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Divine Failure

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Jesus came to his own, and his own received him not (he was sent to be rejected, God knowing he would be rejected because His people, Israel, were still blind and not ready). So to as many as received him, to them he gave the authority to become sons of

God’s Green Room

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Sometimes we think and feel like we’re in a prison, left on God’s ministerial shelf and forgotten, only to find out later that all along we were just in God’s green room awaiting our turn to go on stage and perform for Him. There have been several times in my

No More Handouts

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Man, I get so annoyed sometimes that I need a place to vent to keep myself from exploding. We need to get back to earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints, to God’s original intent for life. I think I’ll use this space for that purpose on

Fear is No Excuse

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1 Samuel 15:24-31 (KJV) And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. [25] Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may

Don’t Expect Perfect Answers to Imperfect Prayers

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Matthew 11:7-15 (NIV) As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? [8] If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No,

Why I Gave Up Chasing Wealth

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I’m a spiritual child of the health and prosperity gospel. Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Oral Roberts, Fred Price, and their theological disciples were my earliest teachers in the faith. So, naturally I embraced the biblical truths that God wants His children healthy, wealthy, and wise early in my walk with

Is Reza Aslan a Zealot?

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Reza Aslan has been raising up quite a sandstorm of controversy in faith communities with his most recent publication, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Aslan is an Iranian born, former cultural Muslim turned born-again Christian who has since surrendered his faith in Jesus the Christ for

How Many Decisions Do You Make Each Day?

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It’s probably much more than you think. According to studies the average human makes 612 decisions each day. Not coincidentally, there are 613 commandments in the Hebrew Bible. The clear implication here may raise an eyebrow or provoke a yawn for people with no faith background, but for believers it

Why Is Sex Still Taboo in Church?

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We talk about sex freely in ever corner of our society…except in the church, where it remains taboo. What we do with our genitals will determine where we spend eternity! For centuries that has been one the church’s loudest and most consistent messages. So why not spend more time–heck, any

Christian Entertainment Temptation

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I’ve been walking with the Lord for 30 years, and it occurs to me that one thing I’ve never seen is a miraculous healing or move of God at a Christian entertainment venue…like at a church where the pastor’s singing voice, pulpit style and tailored attire are just as important as ‘telling

100 Proof!

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“In the 18th century and until 1 January 1980, Britain defined alcohol content in terms of “proof spirit,” which was defined as the most dilute spirit that would sustain combustion of gunpowder. The term originated in the 18th century, when payments to British sailors included rations of rum. To ensure

Yawning at Miracles

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Have you ever yawned at one of God’s miracles? I have. Sounds sacreligious? Dangerous even? Like lightning-bolt-enducing dangerous? Well, it’s a lot more common than you might think. And it’s actually very easy to do. In fact, many biblical characters have done it. Including those we consider spiritual giants: Moses (Exodus

Complain = Detain

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Somehow, you ended up under an open heaven. Nothing to complain about. You received. Great revelation, a powerful anointing, a new burst of faith, energy and purpose. And now, just as suddenly, you find yourself in a huge wilderness! If you’re human, you’re questioning God’s love for you, and the validity