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[31 Jul 2009 | No Comment | 263 views]

Psalms 122:1 , Ecclesiastes 12:13
David said I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the LORD.
Solomon said Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter, fear God, keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man.
When joy walks out duty walks in.

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[31 Jul 2009 | No Comment | 380 views]

Some day some simple soul is going to pick up the Bible and read it and believe it, and then the rest of us are going to be embarrassed.

Ministry Development »

[30 Jul 2009 | No Comment | 270 views]

Luke 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
In a recent story in the USA Today titled, “Want to Start a Franchise?” the paper listed 15 questions one should ask themselves when considering becoming a franchisee owner. How would you modify their list to answer the question, “Want to Start a Church?”

Would you make a good franchisee?To help you decide, take the following quiz.
As you answer, please be totally honest with yourself.
Some answers …

Inspiration »

[29 Jul 2009 | No Comment | 266 views]

As a promotion in our church, we prayed over many letters with dollar bills attached to them.
A week later, at our Friends and Family day service, we gave these letters and dollars to each household… members and visitors… as a token of faith in God for our prayers to be answered.
Here is the text of the letter that each family received:
Dear friend,
It would be a great understatement to say that our world is facing challenging times. With jobless rates the highest they’ve been in recent memory, stock markets crashing and …

Quotes »

[28 Jul 2009 | No Comment | 289 views]

The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it.

Illustrations and Research »

[27 Jul 2009 | No Comment | 321 views]

The Orphan Train was a social experiment that transported children from crowded coastal cities of the United States to the country’s Midwest for adoption. The orphan trains ran between 1854 and 1929, relocating an estimated 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children. At the time the orphan train movement began, it was estimated that 30,000 vagrant children were living on the streets of New York City.
Two charity institutions, The Children’s Aid Society (established by Charles Loring Brace) and The New York Foundling Hospital, determined to help these children. The two institutions …

Quotes »

[24 Jul 2009 | No Comment | 248 views]

The way I see it, there are only two options to choose from when you’re painted into a corner.
You either shut up and be content, facing the fact that real change cannot and will not happen… or you get paint on your feet.

Headline, Inspiration, Ministry Development »

[23 Jul 2009 | 2 Comments | 355 views]
Are You Drifting?

Two young men were fishing one day near their hometown. Being so focused on their goal of catching fish, they didn’t realize their boat had drifted so close to the dam’s rushing water until they were too close to turn back.
Caught by the current, their boat was swept over the dam into the crashing water below where the forceful flow of water pulled the young men under. They never came to the surface. It took days of searching before they found one body, and days later the other was located.
Though …

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[22 Jul 2009 | No Comment | 345 views]

We all remember it, I’m sure… Clinton was on trial for impeachment over the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and attempted to water down what truthfully happened with the blatant redefinition of the word, “is”.
It seems that our world is attempting to redefine everything that is in opposition to its sinful lifestyle. Recently in an article about a “woman” who exercises her 74 year old husband to death in a swimming pool, the reporter describes the “wife”, Christine Newton-John, as having had “gender reassignment surgery” in 1993. Gender what? It was a …

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[21 Jul 2009 | No Comment | 1,109 views]

Fasting stirs a hunger in your spirit that goes deeper than any temporary hunger you exeperience in your flesh. When you hunger for God, He will fill you! Jesus went through cities where He could do no miracles – because there was no hunger. In this day, God is saying, “I am looking for somebody who wants something. I’m looking for somebody who will do more than show up for another church service, but they will hunger for that which I want to place in them.
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