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Power to Change

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) Each of us have made mistakes in our past.  There are things we wish we could have done differently.  There may be things we wish we would have…

Power to Conquer

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, Luke 4:18 (NIV) Things that have happened in our past can hold us…

Power to Cancel

You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.  Colossians 2:13-14 (NLT) Have you ever…

Understand the Greatness

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.  Ephesians 1:19-20 (NLT) Sometimes we experience things that we…

Experience the Power

I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. . . .  Philippians 3:10 (NLT) Have you ever heard about an exciting story after it happened?  You can hear all the details from someone who was there but it is not really the same as being there yourself. …

Obey God

“Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today.”  Deuteronomy 11:26-27 (NLT) Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the…

Be a Copycat

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.  Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.  Ephesians 5:1-2 (NLT) When you were young, you may have heard someone tell you that…

He Will Forgive You

But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from everything we’ve done wrong.  1 John 1:9 (CEB) The word “sin” simply means to miss the mark.  So, when we sin we are missing the mark with actions or thoughts contrary to God’s instructions in…

Brighter Days Are Ahead

His anger lasts only a moment, but his kindness lasts for a lifetime. Crying may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning.  Psalm 30:5 (NCV) Let’s be honest.  Like any good parent, God (our Father) isn’t always pleased with our actions.  He wants the absolute best for us, but gives us the…

Be Thankful

As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed…

Be a Leader

So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders. Acts 20:28 (NLT) Our purpose on earth is not just to look out for ourselves. The Bible reminds us to guard our heart because all that we do flows…

There Is a Plan

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) Paul preached in Jerusalem and when through many trials but God had a plan that Paul was going to Rome (Acts 23:11). God…

Complete the Task

And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race…

Humility and Tears

When they arrived, he said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents. You…

No Fear in the Valley

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me Psalm 23:4 (NKJV) Each of us walk through struggles in life. We face situations that can test us. Situations such as a bad report from the doctor or the loss of a job.…

Jesus Died in Our Place

We all “miss the mark” due to sin. We are born separated from God. The price for sin is death. God made the rule that sin has a price to pay. God’s justice demands payment for sin. Boy is this hard! God knows us – our past and present. God knows our wrongs. Yet, God’s…