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Imagine Being Adopted by God! (2)

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“Receive the kingdom of God as a little child.”                                Mk 10:15 Jesus said, “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” You need to become a little child again, to allow yourself the kind of relationship with the Lord that you may have missed; to allow Him to heal and adjust … Read More

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Imagine Being Adopted by God! (1)

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“You received the Spirit of adoption.”                                     Ro 8:15 NKJV The Bible says, “[We] received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (vv.15-17 NKJV). Adoptive parents understand what it’s like to … Read More

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That’s What You’re Called to Do

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“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily.”        Lk 9:23 NIV The story’s told of a lieutenant addressing his platoon: “I’m looking for volunteers. Chances are, this mission won’t succeed and many of you won’t come back. If you’re interested, step forward.” Everybody looks around, then takes a collective step backwards, leaving an … Read More

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Operating by the Peace Rule

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“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.”                             Col 3:15 NIV If you don’t have peace about it, don’t proceed! Often peace is all God will give you to let you know whether you’re in or out of His will. So how can you operate by the peace rule? “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God … Read More

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Walking on Water (3)

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“God is…a very present help in trouble.”                                 Ps 46:1 NKJV Let’s observe two final things: (1) Between the dread and the devastation, look for the Deliverer. Picture a boat lashed by huge waves, and frightened disciples who thought they were going under. They forgot the promise: “God is…a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear” (vv.1-2 NKJV). … Read More

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Walking on Water (2)

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“The boat was…buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.” Mt 14:24 NIV Notice: (1) Trouble doesn’t mean God has abandoned you. The disciples learned that Jesus may be out of sight, but He’s never out of touch. To “walk by faith, not by sight” (2Co 5:7 NKJV) means you’ll sometimes walk in darkness without visible cues. Someone … Read More

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Walking on Water (1)

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“Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go.”                  Mt 14:22 NIV When you find yourself in trouble, do you sometimes think, “I must have done something wrong. Perhaps I’ve missed God’s will and He’s punishing me”? No. Trouble is multi-sourced, and frequently unrelated to our wrongdoing or God’s punishment. The disciples weren’t in the storm by disobeying, but … Read More

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