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God’s Grace

God’s Grace

Click below to watch the video! God’s Grace Teaching Moment: God’s Grace Is Enough Video: Joel Osteen assures you that God’s grace will always be there when any difficulty comes your way....

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What Will Prayer Do

What Will Prayer Do

WHAT WILL PRAYER DO: Bar the gates of Hell Matt18:18 Open The Windows Of Heaven 2Chron7:14 Shut The Mouth Of Gainsayers Acts13:6-12 Loose the Chains of Sin James 5:17-20 Bind The forces of Evil Eph:6:11-18 Supply Our EVERY Need John14:14 Open Doors Of Opportunity Rev...

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2 Corinthians 1:3-11

2 Corinthians 1:3-11

2 Corinthians 1:3-11 King James Version (KJV)   3Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 6And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 7And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. 8For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: 9But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 10Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; 11Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our...

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The Same Spirit at Work

The Same Spirit at Work

The Same Spirit at Work “For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:18 NIV)A time long ago and in a land far away, I found myself frustrated one day with a co-worker. Actually, frustrated is a mild word because, as my sweet southern aunts might say, I perceived this co-worker as contrary.Just to be clear: I’m no choirboy, either. In a Cold War sense, there were fights and quarrels between us, both wanting something, but neither one of us able to get it. Jesus’ brother, James, says this sort of conflict is evidence of ungodly desires (James 4:1–2). I realized that at the core of my frustration was our inability to get along, even though “the Holy Spirit, whom God has placed within us, jealously longs for us to be faithful” (James 4:5 NLT). This is what God whispered into my ear: “The same Spirit at work in you is the same Spirit at work in him.” Did you catch that? The same Spirit at work in you is the same Spirit at work in him. Is there another believer with whom you have trouble getting along? Remember, the same Spirit at work in you is the same Spirit at work in him or her. This year, what will you do to try and bring peace between you and this...

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2012: Focus on What God Can Do Through You

2012: Focus on What God Can Do Through You

2012: Focus on What God Can Do Through You “Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity …” (Hebrews 6:1a NIV) Although God does the heavy lifting in our transformation to Christ-likeness, we still bear the responsibility to keep discipline part of discipleship. Therefore, we no longer run aimlessly; we have the sizeable objective of becoming just like Jesus. And so, as the Apostle Paul describes it, we beat our bodies into submission as we press on toward our objective (1 Corinthians 9:26–27). But, as we’re beating discipline into our thoughts and behavior, we too often slip into beating ourselves up over the inability to do the things we ought to do (Romans 7:16–25). Here’s the thing: Becoming like Jesus is difficult enough without this “Try harder!” mentality we force upon ourselves. It sucks us into a cycle of “I must do better,” “I ought to pray more,” and “I should be spiritually more mature by now.” We’re left feeling defeated, and that pushes us further into our cycle of trying harder to measure up to God’s standards. But can you see that this keeps us focused on ourselves and on the things we can’t do? God wants us focused on the things he can do through us. He wants us to know that, having begun a good work in us, he “will carry it on to completion” until we see Jesus face-to-face (Philippians 1:6 NIV). Paul, ever the exhorter, says we’re to push toward the ideal, but these standards were never meant as imperative “ought-to” statements demanding immediate perfection from us. Perhaps more than any one of us, Paul understands our desperate need for God’s grace. Our objective is to make every effort to mature into believers who think and act just like Jesus. We may slip, we may fail horribly, but we press on to take hold of the abundant life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Philippians 3:12)....

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