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The Power of God’s Love

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And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. John 4:16
The power we have from the Lord is his love. Through his love we minister to others, we ov...

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God Loves Everyone

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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
God loves everyone so much that he redeemed us by sending his Son ...

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Anchored in God’s Truth

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Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18
In the last days, Satan and all his demons are released to deceive the world. Therefore, it is critical that we stay anchor...

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The Blessings of Christian Fellowship

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For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. Matthew 18:20
Christian fellowship is a time of peace and joy especially if we are consciously aware that Christ is with us. There is peace...

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Don’t Let Satan Get a Foothold

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Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Satan would like nothing better than to get a foothold in the life of a Christian.  He s...

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God Desires All to be Saved

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God our Savior - who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:3-4
God reaches out to everyone to receive Christ and to be saved, so they will live for eternity in Heaven. God d...

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Never Thirst Again

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Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal...

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Seek Godly Blessings

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And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. Corinthians 7:13
Godly blessings are eternally satisfying and fulfilling wh...

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Endure by Following Christ

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Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
The more we enjoy a fulfilling life through the Spirit, the easier it is t...

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Live in the Faith that Pleases God

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And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
We are saved by having faith that pleases God...

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How can We Love our Enemies?

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But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6:27-28
We can love our enemies and hate the lies Satan has put in ...

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Be an Encouragement

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… exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13
Each year, a few co-workers ask me to provide input to their manager...

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What is Heaven Like?

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“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”—the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:9-1...

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Our Sins are Forgiven

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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:5
Christ died on the cross to take away our sins and present us to the Father as sinless. Chri...

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We are Sinless Before the Father

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He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through him, because he always lives to make intercession for them Hebrews 7:25
Christ forgives our sins and presents us to the Father as sinless, only because Chr...

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We are Never Alone

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Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. John 14:23
Christians are never alone because the Holy Spirit lives within them...

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Heaven is Our Home

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So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
This sinful world is only our temporary home, we are created to live in ...

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The Kingdom Within Us

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The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.” Luke 17:20-21
The Lord brings a touc...

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We Have the Perfect Father

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But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8
All who have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, have a perfect Father. We are in his...

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God Loves You

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The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3
God is love and he loves us with a love that is so powerful it is beyond our experience. All love comes from...

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Christians Overcome and are Free

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Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4
God gives us his power to overcome the world which means we are free in Christ. The world no longer ...

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Genuine Wisdom

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Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13
From James 3:3-18, we are told about two kinds of wisdom, earthly wisdom an...

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The Ultimate Life

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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. John 10:10
Only God can give us the ultimate life, and that life comes from being one with Christ through...

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Serve through God’s Power

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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20
The Lord calls us to do things that are sometimes above our own capability, a...

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Seek Godly Blessings

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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
Godly blessings come from God through the Holy Spirit and are permanent, while physical bless...

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See Life Through the Eyes of God

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Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. Psalm 119:18
Seeing through the eyes of God is impossible in our own strength, but it is possible through the Lord’s power in us. If...

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Ministry to Those on the Broad Road

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Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it Matthew ...

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Think Victory in Christ

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But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:57
We have victory in Christ, not victory as defined by the world but a victory that only comes from God through Christ. O...

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Life with Patience and Purpose

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Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burd...

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Do We Make Our Lives Difficult?

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If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
How often do we make quick choices based strictly on our fleshly desires without...

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Waiting on God

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Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord. Psalm 24:14
When our hearts point us in the direction we think the Lord wants us to go and we pray but time goes by...

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Serving the Lord, Depending on the Lord

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I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:5
This verse tells us that if we abide in Christ we can bear much fruit; but do we ab...

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What Steals Our Freedom in Christ?

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It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1
If we are free in Christ, then we are not in a yoke of bondage. Satan wil...

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Living as an Ambassador for Christ

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We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20
We can read the words about being an ambassador for Ch...

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Money and God

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No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24
I find it necessary to examine m...

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Focus on Learning

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Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8
To walk with the Lord is th...

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God is Sovereign

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O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. 2 Chronicles 20:6
Everything is under God...

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The World is Changing

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But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, sla...

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Benefits of Self-Examination

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Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you – unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5
I have found that a daily self examin...

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Work-out at the Spiritual Gym

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Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disquali...

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One Life, One Chance

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Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mis...

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Give and Receive

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Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38
Serving the Lord produ...

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Satan Masquerades as Angel of Light

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And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14
Satan masquerades as an angel of light and tempts us to do things displeasing to God that we may justify as pleasing to...

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The Consequences of Sin

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The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and th...

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Live to Please the Lord

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Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 2 Corinthians 5:9
If we love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; then shouldn’t we always try to please to ...

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The War between Spirit and Flesh

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For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. Galatians 5:17
There is a war going...

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The Lord is Always the Answer

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Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Psalm 20:6
Whenever life gets difficult always call on the Lord because he loves us and h...

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Good Becomes Evil in the Last Days

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Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Isaiah 5:20
In the last days people will take what is good and say it is...

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Evangelism is a War

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If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. Matthew 15: 18-19<...

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The Divine Power of the Church

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I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. 1 ...

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The Power of the Spirit’s Conviction

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When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: John 16:8
The Holy Spirit convicts for the purpose of making us more Christ-like. If we desire to be more Christ-like ...

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What Controls Your Thinking?

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Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5
Are your thoughts set ...

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Do I Pray Enough?

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
The verse above tells us to pray without ceasing. If we prayed contin...

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Led By the Spirit

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For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:14
When we are led by the Spirit we are doing the Lord’s will. But how do we know if we are doing the...

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Are You Living God’s Plan?

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For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
The Lord has a unique plan for each of us and if we are living God’s plan then we are...

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Living by the Word

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He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. Revelation 19:13
The above verse talks about Christ’s second coming and he is referred to as the Word of God, which means that his judgment...

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The Greatest Blessing – Jesus!

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And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
There is no greater blessing in all creation that is better than knowing Jesus! We are created to be with Chris...

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Relationship or Fellowship with the Lord?

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What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3
The Bible uses the word fellowsh...

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Blessing of Being the Lord’s Servant

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These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved. Acts 16:17
This is what the woman possessed by a demon kept saying to Paul. Even though it was the truth, she kept interfering with...

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Praying into the Spiritual World

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God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. John 4:24
If we pray with focus on the physical we will miss the power of the spiritual. Our souls are spiritual, Satan and his...

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Benefits of Self-Discipline

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Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4
Overcoming the world happens when we overcome fleshly desires that are displeasing to the Lord. Whil...

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Defending Your Hope

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But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:5
Christians alw...

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Living with Spiritual Power

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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
The power referred to in the title of today’s message is in God’s Word revealed to us through the indwelli...

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Don’t Let Satan Take Your Peace and Joy

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
Satan’s goal is to take away our peace and joy that comes from God and re...

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Praying in the Spirit

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And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18
The Spirit controls everything in creat...

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We are a New Creation!

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
When we become a new creation God molds us to conform to the image of Christ; this causes our bad habi...

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Lord of Our Circumstances

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Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
We all experience difficult circumstances in life but we can be confident in the Lord’s love and power that he will guide us...

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Godly Wisdom verses Worldly Wisdom

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If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
Worldly wisdom for many people is based on their fleshly desires or on knowledge...

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All Christians are Missionaries

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You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same wa...

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Lord Give Me a Pure Heart

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Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
This verse is from Psalm 51, David’s psalm of repentance for his sexual encounter with Bathsheba. Bathsheba became pregnant and Da...

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Overcome Doubt with Faith

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But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:6
Do you experience doubt when you pray or when you are called to serve the ...

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Getting Alone With God

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He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone. Matthew 14:23
We communicate to the world through the flesh, through our five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch; we...

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Love Holds the World Together

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evi...

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The Blessing of Prayer

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But Jesus let out a loud cry and breathed His last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. Mark 15:38
Christ took our sins to the cross, breathed his last breath, and then God tore the curtain in...

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Pray as Jesus Taught the Apostles

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This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also ...

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How to Know Christ

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And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. 1 John 2:3
How great is the blessing of knowing Christ, his ways and his heart! Jesus called his disciples “friends” and Christ is our friend...

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From Here to Eternity

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Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2
Yesterday I watched the movie From Here to Eternity and the Lord reminded me that we are temporarily here on earth but we...

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Speeding on the Narrow Road

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Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:25
We travel the Narrow Road of life at a speed limit determined by the Holy Spirit. However, we sometimes travel at our own...

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How to Increase Your Faith

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The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey...

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The Struggle of Putting God First

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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
It seems that everyone has trouble putting God ...

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Christ Intercedes for Us

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Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25
It is a blessing beyond words that Christ intercedes for us to the Father because i...

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Jesus is Lord

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Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2
The word Lord comes from the Greek word kyrios, which means “the owner; one who has control over other people.” ...

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Satisfy the Flesh by Satisfying the Soul

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The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.
Everyone seeks satisfaction for the soul, because the soul is our thoughts, personality, emot...

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The Blessing of God’s Truth

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Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free John 8:32
Living by God’s truth sets us free in Christ, but if we put something above God’s truth we will not fully experience the...

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Take this Cup from Me

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Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done. Luke 22:42
These are the words of Jesus in the garden just a few hours before his flogging and crucifixion. His sweat was like drop...

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Our Perfect Father

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See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1
When we have the indwelling Holy Spirit, we are in God’s family only because Jesus paid...

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Trade Your Anxious Moments for Peace

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your m...

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Remain Holy

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Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1
Remaining Holy means we ...

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Being in God’s Family

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See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what...

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The Sheep and the Goats

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When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates...

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Blessings of Stewardship

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The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord. Psalm 24:1
Knowing that everything belongs to the Lord will change us and bring us closer to the Lord. The Lord wants us to know...

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Lord of Our Circumstances

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You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts you. Isaiah 26:3
Whatever circumstances we go through the Lord promises peace if we trust him and stay connected to him with prayer. Be anxio...

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Don’t Label People

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But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the ...

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Life with Purpose

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For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
God has given every Christian a divine purpose for living. We are created to do good wo...

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Faith is the Victory

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But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
We sang the song titled, Faith is the Victory in worship service today, and the words touched my heart saying, “yes,...

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Do You Jump to Conclusions?

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Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness. Proverbs 13:16
I used to jump to conclusions about many things, especially when it came to what people were saying. However when...

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Do We Complain?

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Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. Ph...

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Living at God’s Potential for Your Life

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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
Are we living life to the full as God intends for us? Before we can determine if we are livin...

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Depend on the Lord through Prayer

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
The Lord is telling us to come to him “in every situation by prayer,...

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Cultivating Endurance

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BuBut the one who endures to the end will be saved.t the one who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 24:13
Endurance is required when we walk with the Lord as his servant reflecting the love of Christ to the worl...

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Learn the Secret of Being Content

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I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:...

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God Can Do Immeasurably More

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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! A...

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Are We Pressing On Toward the Goal?

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Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has c...

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Encouragement to Pray More

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After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.
Jesus prayed to the Father and many times he got away from the crowd to pray. Over two hun...

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Because Christ is Alive, We are Alive

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Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. John 14:19
What day was ...

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How Do We View God’s Discipline?

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“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Endure hardship as disci...

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Having Your Needs Met Through Giving

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One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:24-25
The above verse states that th...

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Expectations from God

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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
We all work for worldly things, such as cars, houses, vacations, heal...

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Prayer Changes Us

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I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws. Psalm 119:30
Faith in our Lord starts with prayer and the more faith we have in the Lord the more we pray. Prayer also shows...

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The Power of Prayer

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For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
Th...

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Glorify God

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For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16
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God’s Perfect Love

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And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16
God’s very nature is love and his love is the highest form of love that exists: Agape ...

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Satan – Master of Deception

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And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14
Satan is a master at deceiving people to believe his lies because they appeal to our fleshly nature and reasoning. Enter through th...

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Living Each Day to the Full

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You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
Living each day to the full is what the Lord desires for us, but how can we do...

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Keep Moving Forward

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I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
The Christian life is a process of growing closer to the Lord and becoming more Christ-like until you...

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Build Your Life on a Solid Foundation

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Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. 1 John 5:11
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Living as the Lord’s Servant

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Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted Matthew 23:12
Being the Lord’s servant is the greatest position in the world; we receive his blessings, his guidance, and he sets ...

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Seek the Lord

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You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11
What does it mean to seek the Lord, and how do we do it? To seek the Lord is to desire his presence...

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Why People Avoid the Truth

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We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. 1 John 4:6
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Depend on the Lord Through Prayer

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
The Lord is telling us to come to him “in every situation by prayer,...

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Signs of the Time

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Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels w...

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Never Lose Faith

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But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” Psalm 31:4
Some people walk away from God because they have lost faith. Tragedy may have happened in their life and they don’t understand why...

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Blessed Are Those Persecuted for Christ

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Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10
Many Christians are being persecuted by people who believe Satan’s lies. It’s Satan’s goal to put f...

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Whom Do We Hold Accountable?

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What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.” 1 Corinthians 5:12-13
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Always be Ready

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But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of M...

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Every Knee will Bow to Christ

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Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that...

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There is Always Hope

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
No matter what happens to us we can live this life with joy beca...

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Believing in the Power of God

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Now that I am old and grey, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.” Psalm 71:8
In a Bible class at church we have been studying the...

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Life after Death

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Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment. Hebrews 9:27
I have asked people in the street about their thoughts on “life after death,” and the answers can generally fit into the follow...

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Slowing Down Spiritually

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Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burd...

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What Controls Your Mind?

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Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5
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The Busy Epidemic

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Is your life busy? Does it move at a fast pace, with an endless list of things that need to be accomplished? Satan’s...

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Fear of the Lord

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By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4
Fear of the Lord is a very important topic because it appears in the Bible many times. Fear of the Lord can be...

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How to Satisfy the Soul

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What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage that I may gain Christ. Philippians 3:8
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Fight Satan with Prayer

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For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory Deuteronomy 20:4
It’s the Lord who gives us victory over Satan because Christ has authority over Satan and ...

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Make Prayer a Priority

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Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always 1 Chronicles 16:11
Our days would be so much more spiritually satisfying if we would look to the Lord and have conversation with him throughout the...

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Tips on Meditation

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May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Meditation can be difficult in the beginning because our minds can easily be filled with...

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The Benefits of Meditation

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Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8
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Build Your Hope on Things Eternal

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Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thi...

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Be Thankful Always

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Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
How would having a truly thankful heart change you? There must be some benefit to having a thankful heart because...

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Fight Satan, Not People

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For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
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Our Spiritual Battle – Love versus Fear

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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
God is love and Satan is fear, and the spiritua...

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Understanding God’s Unconditional Love

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So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
Have you ever thought how God’s perfect love for humans comes from the fact that he created us in...

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The Lord Wants to Save You

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Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:22
The Lord wants to save everyone because He wants to be with His people in Heaven where He will show His love and...

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Who is in Control?

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In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9
Whenever the world seems to be out of control, we must remember that God is in control, and that he has a divine...

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One Plus God is Victory

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What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
We fight Satan in this world by revealing God’s truth and love to lost souls, and we often face Satan’s opp...

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The World is United in Christ

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After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were ...

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Depend on the Lord

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I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth Psalm 121:1-2
The question of whether to depend on God or depend on ourselves can be difficu...

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Overcoming Our Past

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For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Psalm 51:3-4
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Rescued by the Lord

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The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 2 Peter 2:9
God rescued Lot, a righteous man living in distress by the depraved conduct in the citie...

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Love Your Enemies

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But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:44-45
God loves everyone and wishes all to be saved, but he doesn’t treat everyone ...

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Living in the Kingdom

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Neither will they say, 'Look, here.' or, 'Look, there.' for the Kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21
The Holy Spirit lives in us and can bring our souls into the Kingdom of God. Our souls are our thoughts, personal...

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God’s Love – God’s Wrath

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Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. John 3:36
God is love and offers salvation through his Son, but those who reject the Son ...

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Sealed by the Spirit

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And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inh...

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Out With the Old – In With the New

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In reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in...

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You are Lovingly Created

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The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I...

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Love verses Fear

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There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
God is love and Satan is fear. Satan uses fear to pull us a...

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We Live in Victory

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I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award me on that day, and not only to...

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Ministry in the Community

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Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to...

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How to Satisfy the Flesh

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For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:8
It seems as though the flesh is never satisfied, that ...

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Do You Want What God Wants?

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But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
The longer we walk with the Lord the more we want what the Lord wants for us. Taste and see that the Lor...

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When Life is Difficult – Where is God?

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burd...

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Fighting the Good Fight?

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I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
How would you define fighting the good fight? What or who are we fighting against? The truth is that we are all fighting...

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Do We Make Excuses Not to Serve the Lord?

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But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you Matthew 6:33
How often do we place worldly things above serving the Lord? True there are times when we have to work or ...

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Keep Your Eyes on God

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"Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12
This scripture is Jehoshaphat praying conce...

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Where is the Kingdom of God?

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And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kin...

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God Uses Unlikely People

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But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1:27
In today’s market, employers look to hire people who have the necessary ...

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Meaning for Made in God’s Image

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So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
It is very significant that we understand that we are created in the image of God, which impli...

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Complaining to God or Blaming God?

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You deceived me, Lord, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the Lord has bro...

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Know God’s Truth

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Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew...

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Know Your Divine Purpose

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Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to...

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The Battle for Our Minds

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
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A Spiritual View of the World

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Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don't you remember? Mark 8:18
We can see the world through the eyes of God if we read the Word. This also helps us to know the purpose...

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Managing Our Time

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In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. Proverbs 3:6
Our time is directed by our priorities, and our priority is given to us by the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Act...

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Amazing Grace

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But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:...

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Start with the End in Mind

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May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. Psalm 20:4
How much more exciting is life when we set goals and have a vision and understanding of the completion. For example, if we...

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God’s Love is Contagious

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The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3
How would knowing that God’s love is contagious affect our reflect...

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When Life is Difficult – Where is God?

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burd...

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Advantages of Self-Reflection

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Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5
Self- reflection is when we focus on se...

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How Does God Speak to Us?

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“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” John 10:27
Sheep learn to recognize and obey the voice of their shepherd. I saw a video of two women in Israel, each shepherding their...

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The Power of Expectancy

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
“Expectations can potentially affect the outcome of a...

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Welcome Challenges

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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and c...

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Avoid Toxic Thoughts

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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Philip...

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Avoiding and Overcoming Temptation

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On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:40
We can avoid temptation by using Godly wisdom and by prayer. Use Godly wisdom to stay away from people, places, and ...

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Live Knowing God’s Divine Plan

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God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:3
If we are working on a project it is important to know the desired outcome and to have a plan for completion. Oth...

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Keep it Simple

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Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4
We can make serving the Lord simple or sometimes serving the Lord causes anxiety and impatience. When difficulty comes that puts pressure on...

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Knowing God

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Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom Isaiah 40:23
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The Security of God’s Love

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So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love. Ephesians 3:17
We can be secure in God’s love, just as a young child is secure in the love of their mo...

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The Power of God’s Love in Us

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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Ephesians 3:20
This verse tells us that God’s power is at work in us but what exactly is t...

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Seeing People as God Sees People

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Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and take you in, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you...

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Five Ways to Help Your Prayer

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This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:4
How important is it to pray? How often do we pray? Does God really answer our prayers? Do you wa...

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Pray First

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Show me your ways, Lord teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5
I have met Christians who go through their days and only pra...

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Satan, Father of Lies

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When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
Everyone in the world is either living in God’s truth or living in Satan’s lies. God uses his people to be a light...

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The Benefits of Meditation

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Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8
Meditation on scripture imp...

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The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

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Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10
The joy of the Lord is my strength, but can we have joy in difficult times? And how does joy change us so...

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Faith in Prayer

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And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13
Faith in prayer implies that we know God hears our prayers, he answers our prayers, and we trust his answer and his ...

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The Power of Laughter

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“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break into joyous song and sing praises.” Psalm 98:4
When our hearts are filled with love, joy, and peace from the Holy Spirit, we are primed for happiness and laug...

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David, A Man after God’s Own Heart

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After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.' Acts 13:22
God said in the above scriptu...

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Recognizing Our Spiritual Growth

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Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in you...

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Does Worry Help?

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 22:28
Worry can cause elevated blood pressure, a weakened immune system, clinical depression, reduced ability to form new memories, and ...

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Dealing with Loneliness

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Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted Psalm 25:16
Surveys reveal that fifty percent of Americans feel lonely and lack companionship and meaningful relationships. This is even more evident in y...

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Prayer with Bible Study

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For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
The Word ...

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Comparing Ourselves to Others

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For God does not show favoritism Romans 2:11
I think we have a natural desire to compare ourselves to others when we see something in others that we desire. I know...

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Be First, Be a Servant

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Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all." Mark 9:35
How can being a servant of all make us first in our own minds? He made himself not...

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I No Longer Live

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I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
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Struggling With Sin

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I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. Romans 7:1...

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Are We Living Sacrifices?

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Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1
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The Transfiguration

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After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as wh...

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Being Holy

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But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16
How would you describe being Holy in all you do? God is referred to as Holy, Holy, H...

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Forgiving Yourself

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Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality nor thieves, nor the greedy, ...

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Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

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“This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to ea...

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Your Relationship with God

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Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you d...

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King David, Lust of the Flesh

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One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is B...

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Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

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For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we died...

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Not Accepted in His Hometown

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“Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown.” Luke 14:24
Jesus was in his hometown of Nazareth on the Sabbath, and he went to the synagogue where he stood up and read scripture...

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Why Did Peter Want to Walk on Water?

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Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. Matthew 22:28-29
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Stephen Saw Heaven Open

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"Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." Acts 7:56
Stephen was a disciple of Christ and was speaking the truth in opposition to the Freedmen.  Opposition arose, howeve...

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Love Made Complete in Us

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No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12
What does John mean by this statement, that if we love one another “his love is made complete in ...

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Running the Good Race

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You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? Galatians 5:7
Satan’s goal is to pull us away from the Lord and he will use any means possible. He will use other people to...

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The Reason for Paul’s Thorn

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Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is s...

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Why was Saul Blinded for Three Days?

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Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. Acts 9:8-9
Saul was on his way ...

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Why Peter Denied Knowing Jesus

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Truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” Matthew 26:34
Peter disowned Jesus three times in the court yard; then the rooster crowed. Peter then re...

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Children of God

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Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. 1 John 3:2
Do we really know what it means to be God’s children, to be in the family of God, to receive grace, forgiveness, p...

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Light and Fellowship

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But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
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The Darkness is Passing

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Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in y...

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Worldly Desires Pass Away

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The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17
The world and its desires definitely pass away when we leave this world, and our worldly desires will decrease as we beco...

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Living to Please God

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Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. 1 Thessalonians 4:1
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Believing and Faith

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So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17
If we truly have faith we must believe and be fully persuaded that every word in scripture is true. We experience our belief...

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Receive a Hundred Times as Much

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And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. Matthew 19:29
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Imagine Life with Perfect Faith

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You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3
If we had perfect faith would we worry about anything? If we had perfect faith would we be dependent on the Lord an...

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God’s Truth and Worldly Truth

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Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Psalm 25:5
All truth comes from God through his Word as discerned through the Spirit. Do our hearts seek to cont...

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Pressing Toward the Goal

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I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 3:14
This verse describes the attitude and life of a true Christian. Their focus is on serving the Lord, poi...

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What Christ Said to the Church

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He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 2:7
In Revelation chapters two and three, Christ comments on seven churches. Seven represents completeness, and Christ’s comments to th...

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How Important are Our Thoughts?

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Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossian 3:2
Our thoughts are critically important; they can affect our health, drive our words and actions, drive our emotions, and reveal our heart to...

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Victory Over Goliath

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David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” 1 Samuel 17:15
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Is Your Walk with the Lord Consistent?

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Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58
The verse above tells us to be immovable, alway...

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Don’t Live by Your Feelings

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If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit Galatians 5:25
If we are to live by the Spirit and not by our feelings, then we must know the origin of our emotions. Feelings...

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The Testing of Your Faith

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Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and comple...

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Jesus is the Vine, We are the Branches

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Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:4
Just as the vine brings life to the branches, Jesus t...

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How We Get to Know God

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I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
The more we are motivated to know God, the more we will seek him, and the more he will reveal himself to us....

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Healthy Conflicts

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Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4
Conflicts are part of life, especially within a family, and these conflicts can be beneficial if we view them as ...

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The Will of God for My Life

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Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 7:21
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A Godly Attitude

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In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing b...

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God Works All Things for Good?

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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Do we realize the power of this scripture? This scripture tells us that whatever h...

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Any Goals for the New Year?

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May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. Psalm 20:4
Each new-year seems to be a time when people make resolutions, such a starting an exercise program. Every January the number of peopl...

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Fighting the Flesh

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For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 1 John 2:6
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God Looks at the Heart

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But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the ...

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The Work of the Holy Spirit

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If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor kn...

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The Sheep and the Goats

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When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates...

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The Art of Listening

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My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19
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Merry Christmas

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And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
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Overcoming Self-Centeredness

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Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves. Philippians 2:3
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The Lost Sheep

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"What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, ...

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The Divine Word of God

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Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they...

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Co-Workers for Christ

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As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
Ministering to people is really a team effort where we seek wisdom from our sisters and brothers. When teaching a class it is...

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Defending Your Faith

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Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15
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The Sovereignty of God

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Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
God is the creator of all things, he is sovereign over all things, and he is the creator of love. How ...

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This is the Season

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Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2
This is the season. It is Christmas and during this time most people d...

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Sowing Generously

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Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Corinthians 2:9
As Christians we are a light in this world, reflecting Christ and pointing people...

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Jesus the Bread of Life

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Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35
This verse is an analogy of what the Lord gives us compared to what ...

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Godly Wisdom and Worldly Wisdom

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But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17
True wisdom comes from the Lord and not from the w...

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Christ the Great Healer

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He heals the broken hearted and bandages their wounds. Psalm 147:2
One of the greatest hurts that we can experience is being unforgiven, especially if we are not forgiven by a close friend or...

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Keep Moving Forward

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I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
Christians are called to keep moving forward, to keep growing in Christ, and to win the prize of heave...

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The Workers are Few

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Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few." Matthew 9:37
Jesus stated the harvest is plentiful, especially in this age where people are seeking truth. Christians have the truth ...

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We are Light

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You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same wa...

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Becoming Like Jesus

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Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. 1 John 2:6
We become like Jesus as God molds us to the mind of Christ. It is important to remember that God is continually molding...

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Does God Test Us?

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The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts Proverbs 17:3
Through trials and tribulations we grow spiritually as God molds us to the mind of Christ. How might our attitudes change...

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Rest and Peace for Our Souls

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Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29
Many people are living seemingly comfortable lives in this world, but do they have God...

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The Power of Truth

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So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in my word, then you are truly disciples of mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31
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We Are More than Conquerors

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Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep t...

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Spiritual Blindness

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The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:14

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Why Does God Permit Suffering?

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I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
I believe every Christian has asked this question: Why does God permit suffering? Do you not know? ...

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Have You Come to Fullness In Christ?

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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
Life to the full implies that Christ fills our lives and nothing is missing. Christ can repla...

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Christ Judges the World

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He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Revelations 19:13-14
When Christ ret...

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The Power of Encouragement

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Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
How much do you think the fans at a sporting event help with their shouts of encouragement? When I was in hig...

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Faith in Hard Times

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God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
Trusting the Lord in hard times is essential because Satan’s goal is to destroy our faith through fear. When we are afraid we...

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Do We Go Back to Egypt?

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Wasn’t there enough room in Egypt to bury us? Is that why you brought us out here to die in the desert? Why did you bring us out of Egypt anyway? While we were there, didn’t we tell you to leave us alone? Exodus 14:11...

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Bearing Fruit in the World

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Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, ...

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How Christians See Challenges

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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Life is filled with challenges and we can avoid...

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The Dangers of Pride

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God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5
We are all in a spiritual battle against pride, because pride can be seen as choosing my desires instead of what God desires...

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Know the Truth

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If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
The world has a choice: To search for the truth or to settle for Satan’s lies. We lear...

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Live in God’s Power

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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20
No matter what task is ahead, no matter what difficulties we are facing, God...

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Run to God not from God

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The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:17-18
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Conforming to the Likeness of His Son

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For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son. Romans 8:29
The Word tells us that God will mold us to conform to the likeness of his Son, which means we are to have...

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Overcoming Fear of Failure

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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20
Satan’s goal is to stop us from trusting God by putting fear in our hearts. ...

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Think on Things Above

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Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things Colossians 3:2
What does it mean to set your mind on things above? We certainly cannot go through our day continually thinking on things above...

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Love More, Worry Less

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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
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Heaven on Earth

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I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:...

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Look Up Not Down

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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
There are times in our lives when we feel defeated, but are we really down or shou...

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Victory Over Our Worst Enemy

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I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:27
Our flesh comes from the earth and therefore craves things from the earth. Some...

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Do We See God Changing Us?

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For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Romans 8:29
God is always changing us to conform to the image of his S...

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Satan’s Lies to Christians

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But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3
We have to be on our guards against Satan...

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How Do Feel about Conviction?

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When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. John 16:13

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Motivation to Spiritually Grow

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But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18
Do we grow spiritually through Bible study, worship service, and prayer? Yes, all three ...

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Where is Your Home?

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They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. John 17:15
This verse is taken from the prayer that Jesus prayed for the apostles, telling the Father that they are not of this world....

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How Can We Feel God’s Love?

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God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us Romans 5:5
Throughout the Word we’re told of God’s perfect love for us, especially through the sacrifice of his Son for our sins....

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Giving is Fulfilling

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The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Matthew 25:40
Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying, “The best way to find our self is...

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How to Fight Satan

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But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
Satan is our enemy and we fight this spiritual war better if we know his tactics. Satan’s war is against God, and he...

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Living without Bad Stress

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your m...

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We Triumph Over Satan

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These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful. Revelation 17:14
The greatest vic...

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Give God the Glory

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So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
What happens to us when our hearts desire to live for the glory of God? Over the last few weeks the Lord has...

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Seeking the Lord

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The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. Psalm 14:2
Should we always be seeking the Lord, striving to be closer to the Lord and to be more like him? If we...

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It is Well with My Soul

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Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. Revelation 3:10
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Enjoy Life as God Intended

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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
What do you think is required to have an enjoyable and full life? Certainly life can be diffi...

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Don’t Live in Fear

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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Satan’s goal is to fill the world with fear o...

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Stay in Your Lane

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… this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. 1 Peter 5:12
As frequent Wal-Mart shoppers know, choosing the right checkout lane can be tough – and, important! The checkout lines are always long and...

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I Can Only Imagine

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He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4
Recently, I was listening to the song “I Can Only Imagi...

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Understanding the Word

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Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8
Understanding the Bible req...

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I Surrender All

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I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2...

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Pray Without Doubt

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But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. James 1:6-7
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God’s Loving Plan for You

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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Do you know what God has planned for your life? Maybe you’v...

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Living a Life That Matters

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Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers. Acts 9:31
Everyone wants to...

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Are You Waiting on God?

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But I will watch for the Lord; I will wait confidently for God, who will save me. My God will hear me. Micah 7:7
Are you waiting for the Lord to answer you after a long time of prayer? You may be asking yourself, “Di...

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Can We See Ahead?

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But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13
Do we seek to guide ou...

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Be Relaxed and Watchful

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Be on watchful; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13
What are the advantages of being watchful? How does being watchful affect our thinking, our emotions, our patience, and our efficie...

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Is this the Right Direction?

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Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Matthew 16:24
As Christians, we seek to follow Christ. However, there are times when this can be difficult because we are not ...

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Make Prayer a Priority

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And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. Matthew 14:13-14
Prayer is the only way we can talk to God. If we ne...

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Worldly Gifts verses Spiritual Gifts

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The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life. John 6:63
This verse implies that the Spirit gives life and the flesh (world) counts for nothin...

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Do You Find the Word Alive?

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For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
What does...

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Who’s Driving?

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For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:14
The question we need to ask ourselves every day is “Am I driving or is the Holy Spirit driving?” If the Holy Spirit...

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Finding the Narrow Road

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For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14
This scripture stat...

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Time Keeps Moving On

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The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17
Time passes by, day by day, and we begin to realize our lives are like a vapor. Why, you do not even know...

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Is Violence Increasing in the World?

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For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. Romans 1:18
The book of Revelation tells us that God is increasingly po...

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The Power of Truth

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Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
Many times Jesus started his words, “I tell you the truth,” because if we don’t know the truth we will follow Satan’s lies....

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No U-Turns Allowed

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But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God "will give to each person according to wh...

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Living in the Power of God

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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20
What does it mean to live in the power of God? Could it be we need his power t...

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The Ways of the World Verses the Ways of God

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Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthe...

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Living in the Big Picture

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Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this o...

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God’s Commands, Our New Character

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For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Romans 8:29
The Ten Commandments reveal the character of God. Therefor...

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The Lord Will Meet You Anywhere

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The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18
Anyone in the lost world can come to the Lord in their sinful state, seeking his truth, and the Lord is there listening...

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No Need to Buy Gas

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But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. John 14:14
Yesterday I was driving down the highway to a Bible...

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What is Your View of Sin?

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This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5
The above verse tells us that God is morally perfect and in him there is no sin. God hates sin...

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Put on Your Armor, You’re Going to War

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Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. Ephesians 6:11
Satan’s goal is to hurt God by destroying Christians, and he does this by tempting each of us individually; by...

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Living in the Kingdom

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Nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you. John 17:16
Can our souls be more connected to the Spirit than to the world? Our soul is spiritual, the Holy Spirit is...

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It’s Impossible for God to Lie

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God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul. Heb...

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Detour Via Broad Road

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Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew...

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Fifteen Round Victory over Satan

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But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
This message is taken from a sermon I heard, where the preacher compared our Christian lives to a fifteen round boxing ma...

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All of the Devil’s Apples Have Worms

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For everything in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--comes not from the Father but from the world. 1 John 2:16
Satan tempts us through our worldly sinful nature; the lust of ...

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Getting Through the Storm

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Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to thei...

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No Mountain Too Big

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Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
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No Parking on the Narrow Road

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But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:14
The Narrow Road leads to life, and since it is a road that leads to life, we must travel down the road to...

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Overcoming Failure

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Jeremiah, say this to the people of Judah: This is what the Lord says: You know if a man falls down, he gets up again. And if a man goes the wrong way, he turns around and comes back. Jeremiah 8:4
We all experience fai...

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The Fear of Change

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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Change can be fearful, especially when the futu...

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Daily Self – Inventory

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Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10
Do you think it is helpful to take an inventory at day’s end to analyze our interactions with people,...

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How Do We View Sin?

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For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; no evil dwells with You Psalm 5:4
How do you think God views sin, after he sacrificed his own Son on the cross to destroy our sins? God hates sin...

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God Sustains Us

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Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me Psalm 54:4
The definition for sustain is “to keep a person, (body, soul, and spirit) from giving way, as under trial or affliction.” We all...

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Recognition of Temptation

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And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:13
This verse is from the model prayer Jesus presented during the Sermon on the Mount. The best way to overcome sin is to...

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Discovering the Will of God

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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
The Lord has a unique plan for our lives, but are we searching...

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Believe

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Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness Genesis 15:6
The foundation of our Christian lives starts with believing the truth about God as revealed in his Word. The beginning of a walk...

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Don’t Make Your Walk with God Difficult

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Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:21
Do you think God has made it difficult for us to walk with him? The verse from Matthew ...

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Make it a Blessed Day

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This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
Your attitude for this day is your choice. You can start off with a good attitude, but many things can occur during the...

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Joy verses Happiness

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These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:11
A definition of joy is: “The emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of posses...

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How Worshipping God Changes Us

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Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:...

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The Temporary World

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Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.” John 4:13-14
Things of the world are like water. We drink water for our thirst but...

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Do We Make God Our Servant?

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I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15
We are servant...

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The Strength of Gentleness

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
Gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit and was revealed in Jesus. I am gentle and...

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Is There an Idol in Your Life?

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You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth Exodus 20:4
An idol can be anything that takes priority over the Lord. When th...

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Image of His Son

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For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Romans 8:29
All those who accept Christ as their Savior are predestine...

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Build Your House on the Rock

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Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24
If we build our houses on solid foundations then they will stand against the forces of nat...

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Ask, Seek, and Knock

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Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7<...

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Being a Spiritual Leader

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Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up James 4:10
We know from God’s Word that we are called to be humble servants, walking in obedience to the Lord’s will. So, how can...

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Where is Your Hope?

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If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 1 Corinthians 15:19
What happens when people put their hope in this world instead of putting their hope in eternal life with God in ...

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Patience to Change

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Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
We are predestined to conform to the likeness of Christ. The Lord will use eve...

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To Be First, Is to Be Last

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So the last shall be first, and the first last. Matthew 20:16
Jesus told his apostles that whoever wanted to be first must be last and the servant of all. Sitting down, Jesus called the...

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The Power of Our Thoughts

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For as he thinketh in his heart so is he. Proverbs 23:7
Do you believe God will give us his power to control our thoughts? Does controlling our thoughts enable us to control our emotions,...

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Why Do We Doubt?

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But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:6
Do we entertain doubt when we pray or when we minister to others? How do y...

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Is There Purpose in Trials?

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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Life is full of trials that we wish we could avoid, and the Lord tells us that he ...

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Our Source of Wisdom

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We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 1 Corinthians 2:6
We make about 3,500 choices every day. Every thought...

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Rest for Your Soul

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burd...

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Judgments of Others

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Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1-2
We are told from this verse that the way we ju...

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From Mind to Heart

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2
The above verse tells us to renew our minds. We do this by changing our thinking. However, we live out of our h...

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Self-Worth

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
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Slave or Free?

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It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
Christ sets us free, but do we currently see ourselves burdened by a yoke...

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What Do You Think About?

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For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7
Our hearts are revealed by our thoughts and God listens to our hearts. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks...

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Light Overcomes Darkness

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The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5
Light overcomes darkness. Darkness cannot overcome light. Darkness occurs only when light is taken away. We are God’s family, the Light...

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Living in the Power of God

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For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 1 Corinthians 4:20
How much power do we have from God when the Holy Spirit lives in us and we live as God’s servants? All things...

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Hope and a Future

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
What is life without hope and without a future? Where do...

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Love Never Fails

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Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 1 Corinthians 13:8
The verse love never fails in the origin...

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We are Victorious

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But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 5:17
All Christians in God’s family are victorious no matter how the world views us or treats us. God protects our souls for ...

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Live by God’s Promises

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It is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:18-19
We can believe God’s p...

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God is in Control

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Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps. Psalm 135:6
God created everything that exists and he is in control of everything. We look at this world and we see violence, e...

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Eternal Life Begins Now

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Whoever lives by believing in me will never die. John 11:26
Once we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior, the Word says that we never die, and we live eternally with the Father...

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Do Not Settle for the Injured List

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The Lord answered, “I will be with you,” Judges 6:16
In the Disney movie “Little Giants,” the story is told of two brothers, Danny and Kevin O’Shea. Danny, the younger of the two,...

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Born Again

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 2:17
When we accept Christ as our Savior we are born anew of God when the Holy Spirit enters us. How signif...

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God Cares for You

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Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
In reading the Bible we know that God cares for and loves His people. But do we group ourselves in with all the...

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Demon Activity Today

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The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 1 Timothy 4:1
Satan knows that his time is limited and he is desperate to destroy as man...

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Be Watchful

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Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41
If we are to be watchful then we must slow down inside and live every moment with purpose. We are wa...

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Godly Wisdom

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For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 1 Corinthians 1:25
What is the difference between our wisdom and Godly wisdom? As the heavens are higher ...

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God of All Comfort

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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves ...

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Go to God First

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your m...

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Seeing Ourselves as God Sees Us

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Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and take you in, or naked and clothe you? Or when did we see y...

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The Father Takes Care of His Family

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Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22
Do you think the Heavenly Father is capable of taking care of those in his family, those who have accepted Chr...

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Do You Know God?

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And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ This is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20
Ho...

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We Are Brain Surgeons

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
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People, Places, and Things

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Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become a new creation and our ...

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Taming the Flesh

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So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. Galatians 5:16-17
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What is Your Priority?

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So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 2 Corinthians 5:9
If we make it our aim to please God then serving God must be our first priority in life. But how often do...

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Do You Depend on God?

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I depend on God alone; I put my hope in him. Psalm 62:5
Most of us were trained from childhood to be self-sufficient, which can make it difficult to depend on God. We walk with the...

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What If This Day Was Your Last?

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But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” Luke 20:12
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Surrender

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Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
What do you think about the idea of surrender, of becoming a slave and y...

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Receiving God’s Love

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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
We know from the Word that God sent his Son to die on the cross, taking away our pu...

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Free From Bondage

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Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? Romans 6:16
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Experiencing God

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O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8
Do we experience God in our lives?   If so, how do we experience God in our lives? If we want to experience God...

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Live as Jesus Did

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Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. John 2:6
Jesus lives in us through the Holy Spirit and we are being molded to conform to his Son. For those God foreknew he...

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Prayer that Brings Glory to God

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And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:13
The above verse tells us that the Lord will answer our pra...

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Create in me a New Heart

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Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
What does it take for the Lord to change our hearts? The Word tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our...

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The Spirit Gives Life

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The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life. John 6:63
What is it that everyone is looking for in life? Is it security, health, contentment,...

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Crucify the Flesh

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Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is...

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Is the Lord With Me?

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Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to...

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Climbing the Mountain

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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Are you facing a mountain in your life? It coul...

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Seeking the Lord

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You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
What does it mean to seek the Lord? Does this mean to understand the Lord? To know the Lord? To know his commands?...

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We Never Die

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Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die John 11:25-26
What does Jesus mean when he says “ev...

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The Bible is Complete

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For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21
The Bible was written over a period of approximately fifteen h...

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Finishing the Race

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I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
We are in a spiritual battle and Satan is fighting for our souls. He has used the world to destroy Christians throughout Bibl...

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What if This Day Were Your Last?

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Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4:14
Everyone will experience their last day and only God knows when that day ...

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The Need to Concentrate

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But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2
The definition of concentrate is to focus one’s attention or mental effort on a particular object or activity. How c...

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Are You Living by the Truth?

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Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
People today seem to think that everyone has their own truth, but the only real truth comes from God, and his truth is...

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Spiritual Strength

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But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
There are days when my strength seems to be...

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Are You an Ambassador?

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We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. 2 Corinthians 5:20
Why do you think Paul said Christians are ambassadors for Christ? What is the advantage of seeing ourselves a...

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Conviction and Spiritual Growth

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The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Romans 14:22
When you hear a sermon and are convicted, what are your thoughts and feelings? Are you angry because the minister made you feel...

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The Spirit Tells What is to Come

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But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13
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God’s Purpose for the Church

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And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approachin...

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What Does God Think of Lukewarm Christians?

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So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:16
How would you define a lukewarm Christian? Could it be that Christ is only part of their lives as opposed to C...

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Satan’s Tactics Against God

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It was given power to wage war against God's holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. Revelation 13:7
Satan’s goal is to hurt God. He does this by ste...

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Our Heavenly Home

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Then I saw "a new heaven and a new earth," for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Revelation 21:1
We all seek to know more about our heavenly home. We know Jesus our Lord and the Father will be with ...

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Why God Asked Abraham to Sacrifice His Son?

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He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” Genesis 22:2
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What Happens When we Die?

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For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10
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Why Did Adam and Eve Yield to Sin?

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For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:...

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The Danger of Pride

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But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble." James 4:6
A general definition of pride is putting our wills over God’s will. This is the spiritual battl...

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Developing a Repentant Heart

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Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, Acts 3:19
Repent means to change one’s life from the worldly to the Godly direction. When we Christi...

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Courage

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Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
We need courage to overcome fear that comes from Satan, an...

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Yoke of Slavery

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It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
We are either free in Christ or we are in bondage through a yoke of slave...

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Unequally Yoked

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Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14
Yoked means having a close relationship with someone, ...

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Do You Know Your Spiritual Gifts?

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There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God...

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Obeying God’s Will

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Love the Lord your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always. Deuteronomy 11:1
The Bible reveals the will of God for our lives: His decrees, his laws, and his commands. Can we know an...

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Recognizing False Teaching

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For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:...

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Pursuit of Holiness

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But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
The above verse giv...

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Divine Understanding

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The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130
The Lord has given his people wisdom and understanding that the world doesn’t have. Go and talk to people and ask them abou...

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All Things New

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Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
What does this verse mean by “all things have become new” ? What is meant ...

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See Through the Eyes of God

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For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. 1 Peter 3:12
The Lord’s eyes and thoughts are on his people every secon...

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Finding Joy Everyday

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Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvatio...

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Give God Control

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If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:25
If we give God control of our lives, do we give up our lives and stop doing the things we enjoy? This may...

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Do We Lose Faith?

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Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
We hear stories of people who have lost their f...

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Die to Self

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I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2...

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Created for One Addiction

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But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. Philippians 1:23-24
An addiction ...

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Pulling Together

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Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. John 17:11
God unifies believers for reaching the world for Christ. Each fall I like to attend the horse pull at th...

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Be Secure

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I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. John 10:28
Before we determine what it takes to be secure, let’s first look at the definition of being insecure; ...

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Can We Trust Jesus to Save Us?

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But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. Acts 2:24
You can trust Jesus as both Savior and Lord. Trust matters. Because trust matters we generally do...

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Relationships

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Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3
The Word of God is all about relationships, our relationship to God, to our family, to our Christia...

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Not Saved by Works

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For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good wor...

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Reading the Bible

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Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Joshua 1:8
When you read the Bible are you getting the divine understanding that t...

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The Danger of Fear

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Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine. Isaiah 43: 1
God is love and Satan is fear. In the book of First John, we learn that “perfect love cast out fear,” and love...

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Personal Training

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But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. John 14:26
We can never become the person God wants us to become on our...

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The Holy Spirit’s Presence

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Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16
Are we aware that the Holy Spirit, the spirit of God lives in us? I cannot count the number of times I prayed...

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What is a Godly Attitude?

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Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, ha...

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Our New Eternal Body

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He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4
How do you think we will feel in heaven? Do you think you...

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The Power of Our Justification

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There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 16:25
God created us with freewill and there is great power in that will. God designed us with a powerful will because when he...

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No Room for Hate

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Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matthew 24:12-13
In this world today we hear of evil acts almost every day when we listen t...

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How to Follow the Spirit

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Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit Galatians 5:25
The Word tells to live by the Spirit and to keep in step with the Spirit, plus there are numerous scriptures telling us...

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Life with Patience

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Hot tempers cause arguments, but patience brings peace. Proverbs 15:8
Yesterday I was driving to a Bible class that I teach at 1:30 and I was starting to get impatience because of traffic....

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Love Versus Fear

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Perfect Love Casts Out Fear 1 John 4:1
Satan’s number one weapon to separate from God is to fill us with fear, an irrational fear of life. Satan knows the best...

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Forgetting the Past

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Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has c...

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Never Underestimate Jesus

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… he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom ...

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The Power of Faith

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And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
What is the power that comes though our faith...

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How Satan Attacks

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Do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:27
We are all tempted by Satan and sometimes we give in to the temptation. If we understand how Satan attacks us and the...

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Love among the Ruins

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The Son of God was revealed for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John3:8b
In 2010 a devastating earthquake took the lives of at least 230,000 Haitians. Matt Labash, senior writer for the Weekly Standa...

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God Raised Him Up

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But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. Acts 2:24
Recently, an unbelieving acquaintance asked what was meant by the word gospel. Believers associa...

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The Kingdom Within

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People will not say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ because God’s kingdom is within you.” Luke 17:21
What does it mean that the Kingdom is within us and how can the Kingdom within us affect our live...

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Can We Control Our Thoughts?

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We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10: 5
Do you think we have the ability from G...

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How Does God Change My Heart?

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We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 1 John 2:3
Our heart changes when we know the Lord through the mind of Christ, from studying and meditating on his Word, and identifying with...

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Power of Prayer

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And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:3
If our prayers are in Jesus’ name, and our prayers bring glory to God, then our prayers are answered. Do you see Go...

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The Source of Our Thoughts

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Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
The Lord looks at the heart, which is revealed by our thoughts. The Lord does not look at the things people look at....

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Victory over Challenges

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For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13
Everyone has challenges in their life, some we accept with eagerness and some are fearful. If we ...

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Defensive Behavior

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When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:23
What does the Lord expect us to do when people are critic...

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Never Lose Hope

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I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
Living in this world we all experience problems and sometimes we may lose hope. This is particularl...

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Flesh Versus Spirit

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Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5
We are engaged in a war...

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Life with Purpose

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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
If we were to ask people on the street the reason for their...

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How Does God See Me?

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But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and s...

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Seeing God Everywhere

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Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?" declares the Lord. "Do not I fill heaven and earth?" declares the Lord. Jeremiah 23:24
If God is the creator of all things and he fills the heavens and the eart...

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Being Still Inside

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Be still, and know that I am God Psalm 46:10
What does it mean to be still? To be physically still, emotionally still, or still in our thoughts? Well I think all three...

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God is Love

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We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
What has God done to show his love for you? Well I think most of us would say that Jesus died on the...

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Holding Back

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Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” 1 Samuel 16:11
The question appears to be rhetorical. At God’s command, Samuel travels to Bethlehem to anoint a new king from among the sons of...

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Ambassador for Christ

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We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. 2 Corinthians 5:20
The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth telling them that they are ambassadors for Christ. What do you ...

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Everyone can be Great

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It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave … Matthew 20:26–27
Everyone can be great. Near the end of Jesu...

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Our Expectations from God

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Have you ever sat down and given serious thought of what...

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Are We Living in End Times?

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Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are sayin...

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I Walk with the King

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But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
The title of this Daily Message comes from a song. When I was singing this song the following struck my heart; “I walk...

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Living Each Day to the Full

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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10
Would you describe your life as living each day to the full? How would describe life to the full? Do...

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The Blessing of a Humble Heart

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In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by...

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Am I god?

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You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3
What other gods do we have besides the true God? Is it possible that we could be or own be our own god?...

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Where is Your Heart?

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For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21
Our hearts are reflected by our thoughts, and God looks at our hearts. So how important are our thoughts, knowing that God listens...

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Joy in Serving

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Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. John 12:26
God created us in his image, and his image is seen in the life of Jesus. He who has seen...

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God’s Faithfulness

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The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He Deuteronomy 32:4
If God were unfaithful in his promises, would we be able to trust him?...

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Alone Time with the Lord

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After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone. Matthew 14:23
There are many times in the Bible where Jesus would get away to be alone with...

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Where is Your Treasure?

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For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21
Our hearts are revealed by our thoughts, and the Lord knows our every thought and emotion. The Lord saw how great the wickedness...

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Opposition to our Faith

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Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5: 6-7
Following Jesus can create tension between believer...

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Saved?

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You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9
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Does Worry Help?

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Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Luke 12: 24
The definition of worry is to “give way to anxiety or uneas...

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Give God Your Best

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Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving ossians...

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Call on the Lord

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The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:19
How often do we go through our busy days with our minds filled with the many tasks and worries. Do we tackle our...

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A Worthy Walk

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As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1
We will determine what a worthy walk is to the Lord from the scriptures in Ephesians 4:1-16. In these v...

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Blessed, Not Stressed

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Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to...

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Made Alive in Christ

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But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5
What does it mean to be “alive...

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Losing Jesus

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After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Luke 2:46
At the age of twelve Jesus travels with his parents to Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish...

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Humble Thyself

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Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10
We are to be humble because Jesus was humble. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to...

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Am I Pleasing to God?

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And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
If we want to be pleasing to God then our fa...

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Give it to God

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Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
When we pray do we realize that all things are possible for God, or do we limit our expectations from ...

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Give God Your Fear

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your m...

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Listening to the Spirit

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Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20
This scripture states, “if anyone hears my voice,” b...

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Faith in the Last Days

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To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Revelations 3:21.
The last days are the days from Christ’s ascensio...

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Rejoice, Pray, and Give Thanks

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
The Word tells us to rejoice, pray, and give thanks in all circumstan...

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Given these Things as Well

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But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
Does God take care of our physical needs as well as our spiritual needs? Do not be afraid of those who k...

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There is no Condemnation

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Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death Romans 8: 1-2
It is impossible for us to pe...

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We are Not of This World

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I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. Jo...

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Do We Believe Satan’s Lies?

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He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies John 8:44
Jesus was telling the Pharise...

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Don’t Look Back

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But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13
What does Paul mean “forg...

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Do We Understand God’s Ways?

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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaia...

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Is My Life Fulfilling?

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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
How would define life to the full? A definition of “fulfilling” is making one feel good i...

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The Divine Power of Choice

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I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice ...

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A Light in the World

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You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same wa...

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Good and Bad Stress

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I give you peace, the kind of peace that only I can give. It isn’t like the peace that this world can give. So don’t be worried or afraid. John 14:27
We all experience stress because we are created to experience go...

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Listening and Learning

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Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9
Learning is something that should continue throughout our life. What ...

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What is the Purpose of the Church?

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And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approachin...

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Satan’s Tactics

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He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
Satan is the father of lies,...

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Breaking a Bad Habit

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
A bad habit often arises from learned behavior coming from wrong beliefs and attitudes. Early in life we can learn ...

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Reach Out to Jesus

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The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. Psalm 14:2
What comes to mind when you hear the term reach out to Jesus? Maybe it reminds you of worship service,...

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Paul’s Shipwreck

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Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also Acts 27:10
Paul was a prisoner being taken by ship to Rome by a centurion name Julius. During t...

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The Freedom of Self-Control

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It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
How can we be free in Christ if we do not have self control? God wants us...

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Hearts Burning

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They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" Luke 24:32
The hearts were burning for the two men who walked to Emmaus with Jesus, as...

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Step by Step

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Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:24
How does the pace of this world affect our thinking and emotions? We travel to work with...

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The Real You

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone. The new has come I Corinthians 5:17
Do you know your divine calling from God? Do you know the person God created you to be? When we accept Chri...

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The Faith that Pleases God

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And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Do you feel your faith is pleasing to God, an...

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The Narrow Road

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Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew...

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Life is Choices

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For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6
I have read that we make approximately 3500 choices every day, and we have the power of God enabling us to choose independent...

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The Power of the Cross

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The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
The cross is the power of God, but how does the cross give God’s power to u...

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Power of the Spirit

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
What is the power we get from the Holy Spirit? I have known many people who spent years trying to change themselves...

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The Blessing of Self Discipline

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Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. Proverbs 25:28
Have you ever said or done something without self control and later regretted the consequences? I think we all have, but a p...

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Disciple of Christ

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Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
Every Christian is destined to be a disciple of Christ, and we do this by ...

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The Kingdom is Within You

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The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:20-21
How would you define the kingdom of God that is with...

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Strangers in the World

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They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. John 17:16
As a Christian, do you see this world as your home, or do you see yourself as a stranger in a foreign land?...

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You are Never Alone

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He will never leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
Have you ever felt alone? We can be alone even though we are in a crowd of people and they don’t make us...

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The Thrill of Victory

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For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. Deuteronomy 20:4
Which do you experience the most, the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat? What does t...

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Staying Connected to God

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You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
During your day, do you feel close to the Lord, and do you see God working in your life? The verse above tells...

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With God all Things are Possible

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Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
Isn’t it great that God is all loving and compassionate and all things are possible for him? We kn...

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Life is Learning

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But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. 2 Peter 3:18
Learning is part of life and we begin learning in our early years. We lear...

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No Mountain to Big

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The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19
We live in a fallen world and we all have mountains to overcome and this includes both Christians and non-Christians. Th...

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Living Water

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If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water. John 4:10
Jesus made this statement to the women at the well.  He asked her for a...

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When I am weak I am Strong

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That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 2:1
What does Paul mean when he said “when I am...

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Don’t Live on the Fence

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These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Mark 7:6
On one side of the fence is living the worldly life and on the other side of the fence is living th...

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Endurance

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Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy peo...

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A Compassionate Heart

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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12
The meaning of compassion is to recognize the suffering of oth...

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Forgetting What is Behind

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But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
Paul states in t...

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Receiving God’s Love

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Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever. Psalm 126:36
God is love (1 John 4:8), meaning all love originates from God, and his love is within us because we are created in...

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The Power of Words

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No human being can tame the tongue. James 3:8
Have you ever spoken words that you wish you could take back? Words that have hurt someone, made someone angry, or made someone...

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The Danger of Our Justification

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
What does it mean to trust the Lord with all heart? Does it mean that if we lean our own understanding, we are...

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Divine Power of the Spirit

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God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
From this verse we have a Spirit of power, but what is this power and how do we experience it in our lives?...

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God’s Plan for You

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Have you ever asked God what his plan is for your life? ...

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

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And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Beho...

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Starting Your Day

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Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35
In the morning do you follow a standard routine in getting ready for work? I...

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God Makes Us Complete

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For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete. Colossians 2:9
What does it mean that we are created in the image of God, and what does it mean to be complete? So God...

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The Mind of Love and Hope

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But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16
Imagine how terrible life would be without love and hope, and imagine how life would be when our minds and hearts are filled...

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A Heart for God

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Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
The Word says God looks at our heart. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the...

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Seeking God

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You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
What does it mean to seek the Lord with all our heart? If we are not seeking the Lord with all our heart...

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Making Judgments

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Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Luke 6:37
The command, do not judge could be one of the most misunderstood verses. How are we to make decisions without discernme...

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The Repentant Heart

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Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19
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Fear from Satan

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Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Fear is one of Satan’s best weapons to pull us away from God. People can live in fear of m...

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Escaping Temptation

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No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endur...

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The Mind of Christ

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"Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16
The Word tells us that God is molding us to the mind of Christ. Romans 8:29 states that when we accept Chri...

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A Forgiving Heart

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Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13
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Content in All Circumstances

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I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in ...

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The Spirit Gives Life

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The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life. John 6:63
When the Spirit of God comes to live in us, it gives life to our soul. But how does t...

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The Christian Life

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Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
The Word tells us that when we are in Christ, born of God, old things pass away and n...

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The Bride of Christ

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And I John saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Revelation 21:2
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Walking with God

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He has made it clear to you, mortal man, what is good and what the Lord is requiring from you— to act with justice, to treasure the Lord’s gracious love, and to walk humbly in the company of your God. Micah 6:8
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Satan’s Temptations

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No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endur...

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Life to the Full

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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full John 10:10
Everyone dreams of thriving in life, yet too often we settle for simply surviving the challeng...

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Fear from Satan

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind 2 Timothy 1:7
Satan will take our God given emotion of fear and use it against us. God gave us the emotion of fear to protect...

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Ending Your Day

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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
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God’s View of Pride

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God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. James 4:6
Why do you think God opposes those who are prideful? Could it be the prideful put themselves before God, or they do not...

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Taming the Tongue

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Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29
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Discipline from God

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The Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son. Hebrews 12:6
I can remember when I was a young kid and was disciplined by my parents because I did something they considered wrong....

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God is Love

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Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8
God is the source of all love and it is the foundation of his character. God has revealed his love through Jesus who...

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When Christ Returns

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But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of t...

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Wisdom from God

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If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
How does God give us wisdom? Wisdom is something we learn over time, that requir...

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Satan Divides Us

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I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and tho...

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Pressing on Toward the Goal

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I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:13
I found myself yesterday thinking too much about tomorrow’s events rather than thinking about the h...

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Our Love for the World

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Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 1 John 2:15
What does it mean, do not love the world, and God created the world and said it was good? For a...

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Knowing God

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By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 1 John 2:3
It seems the more the Lord reveals to me about himself, the more I realize I don’t know about him. It was like...

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Armor of God

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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11
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How Worship Changes Us

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Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Psalm 100:2
Why does the Lord want us to worship him? The Lord is fully self-sufficient and needs nothing, but he loves us perfectly. And...

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Agape Love

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And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love 1 Corinthians 13:13
Agape love comes from God and is the highest form of love. Agape love is sacrificial and unconditional meaning it ...

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More than Conquerors

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As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:36-37
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The Sovereign God

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Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps. Psalm 135:6
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The Spiritual Race

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus ...

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Rest for Your Soul

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Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29
We live in a world that can keep us busy with schedules in our work and in our daily li...

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Hearing God’s Voice

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Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24
Some people have told me they cannot have a relationship with someone they c...

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Perseverance

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Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
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Jesus in the Garden

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For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority t...

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Overcome the World

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For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith 1 John 5:4
Christ said, I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you w...

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Love of Money

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For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:10
If we are following the Lords good, pleasing, and...

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Physical Death and Spiritual Death

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Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
Our physical life begins at birth and our spiritual life begi...

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Unity in Christ

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I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and tho...

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God Looks at the Heart

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The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
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What Makes the Bible Different?

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Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Matthew 24:35
The Bible is different because it is God’s Word, written to reveal himself and his relationship to mankind. For prophecy never had its...

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The Old and New Testament God

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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever Hebrews 13:8
Scripture tells us that God is immutable, that he is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. God is perfect, having all knowledge and...

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What Does God Expect of Me?

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Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 2 Corinthians 5:9
When we please the Lord then are doing what he expects of us. God will not expect from a new Christian what he...

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Spiritual Idolatry

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Thou shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3
Anything that takes priority over God, anything that keeps us from doing the will of God, we will consider idolatry. Is there anything...

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God Gives Us a New Heart

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Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
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The Last Days

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Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matthew 24:12-13
Due to the events happening in the world today, many people belief we are l...

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The Busy Epidemic

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29
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Controlling Our Thoughts

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For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6
The above verse tells us to “set the mind” on the Spirit which implies that God will give us the power to c...

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Living in the Kingdom

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The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you Luke 17:21
The kingdom of God is within you, or in your midst depe...

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Ambassador for Christ

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We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. 2 Corinthians 5:20
An ambassador by definition is “a diplomatic official of the highest rank sent by a government to represent ...

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A Divided Heart

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That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1 7-8
In Luke 24 Jesus is tells us, Love the Lord your God with all your heart. God lo...

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Iron Sharpens Iron

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As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another Proverbs 27:17
This proverb tells us that God created us with a need for others, especially strong Christians. Our human nature is to fit into...

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Complaining

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Do everything without grumbling or arguing. Philippians 2:14
Do you find yourself complaining to often, either in your thoughts or words? We all complain to some degree because we live in...

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

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Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27
This scripture tells us to love our neighbor as ourse...

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Complacency

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I know your deeds that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Revelations 3:15-16
The above verse is wha...

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Strength from God

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God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
Does life ever become overwhelming and you feel like you can’t take it anymore? Endless tasks to complete, problems arise, and you are...

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Condemnation verses Conviction

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Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
How do we feel when trying to walk with a Godly heart of love and kindness, then something happens that triggers our emotions...

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Power of Prayer

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I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer Psalm 17:6
Have you prayed over and over for the same thing and are still waiting for God’s answer? The Bible states that God answ...

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Freedom in Christ

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It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
If Christ sets us free from slavery, then what is holding us in the yoke ...

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Be Still and Know I am God

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Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10
Have you ever had the desire to be free from worrisome troubling thoughts and replace it with thoughts ...

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Moving Past the Glory Days

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Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19

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Are We Saved by Works?

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For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good wor...

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It’s Better to Give than Receive

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In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35
The Word says we ...

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Pray Without Ceasing

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
What does it mean to “pray without ceasing”? Are we supposed to b...

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Double Minded

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For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:7-8
Life is choices and we make approximately 3500 choices each day; every thou...

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We Are to Love Our Enemies

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But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you Matthew 5:44
Is there someone that has caused hurt and pain in your life? How do feel about this person; angry and vengeful? Would you...

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How God Changes Us

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I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
Have you ever struggled to overcome a bad habit, experiencing success for...

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Can we Change Others?

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Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1
I think just about everyone knows someone close to them that they would like to change, and it is often people in our...

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A Serving Heart

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Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. John 12:26
How do we feel when we have helped someone, to serve someone? Is it the way of the world...

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Life is Like a Vapor

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Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14
There are times when we think about our last day here on earth, and w...

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Unequally Yoked

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Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14
We are created for relationships and we all seek f...

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Spiritual Warfare

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For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms Ephesians 6:10
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Strong Thinking

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For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7
Sometimes in our life we decide positively that we will achieve something and nothing is going to stop us. We can apply this...

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Overcoming Fear

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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
Fear is an emotion God gave us, and is used to help us to avoid ...

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The Christian View of Death

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Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?" John 11:25-26
Jesus states we liv...

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Keeping in Step with the Spirit

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Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:25
The word Spirit in Galatians 5:25 refers to the Holy Spirit that lives in the believer as described in John 14:15-17. Christians are...

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Our Heavenly Home

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He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4
  Can we imagine wha...

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The Word is Alive

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For the word of God is alive and active. Hebrews 4:12
Have you noticed sometimes when you reread a scripture you find a new understanding? Scripture tells us the Word is alive. For the...

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Family of God

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So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. Galatians 3:26
God loves everyone but he doesn’t treat everyone the same, he opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble, those in his...

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Spiritual Growth

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Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
Spiritual growth can be measured by our increase in faith. Examine yourselves ...

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When Life Hurts

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Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble by the comfort wit...

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Does God Answer Your Prayers?

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Do you pray and feel like your prayers are never leavin...

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Who is in Control

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If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit Galatians 5:25
Is your life controlled by you, the world, or God? Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny...

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Defensive Behavior

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Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4
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God’s Grace

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But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2: 4-5
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Making Choices

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For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding Proverbs 2:6
Today I was reading an article that said we make an average of 35,000 decisions per day. I first found this number unbelievable,...

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A Humble Heart

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Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
According to scripture Jesus had humble of heart. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to ...

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Lord Help My Faith

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I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief! Mark 9:24
The above scripture is a father’s remark in regards to Jesus healing his son. Jesus said, Everything is possible for one who believes.”...

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Listening to God

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Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you; O Israel, if you would listen to Me! Psalm 81:8
Listening to God   Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you; O Israel, if you would listen to Me!   Psalm...

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Miracles from God

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You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. Psalm 77:14
With God all things are possible, and what we consider as miracles are normal for God. Jesus looked at them and said, “With...

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Wisdom verses Emotions

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your m...

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Meditation

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But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2
We have heard about meditation, but if are like me I never thought of meditation until I read about in God’s Word. I...

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Does Satan Have a Foothold?

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And do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:27
When we give Satan a foothold, we are opening the door for sin, advancing to spiritual death. And remember, when you are being...

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The Word of God

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The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. John 6:63
God’s words are Spirit and life. The Spirit gives life to our souls, is always fulfilling, a...

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A Thankful Heart

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Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
This scripture is telling us to be thankful in all circumstances. Why do think God wants us to always be thankful...

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Victory in Christ

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For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. Deuteronomy 20:4
At times do you feel weak as a believer? It seems like your life is struggling to see the v...

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Created in the Image of God

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So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
God created the first man from the dust of the earth and breathed life into him. People are the onl...

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All Things Become New

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Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
What does it mean “all things become new?”  All things must mean we become ...

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Faith and Works

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For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good wor...

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Our New Identity

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The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. Romans 8:16–17
We give our lives to Christ and receive the...

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Where is Your Security

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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Where is your security, is it a job, possession...

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Attitude in Prayer

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The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18
Our attitude when we pray reveals our heart to God, and God is always looking at our heart. This is the confidence we...

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The Gift of Patience

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Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. Romans 12:12
Impatience can easily enter our day and take away our peace and comfort. How do obtain patience when our days are filled w...

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Judgment, Forgiveness, and Mercy

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This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with...

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Renewing the Mind

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
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Our Love For the Lord

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“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. Matthew 22:37-38
Jesus states the first and greatest commandment is our love f...

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Godly Joy

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I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. John 15:11
Do you have difficult days where there is little or no joy found anywhere? And the Lord wants us to be filled with...

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I Hope My Good Outweigh My Bad

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For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Have you heard anyone say, “I hope my good outweighs my bad,” therefore they are a good person and hoping they will go...

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Build Your House on the Rock

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The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them w...

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Our Words

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My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19
Words can be very powerful, they can encourage and they can hurt. Have you ever sp...

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He Bore Our Sorrows

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For everyone born of God overcomes the world. 1 John 5:4
Speaking from first-hand experience, I know that to be addicted is to suffer deeply. Not only does the person that is addicted suffer,...

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We Are Precious to God

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Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? Luke 12:24
Jesus used ravens as an example of how God care...

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The Holy Spirit

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And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he ...

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God’s Forgiveness

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For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. Hebrews 8:12
When we accept Christ as our Savior, we become a new creation in Christ. In Matthew 3, John the Baptist talks about repentance,...

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Confidence in Christ

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Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
As we continue our obedient Christian walk, we can be confident that God will ...

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