Literalness

Years ago, I read two verses in Taylor’s “Living Bible,” that told me:

“When God’s children are in need, YOU be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night.” (Romans 12:13) [Emphasis mine!] Continue reading

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Living A Reality

As I am sure you recognize that it is possible to “worship” God without fully participating in its full meaning. Think about this. Have you ever found yourself singing a hymn, for instance, and easily sing every word loud and clear, even enjoy singing the song, only to realize that you are uttering the words, while your mind is thinking about something else. Your mouth is forming the words, but your heart is far away. Does it make you feel foolish? Here you are, standing before God and you have been worshiping him by rote, without even thinking about what you are singing. How do you think that makes your Father feel? Like He is pretty insignificant to you, right? Now, try to imagine worshipping like that all the time! How vain would that worship be? Continue reading

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What Would You Do?

I told you that our prayers allow us to draw closer to our Father; to increase our fellowship and communion. In fact, our prayers can become the most intimate times possible! I remember that after I read the time Hezekiah was sick and Isaiah told him he was about to die, the Lord amazingly gave him fifteen more years to live. Take a look: Continue reading

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What If Our Prayers Aren’t Answered?

Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up . . . (I Peter 5:8-9) Continue reading

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A Lesson to Learn

I have often been challenged with my most cherished values and doctrines. I remember when Peter first traveled to Cornelius’ home in Caesarea, he learned that the whole Gentile world was waiting to be opened up for the Gospel (Acts 10)! Continue reading

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Perseverance Over Immediacy

Paul was cautioning us when he wrote:

Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality (Romans 12:11-13) Continue reading

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Pray until You PRAY!

In the early days of my faith, I was fortunate to have some great people of faith disciple me. They always told me to, “Pray till you PRAY!” Most of us have never learned that. Paul wrote, “Keep praying! And, be alert and thankful as you pray! (Colossians 4:2).” He certainly knew the problems believers were having! You see, far too many of us don’t pray at all, but if we do, we stop praying before we have truly PRAYED! We are so easily distracted during our prayers that it seems senseless to waste our time! Continue reading

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