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Keep Your Heart Ablaze

Passionate zeal for God has to be stirred up in order to stay hot.

Have you ever worked hard to build a fire, only to have it go out? Although I was raised in a log cabin with five fireplaces, I never learned to build a fire that would last. One of those fireplaces is in my mother's bedroom. When I go home, I invariably find her sitting in her overstuffed chair by the window with a roaring fire on the hearth. As we sit and visit, the fire dies down, and she frequently reminds me to "stir up the fire, Anne," or "put another log on it."

You and I can experience the thrilling fire of personal revival, but if we neglect that fire, it will die out. And nothing is more miserable than a heart that has grown cold, chilling a life that once knew the raging warmth of a passionate relationship with Jesus. Not only does a heart that's grown cold make us miserable, but it makes Him miserable too. It grieves the Lord. read more

What Does Jesus Say About Women?

Most clergy and laypeople alike would agree that Christ, not the apostle Paul, is the source of all church authority and power. So what do we find Jesus saying about women? How did He deal with them?

In the presence of the multitude, He drew from Martha the same testimony He required of His apostles, and she publicly replied, almost in Peter’s very words, “Yea, Lord: I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world” (John 11:27, KJV).

He declared His commission to the woman at the well of Samaria, with an emphasis and a particularity hardly equalled in any of His public addresses, and the testimony she gave to her fellow Samaritans bore much fruit. What pastor would not rejoice to hear what the converts said to the woman: “Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard Him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world” (4:42). read more

A Greater Love

One of the most beautiful things the Bible says is that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (see Rom. 5:8). He did not wait for us to deserve His love. He loves us unconditionally. To be honest, that’s hard for many of us to comprehend because we are so accustomed to having to earn everything in life.

Because of His great, wonderful and intense love for us, God poured His life out for us freely (see Eph. 2:4). That is revolutionary love! Real, revolutionary love must give itself because it can never be satisfied doing anything less.

Just as it is God’s unconditional love that draws us to Him, so it is our unconditional love toward others in His name that draws others to Him. He wants us to love people the same way He would if He were here in bodily form. read more

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The Woman Called to Deliver a Nation

Because she trusted God fully, Deborah was able to lead Israel to victory.

In the church today Christians debate many issues, but perhaps none stir more controversy than the role of women in leadership. Can women be leaders? Can they hold positions of authority over men?

I believe the life of Deborah, as recorded in the fourth chapter of the book of Judges, gives us answers to these questions and many more. In this fascinating historical account we learn how one woman who obeyed the Spirit of God not only led a nation but also became a deliverer for God’s people. read more

Your Right to a Sound Mind

Everyone has the right in Christ to have a healthy heart and a healthy mind. Beth Moore talks about what can happen when we start to deal with our past and go down the road to achieving a sound mind.

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God's Passionate Love

What does God think about when He thinks about you? When God meditates on you in His heart, what does He feel? When God focuses His eyes on your soul, what does He see? When God opens His mouth to speak of you, what does He say?

Perhaps many of you would answer those questions like this: He thinks badly of me; He feels repelled by me. He sees all my ugliness, and He says, Yuck!

Nothing could be further from the truth! Notwithstanding what you have been told in the past or what you may feel in the present, when God thinks about you, feels for you, and sees you, He opens His mouth and sings with inexpressible joy! read more

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God’s Greatest Weapon

Did you know that love is the best way to defeat Satan's power?

During the many years I have been involved in prayer and intercession, I have seen all kinds of approaches to bringing down the strongholds of the enemy. Just mention the phrase "spiritual warfare" in a group of seasoned intercessors, and you'll be amazed at all the different "techniques" espoused and "weapons" employed.

Although I too utilize various approaches, I have come to believe that the greatest weapon of spiritual warfare is simply love—God's love. This love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit and sustains us at every juncture of life and in every opposition and trial. If we abide in God's love, it consumes us, restores us, refreshes us, satisfies us and gives us power over the enemy. read more

Prayer That Gets Results

Genuine, authentic faith must be definite and free from doubt. It is not general in character or a mere belief in the being, goodness and power of God. It is a faith that believes that the things that “he says will be done” (Mark 11:23).

As faith is specific, so the answer will also be definite. “He will have whatever he says” (v. 23). Faith and prayer select the things, and God pledges Himself to do the very things that faith and persistent prayer name and ask Him to accomplish.

We might also translate Mark 11:24 this way: “All things whatsoever you pray and ask for, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.” Perfect faith always has in its keeping what perfect prayer asks for. How large and unqualified this area of operation is—“all things whatsoever”! How definite and specific the promise is—“you shall have them”! read more

Accept Yourself

God wants you to deal with your weaknesses and stop rejecting yourself because of them.

Are you tired of playing games, wearing masks, trying to be someone other than who you are? Wouldn't you like the freedom to be accepted as you are, without pressure to be someone you don't know how to be? Would you like to succeed at being yourself? Are you worn out with feeling somehow flawed and insecure? If so, I have good news for you.

God wants you to accept yourself, to like who you are and to learn to deal with your weaknesses because we all have plenty of them. He doesn't want you to reject yourself because of them. read more

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Finding Your Security in God

I turned the thick envelope over and over in my hands. Guessing what was inside, I hesitated to open it and confirm my suspicions.

With heart pounding, I broke the seal. Underneath it lay an invitation to a wedding—a wedding that should have been mine. I was being invited to celebrate the marriage of the man I thought I still loved and the woman who had broken up our engagement. Surely they didn't think I would attend!

As horrible as this experience was, it was not unique to me. Every woman knows someone she thought would love her forever who later said, "I don't want you anymore. I don't love you or need you. I want out of this friendship, this marriage, this church, this job, this business." We have all been victims of rejection. read more

Behind the Scenes With Priscilla Shirer

Backstage at the Hillsong Europe Conference 2011, Priscilla Shirer answers questions about who inspires her, how she balances all of her responsibilities and more. Watch to find out what words of wisdom and advice she has to offer based on her own experiences.

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I've Resigned From Resigning

I had a million good reasons for wanting to leave the work of the Lord. But there is nowhere you can go to escape your calling.

Why am I doing this to myself?" I asked. Excuses to resign from the call of God flooded my mind.
I can be normal like other women and stay home.
• I am sacrificing my time, energy and finances to help people who do not appreciate what I am doing.
• My husband and children do not treat me the way some of these people treat me.
• My family will appreciate my spending more time with them.
• I really need to have more quality time with the Lord. I can do that if I stop what I am doing.
• Since I am experiencing difficulties, maybe I am out of the will of God. read more

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Hold on to the Dream

No matter how old you are, you must have a vision for your future. Are you afraid to dream? You should be more afraid not to.

Nobody had ever asked me much about my dreams until Walt Wright, an unexpected mentor, forced me to take my future seriously.

"Leslie," he said one morning as he walked into the office, "I'd like to see your 10-year plan." read more

The Joy of Christ

When Jesus was speaking to His Father just before He died, He prayed that His followers would have His joy fulfilled in themselves (see John 1:13).

This privilege, like all privileges of the Christian, has been purchased by the blood of Christ and is therefore a high and holy responsibility. That is to say, the provision on God’s part of privileges for us creates the obligation on our part to attain to their enjoyment.

But are you a joyful Christian? Have you a Christ-like experience in this regard? I do not ask you whether you have joyous emotions, but is the joy of Christ fulfilled in yourself? read more

Addicted to Approval?

The only way out of bondage is to begin seeking God's approval instead of man's approval.

An epidemic of insecurity is stealing the joy of life from many people in our society today and causing major problems in their relationships. I know the effect insecurity can have on lives because I experienced it myself. I know what it does to a person. Those who have been hurt badly as a result of abuse or severe rejection, as I have, often seek the approval of others to try to overcome their feelings of rejection and low self-esteem.

They suffer from those feelings and seek the approval of others to try to remove the pain. They are miserable if someone seems not to approve of them in any way or for any reason, and they are anxious about the disapproval until they feel they are once again accepted. read more

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Guard Your Glory

The indwelling presence of our glorious Lord makes the Christian life supernatural. We must cherish this glory always and never exchange it for empty promises of human approval and reward.

In the days of Jeremiah the prophet, the Lord called His people Israel to account because they did not "guard their glory." Although they started out devoted to the Lord, they turned away from Him and began to follow other gods. God spoke to them about this through Jeremiah. "I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth, the love of your betrothals, your following after Me in the wilderness, through a land not sown. Israel was holy to the Lord, the first of His harvest" (Jer. 2:2-3, NASB).

Clearly, God was pleased with Israel's initial condition. But then something happened. He said: "'What injustice did your fathers find in Me, that they went far from Me and walked after emptiness and became empty?...Has a nation changed gods, when they were not gods? But My people have changed their glory for that which does not profit'" (Jer. 2:5,11). read more

Keys for Getting Your Desires

Cindy Trimm asks the question, "Do you know the secret to fulfilling all of your heart’s desires?" Watch as she discusses the answers on how to obtain your God-given desires.

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Your Integrity Is Showing

Like it or not, people are watching you. Is your character pointing them to Jesus?

We don't have to scan far into today's headlines to see that integrity is lacking in the marketplace. Scandals of fraud and mismanagement have rocked nearly every industry.

Our society seems to have a high degree of tolerance for those who have made mistakes in the ethics and integrity department. But in spite of our willingness to forgive and the stories of individuals who have seemed to demonstrate that crime does pay, most of the time shortcomings in the integrity department result in ruined careers and demolished lives. read more

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Miracles on the Job

If you will dare to obey God, even when it’s uncomfortable, you will see remarkable wonders in the most unlikely places.

Duane Kropuenske and I don't look much alike. He's over 6 feet tall; I'm 5 feet 7 inches. Our backgrounds aren't similar either. Duane attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and was raised in the Lutheran church. I ended my formal education after graduating from high school and never set foot in a church while growing up.

But Duane and I do have one thing in common—we both want to obey the Lord. That was clear to me the moment we sat down in a restaurant and talked about the new bank we planned together. read more

The Lessons of the Seed-Grain

Jesus used many analogies to teach us the truths of the kingdom. One of these was the lesson of the seed-grain, in which He compared the life of the believer to the development process of a grain of wheat.

“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the gound and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain” (John 12:24, NKJV). This process is the same one we must go through if we are to bear fruit as we are called to do.

Let us turn to the seed-grain and see the picture lesson, that in these last days we may intelligently yield to the pierced hand of God and permit His fullest purposes to be fulfilled in us. read more

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