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

Discovering Hidden Opportunities

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Life happens and what you see depends upon your perspective. God has many more opportunities available for us in the future and He wants us to discover what they are, but it all depends on our perspective. What are you seeing? What are you looking for? God will lay out opportunities for us in our future. I am hoping that we can recognize those opportunities and take advantage of them. But it depends Read More

Connecting Giving to Life

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God knows that giving is connected to life. Giving is connected to life as a tree is connected to its roots — it tells us where we’re drawing our source, our livelihood. And God has got to get to the root to make sure our hearts are drawing the right source! “But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. Read More

When You Want to Call it Quits

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Have you ever wanted to call it quits? We all have — every single one of us has gone through a time when giving up seemed like the best, more promising option. It happens when the press of people’s opinions suffocates our lives or when the crushing demand of others’ expectations squelches our spirits. Couple those with our own sense of inadequacy and it all comes spiraling down … and the Read More

When Your Children Stray

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Our youth need to be mentored and discipled, especially along the lines of godly discipline. Too often when our youth go astray, the first thing that we do is look for someone to condemn. But this really doesn’t help anyone. What our children need is our support, our hearts and our minds to come up with practical solutions. Even the most perfect Father has rebellious children. Although the reality Read More

We Should Be Amazed

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Grace, sometimes juxtaposed against wrath or judgment, makes you realize how precious it really is. Because we have all sinned, the Bible says that God legally doesn’t have to bless you. But if God were legalistic, we would all perish. We would not make it through one day. We would all be finished. So God came and did something that was so outrageous that even today, the angels are amazed — Read More

Overcoming the Giant of Depression

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Today, depression is known as the “common cold” of emotional ills. One out of every four people in America suffers chronic depression. The leading medications sold in America have to do with stress reduction and depression reduction. Some people struggle with depression because of a chemical imbalance or a physiological problem, but for most people, it is really more of an emotional ill. As Read More

When You Know What’s Right

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Ever had a time when you knew what you were supposed to do … but you just did not do it? Sometimes, we know what God is telling us to do, but we have a hard time doing it. And when we intentionally do wrong, it affects ourselves, as well as others. Jonah is an example of a person who knew the right thing to do and he just could not do it. The Lord said, “I want you to go and help the Ninevites Read More