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Plagues into Prayers

Turning plagues into prayers Four scriptures from John’s Revelation stir me to turn the present plague into prayers. In Revelation 9:20, after the trumpet plagues had been sent across the earth, John mourns that “the rest of mankind that were not killed by these...

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Present Concerns, Though Written 72 Years Ago

“Do not fear” Luke 12:32 This word from the very erudite C. S. Lewis is a fitting “Good Report.” From his book, “Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays,” published in 1948. Substitute “atomic bomb” with “coronavirus,” and you will find—though written 72 years ago—it is...

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Strength for Every Occasion

An interesting passage in the beginning of the book of Judges: “These are the nations the LORD left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan (he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had...

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God-Identity

Know your identity! I love John’s description of the night when Jesus washed all the disciples’ feet. John says, “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God, so he got up from the meal… ...

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Confession & Forgiveness

“Confess your sins one to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” James 5:16 “If you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:15 Conflicts between good people do arise. We are flawed. None of us is yet...

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A Life of Serving

Serving and Being Served “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” Matthew 20:28 Jesus came not to be served but to serve. Biblical authority is from the bottom up, not from the top down. The one who leads is on the bottom serving those over him, not...

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The Voice of the Lord

The Voice of the Lord “Those who belong to God hear what God says.” John 8:47 God has always desired an intimate relationship with us. When Adam and Eve were in Eden after the fall, they “heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden…” (Genesis 3:8)....

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God with Us

“The Word was God” John 1:1 By the time the apostle John wrote his account of Jesus’ life, he not only had experienced the years of walking beside Jesus, but the horror of watching him tortured and killed. Though Jesus had often told His disciples that He would be...

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Reinhard Bonnke

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." -Revelation 14:13  Most of you will have heard of the death of Reinhard...

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Danger

Hassan (not his real name) lives in Cairo, Egypt. He is an ardent disciple of Jesus, and has studied Islam completely so that he will be more capable in talking about Jesus to his Muslim friends. He knows that this can be dangerous, and that he has to be careful how...

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Is it lust? Be alert!

1 Peter 5:8 According to 1 John 2:15, there are three basic temptations in life: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. These were the temptations to which Adam and Eve fell in the Garden. The fruit was “pleasant to the eye” (lust of eyes),...

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Biblical Authority

Authority, biblically, is from the ground up, not the top down – not someone up on top handing down commands and expecting to be served. Biblical authority is rather an inverted pyramid, with the leader on the bottom serving those whom God has given him. Think Jesus!...

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The World’s Best Seller

What if you had a fiancé or a husband who was away on a long trip, and he wrote letters to you daily only to find the letters unopened when he returned three weeks later? Would you think you would have a hard time convincing him that you really do love him? And yet!...

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Don’t Ask Twice

When you’ve heard from God, but it’s an answer that you really did not want to receive, don’t ask twice. Read Number 22 about the prophet Balaam, and you’ll understand.The king of Moab wanted to hire Balaam to curse his enemy Israel. Balaam may not at the time have...

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Kingdom Expansion

“Your Kingdom, come!” Matthew 6:10 Isaiah told of a Son that would be born who would be called “Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” – that the government would be upon His shoulders, a government, a kingdom, that would never end (Isaiah 9:7). Jesus is...

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Keeping the Kingdom View

Paul says, “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6) Seated with Jesus in the heavenly realms! Take your seat and look down upon our world. You will see all sorts of God things going on, and you will...

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Doing the Works of Jesus

Doing the Works of Jesus “Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.” John 14:12 A challenging Scripture! Our destiny is to do what Jesus did! When I read the Gospels, I find many things that Jesus did that I have not yet done, but I am still here. I...

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When God Speaks, It’s as Good as Done

I’ve been impressed again as I was reading in the early chapters of Joshua how often God talked to Joshua about what He was “giving” Israel, even though they still had to fight for it. When they approached Jericho, God said, “I have delivered Jericho into your hands.”...

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