As He Leads, #2

April 6th, 2020

Everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church. Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.

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Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.

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When Sorrows Like Sea Billows Roll

March 30th, 2020

Since the children have flesh and blood, Jesus too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

Hebrews 2:14,15

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From the journal of John Wesley, Sunday, January 25, 1736:

There was now an opportunity of trying whether they [the Moravian believers] were delivered from the Spirit of fear, as well as from that of pride, anger, and revenge.

In the midst of the psalm wherewith their service began, the sea broke over, split the main-sail in pieces, covered the ship, and poured in between the decks, as if the great deep had already swallowed us up.

A terrible screaming began among the English. The Germans calmly sung on.

I asked one of them afterwards, “Was you not afraid?”

He answered, “I thank God, no.”

I asked, “But were not your women and children afraid?”

He replied, mildly, “No; our women and children are not afraid to die.”

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Prayers of the Heart, Part 2

March 23rd, 2020

The Lord said to Samuel, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

 

The Healthy and Mature Prayer --

  • Lord, help me to walk through this well as a Christian, so I can help others who later walk the same path.

 Jeremiah 6:16 --

  • “Lord, which of these paths helps me to love you more?”

James 4 --

  • You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
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Prayers of the Heart, Part 1

March 16th, 2020

"Your Father knows what you need before you ask him."

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Wesley's Covenant Prayer:

I am no longer my own, but yours.

  Put me to what you will, rank me with who you will;

  put me to doing, put me to suffering;

  let me be employed for you or laid aside for you;

  exalted for you or brought low for you;

  let me be full, let me be empty;

  let me have all things, let me have nothing;

I freely and heartily yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.

And now, O glorious and blessed Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours. So be it.

And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

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The German Lemon

March 7th, 2020

How can a lemon help teach eternal lessons?

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Two Kingdoms: Kingdom Success, and the Character of the King

February 17th, 2020

"Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it."

Scriptures Referenced: 

  • Luke 14
  • Matthew 16
  • Matthew 8
  • Luke 12
  • Philippians 2
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Two Kingdoms: Life, Death, Love, Hate

February 10th, 2020

"I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

Scriptures Referenced:

  • Matthew 8
  • Matthew 16
  • Luke 23
  • Revelation 2, 20 and 21
  • 1 Thessalonians 5
  • John 13
  • Matthew 5
  • Luke 14
  • Ephesians 6
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Two Kingdoms: Hardship, Pain, Suffering

January 27th, 2020

"Later on, however, it yields a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."

Scriptures referenced:

  • Matthew 16
  • Hebrews 12
  • James 1
  • Hebrews 1
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Two Kingdoms: Introduction

January 20th, 2020

"If I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you."

Scriptures Referenced:

  • Acts 4
  • Acts 5
  • Matthew 12
  • John 12
  • John 14
  • 2 Corinthians 4
  • John 8
  • Colossians 2
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As He Leads, #1

January 13th, 2020

"Everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort."

Scriptures Referenced:

  • 1 Corinthians 14
  • Jeremiah 6
  • Galatians 5
  • Matthew 6
  • Galatians 6
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