How Important is Sunday School?

Did you grow up going to Sunday School? I did. I distinctly remember many a Sunday morning, fighting with my parents about leaving early for Sunday School. I didn’t want to go. I didn’t want to get out of bed so early on a Sunday. That is until I started co-teaching it with my husband. He does most of the teaching these days, but I still go and boy do I get my mind blown every time. I was such a skeptic at first but, something has changed in me.


What changed?

Have you ever heard the words,

“It’s the times you want to go the least, that you need it the most,”?

I have faced those words with awe at their truth. You see, we are not in a spiritual warfare like so many believe, just some stiff competition. The warfare was done by Jesus Christ and won when God raised him from the dead. So now, the devil works very hard to get you not to grow and not to care about God anymore. He especially does not like you being exposed to the 5 basics for growth; which is study the word, fellowship with like-minded believers, speak the word, pray and give. If you were to do any of those, you would get stronger and end up kicking his butt! At Sunday School, you get the unique opportunity to do all of these. Of course, you will be tempted not to go. You should expect that temptation because of this verse.

“So then Faith (your believing) comes by hearing

and hearing by the Word of God” Romans 10:17

That word hearing is the Greek word “akoe”, it means your organ of hearing and to be heard. God’s Word just needs you to hear it it’s that powerful. So powerful it builds you faith. That word faith is the Greek word “pistis” which means your conviction, your believing that God and His Word are real and truthful. It builds your acceptance and reliance on it. Does anyone here need more of that? I know I do! I need to believe that God supplies all my need according to His riches in glory, I need to believe that by Jesus’s stripes I am healed of my infirmities, I need to believe and have confidence that when I ask anything according to His will, He hears me. I need to know, that I know, that I know that God wants me to have access to Him 24/7.

That’s what going to Sunday School and Church does for us. I had been jaded by church for so long and still, I hold myself carefully aside, not wanting to invest too heavily; but then one of the people at Sunday School prays for me, or hugs me, or says “God bless you kiddo”. I just know, in that instant that I’m part of a wonderful family. Yes, people will fail you. It’s not people we should have more faith in. Yes, someone is going to bring their drama into our church, but they are infected by the very thing God promises to heal. If we drop our faith, just because we are exposed to a little drama the devil cooked up, how are we any better? I urge you to give church another try. Reach out and shake a hand with one of the church leaders and ask them to pray for you. Remind them of the truth, and the truth is, you, like them, are there to hear the rightly divided Word of God, so you can have more faith.

God bless you today!

A Struggle and Victory over Depression

Today’s psychology books talk like we are the first generation to have the symptoms of what they call psychosis. In all reality, these problems go back to the war in heaven and the exile of the Lucifer to Earth. Fear, doubt, and worry have been renamed as depression, schizophrenia, anxieties, and PSTD and really most any of them fit into one of the three categories of fears, doubts and worries. Oh and yes, I did say PSTD. But we can look back at some of our Biblical heroes and see how they overcame this mental pressure without medication. In fact, they all had one thing in common when it came to the cure, but we will talk about in a few minutes. First, I want to prove my point.

Let’s go to Genesis and Peek into Abraham’s life;

“And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.” Genesis 15:2-3

Abram watched as the slaves and servants in his house had children a plenty. Here he is in his eighties! His beautiful wife Sarah watched them until she was well past the age of having children. And oh the heartbreak! Do you think they battled mental pressure over this? They were God’s chosen leaders and yet…no one was born to them in their lineage in a time when your family line meant life or death.

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Let’s look at David, another Biblical hero;

“How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? 2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, [having] sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? 3 Consider [and] hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the [sleep of] death; 4 Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; [and] those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved. ” Psalms13:1-4

You can almost hear the moaning and agony  of not knowing when God was going to show up. David was depressed, desperate for help and pouring out his heart before God. He had a talent for words, but his struggle was real. Here’s a man who had seen such carnage in battle and such heart-wrenching combat that most of our men and women in the military today would shudder. I mean no disrespect, but David and the Israelites were always fighting hand to hand  and had no other options like bombing, drones or missiles. If they were defeated, their women would be passed around from enemy camp to camp until they died. Their children would be slaves and die of starvation or disease. These people lived in uncivilized times where brutal men did horrifying things and to stay alive, and God’s people had to be mentally tough. Was God still God for them?? ABSOLUTELY!!!

How did they make it through, without pharmaceutical companies? Or medical marijuana?

I can identify one main thing that they did throughout all these struggles. It was not easy, but it was simple. 

The real fight for humanity is raging on in the invisible. It rages in the mind. But that is not a new fight as you can see. It has always been there, and there has always been a way to have victory.

What did they do?

For Abram God made Him a promise.

“And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.”  Genesis 15:4-5

God made Abram a promise just has He has for all of us as well but that isn’t how Abram won the mental battle. How many people have not taken God at His Word? Billions throughout history. What made Abram DIFFERENT? How did he have a victory.

Read the very next verse…

“And he (Abram) believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness” vs. 6

Abram renewed his mind to the promise and believed it. Believing something means you put it in your mind and act accordingly. You act like it is already a reality! He didn’t let the depression be his reality, he let the promise be his reality.

Abraham then became a mighty example of believing. Look at what Paul writes about this incredible PROCESS of overcoming circumstances.

“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness” Romans 4:17-22

Look at that first verse! Abraham “calleth those things which be not as though they were”. He acted as if he already had the promise even though his body was dead! Lol…dead! He couldn’t physically do the act of making a baby anymore. But he talked about it, he called it into reality. He believed GOD’s promise. How many of us give up on God’s promises long before this. Abraham was 99 when he had ISAAC. Unbelievable!

What about David??? Let’s read the very next verses from above.

“But (BUT BUT BUT!) I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.” Psalms 13: 5-6

David reminded himself of his trust in God. That is the “renewed mind” in action right there. Sure, things are going to hit us…we live here don’t we. We don’t live in heaven yet. But WE decide if they are going to knock us down and out. This “reminding himself” technique happens all over Psalms and in David’s heart and life.

God asks us to renew our mind. That’s our job. We get that privilege and responsibility.

We decide if situations that cause fear, doubt and worry are going to knock us down and out. This “reminding himself” technique happens all over Psalms and in David’s heart and life.  God asks us to renew our mind. That’s our job. We get that privilege and responsibility. It’s simple, just remind yourself over and over of God’s promises to you. When things hit you, remind, remind and remind again. You may have to remind yourself once and then you’re good to jump up and go again. You may have to drill it into your head like a wood pecker chasing a termite. But don’t stop until you get the prize of a renewed mind. It will get easier the more you do it.

What are some Promises for me?

How about Psalms 13:6…Lol…It worked for David.

“I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”

By the way, the words “hath dealt” are past tense. He also counted all the times before that God dealt bountifully with him.

Let’s go to the Seven Church Epistles because that is the section of the Bible addressed to us.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

How about from the Leadership Epistle…

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

And Here is the Cream on the Top of it all!

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

This is the one thing that all of those Bible Heroes did. This is what made them different, powerful and blessed. This is what you can do too!

God Bless you today!

P.S. There are times that your hard won renewed mind is being sabotaged by spiritual forces. In these cases, it’s best to call someone who knows how to do spiritual battle and who can minister to you. You may not realize you are being hit and no one is immune to this. If you feel like this is you and you would like me to talk with you one-on-one, please message me on Facebook or email me.

How To Gain Confidence in Your Walk with God

When was the last time you looked in the mirror and told that girl or guy, “I’m proud of you? I’m happy you’re you. You deserve God’s very best today.”?

It’s been awhile for me. I don’t think of it. The longest time I spent looking in my eyes in the mirror is when I’m putting on eyeliner. Why don’t we take a few minutes and tell ourselves how much God loves us? Do you think Jesus Christ had confidence?

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:36

Wow, that verse oozes with confidence. It screams of a purpose and with knowledge that what he was talking about was meant to be listened to. How can we get that same kind of commitment and belief in our purpose every day? Jesus Christ was our example, so how can we walk and talk tall in the knowledge and power of God’s purpose for our lives? Here are the steps to gaining confidence with God:

First, you have to learn what you should believe about yourself.

What does the Word of God say that you are? What purpose did God hand to you? Many of us believe that God has every step of our life planned out or predestined and what will be will be of God’s will. That’s called fatalism. And it might as well be a jack-hammer to the brain. They think He asks one of us to be a realtor, but another guy, well he has to be a doctor, and that lady over there, she has to be a missionary. That is not so. We are not robots with no free will. We are God’s children. Would your grown children abide with you putting that kind of restriction and micromanaging control on their lives? Mine wouldn’t! Here’s what the Word says.

“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” Colossians 1:9-10

Sure, God knows what career will best bless your life and can guide you through every decision in your life. That’s why it’s so cool to know Him and His Will, but more importantly, do you know Him? Are you growing up in Him? Are you seeing fruit in your life? Are you increasing in knowledge and wisdom of spiritual understanding? It sounds like that’s pretty important.

How do you learn that stuff? Well…You seek after it. Where do you think the first place to look for it will be? Yup, the Bible. He had that book protected, and watched over for thousands of years, it is literally the most sold and popular book of all time. It shouldn’t be too hard to get your hands on. Next, start reading in the area of the book addressed to you. Start in Acts and read through Thessalonians. All these books are addressed to you right now in your life.

Second, you have to believe.

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

So faith/believing comes by hearing and by hearing the Word of God. Jesus Christ spent a lot of time before his ministry began, reading the Word of God and hearing it. He engrossed himself in it. So much so, he quoted it to people all the time. He gained confidence and learned about himself from the Word of God, if it wasn’t wrong for him to do it, then it’s most definitely not wrong for us. Oh, I know. Today there’s all these huge ministries and speakers evangelizing to the masses, but I guarantee that you can get more out of an hour studying the Bible on your own than you ever will by turning on the TV Christianity hour. The Word of God is meant to be handled, read and believed, it is perfect nutrition for you at the time and need in your life. God is so intricate that He made it suited for you with custom care and power. The good ol’ fashioned Bible is still what works to build confidence. It still holds the keys to the ages and can propel you forward in your walk.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge him and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power,” Ephesians 1:17-20

Do you see here how important it is to God that you get to know Him? In fact, the closer you get the more confidence you have in your walk. The more you study and read, the more you’ll be able to understand what God is and how big He is. Just don’t give up. It’s important and you are worth it!

The Third Step is Renewing you Mind to What the Word says.

Every day we get hit with a million ways to “NOT” think the Word about ourselves. Renewing our mind and going back to the truth is an almost minute by minute battle. It’s just as important to keep the truth running through your mind as it is to get it in there in the first place. IF God says, “by his stripes, ye WERE healed,” then that reality is now! We should be celebrating our healing all the time, instead of letting the world convince us we’re sick.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

Correction and Reproof are a huge part of our walk. We have to learn to be meek about it. None of us are perfect and God is not finished with us yet. Accept that and go digging for the weeds of the mind that talk us out of our confidence. Every day is an adventure and a constant learning of the truth and newness that is God. Don’t settle for less than the journey! It is amazing!

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For those who are interested and in Billings local area, Bill and Terri Porta are starting a Sunday School class on Sunday, August 7th at the Open Bible Christian Center in Billings. This will be the first time they have ever co-taught the Word of God. For more information about this class contact them at:

302 19TH ST. W.
(406) 656-4946

Sunday school starts every Sunday starting August 7th at 9:45 am. Bring a friend!



What Prevails in Your Life?

Many a saint and hero win the race by prevailing through dark times. Dark storm clouds gather yet they persevere and push on. Our history books ar full of this struggle! Good versus evil, right versus wrong. But what will the historian say about us? Will they write epitaphs of our courage? Will chapters be written about how we faced our fears and succeeded no matter the circumstances?


I think that all depends on one little word with a great big meaning. I believe it’s in the word “prevail”.

It appears in Acts 19 in this context.

“So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed” Acts 19:20

What a usage! What a statement of fact! We have it on our wall by our door in our home. Every time I see that verse it encourages me.  It exhorts me! It pumps me up! What prevailed? The Word of God!

But first, it had to grow. It had to grow inside each individual person from the inside out. Our lot in life is not to simply suck air and hope things turn out great. We are destined for bigger things. Great things! But first we must work on us. IF the Word of God is going to prevail out in our schools, our work and our churches, it must first prevail in us.

Let’s take this a step further. What does prevail mean?

It is, as used here, the Greek word, “ischyo” and  it has several meanings.

  1. to be strong

    1. to be strong in body, to be robust, to be in sound health

  2. to have power

    1. to have power as shown by extraordinary deeds

      1. to exert, wield power, to have strength to overcome

    2. to be a force, avail

    3. to be serviceable

    4. to be able, can

Wow, right. that is one loaded word!  It has all the potential of massive amounts of creative and unyielding energy and power. It is agape love, earth triumphant forces of nature and God in manifestation doing the impossible all wrapped in one! I mean, WOWZAH! We don’t really see the emphasis until we see the rest of the usage. Let’s talk about that.

Where else is Ischyo used?

“But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole G2480need not a physician, but they that are sick.” Matthew 9:12

They that are powerful, prevailing and healthy need not a physician! Ha! They don’t need to be fixed, they are already living the abundant life, they are already seeing God work in powerful ways. They don’t need to be patched up and put together.

How about this one.

“And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.” John 21:6

“Not able” is the usage. There was so much fish, they could not prevail over them, they could not pull them into the boat.

“And they were G2480 not able G2480 to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.” Acts 6:10

Stephen spoke with so much wisdom that the words he spoke prevailed, they were not able to resist the wisdom. Wow! Just speak the Word, let it do the prevailing.

“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth G2480 any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” Galatians 5:6

Love prevails, not circumstances.

“I can do  all (G2480) things through Christ which strengtheneth me” Philippians 4:13

Now we’re getting somewhere! I can prevail over all things through Christ which strengthens me! WOW! What a usage! Are you stuck? Are you feeling less than prevalent? Let this word sink into and heal your soul!

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth G2480much.” James 5:16

I just love the Word of God! This is how it prevails! When we look at all the ways God used this word in His Word to heal us and take care of our hearts. Do we really need to wonder? Do we need to worry?

Take heart and be of a good courage my friend. Keep praying, keep going and know that God loves you and it’s Him and His power that will prevail, you have only to believe it and walk in it!

God bless you today!

All The Goodies You Could want in Just One Chapter

Do you need a pick-me-up? I was astonished today as I read through Romans 8 again. In my Bible, it’s highlighted, underlined and notes scattered throughout. It’s really beautiful, but then today as I simply and without notions of study read the words my mind came alive. This is HOW God wants us to live, it’s how He thinks about us. It’s so remarkable. It was true the verse in Jeremiah.


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Here for your enjoyment, Romans 8, take what you need for a great day today.

(Oh and I added some context and literal translations in parenthesis for better clarity.)

Rom 8:1-39 KJV

  1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God

6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.

Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify (blow to smithereens) the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature (all creation, heaven and earth) waiteth for the manifestation (the bringing out)  of the sons of God. 20 For the creature (all creation, heaven and earth) was made subject (put under the authority) to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected [the same] in hope, 21 Because the creature (all creation, heaven and earth) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption (the devil’s dominion) into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body.

24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it].

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth. 34 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God bless you today!


“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2

When was the last time someone called you, “Beloved”? It’s a special thing when it happens but even more special in this context here in the Bible. Isn’t it interesting the content of this life altering verse? I love when I read a refreshing post, or hear a sermon where someone dares to think this big. I can hear you ask, “Terri, do you mean to say this is true? God wants me to prosper above all things and to be in health…above ALL things???” Couldn’t a father want that for his child? IF you are one of the kids out there who grew up with confused, or rotten parents, I’m sorry, but God isn’t like that. It’s not fair to read their mistakes into God’s strength, or our mistrust for relationships around us into our relationship with God. We have to put our past experiences where they belong, in the past. We can’t let them decide our future. God is so much bigger than that!  Okay, where else doesGod say that?.


God thinks peaceful thoughts towards us, not evil ones. He loves us and works miracles on our behalf to make our life better and more peaceful. There is no problem that you have or could come up with that will stump God. He’s seen them all and been victorious over them all. God really does want the best for you. If you don’t believe me just read what He wrote about you.


Just keep going! You are loved, BEloved to God. And He wants to help you.


God bless you today!


Isn’t it time you…

It’s been awhile since I posted last and I’m happy to say, I haven’t been gone forever, just busy. Today, I’d like to invite you to join us. We’ll be doing our first 8 week Bible study/workshop on the “5 Basics for Growth” Book. As I’ve been preparing for this workshop setting, I realised that each chapter touches on a subject in a very simple way that could be studied in far more depth. We are going to have so much fun, and don’t worry there’s not a ton of homework, just a ton of learning. Here is a video commercial that I hope you’ll all share on your social media pages.

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