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Succumb or Overcome

The Lord is the one who searches and tries our hearts. He will either speak to our hearts during intimate moments with Him, or He will test us by allowing circumstances that expose what lies within. read more

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As You Would Like to Be Treated

Though simple, the Golden Rule isn't always easy. Stubborn to the core, our old nature often gets in the way. We may treat our current offenders as they are treating—or mistreating—us, or perhaps we treat people as we have heard they have treated others. read more

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Hidden Treasure

This week in your life’s journey, you may still feel like yard sale junk. Life may have covered you with dirt, rust and mold. Remember, to Him you are a pearl, a hidden treasure worth the purchase price—His life. read more

Sandra Clifton

Walking Freely to the Beat

Sandra Clifton's recent red-faced moment at the meat counter was a painful reminder that she had just laid an egg—publicly! "Then it occurred to me," she says. "I was free!" read more

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Even Jesus Had to Pray!

Jesus modeled a lifestyle of prayer for us, as shown in the Gospels. Even He had to ask the Father for the things He needed on Earth. read more

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Run the Race, Don't Lose Your Place

Where is your heart today? Where is your mindset? There is so much going on in the world today, it is easy to lose your focus and determination for the things of God. Have you lost your place in the rat race of life? read more

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Faith Comes to the Rescue

Faith can sometimes be that indescribable understanding that whatever happens, whatever takes place, God is in control and we just have to get out of the way and let Him do what only He can do. read more

Integrity Begins at Home

Have you ever been treated unethically in a business transaction? Have you ever been grieved by the lack of integrity in a pastor, evangelist or other minister? Sadly, we live in an age in which leaders in both the secular and the spiritual arenas seem to be making up their own sets of rules about how to conduct their businesses, their ministries and their lives.

We may not be able to do much about the current leadership in these arenas other than pray. But if you’re a parent, you can have a positive impact on the next generation. How? By instituting ethics training in your home. This is where it begins. Parents have the God-given responsibility to guide and instruct their children – the future business and spiritual leaders of our nation.

Where do we go to find appropriate foundational truths that lay the groundwork for ethics and morals? How can we purposefully and systematically train our children and ourselves to do the right thing, even when it hurts? Joyce Meyer, Christian speaker and author, states in one of her teachings on integrity, “True integrity is doing the right thing even when no one else is looking.” Isn’t that what we want in our children and ourselves? read more

Don't Grow Weary!

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not lose heart” (Gal. 6:9).

This is not about tired; it is about weary. Weary is spiritual. Although tired and weary may at times feel closely related, they are worlds apart. Tired is physical; weary is spiritual.

When you are tired you are dealing with the physical realm. Being tired means you need physical rest or a break, some sleep and quite possibly a vacation. Weary does not respond to the same treatment as tired. You can go away for a month to rest and relax but you may still be weary.

If you are tired you may need to change some life habits. You may need to begin to exercise or exercise differently. Perhaps you have a physical problem that needs medical attention. The point is, tired is physical. You cannot pray tired away. You do not rebuke tired. You cannot lay hands on someone and cast out tired. read more

How to Move God’s Heart

One of the greatest sins in the church is not necessarily gossip, strife, addictions, adultery or fornication—even though all these things are sin. What I believe is the greatest sin today, especially in America, is the sin of prayerlessness or leaving God alone. 

We can easily become caught in the trap where our only consistent time of prayer is offered before each meal and that’s about it. You know what I mean by the meal prayers, don’t you? “God is good; God is great. I’m so hungry I could eat this plate.” I’ve been so hungry before that sometimes I have felt like eating the plate.

One time when I prayed a quick prayer over my meal, I felt the Lord say, “Now, Hank, did you mean that from your heart?” Like most of us, I didn’t mean or even hear what I had prayed. Since then, I always feel convicted when I pray insincere prayers, even if the food is making my mouth water. read more

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