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More Courage in My Convictions

(PART 1)

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

God's Plan for America

(PART 1)
 
Our efforts to impact the world will be ineffective if our hearts don't reflect God's righteousness, mercy and love. read more

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

Take the Risk of Faith

(PART 1)
If we are not careful, we can begin to view our lives as limited to a shortfall of blessings—when the opposite is true. God is a loving God of abundance. As a result, we are destined to be blessed when we obey Him and walk according to His Word. read more

You Can Finish Strong

(PART 1)


The Lord desires that we continue in the race appointed to each of us until we see Him. If we discipline our hearts to persevere, we will grow in the knowledge of His truth that frees us from the enemy's traps. read more

Time at the Master's Feet

(PART 1)

A major key to Christian living involves learning how to interact daily with God. Studying God's Word and praying helps us learn how to hear and follow His direction. read more

The Power of a Mother's Example

Hannah was lost in the travails of life, until she discovered her true mission.


As a single African-American mother, Sonya Carson knew suffering and sorrow. Uneducated, poor and living in a cracker-box house she couldn't afford, she had two active boys to raise alone and no marketable skills to help her survive.

Her only resources were her own two hands, a fierce determination to do whatever it took to make a better life for her sons and her unbending faith in God. read more

His Treasures Are Hidden

If you're serious about knowing God, you'll need to be committed to the study of his Word. Here are some basic tools you'll need for this lifelong venture.

Although it is true that the divine life of Christ resides within us, it also is true that we must make ourselves available to His working by filling our minds with the Word of God. If you're seeking fresh revelation from God, you're ready for some very practical guidelines and methods for mining this precious silver (see Prov. 2:1-8).

Some will undoubtedly prefer to gaze at the beauty of the treasure others have rather than picking up the tools and digging for themselves. But the revelation of another will not have the same power to redeem our souls that a personal encounter with God's Word has. read more

Good and Perfect Gifts

AMID ITS DESCRIPTIONS OF TRIALS AND TESTINGS, THE BOOK OF JAMES REVEALS THE BESTOWING OF GOD'S WISDOM AND GRACE FOR EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE.

The 1970s were a decade of significant breakthrough in my personal relationship with God. As a young wife and mother who had been saved at age 9, I found myself hungry for God, His presence, His voice, and the personal knowledge of Him that produces intimacy.

The decade had brought brokenness and blessing, but as I approached the threshold of the 1980s the Holy Spirit began to address deeper issues related to my perception of abundant Christian living. I found myself faced with a deep inner struggle over a call to public ministry. read more

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Standing in the Need of Prayer

Job's friends are an example of what not to do when friends are suffering. What can we learn from them about how to pray for those we love? read more

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