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Inspiration and Everyday Word delivered by Pastor Will Shelley

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I have heard it a million times… but, somehow, it seems like a revelation every time I stop long enough to let it sink into my think head. They tell me to "Wait on The Lord," and "You don't have to carry the load alone..." So, after once again finding myself in a place of extreme pressure and in serious need of a breakthrough, I am reflecting upon that sound advice. I am going to wait on The Lord and place my weight on The Lord.

 

Nothing is too hard for the God I serve to handle and He told me that I can lay my burdens down. What a wonderful and powerful realization! It makes me think of that poem, "Footprints." I am sure we can all think of so many times when it would have been most wise to "Be still and know that He alone is God." Playing the hero has never worked out to well for me.  Talk about something being ill-advised… I would be hard-pressed to think of a single situation wherein my disobedience and impatience worked in my favor.

 

My takeaway from the lessons learned from trying to "play God," is that I have learned as wonderfully and fearfully made as I may be, I am not equal to The Lord in wisdom, endurance or might. So, I need to move in His time and let His strength be my strength I need to be mindful of this at all times… not just when things are messed up, but also when things are going well. Maybe that way, I can hold onto my joy a little longer and spend less time bemoaning how hard my journey has become.

 

A quick little example of a time that things went terribly, yet comically wrong, because I didn't wait on The Lord or place my burden in His hands has to do with a gambling episode that I had. See, I am a very impulsive person and when I want something to happen, I want to happen right now or yesterday! I had a few unexpected bills come up and I just didn't have it in my budget to cover them. So, I started thinking, how can I get some quick money in my pocket. Ah Hah! I can take a few dollars to the casino and win enough to give myself a little cushion. Uh, yeah… No! That casino tore me up! Took everything I brought with me, along with adding an additional bounced check in my bank account to boot. So, "How did that work out for ya?" you might ask.. (Laugh) Not too good!

 

So, after that horrible gambling fiasco, guess what happened the following day… The mailman brought my mail and, included along with a bunch of junk mail, was refund check from a car purchase that I had made several months earlier. Accompanying the check, was a letter explaining that the dealer had overcharged me for taxes and tags on my vehicle. Amazing! You mean to tell me that all I had to do was just sit still for another day in order for God to deliver the help that I needed? Absolutely! That is exactly the lesson that I learned from that experience and I am excited to share it with you as a friendly reminder. Today, my friends, I am encouraging you to wait on The lord and place your weight on The Lord, for what Mighty God we serve!

 

Amen and God Bless you.

 

Bro. Michael Riley is a Partner at The Well FGBC
He is also Host and Producer of "
From the Basement to the Upper Room" in Wilmington, Delaware.

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SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS

"The bombardment of too many voices and too many opinions will take you out of the place in the Spirit where you can hear My voice. Stop the outside noise by getting alone with Me in a quiet place, and listen. Separate yourself from conflict and confusion, and listen. Be still, and listen. I will speak. I will direct you by My Spirit, says the Lord. Psalm 131:2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me."

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Pastor Will PreachingWhat a powerful Move of God this morning at The Well Full Gospel Baptist Church! From the moment Praise and Worship began, The House was filled with The Holy Spirit. Lady Dez always ushers in The Spirit of The Lord with such passion and conviction. She is truly called to lead the Congregation in welcoming The Holy Spirit into The Well.

 

Pastor Will Shelley poured out so much Good Word today that I know he must have been completely drained by the end of service. You could just see God moving him and inspiring him as to what He wanted His children to learn and receive today.

 

When you are serving God under a Pastor who is truly anointed, it is practically impossible to leave service and not feel a stirring in your soul. Pastor Will always "brings it," just like it is, no filter needed and definitely no chaser. However God gives it to him, that's how he is going to deliver it.

 

One thing that can be said about Pastor Will is that he waits on The Lord to order his steps and to inspire him. Don't even bother to ask him, "What time is church over?" He will tell you that, "It's over when God says it is over." Not before or after God says, "Amen"

 

At The Well, we have church and it's for real! Times are trying and there is no time to play "willy nilly" with the walk that leads to The Way that God wants us to go. Also, at The Well, you will always be given a word that is based on the Bible, which is the unadulterated Word of Our Lord. Nothing is added to it and nothing is subtracted from it.

 

This is why partners at The Well are "On Fire for The Lord." Pastor Will is consistently and constantly watering the flock, by way of great leadership, accountability and sound doctrine. Matthew 7:16-20 "You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?"

 

There is always something new going on at The Well that will ultimately benefit the community, the church and overall body of Christ. Sometimes, you just need somebody like Pastor Will who is willing to "meet people where they are," and encourage them by reminding them that "you matter!"

 

I have seen so much personal and spiritual growth in myself and other partners at The Well. From the oldest to the youngest, I have just witnessed people practicing Enlisting, Voicing, Extending, Reading, Yielding (E.V.E.R.Y.) day!

 

Come join us for Victorious Worship every Sunday Morning Beginning at 10:00 AM. We welcome you to fellowship with us and also invite you to become a Partner of The Well. Contact Lady Dez for more information and don't forget to visit our prayer page and feel free to make a donation to help us in our quest to expand God's Kingdom.

 

God Bless YOU!

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An Original Poem by Michael Riley

 

If I make it to the top don't give me no fancy parade

For the path that I chose was a simple one

Full of footprints that were already made

 

The best of the best traveled along a bare and perilous track

In search of freedom whose price was so high

There were no tickets back

 

If I make it to the top please save your accolades

For my feet were not shackled not a lash did I receive

No decisions at the end of barrels and blades

 

My roots have not been torn from their garden of birth

Then planted on another land's distant shores

 

Nor have I labored from sunup to sunset

Until blood instead of sweat ran from my pores

 

Burdened by strife yet driven by faith

Toiling without thoughts of rewards

 

My ancestors slept on beds made of straw

In houses fashioned from old boards

 

Still, despite all of the adversity and pain

They endured and rebuilt their will

 

The best of the best had to climb a mountain

While I struggled to get up a hill

 

So, if I make it to the top by following that path

Which someone else has already made

 

Don't take it too personally when humbly I say

Don't give me no fancy parade.

 

Copyright © 2004 Michael J. Riley. All Rights Reserved Registration Number / Date: TX0006061867 / 2004-11-03 Essence Magazine Anniversary Issue

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Things and people can be connected and not be in contact. I am connected to the money in my bank account, which ain't much, even though I may not be touching it. That relationship involves my trusting and interacting with individuals who are representatives of the organization. Whether I continue to keep entrusting them over time with a portion of my finances depends on how well I am treated and whether the organization performs as promised. The same holds true for personal relationships. Loyalty and trust are earned over time by the outcome of interactions.

 

On a spiritual level, we also can be connected without being in contact. God is The Greatest Power Source and we are all connected to Him, as He created every one of us. However, that connection is only as effective, in our unique life experiences, as our contact with it allows. You can say all that you want about His grace, but unless you call on Him personally, you are going to be missing out on blessing, after blessing, after blessing! God has provided us with so many different avenues and opportunities to enjoy the power He has stored up for our use to live happy, successful and beneficial lives.

 

There are a couple of things that immediately come to my mind, as ways in which we can make contact with God... Prayer is the first one and communicating with others to exchange love and compassion is another way. When God has been so good to you, that you can't wait to bless someone else, either through testimony or fellowship, it is a clear indication that you have made the ultimate contact with Our Father and received that blessed gift of Divine Connection by way of Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit. How you treat others is evidence of just how much you utilize and value your spiritual connections.

 

I am so pleased to have learned that the world is full of people who have recognized just how important it is to reflect the Brilliance, Patience and Power gained through contact with God and each other. In its purest form, love can be expressed in very simple terms... It can be as simple as telling someone, "You matter." Or it can go in a general direction by simply being willing to share your gifts with others. I have been on both, the receiving and the giving end of the two examples listed above. I have given and accepted blessings and support and let me tell you, it has made my life so much fuller. If you want to "level up" your life and experience the wholeness of your life, then I am suggesting that you check your connection and make sure that you have good contact with your Power Source.

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Have you ever been treated by someone who paid for everything? What an awesome gesture! Now, how about if they went even further and told you, after they paid, to keep the change. Well, if that sounds good to you, then you are going to love this!

 

See, Jesus has voluntarily paid for our salvation and has told us to keep the change! There is no way that we would have been able to cover the high price of our deliverance on our own and the only thing that is asked of us is that we accept the miracle of our redemption and transformation.

 

That is a fancy way of saying that we are invited and encouraged to appreciate God's generosity and to celebrate it with an equally generous praise unto The Lord.

 

Now, by no means, am I lowering God to the status of a banker. No, that title is not even close to being a suitable reflection of His wealth, greatness, charity and power.

 

There is something very peculiar about about how God chooses to bless us with His change. Man, says that we are supposed to stash our change away, in case of a rainy day. That is why so many people who follow this kind of advice become hoarders, tucking and stashing all of their blessings and never putting their God-given change to work in the way in which He intended for it to be used.

 

When God gives it to you, you don't save The Change... The Change saves you! Jesus said, "Keep the change!" So, I did and now I am spending it on praising the Lord! I am not being reckless in my spending. I am being a good steward over the fortune of faith that I have been blessed to receive and making sure that I honor God for His most generous gift – His Change.

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What a wonderful day of worship at The Well on Sunday! Most of the time, I tend to arrive at worship services sort of early but, on this particular morning, I just couldn't "get it together." Thankfully, staying home did not enter my mind for a second. This has been a huge turn-around for me. See, I did not always feel enthusiastic about going to church. It may have been because, in the past, I used to have anxiety attacks during almost every service that I attended, or maybe because I was really confused about why I needed to be there in the first place. I'm not even going to try to figure it out at this point, because
God has been so good to me and so patient with me.

 

To make a long story short, when I got to church on that rainy morning, the praise was already in the house! I came needing a Word and man, did I ever receive one!
God works things out for our benefit whether we realize what He is doing or not. See, He knows what's coming way before it reaches us and makes an impact.
One of the things Pastor Will Shelley said was that, "The devil likes to catch us sleeping." We sometimes feel blind-sided by the enemy's attacks. But, just because the devil "gets a good lick in" on us, doesn't mean he is going to knock us out. All we have to do is call on God and thank Him for
His wisdom, protection, grace and deliverance during a time of temptation and He will break the hold that the enemy was crazy enough to try to put on you.

 

Hearing Pastor Will's message was so on-point and on-time for me. I nearly fell out of my seat when I heard him preaching on temptation. Just the night before service, I was home alone and feeling a bit down. So, I was suddenly struck with a strong urge to go somewhere that I know I don't belong. The compulsion to drive to the casino was overwhelming. At first, I said to myself, "Nah, I ain't going…" Then, before I knew it, I was in my car and heading to Delaware Park Casino. After only a few minutes into the drive, I came across something that was truly a miracle and a clear message from God that broke the hold temptation had on me. As I rounded a corner on the road that leads to the casino, I literally was stopped in my tracks by a construction barrier blocking the entire path and it read, "Road Closed," and there was no way to get by it. I turned around and drove right back home and thanked God for helping me in my moment of weakness. God's intervention may not always seem as clear and plain as this example but, He will always send you a way out of tempting situations, we simply have to yield. This falls right in line with Pastor Will's E.V.E.R.Y.day Series.

 

E.V.E.R.Y. = Enlist. Voice. Extend. Read. Yield.

 

It is a good feeling to know and feel that you are right where you need and want to be in a given moment. I am so glad that I worship in a House of God
that keeps it plain and simple and has a Pastor who actually backs up his messages and sermons with The Scriptures that prove what he is saying is straight out the Bible. I have no problem receiving my spiritual guidance and correction in the midst of my Well Partners. I absolutely feel at home and enjoy attending church services at The Well Full Gospel Baptist Church. I have found a great church home, even though I was not aware that I needed one.

 

Yes, being in a House of Worship that is being cared for respected with the Reverence that The Lord is due, is an amazingly empowering experience and has made quite a difference in my life. If you are looking for a church home and have almost given up hope that you will ever fit in among your brothers and sister, just come to The Well Full Gospel Baptist Church in Chester, Pennsylvania, where Pastor Will Shelley,  Lady Dez and all of The Well Partners are waiting to show YOU love and let you know that YOU matter!

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So many people say that, "We are living in the last days." Yahp, I have to agree. However, that is only a small portion of a greater reality. These times are not just about showing us what is evil and wrong in the world, they also offer an opportunity to witness, with greater clarity, the Divine Interventions that are becoming more and more apparent, even to those who are not practicing Christians.

 

God is showing up and showing out all over the place. Light shines brighter when it is introduced to darkness. I thank God for allowing me to witness, in His name and to share my testimony about how He has revealed Himself to me. My goal is not to enlarge my profile, but to share His word by living in His grace everyday. His Grace and Mercy are sufficient for me, for He is an Awesome and Mighty God, Who is worthy to be praised.

 

Today was no exception, in terms of God's continuing to bless me and to order my steps. Half of the time, I don't even have a clue as to what challenges or opportunities are going to be presented to me in any given day. I just choose to trust His wisdom and direction over my life.

 

So, this morning, I awakened and was about to prepare for church service at The Well Full Gospel Baptist Church in Chester, Pennsylvania, which is under the leadership of Pastor Will Shelley, when suddenly, I realized that we were not having services in Chester, but traveling to Baltimore, Maryland to worship with the congregation of Mt. Oliver Missionary Baptist Church, Bishop Dwight D. Dodd, Pastor.

 

God led me to stay local and as I went to a nearby convenience store to get a cup of coffee, I encountered a group of homeless brothers and sisters, many of whom are struggling with addiction. The Holy Spirit decided that this is where He wanted me to be this morning, so I stayed and talked with them for quite a spell. I fed those who were hungry and bought them drinks. It was really quite a powerful experience to just spend some time sharing experience, strength and hope with those who could use a little love so that maybe they could have a better day.

 

After about an hour, The Spirit spoke to me and said to go visit one of my favorite fans who is currently in a convalescence center. Although we have spoken by phone many times, we had never met face-to-face.

 

So as I arrived at the facility, I made, what I thought to be, a wrong turn and ended up in the parking lot of North Baptist Church on Silverside Road in Wilmington, Delaware, which is under the leadership of Pastor Jimmy Ezell. After circling the building several times, thinking that it was the place where my friend, Mom Josephine, was being cared for, and encountering several locked doors, I eventually found a door that was unlocked. I opened that door expecting to see a reception area. Well, lo and behold, I step through it and discovered that I had just entered into the sanctuary of the church where Pastor Jimmy was well into his sermon, "Jesus Makes Change Possible."

 

 

Wow! Not only did I get to attend a beautiful church service, but I also heard Pastor Jimmy recite and point to a poster that displayed the slogan of my home church, "You Matter!"

 

I really enjoyed today's experiences and cherish the fact that God has been revealing His Plan for my life with ever-increasing clarity and POWER! Revelations are happening daily, but we must seek His wisdom and guidance in order to receive them.

 

As a side note, and in closing, I want to share another revelation that I had today: I turned on my phone this morning and noticed that I was disconnected from my wifi. What did I do? Well, it was so important to me, that I immediately called my Internet provider and reported that there was something wrong with my connection and that I am not getting my messages. I was willing to follow any guidance or help they could offer, as long I am able to get my connection restored. I trusted their advice and allowed them to remotely reset my connection. Problem solved... Well, I began wondering, "How important is my connection to God?" How important is it to get my messages from Him? Do I value my connection to God enough to call as soon as I noticed that I am disconnected? God has revealed to me that connecting to Him is way more important than connecting to wifi. So, my advice is to check your Divine Connection and call Jesus for help if you are not getting your messages.

 

Amen.

Bro. Michael Riley is a Partner at The Well FGBC
He is also Host and Producer of "From the Basement to the Upper Room" in Wilmington, Delaware.

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An Original Poem by Bro. Michael Riley

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First let me say that God is Good and Worthy to be praised! At the time of this writing, I am feeling blessed and highly favored. I cannot claim unfailing adherence to God's plan for my life. Sometimes, I stray too far to the left, or too far to the right, but somehow, I always end up where I need to be, when I need to be there. It is nothing but God's love, grace and mercy that rescues me from the perils that would surely consume me without having His hedge of protection around me.

 

I have not only found that to be true in my own life, but also I have witnessed it to be true in the lives of loved ones and others, whom I have grown close to along the way. I could give many examples of times, that I know of, when He has stood in the gap for me and the many times that the scores of angels encamped around me have intervened on my behalf, but that is not the purpose of this message. It is not about my testifying, it is about the testimonies that we are all carrying with us from day to day, even though we may not even be aware of them.

 

See, many times, we don't even know that trouble was heading our way and that the enemy had set a trap intended to secure our doom. How come we didn't know about it? The reason is that God has already ordered our steps and designed the path that we are intended to follow in our walk with Him. So, He goes ahead of us and removes obstacles and eliminates threats and dangers that the enemy had purposed to take us out!

 

Do you think it is too far fetched to believe that there are actually Guardian Angels assigned to look out for you? Well, you can call me crazy if you want to, but I know for a fact that this is true. In these wicked and trying times, believe it or not, it is easier to see The Hand of God at work than it would be during more tranquil days. Due to the frequency of the need for His intervention, the opportunities for living in your testimony have expanded.

 

Today's world has the capability of knocking us down to our knees and while we are there, Praise God, we have the blessing of being able to call on The Name of The Lord and to invoke the power of The Holy Spirit and to plead The Blood of Our Savior Jesus Christ over our situations!

 

My daughter was in a terrible car accident yesterday and it was nothing but the Grace of God that she survived. Her car was struck on the driver's side by a truck that ran a red light. After arriving upon the scene, I was horrified by the severity of the collision. The first thing I saw was the complete destruction of the front end of the truck that was involved. With my heart pounding in my chest, I approached my daughter who was still trapped in her car. I comforted her as the first responders were working to get her out and transport her to the hospital. Upon further inspection, I noticed that not only was the truck damaged on the sided that made impact but, also the entire opposite side was caved in from top to bottom. How could that be? That side did not touch my daughter's car!

 

 

While speaking with my daughter at the hospital, she said that she saw blood on the left side of her face and asked me to take a look, which I did. I informed her that there was no blood on her and that what she saw on the left side of her face was The Blood of Jesus that protected her from the death that sought to claim her life.

 

Now back to the caved in front of that truck... After speaking with my Pastor, Will Shelley, we both bore witness to the fact that the extreme damage to the truck on the side that did not touch my daughter's car was caused by The Mighty Team of Angels that surrounded her and absorbed the brunt of the force in the collision. If that is not enough to cause you to trust and believe in God, then I don't know what would suffice. Instead of having to plan a funeral for my daughter today, I was blessed to attend service at my church this morning at The Well Full Gospel Baptist Church in Chester, Pennsylvania, and give God praise while receiving a great message, preached by Pastor Shelley, on deliverance and completeness from the Book of Hosea. (Hebrew. From the Hebrew word hoshea', literally, salvation, help). This article was encouraged and inspired by my witnessing a miracle and by my  conversation with Pastor Will Shelley. Also, please read the following for additional study:

 

Psalm 57:6

They spread a net for my feet; my soul was despondent. They dug a pit before me, but they themselves have fallen into it!

 

Psalm 37:24

Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, for the LORD is holding his hand.

 

Amen.

Bro. Michael Riley is a Partner at The Well FGBC
He is also Host and Producer of "From the Basement to the Upper Room" in Wilmington, Delaware.

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