The abc’s of Believing: F – Faithful

Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;  Deuteronomy 7:9 When you can’t see a thing. When it looks like all His promises stand contradicted? That’s when you know what you believe. In Mere Christianity C.…

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The abc’s of Believing: E – Encompass

Just as the mountains surround and protect Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds and protects his people. Psalm 125: 2 TLB It is a watershed day when you finally learn—God protects in and through the storms of life—as well as from them. The day you come to believe that changes everything. “In this world you will…

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Grumpy Gratitude?

Why don’t you bring me the sacrifices I desire? Bring me your true and sincere thanks, and show your gratitude by keeping your promises to me, the Most High. Honor me by trusting in me in your day of trouble. Cry aloud to me, and I will be there to rescue you.  Psalm 50: 14-15…

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The abc’s of Believing: D – Decisive

“I heard his voice. At the sound of it I fainted, fell flat on the ground, face in the dirt. A hand touched me and pulled me to my hands and knees.‘Daniel,’ he said, ‘man of quality, listen carefully to my message. And get up on your feet. Stand at attention. I’ve been sent to…

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Prayer by L. Ravenhill

The Gospel Of Prayer There’s nothing more transfiguring than prayer. People often ask, “Why do you insist on prayer so much?” The answer is very simple – because Jesus did. You could change the title of the Gospel according to St. Luke to the Gospel of Prayer. It’s the prayer life of Jesus. The other…

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Vacuum of Prayerlessness

We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand. —Randy Pausch I once believed that. And that belief led me straight into a vacuum of hopelessness and despair; a desert place of fatalism and prayerlessness. I mean, why should you pray if you believe all your options and outcomes are based…

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Tenderness, Grace and Grit — Priceless Someone…

  Jesus was the epitome of tenderness—this awe inspiring combination of grace and grit. He was never intimidated by His enemies, always seeking to comfort the next needy heart, yet He never wavered from teaching the uncompromised truth of God. The crowds followed Him everywhere, flocking after Him with their unending needs—but though the demands…

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Jesus Every Time!

“Jesus promised his disciples three things—that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.”  —William Barclay, The Gospel of Luke I don’t care what your questions are or what the problem is—The Answer is Jesus! Every time I found myself on a dead-end, or a fork in the road, and didn’t know…

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Crisscrossing God’s Grace

I kept crisscrossing God’s grace for years without recognizing it for what it was. I didn’t believe God cared. I believed in bootstrapping effort. I believed in coincidental circumstances. I believed in a world where abandonment and rejection was the rule not the exception. But a God of loving grace? I couldn’t relate to the…

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The abc’s of Believing: C – Clarity

That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our…

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