An Un-bee-lievable Spring Day
By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert
Along with Punxsutawny Phil, my co-worker, a Beekeeper, told me that
his bees had already doubled in capacity this year, and that this
too, was a sure sign of an early spring. For me, having grown weary
of the drudgeries of winter, this was truly encouraging news. It
even brought to mind an experience I’d had many years ago. Another
time when I became enraptured by the prospect of the springing of
Even though it was officially Spring, dark clouds loomed overhead
threatening snow or rain, signs way too reminiscent of the recently
departed winter. As I felt my spirit begin to weigh heavy, suddenly,
a golden ray of sunshine streamed across my path. Elated and
instantly rejuvenated, I saluted the heavens, “Hallelujah!!”
My house was nearly 100 years old. There were doors and windows that
had not been disturbed for at least 40 years. But today, because I
felt extra jubilant, I was fully charged - invincible and
unstoppable! I surveyed the kitchen and the brilliant sunlight
streaming across the room. My overzealous imagination convinced me
that the sparkling sunbeams were actually chiming “Let me in . . .
let me in!” I had a brainstorm. Why not open the backdoor of this
stuffy old kitchen, and really let the sunshine in?! So, with hammer
in hand, I began to bang and pry at the door with vigorous
determination. It seemed that the door’s weathered wooden frame had
fused to the house itself, stubbornly resisting separation. Finally,
it began to creak open, and a brisk breeze slithered through the
rusty screen panel. Inhaling the fresh spring air, I smugly thought,
“What a great idea to finally open this door!!”
The first bee attacked while I was eating my sausage. Jumping up
from the table sending sausage, eggs and grits, clear across the
room, slapping my cheek, I bellowed “What the . . .??!!” Then, from
out of nowhere, came twenty, forty, sixty, countless more! Forming a
unified front, the hostile yellowjackets surrounded me, positioned
for battle. I grabbed the newspaper from the table now blanketed
with black and yellow striped bees, and began to wildly swing like a
human propeller. Unthreatened, the little creatures not only
multiplied, but began closing in, ready to make me their Sunday
breakfast. Hopelessly trapped and gripped with fear, I bolted under
the table, arms over my head, pathetically sobbing like a baby.
Clearly, I now understood why the door had not been opened.
Then, amidst the swarming of the angry bees, and my uncontrollable
sobbing, a small voice whispered “Child, get the bug spray . . .” I
whined, “Oh no! I can’t!” He said “I’ll protect you . . . now unless
you plan on staying under the table the rest of your life -.child,
get the bug spray!” Crawling on all fours, I inched my way from
under the table to the cabinet, and grabbed a rusty old can of Black
Flagg. As I feverishly jammed down the nozzle, there was nothing.
Zilch. Nada. The bees hovered around amused and undaunted. Then
suddenly, the nozzle exploded, releasing a midst so powerful, the
bee brigade began to instantly drop, literally, like flies.
Battle worn and bewildered, I wondered what in the world happened?
How did a day of joyful exuberance turn into crazy disaster? Well,
the Lord speaks to us in many ways, adages and proverbs rooted in
His wisdom, warning us that If it aint broke don’t fix it; leave
well enough alone; and just in case we don't yield to the former,
then remember, God really does watch over fools and babies!
By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert
Did you know, that everyone has a close, or at best, a distant,
relative named Worry? Now, if Worry is a close relative, then you
better be doing a whole lot of praying. However, if Worry is a
distant relative, then you have probably painfully learned, that
although he will show up on your doorstep from time to time, he
seriously cannot be allowed to stay.
Now, for identification purposes, I'm going to call Worry, “Cousin
Worry”, and because it can be so incredibly dominating, I'm going to
refer to Worry in the masculine (no offense to the male gender, I'm
just saying . . .)
Anyway, some of us have a Cousin Worry that actually lives with us
every day of our lives. He's comfortable there, has taken up
residence, and has become an integral part of the family. Then some
have a Cousin Worry who is an opportunist that shows up when the
circumstances make a way, and stays as long as the host allows. For
others, Cousin Worry will slip in unexpectedly, generally latched on
to some upset or emergency, and will attempt to instantly overwhelm
the host with full force. This kind of Cousin Worry knows, only
because he's been there before, that his stay is short and his time
is limited. The host knows him well and loathes his presence. He
knows he will be quickly ousted. This is the best fate for Cousin
Worry, short-lived and sent back to whence he came.
Now, when Cousin Worry shows up, he brings with him several of his
shady parasitic friends. They’re traveling companions named Anxiety,
Fear, Panic and Trepidation. Then, if he is allowed to stay long
enough, another good friend comes along named, Stress. Stress has a
wide variety of antagonistic and sickening friends, named
Depression, Hypertension, Insomnia, Migraines, just to name a few.
These invasive allies will overtake the host like leeches, some will
set up roots and even become a permanent member of the family, for
generations to come. Cousin Worry and company can become so
controlling, that he will paralyze his host to the point of utter
hopelessness, rendering him unable to live or even survive.
Not only is Cousin Worry the ultimate hinderer, he is also the
proverbial Killjoy. His agenda is to extinguish faith in God, and
reinstate the sting of death. Cousin Worry challenges our faith,
impedes our relationship with God, flat-out steals our joy. He is an
enemy of God, and regarded as sin, absolutely forbidden in the lives
of those who love Him.
Howbeit, everyone has a Cousin Worry and he is here to stay. He is
related to all humanity in every walk of life, from the poor and
impoverished, to the rich and famous. He’s no respecter of persons,
no matter what the station in life, he will show up to kill, steal
and destroy. Old Cousin Worry is ageless, dating back as far as the
Garden of Eden, making his debut when he and his companion, Greed,
helped usher in the fall of man.
Okay, that being said, examined and hopefully agreed, all is not
lost. If you identify a Cousin Worry residing in your life, or a
Cousin Worry that keeps showing up every time a situation arises, or
even if you have a Cousin Worry who is kept well at bay, and just
dew-drops-in when he can catch you unawares. Whatever, whoever,
whenever, just because he’s here to stay, doesn't mean he has to
stay with you. It’s alright to kick out a relative, especially when
it’s Cousin Worry!
Set Them Free and Breath Again!
By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert
“As for me, I will call upon God and the Lord shall save me . . . He
hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me
for there were many with me.”
When I was five years old, my father came and took my sister away
from us. His rescue was quick and clandestine, the only evidence
left behind, a trail of her belongings scattered down the stairs and
out the front door. He took her 300 miles away to live with him, and
there she stayed long enough to know she had a father who did, after
all, really care. I didn’t know then, that the memory of that day,
would become an unshakable stowaway in the dark places of my heart.
God knows the brokenness that His children suffer. He alone knows
each tear that is shed, gathers them in a bucket to be poured into
the sea of forgetfulness.)
My father’s abandonment sent me vainly searching for a fulfillment I
could not define. In spite of the love generously bestowed upon me
from my mother, nothing could take the place of him. Little girl
lost, looking for her natural protector, the only man who could give
her what comes exclusively from the paternal blood tie. Even growing
up with fine memories and excellent rearing that prepared me well
for womanhood, the need to satisfy the perpetual feeling of
rejection left by my father, never ceased.
God hears the cries that flow from the deep well of the heart.)
Years later my mother, deeply loved and cherished, passed on to
glory. A source of strength and a strong tower, she’d never left
nor abandoned me. Yet, when she was gone, the void was just as deep
as the one left by my father. Her memory lingered on, made
bittersweet, tainted by his ghost. For now, they were both gone, and
I had no one.
God can take away the pains of life, things lost, things regretted.)
Then, again many years later, the Father whispered into my shattered
“Even though your father and mother may forsake you, then I will
take you up.”
Be it death or desertion, we will all have to depart this life one
way or another; for as the
grass flourish today, tomorrow it fadeth,
so shall the mortal man. Nothing lasts forever, but God Almighty,
the Great I Am. He who loves me more than my father or my mother
ever could, caused me to love Him, even more than I could have ever
loved my mother or my father.
heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”)
Because He knew my brokenness. Because He heard my cries. Because He
wanted me made whole. For this, He set the captives in my heart free
forevermore. He is the only One reigning within my heart. Not as a
hostage, but a willing inhabitant, a gatekeeper to my heart and my
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye
not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in
I shall know it unfailingly. God has made a way out of the
wilderness of past hurts, pains, and sorrows. He has provided water
for the dry and thirsty places in my heart. Now, He is doing a new
thing, bringing forth a new year, springing forth a new life.
Creating a hostage free heart, just ripe for the harvesting, ready
to breathe again!
No Ordinary Man
By: Evangelist B. Colbert
Sometimes, God does a particular thing for a particular purpose.
Then, in order to bring that particular thing into fruition, He
selects a particular vessel. Thus, His Will be done.
l know a natural man, who confronted life with ferocious intent,
seizing, dividing and conquering. In his carnal state, he could not
possibly know that he was yet a vessel being prepared for God’s
divine plan. He was like Jacob, wrestling with the Angel all night
long until his deliverance came. And as unbeknownst to any natural
being, when God has destined you for a purpose, there is no way out.
In spite of obtaining victory over social injustices, generational
curses, and personal demons, this man had yet to spar with the Lord
Himself. In our carnality, we will believe we are conquerors strong
and mighty, rulers of the world, masters of the universe. We
convince ourselves that by our own mortal power, we can even prevail
over the will of God. Yet, by the testimony of countless witnesses,
when God takes you to the ring, and the wrestling match begins, the
fight is fixed. This man learned that his wrestling matches in the
world, were divinely designed to ultimately reward him a blackbelt
Even as Paul the Apostle’s relentless pursuit to annihilate
Christians, earned him the reputation as a brutal assassin, in spite
of it all, the Lord had already predestined him to be the one He
would use for a particular purpose, to implement His own particular
agenda. God met Paul on the road to Damascus, struck him off his
feet, and when he rose again, he was a new creature in Christ,
drafted eternally into the army of the Lord. What the devil used
against God, now God used for His glory. Centuries later, this man
I know traveled his own road to Damascus, and like Paul, was knocked
down and out, permanently retired from the world, inducted into a
life for Christ. The devil’s deadly script depicting the role of a
man beaten and broken, destined for damnation, was cast and burned
into the consuming fires of the Holy Ghost. God, the true
orchestrator of our lives, had flipped the script; a chief slave of
satan, had now become a chief servant of God.
William Shakespeare said, “All
the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players: they
have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays
many parts . . .”
True enough for those on the stage mimicking life, perpetrating
reality from the uninvolved mind. But this man learned, in his
newfound enlightenment, that when God is the author, every stage
that is set, every part that is played, is for the single purpose of
salvation; the final curtain call must introduce a cast of newly
Now, the quintessential delegate for Christ, this man I know, is a
formidable warrior in the battle between good and evil. Especially
preserved for use in God’s kingdom, he is a living testimony of His
providence, and confirmation that the Lord will use whomever He
chooses. And that no matter how rough the diamond, God will perfect
it, and let it shine for His glory alone.
So should you find yourself on a Damascus road, let God be the
author of your way. Then, at the end of your journey, when the final
curtain is closed, you too will have a testimony of victory, like
this man I know.
(P.S. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Life - In Christ)
The Heart is the Garden
By: Evangelist B. Colbert
Galatians 5:22 says that
“the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
gentleness, and self-control”.
of the Spirit, singular. One
Spirit, one fruit,
inhabiting the heart of the Believer, fusing the Spirit of the Lord
into the spirit of
the man, making one whole
new creation in Christ.
You see, those of us who
are “peculiar” people, proclaimed followers of Christ, are
and statutorily required to
become new creatures made in His image. Easier said than done, but
only for us - not for God.
It’s His fruit of His Holy Spirit, which can only be imparted and
cultivated by the father
God through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Myths and lies will tell
that we don't have to
possess all of the Fruit of the Spirit. Well, just having some of
the fruit of
the Spirit, is like having
a half, or a portion of a piece of fruit, incomplete and malformed.
Remember, it is one fruit
comprised of many devine attributes, without the whole fruit, we are
Keeping it simple, it's
like a garden planted with a variety of fruit and vegetables. While
not eat or have a taste for
them all at the same time, we will inevitably need them all at some
point in time. When we
neglect to cultivate all of the fruit or vegetables in the garden,
we will find
ourselves lacking at a time
of need a necessary ingredient, rendering the dish incomplete,
distasteful, and maybe
Another thing. Ecclesiastes
11 teaches us to “
Cast thy bread upon many waters, for thou shalt
find it after many days.
Give a portion to seven and also to eight; for thou knowest not what
shall be upon the earth.”
It is wise to sow unsparingly and
indiscriminately, for we never know
when we will need a return.
Ecclesiastes 11 also promises that if we sow bountifully, we will
reap bountifully, opening a
gateway for us to receive bounty from the least likely places, due
the righteous seed sowed
along the way. Essentially, we cannot sow seeds of righteousness,
from an unrighteous garden.
We cannot produce a garden of righteousness, except it be the
Fruit of the Spirit.
On a personal note, I will
testify of a very recent time in my own life, where I needed every
the fruit of the Spirit.
Furthermore, I needed the Lord to enable me to sow unsparingly, and
quench my doubt of any
return whatsoever. Negotiating the weeds that had infiltrated my
garden, the Lord brought to
my spirit the remembrance of his words in 1st Corinthians 13:13; a
divine assurance that if I
possess love, the very essence of Him, His Spirit, His fruit, then
shall surely spring and
prosper therefrom. The fruit of His Spirit will prevail one way or
the garden will flourish
As always, God does not
leave us without hope. So, when your garden is not flourishing and
storms of snow and rain,
drought and infestations have compromised the cultivation of your
remember that God set love
as the very first fruit of the Spirit. The one that will always take
dominion over your garden
and never die. So that although we may be a bit spiritually
undeveloped, we will still
nonetheless sow unsparingly, reap bountifully, and be continually
fruitful and multiply!
By: Evangelist B. Colbert
Joshua said, “Now give me this hill country that the LORD
promised me . . .” and though the land was inhabited by giants,
because the Lord had promised it to His people, Joshua again
declared, “ . . . but the LORD helping me, I will drive them out
. . ." What is impossible to man, is more than possible with
Joshua proposed, where will you make your dwelling place? Will it be
in the hill country? Or the valley low? Though there may be “giants”
in the way, will you surrender to them, making your dwelling place
in the valleys, intimidated and afraid of the mammoths that hover
God did not give those who serve Him, the spirit of fear. In fact,
He is glorified through challenges and battles seemingly
unconquerable. He lovingly brings His people out of valleys and into
the high places. God will see us through the valley of the shadow
of death and we shall fear no evil, for He is ever
with us. He will permit the giants to come and hover about us like
rumbling mountains threatening avalanche, but He will protect
us from their devour. As Joshua proclaimed “. . . but the LORD
helping me, I will drive them out.”
Still, we must realize that all Giants do not come from the wiles of
the Enemy. Some simply emerge from within. Having dwelled within us
as companions willingly entertained by our own deficits and desires.
Giant’s will distract, impede and devastate our lives in whatever
way they are given passage. If they come from without, they will
seek to infiltrate. If they come from within, they will seek to
manifest. Joshua said that though there were giants in the land
which God had promised His people, and though the people were
insufficient on their own to conquer those giants, with God’s help
they would drive them out and take possession of that which
He had promised.
Where have you made your dwelling place? What giants are in your
life that you have not served over to God for eviction? What shapes
your thinking, your emotions, even your health, to the point of
control and manipulation? What Giants inhabit your life, and bound
you to dwelling in the valley, instead of the hill country that God
has promised? Giants of fear, worry, anxiety, anger, jealousy,
strife and unforgiveness. Giants that have taken habitation within
the heart. We may live with them all our lives and never realize how
much of a role they play in our actions and reactions, our choices
and decisions, sometimes our very life and death. Yet, where they
come from and how they got there is secondary to casting them out,
and closing the door for entry no more. Joshua said, “ . . .
but the LORD helping me, I will drive them out.” With God all
things are possible.
The Father is a master surgeon, a supernaturally divine Healer.
With the balm of “Peace that Surpasses all Understanding”, He
soothes worry and anxiety, fear forever denounced. With the oil of
“Grace and Mercy”, He quenches the fires of anger, jealousy
and strife. With the precious “Blood of Jesus” He covers a
multitude of sins, enabling forgiveness. By God, Giants shall fall,
rendered impotent and unpowerful.
Joshua would only settle for the hill country, because he knew that
by God, he was not meant to dwell in the valley low. God has
promised Hill Country to all who know Him and any Goliaths
inhabiting that land shall flee, when we declare “Now give me
this hill country that the LORD promised me that day.“
AT LIFE’S INTERSECTION: CROSS WITH CAUTION!
By: Evangelist B. Colbert
“WANTED: CROSSING GUARDS - IMMEDIATE OPENINGS”
Years ago, the Lord inspired me to start an outreach ministry.
However, already working full-time was a distraction, so I decided
to step out on faith, and focus on accomplishing this task
exclusively. To preserve my mental energy, and generate at least
some minimal income, I took the crossing guard job. Even though it
was well below my skill set, it offered flexibility and would not
require much time or effort. Little did I know, that even a job so
seemingly trivial, would provide a plethora of human experience to
lay the groundwork for what I would do for the rest of my life.
By my third week as a crossing guard, I knew all the children and
all the vehicles that frequented my intersection. I had developed a
small fan club of bus drivers, police officers, and the former
crossing guard who passed my corner daily, shouting out rather
risque accolades better left unsaid. As simplistic as a crossing
guard’s job may seem, it did have its perks.
The mornings, before the children came, were quiet times used to
simply reflect on this unusual juncture in my life. I found the
early hours inspiring, as trees bristled in the wind, and the sun
made it’s brilliant debut from behind the billowy clouds. My
thoughts flowed freely and uninhibited. I confidently planned the
course of my endeavors, provoked by the beautiful kaleidoscope of
autumn leaves swirling about in the warm autumn breeze, providing an
atmosphere of supernatural inspiration.
Then came the business of doing what I had been hired to do; safely
leading people from one side of the street to the other and becoming
acquainted, one way or another.
First to travel past my corner, were the elementary school children.
In a whirlwind of youthful exuberance, they traveled in groups of
three or more, like colorful balloons loosed in the wind, racing to
my corner, halting just short of my STOP sign. Then, as I lowered
the sign off they’d go, carefree, full of joy and innocence, never
failing to provoke a wistful tug at my heart.
Next were the junior high pre-teens, who always traveled in pairs,
girls with girls, boys with boys. Endlessly chatting away, their
gait light and quick, tolerating my crossing commands, as long as I
kept my distance.
Periodically, I’d get a high-schooler. Interesting creatures for
sure. Generally walking alone and self-absorbed, their body language
spoke volumes. They were never candidates to engage in
conversation. I knew to give them their space. Reluctantly, yet
wisely, I’d leave them be.
Finally, came the seniors. Their gait was much slower, rarely were
they in a hurry. My most enjoyable pedestrians. Welcoming my
assistance, they were always engaging and never failed to impart
into my spirit kind words of wisdom and many times, encouragement.
I came to realize that I had observed life full circle. From the
energetic youngster; to the caterpillar-to-butterfly pre-teen; to
the self-absorbed teen; and finally, the seasoned senior. I came to
learn that in God’s divine scheme of things, His purpose is not only
on a grand scale, but a personal one as well. Graciously, my
experience as a crossing guard prepared me to cross an intersection
in my life that would equip me to minister to people from all walks
of life. But more importantly, it taught me to never forget that
God’s divine providence can be seen even in the business of
something so mundane, as standing on a corner and crossing folks
across the street.
Kiss the Devil
By: Evangelist B. Colbert
I spent this past week in the
hospital. Not the hospital as we know it in the standard,
physical sense with doctors and
nurses, etc. but the hospital for the critically spiritually
Moving along as normal, an ordinary
day in my life dealing with the things of the world I
felt pretty good, all was fairly
well. Then, from out of the darkness, came a fiery dart, a/k/a
Satan came to me as a thief, a
trickster, and a slanderer, and to my despair, I did not have on my
The Word of God tells us that the
Enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. For this
reason, the Believer is to
put on the whole Armor of
; a spiritual weaponry, for a spiritual
He says that we “
wrestle not with flesh and blood, but against
powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
That we “may
be able to stand in the day of evil . . . and having done all to
That even when the attack is unexpected, unwarranted and
unrelenting, we can still yet, stand.
I foolishly engaged in battle without
my Armor. A potentially fatal mistake any soldier can make when
things seem to be going well, and he forgets that the enemy is still
The attack that came upon me was
sudden. The enemy came smiling, silver-tongued and conniving,
took me by surprise and knocked me off my feet.
While I had my loins belted with truth - I’d
down my breastplate of righteousness.
Forgetting that His
righteousness has been given to me, my heart was left dangerously
vulnerable for infiltration.
While I had my shield of faith
- I did not keep it positioned to quench the fiery darts. My helmet
of salvation had been set to the side, and my mind was under siege.
My Sword of the Spirit - the Word of God - had slipped from my
embrace, rendered powerless by prevailing flesh.
Because my spiritual weaponry
was absent, and my carnal weaponry was inadequate, my stand was
weak. I was fighting a losing battle. I succumbed to defeat for
three days. Like Jonah in the belly of the whale, I would have
drowned in my sea of mayhem, but for the Lord who carried me along
While in my recovery, I had to learn
the essentialness of keeping on the whole Armor of
God. Not a portion, but the Whole
Armor. When my hospitalization was over, and I was renewed in his
Word, I was sent back to confront the enemy and make amends. I had
been taught that there is no true victory in any battle, unless God
is glorified. The attack itself, the resulting injuries, the healing
process, the conviction of venturing outside His will, none of these
things were as challenging as confronting the adversary in a spirit
Extending the olive branch of
reconciliation was the final, but mandatory, obligation to deliver
me from defeat to victory, and God yet be glorified.
Our Savior displayed the ultimate act
of humility when he suffered upon the cross.
Done for our redemption, that we may
have victory over sin and the sting of death. I not only
see where He
be glorified in
all that we do, I give Him the glory for all that
. . Oh, But What About Those Little Things!
By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert-
. . Oh, But What About Those Little Things!
By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert
How much do we actually take time to thank God
for the little things? Those everyday things, perks and provisions
that we so presumptuously, take for granted. Such as the gentle
softness of the morning dew; the innocence of a newborn child; an
arching rainbow after a summer storm. Yes, it’s the little things
that really remind us that we truly are blessed to be not only be
alive, but yet saved by grace. As King David said . . .
“I would have fainted if I had not seen the goodness
of the Lord in the land of the living.”
Contemplate the cottony white snowflakes of the
winter snow. Willow trees gracefully lingering over the edge of a
rippling stream. Mountain ranges stoically peaking into horizons
unknown; lilac, honeysuckle, lacey ferns and big sisters braiding
our hair. The smell of coffee brewing on a cold winter morn; popcorn
and a classic movie; and a flock of speckled geese marching in
formation commanding traffic at a busy intersection. Autumn leaves
and apple cider; a friend in need; a warm embrace; a gentle kiss;
and of course, banana pudding! How we forget while braving the
challenges of life, the irreplaceable little things that make the
day brighter, the night softer, the years cherishable.
You see, Ecclesiastes 3:11-14 tells us that God
has made everything beautiful in His time. There is a divine harmony
in God’s work and all it produces. While we in our mortal
imaginations may not always be able to see or comprehend the
complete and total beauty of Providence, when we recognize the
awesome power and glory of God, we surely shall understand that
though it may be beyond our own limited minds, it is not beyond the
Ecclesiastes further tells us that we cannot find
out the work that God makes from beginning to the end. Therefore, we
cannot judge anything before the time. While the artist is painting
the portrait, or the house is under construction, we see not
straightaway the beauty of either. But when the artist has given the
portrait its final strokes, and the last brick of the house is in
its place, the finished product is a splendor to behold.
When we exercise total dependence upon Him, then
we have no problem whatsoever having absolute faith in the
perfection of His divine work, not only in our lives, but the entire
God doeth, it shall be forever, nothing can be put to it, nor
anything taken from it; God doeth it, that men should fear before
God is the Beginning and the End; the Alpha and
the Omega; the Creator of the Universe; the Master of all living
creatures. He is the Maker of all seasons and all time. There is
nothing that lasts forever, but that which we find in Him.
Let us all take time to thank the Creator for all
the facets of our lives. The big and the small, all put together in
divine harmony for God to show His hand supreme in our humble lives.
The summer wind, the winter snow, the flowers of spring and the
brilliant colors of autumn. God specializes in supernatural
phenomenon, from the cradle to the grave. We shall remember to
praise Him and to give thanks for all that He is and never forget
even the little things, that crown us with His loving kindness and
By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert- 12/02/2017
Somewhere along the evolution of man, we lost our
sense of decency. The simple practice of discretion has seemingly
become a thing of the past. How did it happen? Did it come with
freedom of expression? The sixties explosion (for those of us who
remember Woodstock, revolutions and making love not war?) Did it
come from the ever expanding notion that everyone has a right to be
heard? Everyone has a right to do their “own thing.” Everyone
deserves their “fifteen minutes of fame” and everyone should do
whatever they choose, regardless of the consequences and ultimately
to the detriment of the moral constitution and fortitude.
It is a bleak perspective to find that the common man
has created a society of self-serving, self absorbed, and as the
Word of God says, men
“doing what is right in his own mind.”;
a mind blinded by darkness and deception from the old Adversary
himself - Satan.
Unevolved man, in seeking to find himself, may
shamelessly share their personal lives and sordid affairs willingly
through the vast world of social media. Others have no qualms
inviting the world to watch while they expose the details of their
private lives through cinema or international publications. Reality
shows topping it all off - why don’t we just bring the entire world
right into our very own living room, kitchen, and bedroom. There’s a
new form of exploitation, preying on the void of human dignity and
worst of all, spiraling mankind deeper and deeper into spiritual
bankruptcy. We should seriously recognize that vanity, egotism,
pride and self-glorification is a significant weapon Satan has
devised and planted in the hearts of available mankind, driving a
deep-rooted wedge between He and thee.
That is why we live. Believers. Advocates for
Hope. Warriors for Christ. Testifiers of all things that are good
and kind. Yielding to Galatians 5:22,
". . . the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
long-suffering, gentleness, goodness and faith."
Enhancing the positive. Edifying, not destroying.
Knowingly watching our morally deprived brethren suffer at the hands
of the Enemy, is against Christian principal and surely not pleasing
to God. And carelessly observing anyone's spiritual, physical or
emotional depravity, is a serious default in ourselves. We cannot
call ourselves Christians and claim to comply with Galatians 5:25,
''If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the
while we casually watch the deliberate spiritual death of our
brethren, joining forces with Satan, paving the road to his own
We must wage war against the exploitation of
human dignity in this world. Crude behavior, sexual immorality,
exploitation of ourselves, are all an offense against God. We shall
not be so heavenly bound, that we’re no earthly good – but we must
remember that it is what we do here on earth that will determine
where we will spend eternity. It is our responsibility to be our
brother’s keeper and to soberly examine the human condition. Then,
to reach out and touch someone with the same hand of grace that was
given to us by the Lord Almighty. Remembering in our hearts God’s
original plan: For man to dwell in a state of peace, humility and
grace. Then, gratefully exchange his “fifteen minutes of fame” for
an eternity of spiritual elegance and immortality.
"THE THIEF COMETH NOT, BUT FOR TO KILL, AND TO STEAL
AND TO DESTROY; I AM COME THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE LIFE, AND THAT THEY
MIGHT HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY”
By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert- 11/04/2017
By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert
I have a magnificent obsession. Not with
man, but with God. I am never surprised by what He can do, because
He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent; indisputably superior
to all there is. As such, He warns us in Proverbs 24:7-9, that
“Wisdom is too high for a fool . . .” God has made it clear
that there is no power, nor knowledge on Earth, or even in the
universe, that is tantamount to that of the Almighty. That the only
thing we can know for absolute certainty, is that we really know
nothing for absolute certainty. All of our times, as is all
creation, are in His hands. So it is wise to understand that we are
in fact, mere human beings, vulnerable to our own immortality, and
if lacking the grace of God, then sadly restricted by our own finite
Proverbs says that Wisdom is “too high” for a
weak man, he knows it, and therefore he despairs to acquire it. He
will not even pursue it, but will become content without it; that in
reality, he really has not the capacity for it and therefore the
advantages he has for getting it, are all in vain. We are told that
Wisdom is no easy thing to get. That those who have ample intellect
for it, if they be foolish, or if they be slothful and will not
strive or endeavor; if they be playful and trifling, given to their
pleasure; or viciously unkind, they are not likely to ever attain
it; and for lack of it, they are unfit for most everything. Yet,
they know in their hearts that they are foolish men, so they go
about uninformed, ignorant and useless. Miserably, they become
perpetrators and a fraud. Such is the state of so many today.
Thinking so much more of themselves than they really are. Not
understanding, or even acknowledging, that God is the only Giver of
all things of true essentialness. Anything we gain outside of Him,
including knowledge, is temporal, and will fade with the numbering
of our days.
That is why I have a Magnificent Obsession. For I
have come to learn that the only true Wisdom is knowing that we are
not wise in ourselves at all. It is only what we gain from walking,
talking, and yielding to the Almighty, that we truly can become
wise. Proverbs translates to say “let young men take pains to
get Wisdom.” In other words, the sooner the better.
myself wasted many years young and foolish. But once I came to know
the Lord Jesus Christ, true to His Word, He made this foolish mortal
wise. And that is why I have a magnificent obsession - with God. In
His infinite grace and mercy, He made a blind woman see, a lame
woman walk, a dead woman live. So,
to speculate what my God can do? Contemplate, evaluate, or even
His awesome power far escapes my fragile mortal
who am I to theorize the glory of my God?
Discuss, deduct, or hypothesize, His Majesty quite
My earthly attained intelligence can only behold His
Humbled by His gentle love, saved by grace, no more a
who am I to fraternize with fears or doubts, or silly
When all I know, yes truly know, is God is ever
He’s wonderful, He’s powerful, He’s all I’ll ever
that’s who I am, one redeemed by the Blood, He shed on
Blessings of Salvation and Wisdom to all who desire to
walk in Magnificent Obsession with the Lord Jesus Christ.
A Prayer from the Pew
By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert- 10/07/2017
A Prayer from the Pew
Evangelist Barbara Colbert
2 Timothy 3:5-7 tells
us that “In the last days, perilous times shall come. For men will
be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,
blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy having a
form of godliness but denying the power thereof. From such turn
2 Timothy 2:15 tells
us to “Study to show ourselves approved, a workman not to be
tells us to “work out” our “own salvation with fear and trembling.”
These are words from
the Lord to all those who have an ear to hear. But especially to the
formal Believer, as it is he who has openly professed to have had an
exclusive encounter with the Lord, and thus, have been drawn into
the Fold and become an official follower of Christ. It is he who not
only has to have an ear to hear, he must absolutely
have a heart to receive. He has no excuse for not knowing the Word
of God, for if he truly loves the Lord, he will hunger and thirst
for it, “as a deer panteth for the water.” Moreover, he has no
excuse to allow man’s deficiency to dissuade him from his commitment
to salvation, or his duty to the church. Not even if the culprit is
a perpetrating preacher in the pulpit. Because he too is only a man,
but subject to greater warfare because of his calling. Yet, sadly,
he can be the one Timothy calls “a lover" of their “own selves,
proud, unthankful, having a form of godliness but..” However, he too
must “study to show himself approved.” He too must
“work out his own salvation with fear and trembling.” He too will
stand before the throne of judgment, naked before the Father.
Considering this, it
must sadden the Father when one whom He has snatched from the jaws
of death and personally preserved for Himself, decides that a
double-talking player in the pulpit, is the sum and substance of
salvation. The prodigal who left the church because the pastor was a
fake, or a phony, or even a shake-down artist, should remember just
why they came to church in the first place. I would venture to say,
it is because somewhere along the line they confessed the Lord Jesus
Christ as their Savior and became “a new creature in Christ.” And if
my Holy Ghost recollection serves me proper, I don’t know of any
man, woman or child that can offer Salvation. Only Christ.
That’s why we go to
church. To worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth - not the pastor.
To fellowship with other Believers. Pray for one another. Encourage
one another. Study the Word so that when we encounter the false
prophet in the pulpit or even in the pews, we will not be bamboozled
or dissuaded. And most of all, pray for that under-shepherd who
could himself very well be on the slippery slope to damnation.
And if the pastor is
living in a mansion on a hill and the members are all living in
tenements in the hood; or if the pastor is shaking you down for your
rent and bill money; or even if the church gave you a loan and they
made you pay it back with interest, just remember, in Detroit,
there’s a church on practically every corner. Don’t fall from the
vine, just try another branch. After all, Matthew 7:7 says “. . .
seek and ye shall find – knock and the door will be opened to you!”
Unforgiveness- The Silent Killer
Evangelist Barbara Colbert- 8/7/2017
know that we are, by God, required to forgive? Not just a simple
misunderstanding between one another, or a small mistake easily
remedied, but to forgive a wrongdoing, injustice, or a dastardly
deed committed against us by a friend or even a loved one. Yes, my
friend, we are commanded to forgive one another; if not, the Father
will not forgive you. What a shame for us to be in the church, doing
God's work, and even faithful to our ministries, and yet, we have
unforgiveness in our hearts.
not even be aware that unforgiveness is lurking deep within. It is
quite easy to harbor a grudge, bury it deep within, and nurture it
unknowingly. Yet, when we refuse to forgive someone, we are really
not hurting them so much as we are hurting ourselves and dishonoring
God and His all-powerful Holy Spirit, which is the One who enables
us to forgive. Saddest of all, against the unforgiven – we are
placing them in a proverbial “debtors prison.” Locking them away in
the hidden chambers of our hearts and never affording them – or
ourselves a chance at forgiveness or more importantly – redemption.
As Christ so did for us, yet we refuse to do it for our brother. And
know that it is a sign of arrogance. Are we so concerned about our
own feelings, that we cannot allow the Lord to foster forgiveness in
our hearts? Or are we so proud, that we cannot submit a cancerous
thing to God for healing? Walking in unforgiveness is displeasing to
God. It is a hindrance and a pitfall, that only serves to separate
us from Him. To dwell in unforgiveness requires maximum energy and a
concerted effort, consciously or subconsciously. Ultimately,
unforgiveness gone unchecked, will bring about bitterness,
resentment, sorrow, and effectively bankrupt the joy and abundant
life promised to us by the Father Himself.
is easier said than done, I agree. But, then again, we are talking
about the power of the Holy Spirit. Understand, that forgiveness is
a by-product of Love, which is the very first Fruit of the Holy
Spirit, and it cannot be manifested and indicative in our lives, if
we are not dependent upon the Lord Jesus Christ.
myself, have had to walk the rocky road of forgiveness foolishly
reluctant to allow the Lord to perform the tedious heart surgery
that was required to heal the heart from unforgiveness. Yet, as a
living witness, I can promise you, that when you allow the Lord to
take away the burden of unforgiveness, and though it may be a
painful experience and you may feel helpless and unvindicated, trust
God to handle the situation to its completion - which is also
required, if you are a Believer on Him. We have all learned early in
our lives, whether we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior
or not, that vengeance belongs to the Lord, whether we like it or
all examine our hearts and be sure, be very sure, that there is no
unforgiveness lingering deep within. For there is nothing worse than
leaving this world without having forgiven those who have caused you
grief. The word of God tells us, if we do not forgive others, the
Father will not forgive us, and that the same measure of grace that
we give to others, is what He will give to us. Beloved, I don't know
about you, but I need all the Grace I can get. Be it that brother,
that sister, a mother, a father, a friend, a co-worker, or even a
stranger that you may never see again, if there is any offense that
has gone unforgiven, make this the day that you say, Lord help me to
forgive others as you have forgiven me.
Praises to the All-Mighty Lord and
Evangelist Barbara Colbert- 7/8/2017
church fed the hungry and encouraged the heavy-laden and
downtrodden. We have been in the business of Outreach Ministry over
16 years, yet, I am always newly inspired by the feeling of helping
those who have found themselves in the hard places of life. It is
good to simply let someone know that they can make it. Not by
anything that I can do, or they themselves can do, but by what God
King Solomon spent a great deal of his life searching for
fulfillment through massive possessions, power, wisdom and
knowledge, even surrounding himself with the most beautiful things
that money could buy. He entertained every desire of the flesh, and
even tried living the life of a common laborer. Sadly, he came to
discover that it was all for naught. That although he was
exceedingly wealthy, was ruler over many lives, and possessed great
wisdom and knowledge, his fate, when it was all said and done, was
the same as the paupers'. King Solomon was distraught to learn after
all of his searching, that he too would die just as the ordinary
man, and would return to the dust from whence he came. It was not
until his latter years that he came to the understanding that all
that we do in this life is frivolous, if not done to the glory of
God. That to live and to work and to appreciate the simple things in
life was far more valuable than all of the material possessions that
men spend their lives pursuing.
God is good.
He will not let those who serve him go unrewarded. His Word tells us
that when we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and
the imprisoned, we have done it not just unto others, but we have
done it unto Him. I can only believe that each time we reach out and
let someone know that there is hope in Christ Jesus, that it further
secures our own faith and hope in Christ Jesus. What other duty for
the true Believer, but to diligently aspire to bring others into the
perhaps why I call this "Solomon's Song", because like Solomon, I
too searched much of my life, for the meaning of life. l I did not
have great riches and power, nor was I ruler over many, but I did
explorer and entertain all of my heart's desires, in search of
fulfillment. Only to find that all I needed was the Lord. Also like
Solomon, I too realized that when this journey is over, my fate will
be to depart from this world just like every other being. The great
exception will be the assurance that my destiny is exclusive for
those who have served the Lord. It is a good thing to know that we
can secure a life eternal with Christ Jesus, if we secure a life
present through Christ Jesus.
I am happy today because I am saved. I understand
the meaning of salvation and I thank God that it's not that
complicated. Remember the goodness and the grace of God all the days
of my life and never forget Solomon's Song, that all that men strive
to acquire is but folly, it is what we do for Christ that counts,
for what profit a man if he gain the whole world, but lose his soul?
GABRIEL OUTREACH MINISTRIES
Jesus: the Savior of My Soul
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we
might become the righteousness of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:21
SEVEN LAST & PRECIOUS WORDS OF CHRIST ON THE CROSS
(A Divine and Heavenly Family Reunion !)
“FORGIVE THEM FATHER FOR THEY
KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO.”
With infinite love and mercy, Jesus cried from the cross for the
forgiveness of those who were performing the most dreadful crime
ever committed in the annals of mankind. Who knows what amount of
divine wrath was adverted by Christ’s utterance of this divine
prayer of intercession.
Even in the midst of His personal agony for the sins of all
we find the soul of Jesus without resentment, devoid of anger,
no lurking desire for punishment of those men was were unjustly
putting Him to death.
“I ASSURE YOU TODAY YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE .”
Luke 23: 39-43
Two robbers reviled Jesus at the outset, challenging Him that “if
you are the Christ, save Yourself and
us.” But we find one of the robbers had a change of heart. Turning
to his companion, he rebuked him for his irreverence. This repentant
recognized that they both were suffering the penalties of crimes
they had willfully committed, but the blessed Lamb of God who hung
on the middle cross had done nothing wrong.
Turning to Jesus, the repentant thief asked the Lord to remember
when He came into his Kingdom. Jesus rewarded his faith with the
promise that that very day they would be together in paradise.
Speaking to Mary and John:
“WOMAN BEHOLD SON……BEHOLD
Even while dying on the cross, Jesus was concerned about his family.
Seeing His mother, and John the disciple that He loved, He
John to her as the one who would hereafter take the place of "son"
Jesus had four brothers, (James, Joses, Simon, and Judas -Matt
13:55), they were not followers of the ministry of the Savior
at this point in time, as His mother was, therefore Jesus entrusted
the care of His mother to His disciple and close friend that we find
at the foot of the cross in the midst of His agony.
With this in mind, we must be mindful that our families are a
gift from God and be diligent of their care regardless of our
circumstances and insure the care of our love ones in spite of our
“MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”
Matt 27:46, Mark 15:34
Because God is holy, He can not overlook sin. On the contrary, He
must punish it. The Lord Jesus Christ had no sin of His own, but He
took on the guilt of our sins upon Himself. When God, as Judge,
looked down and saw our sin upon the sinless
Substitute, He withdrew from the Son that He loved. It was that
separation that wrung from the heart of Jesus. This physical agony
was horrible, but even worst was the spiritual separation from God
and the Holy Spirit.
We as believers in Christ must understand that our Lord and Savior
this double death so that we will never have to experience eternal
separation from God.
Between verses 27 & 28, we have no doubt that three hours of
had passed from the sixth to the ninth hour (noon to three o’clock).
during this time that Jesus, forsaken by God as he suffered the
bearing the weight of our sins, cried out “I Thirst.” this was an
indication of a real physical thirst precipitated by a loss of blood
. . . (what
may be termed as nervous tension, and exposure to weather as a
Yet, far greater than His physical thirst was the Savior's
spiritual thirst for the
salvation of the souls of humankind. Even in the grip of impending
death and excruciating pain, Christ did not call up the leagues of
angels at his disposal to deliver Him, but remained faithful to the
will of His heavenly Father that we may have eternal life through
and in His sacrifice. What a mighty God we serve!
“FATHER INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT”
The fact that Jesus gave up His spirit emphasizes that His death was
voluntary. He determined the time of His death in full control of
faculties for scripture tells us that Jesus stated in
John 10: 17, 18 “The
Father loves Me because I lay down My life that I may take it up
one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to
down, and I have power to take it again. This command I received
“IT IS FINISHED”
God’s desire to bring His creation back into communion, started in
3:15, is brought to a glorious conclusion in the finished work of
“It is finished”, with these three word, so simple, and yet so
and far reaching, the Son of the Living God cried out in jubilation,
not only had the sons of Adam been reconciled back into oneness with
God, but the burden of the sins of humanity had been lifted, the
death had been broken, and the Trinity was once again complete!
Oh how the angels in heaven must have sung out in victory! Hosanna!
Blessed be the name of the Lord at this family reunion! How much
more should we sing praises unto the Lord for His obedience, and to
Father God who loves us so much that He would withhold nothing, not
even his only begotten Son, that worthless sinners such as you and
may live throughout eternity in His presences because of these three
words - “IT IS FINISHED!”
There are no other words ever spoken so precious to mankind as these
seven last words of our Lord Jesus Christ
Please continue to pray that in these turbulent times, we shall all
take heed to know that the time is nigh - this is the acceptable
year of the Lord - for tomorrow is not promised!
Through the fires, the floods, the earthquakes and the wars, that
the Lord Almighty shall gather a mighty remnant and many, many, many
souls shall be saved!
Turner -Gabriel Outreach Ministries
“Jesus: the Savior
of My Soul”
Gabriel's Weekly Inspirational Word - October 20, 2008
Contribution by Minister Mack E. Brooks
“Seven Last Words of Jesus” 4/2006
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