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Are You Ready? By Lisa Burkhardt Worley

When I was in junior school, I attended charm school. Some of you may be thinking, What happened? 🙂 There was only one thing I remember from what the instructor taught that week. She said, “Always leave the house dressed as if you will meet the President of the United States.” I never forgot that, and to this day, I have trouble walking out the door without makeup on.

This week, I was cleaning the floors in my house. My dog, Jewel, sheds a lot and there were hair balls everywhere, so I ran the dust mop over the floor then mopped it. No one was coming over, but what if someone I did not expect dropped by?

Today, I heard that an acquaintance of mine passed away after a short battle with an aggressive brain cancer. She was a beautiful godly woman, in her forties, who led a ministry. We crossed paths many times, and now I won’t see her smiling face on this side of Heaven.

So as I bring all this together, it’s a reminder that we should always be ready. In this case, ready to meet the greatest dignitary of all, Jesus. We may never come face-to-face with a U.S. President, but we will at some point encounter Jesus. We are not guaranteed tomorrow so let’s ask ourselves a few questions.

Have we taken care of this body we’ve been given?

Have we tried to live a righteous life, one that we will not be embarrassed about?

For those of us who believe Jesus may return in our generation, are we doing everything we can to tell others about Him?  

Jesus shared a parable in Matthew 25 about ten virgins and their lamps of oil. Five of them were wise. Five were not. When the bridegroom (Jesus) arrived, the wise virgins met Him with their oil-filled lamps, but because the bridegroom had delayed in returning, the foolish virgins “became drowsy and fell asleep” (Matthew 25:6) so when they heard the bridegroom was on his way, they ran out at the last minute to fill their lamps with oil. But it was too late. While they were scrambling, Jesus returned. The ones who were ready joined him—the others found a closed door when they got back. There were consequences for not being ready.

So it is my encouragement to you today to do an assessment of your life. Is your house clean? If Jesus returned tomorrow, would there be oil in your lamp?

Are you ready?

Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me (Psalm 51:10) NIV.

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We’d love for you to join us at our next POP Chat on October 28th at 6:30 p.m. as Pearls of Promise Founder, Lisa Burkhardt Worley, will teach on “TMI: Why God Doesn’t Give Us Too Much Information.” Singer/Songwriter Renee Rollins will lead worship. This will be one hour of worship, teaching and discussion. The link to sign up is: ttps://share.hsforms.com/15bHBupdrTBugXxD9Y8Q_MQ3jo4z

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Thrill Seekers by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

I’ve never been much for carnival rides, especially those that spin or turn upside down, or roller coasters that have a downward drop that makes you feel like you left your stomach at the top of the ride.

Yesterday, my family and I were at a place called the Kemah Boardwalk, near Clear Lake, Texas, and there was this one circular ride that made a loop. Those who dared to get on it were upside down at one point. I couldn’t even watch it without a feeling of fear.

I preferred our family tour of Kemah, by land, on the kiddy train.

I wondered what makes people seek out man-made thrills?

While I may not like carnival rides, in a way I am a thrill seeker because there is no greater thrill than following Jesus. I am a woman who gets bored easily, but life with Him is never dull and I’ve been a follower for many years now. Here is how we partner with Him, upon surrender of our lives:

We become “fishers of men” and women. There is no greater thrill than leading a friend, loved one or total stranger to Christ (Matthew 4:19).

We are His disciples. I love the continuous revelation I receive every time I read the Word of God. In turn, we have the freedom to teach others what we’ve learned (Psalm 119:105).

Jesus said we’ll do greater things than He did (John 14:12). Jesus healed. He cast out demons. He was a miracle worker. It is thrilling to act as a conduit by laying hands on a person then watching God heal them.

And if you’re willing to go and do whatever God asks of you, it is a ride that is totally satisfying and full of adventure (Isaiah 30:21). I never thought I’d be working on a Doctor of Ministry in Messianic Studies, nor would I have attended seminary. If I hadn’t followed Jesus, I would not be co-hosting a Christian television and radio show (POP Talk), and I doubt I’d have a ministry like Pearls of Promise. I’d probably be nearing retirement in a secular job, having missed the thrill of serving in fulfilling ministry work.

So are you a thrill seeker? Maybe you’d like more excitement in your life. If anyone told you the Christian life is boring, that is far from the truth. Won’t you turn it all over to Jesus today, then hang on. You’re in for the ride of your life!

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Do you struggle with getting enough rest? If so, check out the uncut video version of our POP Talk radio interview with Dr. Saundra Dalton- Smith, author of “Sacred Rest.” She’ll give you some practical ways to find rest in your life.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYuPBA-lKmc

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Decision by Rosemary Legrand

Have you ever had to make a decision that you knew was the right thing to do even though it wasn’t easy?

I am one of the co-hosts on the Pearls of Promise television show called “POP Talk.” Recently, we were making plans to interview two special people that are making a huge contribution globally. I was very  excited about the show. I had my questions memorized and was ready to go. But on the way to the studio, I had a call from my spiritual daughter. She said, “Mum, I am so sorry to bother you but can you please come and take me to the doctor? I am having an allergic reaction to some prescribed medication and my whole body is swollen and my face is distorted.”

WOW! My heart sank. Who wants their loved one to be in pain? But I was on the way to the studio and I gently said, “I am so sorry but I have a show today.” She politely said, “That’s okay. I will drive myself.” 

When I hung up, I immediately had a “What would Jesus do” moment and I knew there and then that I had to cancel my studio appointment and take my daughter to the doctor. What a blessing it was to be obedient to God. I knew I had made the right decision.

I was reminded of the scripture in Matthew 25: 35-40-: “For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink?  Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing?   When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’”

We are the hands and feet of Jesus. Sometimes we have to forget about our own agenda and do what we need to do to be a blessing to someone else. I am happy to say my daughter is doing much better.  To God be the glory!

Be a blessing to someone today.  Your heavenly Father will crown your efforts with success.

May God richly bless you!

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Join us September 30th at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom for our next POP Chat where our guest speaker will be KCBI Radio Morning Show Host, Author, and Popular Speaker, Rebecca Carrell who will be speaking about “We Become What We Behold.” Our Worship will be led by Author and Radio Show Host, Donna Renay Patrick. It will be a great time of Worship, Teaching and Discussion. Click on the link to sign up!

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Commanded to Love by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Do I go or not?

A friend of mine’s mother passed away and the funeral was on Friday, almost an hour away from my home. Overall, it would be a three-and-a-half hour commitment to attend.

Normally, I would not have hesitated to be there for my friend, but this time, I felt penned in by pressing schoolwork. I had earmarked Friday to write a research paper, and needed to study for an upcoming test on Monday. It was a big church. I didn’t know if she’d even see me there.

Ironically, the paper I am writing is all about how we should respond to God’s love, and one point is that “we are commanded by Jesus to love our neighbors as ourselves.”

While making the decision, I pondered, What would be meaningful to me? I knew if I were in the same shoes, I would be touched if someone put aside a busy schedule to support me, so after a lot of prayer and godly counsel from my husband, I made the decision to go.

Friday morning, I woke up at 3:30 a.m. and could not go back to sleep, so I decided to get up early and work on my paper. I completed every section but the last one which was: “We should respond to God’s love for us by serving and loving others.” It would have to wait until I got back home.

The church and funeral was beautiful, but when my friend gave a eulogy about her mother, I couldn’t believe my ears when she thanked everyone for attending and said, “You were not here on your own. You were commanded to be here.” I immediately thought about my paper. It’s a commandment to love others. And sometimes that means putting our personal schedules aside to be there for someone else. To make this even more impactful, when my friend left the sanctuary, she did see me and welled up with tears. I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, I’d made the right decision.

Not surprisingly, I came back home and finished my paper, just in time to attend a church worship event at the Texas Motor Speedway, topped off by fireworks. I had many reasons to praise God. Alleluia! I completed my paper! But I also praised our loving Father because he reminded me that the people in our lives are more important than our to-do list. If it’s of Him, He will help us accomplish what’s on our plates.

First and foremost, we are commanded to love.

This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you (John 15:12).

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Join us September 30th at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom for our next POP Chat where our guest speaker will be KCBI Radio Morning Show Host, Author, and Popular Speaker, Rebecca Carrell who will be speaking about “We Become What We Behold.” Our Worship will be led by Author and Radio Show Host, Donna Renay Patrick. It will be a great time of Worship, Teaching and Discussion. Click on the link to sign up!

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There Was Jesus by Rosemary Legrand

When you are laid off from your job with no warning, what do you do? I remember walking into the Managing Director’s office for my scheduled appointment. I was employed with the company for twenty-one years. After a long explanation, I was told I would be let go. To be honest I don’t know why I responded the way I did. But I said, “I will miss all my work mates that have become like my family but thank you for releasing me into my destiny. I did not know what I would do but I knew God had a plan.

The journey was not easy, but God has shown me he is faithful. During that time my husband went to be with the Lord. “There was Jesus” holding my hand to give me the strength and comfort that I needed. I was able to spend two years with my husband before he went home to be with the Lord. You see, had I not been laid off, I would not have been able to spend that quality time with Him.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (NLT).

Since being laid off; God has opened so many doors for me to minister His Word and to remind His children how much He loves them. This is my destiny and Jesus is with me.

In what area of your life do you need Jesus to come and hold your hand and for you to sincerely say, “There was Jesus.” In your illness, He is Healer. In your lack of finances—He is your Provider. In your sorrow—He is Comfort. In times of anxiety—He is your Peace. Will you call on Him? He cannot and will not fail you.


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