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My Father, My Father

Our assignments from God are not always easy, but it’s through the tougher parts of life that He can shape us and refine us to become who He intends us to be. As the prophet Elijah was preparing Elisha to carry on his legacy, he was tough on him, but that is exactly what Elisha...

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The Joseph Code

For many, this year has seemed crazy, difficult, busy, and impossible to survive. We have all felt the pressure to reach our goals and cross the finish line before December 31. What we often forget, though, is that this time of year isn’t just important because it’s our last opportunity to make this year amazing...

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Through the Fire

Life is full of trials and we all experience them…whether it’s relationship troubles, rebellious children, workplace drama, or financial issues, we all face them. During challenging times, it’s easy to just take a knee and accept defeat. But, what you must remember is that the Lord is always on your side, and it’s your faith...

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Leave the Water Pot Behind

Do you ever find yourself seeking satisfaction from material items, instead of God, only to end up just as empty and unfulfilled as before? In today’s world, it’s easy to focus on the immediate results that we get when we fill ourselves with food, money, success, or other people’s approval and affection. Yet, the need...

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Zero

Chapter 11 of 2 Samuel opens with the phrase “it happened.” Well, we have all had “it happened” moments –Those moments we wish hadn’t happened and probably prefer not to talk about or even think about. This chapter describes this type of moment for King David…one that would affect him for the rest of his...

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A Little Rest, A Little Company, and Some Good Food

Sometimes, all we need to do in order to feel better is get a little rest, a little company, and some good food. In 1 Kings, Elijah receives a threatening message from Jezebel, wife of King Ahab, after Ahab recounts to her Elijah’s prophesies and miracles. She threatened to kill him and he ran away...

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When Failure Becomes an Asset

As people, we’ve all made mistakes. At some point in our lives, we’ve all failed at something and many of us have beaten ourselves up about it. To make things worse, others around us oftentimes will not let us forget the wrongs we’ve done, either. People will judge you based on your mistakes but, as...

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The Mother Who Crossed the Bridge

In a respite in the land of Tyre and Sidon, Jesus met a Gentile woman from Canaan so distraught over her child’s severe demon possession that she made a spectacle of herself trying to get Him to heal her daughter. In Matthew 15:22 (NKJV), she cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David!...

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Secondary Things

Have you ever experienced something in your life that was so painful, so catastrophic, that it shook your faith to the core? In Luke 24, Jesus appears to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They’d just witnessed His trial, conviction, beatings, crucifixion, and death. They were confused, grief-stricken, and were probably wondering how God...

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All In, Part 4

Whenever God is preparing you for a new season of life, there will be a test. We face tests in order to receive promotion on the other side, so long as we give back to the Lord what He puts in. If you commit to God’s Word and take the vow to be “all in,”...