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Prayer Is Vital to God’s Redemptive Plan

Prayer Is Vital to God’s Redemptive Plan

John Wesley once said: “Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth. God does nothing...

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Push, Church, Push!

Push, Church, Push!

I want to encourage you and challenge you to take your role of prayer seriously in these chaotic days! God wants to move in fresh and powerful ways to produce beauty from ashes, order from chaos, and hope from despair. The Bible opens up with these words: "In the...

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Are We Allowing God to Fight For Us?

Are We Allowing God to Fight For Us?

"He made the wheels of their chariots come off so that they could hardly move. Then the Egyptians shouted, “Let’s get out of here! The Lord is fighting for Israel! He’s against us!” Exodus 14:25 Do we really believe the Lord is fighting for us? Let me re-phrase that...

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Let’s Raise A Prayer Shield June 5th!

Let’s Raise A Prayer Shield June 5th!

  MEMO TO ALL PRAYER WARRIORS: Jim Jensen of Global Fire Ministries has put out an alert to the Body of Christ to be ready to RAISE A PRAYER SHIELD. Word has it from reliable sources that witches and warlocoks and shamans from all over the world will be targeting...

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Our Come to Jesus Moment

Our Come to Jesus Moment

We are doers in a fast-moving world—crunching numbers, measuring distances, calculating risks, making plans and executing schedules on an hour by hour basis. Stress is a fact of life. Then we hear the words from Jesus: “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then...

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Life Is A Marathon

Life Is A Marathon

One of the lessons all of us are learning in these trying days is that this life we live is not a sprint. It is a marathon! In Hebrews 12:1 we are encouraged to "Run with patience the race that is set before us..." Again, in Hebrews 6:12, we read: "We do not want you...

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Living in the Shelter of the Most High

Living in the Shelter of the Most High

This past week it has become increasingly clear that whether we like it or not, we are all caught up in a battle that is bigger than any one of us. The scramble of media, the wavering of the marketplace, the warning by the powers-that-be and the rush of individuals in...

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Does Jesus Actually Pray for Us in Heaven?

Does Jesus Actually Pray for Us in Heaven?

One common misunderstanding many people have is the idea that Jesus sits on his throne in heaven praying for us. It’s a picture of the hard-working Son of Man pleading for our safety. And we know His prayers will always be answered!  No worries!  Our approach to...

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Drawing Daily on the Sweet Nectar of Heaven

Drawing Daily on the Sweet Nectar of Heaven

Early this morning I was feeding a dozen or so hummingbirds that were scampering all over my garden, taking turns sipping homemade nectar from the feeder gadgets posted strategically among the plants. It was an amazing reminder to me that our great God who took the...

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The Power of Showing Up

The Power of Showing Up

The next time you feel like taking a rain check on prayer meeting or turning around on your way to church, or allowing what you consider the "tyranny of the urgent" to keep you from doing the "better thing" that Jesus referenced in Luke 10:42 (Mary's prayer and...

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Kobe Left the World at the Top of His Game

Kobe Left the World at the Top of His Game

Here is a pictorial tribute to the lives of those who met their Maker this week. They died while pursuing their passion: good fellowship with friends and the joy of sports. Kobe and his daughter attended mass early, partaking of communion, before boarding that...

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You Are A Miracle

You Are A Miracle

You Are Surrounded by Miracles Next time you fold your hands to pray, seeking God for miraculous intervention into the problem you face, keep this in mind: you are surrounded by miracles. Feel Like You Are In A Rut? As you sit there praying, hoping to get out of your...

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Prayer Let’s Us Begin Again

Prayer Let’s Us Begin Again

One of the things I love about this time of year is the clean feeling I get that no matter how many times I failed myself in the past year, no matter how many times I missed a golden opportunity or failed to watch the sunrise,  held back from speaking love and...

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Flight Instructions for the New Year

Flight Instructions for the New Year

SCHEDULED DEPARTURE: WEDNESDAY 12:01 AM Hello, welcome to ✈️ Flight #2020. We are prepared to take off into the New Year. Please make sure your Attitude and Blessings are secured and locked 🔒 in an upright position. All self-destructive devices should be turned off at...

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The Role of Prayer in the Nativity Story

The Role of Prayer in the Nativity Story

This week we celebrate the marvelous fact that our Creator loved us so much that he wanted to take on human flesh and be one of us. To use Eugene Peterson’s translation of John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” This was on the...

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The Praying Mom and the Grateful Soldier

The Praying Mom and the Grateful Soldier

I want to give a big shout out to my better-looking big brother, Dave Nielsen. In the mid 60's, when thousands of young men were burning their draft cards, Dave volunteered to serve. Dave always liked the ocean, and he enlisted with the US Navy. He was trained as a...

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The Barbarian Call to Prayer

The Barbarian Call to Prayer

I have begun reading a marvelous book by Erwin Raphael McManus: “The Barbarian Way.” What a book! If you haven’t had the chance to read it, I recommend you do! It will challenge you to take inventory of why you follow Jesus, and give you some real clarity on what that...

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Tale of Two Men Who Gave it All

Tale of Two Men Who Gave it All

Jesus tells a powerful parable in Matthew 13 that produces a FREEZE FRAME for us of two men who went all out to secure a treasure that they could not pass up. “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field. When a man discovered it, he buried it again. He...

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Pray for Kanye and the Pro Life Movement!

Pray for Kanye and the Pro Life Movement!

There is a whisper going around the country about Kanye West. Many wonder if his conversion is real. Others of us marvel at the unbelief expressed in that sentiment. All of us are beginning to see the implications as the news rolls out. “Now that I’m in...

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The Gray Champion Rises Again

The Gray Champion Rises Again

For Such An Hour As This When, in the course of human events, a dark cloud of moral morass settles over a once righteous republic, when the foundations upon which this republic is built begin to erode, and when the attack upon those foundations is relentless, God...

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The ‘Pray Through’ Effect

The ‘Pray Through’ Effect

  Prayer is a spiritual exercise that draws on every faculty of the human personality. But that’s not all. It is the active engagement with the Holy Spirit to bring to birth the fulfilment of God’s promises. I was blessed to have two parents who prayed. They...

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Blinded by the Cataracts of the Customary

Blinded by the Cataracts of the Customary

"Earth's crammed with heaven,And every common bush afire with God,But only he who sees takes off his shoes." ~Elizabeth Browning   How often do we miss what God has for us because we are distracted by the ordinary? Better yet, how many times do we miss God in the...

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How A Wave Is Formed

How A Wave Is Formed

Waves are majestic. They’re powerful, They’re refreshing. They evoke wonder and awe. They invite participation. They bring renewal. They gain power with forward movement. They re-define the shoreline. There is nothing like sprinting on a summer’s day across golden...

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Prayer Keeps Us From Drifting

Prayer Keeps Us From Drifting

Have you ever gone swimming or body surfing out on the beach, only discover after 30 or 40 minutes that you ended up hundreds of feet down-shore from where you started? This is called drift. It wasn't intentional. It just happened over time as you were overpowered...

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A Wing & A Prayer

A Wing & A Prayer

"If you do something on a wing and a prayer, you do it hoping that you will succeed, although you are not prepared enough for it."~The Cambridge Dictionary This is Jim Thorpe. Take a close look at the picture and you will notice that his shoes and socks don't match....

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It Only Takes A Prayer

It Only Takes A Prayer

Many of us watching the news today are taken back by what we see flashing before our TV and computer screens. Violence in the streets. Reports of human trafficking growing by leaps and bounds, springing up in our neighborhoods. Rampant drug abuse. Young people are...

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