The Dark Side of Success

THE DARK SIDE OF SUCCESS

Samson is someone who had reached success but didn’t have the inner strength to sustain that success and the pressure of that success destroyed his life. He was someone who had a great start, but a poor ending. When the Philistines surrounded Israel as their enemies, God raised up Samson as a judge. God gave him divine strength, great gifts and the ability to bring people together and catalyze Read More

In the Midst of Storms

In the Midst

In Acts chapter 27, we find the Apostle Paul in the middle of a storm. And what does he do? He paused, broke bread and gave thanks to God. God puts these stories in the Bible so that we may learn lessons from them and find our compass in the midst of a spin-cycle word. We are going to have to stop in the middle of it. Sometimes, it is hard to do that because it is too easy to get caught up if we don’t Read More

In the Quiet Times

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If we’re going to be effective in hearing God and successful in walking with God, we have to develop certain habits. Staying close to God requires that we develop the habit of spending quiet time with our Father, Lord and King. Developing that habit is critical to our growth in Christ. How to Develop a Daily Quiet Time: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). If we are going Read More

Against All Odds

AGAINST ALL ODDS

God loves to turn the tables and beat the odds makers by His miraculous power and He loves to surprise us by His grace and wisdom. The odds makers think that, in the real world, God is somewhat irrelevant or non-existent, but the wisdom of God is real, unmatched and unparalleled. The Word of God says: “… the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood Read More

Seeing and Hearing Again

SEEING

The Pharisees were trained and schooled to recognize God, to hear His voice and to know what God was saying. They looked for something that was so obviously close, but never saw Him. When He actually came on that Christmas, they did not even recognize Him. In fact, even when He spoke, they hardened their hearts and said, “No, that’s not true!” The Bible says our hearts, like that of the Read More

Discovering Your Success Potential

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The Bible says our dreams, hopes and potentials are God-given treasures. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves” (2 Cor. 4:7). God is saying to us that He put the treasure of dreams, hopes, vision and a potential for success in each one of us. When we realize this, we should say, “This dream is not Read More

Finding Contentment

FINDING

The devil’s tactic was to try to tempt the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in the wilderness, and the same is true with you and with me. The devil’s bottom line to tempt you is to get you to feel dissatisfied with what you have. If he can get us to feel dissatisfied with what we have, when we are dissatisfied, we will play into his hands. This is the same temptation he used with Eve in the Garden Read More

David: Finding Confidence in the Desert

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Saul was jealous of David and all his successes, so he pursued him relentlessly for a long period of time. David had his chances to kill Saul and claim the throne that God had promised him, but he refused. He remained a faithful servant of God and waited upon the Lord to rescue him.  Living in the Desert It isn’t common knowledge, but there was a time David actually deserted the people of Read More

Waiting on the Promises

WAITING

Microwave ovens! Cell phones! E-mail! Fast food! We live in an age where we want things instantaneously. As it is with our culture, we have the same expectation in our relationship with God. We say, “I want it now, God! I want a fast God — not a slow God!” We want to take shortcuts; we think God is too slow! But God is not slow. He is patient! There is a purpose for waiting. “The Lord Read More

Getting Involved in Your Growth

Getting Involved in Your Growth

Why do we encourage people to get involved and serve? How is that connected to the Presence of the Lord? We don’t want to be serving without the Lord. We also don’t want to serve anywhere except where the Lord is. We want you to be involved inside as well as outside of the church. There are so many different ways to be involved. As you learn what God is teaching from the Word, and as the Word Read More