously: "Unfortunately, people of faith can take no comfort in the treatment they receive from the majority today."

The tax-exempt status of some religious institutions will come into question if they oppose same-sex marriage and if Christian colleges refuse dorms to homosexual couples. All Christian-owned businesses in America are in jeopardy if they refuse to accommodate homosexuals. Every Christian employee is at risk of losing his job. Every Christian school is at risk of lawsuits and fines.

Will Christian churches be forced to recognize homosexual marriage?

Will Christian businesses be forced to endorse homosexual weddings, at risk of fines, property confiscation, and imprisonment?

Will Christians face more loss of jobs, government contracts, and business?

Will Christians survive in the military?

Christians and conservatives are asking these sorts of questions as we enter the 2016 elections.

Kevin Swanson, Director of Generations with Vision, has announced a National Religious Liberties Conference taking place in Des Moines, Iowa on November 6th and 7th at the Iowa Events Center. The event is strategically planned six weeks before the first presidential caucuses.

The Freedom 2015 conference has invited all the presidential candidates and has received initial confirmations. The conference will include a presidential forum, a presidential straw poll, panels featuring persecuted Christians, workshops on legal and political strategies, a radio talk show host panel, and historical surveys on Western liberties.

Invited speakers include Kelly Shackelford, CEO of Liberty Institute, Dr. James Dobson of Family Talk, Jay Sekulow, Naghmeh Abedini, Kirk Cameron, Steve Deace, Marshall Foster, John Eidsmoe, and David & Jason Benham.

Organizer Kevin Swanson said, "This will be the issue for Christian conservatives in the 2016 elections. Our religious liberties are in the balance. Persecution for Christians is heating up in Iran, Pakistan, China, Ireland, Canada, Oregon, and Arkansas. The time to act is now. It's time to get organized, get behind this issue, and exert as much influence as possible in 2016."

Steve Deace, sponsor and radio talk show host for the USA Radio Network says this is a critical moment in the history of the nation: "2016 is the do-or-die election for religious freedom in America. If we don't elect a president that will use government to defend our God-given rights instead of threatening them, then our way of life may be gone for good. And recent history has proven it's not enough to just expect the person with the 'R' after their name to do the right thing. This will require someone with proven courage of conviction."

Kevin Swanson is the author of a new book, "Freedom: The Animating Contest of Liberty, and the Heroes that Fight for It." He is Director of Generations with Vision, a Radio Host, and a Pastor of a Christian Church in Elizabeth, Colorado.

Contact Kevin Swanson for an interview on the book and the conference at 303-646-3525 or

Media representatives are welcome to this historic conference, with complementary registration. Media correspondents may meet the presidential candidates and broadcast directly from the conference. Contact Joshua Schwisow for more information at 303-829-9895 or

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Elizabeth, CO 80107-1398

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Learning to Trust Him - by Shonda Ponder

I originally wrote this on November 28, 2012. It is still true today, and I thought I would share it at God Inspires!

Years ago, I spent every hour I had every day to update a web site and make people who came there aware of the evil being perpetrated on our own people by our own government. I spent so much time doing it, in fact, that I lost track of what I was doing it for.

When I finally started longing for the things I was missing -- time with my family, smelling the roses, appreciating the stars in the sky, just simply taking time out to commune with God and His creation -- I gave it all up. I even gave up television and radio. I didn't want to hear the news. I didn't want to see it. I wanted relationships with real people, real things, real life. I wanted to get to know what I was fighting for.

I spent ten years doing nothing but living. During that ten years, I lived. For the first time in my life, I found myself alive. I got to know people. I learned to love the differences in people. I learned to love as God does. I owned several businesses. I worked in several different places. I travelled the 48 states. I joined a church.

At one point, I found myself homeless and learned that God was watching me, wondering how much faith I still had in Him. I never waivered. I remained positive. And, over and over again, I saw Him bless me.

I met some really great people with nothing. I met some really great people who had everything. I learned that material possessions have nothing to do with a person's character. I learned that only those who knew how to give were the ones who were really living. I learned that the ones who took without ever giving back were the ones who were most ungrateful and bitter with their lives. They were not living at all.

The whole ten years was a lesson on stewardship. In the end, I came to understand that God had given me chance after chance in this life. If I took the opportunities and used them wisely, I was blessed. If I failed to use those opportunities to work with-in His will, what little I had was taken away. My patience, my sanity, and my faith were tested over and over during this time, until I had learned well what it was He wanted me to learn.

Each time I failed, I went to the Father and inquired as to why? I sought to understand where I had gone wrong. I dug into His word, and stood tall on my knees declaring that I would not stop believing, and that I would trust Him, no matter what. I had a lot to learn.

Finally, I came to the realization of what it means when it says to completely trust in the Lord. I now understand that I can do nothing. He is really the one who does all things through me. When I take over, I fail. When I let Him take over and lead me, I succeed.

For the first time in my life, I am fearless. I know that no matter what I am going through, God will provide for all my needs according to His riches in Glory. If I have no food, somehow, He gives me food. If I am bored, somehow He stimulates my senses. If I have no clothes, somehow, He clothes me. If I am without shelter, He protects me. I have never done without, and I know now that He will never let me. All I have to do is keep trying, keep working toward whatever goals He sets for me, and keep seeking to be more like Jesus every day.

He does not do all this because I deserve it. He does this because I am His child. He does this because I believe in Him. He does this because He loves me. The most precious thing He has ever given me was His son, Jesus. If He would give me His only son, who died so that I could live, and then turn around and adopt me as His own child, how can I not fully trust Him?

My journey is far from over. There is still a lot my Father wants me to learn. This is evidenced by the fact that I am still here, on this earth, with you. Each experience I have brings me closer to Him, and teaches me to be a better person to you. I look forward to where He will take me next and what experiences I am destined to have. I hunger to see His every day miracles, and how they will affect me, which will in turn affect you. This is what the "abundant life" is all about.

Finally, I invite you to take this journey with me. It's simple: all you have to do is trust in Him. Let Him lead the way. Listen to what He says in His word. Live according to the example of Christ. Learn from your failures. Thank Him for your blessings. Give Him credit for where you are and who you become without blaming Him for your mistakes. Accept the offering that He made for you in His son, Jesus. Then, let Christ live through you.

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Genesis 1:27 -- Possibility Abounds

Written by Shonda Ponder
All Bible verses taken from the KJV of the Open Bible

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. -- Genesis 1:27

God created man. Man is finite. God is infinite. Man only has the bounds that God set for him in His creation; but what man creates can sometimes overpower mankind because even his creation has bounds that God sets, not man. Man has no power to set boundaries in creativity. If he did, then God couldn't make anything possible for him.

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. -- Mark 9:23

But you have to believe. You have to believe that God is all-powerful, almighty, all-knowing, and all-loving. He wants to give you everything that is His, but you have to prove that you are worthy of His trust. The only way you can do that is to place all of your own trust in Him.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Genesis 1:26 - God to the gods

Written by Shonda Ponder
All Bible verses taken from the KJV of the Open Bible

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. -- Genesis 1:26

God made man in His image, not to BE Him, but to be LIKE Him. This means that you have all the feelings, wants, needs and desires that He has, and you have the power to create and to love your creation.

In a way, this makes you a god on earth. You will never BE God, because you can only create with what He gives you to create with. He is the only One who can make something out of nothing. But, if you utilize your faith in HIM, and you ask HIM for anything you want, need or desire to create, nothing is impossible to you.

God also gives you the power to destroy, with a mind that helps you decide what you should keep or what you should destroy. This is a power that needs to be used very wisely.

Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; (John 10:34,35)

So, as gods under the authority of the ONE almighty God, it is up to you to create or destroy your life as you see fit. Which one will you choose?

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. -- John 10:10

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Event: Grace Church, Vacation Bible School July 13-17 (Nash, Texas)