One More Night with The Frogs

Exodus 8:1-14

When visualizing this passage of scripture one cannot help but to imagine the stink and the filth as well as the misery of frogs being everywhere the Egyptians turned; in their beds, baths, ovens, closets as there was no way of getting away from them everywhere they turned were frogs. But the ironic thing about this story is that when Moses asked Pharaoh when he wanted him to pray that the frogs would go away Pharaoh’s response was tomorrow. God was willing, able and had desire to get rid of the Frogs that day but Pharaoh chose tomorrow. This writing is not to expound on Pharaoh and his frogs this writing is to ask you what are the frogs that are on, around, beside, and inside, you and your life. Things that have you in bondage, that have been plaguing your life, things that keep you messed up spiritually, emotionally and physically. God is saying to you I am willing to set you free, able to set you free and you go to church, you do some right things, but you hold on to that thing. You tell God I want to be free, I want the change, I want the best for my life but I want it tomorrow!

In 2008 Nike ran an ad campaign stating: Yesterday You Said Tomorrow. Today you are in yesterday’s tomorrow. Today is the day of salvation, today is the day you are going to begin the journey of ridding yourself of shame, guilt, regret, unforgiveness and today is the day you are going to step into the new things that God has for you, the thing that you have been telling yourself I will do it tomorrow. Why spend one more night with the Frogs in your life stuck in a moment. Today is your day! Seize it!

Barry Pelphrey, Senior Pastor New Beginnings Outreach Ministries


Facing Your Giant

We all have a giant in our life, some of us have more than one.  Giants are different for each person.  It can be a circumstance we are facing.  A recurring sin that we struggle to overcome.  An abuse we have suffered, a loss.  Actually the list goes on and on.

Giants can become overwhelming if we try to face them on our own.  We can become tired, hopeless and desperate.  Thankfully, we don’t have to face our giants by ourselves.  God has already helped people overcome many giants and He desires to help us add our names to the list of overcomers.  His word is filled with everything we need.  Stop feeling defeated and tap in to the resources that you have right in front of youWhat, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  Romans 8:31 NIV

I’m going to suggest to you 4 steps when facing your giant:

  1. Pray- Surrender you giants to God. He already knows every giant you’re facing but calling it out and surrendering it to God is all about you. It’s getting your mind in the right place to start working through the situation.  Confronting it and calling it out is the first step in slaying your giant.  The Bible tells us in 1 Samuel 17:47 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.  Meet your giant head on.

Consistent daily prayer and quiet time with the Lord is essential if we are serious about this.  Jesus often slipped away and spent time alone in pray.  If it was important for Him how much more important is it for us?  Be bold in your prayers.  Praying is serious business.  It can determine whether we are weak or powerful.  How can we expect to have a relationship with our Father and have a powerful life if we never talk to Him.

  1. Plan– Form a plan of attack. If you are doing battle with a giant, possibly more than one giant, becoming overwhelmed is not uncommon. Sit down with God and talk about it.  Don’t just ask Him to fix it.  Ask Him for wisdom, discernment and supernatural insight.  God sees our situations differently than we see them, so ask Him to guide you through this process.  James 1:5 says,” If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

He may direct you to a particular scripture.  He may help you write a prayer tailored just for your battle.  There could be a brother or sister in Christ that you should ask to stand in agreement for a victory and pray with you.  Forming an organized plan of attack will help you gain strength and become more powerful against your enemy.

  1. Persist– Be persistent- Breakthroughs can happen quickly or they can take a long time. But don’t give up. God’s word says, With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s people.  Ephesians 6:18 (AMP)

As you face your giant you may have small victories along the way, battles fought and battles won; you might fight through some things before you giant is completely defeated.  These struggles make us stronger and, when handled His way, they also bring God glory.

  1. Peace– Find Peace. True peace is something only God can give us. Find this place of peace as you ride out this storm.  Learn to accept His timing and even in the midst of a battle we can have that peace that passes all understanding.  Philippians 4:7 says, And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

**Most of us tend to focus on our problems. But, it steals our joy and contentment and controls our life.   Remember there’s not a problem we face that is too big for our God. Getting down on our knees will cause us to rise up in our spirit.  Stop trying to face your giant alone. Seek God in your struggle.  Trust Him to arm you will all the ammunition you need and be bold. II Timothy 1:7 says, “God did not make us with a spirit of fear, but of power of love and a sound mind.

 Cindy Montgomery, Women’s Leader New Beginning’s Outreach Ministries



July 24 2002 at approximately 9:00p, at the Quecreek coal mine in Summerset county Pa., over 50 million gallons of water trapped nine miners 240′ below the surface in a 4′ high shaft for 77 hours.  At one point, the men fearing their deaths was less than an hour away, wrote notes to their loved ones, said their prayers and tied a rope connecting them together so that when they died, they stayed together.  However, at that time, the pumps were becoming effective and the water crested and started to recede.  At 2:45am on July 28 2002 the last miner was pulled out of the pit in a 22 inch cage through a 24 inch hole.  Psalm 40:1-3 literally came to life for these men that day.

Psalm 40:1-3

Scripture says in Psalm 40:2 “He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock and established my goings.”

What do you think of when you read “horrible pit” and “miry clay”?  I think we all can agree that they’re dirty, they’re dark and they cause stains. There’s nothing clean and proper about it. It’s messy.  The more you struggle on your own, the more stuck you get!  Some of you maybe in a pit, spiritually, emotionally, etc…, you may be feeling like you’re drowning, suffocating, you’re at a point where there’s barely enough space to breath.  You must know this, you’re not going to get free unless you have help. I can’t hold your head up, but I can point you to freedom.   That freedom is Jesus Christ!

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that ministry is messy.  I don’t mean that in a bad way, it’s just that if it’s done right, you’re going to deal with and in areas of people’s lives that many may be leary of. Often I feel when folks think of ministry, they think of preaching, teaching, maybe even working nursery, (which on second thought can be messy in its own way) but the type of ministry I’m referring to are the individuals who help those who struggle with emotional scars, personal tragedies, temptations, addictions, sins, etc… In their lives that are taboo in many mainstream congregations. What do you say to a female that’d been raped?  What do you say to a man that was molested by a trusted adult? How about the young couple who just lost their child? Or the parent who’s child is lost in their addiction? The list goes on and on and on and I’m here to tell you as an associate pastor, that there aren’t always words. I’ve found that many, if not most,folks aren’t looking for words, they’re looking for someone to just care. To listen to their hurt and to hurt with them. A shoulder to cry on.  The fact of the matter is it’s hard to see the hope when you’re in the midst of your hurt and sometimes we lose our song.

The pressures of life, the pressures of family problems or the pressure of sickness can, if we allow it, snatch our song and some morning we wake up and realize it has been awhile since we’ve caught ourselves singing.   I think the Psalmist found himself in that situation. He has been bogged down by the problems He faced. He has apparently lost his song.  Whatever “the pit” may have been, it was uncomfortable, it was dark and wet, and impossible to get out of without someone else’s help.

Maybe you’re in a pit today of helplessness, desperation, and apparent hopelessness. The pit is the breaking point.  Anything that causes a sense of helplessness and desperation and threatens to ruin life or take it away – that is the pit.

The Psalmist cried out to God in urgency and sincerity while in the pit and God made a way of escape for him. Cry out to God.

Psalm 40:1 I relied completely on the Lord, and he turned toward me and heard my cry for help. 40:2 He lifted me out of the watery pit, out of the slimy mud. He placed my feet on a rock and gave me secure footing. When you’re in a dark, muddy, slimy pit, there is no secure footing.   If you can’t stand up, you can’t escape. Furthermore, when you’re in mud, the more you squirm, the deeper you sink. You’re stuck!   The Psalmist, overwhelmed by his rescue, thought of “a rock” when he thought of God’s deliverance. He wouldn’t have to sink any more. He could freely move about, unrestricted on a sure foundation.

Matthew 7:24-27 tells us about the wise man who built his house on the rock and the foolish man who built his house on the sand.

Have you ever noticed when you’re at the beach how sand sticks to you and invades every personal space you have? Have you also noticed that at the entrance to the beach, most places have a concrete pad to stand on with a shower head to rinse sand off of you before walking down the path made for you leading back to your hotel.  You cant clean off sand while you’re standing in the middle of the sand. Like the miry clay and horrible pit, you cant free of the pit and clay if you choose to stay in the pit and clay.  You have to stand on the rock (Jesus) in order to get free and get clean.

Psalm 95:1 “Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.”
40:3 He gave me reason to sing a new song, praising our God. May many see what God has done, so that they might swear allegiance to him and trust in the Lord!
You have been created to sing. We sing in the shower, we whistle while we work.  We, by our nature, love to sing, even when we sound terrible.   When you’re in a hole in the ground, you may sing songs, but they’re sad songs – songs about tragedy and misfortune, sorrow and grief, anger and bitterness.  But when you get out of the pit, you feel like dancing and singing what the Psalmist called “a new song.” It’s a song that the rescued can sing and it praises the living God.  In fact, you’re so happy to be out of the pit, standing on the rock and singing a new song that your rescue story becomes a great witness to others who are still in the pit. May many see what God has done, so that they might swear allegiance to him and trust in the Lord!  You’ve been singing sad songs for too long. Sing a new song!

So what do you have to do in order to sing this new song?

  1. Admit you’re in the pit. You can’t be rescued unless you see yourself as stuck. I think there are many who live in the pit of moral darkness and discomfort and who do not realize how much light, freedom, and hope exists on the outside.  This is why our testimony is so important to share with others.  It is wonderful on the outside. Jesus died on the cross to make this rescue possible. The song is beautiful. Salvation and song are inseparable because the joy of the Lord generates music in the soul. Cry out to God today.  Tell Him, “God, I’m in the pit.” Maybe you’re a believer that has fallen into a pit. Tell Him, “God, I’m in the pit.”
  2.  Ask for His help to get out of the pit. God wants to deliver you from the pit of personal sin or extreme grief or a lost dream or a broken family and give you a new song.  Don’t just admit that you’re in the pit. Ask God to help you out of it, “God, lift me out of my pit.
  3.  Wait on God to rescue you. The first reaction when we are in a pit may be to try harder, to get ourselves out, but that may just be tiring us out even more. The new pattern of life calls us to wait patiently. But the funny thing is that most of us when we call out to God for help don’t wait long enough for God to act. After a short while, we start to do things on our own again instead of continuing to ask God and wait for him to act.  David waited patiently for God to act and God in his time, acted.  He lifted David out of the pit and set him on a rock. Tell God, “I’ll wait right here in the pit until you rescue me.”  Because He is faithful and just to do that very thing.


2 Samuel 12:15-23, Ezekiel 37:1-5

From the point of your tragedy; the death of a loved one, the accident, the illness, the divorce, the betrayal, the molestation, and the loss of a job or your business you have felt overwhelmed because you have lost something precious. You feel as though you are living in a valley and there is no way out. You feel as something has died inside of you and it needs a resurrection.

The enemy will use grief in your life to stop your praise.

Overcoming tragedy is a process that we must go through to get to our recovery. It is not a weakness to move through these stages of grief.

    • Shock – In the days and weeks immediately following a devastating loss, common feelings include numbness and unreality, like being trapped in a bad dream.
    • Reality – As the fact of the loss takes hold, deep sorrow sets in, accompanied by weeping and other forms of emotional release. Loneliness and depression may also occur.
    • Reaction – Anger, brought on by feelings of abandonment and helplessness, may be directed toward family, friends, doctors, the one who died or deserted us, or even God. Other typical feelings include listlessness, apathy, and guilt over perceived failures or unresolved personal issues.
    • Recovery – Finally, there is a gradual, almost imperceptible return to normalcy. This is a time of adjustment to the new circumstances in life.

Three Ingredients that David used in 2 Samuel 12 that you will need as well to move through these stages of grief:

  1. Washed-
    1. A born again experience is a must. You will never move through this process without making Jesus Christ the Lord of your life.
      1. Some will come to Jesus till the pain gets to a tolerable level and then they try to go their own way.
      2. We are pointing to a supernatural relationship with Jesus Christ; reading The Word and becoming a part of the Body of Christ.
    2. Release the anger that you have at yourself and at God.
      1. Understand that we live in a fallen world and that God is not punishing you by this tragedy. We never know the reason for tragedies but He does. He sees the big picture and he is in control of everything (Romans 8:28).
      2. Do not blame others for the situation.
        1. Settle lawsuits
        2. Luke 9:60 “Jesus said unto him, let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
        3. Stop fighting if someone wants to stay mad, let them. Stay away from people that want to keep you in the middle of the fight or urge you to keep fighting.
    3. Forgiveness.
      1. Release yourself or anyone else that may have been involved in the tragedy.
  2. Worship
    1. Matthew 22:32 tells us he is not the God of the dead but of the living. We end up worshipping the tragedy, the person or thing that has died more than the God who is of the living.
      1. We stay beside the casket or the Cross when we need to move to the Tomb where the resurrection is. We become so consumed with the death we forget to live.
      2. Worship will give you a new perspective and will allow us to see what this tragedy has given us instead of taken away. It will allow us to have hope for the future.
      3. Jeremiah 17:7-8 tells us that dead things do not bear fruit but we but we become alive when we worship.
      4. Pain is a part of the process but misery is an option.
  3. Went
    1. We must begin a process of moving forward. Do not be afraid to move forward the scars of this tragedy will always be with us we are not leaving them behind.
    2. David began to comfort his wife. We will find comfort in comforting others it is part of the healing process.
    3. You have to have a resurrection which means to raise this tragedy up in purpose.
    4. Stay on this diligent process:
      1. Grieve – Though grief is bitter, we must let sorrow run its natural course. Isaiah 53:3b describes Jesus as “a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Denying or repressing pain can lead to emotional problems.
      2. Believe – We need to put our faith in God’s promises, trusting that our Heavenly Father knows best and that His understanding is perfect. Isaiah 55:9 says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
      3. Receive – God desires to give us comfort, but we must reach out and accept it. Through prayer and meditation on His Word, we can find a place in God’s presence where He will wrap His arms around us as a loving father would console a hurting child.

This writing is from the: Effective Ministry Training Manual, Written By Pastor’s Barry Pelphrey and Andy Day


Waiting With an Expectant Heart of Worship

Read:  Luke 10:38-42 At the home of Martha and Mary

John 11:1-44 The Death of Lazarus and Jesus raises Lazarus

John 12:1-6 Mary pours perfume on Jesus at Bethany

I think we would all agree there are times when we are in a circumstance and find ourselves waiting for the Lord to move in our lives.  We can be in a situation with a relationship gone badly, the loss of a job, an illness or the loss of a loved one. No matter the details, waiting is hard……but the attitude we have during those times can make every difference to us and also to those around us.

The Bible talks of a few account of a woman named Mary of Bethany.  In the 10th chapter of Luke he tells us that on this particular day Jesus along with His disciples stopped at the home of a woman named Martha, who opened her home to them for a meal.  She had a sister named Mary and as they were preparing the meal Martha became caught up in the busyness and work.  She was so distracted with the details of the preparations they became her priority and focus.  Her sister Mary however, slipped away and sat at Jesus feet to listen to His word.

I can see it now, can you picture the excitement and chaos in the kitchen that day.  It’s happened at my house when company was coming over, can you imagine if you were going to be hosting a dinner party for the Messiah!  Martha wanted every detail to be perfect and when she realized Mary was no longer working she said to Jesus, “Don’t you care that Mary has left me to do all this work, tell her to help me”.  Jesus said” you are upset about all this when there is only one thing that matters and Mary has chosen that which cannot be taken away from her.

Later in John 11:1-44 we read the account of Lazarus being raised from the dead.  Lazarus the brother of Martha and Mary had fallen ill and the sisters sent a message to Jesus saying your friend needs you.  When Jesus received the message He didn’t take off right away to go to the sick bed of his dear friend He waited two days.  He intentionally waited.  Why?  Because His timing is best; His timing is perfect.  If Jesus had gone right when they sent for Him it wouldn’t have been as great of a miracle.

If we were in Martha and Mary’s shoes we would be waiting.  Waiting with hope we had in our dear friend, Jesus, the Son of God.  I’m sure the time seemed to drag on as they became restless, impatient, and fearful… and then it happened.  Lazarus died.  They were heart broken, they cried and they mourned.  Their beloved brother was gone.

Four days after Lazarus’ death Jesus arrives, He is so struck with emotions that in verse 35 it simply says. Jesus wept.  Here is the part that spoke to me. In Verses 38 and 39 they go to the tomb where Lazarus had been laid.  Jesus tells them to roll the stone away but Martha cries out “But Lord he will smell, he has been dead four days.”  Mary who was also present remained silent, why?  Because she was expectant.  Mary and Martha both cried out to Jesus that their brother had already died. But when Jesus told them to roll the stone away it was Martha who waivered.  As though it mattered He had been dead four days.  After all, this was the Son of the God.  It was Mary whose silence, to me shows she knew it wasn’t over, she knew it didn’t matter what circumstance they found themselves in; what mattered was their faith in God.  Martha too loved Jesus proclaiming He was the Messiah yet she hadn’t spent the time with Jesus that Mary had, listening to His teaching hanging on His every word, worshipping at His feet.

In John 12:1-6 we read about Mary of Bethany pouring perfume out on Jesus.  This perfume wasn’t some cheap Dollar Store perfume, it was pure nard, which costs about a years’ wages.  As she began to pour out this perfume along with her tears, some of those present began to say how wasteful this act was; shouldn’t that perfume have been sold to get money and help the poor. Jesus replied, “Leave her alone, you will always have the poor but you won’t always have Me”.  After she anointed Jesus with the perfume she began to wipe His feet with her hair.  Can you picture this in your mind the love that she poured out on Him as she blocked out the comments and opinions that were flying around the room and focused on Him and ONLY HIM.

God will always be God, The Most High God, The Lord of the Lords, Yahweh, The King of Kings, My Provider, My Deliverer, My Shepherd,  Jehovah Jireh, The Bright and Morning Star, The Prince of Peace, The Bread of Life, Elohim, El Shaddai,  Adonai, El Elyon, , The Author of Salvation, The Ancient of  Days, The Alpha and the Omega, The Name Above All Names, The Great I Am…..He is The God of Heaven, The One True God, The Everlasting God who never grows tired or weary and His understanding no one can fathom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What we do will not change Him…….BUT WHAT WE DO WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING ABOUT US.

When we are in the midst of it (as season, a storm, a trial) and we ask Him to intercede sometimes He chooses to wait. Why? So our miracle will be bigger, our outcome will be better, His timing always perfect, never too late.  If you choose to sit at His feet and listen, spending time in His presence, when the time comes that you find yourself waiting and drawing on your faith, exercising your patience. You can more easily call up an attitude of trust and expectation that He will provide exactly what you need at just the right time….Your situation will not smell as bad as what you think…Pour out your expensive perfume over Him, give Him all of your attention, all of your love. Believe and expect Him to provide exactly what you need at exactly the right time.





5 Principles to Power

  1. Mission.I have found as a pastor many people spend their time seeking position, purpose and status without every understanding the mission that God has for them. Have you ever asked yourself what is my Kingdom Mission? Once you understand your mission, purpose and position will follow accordingly. But most of the time we spend time in prayer asking God to change our position when we need to be in prayer seeking our mission because when we understand the mission the position changes come naturally. Determine today that I am on a mission to make a difference for the Kingdom and watch your positions and situations make dramatic changes.
  2. Maneuver. When God has a plan for your life He will maneuver you. He will change your job, your location and put things, people and places in your life to accomplish the mission he has set forth for your life. The downfall to this is that sometime the maneuver often does not look like a dream but a nightmare as sometimes we have to go to the pit and prison before we ever get to the palace as Joseph did. But the one thing we must do during the maneuver that often looks as a demotion is be like Joseph in that He continued to look up and continued to praise Him understanding that the maneuver is placing you in position to accomplish your mission.
  3. Manage. Ask yourself can you handle it when you get there? Can you handle the stress of the new position, the change in status and the possible success it may bring to your life? The thing Joseph did was that he managed whatever was thrown in his life. If he was in the pit, Potiphar’s house or the prison he managed it. He did not cry over it, did not complain about being overwhelmed he managed it and that is the thing that we need to do as well. We need to break the spirit of procrastination on our life and begin living a life of preparation and organization. How can we be fit for the blessings that come our way if we cannot manage the process of getting there?
  4. Mediate. This is the mission. This is Jesus placing you in a position of power to mediate on behalf of others to be in a position to make a difference in the lives of other people. Joseph was put in a position to make a difference not only for his family but he saved an entire nation because he had a mission, handled the maneuver and managed the ups and downs to get to this position of mediation.
  5. Manifest. Romans chapter 8 tells us that the world is waiting on the manifestation of the sons of God as they are waiting on us to come into our mission. Who is waiting on you?


Love Command

Part of my daily prayer is asking God to teach me how to love like He loved and serve like He served.  Jesus was often seen in the company of people who were in sin.  He chose to share with them, receive them and show them love.  Instead of running the other way he chose to interact with them so they would see what He is all about, so they could accept what He wanted to give.

How great for us He chose not to run from the sinner, but to love in the midst of sin giving (of) himself and ultimately giving Himself.  As Christians we are called through the second love commandment in Mark12:31 to   “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)

Perhaps the reason why some of us have such a difficult time loving others, as we are called to do, is because we have such a difficult time loving ourselves. Until we surrender to God’s will for our lives, understand who we are in Christ and adopt a Jesus mentality are we going to be capable of loving our neighbor?

It’s also hard for some of us to reach this level of love because of the plank in our eyes.  “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3 (NIV) Ouch, plank or speck, either way this is painful.  I’m praying for the best in this area, praying I’m a fast learner and God will reveal my planks.  If I have learned one thing it’s that Jesus sees us with love and compassion.  It want to learn to love myself as He loves me and let it spill out.

Jesus also spoke these words, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you repent [that is, change your inner self—your old way of thinking, live changed lives] and become like children [trusting, humble, and forgiving], you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3 (AMP). How about that childlike innocence:  At what point do we lose that?  If we believe the Bible (which I do), stories of Noah’s Ark, the Parting of the Red Sea and oh yes, Jonah and the Whale.  We still must possess some of that childlike innocence.  But where does it go when we are called to love the sinner.  I’m not suggesting condoning any type of sinful behavior.  I am however talking about loving the sinner.  And of course there’s this, let he who is without sin cast the first stone.  (However, when they persisted in questioning Him, He straightened up and said, “He who is without [any] sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”  John 8:7 (AMP); if you continue to read in the 8th chapter of John you will see that each one of the woman’s accusers after thinking about what Jesus said, left.  I’m sure if we all want to be painfully honest with ourselves each of us would be dropping our stones and leaving the scene.

When fear and unacceptance guide our heart and mind we allow the enemy control.  If Jesus is in control of our thoughts and actions our love simply cannot be contained; rendering the enemy powerless.  Jesus touched those no one else would dare to touch.  He loved those society rejected.

I pray we can be Jesus hands and feet, reaching our full potential and living out His desires. Loving unabated, not condoning sin or watering it down but standing true to God’s word.  Just loving everyone and making a mark on the world for Him.

Cindy Montgomery- Women’s Leader, New Beginnings Outreach Ministries