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Still Struggle? Stop Tugging!

Do you recall the childhood game of Tug o' War?  Two teams grab opposite ends of a long rope that has a marker tied in the middle.  The leader shouts "GO!" and each team pulls as hard as they can to get the marker (and the other team) over onto their side of the winning line.  Depending on which team you are on, it can be brutal!  Raw, bleeding hands, bruised knees, aching and torn muscles...I recall this all too well! So why do we still struggle? Why does it feel as if our hands still bleed, muscles are torn…

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What Will YOU Offer?

"Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!"  Acts 3:6 As believers in Christ, we possess the power that raises the dead living inside of us!  If we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, that power is released to bring healing and deliverance to others. So what will you offer - silver, gold, or freedom? According to Jesus, compassion is action, not a feeling.  When Jesus "was moved with compassion", somebody was healed.    Mark 16:15 commands, "...Go into all the world and…

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“Coddle” vs “Make Whole”

Pastor Dan Mohler said something that has completely transformed the way I minister to  myself and others.  He said, paraphrasing, that we spend so much time coddling one another's broken hearts that we forget to teach that our hearts don't have to be broken.  Since hearing this I have chosen not to coddle my flesh.  There is no freedom in coddling. Coddle: to treat in an indulgent or overprotective way, pamper, spoil, gratify, accommodate, wait on hand and foot, satiate. When I consider the definition of coddle above, I cringe.  I do not want to coddle my flesh, for my flesh can lead me…

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Scholars, Theologians or Holy Spirit – Who’s Your Source?

But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don't need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true--it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.  1 John 2:27 Hallelujah!  When we are born-again, Holy Spirit abides in us!  How awesome is that? But do you believe it? When we are seeking wisdom or clarity on scripture, where is the first place that we turn?  I didn't say should turn, I…

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Bless Your Enemy…Really?!!?

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you..."  Matthew 5:43-44 Love your enemies...bless them.  So we can't just flippantly say, "Oh, yeah...sure, I love them."  We are called to demonstrate that love.  His Love.  How is this possible when in actuality we desire to retaliate?  Bless them?  Really?!!? Demonstrate is defined as: to clearly show the existence or truth of…

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Stand Unwavering…

Dear ones, We all come to a point in our lives that we must decide for ourselves - is God's Word True?  Notice I did not give another option.  As believers there should be no other option.  God never said to "pick and choose" the parts of the Bible that you want to abide in.  No.  Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God.  Not man.  God. So my challenge for you today is to ask yourself do I believe the Word of God is Truth, or have I been adding my own opinions and experience to it?…

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