Have Realistic Expectations (2)

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“He knew what was in a man.” Jn 2:25 NIV Here are three areas in which you must learn to have realistic expectations: (1) You must have realistic expectations of yourself. When you do things poorly you usually feel bad. That sets in motion a never-ending cycle of reaching for things that are out of reach, hoping to prove something … Read More

Prospering Without Guilt

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God wants to prosper you, but to receive God’s blessing and prosperity in your life you must handle your finances the way God directs in His Word. The Bible tells us how to prosper in an appropriate way that is pleasing to God. On the other hand, there are inappropriate ways to prosper – ways that will bring guilt and … Read More

Have Realistic Expectations (1)

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“He knew what was in a man.” Jn 2:25 NIV Jesus saw the best in people and worked to bring it out. But He wasn’t naïve; He understood human frailty. When people disappointed Him, He didn’t retaliate in anger, or distance from them. What did He do? “Many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his … Read More

“Let Us Pray”

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“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.” Eph 6:18 NLT In August, 1806, five Williams College students met in a field for one of their twice-weekly prayer meetings when a thunderstorm drove them to take refuge in a nearby haystack. Continuing in prayer, Samuel John Mills shared his burden that Christianity be sent abroad, and the … Read More

“Whatever It Takes”

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“The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” Pr 13:4 NIV The word “diligence” includes such qualities as hard work, honesty, persistence, and striving for excellence. The New Living Bible Translation puts it this way: “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.” One expert says, “Success … Read More

Learn to be Tactful

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“I try to find common ground.” 1Co 9:22 NLT Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy. To win someone over, you must first do two things: (a) understand them; (b) become comfortable with diversity. Paul wrote, “So I can bring them to Christ…I try to find common ground with everyone” (vv. 21-22 NLT). Paul wouldn’t … Read More

Secure in God’s Presence

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“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Ex 33:14 NIV Unless you spend time in God’s presence you will always have an underlying sense of insecurity. There are certain people we draw security from just by being around them; their presence and approach to life make us feel better. Likewise, when you need to be … Read More

The Cost of a God-Given Dream (3)

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“I have suffered the loss of all things.” Php 3:8 NKJV Stop and listen carefully to what some of the people around you are saying. Many of them express regret because they backed off from their dream of earlier years: a career not pursued, an opportunity left unseized, a relationship allowed to wither and die. Decades later they come back … Read More

The Cost of a God-Given Dream (2)

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“I have worked…been in prison…been flogged.” 2Co 11:23 NIV Second, there’s the ongoing cost. We all want what successful people have. The problem is, we don’t want to pay the price they paid initially, and continue to pay every day. Paul spells out the true story behind his success: “I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been … Read More

Made for More: Passion, Zeal and Worship

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  When you think of Jesus, what do you picture? Do you see Jesus as the gentle, quiet man from historic paintings? Or do you see the Jesus pictured in the Bible – the man who cast out devils, confronted Pharisees to their face, wept with compassion and chased the moneychangers out of the temple? Jesus wasn’t just gentle; He … Read More

The Cost of a God-Given Dream (1)

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“I consider everything a loss…compared to…” Php 3:8 NIV Y our dream will never be fulfilled unless you’re willing to pay the price that comes with it. And that price is paid not once, but over a lifetime. First, there’s the initial cost. You will have to make personal and sometimes painful sacrifices. You may have to walk away from … Read More

Your Heart Condition

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“Above all…guard your heart…it is the wellspring of life.” Pr 4:23 NIV Heart disease will kill you if you don’t detect it and treat it in time. That is true— physically and spiritually. It’s why the Bible says, “Above all…guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Wanting to look your best is commendable. It can enhance your … Read More

“Thank You”

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“He will not forget how hard you have worked for him.” Heb 6:10 NLT Are you thinking, “I do so much for others; now I just want a little appreciation in return”? But there doesn’t seem to be any coming, so you feel unappreciated and taken for granted. Just two simple words, but oh how much they mean: “Thank you!” … Read More

Happiness Is Found in Christ Alone

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“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are.” Eph 1:11 TM Where can you find happiness? (1) Not in unbelief. Atheist Voltaire wrote, “I wish I had never been born.” (2) Not in pleasure. Lord Byron wrote, “The worm, the canker, and the grief are mine alone.” (3) Not in money. When dying, Jay Gould, the American multimillionaire, … Read More

Don’t Lose Control!

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“Anger resides in the lap of fools.” Ecc 7:9 NIV The word “anger” is just one letter short of the word “danger.” When you lose control you risk losing other things as well, like the respect of others or the chance to find a constructive solution. Anger toward human suffering is not only appropriate, it’s the catalyst for change. Paul … Read More

Made for More – Seeing Past Your Past

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You were made for more than being bound by guilt, condemnation, worry, depression and discouragement resulting from things in your past. Regardless of what is in your past, you were made to be free.   Connection Questions Describe what happened when Jesus was invited to lunch at Simon the Pharisee’s house.   What was Simon the Pharisee’s motive for inviting … Read More

God’s Timetable

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“By your patience possess your souls.” Lk 21:19 NKJV When God makes you wait for something longer than you want to, He’s teaching you patience. Your emotions are like a wild horse—they need to be reined in. “Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he … Read More

Roots and Wings (5)

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“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother.” Ge 2:24 NIV Healthy parenting calls for finding the right mix of autonomy with each of your children. Some kids distance sooner, some later; some take small tentative steps, some leap confidently into the gap. There are no “good” or “bad” kids when it comes to this, just more … Read More

Roots and Wings (4)

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“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother.” Ge 2:24 NIV You can’t always prevent your child from getting hurt. “In this world you will have trouble” (Jn 16:33 NIV). Either they’ll get hurt and learn to deal with reality, or suffocate in your cocoon, never becoming mature—a hurt much sadder and much more painful and debilitating. … Read More

Roots and Wings (3)

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“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother.” Ge 2:24 NIV The second gift you must give your child is “wings.” They are born to fly, not stay in the nest. By becoming overly protective and stifling them in the name of responsible parenting, you’ll end up losing them. Jesus said children are designed to leave and … Read More

Roots and Wings (2)

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“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother.” Ge 2:24 NIV On the journey from adolescence to adulthood, your kids will experience insecurity, contradictions and mood swings. They will send you conflicting signals: needing closeness, yet distance; connection, yet independence; all at the same time. They will pull you in with one hand and push you away … Read More

Roots and Wings (1)

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“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother.” Ge 2:24 NIV You’ll know you’ve succeeded as a parent when your children are able to leave you and go out and build a successful life on their own. You will never cut them off, but there comes a time when you must “cut the apron strings” and let … Read More

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I have fasted with this ministry for quite a few years now and have experienced God’s presence as I have done so. HE has always shown up at times within and during my fast. This year however, HE showed up on the 3rd day of the fast. One of the blessings that I asked to receive this year was financial … Read More

“Up Close and Personal”

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“That…which we have heard…seen…touched.” 1Jn 1:1 NIV You can draw closer to the Lord if you really want to. You can have first-hand knowledge of Him. You don’t have to settle for Sunday morning sound bites, second-hand information, or a long-distance relationship. You can get “up close and personal” with Him. John writes, “That which was from the beginning, which … Read More

Made For More: A Place Called Yonder

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In Genesis 22, God tests the faith of Abraham by telling him to journey to a far away mountain and sacrifice his son, Isaac. After three days of travelling, Abraham sees the mountain ahead and says that he and his son will “go yonder and worship.” Everyone has a Yonder. Everyone has a God-planned place of destiny. How do you … Read More

Show Your Gratitude

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“Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord.” Ps 107:8 NKJV The Psalmist writes, “Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord, for his goodness.” Notice the word “would.” A thankful attitude is a choice you make regardless of the situation. You choose your attitude just like you choose the food you eat and the clothes you wear … Read More

De-stressing

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“My people will live in peaceful dwelling places.” Isa 32:18 NIV Years ago stress was considered mostly a male problem, but not anymore. Women are experiencing the stress of pursuing perfection, looking a certain way, competing in the workplace, attempting to do it all, never saying no, and having no time for themselves. That’s not how God wants you to … Read More

Healing for Your Grief

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“He heals the brokenhearted.” Ps 147:3 NIV One of the most moving scenes in Scripture is Jesus weeping at the graveside of Lazarus. It’s not that He was powerless to change the situation, which He did, but that He empathizes with us in our time of loss. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” The Lord didn’t promise … Read More

How to Experience God’s Grace

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“Grace be unto you, and peace, from God.” 1Co 1:3 Several of Paul’s epistles open with the words, “Grace be unto you, and peace, from God.” That’s because you cannot experience God’s peace unless you first know how to receive His grace and walk in it. There are three things about grace you need to understand: (a) it cannot be … Read More

Covetousness (4)

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“Be content with such things as you have.” Heb 13:5 NKJV If your goals are God-centered, He will help you to achieve them. But if you are asking Him for something just because your neighbor has it, you’ll be disappointed. The Bible says, “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Ps 84:11). When God withholds something … Read More

Covetousness (3)

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“He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.” Ps 106:15 NKJV See if you recognize this pattern. As slaves in Egypt the Israelites pray, “God, get us out of here!” So He does. Then in the wilderness, on their way to the Promised Land they say, “God, we’re gonna die out here. We were better off in … Read More

Covetousness (2)

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“You shall not covet.” Ex 20:17 NKJV Why do we keep giving in to sinful desires? For two reasons: (1) Because the new birth doesn’t automatically do away with the old nature. Like two cars approaching an intersection at the same time, your old and new natures are always on a collision course. (2) Because if you dwell on a … Read More

A Changed Family – Meet Madame Gustav

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Madame Gustav and her husband have four children, three boys and one girl. For many years, they lived in extremely difficult conditions in Haiti. Their home was a mud hut with a leaky straw roof. Her children didn’t have beds and slept on a dirt floor. Clean water was difficult to obtain. The family constantly battled hunger and sickness.   … Read More

Made for More: Contentment

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Have you ever ordered dessert after agonizing over the dessert menu, only to become convinced that you made the wrong decision when you saw the dessert that the person next to you ordered? It’s easy to become dissatisfied with what you have and want something that somebody else has. It’s easy to think that some new possession will make you … Read More

Covetousness (1)

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“Let your conduct be without covetousness.” Heb 13:5 NKJV Covetousness begins with craving, then evolves into conniving to get what you want. Achan, Ahab, Ananias and Sapphira were willing to steal, lie and kill to get what they wanted. “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will … Read More

What’s New?

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“His compassions…are new every morning.” Lam 3:22-23 NIV Are you going through a hard time at the moment? You’re not alone! Things were so bad in Israel that when Jeremiah wrote one of the books of the Bible he called it Lamentations. In a positive-thinking, feel-good world, that’s not exactly a best-selling title. Jeremiah describes God’s people as a “widow” … Read More

Sound Thinking

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“God has…given us…a sound mind.” 2Ti 1:7 NKJV The Bible says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” In order to improve your life you must change two things: (1) Your thought processes. Gordon MacDonald says: “People who are out of shape mentally fall victim to ideas … Read More

Rejoicing in Trouble

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“Breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet.”       Eze 37:10 NKJV Your hopes may be dead and your dreams buried, but God can breathe into them again. Ezekiel stood in a valley of dead, dry bones. That’s about as bad as it gets! Right? Then something amazing happened. God said to the Prophet, “Prophesy…and say…‘Thus says … Read More

Why God Accepts You (2)

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“Approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him.” 2Co 5:21 AMP The world tells us that our value is connected to our “doing.” Growing up, we’re constantly compared. When asked why we were not doing as well as our brother or sister, we felt we were doing our best and we had no answer. So we determined to try … Read More

Why God Accepts You (1)

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“Approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him.” 2Co 5:21 AMP God loves and accepts you as much on your bad days as He does on your good ones. In a performance-based society, that’s easy to forget. But you mustn’t! God’s acceptance is based on your standing in Christ, not the state of your life at a given time. … Read More

Moving from Doubt to Faith

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“Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’” Lk 17:5 NKJV Why do we experience so much doubt? (1) Because doubt satisfies our need for self-protection. We don’t like to be wrong, to get hurt, or to fail, so our subconscious reasoning says, “It’s easier not to trust, to lower my expectations so I won’t be disappointed.” But you are disappointed, aren’t you? Why? … Read More

“Time Out!”

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“Stand…still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.” 1Sa 9:27 Here’s an ancient Scripture with a modern message: “As they were going down to…the city, Samuel said to Saul…‘stand thou still a while, that I may show thee the word of God.’” Today we are told that in order to succeed we must hit the floor … Read More

Let Go of Your Independent Attitude

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“We will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Heb 4:16 NLT The Bible says, “Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” We grow up being told, “If you want something you’ll have to … Read More

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My Nephew and his wife attend Free Chapel with us. She gave birth to their second son on Monday 4 1/2 weeks early. He was taken to the NIC unit at Northside Hospital and we were all very upset and worried. The Nurse that came in to explain everything that was happening to us had attended Free Chapel and started … Read More