Zambia Clinic – Go Fund Me

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A team of men from Huntington, WV will go August 15, 2015 to fulfill the vision of installing plumbing and electric at the Light the World Clinic in Zambia, Africa.

While the team is there, they will build quarters for a doctor with the governments promise to supply a Christian doctor on the premises for the sake of the community in the Gwembe Valley.

You can partner with us today. Please be a part of the solution for the Gwembe Valley both spiritually and medically by joining us in completing the Light the World Clinic in Zambia.

Christ Temple Church appreciates your support. Any amount will make a huge difference. Donate now by clicking the Go Fund Me button below.

http://www.gofundme.com/africaclinic

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Fast Day Eight from Pastor Chuck Lawrence

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Get Real – This is the last day! You can do it! Scents probably have been far more intensified, some hard to deal with. Weakness probably remains prevalent. Your weight loss is noticeable, about 15+lbs (not to worry, you’ll gain it back! That is, unless you cut way back on your calorie intake for the next 21 days and eating real food).

Real Help  – Spend as much time as possible in worship and in prayer today. Make sure that what has been accomplished is for His glory and that His will will be done in your life. Do not prepare a big meal of all your favorites upon ending your fast. You will get sick. You need to wake up the system with some softer fruits and vegetables, maybe a little broth. Ease back into other foods for the next two days. Keep the water intake steady (even though by now you are loathing its taste).

Real Growth – Endurance is not a bad word. It is the process that committed people adhere to until they see what they know is to be. Jesus said that, “the good soil are the people who hear the word but also hold on to it with good and honest hearts, producing a crop through endurance.” Luke8:15 (ISV) Notice the seed is abounding with potential however the crop comes because of endurance, a tenacious grip that won’t relent even under difficult circumstances. The Apostle Paul writes, “let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9 (KJV) Endurance is the opposite of fainting; loosening of our grip. The only way to victory is to stay the course. Endure in the Greek is to “stay under”, not allowing the pressure to push you away from the prize but rather using it to gain vigor by keeping your sights on the inevitable victory at the end of this great adventure. James says, “Happy are those who remain faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a test, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 (GNT) So live your life in a way that failure is not an option.

 

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Fast Day Six from Pastor Chuck Lawrence

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Get Real – I trust the mental alertness has been noticeable today as well. If your sleep has been intermittent you may feel more exhausted. Hunger pangs should have subsided by now.

Real Help  – Brushing your teeth and tongue should be done at least three times a day. Massaging your body and/or taking a calm walk can keep you from becoming stiff and lift your spirits. Moisturizing cream can help as well right after a shower or bath. You might be careful about rings just falling off your fingers as the swelling has diminished.

Real Growth – God’s plan for you is to bring all the richness of His glory into your life. He desires to make these deposits in you to promote His purposes. The Apostle Paul wrote that “from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.” Ephesians 3:16 (NLT) the word for strength is dunamis; God’s miraculous power. You are meant to be so full of the riches of His glory that it overflows. “And God can give you more blessings than you need, and you will always have plenty of everything. You will have enough to give to every good work.” 2Co 9:8 (ERV) Every good work has to do with fulfilling all of God’s intention for you. Your needs should be created by your God given desire to do His will. And then “God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19(KJV)

 

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Fast Day Five from Pastor Chuck Lawrence

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Get Real – Some may still be feeling some weakness, headaches and chills. That’s what I am experiencing. But by today most of you should feel a better level of alertness and just an overall feeling of mental well-being. At this point in the fast higher levels of certain hormones, like endorphins appear in the blood stream.

Real Help  – Most unintentionally start drinking less water as the fast goes on, however you need to remain hydrated and help flush out the toxins that are being released from your fat stores. Stay away from the smell of food and conversations about food as much as possible. You can get hungry just thinking about food.

Real Growth – God is desiring full surrender. He wants you to have no greater craving than for Him. Surrender with a personal benefit in mind is not full surrender. When we are real enough with Him to concede to our weaknesses He then can display His strength. God says, “Only when you are weak can everything be done completely by My power.”2 Corinthians 12:9 (ERV) We will only see the true manifestation of the power of the Spirit by resigning all rights and authority to Him. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, “You surely know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. The Spirit is in you and is a gift from God. You are no longer your own.” 1 Corinthians 6:19(CEV) If you will ever do anything eternally meaningful it will be because you have relinquished every facet of your being to God. “Give yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life, and surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes. Romans 6:13(GNT)

 

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Fast Day Four from Pastor Chuck Lawrence

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Get Real – This has been really tough, though today is somewhat better. I am so proud of you for following your heart after God in this fast. Many might have switched from a total water fast to a juice fast by now. This is okay; you are still fasting. Both the water fast and juice fast free your body from the daily chore of digesting so it can focus on cleansing, repairing and healing. You may feel colder than usual, that’s normal.

Real Help  – Make sure your water intake is still at least eight 8 ounce glasses a day. Dehydration can make you feel even more weak and hungry. Some stretching-like exercises will be good for you. Instead of a shower tonight, relax before bed by taking a very warm bath. You might want to wear some extra clothing on throughout the fast to keep from chilling.

Real Growth – We get anxious many times and let living life keep us from life. We allow these little foxes to spoil even the best of times. Worry is using your God-given imagination to create something you don’t even want. The Apostle Paul instructs us,  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (TLB) Today’s the day to not let worry control your life any longer but confess the worries to God, praying His good for you with a thankful heart.

 

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Fast Day Three from Pastor Chuck Lawrence

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Get Real – It was probably hard to sleep last night. Your body has accumulated toxins that are being removed through the kidneys, causing lower back pain. You may feel still a little lethargic but this is the day that begins to subside.

Real Help  – Keep your focus on making it all the way through and not how you feel right now, that’s just temporary. The results will be exceptionally rewarding. Taking extra time to pray is going to be most valuable. Daily find a scripture you can rehearse and build the inner man.

Real Growth – Today we should dedicate our selves to being more loving to others. We need to exude with love, the real, genuine recipe; God’s love. The Apostle John wrote, “if we love each other, God lives in us, and His love is truly in our hearts”. 1 John 4:12 (CEV) Also, we cannot just say it with our lips but  show it with our life. He also says, “let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity). 1 John 3:18 (AMP) We cannot afford to be selective or shallow when it comes to loving others. The Apostle Peter says, “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love makes up for many of your faults.” 1 Peter 4:8 (TLB)

 

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Fast Day Two from Pastor Chuck Lawrence

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Get Real – I’ll tell you what’s real; the struggle is real! The overall weakness and rather mentally dull feeling are part of the process.  This is the day for that – stay the course – tomorrow it will get better. The chills  you feel are because of the loss of the fuel source that helps heat your body. Wrap up with another layer. You’ll make it!

Real Help  – Can’t emphasize enough how important it is to continue to drink purified water to remain hydrated (75 -100 ounces daily, 8 ounces at a time). This day will probably be the most difficult.  Even though you are not eating, you should still brush your teeth and especially your tongue because toxins are starting to be released from your body.  Remaining toxins will start coming to the surface of your skin, so using a scrub brush on your body while showering will help remove them.

Real Growth – Today’s the day to let all animosity, vindictiveness and unforgiveness go! That means no longer secretly trying to control the outcome, or hoping the offending person will hurt the way they hurt you. Paul says in Romans 12:19, “do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath”. (HCSB) You leave room only when you’re not involved. As long as you try to control the outcome, you block God from bringing the appropriate resolution. “Let it go” is one of the biblical definitions of “forgive”. The real you becomes tainted and even obscured by unforgiveness. The root of bitterness poisons you and then others. Instead, “Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (MSG)

 

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