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[17 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 72 views]

A man lost his ring, and you can imagine the flood of emotions when he slipped it on his finger again 33 years later. Kind of reminds me of the prodigal son… what does it feel like to get a ring back?
BARRY COUNTY, Mich. (March 17, 2014) – “I’ve gone through a lot of things in the 33 years, and then wonder what this has gone through,” said Randy Eggers from Middleville.
If rings could talk, Randy Eggers’ 1980 Thornapple-Kellogg class ring would tell quite a story. Randy wore it for …

Ministry Development »

[17 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 104 views]

•If you could be one for just 24 hours, what cereal box cartoon character would you be? Why?
•What was the best thing that happened to you this weekend? (used August 23, 1998)
•What is your favorite animal? List three adjectives to explain your choice.
•What is your favorite color? List three adjectives to explain your choice.
•It’s a very hot and muggy day. You desperately want something very cool and refreshing to quench your thirst and revitalize your body. What would you drink — either make your own or store-bought.
•You discover that the person …

Illustrations and Research, Inspiration »

[7 May 2013 | No Comment | 135 views]

Stalks of wheat move in unison under the power of the wind. Forming an ebbing sea of grain, it beckons; enticing the laborer to embark on the most incredible journey of a lifetime. The challenge unfolds and the whiteness of the harvest completes its call to the willing recruit. If he’s fortunate, the young minister steps into the harvest an expert, and walks out a student.
…walks in with haste, and out with patience.
…walks in with a stride, and out with a limp.
…walks in with a shout, and out with a …

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[12 Jan 2013 | No Comment | 222 views]

(Date used:________) Gen 28:20-22
– Jacob made a vow (to God), “If God will be with me and will watch over me…all that You give me I will give You a tenth.”
(Date used:________) Exodus 35:5
– From what you have, take an offering for the LORD. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the LORD an offering.
(Date used:________) Exodus 35:21
– Everyone who was willing and whose heart moved him came and brought an offering to the LORD for the work.
(Date used:________) Gen 28:20-22
– Jacob made a vow (to God), “If God …

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[2 Jan 2013 | No Comment | 293 views]

Believe for it 
Without faith it is impossible to please Him
Imagine it
God is able to do exceeding abundantly above what you can ask or think…
Speak it
Whoever will speak to this mountain…
Praise God for it
He inhabits the praises of His people

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[26 Sep 2012 | No Comment | 1,181 views]

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” (Revelation 22:13)
To the ARCHITECT, He is the “Chief Cornerstone”
To the BAKER, He is the “Living Bread”
To the CARPENTER, He is the “Door”
To the DOCTOR, He is the “Great Physician”
To the EDUCATOR, He is the “Rabbi, the Great Teacher”
To the FLORIST, He is the “Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley”
To the GEOLOGIST, He is the “Rock of Ages”
To the HORTICULTURIST, He is the “True Vine”
To the INVENTOR, He is the “New and Living Way”
To the JEWELER, He is the “Pearl of Great Price”
To the KING, …

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[18 Sep 2012 | No Comment | 124 views]

Concerning “The Lord’s Supper”, I ask that anyone taking communion be born again, and living for God.
If Communion is also symbolic of the Passover, I believe there are some considerations to be made that we can draw from it.There are many points in Exodus chapter 12 that I think are important concerning the subject…
v. 3 Take every man a lamb. With Christ as the lamb, each individual must “take” him
v. 4 If it’s too much for your household, share the lamb with a neighbor. Each individual should be committed to …

Headline, Inspiration »

[11 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 301 views]
Fishermen Catch Fish

Everything they had labored 3-1/2 years for was stripped away by a rugged cross just two weeks earlier. Destitute and near defeat, Peter’s mind momentarily took him away from his calling to a previous, familiar vocation. “I go a fishing.” When one is losing faith, they begin to revert back into the comfort of familiarity… the way things used to be. It seemed like a good idea to his friends, and under the cover of night they made their way to launch a fishing vessel from the shore of Tiberias. …

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[16 Feb 2012 | No Comment | 282 views]

I had a battle fierce today
Right in the place of prayer.
I went to meet and talk with God,
But I found Satan there.
He whispered, “You can’t really pray;
You lost out long ago.
You might say words while on your knees,
But you can’t pray, you know.”
So then I pulled my helmet tight,
Way down upon my ears,
And found it helped to still his voice,
And helped allay my fears.
I checked my other armor o’er,
My feet in peace were shod.
My loins with truth still girded ’round,
My sword the Word of God.
My righteous breastplate still was on
My …

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[29 Dec 2011 | No Comment | 567 views]

January 18, 1993
To All of Our Ministers in the United Pentecostal Church International,
Greetings in the only saving Name, Jesus!
The General Board met in their annual Mid-Winter Meeting at the World Evangelism Center on Tuesday, January 12, through Thursday, January 14, 1993. One of the most important questions of discussion involved the resolution passed at the General Conference held in Salt Lake City. This resolution called our ministerial constituency to affirm their conviction on the matter of our doctrinal position on full salvation and our stand on holiness.
The Executive Board had …