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Guestbook - Words of Gratitude/Praise/Testimonials

In the news, in our personal and professional lives, there is so much sadness, anxiety, depression, fear, anger - dynamics like the economy, health issues, family struggles, job loss, foreclosures, debt burdens, relationship breakdowns - all of these things wear on each and every one of us at different times and in different ways.

In times such as these, we want to invite Mt. Pleasant members and non-members alike, to share brief testimonials of how GOD has helped you deal with challenges like tragedy, pain, sorrow, economic issues, disappointment, stress.  For those who just want to offer up a word of thanks to GOD for what He has done for you or what he is doing for you - feel free to do so. (SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE TO ENTER COMMENTS FOR POSTING IN THIS SECTION)


We want visitors of this website to be encouraged that no matter what you are going through, you are not alone.  GOD sees - He knows - and He cares and so do we.  He said there is nothing too hard for Him to handle.  So let us "Let Go and Let God" have His way.  (Please note: This section is strictly for comments of well wishes, passages of inspiration, words of encouragement, words of celebration and thanksgiving from site visitors, church members, family and friends.  No solicitations of any kind will be posted.  Thank you.)

 

 

 

 

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Phyllis on 11-24-2016
Grateful to see another Thanksgiving and to continue being a living testimony to God's grace and mercy. 2016 has had its ups and downs but God's faithfulness, love and grace never changes and I am so grateful that He looks beyond my faults to supply my needs and so much more. Thankful for my incredible family, for my dear friends, my colleagues, my classmates and for sure, my church family. I am so thankful to be a part of Mt. Pleasant and to have such an incredible support system who pray and intercede on my behalf - the prayers, support and love from Mt. Pleasant are worth more than gold. Just happy and grateful for things being as well as they are. There are so many people who don't have - but for God's grace and mercy my family could be faced with a similar circumstance. Just thankful and appreciative for having Jesus as my Lord and Savior and for the opportunity to grow each day in Him.
15 Steps for Getting Closer to God During a Crisis on 02-22-2016
1. Recognize or discover the problem. The first step is to recognize your problem and accepting the fact that you have a problem.
2. God is in control of everything for your good.
3. You won’t always understand the reason for God’s actions.
4. Be patient. Don’t make quick decisions in response to the crisis.
5. Focus on God instead of the crisis. Read and study your Bible, the word of God.
6. Avoid focusing on the negative or your pain.
7. Recall past experiences during a crisis and remember what happened. Was your character strengthened from these past crises.
8. Deal with your anger immediately. How would Jesus handle this situation?
9. Submit yourself to the will of God.
10. Remember to thank God. Demonstrate a sense of gratitude.
11. View the crisis as an OPPORTUNITY.
12. Refuse to listen to other people’s interpretations or advice which is not according to God’s word.
13. Remain in constant prayer, listening to God’s instruction.
14. Refuse to give way to your changing emotions. Don’t operate on these feelings or emotions.
15. Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOU IN YOUR LIFE. YOU MAY NOT KNOW IT YET, BUT IT IS ALREADY IN PLACE.
(Source: intouch.org)
"What Will Matter" on 02-19-2016
Click or cut and paste the following URL into your internet browser:

https://player.vimeo.com/video/89476173

Video is a reminder that only what you do for Jesus Christ will last - long after we leave this earth. Thought provoking video.
Bible Verses That Will Boost Your Confidence on 09-28-2015
Philipians 4:13
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Proverbs 2:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
Acts 1
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.
1 John 5:14
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
Psalms 55:22
Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
A Believer on 02-09-2015
"Stay Encouraged-Follow God's Voice For Your Life"

Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”
Do you hunger for the true and abundant life which God offers through the gift of his Holy Spirit? The Jews understood that God gave a certain portion of his Spirit to his prophets.
When Elijah was about to depart for heaven, his servant Elisha asked for a double portion of the Spirit which Elijah had received from God (2 Kings 2:9). Jesus tells his disciples that they can believe the words he speaks because God the Father has anointed him by pouring out his Spirit on him in full measure, without keeping anything back.
John 14 :6-14
No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him,
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father.
And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”
If you choose to obey God’s voice and to do his will, then you will know and experience that abundant life which comes from God himself. If you choose to follow your own way apart from God and his will, then you choose for death – a spiritual death which poisons and kills the heart and soul until there is nothing left but an empty person devoid of love, truth, goodness, purity, peace, and joy. Do your choices lead you towards God or away from God?
THANKFUL on 11-21-2014
Lord i'm thankful for my blessings
everything that you gave
Times when danger was around me
My life lord you saved
Where would I be without your love
Where would I be without your grace
You didn't have to do it but I'm glad you did

Can't pretend that what I got
I got it on my own
Every move that i made
Can't say I never been wrong
When I fell you picked me up again
Thought I brought it on myself
I can always depend on you
Whenever I need help

Lord i'm thankful for my blessings
everything that you gave
Times when danger was around me
My life lord you saved
Where would I be without your love
Where would I be without your grace
You didn't have to do it but I'm glad you did

The next time you go to sleep
And you wake up alright
Remember that he kept you safe
And warm all through the night
Lift your hands and lift them high
And this is what you say
Lord you didn't have to give me
One more day

Lord i'm thankful for my blessings
everything that you gave
Times when danger was around me
My life lord you saved
Where would I be without your love
Where would I be without your grace
You didn't have to do it but I'm glad you did

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you
It's plain to see
all that he's done for me
I thank you for everything
I live my life
So I can let the world
know that I am

Lord i'm thankful for my blessings
everything that you gave
Times when danger was around me
My life lord you saved
Where would I be without your love
Where would I be without your grace
You didn't have to do it but I'm glad you did
Herman Do-It Fluitt on 03-23-2014
Submitted 3/15/14:
Pastor I listened to your Sermon and truly the Lord speaks through you. I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you and rejoice in the Lord. I live quite a distance from Helena so it may be a minute before I can get over to Alabama. God Bless you and keep you. Kiss the Whorly Bird and give her my love.
Janice on 03-22-2014
Praises and honor to my Lord!
Ed Dinkins on 03-21-2014
Our GOD is an awesome GOD who reigns in heaven and earth!
No name on 03-21-2014
Praise God for His mercy and grace...
Phyllis on 12-24-2013
I just thank God for His Gift - Jesus Christ. Thankful to Sis. Thorton for her powerful words regarding our need to make sure we not only acknowledge our Gift but that we UNWRAP our gift and really understand, layer by layer, just how awesome our gift in Jesus Christ, really is.

Wishing my church family a blessed Christmas. Always thankful for my dear family and friends, for good health and continued provisions that only God can provide. Looking forward to a great 2014 and ready to unlock the power of both prayer and fasting not only for me personally but for what will result for Mt. Pleasant. To God be the Glory for the things He has done, is doing and will do.
Top 10 Reasons Jesus is the Reason by the Season on 12-19-2013
Every Christmas time we see and hear the phrase, “Jesus is the reason for the season”. But who is the author of this quote? I’ve looked high and low and cannot find who first said:

“Jesus is the reason for the season”. – Anonymous

So, if anyone has any insight on when this first appeared in pop culture please share. Nevertheless, let’s go onto today’s post – The Top Ten Reasons Jesus Christ is the Reason for the Season.

10) The word “Christmas” includes Jesus’ last name. – Matthew 1:1

9) We get to sing fun songs that tells the story of Jesus coming. – Luke 2:13-14

.8) Everybody loves when a baby is born, but none has changed the world as Jesus has. – Matthew 1:21

7) We can truly be of good cheer and full of hope because Jesus came to save us. - John 3:16

6) People are actually nicer this time of year and even strangers wish each other well, just like Jesus taught. – John 13:35

5) We sing Joy to the world, and it’s OK. (JOY = Jesus; Others; Yourself) – Luke 2:10

4) Christmas lights remind us that Jesus is the Light of the world, and that each of us should light the world as He does. – John 8:12

3) It’s a time of year where we can all be like little children, just like Jesus taught. – Matthew 18:2-5

2) Jesus love inspires people to be extra kind and giving this time of year. – 1 John 3:16

1) The number one reason why Jesus is the reason for the season is that He is the ultimate gift to the world. – Romans 5:15

May God bless you during this Christmas season and may we keep him in our hearts all year long.
Encouraging Words in Tough Times on 10-31-2013
My child, don’t give up. When you feel as if you’ve run the last lap, stop a while and catch your breath. Come rest in My arms. You will have those days when body, spirit and emotions cry, “Enough!” When that happens, turn to Me and wait. In due time, I will give you new strength. You will not only run with energy but also mount up on wings and fly across the finish line. I initiated your race, and I will help you complete it.
*****

My child, never fear when you walk through fiery circumstances. A wretched failure, a business loss, an unexplained illness– they will come like unwelcome flames in the night. Don’t be terrified but look closely. In the middle of that fiery furnace, you’ll see a familiar face. I’ll walk through the flames with you.

*****

My child, I have chosen earthly vessels like you to hold My most valuable jewels because My light shines best in ordinary people. Others, full of themselves or with the cares of this world, have stuffed their jars so full, there is no room left for Me. Use my discretion wisely, My child. Sacred things are not to be trampled, but preserved. Share My treasures wisely. Don’t hoard them, but give them to faithful disciples who appreciate the value.

*****

News Article - How One Bought Food for a Thief on 10-28-2013
Inspiring .
Mom Teaches Grocery Store Wallet Thief a Lesson He'll Never Forget
by Jeanne Sager 5 hours ago
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grocery storeI'm one of those grocery store shoppers who never lets her purse out of her sight. Too many people. Too many sticky fingers. And if you're like me, the story going round the interwebs of an Oklahoma mom whose wallet got stolen in the grocery store will give you goosebumps. Jessica Eaves didn't call the police. She bought the wallet thief groceries.

Now, I know what you're (probably) thinking. She must be one of those do gooder types.

And you're right! The mother of four and full-time college student told Yahoo! Shine she volunteers 12 hours a week at a Christian Outreach facility.

Total do gooder.

And totally inspiring.

Turns out Eaves realized her wallet was missing, and after she tracked down the culprit in the store, she gave him a choice. Give back the wallet, and she'd buy his groceries. If he didn't give it back, she'd call the cops.

Eaves says he opted for door number one, and confessed he was flat broke and had kids at home. He apologized; and she ended up spending $27 to buy a father and his kids some food.

Or you could say she spent $27 to change a life.

Maybe he went on to just take someone else's wallet. Who knows. But something inside me says nah, the human kindness here mattered. The fact that someone did something so extraordinary MATTERED.

How often do you really feel like you have a positive affect on the other people you run into day after day?

Sure, maybe you smile or you hold the door for someone. But do you actually go out of your way to do something, something that might make you uncomfortable? Do you go out of your way to change your perceptions of people?

I'll own up. I don't. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, but going that extra mile, actually loving the sinner? That's hard, y'all!

And if you asked me yesterday what I would have done if someone stole my wallet in the grocery store, my answer would be "call the cops."

Maybe it still would be. I guess it depends on the situation. But this is where Jessica Eaves' story changes me -- could change us all -- my view of the "situation" is broader now. It isn't just about my wallet. It's about the person who stole my wallet, about finding out why they stole my wallet.

She reached out, and what she learned was this was someone who needed help, someone who made a mistake but who had redeeming qualities in the end.

Still not convinced? OK, selfish, let's take it from Jessica Eaves's side.

She could have gone through the whole pain in the butt process of calling the cops and filing a report. Maybe her wallet would have been taken to process as evidence. Maybe she would have had to deal with interviews from cops and had this whole thing drag on and on.

Instead she got this whole thing over with in probably 10 minutes, 15 tops, and she walked out of that grocery store feeling GOOD about herself. She bought some poor kids some groceries! She made someone else's life BETTER.
JaiMarie on 10-25-2013
What an awesome God we serve!!!
Mariah Taylor on 10-22-2013
I just want to say Thank You to all of you who kelt me Mom (Delores) in your prayers. Her Surgery went well Wednesday. She at home now Resting. THANK GOD!! Everything is ok now. We might not be able to Come to Church Sunday, Depends on how to she Feels. But I would like for you all to still continue to keep her in your prayers and in your thoughts. Thank You!!

~Mariah Taylor~
Susan Greene on 08-13-2013
God is good ... ALL the time. He is ever present and He is always on time. Like so many others, I have been going through difficult times, but I am choosing to stay encouraged. I learned long ago that discouragement is a choice. I will not allow satan ( lower case s) to have a foot hold in my life. Praise The Lord!!!
JaiMarie on 07-30-2013
There is an AWESOME study on the subject of angels on this website. To get there ... click on links and scroll down to "Have you ever wondered about the purpose and role of angels?" It is a true eye opener
JaiMarie on 07-25-2013
There is healing power in the hem of His garment. All we have to do is have faith to activate this power in our own situations. How do we build that faith? We build faith through studying the Word, meditating on the Word, and praying for understanding of the Word!
JaiMarie on 07-10-2013
Pray for Christians everywhere to start walking in boldness and truth!
Anonymous - GOD Has a Purpose for You on 07-02-2013
God has kept me here for a reason. I survived because He has a plan for me. All my bad relationships, the consequences, the hard times, the sad times, the death of my loved ones, the back stabbing from my friends, the negative thoughts, or the lack of support; I made it because I am blessed! I release and let go of all past hurts, misunderstandings and grudges because I am abundantly blessed! I recognize them as the illusions they are, and sent from the enemy to kill my spirit, steal my joy, and destroy my faith; For God is all there is. All else is a lie! Now give yourself a hug, wipe your tears away and walk in victory!!!!!!!! I love you, but more appropriately God loves you BEST! Be blessed and know that you are at one with THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD! “May the Lord keep watch between you and me when we are absent one from another.” Genesis 31:49. Amen! Be Blessed "The Will of GOD will never take you where the GRACE of GOD will not protect you.
Anonymous - Directions to Your Father's House on 07-02-2013
DIRECTIONS TO OUR FATHER'S HOUSE

Make a Right onto Believeth Blvd.

Keep straight and go through the Green Light, which is Jesus Christ.

There, you must turn onto the Bridge of Faith , which is over troubled waters.

When you get off the bridge, make a Right turn and Keep Straight.

You are on the King's Highway - Heaven-bound.

Keep going for three miles: One for the Father, One for the Son, and One for the Holy Ghost.

Then exit off onto Grace Blvd.

From there, make a Right turn on Gospel Lane .

Keep Straight and then make another Right on Prayer Road .

As you go on your way Yield Not to the traffic on Temptation Ave.

Also avoid SIN STREET because it is a DEAD END.

Pass up Envy Drive , and Hate Avenue .

Also, pass Hypocrisy Street , Gossiping Lane , and Backbiting Blvd.

However, you have to go down Long-suffering Lane , Persecution Blvd. and Trials and Tribulations Ave.

But that's all right, because VICTORY Street is straight ahead!


AMEN!!!!!

JaiMarie on 06-28-2013
I thank the Lord for ALL that He has done for me. He has brought me through the valley and over the mountains. He has shielded me from the fire and the storms. He has protected me from the weapons and enemies formed against me in the battles of life. He spoke wholeness and completeness into my spirit when I was broken. He pieced together and glued my fractured heart back together when the world ripped it into small pieces. He wiped away my tears when my eyes burned from the grief of losing my mother and my father. He, my precious Father, has kept me through it ALL! Thank you MPBC of Helena, AL for providing such a complete interactive forum for us to reach out and talk to The Lord. I enjoy the music and have grown from the sermons. Your pastor keeps it real. Thank you, JaiMarie
J M Samuels on 12-27-2012
I would like to submit my fiancee's name to your prayer list and her name is Carolyn K. She will be undergoing surgery next month in an effort to rid her body of cancer and we are asking for your prayers. Thanks in advance to my good friend Pastor Edwin Dinkins for your kind words of encouragement. It was a pleasure speaking with you recently and I look forward to continued communication with you and your family. Stay blessed my brother.
Phyllis on 12-26-2012
I just want to thank my family, friends, colleagues, staff and church family for the prayers, love, support, flowers, emails, calls during my illness. I have been overwhelmed by GOD and His continued love and support of me through the words and actions of others. I remain humbled and appreciative of the love shown to me during my illness and I pray that I can be as supportive and encouraging to others as they have been to me. I wish all of you a blessed and safe holiday season and wishes for a blessed, safe and productive 2013!!!
Unknown on 07-08-2012
The 7 Ups

1. Wake Up !!
Decide to have a good day.
"This is the day the Lord hath made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Psalms 118:24

2. Dress Up !!
The best way to dress up is to put on a smile.
A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart."
I Samuel 16:7

3. Shut Up!!
Say nice things and learn to listen.
God gave us two ears and one mouth,
so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking.
"He who guards his lips guards his soul."
Proverbs 13:3

4. Stand Up!!
. . . for what you believe in.
Stand for something or you will fall for anything.
"Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time,
we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..."
Galatians 6:9-10

5. Look Up !!
. . . to the Lord.
"I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me".
Philippians 4:13

6. Reach Up !!
. . . for something higher.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and lean not unto your own understanding.
In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path."
Proverbs 3:5-6

7. Lift Up !!
. . . your Prayers.
"Do not worry about anything; instead
PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING."
Philippians 4:6
THANK YOU LORD on 12-31-2011
THANK YOU, LORD


Thank you for this sink of dirty dishes; we have plenty of food to eat.
Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry; we have plenty of nice
clothes to wear. And I would like to thank you, Lord, for those unmade
beds; they were so warm and comfortable last night.
I know that many have no bed.

My thanks to you, Lord, for this bathroom, complete with all the
splattered mess, soggy, grimy towels and dirty lavatory; they are so
convenient. Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator that needs
defrosting so badly; it has served us faithfully for many years. It is full
of cold drinks and enough leftovers for two or three meals.
Thank you, Lord, for this oven that absolutely must be cleaned today; it has baked so many things over the years.

The whole family is grateful for that tall grass
that needs mowing, the lawn that needs raking; we all enjoy the yard.
Thank you, Lord, even for that slamming screen door.
My kids are healthy and able to run and play.

Lord, the presence of all these chores awaiting me
says You have richly blessed my family. I shall do them cheerfully and I
shall do them gratefully. Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when
the alarm rings, Thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are
deaf. Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as
possible, Thank you, Lord, that I can see. Many are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising,
Thank you, Lord, that I have the
strength to rise. There are many who are bedridden.
Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost,
Toast is burned and tempers are short, my children are so loud,
Thank you, Lord, for my family. There
are many who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like
the pictures in magazines and the menu is at times not balanced, Thank you,
Lord, for the food we have. There are many who are hungry. Even though the
routine of my job is often monotonous, Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity
to work. There are many who have no job.
Even though I grumble and bemoan my
fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest,
Thank you, Lord, for life. LORD, THANK YOU !!!!

In ALL things, praise Him
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