We want to express a big Thank You, to everyone who helped make Rummage Mania another incredible success. It really was our best Rummage Mania ever! Most Volunteers we’ve ever had…Most shoppers we’ve ever had…Most Silent Auction bidders we’ve ever had…Fastest clean up we’ve ever done…What a blessed week we had! As always, we were abundantly blessed by the outpouring of items. Hundreds of people and families were blessed because of the generosity of people who live in this area and the surrounding counties. We heard words of praise and thankfulness from many people. Donations were around $4800, with a few more still trickling in, which will help us continue offering our Biblical Counseling services free of charge. Some of the remaining items went to our “Hope Chest Thrift Store” here in Centerville at 309 W Van Buren. The rest were donated to C.R.O.S.S. Ministries, located in Osceola, IA, a wonderful Christian Ministry with a variety of mission works. THANK YOU to everyone involved!”
Mon., July 10th thru Wed., July 12th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
First Baptist Church – 603 W State St – Centerville – west doors
Rummage Mania Dates:
Thursday, July 13th 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday, July 14th 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday, July 15th 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
It’s our 8th Annual Rummage Mania & Homemade Treats! New Hope is getting ready for our biggest event of the year! You’ll find treasures galore as you walk the aisles. Table after table will be piled high with everything imaginable. The back room resembles a department store, filled with clothing and shoes in every size, style, and color. This community event blesses everyone. Donating your unwanted items helps you clean out some clutter, and makes you feel good about giving to such a worthy cause. It helps not only the local mission work of New Hope, but the hundreds of customers that come to find needed items, or just something fun they might not otherwise be able to afford. Among the treasures, you can sort through boxes of books, mounds of movies, piles of purses, and holiday decorations of all kinds. And for all you guys out there, we have some man cave stuff you’ll want to check out.
Loads of items get dropped off from the wonderful people of our area, helping to make this three day event the success it has become. This all started as a way to have a fundraiser that also helps and blesses the community, and it has grown every year. We keep it simple…you shop, you pick the price! There are no price tags, so you give what you want as a donation to New Hope. The annual event is held at First Baptist Church, 603 W State St, in Centerville. There will be a Silent Auction for collectibles and higher value items, and fresh Baked Goods will also be available (baked goods are priced). To make this a continued success, We Need Your Stuff,so it’s time once again to start sorting out those closets, garage, attic, and basement. Help to move large items will be available only if needed, on Monday, July 10th – by appointment so call ahead: 641-856-3326. Because this event isintended to help and bless people, we ask people to be respectful of those who truly are in need when they come to shop. Please no gathering of items for re-sale. No early shoppers. We do reserve the right to limit the amount taken by each person so that everyone may have the same chance to benefit. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds from Rummage Mania go to support the local mission work of New Hope Counseling Center, providing Biblical Counseling free of charge.
My granddaughter is almost 12 years old, but as a 3 year old, she had a very interesting conversation with her mother one day… “Mommy, who is that big guy?” “What big guy, where is he at?” my daughter asked. “The big guy that eats pancakes at grandma’s house,” my little granddaughter answered. (I’m known in the grandchild circle for my homemade buttermilk pancakes). My daughter’s thoughts were, oh my, who could this be? Maybe one of grandpa’s friends had stopped by at breakfast time and had been invited in for pancakes. “No,” was the answer when asked if it was Ernie. With no other person coming to mind my daughter asked, “Do you mean Grandpa”? “Yes,” Josey said with excitement, “that big guy!” Funny! We still laugh at this story when it comes to mind.
Have you ever met someone, maybe several times before, but can’t remember their name? It happens to all of us. I even made a phone call one time and before the person answered I forgot their name. I knew the reason for the call, but their name completely left my mind. That was twenty years ago and I am sure it has happened since then, too. This has not happened to me personally, but I know of situations caused by Dementia and Alzheimer where people don’t recognize husbands, wives, children, grandchildren, people they have known for years. These stories listed above are so true and part of being human. But there will be a day, for all of us, that we will want to be recognized and our name known. We will meet Jesus at the end of our life.
I pray that my relationship with Jesus is like a friend. John 15:14 says, “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” I pray that Jesus will know my name. Luke 10:20b says, “but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” I pray that my Jesus will say to me, “…Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Matthew 25:21).
“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).
(located at the Mystic Community Church in Mystic, IA)
for this Special Event May 25 through June 3
12:00-1:30 pm Each Day
Beginning Ascension Day, May 25, 2017, Christians around the world will find ways to pray night and day throughout the 10 days leading up to Pentecost Sunday, June 4. This is part of the Global Day of Prayer movement that has been going on since 2005. Join us at the New Hope Prayer Center whenever you can for these special 10 Days, as we unite our prayers with the prayers of others in our nation and around the world.
Regular Prayer Center Hours will change from Wednesday to Thursday May 25th for the first day of the 10 Days of Prayer Event (special service 12:00-1:30 pm)
Many Christians are unaware that they live in a nation that has a law in place requiring our President to proclaim a National Day of Prayer each year on the first Thursday in May: The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the peoples of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals. (Public Law 105-225) As citizens and residents of the United States, and as Believers in Christ Jesus, we not only have a spiritual responsibility according to 1 Timothy 2:1-2 to pray, but a civic duty as well to heed our President’s call to stand in the gap for our nation. Who but God’s people have the ability to enter into the very throne room of Heaven with prayers and petitions?
Join us at the New Hope Prayer & Worship Center
(located in Mystic Community Church sanctuary)
Thursday, May 4 – Special National Day of Prayer Focus will be 12:00-12:30 pm
I love for my daughters to text me pictures and stories of what is happening in my grandchildren’s lives on a daily basis. You just never know what it is going to be. One day my oldest daughter sent me a comment that her 22 month old son had just said to her. While in their regular morning routine, mom needing him to do something for her, my grandson suddenly said to his mother: “just wait a minute.” I wonder how many times a day this little guy hears, “just wait a minute,” but how many times is it said to mom? I think mom was a bit stunned, to say the least. At this age, cute would be the word. Of course, his older siblings don’t get the same response. Do we ever say this to God when He needs our help, our obedience? What do we think when God answers a prayer request with “just wait a minute”? Do we think it is cute, are we happy, are we stunned? And how does it make God feel when our response is…s-l-o-w?
No one likes to wait! It tests our faith and there is no guarantee our waiting will end in this lifetime. While waiting, we are tempted to be impatient, discouraged, worried, and really wonder if God cares. The Bible talks about waiting a lot. In fact, Scripture teaches us that God wants us to actively participate in the work He desires to accomplish. Waiting teaches us patience, perseverance, and endurance. It draws us closers to our Savior.
I would like to share “10 Things to Do While Waiting”:
Micah 7:7: Believe that God who saved you hears your cries;
Psalm 5:3: Watch with expectancy, but be prepared for unexpected answers;
Psalm 130:5-6: Put your hope in His Word;
Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord, not in your own understanding;
Psalm 37:7-8: Resist fretting, refrain from anger, be still and choose patience;
Psalm 27:13 and Psalm 31:24: Be strong and take courage;
Lamentations 3:25 and Psalm 27:13: See it as an opportunity to experience God’s goodness; 8. Acts 1:4: Don’t go your own way, instead of waiting for God’s promise;
Colossians 4:2: Continue steadfast in prayer, being watchful with thanksgiving;
Isaiah 30: 18: Remember the blessings yet to come.
Father, I praise You for Your goodness to me. Thank You for loving me and may I be obedient to all You ask me to do to advance Your Kingdom. May I be mindful of Your perfect timing and always be obedient to Your requests. May I also heed Your voice when You say: “just wait a minute,” and may I see it as an opportunity to grow in You. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
On one particular Saturday I was praying before my noon meal and I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to pray: “Please don’t let anyone drown.” Although I was at home watching football, my youngest daughter and her family were spending the day boating at Lake Rathbun.
At 1:19 pm, I received a text from my daughter that my 4 year old granddaughter had fallen into the water, between two boats without her life jacket on. They had removed it so that she could eat lunch and she was supposed to be sitting. She had been rescued by a family friend, who was part of the group and both were fine. As my emotions eased, the questions began in my mind: Did my obedience to pray when prompted play a role in saving those involved in the accident? What would have happened had I not responded? What lesson was I to learn? Perhaps the lesson was for others?
I did have great clarity in that satan was not going to gain any ground in the accident; satan would not have any claim to these families. God was in control.
I know that prayer is imperative to an abundant life in this world and in the eternity to come. Why did this accident have a positive outcome and others do not? Only Jesus knows the answer, and one day I will ask Him. As for the prayers that I pray regularly that are not answered immediately, this experience has assured me that God does hear my petitions. I have faith that God will answer my prayers; perhaps not in the very hour, but in His perfect time. Praise God! Hallelujah!
In Genesis 18, Abraham demonstrates the power of intercessory prayer. God is not characterized by rigidity or pre-determined decisions, but by an openness to respond to us according to our obedience and trust in Him. God welcomes intercession; prayer can change God’s mind, because God is a Father who loves His Children. He didn’t perish with us – He died for us. He died so that we could live.
Prayer is us joining with God’s Spirit; His Power is released through prayer. When we fail to pray, we limit God’s blessing by our own weaknesses. Jesus said, “…Yet you do not have because you do not ask” James 4:2 (NKJV). Let’s use the power of prayer that God has promised us, through His Son, Jesus Christ!
My 8 year old grandson was so excited to show me, at a recent visit, his latest find while fossil hunting Sheol Creek south of Centerville. This creek runs through their farm and he and his sister love to fossil hunt while their dad or grandfather is doing field work. They have quite a collection and each item has a special story: day, location, who found it, etc. On this day, my grandson wanted to show me a shiny rock. He was positive it was gold; it looked like gold so it must be gold! My response was, “Yes, it is beautiful, but there is a good chance that it is iron pyrite or fool’s gold.” I know, I burst his bubble, but no need to continue the lie.
Let’s look at and compare the two. In the sun or under shallow, flowing water they look very similar. But when we take a closer look, gold (Au) glistens and iron pyrite (FeS2) shines, but superficially resembles gold. Gold has soft edges, is malleable and can be shaped without breaking or cracking. Iron pyrite creates sparks when struck. In the Greek, pyrite means “of fire or in fire.” Gold is a heavy precious metal (19.30g/cm3), resists corrosion and is non-toxic, non-irritating if ingested and is a good conductor of electricity and heat. Iron pyrite is the most common sulfide mineral and is very light in comparison to gold (4.8-5g/cm3). It tarnishes dark and iridescent and is paramagnetic. Today the value of gold per ounce is $1137.00 and iron pyrite per ounce is $1.00.
Let us now compare gold, Jesus, and iron pyrite, satan. If there is a veil over our eyes because of sin, the two look very similar. But we must take a closer look by reading the Bible, which is the living Word of God. Isaiah 14:12 refers to satan as “sun of the morning” or “day star.” The false light, just as fool’s gold shines but does not glisten. Revelation 22:16 tells us that Jesus is “the Bright and Morning Star.” John 8:12 says that “Jesus is the Light of the World,” the precious Son of God.
Father, Thank You for Your truth, the Word of God. Help us to be aware through Your Word, that satan is out to steal, kill and destroy the light of Jesus, and to recognize the “day star” as a false light, and only accept the true “Light of the World.” Thank You for my precious grandchildren and the lessons they teach me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Esther said,“I and my young women will also fast as you do. Afterward, though it is against the law, I will go to the king…and if I perish, I perish”(Esther 4:16).
There are moments in history when a door for massive change opens. Great revolutions, either good or evil, spring up in the vacuum created by these openings.In such divine moments, key men, women and entire generations risk everything to become the hinge of history—the “pivot point” that determines which way the door will swing.
The Esther Hour
Esther is a prototype of history’s hinge—a courageous woman who humbly and artfully spoke truth to power.Facing witchcraft and dark conspiracies in Persia’s power base, Queen Esther risked her life, armed with nothing but a dying love for her people, a providential position of authority, her own dignity, and the secret arsenal of corporate prayer and fasting.Through her a nation was spared annihilation.(Photo by Donna Smallenberg“For Such a Time as This”via Elijah List Shopper)
Three years ago in a leaders summit in Fredericksburg Virginia, our meeting was sovereignly hijacked as the Lord shifted our focus toward the hidden taproot of strength in the godly women of America. We began to envision something of amillion women gathering on the mall in Washington DC, similar to the Promise Keepers gathering, that would be a last-stand breakthrough to hold back darkness in America. Those hours of corporate intercession were as strong and clear as any prophetic moment I have ever encountered in thirty plus years of prayer, but at the time we could not see how it could be brought to pass. Habakkuk’s statement seemed to be the counsel of the Lord to us,“Though the vision tarry, wait for it, it will surely come”(Habakkuk 2:3).
The Truly Empowered Woman
That moment arrived January 21, 2017, the day after the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, as we watched hundreds of thousands of women take to the streets with the purported aim of “empowering women.” A vacuum had been created by this election, by historic women’s injustices, and it seemed that a false heiress rushed in and was seeking now to become the hinge of history by framing the narrative of a future America that does not acknowledge God’s exalted view of women and His Biblical design for her glorious purpose in the earth. Instinctively we had a corporate knowing:it was the time for the true empowered woman to stand up, for the meek (strength-filled humility) shall inherit the earth.
Hundreds of thousands of women watched the March, heard the vitriol, and couldnotidentify with the radical ideologies being expressed that would not acknowledge God’s Word and ways in the public controversy. This new woman declared deep inside her heartthis is not my revolution.”Now, like Esther,she is arising for such a time as this.It’s time for this corporate Esther to frame the future by recognizing and taking up her God-given role of persistent public persuasion in the open square as well as that of her humble appeal to God in prayer.
Fasting Through Purim
The Women’s March was the first shot across the bow, heralding a revolutionary rise against the President of the United States, “We the People”, and in reality, the foundational Biblical truths upon which our nation was founded. Soon after, the second shot was manifested publicly: an unprecedented global summons of witchcraft to curse President Trump, his cabinet and all of those aligned with a Biblical worldview. Suddenly, the whole controversy was elevated to a global spiritual dimension,inaugurating a spiritual battle that cannot be won on the playing field of protests and political arguments.
Only the Church has the answer to this unprecedented manifestation of witchcraft. Spiritual strategy must be used to overcome this open-faced, brazen challenge of the powers.
According to Derek Prince, Haman (the adversary in the Book of Esther), was practicing divination through the casting of lots, and was clearly aligning himself with demonic spiritual powers to destroy the whole Jewish population in the earth. Esther’s three-day fast broke the spiritual power channeled by Haman’s witchcraft. It effectively reversed the curse and shifted the whole public policy of the Persian Empire towards the Jewish people. I cannot stress this enough:we are in a similar day and a cataclysmic battle for the soul of our nation. We cannot live the same way we lived yesterday.
Recently, two women contacted me and asked me to use my influence to call for athree-day Esther Fastto answer this challenge. Immediately after, I experienced a life-changing dream whereI saw a nation-wide Esther movement arising that alone could break a major spiritual power of death.
I knew then that I was to take my place as a Mordecai and call not only “Esther and her handmaidens”but the whole nation, to fast and pray for three days leading up to Purim. The Jewish holiday Purim celebrates God’s deliverance of the Jews through Esther’s fasting, sacrifice and courage. This year, Purim begins on Saturday evening, March 11th.
Therefore, we are seizing this sudden moment for a three-day Esther Fastfrom sundownon Wednesday,March 8ththrough the eveningof Saturday, March 11thto counter this witchcraft, to stand against the rising anti-Semitism, pray for the President, and contend for the uprising of an Esther movement in America that will, among many things, reverse the decree of ’73, Roe V. Wade, just as Haman’s decree was reversed.
Let the women (and the nation) arise as Esther’sfor such a time as thisand take their place in the courts of Heaven and in the public courts of man to shape history in this hour.If your heart burns, mobilize this fast to all your connections. Blow the trumpet in Zion! Call a fast!
Consumed by the call,
Co-Founder of TheCall, Inc.
Founder, Bound 4 Life
Here is a good prayer to pray and proclaim during this week (modified from a prayer by James Nesbit). Let’s all be praying this aloud in unity:
Father, as we enter the feast of Purim we thank You for Donald Trumps presidency, and we present the case of Jeff Sessions, head of the Department of Justice, before the Highest Court of All. We ask that you reverse the curses of witchcraft and counsels of darkness and expose the cunningly devised labors of the spirit of Hamon that seeks to undo what you are doing to heal the land. May the mischief of media and cooperation of enemies in government be turned back and hung on its own journalistic gallows. May the sources of betrayal deep inside the government be uprooted.
Lord, You are the justice of the Highest Court, and we are thanking You for Your intervention and Your will to be established in this matter! If there are those who have conspired to ruin this man’s good name and reputation, and sabotage the presidency of Donald Trump, and thereby committing treason against this nation; we thank You, that whatever has been, or is being done in darkness, and every person who is behind it all the way to the source, be brought out into the fullness of Your light, and Your justice! What they have intended for him, in Your infinite wisdom, and eternal justice, measure back a just sentence to them.
It seems we are constantly having to appropriate Isaiah 57:14 on behalf of someone in this administration. And this day, on Jeff Sessions behalf, through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, we decree: No weapon formed against Jeff Sessions (or any other cabinet member) shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against him in judgment will be condemned!
Father, we thank You for this word that You gave concerning Alabama’s destiny and impact on our nation through Cindy Jacobs on 4.11. 2014:
“And the Lord would say to the State of Alabama, I am going to cause you to be the voice of Judicial Reform. God says, there will be an anointing come out of Alabama that is going to reverse the judicial activism that has been in this nation, says thy God. I’m going to give weight to your voice. I’m going to give strength to your voice. I say Alabama will be a first fruits state that will be a bastion, that will begin to undo the agendas to take the values of Jesus Christ out of this nation, God says. And I’m going to use Alabama to reverse what satan has done. And it will begin, it will tip the nation.”
We believe Jeff Sessions appointment as Head of the Department of Justice is the beginning of the fulfillment of this word. And a part of the strategy of hell is to force his resignation, to abort this word. So Father, we thank You for rendering Your verdict and making Your justice swift, stiff, and strong.
Just as president Trump issued the executive Order that for every new regulation, there would be the removal two! We are thanking You that every time there is an unjust assault released against a leader, a seven-fold release of blood bought light, will minister to every king pin in each of the seven mountains!
“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.”
We are appealing to you, as prayer warriors, and asking you to combine your prayers with ACTION! The Word of God tells us that we are to pray for all those in authority. Those of us at New Hope are joining in with something that Aglow International is doing, and asking you to join in with us.
There are those who are unhappy with the election results and are both determined and highly organized in opposing our elected President. Whether you agree with our new Administration or not, we are asking you to lay aside any personal, political views and join together for the good for our nation.
Those currently involved in resisting the new Administration have made a decree for their followers, targeting March 15th as a day to send President Trump a postcard expressing their opposition to him. Their plan is to overwhelm him with pink postcards, symbolic of the pink slip that a person is given when fired, and have them contain hate filled messages.
We have an example in the Bible of Queen Esther, who did something to counter an evil decree, when she wrote a new decree that trumped the one previously written. We are asking you to begin sending in postcards to President Trump that simply say, “I am praying for you.” President Trump said those were the most meaningful words that he heard while on the campaign trail. And with the current atmosphere of chaos and insanity in our nation, we want him to know that there is a worldwide army that is supporting him in prayer. Only God can sway world leader’s hearts in the way they should go. Instead of complaining or criticizing, judging or condemning, what would happen if we all spent that much time praying for President Trump and the rest of our government leaders, regardless of which side of the isle they sit on?
PLEASE share this opportunity with your friends, your family, at your workplace, and with your church. Start now sending your cards of support, but let us all send one on March 14th to counter the other plot meant for evil. The address is:
President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Let’s counter the hate with grace and love. Let’s flood Heaven with prayer and the White House with cards for such a time as this!
I love to rock the grandchildren. When they are small, under 2 maybe, this is possible. Nap time is a great time to cuddle and rock, but can turn into a bit of a competition to see who can stay awake the longest or who goes to sleep first. It can be a challenge to make these little balls of fire sit down, let alone for a little “quiet time” with grandma, but on occasion, if it is their idea, I can sneak in a couple of quick rocks in the old chair. If you are really blessed, there is time for a short, but valuable dialogue. One day, while rocking and talking with my 4 year old grandson, he stroked my hair once and said, “You have a lot of gray hair, Grandma.” Yes, Jason I do; thank you for noticing. I have been around a long time. What a precious child! I guess there aren’t many people in his life that have gray hair, or he was just expressing an observation. I think it was the latter and that was OK.
People who have white hair are old and wise, I thought. Of course, as I approach, or am a part of this group, I’m not so sure. Reality set in and I must ask myself: so if I have white hair, am I wise? For that answer I must look to God’s Word and ask, “Where does wisdom come from,” and “Who am I in Christ”? Proverbs 2:6 says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding,” and Job 28:28 says, “And unto man He said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” Hum, scripture doesn’t say anything about how I should look, the color of my hair or how old I am. God says wisdom comes from reading His word and turning from evil. God gives the wisdom.
I do know this: I am a Child of the King, I am in Christ, and 1 John 5:20 says, “And we know that the Son of God is come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” May I suggest that you look into the mirror…How wise are you?
life-changing. I know I am accepted by my Heavenly Father. His love is constant and continuous. I was bought with a price and I belong to God. It's what I wish I would have been taught when I first became a Christian.
~ Paula Oberbeck (Bible Study)
life-changing. I know I am accepted by my Heavenly Father. His love is constant and continuous. I was bought with a price and I belong to God. It's what I wish I would have been taught when I first became a Christian. ~ Paula Oberbeck (Bible Study)