Proverbs 13:2-3 We learned earlier that a man is satisfied by the fruit of his lips. Today's proverb conveys this same thought when it says, "A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth." Then this proverb adds a special exhortation "He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction."
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The privilege of prayer is the flagship proof that God created man to participate in His kingdom agenda and not just dangle from His fingers like a puppet. That a sovereign God welcomes mere human beings to touch His heart and affect His work is nothing less than stunning. A fresh read of Abraham’s intercession for Sodom in Genesis 18 ought to leave us reeling with the privilege and responsibility of divine access.
“What if there are 50 righteous people, Lord? Would You spare the city of the judgment it has earned?” “Or five less than 50?” “What about 40 people, Lord?” 30? 20? 10?
Many people today are losing jobs and forfeiting dreams. But pastor Brian Zahnd believes this could be your finest hour.
Many of us have missed the spiritual significance of Communion. Today the Lord is inviting you to dine with Him.
This week, one of the most significant court cases in America's history will take place. The California Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the overturning of the vote of the people last year to pass Proposition 8, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
If this vote is overturned, not only will it set a major precedent of the court's power over the will of the people, but it will likely be the flashpoint that will determine the future of America as liberal and homosexual agendas will disseminate throughout the educational systems and into the very fiber of American culture.
Born with no arms and no legs, Nick Vujicic is teaching the church how to overcome challenges by finding true strength in Christ.
As the world marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of his book, The Origin of Species, we show how science has since offered compelling proof of the existence of God.
In Venezuela, Pentecostal pastor Samuel Olson is defending biblical faith in an increasingly socialistic society.
Consumed with despair over her husband's leaving her for another woman, Debbie spent months thinking about taking her life. But one night in 2003, after deciding she would be better off dead, she accidentally logged on to LivePrayer.com.
"I had never seen you before, but I knew that you were speaking truth and love," she wrote in a recent email to LivePrayer.com host Bill Keller. "I emailed you shortly after that, and for almost five years you have been kind enough to keep in touch with me. Your kind attention and care and love have been a stronghold that I have clung to for all these years."
A few years ago a Christian friend of mine, who happens to be an ordained clergyman, was participating in a pro-life march in New York City. Several evangelical and Roman Catholic groups were represented, so there were, predictably, vigorous counter-demonstrations. Many of these were led by gays.
My friend said that for many long minutes a counter-demonstrator kept pace with him from a few feet away, screaming hateful obscenities at him. His tirade slowing down for a few seconds, he shouted this strange question at my friend: "Why do you people hate us?"
The question seemed quite unrelated to the pro-life issue, which of course it is. The questioner identified himself as a gay activist.
You can live a life of extraordinary, supernatural power! The secret is actually quite simple. God's power is obtained through a lifestyle of intimacy with Him.
Jesus understood the connection between power and intimacy. Luke 5:15-16 says: "Great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities. So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed" (NKJV). Jesus was constantly flowing in the power of God and releasing it through His life to others. The level of His anointing was in direct proportion to His prayer life.
A quiet revolution is under way in the Middle East as vast numbers of Muslims, propelled by dreams and visions, are coming to faith in Christ.
Patricia Bailey-Jones is on the leading edge of a new trend as more African-Americans head to the foreign mission field. Charisma caught up with her in Angola.
In the heart of Seattle, the Church of the Undignified has become a refuge for ex-drug addicts, prostitutes and gangsters living in an anything goes neighborhood.
Many believe that the next generation of Christian leaders has unprecedented opportunities to complete the Great Commission. I agree. But I believe those who desire to successfully appropriate these opportunities must fit the following profile.
Imagine this not too far-fetched scenario: Mom and Dad are going out together for a few hours, and before they leave they make a simple request of their young son: "Johnny, we will be back in a few hours. Before we get back, could you please straighten up your bedroom?"
Mom and Dad enjoy their evening out together, but they're shocked by what they see when they return home.
The lawn is freshly mowed. The living room has been vacuumed. All the dinner dishes have been washed.
The Master Creator, the God of the universe, wants to walk with you and talk with you.
He has given you a language that is creative and powerful enough to open the heavens and release His glory, His majesty. Nothing that occurs on your journey through life comes as a surprise to your heavenly Father. He uses everything to complete His work that He has begun in you. You are His masterpiece!
God sent the Holy Spirit to you. He not only walks with you, but He also abides in you. When you have done all you know to do and feel like giving up, the Holy Spirit is present to strengthen you. When your faith seems exhausted, He activates the faith of the Son of God that abides in you. He lifts you up. He leads you into a place of rest and peace that passes understanding. He never leaves you without support. He gives you the courage to approach a holy God who is present to hear you when you pray.
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. —1 John 5:14–15
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