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‘“This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.’ Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.” (Matthew 3:17-4:1 NIV) Here’s a biblical pattern; battleground follows holy ground. This is because God measures our maturity, not by our mountaintop experiences, but by our victories in […]


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Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. (1Peter 4:10 NIV)  In God’s economy what we give away comes back to us in increasing measure. When we use our spiritual gifts to serve others we are giving to them God’s grace in one […]

Resisting Conflict

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By Darlene Franklin, who wrote prayers for, A 12-Month Guide to Better Prayer for Women (Barbour Books), is scheduled for a February 1st release. Hatred stirs up conflict,     but love covers over all wrongs. Proverbs 10:12, NIV   Like a church, life inside the nursing home gives me multiple opportunities for conflict. It often leaves me spouting like someone arrested […]


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Who, then, is the man that fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him. He will spend his days in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land. The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. (Psalm 25:12-14 NIV) God created you for […]


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“Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, so he may run that reads it.” (Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV) Have you ever noticed that there are some people who accomplish more in a year than many people do in a lifetime? We often rationalize that these high achievers are lucky or more talented or just […]


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“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3) The Hebrew word translated “commit” in this passage literally means, “to roll out.” When a Hebrew in ancient times wanted to present a gift to someone they would roll it up in cloth or leather. When they presented it, they would […]


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Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9b NIV) Nothing hinders our efforts as much as fear and discouragement. Most of the time our fear is the paralysis of analysis. We over think our limitations while not […]

Pastors and Pietism: KEY TO SPIRITUAL RENEWAL, Part 5

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Copyright © 2017 Roger Helland On October 31, 1517, a massive theological tsunami slammed the shores of the Roman Catholic Church. Martin Luther—gripped by a fresh understanding of salvation by faith and grieved by the abusive corruption of the papacy—launched a new movement later called the Protestant Reformation. Eventually, a revolutionary doctrine emerged called the […]

SAMSON INTERVIEWS with Eric Wilson, author of the new novelization

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“Samson”, a novelization by author Eric Wilson, releases tomorrow.  Here is an exclusive sneak peak interview with the author. What inspired you to write a book about Samson? The world is looking for heroes. This is evident in movies and books. And more than ever, they want to see the flaws of those heroes, to […]
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