Reaching Our Nineveh

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When God called his servant Jonah to go to Nineveh and cry against the great city, Jonah fled to Tarshish seeking to escape God’s instruction. Jonah recognized the voice of God, a voice he had surely heard in times past. Whether for fear of his own safety or disregard for…

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Singing God’s Will

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  The Bible mentions music more than 800 times. That is no minor emphasis. God places great importance on how we respond to Him, and music is one of the primary vehicles He has given us to do so.   Psalm 100:2 commands us to “come before His presence with…

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Continually Cleansed

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Forgiveness is more than God canceling our sins; it also means that He has remitted them–forever blotted them out of His memory. They will never be brought up against you again, because there is nothing to remember. Remind yourself that God keeps no record of your sin, because it has…

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Hold Onto Hope

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Life can be tough, but there’s no shortage of God’s grace and goodness in hard times. You might think the Bible is a book about heroes and holy men, super-spiritual people who never failed and always did the right thing. But the truth is, it features an all too human…

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Praise in the Hardship

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In Acts, chapter 16, we read where Paul and Silas were thrown into prison in Philippi after casting a demon out of a young girl. They were taken prisoner by the Roman authority, bound, lashed across their backs with the Roman cat-of-nine-tails, and placed into a prison cell in chains…

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Effective Testimony

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When you testify concerning the Word, the power of God goes forth. Have you ever watched a person give testimony in a court of law? They speak words – words that change the minds, thoughts, decisions, and actions of other people.

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Our Spiritual Weapons

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2 Corinthians 10:4: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. Notice that we Christians are equipped with weapons, mighty weapons, which are able to tear down strongholds set up by the enemy, Satan.

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The Voice of Hope

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Everyone longs for hope, and in most cases it is either fanned into flame or extinguished with words. King Solomon had it right: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Jesus constantly spoke life-giving words of hope to those around Him.

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Training to Wield the Word

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No soldier marches into battle wearing a T-shirt and blue jeans; he needs a helmet, boots, body armor, and camouflage, as well as offensive munitions. Likewise, God has equipped you…. The well-armed believer puts on the incredible defensive gear that the apostle terms “the whole armor of God.”

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The Power to Obey

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When Jesus preached His first sermon, He came straight to the point: “Repent and believe in the gospel.” In today’s English He was saying, “Change your way of thinking and fill your heart and mind with the good news.”

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Nothing is Impossible with God

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Think there’s no hope for you? Just take a quick look at the people who changed their world: Moses, King David, and the apostle Paul were all murderers, yet among them they wrote at least nineteen of the Bible’s sixty-six books. But what happened when the Bible’s league of rejects encountered God’s grace?

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