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Valerie Lowe

The Man In My Life

I don't know about you, but I look forward to Valentine's Day. No, I don't have a husband to lavish me with roses and candy or a doting boyfriend anxious to ask for my hand in marriage. (I do have my eye on a certain guy, but he doesn’t even know I exist!) The day is special to me because my twin sister and I were born on February 14.

Though I've never been married, I don't waste time lamenting my status as a single woman. There's someone in my life and he thinks the world of me.

My father is special to me for a zillion reasons. Down through the years he's been a loving husband and father. He's a protector, provider and an awesome grandfather. My dad would take a bullet for me if he had to. But I'm most grateful to my father because his example led me to the Man in my life.

Christ is the center of my world, and the more I get to know Him, the more real He is to me. And every time I celebrate a birthday, I'm reminded of His faithfulness. The Bible says "For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth" (Isaiah 54:5, NKJV). Jesus can be your Husband and my Husband at the same time and never cheat.

That's why February 14 is so special to me. Not only is it the day I was born; it's the day I renew my vows to the Man in my life.


So don't be upset if you weren't showered with gifts, candy or flowers on Valentine's Day. Just thank God for His message of covenant love. It's not just for couples, it's for every single one of us. read more

Let's Leave the Building

Last Saturday morning I did something I haven't done in awhile. I teamed up with the women in my church and went door-to-door witnessing to residents about the love of Jesus.

My pastor is determined that in 2009, our church becomes a hub for evangelism and outreach. He feels the best way to be a beacon of light in the community is to do what Elvis Presley did, "leave the building." The Bible says, '"Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled'" (Luke 14:23, NKJV). Last weekend we knocked on more than 400 doors during our Canvassing for Christ event.

Every resident I encountered that day was friendly and receptive to what my friend, Shirley, and I had to say about Jesus. In fact, we were fired up and ready to save the world with a two-minute spiel and prayer. But when we knocked on the door ready to rattle off the "If you died tonight, where would you spend eternity?" type questions, we were greeted by ordinary people with obvious needs, so we flipped the script and listened to what they had to say. read more


The Gift That Keeps on Giving

One night last year I was about to climb into bed when I felt an urgent need to slip to my knees and pray fervently for my uncle, Don. I had actually had a gnawing feeling all week that God was speaking to me about him and had tried calling him so we could pray together, but I wasn’t able to reach him.

I knew in my spiritual “knower” that I needed to intercede for my uncle.

Has the Lord ever dropped the name of a person in your mind or flashed someone’s face before you? Sometimes He will tell you directly to pray for a person, and at other times He uses a different method to grab your attention. Either way, I believe it is God beckoning us to pray for others. read more

Living Life From the Inside Out

Have you ever looked at or spoken with a person and then walked away wondering what the person is really like at home--when they are not in the public eye? There are some obvious things you can learn about other people simply by the way they dress or style their hair, but all that is superficial and can easily change.



So what you see in a person is not always what you get. read more

Dream Big ... and Be Richly Rewarded!

Editor's Note: Prophetic minister Bobby Conner posted the following article on his Web site, bobbyconner.org, in June. It is a word for believers to remember and to apply not only in this season but also throughout our lives.

The Spirit of God is constantly seeking to plant new seeds of victory inside you. Why? He is enlarging your vision and increasing your capacity for faith, hope and love. God longs for you to dream big! Ephesians 3:20-21 assures us that our King, the Lord Jesus Christ, "is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" (NKJV).

The Greek word translated "exceedingly" here is a marvelous word—one that should bring unspeakable joy to our hearts. It is hyper! We know what it means to be hyper—to be hyperactive, hyperacute, hyperalert, hyperexcited or hypersensitive. We know that a hyperbole is an exaggeration of the truth. read more

Rick Hubbell

Your B.I.G. Dreams

Well, today is the first day of the rest of your life, right? Let's invest the remainder wisely.

If you are reading these words, know this, we have already been, and will continue to be praying for you, our readers. No hollow promises or lip service. No good intentions unfulfilled. You can absolutely count on it.

Now let's talk about what I want you to consider right this minute. But do me a favor, in the busyness of your day, please find a way to engage your heart, otherwise, with your mind alone, you will miss what I am saying - guaranteed. Reading this would then just be another mental exercise, part of the blur of another seemingly average day filled with too much information. Hearts engage! read more

Darryl-Husband

Obama Must Repent Over Same-Sex Marriage Support

I must admit: I was reluctant to publicly share my views on President Obama's recent same-sex marriage statement. His presidency has caused separation within the ranks of African-American leadership too often.

And yet, what does an African-American pastor do when his African-American president makes a decision that eventually will destroy the foundation of not only the African-American community, but the nation as a whole?

Does that pastor take a risk that he will be misunderstood and labeled as an "Uncle Tom," a Republican Party pawn, or someone "the white man has bought out?" If I do not take the risk, knowing that mentality in itself is as discriminatory as it gets, I become a co-conspirator in keeping us in bondage to our culture; suggesting that none of us is free to think or speak outside of what we are told. read more

5 Tips for Surviving V-Day

Although Valentine's Day is meant to celebrate love, it can bring bittersweet memories and pain.

For kids, Valentine's Day is a time to exchange funny cards and eat boxes of chocolate. For adults, it's often much more than just a time to send flowers and buy heart jewelry, chocolates and cards—it's a time to rededicate your love to one special person. But when you're a widow or widower, or have lost your love due to an unfortunate life circumstance, Cupid's arrow can pierce your heart in a very different way. What was once a holiday of "warm fuzzies" can turn into a sorrowful day to overcome.


It's true that Valentine's Day holds significance for most couples, but it was particularly special for my husband Gordon and me. After losing my father in February, the whole season had become fraught with painful memories. Then a young man with a lot of heart came into my life, and it just so happened that Valentine's Day was right after our first date. When I got home from work, Gordon had left a bouquet of pink carnations on my front porch. So, it became a yearly ritual for us to use Valentine's Day as the anniversary of our first date together. read more

The Meaning of Memorial Day

Each December I urge my congregation to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. The worry my fellow pastors and I share is that the solemn message of Christ’s birth gets overshadowed by the commercialization, jingle bells, and Santa-fication of the yuletide season.

As we turn the calendar’s pages to yet another Memorial Day, I feel compelled to issue a similar challenge, one I offer not as a clergyman but as an American. Simply, let’s not lose focus about what this most solemn of national holidays should really be about. read more

Remembering David Wilkerson

With regret, my family was unable to attend the homecoming celebration of our dear friend, David Wilkerson. Due to my own personal sickness, Jeri and I and our family could not be present to pay tribute to this man who so radically changed our lives.

The story of Teen Challenge is the story of Steve and Jeri Hill. Christ was brought to us and nurtured in us through this ministry. It’s with tears in my eyes that I say, thank you brother Dave, for being there for us. read more

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