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Return to the River

Sometimes our initial pursuit of revival brings reproach. We are tempted as King David was to set God aside. Those who truly hunger, however, will return and grow wiser. read more

Breaking the Alabaster Box

Jesus said when a seed falls to the ground and dies, abundant life emerges. Our soulish nature must similarly die in order to release the spiritual life we have in Christ. read more

Open Your Child's Windows to God

Parents cannot control their children's relationship with God or "ownership" of faith. They can, however, provide opportunities and examples to inspire spiritual zeal.


READ: Deut. 6:4-12; Ps. 78:1-8; Prov. 22:6; 2 Cor. 12:14-15; Eph. 6:1-4; Col. 3:20-21.
HEART ISSUE: Is your relationship with God what you want your kids to model? How can you encourage your kids' faith?
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, help me be the kind of Christian parent who celebrates faith-filled life in You. Help me live a life that says to my kids: "Taste and see, He is good."

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Jesus Broke the Curse

As women, we hold a special place in the heart of our Savior. Jesus came to set us free from the captivity of sin and to heal our broken hearts. His touch is as powerful today as it ever was. read more

When You Want to Quit

(PART 1)

We must hold on to hope, knowing that the Christian race is not without hurdles. Those who run with perseverance can have confidence they will see the great things God has ordained for their destiny.


READ: Num. 14:6-9; Josh. 1:1-9; Rom. 5:3-5; Eph. 6:18-20; 2 Tim. 3:10-12; 2 Pet. 1:3-11.
HEART ISSUE: Do you desire to see the great things God has for you? Have you made the choice to persevere? Is anything hindering your hope?
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, thank You for Your plan and purpose for my life. Thank You for not giving up on me, even when I was lost in sin. Please restore my hope and strengthen my ability to believe in You. Amen.

(PART 2)

Knowing God's truth and trusting His heart are potent weapons against Satan's deception. Resist the enemy's lies. Be courageous, and persevere.


READ: Ps. 51:6; Is. 60:1-2; John 1:1-5; 1 John 1:5-9; 1 John 5:6-11; Rev. 19:11-13.
HEART ISSUE: What lies about yourself might you be believing right now?
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, thank You for Your truth and for revealing Yourself to me. Uncover the lies I've believed about You and give me eyes to see You as You are. Amen.

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When A Thirsty Soul Found Love

SHE WASN'T PROUD OF HER PAST, BUT A CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH A STRANGER AT A PUBLIC WELL CHANGED HER PERSPECTIVE ON EVERYTHING.

Many of us are familiar with the story of the woman at the well, the Samaritan outcast whom Jesus encountered outside the city of Sychar (see John 4:1-42). Throughout our lives, we may have heard her mentioned in various anecdotes on God's grace.

A closer look at this story, however, reveals a detailed account of God's plan to restore broken lives and symbolically, the bride. There are four stages to this process described in John 4: (1) the invitation to accept living water; (2) embracing the past; (3) establishing a relationship through worship; and (4) being released for ministry. read more

Prayer that Gets Results

(PART 1)

Prayer without faith is like life without blood. One is bound to the other. To do the "greater things" Jesus promised, we must exercise true faith in prayer. read more

Overcoming the Self-Life

Joshua and Caleb claimed their inheritance from the Lord. Likewise, we must walk in humility and surrender to the Holy Spirit, who will lead us into our promised land. read more

A Fresh Look at the Lord

(PART 1)

When we speak the word "revival" we often think of masses of people falling into ecstasy in the flow of the Spirit. But what about the kind of revival that occurs deep within the individual person? Personal revival happens inside us when we encounter the holiness of Almighty God. read more

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