Spring Break 2015 Seminar This Weekend, April 17-18

04/16/2015 § Leave a comment

Spring Break 2015 Flyer Quick Text

 

Spring Break is here! Join me for my annual Spring Break Relationship Conference tomorrow and Saturday.  This year, the topic is Your IMAGE and Forgiveness!  Admission is absolutely free!

If you are harboring animosity, resentment or dread over past hurts or injustices, then this two-day seminar is for you! We will discuss and share how forgiveness, with the healing power and grace of God, is the best way to conquer the past, free your mind and soul and experience true rest in Jesus Christ! Join us on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 for lively conversation, prayer time and fellowship! The seminar is free! Hotel rooms, if you choose to stay overnight on the 17th, are based upon availability.

Our program starts next Friday at the Hampton Inn in Stow OH at 5:00 PM. We will break for dinner and resume at 7:45 PM and continue until 8:30 PM, where we will break for the evening. The program resumes Saturday morning after breakfast (hotel guests only) at 9:00 AM, and we will continue through the morning and conclude at about 12 noon.

For more information, call Melvin Gaines at 234.206.0345 or visit akronalliance.org.

Advertisements

Your IMAGE and Forgiveness – Free Seminar – April 17-18, Stow OH

03/27/2015 § 1 Comment

Spring Break 2015 Flyer Quick Text

Your IMAGE and Forgiveness – Spring Break Relationship Conference 2015 – April 17-18

02/24/2015 § Leave a comment

Your Hosts: Melvin and Lynn Gaines

Your Hosts: Melvin and Lynn Gaines

The act of forgiveness is very difficult.  An unforgiving person may experience extreme anger, anxiety or hopelessness…or all of these emotions.  Unforgiveness can cause others a lot of pain, as well—people may tend to avoid you.  What about you?  These unresolved issues are spiritually debilitating and can even make you physically ill.

There’s no need to avoid dealing with forgiveness any longer!  If you are harboring animosity, resentment or dread over past hurts or injustices, then this two-day seminar is for you!  We will discuss and share how forgiveness, with the healing power and grace of God, is the best way to conquer the past, free your mind and soul and experience true rest in Jesus Christ!  Join us for lively conversation, prayer time and fellowship!  The seminar is free (hotel stay extra)!

Friday, April 17   ·  Saturday, April 18

Hampton Inn Stow

4331 Lakepointe Corporate Drive  •  Stow OH 44224  •  330.945.4160

Special room rate for overnight stay (April 17) only $85.00 plus 15.25% tax.

When booking ask for the Akron Alliance Fellowship Church rate.

Book your reservation by Friday, March 20 (up to 4 guests per room).

A free hot breakfast is available for hotel guests

Free internet  •  pool  •  fitness center

  comfortable and relaxing amenities  •  shopping and restaurants nearby

Availability will go quickly!  Be sure to register today!

Questions?  Call Melvin Gaines at 234.206.0345 or visit akronalliance.org

Courageous in Christ

05/04/2014 § Leave a comment

A summary of a message presented at Akron Alliance Fellowship Church, May 4, 2014:

2 Corinthians 2:14

But thanks be to God, who always puts us on display in Christ and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.

Believers in Jesus Christ are reminded by Scripture to be confident in their faith, but often, this is easier said than done. Perhaps you have experienced difficulties or setbacks in your faith because of life’s circumstances. These are completely normal and understandable. You can be a believer in Jesus Christ and experience different degrees of hardship. In these experiences, there is a lack of confidence in your circumstances.

Where does this lack of confidence come from?

  • First, it begins with a loss of focus on Jesus Christ
  • Next, it continues with doubt–something is not right, and now you’re not sure about the outcome of the situation
  • Finally, the loss of focus and the doubt is stirred up with a potion of fear.

A loss of focus is a huge distraction in your walk of faith.

Doubt is the opposite of faith.

Fear creeps in when faith is absent.

In order to get back to a place where faith can be placed at the forefront, you need to overcome the greatest obstacle that perpetuates doubt, and that is fear.

Fear comes from the available information, or a lack of information, which leads to a perception or anticipation of a negative outcome.

There are many different ways that fear become manifest in the life of a believer. Here is a top ten list that encapsulates how fear can overshadow a person’s life:

10. Losing your freedom

09. The unknown

08. Pain

07. Disappointment

06. Misery

05. Loneliness

04. Ridicule

03. Rejection

02. Death

01. Failure

Fear is a real emotion, but it is debilitating to your faith.

The result of fear, in your doubt and lack of focus, is a believer who is outside of the place where God wants you to be. It’s a place that is unsettling at best, and dreadful at worst.

Fear is not a switch that one can turn on and turn off. In our flesh, there is no such thing as an absence of fear. Fear is like a wound that needs ointment and a bandage in order to promote healing.

In order to overcome fear, which allows us to combat doubt and regain focus on Jesus Christ, there is a remedy. Fear must be suppressed with a reliance on God’s Word and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Fear must be met with courage.

Courage is the essence of a believer that drives the necessary change to promote growth of your IMAGE in Jesus Christ and the ability, in spite of any life difficulty or circumstance, to proclaim the good news for the Great Commission.

God reminds you of the importance of being courageous. It takes your mind off of the things that you are fearful of. He gives us many reminders and words of encouragement throughout Scripture.

2 Timothy 1:6-7

6 Therefore, I remind you to keep ablaze the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Joshua 1:9

“Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

 

Fear is anxiety and can be driven by impatience. God wants you to be patient.

Psalm 27:14

Wait for the Lord;
be strong and courageous.
Wait for the Lord.

 

God wants you to experience rest and comfort as you rely upon the Spirit to overcome fear.

John 16:33

I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

 

Fear is the absence of trust. God reminds us to trust in Him. Leave the results of your anxiety at His feet.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding;
think about Him in all your ways,
and He will guide you on the right paths.

Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom should I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom should I be afraid?

 

There’s no need to go it alone. There’s strength and courage in numbers. Stay in a fellowship.

Philippians 1:27-28

27 Just one thing: Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, working side by side for the faith that comes from the gospel, 28 not being frightened in any way by your opponents. This is a sign of destruction for them, but of your deliverance—and this is from God.

 

Trusting God in your fear leads to confidence that there will be a good result…but even more than this…that God will be glorified.

Daniel 3:15-18

15 Now if you’re ready, when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, fall down and worship the statue I made. But if you don’t worship it, you will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire—and who is the god who can rescue you from my power?”

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to the king, “Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to give you an answer to this question. 17 If the God we serve exists, then He can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He can rescue us from the power of you, the king. 18 But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.”

What amazing courage! But make no mistake about it…your courage is far from your own strength. God provides the ability for you to overcome fear and be strong in Him.

Philippians 4:11-13

11 I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. 13 I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

 

Proverbs 3:25-26

25 Don’t fear sudden danger

or the ruin of the wicked when it comes,

26 for the Lord will be your confidence

and will keep your foot from a snare.

 

Isaiah 41:8-10

8 But you, Israel, My servant,

Jacob, whom I have chosen,

descendant of Abraham, My friend—

9 I brought you from the ends of the earth

and called you from its farthest corners.

I said to you: You are My servant;

I have chosen you and not rejected you.

10 Do not fear, for I am with you;

do not be afraid, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you; I will help you;

I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.

 

God offers Himself to you for comfort, healing, preservation and love, which overcomes all fear. He is your confidence. He is our confidence that we will succeed in any difficult situation or circumstance.

His love overcomes fear.

1 John 4:17-19

17 In this, love is perfected with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, for we are as He is in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love. 19 We love because He first loved us.

Copyright © Melvin Gaines

Memorial Day is More Than Just a Day Off

05/27/2012 § Leave a comment

Memorial Day is more than just a day off.  More than the first unofficial day of summer or the first holiday after New Year’s, it is a day where its meaning is often lost in the midst of picnics and barbecue cookouts.

For many people, especially those who have a connection, past or present, with our US Armed Forces, it is a day mixed with celebration and sobering remembrance.  The day marks a tribute to those persons who gave their lives, the ultimate sacrifice, for the freedoms that the United States of America stand for.  As for me, while I did not serve in the US Armed Forces, I cannot begin to express my gratitude and appreciation for those who have served, and for the veterans who gave of themselves proudly for our country.

Our country, our flag, our nation, more than anywhere else in the world, represents freedom.  Even as our country groaned through its early growing pains with slavery, the Reconstruction, the Industrial Age and, even more recently, the Civil Rights Movement, there is no other country, as a Black American, where I would rather be.  The United States represents the model of freedom for the entire world.  Our freedom is worth defending and upholding, because there is no better alternative.  We have freedom to speak, freedom to worship, freedom to vote, freedom to protest…all under the umbrella of our rights as Americans. Yes, true freedom has its ups and downs, but it is never to be trumped by arguments or disagreements.  Freedom allows all of us, after all is said and done, to peacefully and respectfully, agree to disagree.  Freedom is not something that is to be taken lightly, or even to be spoken of in a passive voice.   We owe those who represent our country a great debt for protecting these rights.  It was worth fighting for during World War I and World War II, and it still is today, even as we fight the wars on crime and terrorism.

Memorial Day is more than just a day off.  It is a day of appreciation for what we have as Americans, for who we are as Americans, and, for our dedicated soldiers and public servants who defend and protect us.

I pray that you have a safe, peaceful and restful Memorial Day.

Original posting date May 30, 2010 on melvingaines.blogspot.com.

Copyright © Melvin Gaines. For more content, please see melvingaines.com and melvingaines.blogspot.com. All rights reserved.

Memorial Day is More Than Just a Day Off

05/29/2010 § 1 Comment

Memorial Day is more than just a day off.  More than the first unofficial day of summer or the first holiday after New Year’s, it is a day where its meaning is often lost in the midst of picnics and barbecue cookouts.

For many people, especially those who have a connection, past or present, with our US Armed Forces, it is a day mixed with celebration and sobering remembrance.  The day marks a tribute to those persons who gave their lives, the ultimate sacrifice, for the freedoms that the United States of America stand for.  As for me, while I did not serve in the US Armed Forces, I cannot begin to express my gratitude and appreciation for those who have served, and for the veterans who gave of themselves proudly for our country.

Our country, our flag, our nation, more than anywhere else in the world, represents freedom.  Even as our country groaned through its early growing pains with slavery, the Reconstruction, the Industrial Age and, even more recently, the Civil Rights Movement, there is no other country, as a Black American, where I would rather be.  The United States represents the model of freedom for the entire world.  Our freedom is worth defending and upholding, because there is no better alternative.  We have freedom to speak, freedom to worship, freedom to vote, freedom to protest…all under the umbrella of our rights as Americans. Yes, true freedom has its ups and downs, but it is never to be trumped by arguments or disagreements.  Freedom allows all of us, after all is said and done, to peacefully and respectfully, agree to disagree.  Freedom is not something that is to be taken lightly, or even to be spoken of in a passive voice.   We owe those who represent our country a great debt for protecting these rights.  It was worth fighting for during World War I and World War II, and it still is today, even as we fight the wars on crime and terrorism.

Memorial Day is more than just a day off.  It is a day of appreciation for what we have as Americans, for who we are as Americans, and, for our dedicated soldiers and public servants who defend and protect us.

I pray that you have a safe, peaceful and restful Memorial Day.

Copyright © Melvin Gaines. For more content, please see melvingaines.com and melvingaines.blogspot.com. All rights reserved.

Whether We Like It Or Not

04/20/2010 § 1 Comment

On April 13, 2010, President Obama made the following statement at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington D.C. in response to a question as to how the summit would have a role in peace-making efforts in the Middle East:

“It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because, whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another, we get pulled into them.  And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure.”

Not many news outlets reported this statement.  It was blown off to some degree by most of the media.  Thankfully, some of us heard it and were rightfully appalled by what I perceived to be a desire by our president to abdicate the United States’ role as a leader of democracy of the free world.  It came across as if, for whatever reason, it was now a burden for us to remain as a superpower.  If that was not the intent of the message, than what was it?  Whether we like it or not??

Sen. John McCain’s response was given to Fox News, and it was on target.  He commented, “That’s one of the more incredible statements I’ve ever heard a President of the United States make in modern times.  We are the dominant superpower, and we’re the greatest force for good in the history of this country, and I thank God every day that we are a dominant superpower.”

In this very complex world, I would rather be part of a dominant superpower that is fighting for the good and decency of all mankind than to be part of a totalitarian regime that does not allow for freedom of speech or a weak nation that it hopelessly dependent on another country to protect its borders.

Whether we like it or not, we are still one of the world’s superpowers (for now), even while certain freedoms are gradually being eroded as capitalism, as we once knew it, is being undermined by government control and outright takeovers.

Whether we like it or not, we still have the greatest and most dedicated military in the world, of whom I am proud to thank for their longstanding service and dedication to my country.

Whether we like it or not, all of us have the best opportunity to worship God in this nation, even though mentioning Jesus Christ in public may raise some eyebrows.  Thank the Lord for our private schools where we can still pray, at the very least, and learn about Jesus and the Bible there.  Public schools are a mission field unlike any other.

Whether we like it or not, we have the freedom and ability to grow and prosper and raise our families as we see fit.  While most of us believe in responsibility and facing the consequences for our actions, those who choose not to do so are free to go in that direction as long as they do not impact the lives of others.

Whether we like it or not, Israel is still our ally.  I would rather be on the side of Israel than opposing them or being in an outright fight against them.

Whether we like it or not, there are countries throughout the world that still love the United States of America.  There are still countries that believe in the cause of fighting against enemies found in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and in many parts of the world where lawlessness prevails.  The war on terror will likely never end, and we need the support of others to fight and prevail in it.

Whether we like it or not, good will eventually prevail over evil.  Who will fight for the good along with the United States?

Whether we like it or not, there is still a lot of room for improvement on how our nation conducts its business here domestically as well as internationally.  That does not mean that we need to back down on our positions of civil rights and democracy because fighting for civil rights and a democracy is ultimately the right thing to do.  Our imperfections as a country mean that we still have room for improvement and room to get better.  We have work to do here, for sure, but we are not to dumb down overseas over clear issues of right and wrong.

Whether we like it or not, we, as a country, are not to give up what God has enabled us to do in our role as a world superpower.  God does not intend for us to lead with reluctance, hesitance, and regret.

Whether we like it…or not.

Copyright © Melvin Gaines. For more content, please see melvingaines.com and melvingaines.blogspot.com.

Where Am I?

You are currently browsing entries tagged with freedom at Melvin Gaines.