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When promise turns to poison

When promise turns to poison

When we are full of promise, yet we look to others for our promotion, we can become toxic. The promises we believe in are from God, not others. Having great promises in your life is wonderful but when we are not dependent upon God for the timing and release of those promises, and if we have nowhere to serve that promise and we start to become resentful toward others for not recognizing it too, our promise can start to become…

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Following your call instead of the Spirit can have deadly consequences

Following your call instead of the Spirit can have deadly consequences

There is no formula for following God and ultimately, every Christian should not follow the written word over the Spirit because the Spirit is dynamic and for every situation, where as the word cannot be. For instance, the apostles were called by God to go into all nations and preach the gospel (the call). But if they locked into the call instead of the spirit, they could’ve been killed. In Acts 16:6 you can see the spirit of Jesus told…

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Our view of God Matters

Our view of God Matters

I was on Twitter today and came across a post that stopped me in my tracks. It reflected on how negative we can define God to be, especially if we do not see him as personally loving us. Our view of God is immensely important. Just as a positive view can shape our views to see what is good in people, a negative view of God can become toxic and make us see what is negative about others. It is not good news and that right…

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The sonship of God

The sonship of God

What would you say describes you best: Are you a son of God or a slave for God? Is it better to love God or just obey him? I am not saying we should not obey God because it is better to obey than to sacrifice. 1 Sam 15:22.  But Rahab was a prostitute and scripture says at the time, she was made righteous only because she believed God and she did what was asked of her in order of…

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Doing the will of the Father means simply to love him

Doing the will of the Father means simply to love him

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”  Matt. 7:21 This is such a profound scripture to me in my life, as is the parable of the 10 virgins (Matt 25). I believe that true truth-seeker and an honest, sincere believer who claims to want to follow God owes it to God to humbly ask him to show them…

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Emulating Jesus the Releaser

Emulating Jesus the Releaser

I was struck by this revelation yesterday, “Would we release the apostles as soon as Jesus did?”  When we see where the condition of the apostles’ faith and walks, one has to wonder if we would.  Jesus had to know the condition of these boys following around with him, just as we often have a good sense of where our people are at as well. And yet, Jesus released every single one of the apostles, even his ultimate betrayer. In…

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Spiritual Growth: 10 Keys to Spiritual Growth in God

Spiritual Growth: 10 Keys to Spiritual Growth in God

There is a variety of material in circulation on what it means to develop spiritual growth in your life. I can personally find everything from extremely useful to useless dribble depending on where I go. Some of this is due to nomenclature and how we define “spiritual growth,” but more of it has to do to the fact that spirituality or spiritual growth more specifically speaking, is not something that can be taught by anyone other than those who have…

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Avoiding the “I never knew you” list

Avoiding the “I never knew you” list

Doing good works is good. Doing great works is better, right? Well not so fast. That’s what some thought in the New Testament when they were casting out demons and performing miracles until Jesus said, “Get away from me, I never knew you.” The scripture is well known. You’ll find it in Matt. 7:22. Jesus is giving his famous Sermon on the Mount. He just spent a great deal of time laying out his now famous doctrine of love, life,…

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Putting People in Pastures not Prisons

Putting People in Pastures not Prisons

We act like slaves! Yes, it’s true. Many of us do not lead, have lost our prophetic edge, do not lean on spiritual gifts and instead follow recycled “old school” thinking. Traditions and our church templates are comfortable and accepted and staying inside those walls seems best. It makes sense but there’s no faith in that. Of course it’s far less risky than stepping out like revivalists of old did, scorned and persecuted because they dared to love Jesus enough to risk…

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A Spiritually Led Church Environment

A Spiritually Led Church Environment

I love this video. I put it together some time ago from a tape series on doing church in America by Graham Cooke. This is truly one of the most inspired messages I have ever heard, bar none. I think you’ll enjoy it as Graham talks about iniators, enablers and restrictors in churches and how we often make unconscience victims of some of our biggest heros in church. There’s a good bet if you like this blog, he’s talking about you!…

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