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Women and the Prophetic Ministry


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The Old and the New Testaments provide multiple examples of women who operated in the gift of prophecy. Joel tells us God's daughters will prophesy through His Spirit. read more

The Wilderness Test


When you ask God for something great, you also ask Him for great testing. The unspoken part of your prayer is, "Train me for it."

Make sure you understand that God will prepare you for the answer to that for which you are praying. He wants to qualify you, and the qualifications may be so rough that you tell Him to forget it.

In the Old Testament, the Israelites left Mount Sinai and walked a large circle in the wilderness before reaching Kadesh Barnea, where they sent out a spying party into the promised land. Ten of the 12 spies weren't ready for entry, and they came back with a bad report (see Num. 13:31). read more

Overcoming the Power of Prejudice

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Prejudice occurs when we prejudge a person because of race, gender, religion, profession and so on. Often we inherit prejudices from our forefathers. Far from innocuous, prejudice is sin in God's eyes. read more

More Courage in My Convictions

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When called to take a stand for Jesus, we often feel we lack courage or expertise. Courage comes through the Spirit and a firm conviction that Jesus is the only way. read more

Seeing the Invisible

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Developed spiritual sight is a valuable tool when making decisions. If we ask Him, God will guide us in choosing the best territory for us and our descendants. read more

Secure in an Insecure World

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Since the 9/11 tragedy, fear has become as great an enemy as terrorists. Believers can refute fear by trusting the Word of God, which promises God will protect us. read more

We Must Bow in Awe

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The Bible predicts a time of judgment is coming to the earth. As Christians, our response to tragedies like September 11 is crucial, because others are taking their cues from us. read more

The Freedom to Forgive

When we are treated unfairly, our natural man wants revenge. Jesus showed us a better way--a way to freedom. Bitterness destroys us, but forgiveness brings healing. read more

Falling in Love with Jesus


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According to Jesus, the greatest commandment involves loving God. However, we cannot love God by ourselves. We learn to love by asking God to love through us.
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The Priority of Praise


God views praise and worship as high spiritual priorities. Praise, meaning "value" or "price," is the proclamation of God's importance or worth.

Many of the praise and worship expressions in the Scriptures were exhibited around David's tabernacle and are still culturally functional for today. As defined in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, some of these Hebrew and Greek words are "ingredients" for the posture of worship and service to God.

Towdah is an extension of the hand. It implies a choir of worshipers lifting their hands (see Ps. 100:4). read more

A Woman's Right to Preach

Many christians object to the idea of women in ministry because they believe the bible forbids it. The scriptures show their belief is unfounded.

How is it that women would venture to preach when female ministry is forbidden in the Word of God?

This is a serious objection to consider and, if capable of substantiation, would receive my immediate and cheerful acquiescence; but I think I can show, by a fair and consistent interpretation, that the very opposite view is the truth--that the public ministry of women is absolutely enjoined by both precept and example in the Word of God. read more

Behold His Glory

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We often cry out for God to send His glory among us. But how well do we understand what we're asking for? God's glory encompasses His holy character revealed in Jesus.
READ Ex. 24:15-18; Ex. 33:18-23; Lev. 11:45; 2 Cor. 3:18; Col. 1:25-29; Heb. 1:1-3. read more

God Didn't Call You to be a Doormat!

Christians often suggest that God created women to be frail and quiet. But biblical submission is not about weakness or silence.

According to self-proclaimed relationship expert Laura Doyle, "something magical" happened when she decided to "surrender control" in her marriage. She stopped doing the family finances. She started cooing "Whatever you think" when her husband wanted her opinion.

She decided that the way to secure happiness in marriage was to become "a surrendered wife." Then she started organizing clubs all over the country to teach other women how to, as she says, "relinquish control." read more

Revival of the Heart


All over the world, the Spirit is pouring out revival. New measures of glory expose our bitter roots and unclean hearts. Through repentance, we can be cleansed and set free. read more

The Working Woman's Dilemma

Even today, some church leaders tell Christian women that God wants them to stay at home. But what does the Bible really say?

In the small town of Berryville, in northwest Arkansas, members of the board at First Baptist Church voted in February 1997 to close their church-run day-care center. They made the abrupt decision not because the facility was too expensive to operate or because they didn't have enough children enrolled. The official reason, as stated in a letter that was mailed to parents, was that church leaders felt their day-care center was encouraging women to work outside the home.

"God intended for the home to be the center of a mother's world," the letter from First Baptist stated, adding that working moms "neglect their children, damage their marriages and set a bad example." First Baptist's day-care center board, under the direction of the pastor, also noted in their letter that families should learn to get by on the husband's single income." read more

Will You Ride with Him?

We know that Jesus Christ is the revelation of all God is. But our ability to activate the life of Christ within us determines the level of victory we experience.

Author Anne Graham Lotz noted the powerful correlation between the way we view Christ the living Word and the way we approach the written Word of God. In Vision of His Glory, Lotz wrote: "[God] considers our reception or rejection of the Bible to be reception or rejection of Himself. Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, is so identified with it, it is His Name!" read more

Messengers from Glory

The Scriptures include countless references to angels in both the Old and the New Testaments. This should convince us that God does not stand far off from His people when we need His intervention. Often, He sends angels to comfort, instruct and encourage us with a word, a song or a touch.

Because we don't always embrace the reality of angelic comfort, these encounters can go unnoticed. But we never face desperate circumstances alone. read more

Freedom in Christ

Oppression in many different forms can attempt to overtake the life of the Christian. Whether it's sickness, emotional struggles or family concerns, at those times, the tendency is to search for a place of safety--a stronghold.

However, finding security anywhere other than in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will eventually lead to bondage. A stronghold will ultimately become a prison. But God's objective for us is the freedom to walk in the Spirit and be conformed to the image of Christ in every way. read more

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