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God’s Plans Are the Surest Things in Your Life

When all odds are stacked against you; when life’s circumstances reveal no hope; when you have come to what appears the end of the road, God says to you, “Do not be afraid!” What God promises you He delivers! His plans are the surest thing in your life. He promised Abram he would have an heir from his own body. He promised Abram land that his people would possess. “Abram believed the Lord, and it

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In What Way do Miracles Depend on You?

“Where are we going to get the money to pay for this? How are we supposed to make this happen? Is this even possible?” Have you found yourself ever asking questions like these or others like them? Are you facing an impossible situation, right now? In each question, you can hear the sense of doubt. You also hear self-sufficiency; a mindset that speaks, “I’m the only one in which this situation depends.” I believe God

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How to Choose from Good or Better

In most situations in life, we are met with two paths to take, two decisions, two sides, or two opportunities. Some presented are straightforward: for example, “to sin” or not “to sin,” evil vs. good, or what is fruitful or not. These are not hard choices; instead, the good vs. better options laid before us make decisions challenging. I recently had to choose between something good and something better. It was hard because in many

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He Asked Us, “How Do I Overcome Loneliness?”

After a full day of hearing about marriage and family relationships, what appeared (on the outside, one who seemed to have all things in order) was a man who asked, “How do I overcome loneliness?” This question was not what I expected. I thought for sure this man would have asked something more complicated like, “Explain the Trinity or from where did the Nephilim come?” But these questions were not what this man asked; what he

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I Love Your Face!

On our mission trip to the Middle East, we met with the leadership teams of five churches. The Pastor of the second leadership team asked us to share a few encouraging words with his leaders. A few of us spoke (I included, because, Marcie can’t be quiet!). In closing, we worshipped. I turned to the row of women behind us and smiled. They each hugged me. One by one, they said, “I love you!” I

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