Standing on the word

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When I was a kid growing up in church, I used to hear the phrase "just stand on God's word". So I used to wonder what good would it do to put the bible on the floor and stand on top of it. Well of course when I got older I found out what they were talking about. When we are standing on His word it means to get a particular scripture from the Bible that pertains to the problem we are having at the time and confess what God says about the situation and not rehearse the problem over and over … [Read more...]

Recognizing God’s Voice

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So he said to Samuel, “Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’” I Samuel 3:9 NLT Listening to the right voices determine one’s life course. My cousin and I were simple country boys who loved romping in the woods. Times were simpler then. No cell phones. No video games. Just our youth and imaginations. Our parents and grandparents didn’t fear for our safety. We were allowed to roam as long as we listened for the voice—a car horn. We … [Read more...]

Suffering and the Love of God

As I have been studying through 2 Timothy, I have been struck by how many times the words suffer (4x), endure hardship (1x), afflictions (1x) and persecution (3x) are mentioned.  Paul over and over warns and encourages Timothy about the reality of suffering for Christ's sake. However, our "flesh" is strongly opposed to suffering.  One of the first things we do is cry out, "Why, God? Don't you love me? You must not!" Emotionally, we just can't harmonize suffering with the love of God.  We can't … [Read more...]

The Unconventional Journey: When Jesus Leads You

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Have you ever wondered what direction in life to take? I think we all have. We’ve looked at the paths before us and wondered which one to go down. In learning to be led by Jesus, there are two ways that has directed me. Sometimes He lets you choose. I remember when I started seminary. I started on-line at one seminary, and absolutely loved the experience. But then as God lead me into a denomination, he began to open up doors to attend their seminary. After talking to a friend who attended … [Read more...]

God’s Will Is For Us To Trust Him Above All

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Trust is truly an element that's of great importance due to the fact that it involves one's own character, credibility, and ability. Humanly speaking, when somebody cannot trust us despite how much we've allowed God to transform us into credible and reliable individuals that can be prepared to provide assistance to those who are in need, it hurts. The reason is that it brings us down to such a low level that doesn't fit who are in Christ. If as weak, unreliable, and dishonest we can be as … [Read more...]

Eating Machine

“‘ …Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law.  They are not just idle words for you- they are your life.’”     Deuteronomy 32: 46-47 NIV My 13 year old son is an eating machine.  He is 6 feet tall and wears a size fourteen shoe. He has been growing like a weed and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.  I am constantly asked the question of where my offspring gets his height? I … [Read more...]

Don’t be a product of the times

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This world is producing a lot of things. We produce more as a society than we ever have. We also consume more, it seems. Yet, as we produce more materially, we're also producing many unattractive qualities. We seem to have more undesirable traits being displayed. While we have more than we've ever had, maybe it's produced some undesirable results. I'm not very old, myself. Yet, I think of myself as an old school kind of thinker. I don't get wrapped up in a lot of the same things as other … [Read more...]

God Designed You: Mind, Body, and Spirit

You are a spiritual being who has a soul, and you live in a body. God interacts with the spirit of a man, not through his physical senses. It is the spiritual part of you that experiences fellowship with God. The only way you can find true peace, love, and joy is through the rebirth of the human spirit by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Just as a person cannot develop naturally without food and exercise, neither can a person develop spiritually without spiritual growth. Remember Jesus’ … [Read more...]

Hope for Tomorrow

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We have all had those days where it started out right, but ended horribly. You don't know how it happened, or maybe you do, but you wonder, How did we get to this place?! The next day, you feel drained, depressed, and sad. The day will start out great, full of promise, warmth, and closeness, but instead it ends with destruction, hurt, anger, and a feeling of hopelessness. The next day, the feelings of hurt, anger, and vulnerability threaten to make your new day miserable. I knew from the moment … [Read more...]

Spillage of Love

Spillage of Love “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”       John 15:12 NIV “Don’t spill the water, Abby,” I call to her almost every morning.  My daughter has a very important chore of feeding and providing water for our two cats before school. Inevitably, she ends up dribbling some of the water on the floor during her journey from the laundry room to the front porch.  I admit that sometimes I am frustrated because of this messy spillage on the floor. However, I … [Read more...]