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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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“I Didn’t Do It.”

"Beloved, I did not take your loved one away from you. Nor did I place disease or trauma on them to 'teach you all a lesson.'  I do not need your loved one in Heaven, for I created angels to do My biding.  I created humans for the unique purpose of relationship with Me, and to bring the lost into My glorious Kingdom!  I do not take from you, but rather I give - I gave you My son Who gives you eternal life, forgiveness, health, deliverance, restoration, wholeness, prosperity and protection for those that believe. I withhold no good…

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Are You Slipping?

Yesterday I went for a walk in my neighborhood, and due to road construction I had to occasionally walk over decorative rocks.  As I did, I would slip ever so slightly until once again I reached the solid foundation of the sidewalk. The solid foundation kept me from slipping. Do you find yourself slipping? Take a look at the photo of all the rocks.  Imagine that each pebble represents someone's opinion.  Let's image that each stone represents a false doctrine.  And each color of the pebble or stone represents the tactic in which the enemy feeds us his deception...as varied…

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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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I’m Angry…

I am very angry.  Lately I have been surrounded by those that are heavy burdened with illness, disease and oppression.  Some are even dying. When did that become the will of God for His children? When did it become unsound to teach that my Heavenly Father is a good, good Father who wants us well?  When did it become acceptable to declare that God really isn't all that good?  Because when you say that my Father may not heal me, for He wants to "teach me a lesson" through the pain and suffering or I'm being punished for sin (thought…

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Prosperity Of The Believer – A Taboo Topic

I have often heard that a believer should not desire wealth, for that desire is ungodly and of this world. That belief system is unscriptural and designed to keep believers in a constant state of lack.  Lack, in any form, will never glorify God. So I ask you this: in who’s hands does wealth have the opportunity to serve and glorify God - the believer or the unbeliever’s? When we ask the “good" questions, which I define as those questions that lead us closer to God, it can take us on a journey that leads us into deep waters.  This is…

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The “Name It & Claim It” Deception

There is an ungodly teaching that has surfaced over the past several years that has had a detrimental effect on believers to this day.  We are warned by Paul that there will be false teachings and doctrines that will tickle our ears and satisfy our flesh (2 Timothy 4:3-4).  In recent years this has been the "Name it and Claim it" deception. The internet is saturated with teachings about declaring what you want and you will have it.  Most include a telephone number or website where you can "sow into your vision" to speed things up.  Sadly, what you are…

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Let’s Talk About Me…Or Not!

Feelings.  Emotions.  Why do we give them such a voice in our lives?  Because if we are honest, often our feelings and emotions take us places that we should not go... Why don't we, as believers, lift the bar higher?  Instead of living out of our flesh, why don't we aspire to live out of our spirit? I shared with you in a previous post, How A Snowball Saved My Soul: A Story of Forgiveness (Part 1), that after several years of abuse I began to hate men.  Hate.  A word I won't even use anymore unless I speak of…

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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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This Valentine’s Day ~ Hallmark or Jesus?

  Hallmark tells us that if we care enough, we will send the very best...which of course means one of their greeting cards. God did send the very best...which of course is Jesus Christ. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16 Today is a day full of romance, love, joy and...chocolate! Yet for some there is no joy on Valentine's Day.  Instead the day holds a painful reminder of something lacking.  Maybe distance is separating you from a loved one,…

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