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  1. Jesus is= the Prize, the portion the pleasure and the inheritance to those who believe He is the Son of God.
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  2. Word of God Speak We tend to read too much, and not hear open your Heart let the Bible speak to you. Let’ all thoughts of the day be put aside, find a place in solitude and listen, feel comfort and eternal power within. Living within this world walking’ in righteousness. Sharing joy and peace brings others into the family. Our eternal home in heaven awaits are coming, give unconditionally, be the hands and feet of Jesus. We have a purpose in this life. God formed us for a reason. In his time we shall return home and dwell in The House’ of Our Lord. When are heart feels
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  3. As you've probably noticed, there are a lot of changes going on at ChristianWriters.com. I already started a topic about some of the changes and new features here. However, I thought if would be better if we had a place to communicate and track all the site changes and updates. So this blog was born. From this point on, I'll be announcing updates and new features here, on this blog. I recommend following this blog (click the "follow" button on the black bar in the blog header) so you receive a notice when we add a new entry. We also encourage you to leave yo
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  4. . . . after reading 1 Chronicles 1-3 today I read the begats in the Bible today, and it struck me that the reading of every name set up a moment that put it to humanity's care to mark what obedience to Jehovah would bear, salvation for those whose hearts did not stray away from the covenant shown by Abraham's faith, or curse at the core of one's bitter fruit from tasting forbidden things, nameless pursuits. Some names seemed odd, some odder even, but each syllable of a lone person given moved me the reader to one strange conclusion, that modern monikers are kn
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  5. God has a wonderful plan for each of us. Don't let past mistakes rob you of his plan.
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  6. The Apostle Paul recorded a Holy Spirit inspired personal revelation, that when he experienced spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, a miraculous transference took place within him. Instead of being overwhelmed by circumstances, he became a “super saint.” He became stronger than his challenges. His weakened faith gave way to a powerful release of trust in the Lord whom he served. On one occasion, he requested deliverance from a thorn in the flesh that had caused him to ask the Lord three times to have it removed. Jesus’ response was that His grace was sufficient for him and “that my st
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  7. After reading John 1:1-34 Look, the Lamb, look! He is like none other. A speck of His light Heals the eye, blinds accusers. Lift up your heads For the remnants of Heaven Prepare in wonder A coming New Jerusalem. Unlimited Unction Fell on the Lamb, Replaced royal robes That Glory gave back Once Jesus went up, Teth’ring God’s heart to man, When the Son left a chalice Of grace in our hands.
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  8. Our mouths are the most powerful tools we possess. What we speak tells who we really are. Use it to speak positive words to and about others. In instances when this is not able just stay positive by being silenced.
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  9. I wanted to share my thoughts on the current climate of our world today and this is what I have to say about it. Racism isn’t just about the color of a person’s skin. It goes deeper into our value system as a people. How can we as humans say that one person is more valuable or important than another because of the color of their skin. That just doesn’t make sense. Not if you are Christian anyway. If you believe the Word of God, then maybe you are skipping over these particular passages that states: 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who doe
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  10. Recently a pastor sent out a letter to his congregants requesting suggestions as to what topics his people would like to have him address on Sundays. Another church felt the necessity to highlight the recent racial divide in our nation. To address the issue, they brought in two individuals who represented an ethnicity different from those of their own congregation. They discussed issues that needed understanding and even correction. I guess the purpose of the interaction was to bring people out of their comfort zones and into the reality of racial division. It seems that there is such a q
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  11. We try to live in such a way that no one will ever be offended or kept back from finding the Lord by the way we act, so that no one can find fault with us and blame it on the Lord. (2 Corinthians 6:3) Paul who tried to live in such a way to not offend anyone yet seemed to have offended multitudes. There are books, sites, and cults formed to simply dispute Paul’s authority as an apostle. It’s one thing to love and another to please with pressure, It’s is one thing to be patience but another to tolerate abuse, It’s one thing to be in tribulations b
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  12. When I recently read the verse that I bold below, I immediately took stock of a primary motivation in my life, which is to find, exhort to and commune within mutual devotion to our Lord and God, Messiah Jesus. There is nothing so freeing as living "in Spirit and in Truth" (John 4:24) It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord - 1 Thessalonians 3:8 (NLT) I thrilled at the pride of my mamma and papa, when they said without words, "He is growing up". How they gave me space in my heart for their boundaries, it felt like a universe
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  13. Many Believers love to surf through the Scripture in hope of finding spiritual gems that they can add to their vault of edification verses. If they underline in their Bibles it is usually with multi colored markers. Exclamation points emphasize the exceptional verses that carry a higher degree of personal worth. The interesting thing is that the Scriptures point out more about commitment and personal sacrifice than a “shopping flyer” promoting spiritual “deals.” We get excited about the incoming blessings, but fail to identify our obligation to disperse blessings. I would never minimize wh
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  14. Do you know Him? I am not asking if you are a member of a certain church, for when you accepted Christ as your Savior you automatically became a member of The Church. I am not asking if you read your Bible or pray daily. What I am asking is do you really know Whom you are reading about and to Whom you are petitioning and making requests? I believe we are so hung up with blessings that we fail to know the Blessed One. We examine the Scriptures in search of something that will elevate ourselves to the point of human contentment. Jesus exposed the Pharisees’ arrogance by exposing their flaw
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  15. We've added a new Publishing Credits section to the ChristianWriters.com site. This is a special area for established members to post and promote information and links to their book, blog, article, or short story. Publishing credits will be promoted throughout the site. Soon, we will link each member's credits to their profile for an easy reference (or purchase) of each member's published works. This service is free, but open only to members with more than five posts on ChristianWriters.com. The Publishing Credits section replaces the recently archived Publi
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  16. Contrary to popular thought, we were not meant to live the Kingdom Life alone. We are the "Body" of Christ. Different personalities, different giftings, diverse administration of those giftings, but the same Spirit works in us - the Holy Spirit. We cannot operate apart from one another. You have what I lack and need - I need you in order to survive. I may be your answer to prayer, your next miracle - you need me in order to survive. It is God's will that every need be supplied, but not apart from the Body and certainly not apart from HIM. In trials and tribulation and testing, don't leave the
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  17. Jesus understands all you are going through. Lean on Him for He has lived it. He can help you in all your needs. He wants to help you all the way through. Jesus Cares about every area of your life.
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  18. You will never find anyone more faithful than Jesus.
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  19. We are to be responsible with what God had called us to do. In the end we alone are accountable to God alone.
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  20. (after reading Luke 23:44-56* and Matthew 27:19**) Sabbath was coming, Christ’s work was done. An Arimathean Bore witness, placed the Witness in rock. His secret devotion Was unmasked in a vote, He would say “No” Before Pilate’s “Yes” groaned. The Roman’s wife Had warned how a dream About Yeshua Upset her world scheme. But the world would view A washing of hands, A giving way To a coup in Graceland. The Galilee ladies Went home to rest In obedience to the Father
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  21. God's power is your strength to walk away from your past. The strength He gives you helps you to move forward towards your future He has for you.
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  22. Matthew 24:12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. This aspect of love that has been growing colder as one of Christ’s prophesies in His Sermon on the Mount listed in the 24th Chapter of Matthew, and I will explain. We can get something like Cancer that invades our society and people do not realize it is spreading. Satan likes to introduce things in a slow, but very subtle manner. Watching society go through these subtle changes for close to 70 years, has made me realize that the love of many is, in fact---- growing colder. And as
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  23. God can always turn your real sadness and heartaches into unspeakable wonderful and amazing joy.
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  24. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23, NIV). It can be difficult at times to faithfully practice the spiritual disciplines. Tasks like reading the Bible and prayer can all too easily take a back seat to the trivial pursuit of binge watching one’s favorite shows on television. At the end of the day, we can find ourselves frustrated and a bit drained spiritually. We’ve accomplished little, and our souls hurt greatly. The Apostle P
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  25. Every morning when we wake up, we face an element of uncertainty. Of course, we usually have predetermined expectations, but there is still the potential for the unknown or unexpected to appear. Each day of our life begins as a blank canvas and ends either with a beautiful picture of positive accomplishments or an abstract painting of negative results. The strokes we use in depicting our daily experiences will determine what type of picture will be presented at the end of the day. The brushes we use in initiating and responding to everyday experiences depend on the attitude of the painter.
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  26. I wish to preface this, I am by no means against public schools! I taught at public schools for years. They do a LOT of good. At the same time, I think people should be aware of some of the things going on in public schools. These are not universal, but they are trends. Please be warned. I truly do believe any child can successfully navigate public school, but without parental guidance, it is becoming much more difficult to do so while keeping a biblical mindset. If you child goes to public school, chances are... If your child goes to public school, chances are they w
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  27. Your Heavenly Father wants complete control of your life. So let go of everything that ails you at Jesus feet with confidence that He is in control of all of your life. Your Heavenly Father longs so much for you to walk in peace and rest. "So what's stopping You?"
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  28. When I arrived at work one June morning, my legs trembled, my heart raced, and I fought tears. My work had to be done, somehow. Sleep had eluded me again. After I waded through the morning, lunch break came. I stood in line and ordered my meal, collapsed into a chair, and cried. Sarah* joined me, an older woman who had become a dear to me. She asked me what was wrong. I struggled to describe my turmoil, asking her why it was happening. Then Sarah opened her Bible and read a verse aloud that astounded me: “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his
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  29. CORONATION TEMPLE by TLD (2003) This God has to say to His prophets of the third day: To Moses, I showed him the design of the Tabernacle, and he built it according to what he saw. To David I sent him a blueprint and Solomon used it to build the Temple. I showed to the prophet Ezekiel My future temple, giving him the details; he wrote it down for posterity. These days, to you, my sons and daughters, the company of prophets, I have entrusted the vision and the building of My Kingdom Temple. You have bowed down to th
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  30. Faith can only be proven by actions. For followers of Jesus, a lack of Faith is seldom a matter of disbelief. If we can put our faith in others we surely should be putting our faith in Jesus.
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  31. I Hope and Pray Everyone has a safe and Happy 4th today.
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  32. I am witnessing a phenomenon that has taken me off guard. On one hand, I see undernourished Believers struggling to exhibit Biblical truths, and on the other hand, I see Christians full of Biblical knowledge with no actions. Sadly, there are many Believers who do not open their Bibles on a daily basis. It is not difficult to identify who they are for their actions do not compliment the Word. Then there are those that display “Biblical gluttony.” They know the Scriptures inside out. They can recite the books of the Bible. They know Biblical addresses. The problem is they are so engulfed
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  33. There is a craving within churches for a period of renewal. I have heard many pastors cry out from the pulpit that there needs to be a spiritual revival in the Body of Christ. For that to become a reality, some look to itinerate evangelists that have a “gift” to get people to rekindle their dwindling fires. The majority of “revivalists” emphasize emotional responses as evidence of a revived individual. There is no doubt there are churches that need reviving, but before one addresses that issue, there needs to be an understanding of how people got to the stage of lukewarmness in the first p
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  34. What are some of the Christlike Qualities you have? What are some of the Christlke Qualities you wish you had? For Me My Christlike Quality I wish I had was more in Stewardship .
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  35. There is a beauty and blessing to Christmas music that enters anew into my soul each year as soon as the season of Advent begins. It summons within me a joyful longing that calls out to the Savior to pitch his tent within my heart once more. It announces itself softly in the holy words and moving melodies, building slowly to an unrestrained expectation of the joy to come. Like an evening snowfall that calls us to fireside reflection around the Christmas tree, the music of Christmas sends me inside my heart to contemplate the great mystery of our redemption: And the Word became fles
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  36. God loves us all, If for some reason your feeling Broken hearted or just not loved know this, that you are loved by someone who will never turn the other way. God loves you more than you could ever possibly imagine. His word says "He Heals the brokenhearted and binds their wonds. it also says The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. t
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  37. When we say “My Lord”, the Lord says, “My Bride”, When we say “The Blood”, redemption sings, sighs. When we all say “Rejoice”, all is fulfilled, For earth has the Word, nothing concealed. Mystery made known, dark’s fled, Christ lights, When we say “Come!”, our hope shines bright. When we endure, salvation seals tight, Where nothing can deter our trust, our delight, As we rest in His grace and song o'er our lives.* ____________ * Zephaniah 3:17 (KJV) - The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his
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  38. God has provided many healing promises in his word. It is up to us to reach out and grab them. Then declare that healing promice you need over your life.
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  39. Five years ago, while a graduate student at Cambridge University, Michal Kosinski showed how even benign activity on Face Book could reveal personality traits – a discovery that was later exploited by the data analytics firm that helped get Donald Trump into the White House. More recently, he has shown how face-analysing algorithms could distinguish between photographs of gay and straight individuals. As well as sexuality, Kosinski believes this technology could be used to detect emotions, IQ, and even a predisposition to commit certain crimes. See the Guardian, https://www.theguardian.co
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  40. CROSSING BORDERS In our zeal to interpret Scripture we have crossed “borders” seeking a fuller life. We have taken Scripture from its rightful placement and occupied its content with the hope of a spiritual benefit. When reading the Epistles, we must make sure who they were being addressed to, and what was the main purpose. To take a verse or chapter out of its context is to open the door to potential actions that may lead to disappointment and discouragement. I cannot stress enough that reading the Scripture without Holy Spirit guidance will dilute the Word from dynamic power to a “s
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  41. One of the most challenging aspects of my ministry has been to get Believers to evaluate what they believe; to see if what they confess as truth stands up to the challenges to their Faith. Too many Christians operate only in their “comfort zones” and are diametrically opposed to any Biblical excursions that might cause their basic beliefs to come under scrutiny. Lukewarmness becomes a reality when we become content with the basic tenets of our Faith, and are unwilling to grow in the Faith. A lukewarm Christian becomes a spectator rather than a participant in the Kingdom of God. It is so t
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  42. This my anguish, these are my fears, but Lord, I remember your right hand across years, in many of which people said I was gone, but man's "Impossible" is a done deal with God.* Lord, what is it that You want from me? A voice that reflects a soul on its knees, asking for your goodness, recalling your ways, saying You have not forgotten, while riding provision's waves. God struck the rock,** Jesus, and such was the outpouring at Pentecost, the Bread of Life, Food for all time, fed us across the Jordan, provokes love of His might. __________
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  43. Super peaceful day in the ancient village. Greetings with the locals, and a warming sun. Good life. And blessings to all.
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  44. The people had recently received the 10 Commandments, spoken by God himself. “You shall have no other gods before me.” “You shall not make any graven images.” All the way to “You shall not covet.” Ten simple, easy to understand laws to help them better love God and love man. The people had responded that they would do everything that God had said. Moses had then been called up on the mountain, and he had been gone for weeks and weeks (40 days in Bible terminology). The people became impatient. They didn’t know what had happened to Moses. Perhaps he had left them and wasn’t
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  45. The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and the Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6) are often looked at as one event recorded in two Gospels. Matthew’s account goes into greater detail, while Luke presents a limited discourse. But on careful study, one will see a distinct difference between the two accounts. The settings of the teachings give evidence of geographical locations that are obvious to the reader. Matthew records Jesus’ teachings on a mountain, while Luke emphasizes a plain in the shadow of a mountain. Matthew tells us there were a considerable number of disciples that came to Jesus to
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  46. Barren forests act like Oz, full of air, the curtains pulled. Not so daunting for pilgrims now, forced by birth to walk through, barefoot. But, this is still a gift of life, this winter advantage should make us pick up pace before snows drift, suddenly waist-deep. See, there are select times of relief! Silhouettes of prison bars from small, skinny trees show on our shirts when we dart amidst bushes which mock leaves, claiming for themselves more coverage we yet barely see. Grace this winter sets us free, engrossed in the race through the trees.* ________ * 2 Timot
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  47. Whatever Comes Your Way Remember God is not surprised, Your challenges are not sent to defeat you; they were sent to increase you.
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  48. We all face situations that challenge our spiritual walk, and how we handle those situations defines the type of faith that we confess. Biblical Faith is “Forsaking All I Trust Him.” Carnal Faith is “Forgetting All I Test Him.” Biblical Faith sees every situation as an opportunity to grow, while Carnal Faith sees every challenge as a threat to spiritual life. Biblical Faith sees the positive results of negative trials, while Carnal Faith sees only the negative. Biblical Faith approaches the challenges with joy, while Carnal Faith loses the joy. Biblical Faith sees beyond the obvious, whil
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  49. PROLOGUE The River There is history in all men's lives. ~William Shakespeare~ The newborn banks cut across the land like veins flowing with crystal clear water, nurturing the land and sustaining life, just as the blood in the veins of the “River People” coursed fiercely through their bodies. People who built fires on the river side sand and sang happy songs that morphed into screaming war cries as the new world sprouted a growth of white strangers, who battled their way onto the banks, as the “River People” faded away. Pioneers cleared land, buil
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  50. A song-dialogue-argument beween Pietro Bernardone (father of St. Francis) and the rogue saint/son ("Frankie"): Father: FRANKIE, YOU CAN'T JUST GO "ZIG-ZAG" -- AFTER TWELVE HUNDRED YEARS, SAY THE GOSPEL'S "THIS WAY" OR THAT! GET IN LINE: YOUR GAME IS A ZERO SUM! THINK ABOUT IT, LEAVE IT TO MAGISTERIUM! SO PLEASE TELL ME--HAVE WE A SHADE OF A HERETIC? COME ON SON--TELL ME QUICK, QUICK, QUICK! Frankie: FATHER I-- Father: WHAT? Frankie: I-
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