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|Yielding to God While Wielding Your Faith
by Amy Walker
Have you ever found yourself in prayer withholding requests from God because you believed it was off-limits? Maybe you thought that God couldn't’t be bothered with it. Perhaps you had made the request so many times before without result that you figure God is determined to ignore you on that point. You may think the issue is too big, too small, too complicated, too overwhelming or too unworthy. Could it be that you have not put it to Him because you don’t want Him meddling in that area? Maybe you think you got a good enough handle on it yourself. Whatever the reason, I am reminded of what Jesus said, “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son... (read the rest of what Amy Walker wrote.)
|Joshua ben Joseph
by Richard Revelstoke
Joshua ben Joseph was a very remarkable man. Born into a working class family, he came from the village of Nazareth whose liberal-leaning residents gave rise to the saying, can any good come out of Nazareth? The religious leaders saw Nazareth as a morally loose and unruly town. Nazareth was a tiny place nestled in a small valley surrounded by low hills, a place of such little consequence that it is hardly mentioned in historical records of that time. However, it was a beautiful, picturesque village, secluded by its low-lying location in a natural basin. On the hills five hundred feet above the town, one could see to the north the plateaus of Zebulun and Naphtali, and the mountains of... (read the rest of what Richard Revelstoke wrote.)
|Marriage Still Means The Same Thing to God - No One Has The Right To Redefine
by Deborrah K Ogans(4)
Our economy is down, gas prices are up. The housing market is in a flux many mortgage companies have folded. The automobile industry, stock market fluctuations, credit card companies as well as many other businesses both large and small have been greatly impacted. Life as we once knew it has changed so drastically over the last few decades. Marriages and family life have been further impacted; there has been a steady trickle down effect. There was a time when marriage was considered a respected solid rock heterosexual relationship between a man and a woman. It was the foundational basis in which one desired to build a stable, nurturing, healthy family environment. Marriage as... (read the rest of what DeBorrah K Ogans wrote.)
|Make Heaven Your Goal: Be the Best You Can Be! (Mt.5:48)
by Teresa O'Driscoll
The morning was freezing but dressed warmly for my walk I gingerly picked my way up the rutted icy track. Past a farmhouse and through the gate the landscape opened out into a small green river valley. Although I could see it, I have never been able to get near the river - prevented by fences and steep inclines. But it has remained a goal, and I have others in my life. My ultimate goal though, is heaven, and that goal is never far from my mind. In this I am following St Paul's advice: “Set your minds on heaven, not on earthly things, because you have died to this life, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the... (read the rest of what Teresa O'Driscoll wrote.)
|Praying for Revival
by Marijo Phelps(116)
The following are things the Lord has laid on my heart (for prayer) regarding revival in our Body of Believers @ Dayspring Christian Fellowship. We are to worship Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit not the gifts of the Spirit (I do not think we do) but we may certainly ask for and desire the gifts. 1 Corinthians 14 Gifts of Prophecy and Tongues 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.(NIV) Luke 11:13 (New International Version) 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask... (read the rest of what Marijo Phelps wrote.)
|Why 25 December??
I would think that most Christians know Jesus was not born on 25 December. Reading about the birth of Jesus from Luke 2:1-8 along with doing a little historical research we find that the taxation ordered by Caesar Augustus would have been given sometime after harvest and before the rainy season prior to winter. This would place the birth of Jesus around August/September. To cut down the length of this article I will spare you the countless details showing that the birth of Jesus was in autumn and not winter, but allude to it here to ask this question: If Jesus was born around August or September, why then do we celebrate His birth on 25 December? Many students of the Bible argue that... (read the rest of what Bart wrote.)