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Philia Philippines

As we are in an increasingly global world, it is easy for all of us to be connected to those suffering great tragedies. Join me in praying for the people of the Philippines as they recover from great losses. Like many of you, I have several dear friends who live (or whose families live) in…

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Of Sheep and Shepherds

Have trouble letting go and trusting God with your children? I do! Sitting down on a friend’s back porch with a cup of tea recently, I opened my Bible and read the Twenty-third Psalm. This very familiar Psalm has guided and comforted me many times through the years.This particular day it took on a whole new dimension!

Live Like it Matters

Because of today’s shooting in Connecticut, I have seen many posts on Facebook and tweets on Twitter about fear for the protection and safety of our children. Some have said they wished they homeschooled. Others have made similar comments. But senseless shootings are not just happening in schools, but in movie theaters, churches, and even…

Finding an Oasis

Today’s daily prompt is near to my heart: “A sanctuary is a place you can escape to, to catch your breath and remember who you are. Write about the place you go to when everything is a bit too much.” I prefer getting away to a quiet place in nature, a place that is green…

Who Cry Out

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” (Luke 18:1-8, NIV) Through the years, this story about the persistent widow has been both a lifeline and a reminder to persevere and not give up. This morning as I was reading this passage again in…

Listening

Picked up a sea shell on the beach, heard a sound far away. Picked up the phone, listened for a voice, But it wasn’t Yours today. Looked to the sky, listened to the wind Wanting to hear Your voice again. In a mother’s sigh, in a baby’s cry, in the falling rain… It’s not the…

Sweet!

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord…

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Steel Towers

In honor of Memorial Day and Father’s Day, here is something I wrote in 2003– Fathers Free to Lead Walking through town, Steel towers, can’t be knocked down Straight and tall, firm foundation. Lifting holy hands and faces Raise up these leaders to lead, Lord, raise up these baby brothers Fathers, old men, young men,…

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Breakthrough Prayer

Breakthrough Prayer by Jim Cymbala, author of Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, explains principles that transform lives. It reminds us of God’s desire to connect with us and bless us through the answering of prayer. God wants His followers to stand out “like a light in a day dominated by fear and depression.” This book points…

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Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

By: Delana H Stewart Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle gives remarkable testimony to the power of the Holy Spirit in his book Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire. He speaks of not measuring a church by its Sunday morning attendance, but rather by its Tuesday night prayer meeting attendance. He also talks about checking the…

A Hunger for God by Piper

This book, A Hunger for God by John Piper, greatly impacted my walk with my True Love, Jesus Christ. This book takes you on a journey of fasting and praying. It discusses what the Bible says about fasting, as well as fasting over the course of history. In chapter six, Piper says: “Woe to the fasting…