Mary: Learning to Listen

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We live in a fast-forward world where busy-ness is equated with importance and success. We think that because someone is busy, that person must be important. But the Lord says that the way the world sees things is not how He sees them. And the result of our busy-ness is just that — busy-ness. We’ve become too busy to listen anymore. One person from whom we can learn Godly listening is through Read More

Christmas is For-giving

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Forgiveness is something that touches every decision of our lives. There is one characteristic about forgiveness that is often overlooked; but first, let us begin with a classic Christmas scripture. “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). Jesus came for His people because we need to be delivered from the devastating Read More

The Power of a Thankful Heart

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Gratefulness is crucial to receiving God’s best and it’s often missing in our society today. The absence of gratefulness caused the children of Israel in the Old Testament to lose out on entering the Promised Land. The result of ungratefulness is seen in symptoms of grumbling and stress. We have stress hitting us from every direction. One of the results of losing grateful-heartedness is that Read More

A Season of Remembering

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We must never, ever forget the miracles, the times God provided and the times when God brought something impossible to pass. Throughout the Old Testament, God told the Israelites to remember. He delivered them out of slavery in Egypt by working many miracles. Then He moved them into a new land that would be strange to them. And God knew that they would need to reflect back and remember just how Read More

The Currency of Heaven

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I always thought that prayer was like a blank check from God: you just write in the amount and the intended purpose was immaterial or secondary. Matthew 7:8 says, “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” How many things will we receive? All things! Then I thought, “No, it can’t be quite like that. I am a parent and if my daughter Read More

God’s Formula for Great Gain

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How would you define success? We live in a society that says the more money you have, the more success that equals and the more success, the more money. If we can’t handle worldly wealth, how will God ever entrust to us true spiritual riches? The way we handle money tests our greed factor and is the barometer of that factor. Religion = A Means to an End God becomes a means to an end and Read More

Helping One Another Through Difficulties

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We often tell God, “Take away our burdens; bear ours!” But He says, “If you really want to know My heart and fulfill My plan, bear one another’s burdens.” “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby Read More

Getting Our Attention

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The Bible shows that not only does God speak, but He also uses many different ways to get a person’s attention. Sometimes, God uses storms just to get us to listen. The problem is, we often tend to ignore God because we’re reluctant to do what He asks. Let’s take a look at a person in the Bible named Jonah. “The word of the Lord came to Jonah … saying, ‘Arise, go to Ninevah the great Read More

Finding the Keys to Your Community

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Every community has its own set of keys — keys that will open doors, keys that will unlock hearts, keys that will release what was once enclosed. If you use the keys to your community, it will save you years of rapping your knuckles on doors to no avail. It will allow access for the Gospel with other attempts fail. Ask God for the keys to your community because every community has them. How Read More

Increasing Your Future

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Every single one of us started off in God’s design room. None of us is a mistake. God had each of us planned from the foundation of the world. We were in His design room and God looked at our future and what’s best for us, and He planned it out, step by step. That is why the Bible says God created us in His image. Each of us still has a whole lot inside of us yet to be developed. Let me tell Read More