Do You Want to Be Healed?

'Jesus said..."Pick up your mat and walk."' John 5:8 NIVJon Walker writes, 'Long ago...I was diagnosed with clinical depression and began the hard work of deep, lasting, in-Jesus recovery. One day Jesus asked me, "Do you want to be healed?" ...It seemed like such a ridiculous question...but I knew what He meant. Was I willing ...Read More

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How to Have a Personal Revival (2)

'...Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.' Psalm 80:18 NKJVAW Tozer gives us four more steps to personal revival that we must take: '(1) Bring your life into accord with such Scriptures as are designed to instruct us in the way of righteousness. An honest man with an open Bible, a pad and ...Read More

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How to Have a Personal Revival (1)

'...Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.' Psalm 80:18 NKJVThe Psalmist prayed, 'Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.' Almost a century ago, AW Tozer laid out the steps that lead to personal revival. Some of the language may be outdated, but the principles still work today. First, get thoroughly dissatisfied ...Read More

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God Will Surprise You

'See, I am doing a new thing...' Isaiah 43:19 NIVCan you imagine Moses' surprise when God talks to him from a burning bush? As doors shut without explanation, Paul is surprised by a man from Macedonia calling to him in a vision: '...come over here and help us.' (Acts 16:9 TLB) Well, He's still the ...Read More

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Samson and Delilah

'...Samson went down...' Judges 14:1 NKJVSamson lost everything for several reasons. First, wrong relationships. When God says 'no' to a relationship He's not being punitive, He's being protective. 'But I feel so good when I'm with them,' you say. God sees where the road leads, you don't! It's better to want what you don't have, ...Read More

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Is there a better way?

'I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.' Philippians 3:14 NKJV We must never stop asking, 'Is there a better way?' You can't pray for progress and fight change. In 1829, Martin Van Buren, Governor of New York, wrote to President Andrew Jackson cautioning him about ...Read More

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Become a better listener

'...Be quick to listen, slow to speak...' James 1:19 NLTWant to become a good leader? Become a good listener! Here are two stories of what happens when we don't take time to listen. The first is from a young woman hurt by a manager who constantly cut her off: 'We expected he would wait and ...Read More

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Putting God’s Kingdom first (2)

'Seek the Kingdom of God above all else...' Matthew 6:33 NLTAs you read the following nine qualities, ask yourself, 'Are these things evident in my life today? Am I developing these fruits so that I may be entrusted with greater responsibility for the advancement of God's Kingdom?' (1) merciful and grace-giving. 'God blesses those who ...Read More

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Putting God’s Kingdom first (1)

'Seek the Kingdom of God above all else...' Matthew 6:33 NLTWhat does it mean to put God's Kingdom first in your life? It means 12 things. Read them carefully then ask, 'How do I measure up?' (1) obedience to God. '...anyone who obeys God's laws and teaches them will be great in the Kingdom of ...Read More

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Be Led by God, Not Others (2)

'...led by the Spirit of God...' Romans 8:14 NKJVGod will help you to be all you can be, but He will never help you to be somebody else. When you try to be somebody else, you lose yourself in the process. God wants us to fit into His plan, not yield to pressure and try ...Read More

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Be Led by God, Not Others (1)

'...led by the Spirit of God...' Romans 8:14 NKJVLife is like a maze; it's easy to get lost. Pressure comes at us from every direction to keep others happy. We study the important people in our lives, trying to decide what they want from us and how to give it to them, and in the ...Read More

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Characteristics of a Great Dad (5)

'...we loved you so much...' 1 Thessalonians 2:8 NIVThe example of a godly lifestyle. 'You are witnesses, and so is God, of how...we were among you...' (1 Thessalonians 2:10 NIV) Paul's audience could judge his claims because they witnessed his lifestyle. Dad, it's pointless to 'talk the talk' if there's no audience, and you can ...Read More

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Characteristics of a Great Dad (4)

'...we loved you so much...' 1 Thessalonians 2:8 NIVSpiritual leadership. 'Surely you remember...we preached the Gospel...to you.' (v9) A recent survey of Christian families shows that one in ten fathers pray with their children, and one in 25 fathers read the Bible to them. Many of us remember being raised by godly mothers (thank God ...Read More

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