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I have never been committed in fasting at all. I am a woman taking care of more than 200 orphans and I know the Lord has blessed me but for the past 17 years I never fasted serious, but I praise God that on the 31st May I bought your BOOK Fasting… and since that I have never looked back….Thank … Read More

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William Wilberforce (2)

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“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” Mk 10:43 NIV William Wilberforce’s biographer, Eric Metaxas, points out that the abolition of the British slave trade had even greater implications: “We had suddenly entered a world in which we would never again ask whether it was our responsibility as a society to help the poor and suffering. … Read More

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William Wilberforce (1)

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“Do it with the strength God provides.” 1Pe 4:11 NIV William Wilberforce grew up as a child of privilege, attending Cambridge University. Two weeks after his twenty-first birthday he was elected to Parliament, where he became a brilliant orator and politician. Then he met John Newton, author of the hymn “Amazing Grace.” A former slave ship captain, Newton had found … Read More

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If God Says You’re Qualified, You Are!

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“Don’t let anyone look down on you.” 1Ti 4:12 NIV You shouldn’t be overlooked because of your age, your gender, your nationality, your education or your financial status. People will try to put you down, but if you trust God He will lift you up. Timothy started preaching in his teens. He became Paul’s traveling companion, which was no small … Read More

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Have You Found Your Place Yet?

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“To prepare God’s people for works of service.” Eph 4:12 NIV The story’s told of a pastor who went to the railroad station every night to watch the express train roar through town. His congregation wondered why. When suspicions arose a deacon followed him, watched him, and asked what he was doing. He replied, “This train is the only thing … Read More

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A Memo from Heaven

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“Conquer evil by doing good.” Ro 12:21 TLB It’s easy to forget why God saved you, what He’s called you to do, and how you’re supposed to live. So here’s a memo from heaven: “Don’t just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of good. Love each other with brotherly affection … Read More

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YOU ARE FORGIVEN (2)

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“Bless the Lord…who forgives all your [sins].” Ps 103:2-3 NKJV We tend to forgive others more easily than we forgive ourselves. This is especially so when we fail in a major area like a marriage or career, or our actions have hurt others, or our habits have hurt us, or we know we are not doing what we should. So … Read More

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You are Forgiven (1)

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“In Him we have…the forgiveness of sins.” Eph 1:7 NKJV When God forgives you but you refuse to forgive yourself, you’re spurning His grace and choosing to be miserable. When you do that: (1) Your loved ones are at risk. It’s not just about you. When you wallow in guilt you tend to be more withdrawn and critical, and less … Read More

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Remember Lot’s Great Granddaughter

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Remember Lot’s Great Granddaughter

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Introduction: If you only make decisions based on what you can see in the natural, you’re limiting the potential of your future. Ruth could have turned around like Lot’s wife. She could have reached back and pulled out the sin, corruption, and disappointment that was her past. But in a moment she declared, “your God will be my God”, and stepped … Read More

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Try Fasting and Prayer

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“We fasted and entreated…God.” Ezra 8:23 NKJV Ezra’s assignment was rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. And there were moments when it felt overwhelming. So here’s what he did: “We fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.” When you are willing to go without food and take the time to seek God with all your heart, … Read More

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Growing—And Blessing Others

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“Carry each other’s burdens, and…you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Gal 6:2 NIV If your desire is to bless others, you must ask yourself: (1) What am I doing to invest in myself? You can’t give what you don’t have. Unless you’re committed to personal growth you’ll have nothing of worth to give others. So, “Add to your faith…knowledge” … Read More

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Feeling for Others (2)

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“I remember you in my prayers at all times.” Ro 1:9-10 NIV One Bible teacher writes: “We don’t look, act, or dress alike. We have different tastes in food, books, cars and music. We work at different jobs…enjoy different hobbies …but one thing we have in common. We know what it means to hurt. Suffering is universal. Tears are the … Read More

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Feeling for Others (1)

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“Weep with those who weep.” Ro 12:15 NKJV In 1883, poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox was traveling by train to an inaugural ball when she noticed a woman weeping across the aisle. Wilcox spent the rest of the journey comforting her, and when she reached her destination she was in no mood to celebrate. Later, remembering the woman on the train, … Read More

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Are You Drifting Off Course?

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“I take joy in doing your will.” Ps 40:8 NLT Embarking on a rafting trip with friends, author John Blumberg observed: “We had a hard time getting away from shore…there appeared to be enormous momentum keeping us ‘grounded.’ Slowly it got easier and we decided to relax. And it was during our moment of pause that reality set in concerning … Read More

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Make the Most of It

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“When it prospers, you will…prosper.” Jer 29:7 GWT Are you at a place in your life and you’d rather not be there? Well, God has a word for you, but it may not be one you want to hear. It’s the same word Jeremiah brought to his people when they were slaves in Babylon, far from everything near and dear: … Read More

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The Scarlet Cord

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The Scarlet Cord

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Rahab’s story in Joshua 2 is a powerful example of faith and devotion. In the Scarlet Cord, Pastor points out three lessons we can take away from her story. First of all that God hears our prayers regardless of our past and our family can be saved. Secondly, that we need to take action and get involved if we want … Read More

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Look for the Best in Them

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“Look for the best in each other.” 1Th 5:15 TM V. J. Smith writes: “I don’t remember the date I met Marty. Like a lot of people…the line I was in wasn’t moving as quickly as I wanted and I glanced towards the cashier…an affable-looking man in his seventies. I thought, ‘Well, he’s an old guy and it probably takes … Read More

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A Circle of Prayer

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You’re Equipped for a Purpose (2)

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“God…will fulfill his purpose for me.” Ps 57:2 NLT The Bible is full of people who used their talents to bless others: musicians, masons, seamstresses, shipbuilders, teachers, farmers, fishermen, authors, architects, artists, administrators, etc. God gives “each of us the ability to do certain things well” (Ro 12:6 TLB). Yet much of what He gives us goes unrecognized and unused. … Read More

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You’re Equipped for a Purpose (1)

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“We are…created…to do good works.” Eph 2:10 NIV God uses people like you, regular folks with work and family responsibilities, mortgages and busy lives. The Bible says, “We are…created…to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Note the word “prepared.” It’s the same word that’s used for making sure a team has the training and … Read More

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Asking in Harmony with God’s Will

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“If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” 1Jn 5:14 NKJV We like to think that our wants are God’s will. Maybe, and maybe not. “If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us…we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (vv. … Read More

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“Total Commitment”

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“Then you will receive praise, honor, and renown.” Dt 26:19 NLT Imagine how honored you would feel if a president or prime minister decided to visit you and spend the night at your house. You wouldn’t leave dirty dishes piled up in the sink, clothes strewn across the floor, and a ring around the bathtub. No, you’d give the place … Read More

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You Are the Church (2)

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“Their nobles would not put their shoulders to the work.” Neh 3:5 NIV The story’s told of a football team that was losing badly. Pointing to the captain, their coach on the sidelines kept shouting, “Give the ball to Calhoun! Give the ball to Calhoun!” Fed up and frustrated, the captain finally shouted back, “Coach, Calhoun doesn’t want the ball!” … Read More

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You Are the Church (1)

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“To equip God’s people to do his work.” Eph 4:12 NLT If you think the unemployment statistics in the country are bad, take a look at the church. Twenty percent of its members give eighty percent of its income, and do eighty percent of its work. The rest are happy just to be spectators. It’s easy to sit back, criticize … Read More

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Four Ways God Will Provide For You

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How’s Your Communication?

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“Husbands, love your wives.” Eph 5:25 NKJV One of the biggest challenges in marriage is communication. Here’s an example: in the past husbands went to work and wives stayed home to raise the children. Now, someone has estimated that the average man speaks about twenty-nine thousand words a day and the average woman speaks about thirty-three thousand words a day. … Read More

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Five Powerful Prayers To Pray

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YOU NEED A “WORD”

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“Your ears shall hear a word.” Isa 30:21 NKJV A “word” from God can bring you the solution you need. God created the world with a word, so imagine what a word from Him could do for your situation. The Bible says, “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ Whenever you … Read More

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TRIPLE-A PRAYER

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“At that time men began to call on the name of the Lord.”   Ge 4:26 NIV The first mention of prayer in the Bible is: “At that time men began to call on the name of the Lord.” So, how often do you “call on the name of the Lord”? Only when you’re in trouble? Or when you’re in … Read More

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Five Powerful Prayers To Pray

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Introduction God has a plan for you. Realizing that plan takes some commitment on your part. I believe there are five specific ways to pray if you want to see His plan fulfilled in your life. In this message, I’m talking about the importance of getting God’s perspective, being prayerful, enlarging your potential, being positive, and expecting God’s provision. Focus your … Read More

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SECURE IN GOD’S LOVE

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“I will be faithful to you and make you mine.” Hos 2:20 NLT You can be loved by many, but deep down you’ll feel needy and insecure until you understand how God feels about you. The Bible says: (1) God wants you to be happy. “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have … Read More

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LIVE FOR OTHERS

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“I will…gladly spend and be spent for [you].” 2Co 12:15 NKJV At first, Nelson Mandela was motivated by a dream to free himself from oppression. But his dream expanded to include others. He writes: “The hunger for my own freedom became the greater hunger for the freedom of my people. It was this desire for freedom of my people to … Read More

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LASTING SUCCESS

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“He who abides in Me…bears much fruit.” Jn 15:5 NKJV Jesus said, “I chose you and appointed you that you should…bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain” (v. 16 NKJV). God has two goals for us: (1) Greater success; (2) A legacy of success. And He will do whatever it takes to accomplish it. Just when we are comfortable … Read More

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY

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“The…Lord has given me…words of wisdom, so that I may know how to comfort the weary.” Isa 50:4 NLT   God has given each of us a tongue: a simple, basic tool to help us encourage one another. It has been given to all—young and old, rich and poor, wise and foolish. It is a tool we can use to … Read More

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GIVE YOUR ENTIRE LIFE TO CHRIST

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“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” 2Co 5:17 NIV The story is told of a man reading a newspaper when he came across a map of the world. So he clipped it out, cut it into pieces and told his little boy to put it back together again. After a while the boy said to him, … Read More

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HOW TO PRAY FOR YOUR CHILDREN

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“I will pour out my…blessing on your children.” Isa 44:3 NLT You must pray, claiming God’s promises over your children. Are such prayers effective? Yes. God says, “I am ready to perform My word” (Jer 1:12 NKJV). We serve a promise-making, promise-keeping God! “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me … Read More

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PURPOSE

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“My life is worth nothing…unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord.” Ac 20:24 NLT There’s an old saying: “If you love your job you’ll never work a day in your life.” That’s not quite true. Most people work hard. But even when they love their job they still have to do things they don’t … Read More

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WHEN YOU CAN’T UNDERSTAND, TRUST GOD

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“Trust in the Lord.” Pr 3:5 NKJV The Bible says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (vv. 5-6 NKJV). But what if your path leads through pain, pressure and problems? John the Baptist’s did. He didn’t deserve imprisonment. After … Read More

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BE HAPPY FOR OTHERS

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“Rejoice with those who rejoice.” Ro 12:15 NKJV William Barclay said: “It’s more difficult to congratulate another on his success if it involves disappointment to us, than to sympathize with his sorrow…Only when self is dead can we take as much joy in the success of others as in our own.” Karen Ehman’s home had been for sale twenty months … Read More

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THE SECRET OF FULFILLMENT

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“There is a time for everything…a time to weep and a time to laugh.”  Ecc 3:1-4 NIV Optimists tend to believe that life is mostly good; pessimists, that it’s mostly bad. Life is both. And only those who embrace that truth are able to find fulfillment. Why? Because those who accept it but don’t embrace it become apathetic, meeting every … Read More

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Four Ways God Will Provide for You

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Introduction  Did you know God used ravens to feed Elijah? He made birds deliver meat and bread to the prophet twice a day. God’s provision can come from unexpected places. In this message, Pastor discussed four specific ways God will provide for you and the essential role you play in receiving from Him.    Connection Questions Do you believe God … Read More

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PRAYER (6)

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“You will ask what you desire, and it shall be done.” Jn 15:7 NKJV In May 1996, ValuJet flight 592 crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing 110 passengers. Navy experts tried using special technology to detect the plane’s black box, without success. Holding a rope that kept them spaced three feet apart, searchers poked through every square foot of muck. … Read More

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PRAYER (5)

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“For we do not know what we should pray for.” Ro 8:26 NKJV Prayer works like the 911 emergency system. All you need to do is dial those numbers and you’re instantly connected to a dispatcher. In front of the dispatcher is a readout that lists your telephone number, address, and your name. Also listening in are the police, the … Read More

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PRAYER (4)

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“He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him.” Ps 91:15 NKJV Bill Gates was hooked up to the computer network we call the Internet. Using it, subscribers can send electronic mail (e-mail) to other users of the Internet. Originally, Gates had an e-mail address just like everyone else. But he got into trouble when The New Yorker magazine … Read More

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PRAYER (3)

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“Pray continually.” 1Th 5:17 NIV The Bible says, “Pray continually.” If you can worry continually, you can pray continually; you just have to change your focus! Try to picture this: an enemy army has arrived intent on wiping out Israel. So Moses says to Joshua, “Take your best soldiers and go fight them. I’m taking two men, climbing the hill … Read More

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PRAYER (2)

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“Your Father in heaven [will] give good gifts to those who ask.” Mt 7:11 NIV Phillips Brooks said, “Pray the largest prayers. You cannot think of a prayer so large that God, in answering it, will not wish you had made it larger.” When we love our children we want to be generous with them. And that’s how God feels … Read More

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PRAYER (1)

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“O You who hear prayer, to You all flesh will come.” Ps 65:2 NKJV Mark records, “Very early in the morning…Jesus got up…and…prayed” (Mk 1:35 NIV). Jesus made deposits each morning so that He could make withdrawals throughout the day. Many of us don’t, and it shows! R. A. Torrey said, “We are too busy to pray, and so we … Read More

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TRANSLATED

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“Who hath…translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” Col 1:13 The Bible says Jesus has “delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of [God’s] dear Son.” The New King James Bible says, “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son.” In … Read More

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