Saved and Single Conference Call | Becoming Whole Before Becoming One

Saved and SingleSaved and Single Conference Call | Becoming Whole Before Becoming One

Join me and my friend Rob the M.A.C. (Man After Christ) this Saturday, January 23rd at 7:07 PM (Central Time Zone) for the next saved and single conference call!

If you’re single and marriage-minded, wholeness is crucial to having the love story you dream of. God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours. Join us as we discuss His ways to wholeness and His thoughts for marriage.

Rob the M.A.C.

Rob is a saved, single minister and musician.  His resume includes a Master in Counseling/Psychology and a Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems. In 2008 he published his album, “88 Keys of Dreams”. He is a Guidance Technology Specialist, model, actor and producer recently featured on “Atlanta Live.”

Every second and fourth Saturday Rob hosts singles from around the world in God’s Word and prayer. It is a blessed time of encouragement and fellowship.

Click the links below to learn more about Rob and his ministries! You don’t want to miss it!

This Week’s Topic:   Becoming Whole Before Becoming One
Speaker:                       Minister Candra Evans

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:07 PM Central Time Zone

Singles Prayer Conference Dial In Information:
Dial in number:  605-475-4875
Access Code:     767712#

 

Up Coming Topics on the Saved and Single Conference Call:
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~Candra Evans

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Alone But Not Empty by Nicole Miller

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Alone But Not Empty by guest blogger, Nicole D. Miller

2015 was a good year.  I was overwhelmed by the blessings of God.  One after another they overtook me (Deut 28:2).  It got to the point that I told my best friend, “I cannot possibly meet my husband this year!  It would be too much!” Of course Jesus knows I was only kidding (smile).

But just because it was a blessed year does not mean it was easy.  There were many days where I was uncomfortable or brokenhearted.

Last year was a time of recovering from a lot of emotional pain.  I of course am still on this journey of recovery but I feel the Lord and I gained a lot of ground in 2015.

Aside from the blessings and the healing, what made last year special was the fact that I have been emotionally alone for the first time in my adult life.  As a teenager I fell into unhealthy relationships and the same thing happened in college and then after college.

I unknowingly was functioning in codependent relationships and friendships.  One by one the Lord kept asking me to lay down these relationships.  I did not realize it was b/c the relationships were so unhealthy and were hindering my growth in Him, but I obeyed because He had my heart.

Finally the time came where all unhealthy relationships were removed and I was left alone.  Truly alone.  Not just single in relationship status, but single in heart.  This may sound very noble and admirable to be single in heart for Jesus but in all honesty all I felt was pain.

All I felt was a terrible emptiness that threatened to consume me.  I asked people around me if they had ever experienced this but they had not.  I didn’t understand why I felt so empty.  And then the Lord led me to cry out to Him.  “I need You Lord!”

I cried out and told Him I needed Him tEmpty but not aloneo fill me.  I needed Him to complete me.  That is what had been lacking all those years of following Him.  He had been gracious to me.  He had given me time and did not ask for all of the idols at once.

Last year was a year of awakening to wholeness and completion in Him.  His word says that we do not lack any good thing.  We are overflowing with Him and all that we need, but how many of us really believe that?

How many of us let go of the false dependencies and coping mechanisms and unhealthy relationships?  How many of us are willing to stop hiding and stand before Him, naked and unashamed?  Solely depending on Him alone?

There is no easy way around it when you have functioned in an unhealthy way for so long.  There is no easy way to become emotionally and mentally healthy.  I am still on my journey, but there is grace to do it.  There is patience from a Father who is always cheering us on.  There is love from the One who shaped us in His image and crafted us before we were in our mother’s wombs.

We may be alone but we are not empty.  And even when we are alone, we never really are.

~Nicole D. Miller

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Anxious for Nothing: God’s Cure for the Cares of Your Soul (John Macarthur Study)

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GCC Hosts Small Group for Christian Singles

Now in Cincinnati…Greater Community Church Small Group for Christian Singles! 

 And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy.  I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the Lord. – Hosea 2:19-20 (ESV)

After blogging for over eight years, I am beyond excited to start a small group for Christian singles at my home church! 

Believe it or not I have never been a part of a singles ministry before. It’s not a ministry that is offered at every church. However, I have been greatly inspired by singles ministries I’ve come to know online.Small Group for Christian Singles

The number of singles at Greater Community are few but the number of singles elsewhere and in our community are great. Since we are a church with a heart for outreach, all of our ministries are open to the community. 

There are singles of all types and ages, that desire support, information and Godly instruction for their singles journey.

Whether you are divorced, widowed, or have never been married, you will find a community of friendship, love and inspiration for abundant living in Christ Jesus.

Whether you desire to be married or are single and satisfied, our Bible and book studies will provide an array of support for your saved and single life.

We will study through the Holy Scriptures, pray together and study materials suited for the Christian single.

Our first small group read for the start of 2016 will be Can You Do It Standing Up: Insight to help you make better relationship decisions, by author Kenny Pugh. 

If you are in the Cincinnati area or know someone who is, please share this announcement regarding our new small group for Christian Singles!

Greater Community Church of the Apostolic Faith (GCC)

3590 Alaska Avenue, Cincinnati Ohio  45229

Every 2nd and 4th Monday – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

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Come as you are. Our small group is open to all every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month!

 

Many more books and online resources will be made available as we continue!

 

– Candra Evans

– Elder Ron Evans Jr., Pastor

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How to Overcome Heartbreak : Recovering from Misguided Love
The Best Sex of My Life: Confessions of A Sexual Purity Revolution

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Ask God For The Impossible

Ask God For The Impossible

Today I found myself in distress, without answers, and not knowing what to do. But in my despair I have learned that I may ask God for the impossible…in spite of all of my mistakes.

I learned this from Sarah, David, Elijah and Hezekiah. The list of those who have experienced God’s miracles are countless. Every miracle is a lesson to trust Jesus more and more.

I stumbled upon an old post that I penned from my heart to Abundantly You readers. I did not know then that I would need my own words of encouragement today. It was a reminder that with God, all things are possible. Therefore I can ask God for the impossible. 

And in the name of Jesus, He will supply. He does the impossible all of the time.

“And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. (Matthew 14:17-18 KJV)

The disciples presented to Jesus five loaves of bread and two fishes. This sounds like a perfect meal…for two. Yet Jesus was planning a meal for well, more than 5,000 people.

Human reasoning says there is not enough to feed everyone. Someone is going to go hungry today.

It is against all odds that five loaves of bread and two fishes will feed 5,000 men plus all of the women and children. But on this day Jesus showed “human reasoning” the door and performed what was humanly impossible.

Jesus looked to Heaven and He blessed the meal. Afterwards He proceeded to break the food in pieces and the disciples served the food to the multitude.

He brake and brake and brake until everyone was not only fed, but FULL.

We can rejoice in the fact that we serve a God who is not intimidated nor controlled by the odds. If He is not concerned about impossibilities, then our faith should not be either. It should not be allowed to take its toll on our happiness.

When you pray unto the Lord today, do not be afraid to ask Him for the impossible, and do not fear that He is unwilling or unable to perform it.

He loves those that are His and will bless you until you are FULL.”

So today I ask God for the impossible, and I will wait until my change comes.

Love, Grace, and Blessings,

~Candra Evans
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Emotional Eating | Turn To God First

Emotional Eating | Turn to God First

This girl here loves food. My relationship with food is on better terms now but when I was a little girl I developed a pattern of emotional eating.

Emotional eating is turning to food for comfort, safety, or happiness. On many occasions I gobbled down food to counteract boredom and loneliness.

My grandmothers and both parents have always been great cooks. So it was easy to connect good feelings with good food. Unless there were lima beans on my plate, I ate until I was beyond full.

I was only a child so I never said, “Hmmm… I’m feeling sad today, let me eat ice cream.” I’m not sure if most people consciously plan to use food as an emotional outlet. For me, it just happened over time.

emotional eatingFood contented me and I felt satisfied. It was a temporary override to the aspect of me that was unhappy. After awhile it was automatic to crave certain foods when my soul felt empty.

I didn’t know then that there was a God that I could turn to meet my emotional needs.

In elementary school my cousins teased me about my belly. I had skinny arms, skinny legs and a swollen stomach. Not because of genetics or slow metabolism, I just loved to eat.

When I turned 12 my belly fat started to make its move to other parts of my body. I cared a little about being overweight, but not like I cared about food. They don’t call it “comfort food” for nothing. Food truly made me happy.

The glitch was that I had to keep eating to maintain contentment. This is not a good thing when sugar and fried foods are what satisfies you most.

I was an only child and didn’t have many friends. I felt lonely, but food was my escape. With money I saved, I visited the convenience store on my way home from school almost every day.

Then I’d plop on the sofa, watch television and indulge in barbecue chips, pecan rolls, Sugar Daddy caramels, and a giant pickle. That was my favorite combination of junk food bliss. I had it all consumed before my mom arrived home and still made room for dinner.

I signed up for the high school track team when I was in seventh grade and ran track and cross country until I graduated. Being an athlete helped me to lose weight. I exercised all the time but my emotional eating habits did not change.

This may sound ideal. Eat whatever you want and run laps to burn calories. But in short, I turned into a thin person who was unhealthy and still emotionally broken.

After high school I had an opportunity to be a walk on for the track team at my university, but I was not fast enough to be competitive. So, I hung up my running shoes and gained twenty pounds.

Emotional Eating vs. Prayer

By this time I had just begun my journey with God. I was new to the faith and knew very little scriptures. Prayer was something I only did on occasion because I wasn’t sure how to pray.

My habit of emotional eating was hard to break. Food was still the thing I turned to first for bits of satisfaction.

Then I reached a point in my life where food failed me. I looked to food to be my savior but there is only one.

I went through a deep depression and I wasn’t happy with myself. There wasn’t a 5 minutes of prayerpastry, pork chop or plate of macaroni and cheese that could deliver me.

I wasn’t that little girl restricted to a few dollars worth of junk food. I was making my own money, lived in my own apartment and could eat as much as I wanted.

However like everything else we put before God, emotional eating failed me. The stress in my life was too big for McDonald’s to handle. After a Big Mac (or two) my problems remained and I was still hurting.

Then the depression had a different effect on my mind. I became repulsed by the food that I once took comfort in. Feeling overwhelmed with hopelessness I turned my plate away.

My weight dropped so fast and I became so thin that some were concerned that I turned to anorexia to lose weight. I found no solace in loving food or hating it.

Emotional eating filled by belly but it did not satisfy my soul. I wanted cookies and cakes to be the glue to mend my broken heart, but it only added to my frustration. Food was a band aid for wounds that were too deep and wide.

Our emotional distress is often connected to a spiritual need. Life will always have its problems but we can find peace and the strength to stand by depending on the power of prayer. God must come first in all things. Even in our struggles, first seek the Kingdom of God.

Spiritual things strengthen our spirit.

When everything else failed, all I had left was prayer. It should not have been a surprise to me but prayer was enough to jump-start my joy. On my knees, bowed before God, I firmly put my trust in Him.

In that moment a wind of peace and safety blew over me. It was comfort food for my soul. God said all that I needed, He would supply.

After praying more than I ever had before my perspective on life and who I am as a woman of God changed. Talking with God and hearing His Word inspired me to transform my entire life from the inside out.

God broke the chain of emotional eating in my life.

I prayed more, controlled my food portions and stopped depending on food to comfort me. Prayer is where I find refuge in times of trouble.

We sometimes mistake spiritual hunger for something else. If we only reach to appease the appetite of our fleshly bodies, the essence of who we are remains hungry and thirsty for change. It is nothing short of trying to fill a bottomless bucket.

 “…but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up unto eternal life.” (John 4:14 ASV)

Do I enjoy food today? You better believe it! The right foods are gifts from God to give strength and wellness to live life abundantly.

There is nothing wrong with appreciating good food, but I keep food in its appropriate place. When I need emotional relief I first turn my heart to prayer and communion with God. Taste and see that the Lord is good!

 

Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

~Candra Evans

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A Praying Church by SECCNextGen

prayer without askingA Praying Church by SECCNextGen

As I step back and look at my life as well as the lives of others, I can write a list from here to the moon of things we need from God. There is so much that happens in life that falls beyond our control.

So as saved people of God, we pray.

We pray and ask God for all the things we need and desire. Over the years I have sometimes found myself on my knees giving God a laundry list of emergency requests… healing… finance… ministry… restored relationships… and so on.

But what if we expanded prayer time beyond 911 emergencies and meal time prayers of thanksgiving?

I was introduced to this video by a coworker, and the first time I watched my eyes filled with tears. My tears were bitter-sweet. I was excited about the changes this world could see because of a praying church. Then I was saddened because so many are far away from prayer like this.

What would happen if we not only prayed as individuals but formed a praying church in the earth? Not prayer out of urgency or obligation, but praying to touch and be touched by God.

What changes would we see in our churches, families and communities? How much more could we overcome temptations and minister to the spiritual needs of others?

I encourage you to watch this video from SECCNextGen all the way through to the end. I pray that the message speaks to you at it has spoken to me.

We wonder why God’s children are depressed, perplexed, slow-moving in spiritual things. The question to ask is, “Are you part of a praying church?” Is prayer an intricate part of who you are? Do you schedule prayer around life’s events or pray without ceasing?

 

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33 KJV)

 

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul.” Mahatma Gandhi

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Overcoming The Sorrow Of Being Single Day 27 – 5 Minutes of Prayer

I’m pushing out Day 27 of the series a little bit early today for two reasons.

5 minutes of prayerFirst, let’s make today a day full of prayer.

From 10:00AM to 10:00PM today I will be devoting 5 minutes of prayer every hour on the hour and I’d like to invite you to join me.

This will be easier for some than others, but if you can make the sacrifice to keep prayer flowing throughout your day, you will not regret it. However you can fit in 60 minutes of devotional prayer today, I encourage you to do so.

Let your prayers be intimate conversations with God. Share with God everything that is in your heart and fill your prayers with worship and thanksgiving.

Above all things, be sure to take moments to stop and listen. Open your heart and hear what the Spirit of God is saying to you.

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (Jeremiah 33:3 ESV)

Giving God moments of time throughout the day is something that I hope is, or will be, a common practice for you. It will change your life.

Secondly, I want to give you enough time to clear your schedule for two events.

* Author, Afi Pittman, from Author of Faith Enterprises, will be hosting a teleseminar February 11th at 7:00 pm. Click here to subscribe and get your free seat to hear Vanessa Jackson and Adrienna Turner as they discuss, “Overcoming Challenges as a Single Woman Today”.

* Every second and fourth Saturday singles from around the world dial in for a time of Holy Ghost filled encouragement via testimony, Word and prayer with Brother Rob McWilliams of Saved and Single. The next conference call is scheduled for February 8th at 7:07 pm central time. Click here to get the dial in details!

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Prayer Conference Call with Robbie Mac

There is much power in prayer. We suffer needless pain when we become lazy in prayer. Life’s journey is a blessing but sometimes the road is rough and it is hard to know the directions you should take. The spiritual battles we fight daily are not won with our fists. We put on the whole armour of God, that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10)

We can talk to God about everything. He cares about how we feel. God is concerned about the decisions we make. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6) Do not neglect the supremacy that we have in prayer. One prayer can make a positive change for your entire life.

Join my friend Rob McWilliams this Saturday, February 4th at 7:07 PM Central Time for prayer with other saved singles. Every other Saturday, single men and women from coast to coast call in for encouragement, inspiration, testimonies, and prayer. Click Resources for Christian Singles for the link to Rob’s page and learn more. The conference call number is 605-475-4875 access code 767712# You do not want to miss this.

It is a blessing to have a personal prayer life and a circle of believers to connect and pray with. We do not have to walk alone.

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; (Romans 12:10-12)

 

I pray for you. You pray for me.

 

C. L. Evans

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Prayer Conference Call with Robbie Mac

There is much power in prayer. We suffer needless pain when we become lazy in prayer. Life’s journey is a blessing but sometimes the road is rough and it is hard to know the directions you should take. The spiritual battles we fight daily are not won with our fists. We put on the whole armour of God, that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10)

We can talk to God about everything. He cares about how we feel. God is concerned about the decisions we make. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6) Do not neglect the supremacy that we have in prayer. One prayer can make a positive change for your entire life.

Join my friend Rob McWilliams this Saturday, February 4th at 7:07 PM Central Time for prayer with other saved singles. Every other Saturday, single men and women from coast to coast call in for encouragement, inspiration, testimonies, and prayer. Click Resources for Christian Singles for the link to Rob’s page and learn more. The conference call number is 605-475-4875 access code 767712# You do not want to miss this.

It is a blessing to have a personal prayer life and a circle of believers to connect and pray with. We do not have to walk alone.

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;      (Romans 12:10-12)

 

I pray for you. You pray for me.

C. L. Evans

 

 

My Hope For Christian Singles

My hope for the single woman and man is that you will take pleasure in the gift of life, and enjoy the love and grace of God as we enter into this New Year.

Will 2012 be the year for love?

Will it be the year you stand at the altar and say, “I do.”?

If the answer is yes, praise Him. If the answer is to wait, praise Him.

 

Lord, not our will but your will be done.

My hope for you is that you see yourself as God sees you. Let God’s strength be perfect where you are weak and celebrate where you are strong. You are not incomplete. You are not alone. You are not deficient or half of a person. In Jesus we are made whole. God looked upon you and loved you so much, that He sent the Son to be crucified in your place. The debt of sin is removed by His redeeming blood. See how precious and priceless you are.  

I pray that you overcome loneliness with the joy of the Lord. This world can not take joy away from you. Do not surrender it. God said I am with you always, even until the end of the world. Know that God always keeps His promises. He is not a man that he should lie. If God is keeping you now, He will do so until the end.

When God forgives you, leave the memories of your past mistakes behind. As He heals the wounds inflicted on your heart by broken relationships and insecurities, walk forward with confidence. Do not look back. I hope that forgiveness will flow to and from your heart and soul. Forgive others as God has forgiven you. His grace is sufficient.

Let the Word of God dwell in you richly. Meditate on scripture and let it saturate your life.

My hope is that God guides you to walk by faith and not by sight. Do not wait until you see the blessings of God before you rejoice. Make preparations to receive the spouse you have prayed for now. Acknowledge God in every step of the way and He will guide you in what you should do from day-to-day.

Fight discouragement, doubt, and bitterness with faith. Never stop believing or thanking God for what He has already done for you. I hope that you rejoice in the Lord always.

My hope is that you take your relationship with God to new levels. Go deeper. Beware of distractions that will keep you from loving Him. By His precious Holy Ghost we have power to shine as lights in this world. Before and after marriage, love God first. Let Him use you for His glory and to be a blessing to others.

Guard your heart. Let yourself be happy. Choose wisely. Fear no evil.

And again I say, rejoice.

In Jesus Name, Amen

I love you all and pray God’s best blessings for your lives now and forever.

C. L. Evans (Love and Grace Media for Christian Singles)