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When You Feel Cornered

O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on July 16, 2018 at 11:27am — No Comments

Courage to Come Close

A few thoughts from Chuck Proudfit with the Marketplace Minute™ . . .

“The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.”  This scripture in Exodus 20:21 paints a powerful picture of the hunger Moses had to know God personally, even when it meant overcoming the fear of the unknown.

 

How many times have you held back from a divine encounter?  It can seem unbelievable that God would want to spend time with each one of us,…

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Added by Chuck Proudfit on July 15, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Folly of God-Making

 

Do you really think you can stand against the kingdom of the Lord led by the descendants of David?

Your army is vast indeed, but with you are those gold calves Jeroboam made as your…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on July 10, 2018 at 10:03am — No Comments

When You Think You Have It Made

 

When Rehoboam was firmly established and strong, he abandoned the law of the Lord.

2 Chronicles 12:1 NLT

 

Rehoboam’s reign mirrors your…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on July 2, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple? (Part 6)

“Love . . . does not boast; it is not arrogant. . . .” (1 Corinthians 13:4b ESV).

 

As we continue our journey of discovery into what matters most to God, there is a fourth quality that God seeks in the hearts of His followers. It is a quality that we all wish other people would show toward us, but that we sometimes only grudgingly show toward others:…

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Added by Skip Garmo on July 1, 2018 at 8:55am — No Comments

Acceptance and Change

As much as we would like to change things, some things are just unchangeably real, and there’s not much we can do about it. To say that in a popular way, “It is what it is.” Jesus does not change. The writer of Hebrews proclaims, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Even while society changes, human nature does not change. Reality is real. Hanging on my wall as I grew through my teen-age years, was a plaque containing the words of American theologian…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on June 28, 2018 at 12:40pm — No Comments

A Test with Hard Questions

When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s reputation, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions.

2 Chronicles 9:1 NLT

 

Conduct a self-test to see if you have been accepted…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on June 25, 2018 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Lord of Your Rocking Boat

Rembrandt -  Jesus Calming the Storm

 

 They were in absolute awe, staggered. “Who is this, anyway?” they asked.…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on June 18, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Navigating the SUDDENLIES & the SLOWLIES

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned this year is that God can work either suddenly or slowly. I’m incredibly glad the Bible calls Him “the Lord of Breakthroughs” (1 Chronicles 14:10-11 NLT), because we all need a sudden breakthrough of His miraculous power at one time or another.

But God also presents Himself as “the Lord of the harvest” (Luke 10:2). While some harvests occur more quickly than others, this word picture is quite different than for a…

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Added by Jim Buchan on June 17, 2018 at 7:43am — No Comments

Defining Purpose: DISCERN God’s will for our work

A few thoughts from Chuck Proudfit with the Marketplace Minute™ . . .

It’s hard to discern God’s will for our work when we aren’t tuned in to his direction.  When we get discouraged or distracted, we can tune God out.  This is the absolute worst thing to do!

 

God’s voice is never more important to hear than when we have a pressing need to hear it.  We’re limited in our ability to communicate, but God isn’t. 

 

As scripture reminds us in John 8:47 .…

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Added by Chuck Proudfit on June 15, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Things You Do Not Have to Stress About in College

High school has got to be the most stressful period in a student’s life. In high school, there are so many things you have to worry about. You worry about being popular, getting good grades, wearing the right clothes and hanging out with the right group among other things. However, college is different and they are a number of things you shouldn’t lose sleep over when you get to college. Here are a number of things college students never worry…

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Added by Robert Roberts on June 14, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments

Home -- A House With A Heart

 

Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is useless.

Psalm 127:1 NLT

 

I am the Builder of your home.

My power is the…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on June 11, 2018 at 11:42am — No Comments

Christian Hallmark

Those who become Christians become new persons.

They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!

2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

 

Believe in Christ…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on June 4, 2018 at 4:42pm — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple? (Part 5)

. . . I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Philippians 4:11b ESV).

 

If you just joined our journey of discovery into what matters most to God, we are taking a reflective walk through 1 Corinthians 13:4. The third quality that people see in followers who reflect Christlike love is the absence of…

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Added by Skip Garmo on June 1, 2018 at 2:06pm — No Comments

What's the Difference: Mentoring vs. Disciple Making?

“What’s the difference?” It’s the question of a learner, a thinker, a person who’s comparing two not-quite-the-same concepts.

When I taught English in Asia I realized that motivated students have lots of these questions. I remember being asked, “What’s the difference between ‘affect’ and ‘effect’? Or between ‘than’ and ‘then’? Or ‘farther’ and ‘further’?” Most of the time I knew, but occasionally the question itself caused me, the teacher, to realize that I didn’t understand clearly.…

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Added by Justin Gravitt on May 31, 2018 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Learning from Five Presidents

I knew five men who served as President of my seminary – one while I was a student, three while I was on the faculty, and one who was Interim President between two Presidents.

 

While they were very diverse, each had his strengths, and each made lasting contributions to the school. Each impacted the lives of future ministers. I considered each to be my friend. I learned from all of them.

 

One took the first Chapel of each semester to welcome the new…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on May 29, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

Clay Hallelujahs

 

This precious treasure – light and power that now shine within us – is held in fragile clay jars, in our weak bodies.

Everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and is not our…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 29, 2018 at 9:55am — No Comments

Preparing for the NEXT Royal Wedding

Didn’t get an invitation to Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding? No worries! Another royal wedding is coming soon, and this time you’re definitely invited.

The combined viewership in America and the UK for Harry and Meghan’s big day was nearly 50 million people, which was pretty impressive. But, in contrast, the next royal wedding is sure to be seen by billions.

While much has been made of Meghan Markle’s biracial identity, the upcoming wedding will feature a…

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Added by Jim Buchan on May 21, 2018 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Life Insurance

 

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son,

so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 21, 2018 at 1:38pm — No Comments

The Focus Factor

A few thoughts from Chuck Proudfit with the Marketplace Minute™ . . .

Does work life sometimes seem like a spiritual maze, where you’re looking for purposeful direction but consistently coming up with blind alleys and dead ends?  This isn’t God’s design – it’s our typical “trial and error” approach to understanding His will.

 

When we journey with God, we can’t stay where we are.  God always wants to develop us.  He desires a deep relationship with us.  He wants…

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Added by Chuck Proudfit on May 15, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

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