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

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

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

The Power of a Blessing

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God wants us to have a wonderful life. However, sometimes, what begins as a blessing can seem to end in a curse. How do we return to that original state of the blessing? Peter walks through this. He talks about receiving that inheritance, having a taste of the blessing as we had in the beginning of our relationships. Returning to this stage again is possible, but it only comes through living an Read More

God is at Work in the Worst of Times

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We all wonder where God is at times, especially when we have no dream or vision, or lack purpose. We wonder where God is when tragedy after tragedy strikes our faith like lightning. In tough times, we wonder if a life of integrity is really worth living. The Book of Ruth is for people of ordinary faith … people like us, who can’t imagine that God could do anything great through us. A vital message Read More

Managing Discontent

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It does not matter how long one has been in ministry; we need to continue learning and be subject to correction. Unfortunately, as we move higher up in ministry, fewer opportunities occur through which we will be corrected. When we are at the low end of the totem pole and on the bottom of the food chain, everybody loves to correct us. However, as we rise on the food chain, fewer and fewer people Read More