"Everyone has ups and downs no matter what it is, but, if you have unwavering faith in God and then family, it makes life a whole lot more enjoyable."
Preacher David Hogan Credits Holy Spirit With Raising 32 Dead Bodies to Life During 37 Years of Ministry
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The book of Ruth shares the dramatic story that contains all three.
Will you pass?
"My faith is just a part of who I am and what I do."
Many can recite facts about Jesus—much like many can recite facts about their favorite celebrities. However, knowing about someone does not equate to knowing them personally.
One small phrase from her pastor changed this woman's perspective.
"What He has in store for us may or may not be what you hope for or expect," Bowman says. "Regardless, His love and goodness are always present."
Some Christians say, or at least give the impression, that "good" believers don't ask such questions.
If you struggle with emotional extremes as David did, you're in good company.
Because of grace, no one needs to be hopeless, including our kids.
Sadly, no place is considered safe today, including churches, synagogues and other religious gathering places. And no one seems worthy of our trust.
"Those who suffer with you are going to be there to rejoice with you. They'll carry you to your miracle."
"Skin beauty is not enough for us anymore ... we're all tired of just this plastic, Barbie-doll kind idea of beauty."
If victory were as simple as going out there and walking a clear, unhindered path, 99% of Christians would live victorious lives.
"The pain makes you question what you ultimately believe. And for me, the Lord was was really challenging me with the question, did I really believe that He was good?"
"We had no idea what we were doing. We have no idea what God was doing. But it was an exciting time."
What do you have on the throne of your heart?
When you feel like you're in over your head—when the pressure is so great you feel like you're drowning—where is God?
The only way we become winners is by carrying the banner of victory as we allow God to fight for us.
He stands in the gap for you and your loved ones daily.