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Article by Jonathan Parnell

God is faithful. We’ve all heard these words.

We’ve read them, said them, and sung them. And we’ve felt them.

God’s faithfulness is a palatable experience of his love. It’s his love tasted and seen in our history. It’s the mechanics of his love wired to fulfill his promises for our good. In fact, God’s faithfulness and his steadfast love are so closely intertwined that in Psalm 33 they’re basically the same.

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  I'm speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it's important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.

  In this way we are like the various p
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By Ernie and Mary Kroeger

"The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love." (1 John 4:8)
"God is love." This sentence has been quoted over and over again, but have we ever considered what this actually means? Since God is love, the very essence of His being is love. If we do not love, we do not know God, for we cannot know God without receiving His love. We may know many things about God, but that does not prove that we know Him. Loving others is the proof that we know Him.

This lov

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What you think shapes your life.

That’s because what you think shapes your behavior, which indirectly controls the way your life unfolds.

If you think you’re unlucky for example, then not only will you not take any chances, but you might also actually miss opportunities that appear. You’ll focus on things that go wrong, and this will make you feel worse about yourself.

If you think you’re bad at your job, you won’t speak up in meetings, you’ll keep your head down, and you might even be less pron

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We all expect ourselves to be spiritually perfect. To act right, stand in faith and not fall... but we hit the ground, hard. We're not alone in that. David stumbled over grief in a manner which seems to contradict his incredible faith and strength. By doing so he became an excellent emotional role model for both men and women.
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Step 1: Adopt these key mindsets to adopt to become more disciplined 

Discipline is like a mental muscle  

- stress it 

- challenge it 

- put pressure on it 

The more I run away from difficult things, the weaker my discipline becomes  - lose your fear 

- stop viewing these as hassles / ‘things I hate to do’ 

- the more you give in, the weaker you become – the harder the task or situation becomes 

The more I do things, the better I get at them  

- The more you do something, the less intimidated

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Some of us take a lot of pride in who we are, the title we have, the position we are in, the amount of money we have blah blah blah. We love to make ourselves seem more important than everyone else. But in Romans 12:3-8 Yahweh, through the writing of  Paul is teaching us two key things.

  1. The first is found in verses 3 - 5. Think highly of yourself, but not too high.
  2. Use the gifts Yah gave you, found in verse 6-8

OK let's break this down starting with Romans 12:3 - 5. We are talking about humi

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The Bible was the first book ever printed, but ink and paper are no longer required to share its message with a mass audience. At last count, the world’s most popular Bible app, the YouVersion Bible, had been downloaded more than 228 million times. Its distinctive icon, designed to look like a stubby, square Bible, is found on smartphones in every country in the world, giving users access to 1,305 versions of Holy Writ in 954 languages—and counting.

Conversations about the Bible in the digita

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Seriously, we are constantly being bombarded by attacks from WMD's Weapons of Mass Distraction. Now more than ever it is of most importance to have some time set aside where you turn off all the noise and listen to what God has to say. 

Today's Challenge: Spend some quiet time with the Father. Tune everything else out, and listen for that soft still voi

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Justin Bieber shows up at Knicks games or in boxing workouts with his pal Floyd Mayweather, but his latest foray into sports juxtaposition is pretty random.

The pop singer ended up hanging out with members of the Pittsburgh Steelers at their Saturday night Bible study. Well, everybody has got to be somewhere.

The Steelers are on the road for Sunday’s game against the Jets. Though the Pittsburgh players who met Bieber looked all smiles, there are those who say the Steelers are now jinxed (thou

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by Pastor QT Nyathi

 

#1. Thou shalt discipline thy offspring.

The question is not if you should discipline, but how you must administer it. 

If you don't discipline you'll reap deep disappointment, destroy your kids' future, and destabilize the community by raising rascals. Don't be scared to discipline.

Correction is part of God's nature and a sacred command given to every parent.

#2. Thou shalt be consistent in thy discipline.

Discipline should not be moody and unpredictable. 

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by Louise Lee


Intentional Disciplemaking 

Diciplemaking in the local church is facing great challenges today. 21st century is characterized by the booming of personal technology; using of Internet and mobile phone is so widespread that many European countries are nearing 100% penetration; its influence in Asia is also in the uphill rise. 

The total number of mobile phone subscribers has cruised north of 1.8 billion according to research released today by Informa Telecoms & Media. According to the
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by Anthony Osei Boateng

 

John 15:1-2 states "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. Pruning forms an integral part of righteousness in Christianity. Many Christians yearn for a life of complete holiness but do not desire the pruning and conditions which come with a life of righteousness; having become embroiled in a kind of perceived self-rig
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Daily Victory


by Susan Gurney

 

Read Psalm 98:1-9 

"Let the mountains sing together for joy." Psalm 98:8 (NIV)

Weariness melted away as our group of twenty young adults entered the incredibly beautiful mountain valley that had been the goal of our two day hike. We gasped in awe as we gazed upon ribbons of waterfalls cascading down the sides of the closely surrounding mountains.

The long trail to this valley had been well marked, but difficult for young hikers carrying heavy packs. Crossing a rushing stream on a f
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The Lord's Prayer Part One

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Matthew 6:5-6

5 "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. (NIV)

This passage is right at the beginning of Jesus' public ministry, as recorded by Matthew, and is part of what we call "The Sermon on the Mount" and the introduction to The Lord's Prayer. In Chapter Five Jesus is teaching on the old covenant, the law, versus the new cove

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by Dr. Henderson Ward

 

We look for compromise in order to accommodate differences because without that compromise we tend to have conflict and angst and everyone is worse off. This may be true in politics because politics are conducted between opponents who often have different ideologies and certainly different agendas. But what pertains in the secular world is anathema in the spiritual realm and all believers need to come to terms with that fact.

The basis of compromise is that no one person, o
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by Wangari Murathe


"May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands". (Psalm 90:17 NIV

Joseph was a great man and rose from the position of a slave to that of a prime minister. As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, "Lives of great people all remind us we can make our lives sublime; and, departing, leave behind us footprints in the sand of time." What footprints did Joseph leave? His story is told in Genesis Chapters 37-
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"I'm just terrified that things are going to fall apart as soon as we leave counseling," Kate said fearfully. She sat near enough where I could see her wringing her delicate hands lightly. She was really anxious.

Her boyfriend, Dirk, a boyish looking man of about forty, sat stone cold and silent. If he had any reaction he wasn't showing it.
"What do you mean?" I asked Kate. "What are you so afraid of?"
"I'm afraid that things will just fall apart once we leave The Marriage Recovery Center,"
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by Angela Watkins, 

 
April/May/June 2013 Devotional & Educational Quarterly Emphasis is covering "Building Character ... Truth, Honesty, & Integrity."

Devotional Scripture ... Ephesians 6:14

Topic Scriptures ... Proverbs 3:323:3Ephesians 6:14


Proverbs 6:16-19 ... Key Verse

Proverbs 6:16,17,18 ... Fallen Man; Punishment of Sin; The Wrath of God ... six things doth the Lord hate

Proverbs 6:19 ... Fallen Man; Sins Against Our Neighbor; Falsehood ... speaketh lies & soweth discord


Ephesians 6:14 ... M
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