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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

God Is at Work

John 5:16-19

Throughout the Bible, we observe God at work in people's lives. Sometimes He acts in dramatic fashion, as in parting the Red Sea to allow the Israelites to escape the Egyptian army. At other times it may appear as if He's not taking any action. Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that their brother needed His help, but Christ delayed before traveling to their home (John 11:3-6).

Our Father has given us the Holy Spirit to help us recognize His presence and handiwork. The Spirit cultivates spiritual discernment in us so we can understand when and where He's at work.

In addition to spiritual discernment, we must develop patience because the Lord operates according to His timetable, not ours. After being promised numerous descendants, Abrahan had to wait until he and Sarah were beyond childbearing years before she conceived. Impatience can cause us to take matters into our own hands and make mistakes.

The Lord's efforts can bring delight, as was the case when Hannah bore a child (1 Sam. 1:27-2:1). His plan can also lead through painful times, which was Joseph's experience. Before the Lord elevated him to a position of authority to help his family, Joseph was sold into slavery and unjustly imprisoned.

Jesus told the disciples that His Father was always at work and so was He. We will be encouraged and strengthened in our faith when we recognize the ways in which God is operating. These glimpses of His handiwork will motivate us to stay the course and help us maintain a godly perspective on life.

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Time with God

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Genesis 2:23-24

“Then the man said, ‘This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’

Our goal with our children is to prepare them for the day when they launch out of our home into their own lives!

When our children are small we work hard to protect them physically and emotionally and spiritually from things that could harm them and to teach them how to live. But we must always remember that our job is not just to protect them; and our job is not to keep them with us as long as possible.

Rather, our job is to develop them in life and in their relationship with the Lord so that one day they are able to step out of our harbouring home and live fruitful, God-glorifying lives on their own. And we are preparing them to lead families of their own one day.

Whether your kids are small or teenagers, God wants you to constantly think about how you can develop them spiritually to be able to walk with God apart from you, and how to develop them as people for the same purpose.

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Integrity Moments

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Douglas vs. Tyson

When Buster Douglas fought the Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Mike Tyson, Tyson was undefeated. The Las Vegas odds were 42 to 1 against Buster Douglas.

Despite being knocked down in the 8th round, Buster roared back, becoming the first boxer ever to knockdown Tyson. Buster became the new Heavyweight Boxing Champion!

After the fight, Buster revealed that his mother had passed away 23 days prior to the fight, motivating him to win the fight for his mother.

His mother had given him the hope that he could win. He added perseverance.

Romans 8:25 teaches, “But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

In your work, you will face unbelievable odds at times. Our hope and perseverance can drive us towards victory.

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A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us... And I will not remember your sins ... Yes, You will cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea. - Psalm 103:12; Isaiah 43:25; Micah 7:19

When it comes to our sin, there’s the “east-west,” “amnesia” and “deep sea” promises. Through Jesus Christ, God cleanses us so completely that our guilt is as impossible to find as the dividing line between east and west horizons. God’s mercy is so thorough He erases our condemning evil from His mind. God’s forgiveness is so sweeping that it’s as if our iniquity sinks irretrievably into the deepest ocean trench. Though our accuser attempts to discover something to bring against us, it is illusive, non-existent in the mind of Holy God, and cannot be fished out of the depths. God’s grace is thorough and complete.

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Connect with Skip Heitzig

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

A Beautiful Body

By Skip Heitzig

It's pretty safe to say that most people have at least one thing they would change about their physical body. But what about when it comes to their spiritual body--the body of Christ? Let's look at 1 Corinthians 12 and discover four practical ways we can help improve the church and build a beautiful body, so to speak.

1. Recognize variety. "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all" (vv. 4-6; see also vv. 7-11).

God loves variety, doesn't He? There are no clones in the kingdom; there's not one group He works through to the exclusion of everyone else. There are many different spiritual gifts in the church and many different personalities through which those gifts are expressed. Don't fight that variety--enjoy it.

2. Emphasize unity. "For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free--and have all been made to drink into one Spirit" (vv. 12-13).

Letting the members of the church do their own thing without cohesiveness can lead to anarchy, but a variety of gifts balanced with unity of purpose brings profit to all (see v. 7). That means the gift God has given you isn't for individual gratification but mutual edification. When Christ as the head of the body sends out messages to the rest of the body through the Holy Spirit, then all the members can operate smoothly together.

3. Maximize equality (see vv. 14-20). Whenever the body of Christ emphasizes one gift over the others, it often causes people who don't have that gift to feel discontent and stop participating in church life. But the church, like a human body, requires every part to function, and because of that, all parts share a certain equality. It would be absolutely ridiculous "if the whole body were an eye" (v. 17), for example. What good would a six-foot eyeball be? Yet we make six-foot eyeballs when we elevate one gift over another. There's no such thing as an unnecessary part of the church body. Just because someone isn't as visible as someone else doesn't mean they're not important.

4. Minimize self-sufficiency. Verses 21-22 describe the person who says, "I don't need the other parts of the body. I've got all it takes right here." That kind of Lone Ranger mentality goes completely against the purpose of the church. The church is meant to be a community of redeemed people on display to the unbelieving world. When the world sees a beautiful, vibrant body working together, it makes an impact for the gospel.

So I encourage you to figure out what your gift is and then use it to better the church. I've found this to be one of the most important truths in the Bible and one of the most exciting to be part of: there are many gifts, but one body and one Lord, variety and unity together.

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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Seeking Guidance

Psalms 25:4-5

When you're facing a decision, whether big or small, it is important to wait upon God for His direction and timing. And though it may sound paradoxical, there are three ways that we can take an active role in the process while we wait.

First, we should examine our heart, asking the Holy Spirit to expose any wrongs. If He brings something to light, it is important to take care of that sin immediately--by confessing, repenting, and doing whatever's needed to correct the situation. At times we push this task aside because the impending decision seems like our main concern. Yet we cannot hear from God or receive His full blessing until we deal with transgression.

Second, when seeking direction, we should listen patiently and attentively for the Lord to give the go-ahead. It can be difficult to wait, especially when emotions or logic lead us to favor one choice.

Third, the answer to our prayer at times requires our involvement. For instance, when people tell me they're out of work and trusting God to provide, I always want to know if they are actively looking for a job. Some are not; they are simply praying. We have responsibility not only to present God with requests and seek His guidance but also to be active in the process. Waiting on God is not an excuse to be lazy.

Prayer is a beautiful privilege that the heavenly Father gives to His children. He desires to lead us into a life of abundance. We should take an active part in seeking His will and listening for His voice. As we follow the Holy Spirit's guidance, we will experience all that the Lord has for us.

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Time with God

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Exodus 20:12

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

Honouring your father and mother is important enough to God that he made it one of the Ten Commandments!

When God boiled down his great moral laws to “the big ten”, he included things like “do not murder” and “do not commit adultery” and “do not make idols”, so it might seem a bit surprising to us that God would make honouring our parents one of his most important moral life-principles. In fact, it is the only one which also has a promise attached to it.

The importance of family relationships has gradually diminished in our culture, but God is reminding us today that it has never diminished importance to him. One of the most important things you can do before God is honour your earthly father and mother.

That doesn’t mean that you have to pretend that they perfect or that they don’t have big weaknesses. But it means that you pay attention to them, that you respect them, that you listen to them, that you ask their advice, that you acknowledge any good part they have played in your life to others.

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Integrity Moments

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Run with Perseverance

My wife, Kathy, doesn’t like suffering alone. She appreciates finding someone who has, or is, suffering through a similar problem to compare notes and share life.

On occasion, I’ve seen Kathy meet someone with a similar dilemma as Kathy may be facing. Without thinking Kathy has been known to blurt out, “I’m so glad to hear that.”

Then she will quickly explain that she’s sorry for their situation, but she’s glad she’s not alone.

Hebrews 12:1 says, “Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance ...

If you’re struggling through a situation at work, remember you’re not alone. Many others have gone before you. Run with perseverance.

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A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - >Romans 6:23

You have to work for a wage, but God offers a free gift. Sin is actually labor, but grace is gratis--to you, but not to God. For Ernest Hemingway, wrote a 1956 interviewer, sin seemed to pay off for life, not death. But sin paid a hefty wage to Hemingway, even in this life. The final ten years of his life were spent in emotional and mental torment. Hemingway killed himself on July 2, 1961. God’s promise works both ways--the wages of sin will always be collected unless one receives the free gift of Christ’s forgiveness.

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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Acquiring Wisdom

Proverbs 4:20-27

The most obvious source of godly wisdom is the Bible. You cannot think of a question or life circumstance about which God’s Word is silent. His principles for right character, conduct, and conversation apply to every situation and decision confronting human beings.

We’re all able to recall times when we didn’t respond wisely. Those incidents can be traced back to one of two possibilities--either we didn’t know a certain biblical principle or we knew the principle that applied but chose to ignore or violate it. To ensure that we’ are familiar with God’s standards and the importance of following them, we’ve got to dig into His Word.

For example, suppose that you walk into the office and a coworker verbally assaults you with undeserved blame for a costly mistake. Your flesh and the world would have you respond in kind with anger and malice. But Luke 6:27-29 offers a different approach, that might go something like this: “Is there anything else? Thank you for telling me how you feel” (spoken gently).

Knowledge comes from learning biblical principles; wisdom has to do with applying them. The Lord cautions us to keep His Word in our heart and in our heads so that we will heed His instructions (Ps. 119:11; Prov. 8:33).

Wisdom is acquired as we pursue the Christian life--absorbing Scripture, doing what it says, and observing the result, which is for our good even when consequences appear less than favorable. Special classes aren’t required; God simply wants obedient hearts and a willing spirit.

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