Month: August 2016

The Transforming Power of the Word

Reaching the World with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

“And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His [very own] image in ever increasing splendor {and} from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.”– 2 Corinthians 3:18 (Amplified Bible)

The Word of God is the mirror of God; it shows the picture of the real you. However, unlike a natural mirror that merely reflects the image of the one looking into it, the mirror of God actually changes you into the image God sees you to be! Every time you look into the mirror of God, there’s a change that takes place in your life-a metamorphosis; you’re literally transfigured into the image that you see in the Word. The more and longer you look into…

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What I Learned on a Student Mission Trip to NYC

Giving Future Faith to our Faith Future

wol-logo-fullThis past week, I had the joy of leading a group of students to a mission trip to New York.  The beginning of the week was filled with hard work on the Word of Life Bible Institute Campus and Word of Life camps.  We mowed acres of land, and painted about a dozen cabins.  It was a full couple days of work.  Then, we took off for New York City to share the Gospel on the streets.  Here’s what I learned from this precious week of ministry…

No “I Can’t”.  We could have easily made this entire trip a week of work.  Painting, cleaning, and serving at the camp would have been a blessing to both our team and the camp.  We would have been physically stretched for sure, but these students needed something more.  This was a step of faith, and for some a terrifying step.  But they did…

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Don’t Be Too Busy to Get to Tomorrow

Giving Future Faith to our Faith Future

sorry_were_too_busy_graphic1Paul David Tripp says the biggest challenge facing the church today – busyness.  We are soooo busy!  You would think it wouldn’t be so busy w/ technology that allows us to:  Mow our lawns & sweep our living room rugs with remote controls, research a topic on our phone in 2 seconds what it used to take a trip to the Encyclopedia section at the library to figure out, and microwavable everything” – bacon, eggs, mac n cheese, pizza…even salmon says the internet.

44% of Americans call themselves “workaholics”.  We spend 4.7 hours a day on our cell phones.   The average young American will spend 10,000 hours playing video games before the age of 21.  Maybe it’s not we’re too busy…but we’re too busy with the wrong things.  Read Matthew 6:19-21 as a refresher of what we should be doing. are-we-too-busy-448x203

We worry so much about the temporary…

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Prodigal Heart

From the Heart of God...

jesusforgives“He also said, “A man had two sons. The younger said to his father, “Father, let me have the share of the estate that would come to me.” So the father divided the property between them. A few days later, the younger son got together everything he had and left for a distant country where he squandered his money on a life of debauchery.” (Luke 15:11-13)

“And rend your heart and not your garments. ”Now return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate. Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and relenting of evil.” (Joel 2:13)

“You may be quite sure that in the last days there are going to be some difficult times. People will be self-centeredand grasping; boastful, arrogant and rude; disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious; heartless and unappeasable; they will be slanderers, profligates, savages and enemies of everything that is good; they will…

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Live Loved [Prayer]

Three Iron Nails

Father, earthly stress and struggles remind us of your faithfulness. Help us, Lord, to serve you without grumbling. May we, like the apostle Paul, choose to plant a garden in the bricks of our “prison.” Help plant our thoughts firmly on your faithfulness. All hope comes from you, amen.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

[2 Timothy 1:7]

Let your heart therefore be loyal to the Lord our God, to walk in His statues and keep His commandments, as at this day.

[1 Kings 8:61]

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

[Matthew 6:33]

~ Max Lucado ~

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Prayer as Communion with God

Every Thought Captive

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And our Father who sees secret will reward you. And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” + Matthew 6v1-8

Here Jesus gives us instructions on how to pray, and how not to pray. When our Lord gives us instructions, it is wise to listen and obey, and foolish to ignore. I…

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Teach Us, Lord, To Pray For Revival In This Generation.

Learning From God's Word

‘Awake, awake!… O arm of the Lord; awake, as in days gone by… The ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them… I am the Lord your God… I have put My words in your mouth…’ (Isaiah 51:9,11,15-16). Teach us, Lord, to pray for revival in this generation. Help us to pray for a revival of joyful worship and a revival of powerful preaching. Where will revival come from? It comes from You, Lord. You hear the prayers of His people – ‘Awake, awake!… O arm of the Lord; awake, as in days gone by’. You answer the prayers of His people – ‘The ransomed of the Lord will return… Gladness and joy will overtake them’. Revival comes when You send Your Word of power – ‘I am the Lord your God… I have…

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Who is Jesus Anyway?

Smile, God Loves You!

Jesus said comeThere have been many books written on the life of Jesus. Some come at us from a theologian point-of-view and are detailed in words we can’t pronounce, causing us to get lost on the first page. Other views are written from a lustful assumption that brings God down to human level in an effort to conceive a formula that provides much earthly gain.

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