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Prayer Wall

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This prayer wall has been powerful and effective. We started it with the fruit of the Spirit and later felt led to add a name to the wall. The first name was of a lady that had to have a quadruple bypass surgery. First, doctors said she was not healthy enough for the surgery. After two days on the prayer wall, the doctors performed the surgery. Her family was told she would be in ICU for two weeks. Three days later, she was in a regular hospital room. Then, doctors said she would be in the hospital for at least a month. Two weeks later, she was fully recovered and back at home.

God has blessed this Prayer Wall and I know He will do the same for you. I encourage you to start your own Prayer Wall today!

Reflecting on What Jesus Has Done

Ephesians 4:22-24: To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (ESV).

It can sometimes be difficult to figure out just how we are to put off the old self. We develop character and habits that stay with us as we go throughout our lives. Our experiences have a way of shaping the way we think, feel, and react to certain situations. These ideas that we form along the way can be very difficult to refute, much less change. It is, though, something that we must do in order to live a new life in Jesus. How do we accomplish this daunting task? The truth is, we can't! The only way we can change is to allow God to change us from the inside out by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. When we turn away from our former way of life and ask the Lord Jesus to come live on the inside …

Blood and Water Flowed

John 19:32-35: "The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe" (NIV).


As part of our decision to remember all that Jesus accomplished on our behalf, as we approach Resurrection Sunday, my family and I discussed this passage of Scripture last night. We wondered why God put this piece of information in the Bible. Was it just to fulfill Scripture? Or, could there be more to it? This passage contains some pretty gross, descriptive language. The writer could have stopped by stating "the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear". Why did he g…

When God's Love Annoys Us

Jonah 4:2: He prayed to the LORD, 'Isn't this what I said, LORD, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity'" (NIV).

My family and I were discussing the story of Jonah last night. As we discussed the story, we noticed how much hatred Jonah had towards the people of Nineveh. By nature, Jonah had every right to feel the way he did. The Ninevites had been repulsively brutal in the treatment of the Jewish people. The Ninevites were a ruthless people whom showed no mercy on and had no respect for human life. There are stories from history that describe how the soldiers of Nineveh stacked the decapitated heads of their victims' corpses in shapes of pyramids as a symbol of victory to themselves and as a message to their enemies. There are incidents where the skins of human flesh were peeled off as a t…

The Need for Human Control

Inthe era of Postmodernity, no one facet of the humanized culture has been more accepted, more revered, and yet has caused more damage than the quest for human control. The human mind desires to be in control of everything, from creation and sustenance, to degradation and death. The quest for control has driven many a man to his wits end and several to an early grave. “Perhaps nowhere is this sense of human control more evident than in reproductive technologies” (Hollinger p. 96). The influence and implications for Christian ethics that man’s need for control is having is the reduction of God as the world’s Sovereign. If one desires to have children and cannot, they hurry off to a fertility clinic. Likewise, if one is pregnant and desires not to be, they hurry off to an abortion clinic. No one trusts God’s will and His plan for their lives.
We live in this era of Postmodernity as if God has somehow lost control over the world and the people in it. A positive feature to man’s determinat…

Final Teaching on Works Righteousness and Justification

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Justification by Faith

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