Forgiveness Begins the Healing Process

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“If you hold anything against anyone, forgive them.” Mk 11:25 NIV The hardest offenses to forgive are committed by the people who are closest to us. Why? Because we have to live with them every day! When we’re young, our emotions are so intense that wounds and injuries may stay with us for a lifetime. And the pain is worse … Read More

The Hand of The Lord

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We are deep believers in the power of laying on of hands. Twice a year we gather as a church and lay hands on our entire congregation. It is a precedent set by God Himself and we have seen how powerful it is! Barren women have been able to conceive, cancer has left bodies and financial breakthrough has come. What … Read More

THE HAND OF THE LORD

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We are deep believers in the doctrine of laying on hands and praying for one another. Twice a year we gather as a church and lay hands on our entire congregation. Even our children! It is a precedent set by God Himself throughout scripture, and oh how we have seen Him move in this way!   Before we started our … Read More

Are You Afraid of Losing Someone?

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“You will be missed, because your seat will be empty.”       1Sa 20:18 NIV Who’s the one person whose death you dread most? Is it causing you anxiety? If so, begin to put these things into practice: (1) Ask God for the grace to accept death as an inevitable part of life. Both you and your loved one will eventually die, … Read More

The Power of God’s Word (2)

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“The commands of the Lord are radiant.”        Ps 19:8 NIV Observe: (1) “The commands of the Lord are radiant.” When people like Plato and Shakespeare speak, the effect of their words on us depends on what we bring to the process. Some of us may be informed and entertained, while others may be indifferent or bored. Their words could be … Read More

The Power of God’s Word (1)

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“The law of the LORD is perfect.”      Ps 19:7 NKJV Of all the words ever spoken, only “the word of God is alive and powerful” (Heb 4:12 NLT). So when you read your Bible you tap into a life-changing force. Let’s look at some of the wonderful characteristics and effects attributed to God’s Word in Psalm 19. (1) “The law … Read More

Affair-Proof Your Relationship

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“Be careful not to fall.”             1Co 10:12 CEV Most people don’t plan on getting into an affair. They just happened to be with the wrong person, at the wrong time, in the wrong frame of mind. The Bible plainly warns, “Even if you think you can stand up to temptation, be careful not to fall.” When you think, “It … Read More

Lead with Your Strengths

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“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit.”                        Isa 48:17 NKJV In case you’re wondering whether or not God wants you to succeed, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” He told the Israelites, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.” But you’ll only … Read More

Dealing with Change (3)

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“Tell the children of Israel to go forward.”        Ex 14:15 NKJV With the Red Sea in front of them and Pharaoh’s chariots behind them, Moses told the Israelites: “‘Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no … Read More

Dealing with Change (2)

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“Go to the land that I will show you.” Ge 12:1 NLT How would you feel if God told you to leave your job, sell your house and go to a city you didn’t know? That’s what happened to seventy-five-year-old Abraham and his sixty-five-year-old wife Sarah. “Leave your native country…and go to the land that I will show you.” Why … Read More

Willows and Palms

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Life sure ebbs and flows, doesn’t it? On Monday, you can be on top of the world, and by Tuesday you’re asking yourself, “Could things get any worse?” I have definitely been there.   In Leviticus 23:40, God instructs the High Priests to come into His presence with two branches. In one hand, a Palm, and in the other, a … Read More

Dealing with Change (1)

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“Enlarge my territory.”             1Ch 4:10 NKJV Think how foolish it is to pray for success, and resist the changes needed to bring it about. But we do that, don’t we? Let’s face it; it’s easier to settle for the status quo than to face the “what ifs” that accompany progress. Some of us even think it’s selfish and unspiritual … Read More

Whose Company Do You Prefer?

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“And being let go, they went to their own company.”            Ac 4:23 We all have our “own company.” It’s where we feel most at home, where we naturally gravitate to when we have the choice. The great Bible teacher A. W. Tozer once said, “The important thing about a man is not where he goes when he is compelled to … Read More

Willows and Palms

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As a husband, father and pastor, there have been many times over the past few decades I would consider myself to have walked through Willow days; days marked with trial, adversity and discouragement. But this is what I learned. When you are faithful with the challenging days, God will lead you into the prosperous, thriving Palm days! The key is … Read More

Speak the Truth in Love

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“Speak the truth in love.”        Eph 4:15 NLT Even in a great relationship, you will have disagreements. That’s why you need to learn to fight fair. Paul addresses it this way: “Speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ.” If you grew up in a home filled with tension and angry words, you may … Read More

Who’s Advising You?

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“They prosper in all they do.” Ps 1:3 NLT The first Psalm in the Bible talks about the dangers of getting the wrong counsel, listening to the wrong voices, and mixing with the wrong people. “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But … Read More

You Have a Sound Mind! (3)

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“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”        2Ti 1:7 NKJV You say, “What is this ‘sound mind’ that God says He has given us?” The original Greek word means “sane, rational, logical, realistic, and reasonable.” It includes qualities such as: (1) Being self-controlled. It’s not controlled … Read More

You Have a Sound Mind! (2)

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“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”        2Ti 1:7 NKJV Step 2: Start saying what God says about you in His Word. Words matter, especially when they’re God’s words! Look around you; everything in creation was first a word that was thought and spoken by God. “Then … Read More

You Have a Sound Mind! (1)

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“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”        2Ti 1:7 NKJV No matter what others say about you, God says you have “a sound mind!” Many people live their lives believing that they’re intellectually inferior—born that way, and will always be that way. The problem with believing … Read More

Three Lessons from Lucifer’s Fall

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Worship . . . the very thing that God created us to do can frequently be the very thing that destroys us. For some, it is the worship of money or even one’s self. We worship things without even realizing it. Anything that we give our admiration to above the Lord becomes sin. The fall of Lucifer is not something … Read More

Lessons From Lucifer’s Fall

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  Daily news reports buzz with the latest celebrity that has crumbled. We see child stars grow up to be miserable adults, often facing early deaths and broken lives. As tragic as it is, it is nothing new. I have personally met with some pretty well-known names in Hollywood. And you know what? They really aren’t much different than us. … Read More

Mother, You’re a Blessing!

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“Her children…call her blessed; her husband…praises her.”            Pr 31:28 NKJV When it comes to motherhood, this sign on a church bulletin board says it all: If evolution is true, how come mothers still only have two hands? Seriously, Mom, today we stop to salute you and let you know how much we appreciate you. Some days you probably wonder if … Read More

Concerned About Your Weight?

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“Glorify God in your body.”    1Co 6:20 NKJV Here are seven principles for dealing with a weight problem: (1) Realize that your body is not your own. “Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you…therefore glorify God in your body” (vv. 19-20 NKJV). Remind yourself that you’re the manager of a body God has entrusted … Read More

Walk by Faith (2)

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“We walk by faith, not by sight.”        2Co 5:7 NKJV When you decide to fly to a certain destination, these things all have to work together: (1) You must identify the right airline and flight schedule that will get you to your intended destination. (2) The plane must operate on a timetable that tells you when it’s leaving and when … Read More

Walk by Faith (1)

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“We walk by faith, not by sight.”        2Co 5:7 NKJV A blind man with a seeing-eye dog “walks by faith” in his dog. He believes that what the dog “sees” will be translated into a signal that tells him when it’s time to go, stop, turn right or left. And he picks up on those signals by holding the leash … Read More

The First Five Minutes

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“The right words bring satisfaction.”   Pr 18:20 NLT What you say in the first five minutes can set the tone for the hours that follow. Good speakers understand they must grab the audience’s attention in the first five minutes, otherwise the opportunity to impact them or move them to action can be lost. The same principle applies to your family. … Read More

Focus on Service, Not Promotion

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“Don’t push your way into the place of prominence.” Pr 25:6 TM Aspiring to leadership is commendable. Paul said, “If someone aspires to be an elder, he desires an honorable position” (1Ti 3:1 NLT). But there’s a difference between stepping forward to take on the responsibility of leadership, and stepping forward to project yourself into the limelight. Harry Truman said, … Read More

Your Blind Spot (4)

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“May…the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you.” Ps 19:14 NLT Jesus said when the Holy Spirit came He would convict us of sin. But conviction is not the same as “getting caught.” When we get caught doing wrong we feel pain, but it’s not necessarily conviction over sin. Often it’s just embarrassment over how others are thinking about … Read More

The God That Exceeds Your Need – Notes

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God doesn’t just do a little – He always does more than enough. Are your expectations in line with the greatness of God? Or are you limiting His blessings in your life because of the smallness of your faith? Be encouraged in this message to let your faith grow. Connection Questions 1.     Name two examples from the Bible of a … Read More

The God That Exceeds Your Need

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What is it that you need? Different seasons of our lives bring different challenges and these can sometimes be overwhelming. In John 6, there is a great need recorded. Five thousand men gathered on top of a mountain to listen to the teachings of Jesus, They were so enamored they forgot to eat. Naturally, their stomachs began to grumble. The … Read More

Your Blind Spot (3)

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“Put off the old man.” Col 3:9 NKJV The Bible speaks about “putting off” certain sins. Then it speaks about “putting on” certain Christ-like characteristics. Using this metaphor of clothing, let’s think about the acronym RAGS: (1) Resentment. How’s your irritability level these days? Are you more, or less easily irritated? How about bitterness and unforgiveness? When someone hurts you, … Read More

Your Blind Spot (2)

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“Who can discern his errors?” Ps 19:12 NIV Sometimes trying to see the truth about yourself is like trying to see inside your own eyeballs. “Who can discern his errors?” the Psalmist asked. Fortunately, you’re not left on your own. The Spirit is already at work in you. Your job is simply to listen and respond. Guilt isn’t your enemy, … Read More

Your Blind Spot (1)

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“Cleanse me from these hidden faults.”          Ps 19:12 NLT There are parts of yourself you’ll never see without God’s help. In one sense, you know yourself better than anyone else does. You alone have access to your inner thoughts, feelings, and judgments. In another sense, you know yourself worse than anyone else does. Why? Because we rationalize, justify, minimize, … Read More

The Outcome Is Up to You

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“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould.”    Ro 12:2 PHPS You determine the outcomes in your life, because God has given no one but you power over your options. When things aren’t working out for us, we often look elsewhere for the reason. Like Eve, we say, “The devil made me do it.” No, … Read More

Failure and Success

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“The God of heaven will give us success.”   Ne 2:20 NIV To turn your failures into successes you need to do two things: (1) Realize that God wants you to succeed because you’re His child. When you think about it, what good and loving parent wouldn’t? In the face of overwhelming obstacles and enemy threats, Nehemiah announced, “The God of … Read More

Staying When You Feel Like Leaving (4)

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“Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders.”        Ps 55:22 TM Give your marriage to God. The last word on the matter must be God’s Word! Seeking professional help is a good thing. But until you’ve transferred ownership of your marriage into God’s hands, you haven’t exercised your best option. You say, “What does handing my marriage over to God mean in … Read More

Staying When You Feel Like Leaving (3)

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“Pray then like this…your will be done.”        Mt 6:9-10 ESV Here are another two helpful keys to resolving marriage conflict: (1) Let God direct your prayers. Prayer can be closed-ended or open-ended. When we think that our perspective is the only accurate one, we pray closed-ended prayers calling on God to solve the problem our way, believing it’s the only … Read More

What We Are Doing in Jerusalem

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At Jentezen Franklin Media Ministries, we want to make a difference in the lives of people around the world. That is why we are involved in humanitarian projects and missions initiatives. Besides broadcasting the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world, we are committed to making a difference to the lost, hurting and those who need to hear the Good … Read More

Staying When You Feel Like Leaving (2)

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“In order that Satan might not outwit us.”        2Co 2:11 NIV Recognize who the real enemy of your marriage is. On those days when you think, “I can’t spend another moment in this relationship,” it’s easy to lose perspective and focus on the wrong things. Marriage was God’s idea. He planned it as the foundation of His earthly kingdom. That … Read More

Staying When You Feel Like Leaving (1)

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“Humans must not pull apart what God has put together.”    Mk 10:9 CEB Not every relationship can be saved. When physical, mental, or emotional abuse threatens your child’s safety, or your own, you may be forced to leave. Failing to do so could lead to tragedy. But where a workable resolution can be found, a troubled relationship can become a … Read More

Four Parallels

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Nothing drives us to the prayer room faster than when a direct family member is faced with crisis.   I recently experienced this myself when my youngest daughter, Connar, was involved in a car accident. When she got out of her car to exchange insurance information, the man involved threw horrible threats at her, demanding she get in his car … Read More

On the Home Front

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“I will raise up a faithful priest who will serve me and do what I desire.”       1Sa 2:35 NLT Being the high priest in Israel was a prestigious job, and Eli seemed suited to it. Yet he failed badly on the home front. “His sons did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes … Read More

Handling Your Failures (2)

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“Return…I will heal your backslidings.”          Jer 3:22 NKJV What’s the root of our failures? Failure doesn’t lie in the strength of the Enemy, or our own weakness, or God’s reluctance to help us overcome. A small town defeated Israel after having conquered mighty Jericho. Their failure, like ours, was the result of unconfessed sin (See Jos 7). But once their … Read More

Handling Your Failures (1)

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“The hearts of the people melted, and became as water.”     Jos 7:5 Even the most seasoned believers experience failure. And the big question at such times isn’t, “How could I have let that happen?” but, “What’s the right way to deal with it?” Indulging in self-condemning thoughts comes naturally to us, but it does no good. It just produces discouragement, … Read More

Learning to Overlook the Flaws

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“Love covers a multitude of sins.”      1Pe 4:8 NLT A person’s sense of self-worth is often based on the reactions, positive or negative, of those around them. So your words and attitudes can literally build them up or tear them down. Dr. Paul Brand was a flight surgeon during World War II. He tells in one of his books of … Read More

How to Overcome Doubt

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“If you have faith and do not doubt.”  Mt 21:21 NIV Doubt is a doorway through which Satan enters your life. It causes the “fight of faith” to become the “flight of faith.” When fear, confusion, discouragement, and despair take up residence within you, they rob you of confidence, joy, and peace. But isn’t being doubtful just human? Sure, and … Read More

What Are Your Children Watching?

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“I will set nothing wicked before my eyes.”    Ps 101:3 NKJV Today over half of all children between the ages of nine and seventeen have Internet cable or satellite television hook-ups in their bedrooms. The old image of the family gathered around a single TV set in the living room is almost nonexistent. Instead, the kids are off by themselves … Read More