3 requirements for effectual fervent prayer: ask, seek, and knock

The 3 requirements for fervent effectual prayer are ask, seek, and knock. The Christian life is an active life, it motivates, and it works. You need to ask the will of God. You need to actively seek the answer. Then, you have to put the answer into action. All 3 of these are required. Don’t expect a godly answer and good results without all three. If you never ask the will of God, but seek everywhere for an answer, who knows what Continue reading 3 requirements for effectual fervent prayer: ask, seek, and knock

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Caregiver or Clergy – Love in action in the parable of “The Good Samaritan”

What did Jesus teach about serving others? Many leaders in the Christian community are identified as Christian “ministers”. This tradition leads many to equate Christian ministry with clergy or leadership over Christian congregations. In scripture, a “minister” is simply a “servant” and “ministry” relates to “service”. How can one be both a servant to, and an authority over, God’s people?

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Is the LORD really your shepherd?

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1) One cannot have it both ways. Either we belong or we don’t. Jesus Himself warned us that there would come a day when many would say, “Lord, in Your name we did many wonderful things,” but He will retort that He never knew us as His own. It is a most serious and sobering thought which should make us search our own hearts and motives and personal relationship to Continue reading Is the LORD really your shepherd?

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101 Bible Verses to Make Personal

Here are my personal favorite and most powerful verses from a life-long love of reading the Holy Bible. I tried to narrow this list to 101 verses, I really did try, but every time I considered removing a verse it caused me to keep it and add another, so the list kept growing. And, even now, there are dozens and hundreds of verses I want to add. If I’ve forgotten your favorite or most important verse, please add it to the comments Continue reading 101 Bible Verses to Make Personal

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101 Proverbs about Money

The Bible has the answers to all of the problems in life. Please read these 101 Proverbs about money. If you are having financial problems, write down 10 verses that apply to your situation and put them into practice in your life. By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his Continue reading 101 Proverbs about Money

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Count your many blessings and it will surprise you what the Lord has done

Sometime life’s trials are too difficult to understand. Sometimes life’s troubles are too hard to bare. Sometimes life’s pain is too much to tolerate. When those times come, look to the LORD… I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The LORD himself Continue reading Count your many blessings and it will surprise you what the Lord has done

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Christian vs. Government Authority

There used to be a commercial for Hebrew National hotdogs that claimed they had a better product because “They answered to an even higher authority.” It was a silly commercial, but I still remember that tag line. I have endeavored to make it the tag line for my life. No, I can’t do something that is illegal, immoral, unethical, improper, or dishonest, because I answer to an even higher authority. This should be true of all Christians. God requires Christians to submit to the Continue reading Christian vs. Government Authority

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Give us Barabbas

The man named Barabbas was no accidental coincidence, his name was {Βαραββᾶς, Βαραββα, ὁ (from בַּר son, and אַבָּא father, hence, son of a father} which includes all of us. Every human son/daughter of a father was set free of the curse of sin by the death/burial/resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the ultimate Son of the ultimate Father. The murderous terrorist, who deserved to die, went free and the harmless, undefiled, free-from-sin, lamb of God was sacrificed in his place. Please read Continue reading Give us Barabbas

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What, me worry?

Worry is common. Worry is everywhere. Even the disciples, who walked with Jesus Christ, the creator of Heaven and Earth, the Son of God, and the King of the Jews, suffered worry. Even the disciples, who saw Jesus give sight to the blind, made the lame to walk, cleansed the lepers, and caused the deaf to hear, suffered worry. Even the disciples, who heard Jesus proclaim the good news to the poor, suffered worry. Even the disciples, who were with Jesus when he Continue reading What, me worry?

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The gospel of rest

There are many false prophets in the world (1 John 4:1) distorting the Good News about Christ (Galatians 1:7). How can we distinguish between truth and error? Jesus Christ is the answer!!!! He provides rest for the weary. He provides heavenly food for the hungry spirit. He provides living water for the thirsty soul. He is a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, a friend to the lonely, and freedom for prisoners.

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