“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Ro 8:31

    Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 11:38 AM [General]

    BY GOD’S GRACE YOU CAN OVERCOME

    Some of  the world’s greatest people faced the world’s greatest challenges, but they overcame them. Cripple a man, and you have Sir Walter Scott, Lock him in prison, and you have John Bunyan. Raise him in abject poverty, and you have Abraham Lincoln.  Subject him to bitter religious prejudice, and you have Benjamin Disraeli. Strike him down with paralysis, and you have Franklin Roosevelt. Have them black in a society filled with racial driscrimination, and you have Booker T. Washington, Harriet Tubman, Marian Anderson and George Washington Carver. Make a man the first child to survive in a poor italian family of eighteen, and you have Enrico Caruso. Have him born to parents who survived Nazi concentration camp, paralyse him from waist down when he’s four years old and you have the incomparable violinist Itzhak Perlman.Call a man a slow learner, mentally challenged, and write him off as  ineducable, and you have Albert Einstein, Helen Keller was born blind and deaf, yet she graduated college with highest honors and impacted the world. Margaret Thatcher, England’s first and only woman prime minister, lived upstairs over her father’s grocery store. For a while her childhood home had no running water and no indoor plumbing. Gola Meir, Israeli’s first and only woman prime minister,was a divorced grandmother from Milwaukee. What do these people teach us? That success doesn’t depend on our circumstances, but on overcoming our circumstances! And with God on our side we can do it! Paul, one of the world’s great overcomers, wrote; “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

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    “I will praise you more and more.” Ps 71:14 NLT

    Friday, November 19, 2010, 11:08 AM [General]

    THE DOMINO EFFECT OF PRAISE (1)

    Don’t limit yourself to worshipping God in church. Be like the Psalmist: “I will bless the Lord at all times” (Ps 34:1). When you don’t feel like praising God but you do it because you want to please Him, that’s called “the sacrifice of praise” (Heb 13:15). And when praise becomes a lifestyle it has a domino effect (that’s where one change causes another, which in turn causes another). When you tell God how wonderful He is, how much you love Him and want to spend time with Him, you’re more likely to find your mate telling you how wonderful you are, how much they love and enjoy being around you. Over time your family and friends start to feel the effect. On the other hand, when you withhold from God the praise He deserves, you deprive yourself of what you need in your own life. David said, “Magnify the Lord with me…let us exalt his name together” (Ps 34:3). God inhabits [occupies, sets up house in] the praises of His people (See Ps 22:3). When you tell Him, “You’re wonderful, there’s no problem You can’t solve and no need You can’t meet. I’m casting all my cares on You. I know You love me and I’m not going to give in to depression and defeat. I’m trusting You to conquer my enemies, break down the doors that are locked and give me victory,” God sends angels to fight and win the battle on your behalf (See Heb 1:14). No wonder David said, “I will praise you more and more.” It works! Isn’t it time you started thinking along the same lines?

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    “Teach …sound doctrine.” Tit 2:1 NIV

    Thursday, November 18, 2010, 11:19 AM [General]

    THE IMPORTANCE OF SOUND DOCTRINE

    Today “sound doctrine” is being replaced by “feel good theology,” and we should be concerned! Pilots fly by fixed laws. Surgeons operate by fixed protocols. Aren’t you glad they think doctrine is important? The story’s told of a psychology student in the army who was given kitchen duty. He decided to test the response of different groups, of soldiers to apricots. First he took the negative approach: “You don’t want apricots, do you?” Ninety percent said no. Then he tried the positive approach: “You do want apricots, don’t you?” Over half said yes. With a third group he tried the either/or technique: “Would you like one dish of apricots or two?” In spite of the fact that most of them didn’t like apricots, forty percent took two dishes and fifty percent took one dish. Be careful; when you have no fixed belief system of your own, you’ll fall for somebody else’s. Paul instructed Timothy: “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2Ti 4:2-4 NIV). When your feelings won’t sustain you, sound doctrine will, for one rests on emotion and the other rests on the eternal Word of God.

     

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    “Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.” 1Cor 13:7 CEV

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 10:33 AM [General]

    YOU’VE GOT TO “WORK AT IT”

    Clara Null writes: “At a wedding my granddaughter Melissa asked, “Why is the bride always dressed in white?” I replied, “Because white represents happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life.’ Her next question was: “Then why’s the groom dressed in black?” Marriage only works if you “work at it.” So here are three principles for strengthening yours (1) Become a good listener. Jesus said, “Consider carefully how you listen” (See Lk 8:18). Sometimes the most important thing in communicating with your mate is to hear what is not being said, to learn to read between the lines. Just “being there” isn’t enough; your mate needs to feel heard-and validated. When they are, they’ll open up and accept what you have to say. (2) “Speak the truth in love” (Eph 4:15 NLT). Nobody likes to be corrected, but when someone is heading down the wrong road, love will “get in your face.” Our marriages break down when the truth is violated, integrity is forsaken, trust is broken, manipulation is allowed, self-interest is the rule, control is the goal, and time isn’t invested. (3) Always believed the best. Love sees you at your worst but never forgets your best; thinks you’re a little bit more wonderful than you really are; will talk with you endlessly or just sit with you in silence, is happier about your success than you are; doesn’t try to know more, act smarter or be your constant teacher; it listens even when what you have to say is not particularly interesting. That’s because love believes you’re important!

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    “You have been wandering around…long enough; turrn.” Dt 2:3 NLT

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 11:19 AM [General]

    WHERE YOU ARE MATTERS!

    God’s plan for your life always involve your gifts, His timing, and being in the right place.  But three things can keep that from happening: fear of failing, unwillingness to leave your comfort zone, and being swayed by the opinions of others. There came a point where in order to enter the Promise Land, God said to Israel, “You have been wandering around…long enough; turn.” When you reach this point it’s crucial that you say yes to God and be willing to step out in faith.

    During a famine God said to the prophet Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of Jordan. You will will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there.” So he did what the Lord told him…and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook” (1Ki 17:2-6 NIV). God’s plan for your life is always connected to a place. Jesus “had to go through Samaria” (Jn 4:4 NIV). Why? To meet a woman who was destined to reach that city with the Gospel. You can’t just go where you like, God will honor you when you’re where He wants you to be. God has promised to bless you, but sometimes He has to reposition you in order to receive His blessing. It was when Ruth moved to Bethlehem that she met Boaz and married him. It was when Bartimaeus went to where Jesus was that he received his sight. Where you are matters!

     

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