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Praying with the Right Mindset

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“You…do not receive, because you ask amiss.” Ja 4:3 NKJV Sometimes in our prayers we are “me” centered and see God as a genie to be conjured up to fulfill our every wish. Then when we don’t get what we want we think He doesn’t hear, doesn’t care, or maybe doesn’t exist. James says, “You…do not receive, because you ask … Read More

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William Wilberforce (2)

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“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” Mk 10:43 NIV William Wilberforce’s biographer, Eric Metaxas, points out that the abolition of the British slave trade had even greater implications: “We had suddenly entered a world in which we would never again ask whether it was our responsibility as a society to help the poor and suffering. … Read More

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William Wilberforce (1)

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“Do it with the strength God provides.” 1Pe 4:11 NIV William Wilberforce grew up as a child of privilege, attending Cambridge University. Two weeks after his twenty-first birthday he was elected to Parliament, where he became a brilliant orator and politician. Then he met John Newton, author of the hymn “Amazing Grace.” A former slave ship captain, Newton had found … Read More

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If God Says You’re Qualified, You Are!

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“Don’t let anyone look down on you.” 1Ti 4:12 NIV You shouldn’t be overlooked because of your age, your gender, your nationality, your education or your financial status. People will try to put you down, but if you trust God He will lift you up. Timothy started preaching in his teens. He became Paul’s traveling companion, which was no small … Read More

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Have You Found Your Place Yet?

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“To prepare God’s people for works of service.” Eph 4:12 NIV The story’s told of a pastor who went to the railroad station every night to watch the express train roar through town. His congregation wondered why. When suspicions arose a deacon followed him, watched him, and asked what he was doing. He replied, “This train is the only thing … Read More

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A Memo from Heaven

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“Conquer evil by doing good.” Ro 12:21 TLB It’s easy to forget why God saved you, what He’s called you to do, and how you’re supposed to live. So here’s a memo from heaven: “Don’t just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of good. Love each other with brotherly affection … Read More

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YOU ARE FORGIVEN (2)

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“Bless the Lord…who forgives all your [sins].” Ps 103:2-3 NKJV We tend to forgive others more easily than we forgive ourselves. This is especially so when we fail in a major area like a marriage or career, or our actions have hurt others, or our habits have hurt us, or we know we are not doing what we should. So … Read More

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You are Forgiven (1)

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“In Him we have…the forgiveness of sins.” Eph 1:7 NKJV When God forgives you but you refuse to forgive yourself, you’re spurning His grace and choosing to be miserable. When you do that: (1) Your loved ones are at risk. It’s not just about you. When you wallow in guilt you tend to be more withdrawn and critical, and less … Read More

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Try Fasting and Prayer

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“We fasted and entreated…God.” Ezra 8:23 NKJV Ezra’s assignment was rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. And there were moments when it felt overwhelming. So here’s what he did: “We fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.” When you are willing to go without food and take the time to seek God with all your heart, … Read More

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Growing—And Blessing Others

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“Carry each other’s burdens, and…you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Gal 6:2 NIV If your desire is to bless others, you must ask yourself: (1) What am I doing to invest in myself? You can’t give what you don’t have. Unless you’re committed to personal growth you’ll have nothing of worth to give others. So, “Add to your faith…knowledge” … Read More

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