Month: July 2019

Everything He Says He Does: The Personal and Specific Sovereignty of God

Yirah Group

Everything He Says He Does

Will God do what he said? That is the sound of a spiritual crisis — when it seems like the very ground beneath your feet is shaking. If you haven’t yet experienced one, to some degree, while following Jesus, likely you will.

In such times of crisis, one of God’s great means of grace to us is his people. While we are in crisis, others in our lives are often steady, and ready to help. We feel like we’re free-falling, but they are tethered and so can gently, prayerfully, and patiently help us get our bearings again. But what if the bottom fell out, all at once, for you and every Christian you knew? The disorientation would multiply. The crisis would be all the more severe; the pain all the more acute.

The destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, the geographical heart and center of God’s first-covenant people, precipitated…

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Unto us a child is born

Supernatural Power Through One Law

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah wrote these words approximately seven hundred years before Jesus was born. Most people understood these words as prophesying the coming of a Messiah, but since that generation died without having seen the Messiah, people began to doubt the words. Today we understand that this verse was telling us that a human child would be born in which the Son of God would be given for the salvation of mankind.

We not only understand the prophecy, but we, also, enjoy the salvation that it foretold. We think of Christmas as a joyous time, in which we received the Son of God as our promised Messiah, but was it…

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Restoring All Things Evangelical Churches Respond to Border Crisis

Billydteacher's Blog

Carlos Navarro is pastor of West Brownsville Baptist Church, in the Rio Grande Valley. He has been involved inministry to migrants for 25 years, beginning when he started teaching Scripture in a weekly class at a Brownsville detention center. Today, as many as 1500 men and boys attend his weekly Bible classes at Casa Padre Detention Center. The classes are evangelistic in nature, and often conclude with an invitation to accept Christ. He says some weeks more than 200 people make first-time decisions to follow Jesus. His church also provides Bibles, water, food, and clothing to migrants on both sides of the


West Brownsville is not the only church in Texas getting in on the action, of course. One of the state’s largest churches, Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, has an active ministry to Latino migrants. The church’s pastor, Jack Graham, recently tweeted, “We @Prestonwood are…

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Pastor Jack Graham on 30 Years at Prestonwood Baptist Church, His Favorite Memory as a Pastor, the SBC’s Handling of Sex Abuse, and What He Thinks About Women Preachers in the Church


Texas megachurch Pastor Jack Graham celebrated his 30th anniversary at the 45,000-member Prestonwood Baptist Church this month, and described the journey as one that shows how God can transform a hurting congregation into one of the most robust in the nation.

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Making Disciple-making Disciples

Living in the Word

In reading the first chapter of 1 Thessalonians I was struck by verse 8: “For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything”. In the context, the “word of the Lord” refers to the gospel, which Paulessentially summarises in vv. 9-10. The point is that Paul preached this word to the Thessalonians, they came to believe it, and now the fruit of their faith is further proclamation of the gospel. Those who have now “turned to God from idols” are now proclaiming the gospel. In fact, the Thessaloniansare so bold in their faith that people in Macedonia and Achaia are talking about their faith – and there’s no reason to think that it was just Christians in these places who were talking about the Thessalonians’…

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“As your Days, so shall your Strength be.


As your days, so shall your strength be.” (Deuteronomy 33:25)

BELOVED, it seems a sad thing that every day must die and be followed by a night. We have seen the hills clad with verdure to their summit and the seas laving their base with a silver glory. We have stretched our eyes faraway and have seen the widening prospect full of loveliness and beauty and we have felt sad that the sunlight should ever set upon such a scene and that so much beauty should be shrouded in the oblivion of darkness. But how much reason have we to bless God for nights! If it were not for nights how much of beauty ever would be discovered?

Never should I have considered the heavens the work of Your fingers, O my God, if You had not first covered the sun with a thick mantle of darkness–the moon…

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12 Amazing things I learned from John


John 14, 15 & 16

1. Do not worry, believe in God.

(Joh 14:1)Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

(Joh 14:17) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

2. We have the ability through Christ to do greater works than even He did while He was on earth.

(Joh 14:12)Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

3. Whatever we ask in His name, we will receive.

(Joh 14:13)And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

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{Love} | 1 John 4 v 16

{Kylie Bentz}

What a scripture! “We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.” 1 John 4: 16 (NLT)

In the Amplified version – the word ‘trust’ is replaced with ‘believe’. So the verse reads: “And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and He who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him.” 1 John 4:16 (AMPC)

I realised the other day, after reading this verse, that there’s a difference between knowing someone and believing in someone. I realise this sounds obvious, and you’re saying “Duh Kylie!” 🙂 … but I believe…

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