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When a Thirsty Soul Found Love

Like so many women today, the woman at the well sought to fulfill her longing for love and validation illegitimately. What Jesus did for her is what He does for a woman now: love her completely and assign the highest value to her life.

Christ's gift to her and to us is living water that eternally flows from Him. This is "the gift of God" that satisfies every thirst and hunger forever. read more

Smart Ideas to Grow Your Business

Entrepreneur Gail Pittman found her niche when she began "playing around with pottery" at her kitchen table. Without formal training in art or business, Gail started small and trusted God to direct her steps.

Not everybody will feel led to start a business from scratch. However, fulfilling the call of God is a mandate from heaven for all of us.

When we put Jesus first, He uses our abilities and gifts and expands them so that they become greater than we've ever imagined. We need only to surrender to His will and trust that His timing is perfect. read more

Side by Side Ministry

From creation, God has elected to reveal the fullness of His glory through both men and women. Priscilla and Acquila were a married couple mentioned in Acts and Romans as co-laborers in the evangelistic ministry of Paul the apostle.

Phoebe was described by Paul as a "servant" or "deacon" (diakonos). It is believed that as his partner, she was the courier who represented Paul in delivering his letter to the church at Rome. read more

Don't Quit Now

At first glance, evangelist Olivia Mitchell's life didn't appear to be promising. She was born to an interracial couple in the 1950s and subjected to ridicule, neglect and repeated acts of abuse.

Many others would have given in to despair and failure when faced with such trying circumstances. But with God's help Olivia persevered.

In Christ there is always hope. We mustn't allow circumstances to force us out of the race when certain victory is just around the corner. read more

Overcoming the Shame of Abortion

Every one of us has known the reality of separation from God because of sin and shame. But the hope of the gospel is that God's mercy extends to anyone who will look to Him and accept His gift of salvation.

Abortion leaves in its wake devastated women. Millions of them today need to know that God still loves them and wants to make them whole. read more

Equally Redeemed From the Fall

The Bible teaches cooperation between strong, Godly men and women. How can we come to better understand our roles as co-heirs of God's grace? read more

God is in Control

Hannah Whitall Smith had a tremendous revelation of the sovereignty of God. She allowed for no "second causes" in her life but was pleased to receive from the hand of the Lord all that He purposed and permitted.

Smith taught that the things with which we struggle will serve God's will if we allow them to. She understood that when we fail to surrender to God in the middle of troubles, we deprive ourselves of His divine comfort when we need it most. read more

Remembering the Latter Rain

Moves of the Spirit of God are always precipitated by spiritual hunger and repentance. Revival restores to us the knowledge and the experience of the gospel's truth.

When the Spirit of God is poured out, our spirits are awakened to the reality of Christ's presence, His love for the world and His victory over every bondage of the enemy. God will attend to the cries of any group of believers who will ask Him for a visitation and be willing to pay the price in prayer. read more

Who Are We to Pass Judgment?

Few of us really understand the role that our critical thoughts play in our relationships. Nor do we realize how our opinions or prayers can shape or influence another person's behavior.

Often we can be extremely merciful with ourselves while at the same time being merciless, unforgiving and impatient with other people.

Our struggles may be different, but God is at work in all of us. Not one of us has achieved perfection; only Christ. read more

Responding to the Patriarchal Spirit

Any woman who has served in Christian ministry has observed it. The patriarchal spirit seeks to prohibit the release of women into leadership roles.

Today there are scores of men who are championing the cause of women in the church. Yet the theological and cultural debates go on.

Christ elevated the status of women. He will continue to do so as long as our hearts are pure and our focus is on Him! read more

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