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[30 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 416 views]

Chicago’s Water Tower is one of only half a dozen structures to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.  There is an account told about a quick-thinking watchman at the pumping station across the street who saw the glow from the fire off in the distance and, fearing its impending arrival, went straight to a local tannery to load up his wagon with hides.  Racing back to the pumping station, he and a colleague hoisted the hides up to the roof and poured water on them to get them soaking …

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[29 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 445 views]

1. Pray for a spirit of Humility.  “The willingness to submit” (James 4:10)
2. Pray for a spirit of Reverence.  “The fear of the Lord.” (Proverbs 9:10)
3. Pray for a spirit of Purity.  “A desire to be clean.” (Matthew 5:8)
4. Pray for a spirit of Purpose.  “A wisdom to set goals.” (Proverbs 4:25)
5. Pray for a spirit of Simplicity.  “A lifestyle uncluttered.” (Romans 12:8)
6. Pray for a spirit of Commitment.  “A dedication to the ’cause’.” (Joshua 24:15)
7. Pray for a spirit of Diligence.  “A willingness to work hard.” (II Peter 1:5)
8. …

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[28 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 449 views]

Many millions of people suffer from a spiritual, “mistaken identity”, and the Church is given the mission of reaching out to God’s lost creation and helping to restore them to their true identity.

What if you started to research your family history and discovered the mother of all skeletons in the family closet — that you weren’t who you really thought you were? That’s what happened to the descendants of Bobby Dunbar.
Bobby Dunbar went missing at the age of four during a family trip to Swayze Lake in Louisiana in 1912. …

Quotes »

[25 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 285 views]

Don’t let VICTORIES go to your head or FAILURES go to your heart. I’ve learned in life that if you keep those things in ‘check’ then everything else fits into place.

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[24 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 581 views]

I have learned to listen to God. The reason so many people are filled with the Holy Ghost wherever I go is that God tells me what He’s going to do, when He’s going to do it, and where it’s going to happen… and I just show up!

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[23 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 787 views]

Psalm 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you…”
The word of God, resident in the hearts of men, creates a relationship with Him that keeps them from sin.
John 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” v. 14 says, “and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”
David’s Psalm was a prophetic declaration. If Jesus is the Word, perhaps we can read Psalm 119:11 like this…
“Jesus have I hid …

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[22 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 488 views]

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:31
The first sentence does not stand alone, but is inextricably tied to the second.
If we want, “good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over”, we must give, “good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over.”
We’re looking for the miracle-grow on our giving… but are we …

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[21 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 410 views]

2 Cor. 5:14-17
We are not under the law, but under grace, but grace is not a license to sin! I’m free to serve, not free to sin!!
6 scriptural tests to apply to anything questionable/gray area, not specifically mentioned in scripture:
1. Proclamation Test
This test asks, “Has God clearly proclaimed it to be wrong in His Word?”
2. Principle Test
This test asks, “Is it forbidden in God’s Word in principle?”
3. Partnership Test
(Col. 3:17)
This test asks, “Could I invite Jesus to do this with me?”
4. Presence Test
(Phil 1:20)
This test asks, “Would I be ashamed …

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[18 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 1,061 views]

Barna Group, a research group from California that studies trends in the church, recently published the following statistics about youth in America’s churches:

Current trends show that on 4% of young people will be evangelical believers by the time they are in their 30’s compared to 34% of adults today who are.
3 out of 4 kids will leave the church when they turn 18 and never return
86 % of kids watch supernatural-themed movies or television shows on a regular basis
73% have engaged in at least one type of psychic or witchcraft-related …

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[17 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 428 views]

In Genesis 49, Jacob is prophesying over each of his sons, telling them of their future. The last verse of this chapter reads like this… “And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.”
Note that “Jacob” died.
The very next verse leads into chapter 50 with Joseph falling upon his father’s face weeping, and verse 2 says this… “And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and …