Word of the Day: picayune

Pronunciation: [pik-ee-YOON, pik-uh-]

Definition(s): of little value or account; small; trifling:

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: Many people consider pennies to be picayune and throw them away.

Synonyms: minor, puny, slight, inconsequential

Antonyms: broad, immense, comprehensive 

What’s in Your Hand?

Bishop Dale C, Bronner
Word of Faith

Whats in Your Hand?


It’s amazing what god can do with whats in your hands
  • Whatever God has given you you are not the owner of it, you are the steward of it
  • God is actually saying “lay down all that you think you are”
  • Verse 3 interpretation: use what you’ve got to get what you want!
    • you’ve got to be bold enough to take what little you have and use it
Everybody has insecurities even if they are strong and highly esteemed
  • hands
  • they way their teeth our space
God asked whats in YOUR hand because God doesn’t want to put your future in anybody else’s hands
  • don’t blame another person, because blaming somebody else empowers them over your life
  • your choices determine, your character
  • you’ve got to play the hand you were dealt
  • the question eliminates what you’re holding from the past, and what your concerns are about the future
  • whats in your hand speaks to the present moment
    • an excuse gives you permission to stay where you are
    • complaining nails you to your problems
Don’t let your handicaps disqualify you from a future

  • “Hugs are the best part”
  • “The hugs are way better than the food”
  • “We are a gift to the world”
  • “Don’t let your disabilities crush your dreams”
  • God was testing his obedience to make sure Moses would confront his fear
    • Great leaders dont fail in public until they have first failed in private
  • God was testing his courage
    • If your dreams don’t intimidate you,its not God
      • your flesh, your level of education, and your financial capacity
    • Every dream that God gives you will look like its going to fail before it succeeds
  • When you open your hands and let it go, God will open his hands and let it flow
The safest place you can be is in the will of God
  • God wants to use a man who is dead to himself, because you can’t kill him
Remember Elijah asked a woman whats in your house?
  • She replied “nothing but some oil”
  • Some people are overlooking an anointing of whats in their house
  • beware of becoming too familiar of whats in your house
Whats in your head?
  • in your head are your dreams
    • plans
    • imaginations
    • thoughts
    • ideas
      • 1 God given idea can change your life forever
      • you dont have a shortage of money, you have a shortage of ideas of how to get it
  • when you focus on what you don’t have, you fail to see what you do!
    • it focuses your mind on the problems and not the solutions
  • What is right in front of me
    • there is nothing like the power of NOW
      • needs over wants
        • do what you need to do until you can do what you want to do
        • what do i need to do to engage the power of now?
God gives us the seed in our present so that you carry the possibility of everything that will ever happen in your future
When God Speaks to you about dreams, he will never ask you whats in your wallet
  • God’s will is God’s bill
    • where God leads there God feeds
    • where God guides, God provides
What current circumstances and relationship can God use for your good and his glory?
  • The commons becomes mighty when got anoints it
  • off to God what he has placed in your hand
“What’s in your hand” means whatever is in your care or control.
  • this could be
    • money
    • possessions
    • influence
    • talents
    • abilities – could be spoken word
    • strategic relationships
  • whatever is in your hand is enough!
  • sometimes whats in your hand is the key that will open a small door that leads to a bigger door
Whatever it is that God ask you to release it will become a curse
  • If you hold it in your hand it will become a liability, but if you release it to God it’ll become an asset
  • Praise isn’t your to keep, if you keep praise – praise will turn into pride, if you release praise – praise will turn into glory
What you withhold and retain in your hand reveals what is in your heart.
  • Samson had the jawbone of a donkey that killed a thousand men
  • Ruth had grained that she gleaned to feed her mother in law
  • David had a sling
  • An unnamed woman took an alabaster box, which anointed the body of Jesus
We all have something in our hands
  • Moses had a rod in his hand because he was a shepherd
    • the rod gave him his identity
  • God asked him to lay down that rod because it stripped his identity
    • he was more than a shepherd
    • they will put you in a box when you die, so don’t let people box you in while your alive
    • don’t get caught up in labels
      • dont derive you identity from what you do
      • you can quit what you do, but you cant quit who you are
  • his rod was also a sign of his income
    • his sheep represented his income
      • the larger the flock, the more wealthy
  • his rod also a sign of his influence
    • it was a rod a leadership
Lay down your identity, your income and influence and allow God to breath on it
  • What’s in your hand wont work for you unless you turn it loose
  • John 12:24 NIV
  • you have to give up before you can go up
  • Matthew 10:39NLT (New Living Translations)
    • if you give up the lower life, God will give you the higher life
  • God has the capacity make the rod come alive
    • when you hold on to it, it becomes a liability. When you release it, it becomes an asset
Holy means the presence of God
  • Holy bible
  • Holy matrimony
Once you release what God has given you, he will only leave you empty handed for so long before he increases it
Pray and ask God to show you “whats in your hand”

Students Switch to Electronic Cigarettes

Pricing and health concerns have caused some students to switch to smoking electronic cigarettes instead of tobacco and nicotine based products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given Georgia State University’s (GSU) School  of Public Health a $19 million grant to research tobacco. GSU will conduct three research projects to examine human economic behavior, consumer reaction to tobacco marketing and individual risk perception of using new tobacco products, according to a news article on the school’s website.

Greg League, a sophomore Sociology major, said, “I felt like it [an electronic cigarette] would be a better option and hopefully cheaper, but it probably won’t be in the long run. I was tired of inhaling burnt chemicals in my lungs, so I figured vapor was probably better.”

Currently, electronic cigarettes and vapor sales aren’t regulated by standard tobacco laws because they’re not tobacco.

Thomas Hales, co-owner of Happy Hookah smoke shop, said, “Essentially it’s a flavor with a chemical inside of it. Nothing more or nothing less.”

Alternate tobacco forms like dip, chewing tobacco and hookahs are also included in the study.

Dr. Michael Eriksen, the School of Public Health’s Dean, said “The smoke from a hookah is water cooled, so it doesn’t feel as harsh, but it’s not filtered, so the smoke still has the same toxins in it. While you think it’s not as harmful, it actually could be more harmful because it’s easier to inhale and not cough. Not only are you inhaling the tobacco, you’re inhaling the charcoal fumes directly into your lungs.”

Some students believe that smoking alternate forms of tobacco are healthier options. Georgia State’s scheduled five years of research will either confirm or disprove these perceptions.