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When A Thirsty Soul Found Love

SHE WASN'T PROUD OF HER PAST, BUT A CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH A STRANGER AT A PUBLIC WELL CHANGED HER PERSPECTIVE ON EVERYTHING.

Many of us are familiar with the story of the woman at the well, the Samaritan outcast whom Jesus encountered outside the city of Sychar (see John 4:1-42). Throughout our lives, we may have heard her mentioned in various anecdotes on God's grace.

A closer look at this story, however, reveals a detailed account of God's plan to restore broken lives and symbolically, the bride. There are four stages to this process described in John 4: (1) the invitation to accept living water; (2) embracing the past; (3) establishing a relationship through worship; and (4) being released for ministry. read more

Prayer that Gets Results

(PART 1)

Prayer without faith is like life without blood. One is bound to the other. To do the "greater things" Jesus promised, we must exercise true faith in prayer. read more

Overcoming the Self-Life

Joshua and Caleb claimed their inheritance from the Lord. Likewise, we must walk in humility and surrender to the Holy Spirit, who will lead us into our promised land. read more

A Fresh Look at the Lord

(PART 1)

When we speak the word "revival" we often think of masses of people falling into ecstasy in the flow of the Spirit. But what about the kind of revival that occurs deep within the individual person? Personal revival happens inside us when we encounter the holiness of Almighty God. read more

The Power of a Mother's Example

(PART 1)

The story of Hannah, mother of Samuel, bears witness to what God does in response to prayer and perseverance. Hannah's story reveals how the strength and power of God Almighty helped one woman of prayer to work through pain, suffering and weakness. read more

This is How We Overcome

(PART 1)

God, through His Son, Jesus, took it upon Himself to make a way for us to receive the gift of eternal life. Our goal, then, is not to live each day in defeat, as though our salvation must be earned over and over again, but to rejoice that we have a testimony of God's gracious love and mercy poured out upon us. We stand forgiven in Him. read more

Break Free from Religion

Religious spirits are established in churches and elsewhere to keep people from being a part of what God is doing. These spirits can destroy relationships, distort the truth and disrupt the holy atmosphere of a service. Their purpose is to hinder the authentic work of the Spirit by imposing legalistic rules and traditions on the unsuspecting. Expose these elements for what they are and refuse to participate in their work against the kingdom of God. read more

Lord, Please Change Me!

BECOMING ALL GOD DESIRES WILL MEAN SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION FROM THE INSIDE OUT.


Because of his keen observations of how God works in nature, scientist and educator George Washington Carver probably had as much insight into life as he had knowledge of plants. He once commented on the fact that people often assume, when they can't see anything growing above the ground, that nothing is happening beneath it.

I've often made that mistake in my own life and in the way I've assessed situations regarding other people. Because of the many challenges facing our world and the church today, we may be tempted to think that positive change is a long way off; but that may not be true for the body of Christ or for its individual members. read more

Reflection of the Father

The greatest revelation of God Himself is in the face of His Son.


John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus Christ. He lived before the face of God—the ultimate place of favor and responsibility. Others in Scripture had more dramatic experiences with God and did greater exploits, but no prophet ever bore the responsibility that was given to him.

John had an unusual grace for recognizing the presence of God, even before he was born. When Mary was pregnant with Jesus, she walked into a room to visit Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John. When Mary's greeting reached Elizabeth's ears, John leaped for joy while still in her womb. read more

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