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Going it Alone

It is good to have spiritual mentors. But when trying times come--and they will--our dependency is to be on Christ, not other people. read more

Women of God, Arise!

God is calling women in leadership to use their gifts and talents to mentor and minister to other women in the body of Christ. We need to be prepared to heed that call. read more

God and the Voting Booth

As Christians, we have a responsibility to vote in the upcoming elections--not according to race, political party or man's wisdom, but according to righteousness and God's Word. read more

Going Deep in God

(PART 1)

The daily concerns of our lives can bog us down to the point that we forget our true dependence is on God. Day by day, minute by minute, we need to abandon the details of our lives to Him. read more

Help! I Married the Wrong Man

God knows us better than we know ourselves--and better than we know our spouses. We need to trust the Lord and ask His blessing on the marriage relationship He has ordained. read more

How to Receive from Heaven

(PART 1)

What we speak through our mouths reveals what we believe in our hearts. When we lift our faith to God, His Spirit changes us on the inside. As a result, our speech is transformed and we begin to bear witness to the fact that our hope is not in ourselves but in our God. 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

Love Your Enemies

(PART 1)

It is difficult to forgive other people for their failures. But when Jesus tells us to love our enemies, He will give us the love that He demands. read more

Jesus Broke the Curse

One woman's dramatic encounter with Christ shows us that he came to deliver women from spiritual oppression.

We do not know her name. Usually we refer to her as "the woman with the issue of blood." But those words from the King James Bible seem archaic today and make her seem faceless and distant. She was a real person, and her pain was intense.

I sometimes imagine that this fragile shell of a woman was called "Mara"--the Hebrew word for bitter. Chronic sickness had disfigured her life. Yet Christ got so close to her pain that she dared to touch Him, and her healing has provided inspiration for countless sermons ever since. read more

The Secret of Fruitfulness

(PART 1)

You have God's Spirit in you, and you can speak life into your dreams and your relationships and see those things resurrected by the power of God. read more

Get Ready for Harvest Time

(PART 1)

As God takes His heroes home to heaven, those of us who remain must carry on their work as Elisha carried on Elijah's. We must continue their race with unquenchable zeal and integrity. read more

So You Want a Godly Husband?

Wives of great Bible heroes experienced disappointments in ministry and rejection from their husbands. In fulfilling their calling, husbands and wives must walk in obedient submission to God and to each other. read more

The Subtle Dangers of Soulish Worship

Genuine worship exalts Christ and acknowledges His great power and authority in heaven and on Earth. It requires a lifestyle of obedience not just occasional bursts of emotional excitement. read more

God, Give Me Patience, Now!

The way we respond to life reveals our level of trust in God. Impatience is caused by fear and the need to wrest the reigns of control away from God's hands. read more

The Nature of True Repentance

(PART 1)

Every person is obligated to repent before he or she can enter into the kingdom of God. We must grow to hate sin so that it brings us great joy to walk away from it. read more

Thank God for the Fire

To fear God is to hate sin, including the sin in our own hearts. God wants to melt away the hardness in our hearts so we can fully experience His love. read more

How to Lead By the Spirit

A Spirit-driven leader will model Jesus' relationship with the Father, living utterly committed to spending time with Him. read more

Surviving Life's War Zones

We must find out what is true about God and hold on to that when we are forced into one of life's war zones. Like Job, our suffering should intensify our focus on God. read more

When You Can't Have it Your Way

The Christian's effectual calling is to belong to Jesus Christ. A Christian woman may find herself in a career calling she didn't want or study for--which may be what Paul refers to as a thorn in the flesh.  read more

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