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Clogged Pipeline?

Clogged Pipeline?

Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Left to ourselves, we would never come to the conviction of the truth unless the Holy Spirit opened our ears and allowed the truth about Jesus to pour into our hearts. We hear with our ears, but also with our hearts. If we carry anger or bitterness or unforgiveness, we hinder the Holy Spirits work in our lives. That pipeline to our heart plugs up. The…

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The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

Luke 11:13 (Jesus said) “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” When I read that scripture for the first time my first reaction was, “I’ve spent my whole life in church. Why have I never heard that scripture?” I decided to stop right then and there and ask for the Holy Spirit. My life was never the…

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Jesus’ Authority

Jesus’ Authority

Luke 10:19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you. When Jesus sent out seventy disciples, they returned rejoicing that even the demons were subject to them (Luke 10:17). Before Jesus left earth, He gave the same charge to all believers (Mark 16:17-18) when He said, “And these signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons,…

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Is Jesus God?

Is Jesus God?

Recently someone asked me if Jesus was God. “Yes. He’s the third part of the trinity. He’s God with skin on. God with a face.” “I don’t understand that trinity stuff,” she said. Looking down into my lap and prayed the Lord to show me how to answer her. My hands rested there with the verigated yarn I was knitting on three needles. Suddenly, I had the answer. “The trinity is like this piece of knitting. It’s all one piece,…

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Today’s Need

Today’s Need

A person posed a question to me recently. This person asked, “What if the church prayed with the same fervor as those who waited for what Jesus called ‘The promise of the Father.’” The apostles and 120 believers gathered in a common place and prayed for this unknown gift for 40 days after Jesus resurrection. Acts 2 tells us that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit like a mighty rushing wind. Those same disciples who ran like scared rabbits the night…

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Christian Faith

Christian Faith

What is it to have faith, exactly? The Bible tells us that faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). It’s believing that God is going to do what He says He will do, even before you have seen the evidence of it. Faith is not some magic saying of words or believing for what you want to happen. It is listening for the Lord’s voice, praying what He says to pray,…

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Truth vs. Lies

Truth vs. Lies

There is none so deaf as he who will not hear, none so blind, who will not see, none so lame as those who choose their own destiny headed for utter darkness, alone, for all eternity. In this day of increased knowledge, theories abound. People who embrace these ideas consider them new and enlightening. In essence, these are the old lies dressed up in new clothes. Satan has been at this deception since the beginning. He told Eve to go…

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A Day with My Granddaughter

A Day with My Granddaughter

Recently I spent the day with one of my granddaughters. She’ll be a senior in high school next year. We spoke of many things, but one stands out in my memory. She told me of accompanying a friend to a Planned Parenthood facility. Her friend’s mother instructed her to go there to get a pregnancy test. I’ll let you hear the conversation we had. “Mandy’s * mother was out of town so Mandy asked me to go with her.” “Why…

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Praying God’s Heart

Praying God’s Heart

“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him” (Lamentations 3:35 NASB). I marvel at what God does when we wait on Him in prayer. When we listen to His heart and then pray His desires, we see mighty things happen beyond what we could ever dream or expect. In late February and early March this year, the Lord began to urge me to pray for Him to “reveal hidden things.” When I…

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Loving Through Tough Times

Loving Through Tough Times

Over a year and a half ago, Ardythe Kolb and I decided to write a 365 day devotional. We have been friends and sisters in Christ for over 40 years. We divided the project this way: I sent Ardythe the scripture and the ending prayer, then she wrote the devotional and sent it back to me. I formatted it and in November 2012 we published it. Near the end of the year I helped her write some of the devotionals….

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