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July 26, 2016
by lynetteschenk

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24,

Father I know (with my mind) that you have this. Help me to know (believe in my heart) that you have this. “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

I started reading the book of Titus, the goal to read the book in one sitting.  (Not to difficult as it is only three chapters.) I couldn’t get past the first verse. “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one ……. (emphasis mine)

Definition of Slander: “A malicious, false and defamatory statement or report: a slander against his good name.”

This lesson seems to be a theme with me the last couple days. I testify to God’s powerful goodness in my life and then as soon as the words flow out of my mouth, doubt creeps in the back door. What about this area, the enemy whispers in my ear …….. a circumstance that with human eyes, I see as floundering.

You see, as I read that verse, God highlighted the word “Slander” to me. It struck me that every time I doubt His working, His way, His timing – I defame His power. I call Him liar instead of wise – if only to “myself”. My internal talk slanders His good name and the unbelief has some grit to hang on to.

I need to speak out truth and stop mulling over that which is false and defamatory. What I dwell on will grow in my heart – in this case reinforcing unbelief.

He wasn’t punishing me, just a gentle reminding and redirecting me towards truth. Thank you Father for your gentleness, kindness and goodness. I love You!!


July 19, 2016
by lynetteschenk

“Play hurt, don’t quit, stay in the game.”

Sea of Galilee danceAt our church, we are having a series called Heroes. The Heroes are significant women in the Bible. This week our message was on Mary, the mother of Jesus. Several things spoke to me during this message, but the phrase that pierced my heart was a comment by our pastor’s wife, “Play hurt – don’t quit – stay in the game”.

I went to church that day hurt, not just a “human” hurt, but hurt because with my physical eyes, I didn’t see God working on a situation that is important to me. I was “hurt” because He didn’t seem to care.

Our pastor talked about how the favor of God was on Mary, it states that in scripture. I think we would agree she was privileged (to say it mildly) by becoming the Mother of Jesus. However, that privilege …. that favor …… came with much pain. She was rejected by many because of the circumstance surrounding His conception. She had to deal with raising, caring and nurturing the Son of God on earth. She watched as He ministered and was treated unfairly. Mary, His mom, was there as nails were pounded into His flesh and He gave up His life for sinful people. She had no way of understanding it all. He returned, only to leave again. As Allison (our pastor’s wife) pointed out, she was hurt …… “she play hurt, she didn’t quit, she stayed in the game”.

Because God’s ways are above my ways, I can’t understand His plan. The fact is, I am not called to walk in faith only when it makes sense to me. I am to walk in faith, period. Many times it hurts when circumstances aren’t playing out as we hoped, but that is not a reason to stop moving forward in our relationship and service to Jesus.

What’s bringing you pain today? I encourage you, stay in the game!

(Below is a link to the sermon series. It will bless you!!!)

Sermon Archive


July 15, 2016
by lynetteschenk

God called me a whiner!

Blog postIt is pretty bad when you have a dishwasher running AND you are washing dishes as well. (On a positive note, we have food for next week!)

I took the opportunity to have a conversation with God. I was just talking away ….. well, lets be real, I was complaining! There are some things going on with people I care about and I can do nothing. Oh, I have all the solutions in my head (insert “winky” face), I just don’t have the ability to bring them to fruition.

When I paused to take a breath, which was interesting because I wasn’t talking out loud, God made a statement. Do you want to pray from a position of weakness or power? I was taken back. “What do you mean?”, I asked.

That is when Father God let me know I was a whiner. “Lynette, you are whining. You can talk to me in that way, but it is from a position of weakness. Why don’t you change your attitude. Trust Me. Talk to me “as if” you have access to the All Powerful God. I AM. Respect Me and recognize My omnipotence.

Messaged received. Forgiveness asked and given. Perspective changed. Relief!

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15

October 14, 2015
by lynetteschenk

4 Ways to Hold on to Hope!

Biblical Hope - "A confident expectation and desire for something good in the future."  John Piper

Biblical Hope – “A confident expectation and desire for something good in the future.” John Piper

One emotion we need more of is HOPE! Hope is the driving force behind motivation. In a world with some type of media at every turn, we are constantly bombarded with dreadful acts that cause our heart to be downcast and give rise to fear. I am not saying we need to bury our head in the sand, we need to be aware because circumstances in our world need prayer!

The question is, how do we hold on to our hope in the midst of our world situation, along with our personal “hope busters”?  (Loved ones who struggle, fiances, job stress, cars that break down and a house that needs a new roof.)

4 Ways to Hold on to Hope

1. Hope in God – Place your confidence and trust in Him alone. I ‘wish’ for certain prayers to be answered according to my timeline, but my hope rests on the promises of God. 1 John 5:14-15This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”

2. Put On Praise Music – I have certain songs that “fill me” with hope; I cannot listen to them and not be stirred. Put them on your phone and make sure you have easy access to them. Make a playlist called “hope”. Play it even when you don’t want to! Psalm 27:6 “And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.”

3. All People struggle with thisPsalm 42:5 “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” We will always have this internal struggle, but if we are proactive we can stop our plunge to despair.

4. BE a hope giver – If you extend hope to someone else, it will give rise to hope within yourself. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.”

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September 14, 2015
by lynetteschenk
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Do you want Spiritual Breakthrough? We all want that right and we want it NOW!

We bow our head and close our eyes with the expectation that when we open them again, all will be well. It doesn’t happen, we don’t understand and our hope is disappointed. We give God a “pass” and move on to the next thing with the same expectations. The same thing happens and we go from disappointed to down right discouraged. Why isn’t He answering. Why isn’t He doing something!!!! I think it is a case of M.E., also know as “misdirected expectation”.

Thankfully there is a cure for M.E. and the funny thing is, it has the same two letters “me”, I can cure my own aliment. How fantastic is that! We have been lead into deception with this fast past world of everything being available at our fingertips, with fast food on the side. We want to start three feet in front of the finish line and dash through.

Here is some wisdom I have learned the hard, anxiety-filled way. Father God has lessons to teach and we have to run the whole race. He knows we get weary, that is why He gives us strength. He knows we get discouraged, that is why others run beside us to infuse courage in us. He knows we want to quit, that is why He plants perseverance deep inside us. The trick is, we have to receive it. We have to keep pursuing it; we have to keep running the race! When we have a case of the M.E., we tend to stop in our tracks, or “egad” start running the wrong way! (This is a race that if/when you try to cut across the field ….. your short cut turns into a “long cut”. I am just saying.)

Father God does not need our suggestions. He may look down and think, “That is an answer, I will give you that. However, I have something that is going to be AMAZING! You will have to wait, be patient, have faith and in the end you will look in astonishment.” Yes, that would be our Father. He is all about working His characteristics into us, He is NEVER in a hurry. He is working on the “eternal” plan.

My challenge to you: Be intentional, stay in the race ….. eyes focused and your hope placed completely in God’s ability, timing and how He chooses to answer.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”          Romans 15:13