Posts with the tag “believe”

Your Faith in Motion
by Delman Coates on October 7th, 2023
"In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." - James 2:17  In a world filled with noise and chatter, your actions speak volumes. As a believer, you are not just defined by your words; you are defined by the combination of your words and actions. Others are watching, and what you do carries immense weight. When you profess love, demonstrate it through your kindne...  Read More
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Stepping Out on Faith
by Delman Coates on August 30th, 2023
“Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Will I really have a child, now that I am old? ' Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” – Genesis 18:13-14  Sarah overheard the Lord speaking to Abraham. The Lord told Abraham that Sarah was going to have a child in the upcoming year. However, Sarah, when hea...  Read More
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Never Too Late
by Delman Coates on August 22nd, 2023
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” - Matthew 19:26  One of the most powerful truths we can embrace is that it’s never too late for God to do something incredible in our lives. No matter our age, past mistakes, or current circumstances, God’s power and purpose for us remain.  God is the author of our lives, and He has a unique plan ...  Read More
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Never Out of Time: Embracing God’s Grace
by Delman Coates on July 23rd, 2023
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 8:38-39  In life, we may sometimes feel like we are out of time or that our past mistakes have put us beyond the reach...  Read More
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Laughter of Promise Fulfilled
by Delman Coates on July 22nd, 2023
“Sarah said, ‘God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.’” - Genesis 21:6  Genesis 21 tells the story of God’s faithfulness in fulfilling His promise to Abraham and Sarah. After years of waiting and trusting in God’s promise, Sarah finally gives birth to a son, Isaac. This miraculous event not only demonstrates God’s power but also serves as a reminder of Hi...  Read More
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Trusting God Completely
by Ministry Support on June 12th, 2023
"For nothing is impossible with God." - Luke 1:37  As human beings, we often limit ourselves by our own beliefs. We place limitations on ourselves, thinking that certain things are impossible or beyond our reach. But what if we began to trust God completely? What if we believed that with Him, nothing is impossible? The truth is, God is capable of doing more than we could ever imagine, and it all s...  Read More
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Released From the Struggle
by Ministry Support on June 4th, 2023
"We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." - 2 Corinthians 5:8  The words of the prophet Isaiah in chapter 57, verse 1 are a source of comfort and hope for those who believe in God. The prophet reminds us that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. God, who is the giver and taker of life, rescues his children from pain, ...  Read More
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Remaining in God’s Presence
by Delman Coates on March 30th, 2023
“And He said, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’” - Exodus 33:14  What are you doing while you are waiting on God? It is a question seldom asked, but extremely important to answer. Many people think of waiting as a passive action. They think God handles it and you sit back and live life; and whenever He wants to fulfill His promise, you’ll be there. But the truth is, you pla...  Read More
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What Are You Looking For?
by Delman Coates on March 24th, 2023
“I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” - Psalm 40:1-3  Yesterday, we looked at the people in the nativity story who responded to God w...  Read More
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You Missed It
by Delman Coates on March 16th, 2023
“And He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. And He went about among the villages teaching.” - Mark 6:5-6  Yesterday, we talked about a businessman whose greatest regret was not driving Jeff Bezos to the airport. Instead, his friend drove Bezos and became a business partner as he built Amazon. ...  Read More
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Hope Anchors Our Lives
by Delman Coates on March 6th, 2023
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” - Romans 5:1  God wants us to have hope. In a world where everyone wants to “manage expectations,” God wants the opposite. He wants us to see our potential and our potential to effect change in the world. There are several benefits to choosing a life filled with hope that Paul talks about in R...  Read More
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Things Not Seen
by Delman Coates on February 13th, 2023
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” - Hebrews 11:1  Over the last few days, we have been discussing faith and trust. Faith is believing without seeing. Without faith, we know it is impossible to please God. Why? Because having faith shows that we trust God to handle our situation. As our Creator, He already knows the end. He just wants us to trust H...  Read More
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Seeing is Not Believing
by Delman Coates on February 11th, 2023
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” - Hebrews 11:6  There is a familiar saying, “Seeing is believing.” But when it comes to God, that should not be our mantra. I have heard skeptics say, “show me a miracle and I’ll believe.” But even if God performed a real miracle, they would sti...  Read More
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Anyone Can Do That
by Delman Coates on February 10th, 2023
“Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” - John 11:40  We highlighted yesterday that there are people out there who will never take that first step of faith until they’ve witnessed what they need to see with their own eyes. They can’t trust without knowing that God’s the real deal. The question I asked you is, are you living in a way that shows ...  Read More
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It’s Not That Easy
by Delman Coates on February 7th, 2023
“When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” - Acts 14:21-22  God has an amazing plan and purpose for your life. You are very important to God and the ...  Read More
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His Time
by Delman Coates on January 25th, 2023
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” - 2 Peter 3:8  We have discussed two reasons why we worry: that God’s will is not our will and that God’s ways are not our ways. However, a third reason we worry is because we believe that God’s timing is not our timing.  We live in a microwave generation. We want fo...  Read More
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The Disease of Perfectionism
by Ministry Support on January 1st, 2023
So many people are broken because they have regrets in life. They believe they made a mistake, failed at something, or did not live up to other people’s expectations.  And because of that, they are constantly unhappy, depressed, and feel inadequate. They look happy on the outside, but within they are empty because, for them, ...  Read More
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The Light
by Ministry Support on December 28th, 2022
“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.’” - John 8:12  I read a story once about two young girls who decided to take a stroll into a nearby dense forest after school one day. As they walked through the woods, things got dark as the sun began to set. The win...  Read More
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You Are Soothed
by Ministry Support on December 18th, 2022
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”- John 14:27  When you give your life to God, He assumes responsibility for your needs. You can find a peace that the world didn’t give, and the world can’t take away. Just as a child needs an adult to show up in their life, God will show up for you. A...  Read More
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The Start
by Ministry Support on December 4th, 2022
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” - Isaiah 43:19 Your faith is what moves mountains. Your faith allows you to ease your worry and recognize that you have a God that continues to advocate on your behalf.  God wants you to know that something big is on the horizo...  Read More
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Preparing For Rain
by Ministry Support on December 2nd, 2022
“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.” - Hebrews 11:6  Are you prepared for the rain? Yesterday, we told the story of a community that was going through a serious rain drought. It was affecting their livestock and they were in desperate need of rain. So the community gathered...  Read More
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What’s Holding You Back?
by Ministry Support on November 4th, 2022
“You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for He is the one who called you to freedom.” - Galatians 5:7-8  The story is told of a gentleman who really wanted to buy his first tv set but always found excuses not to. First, he thought tv’s were too expensive, then he didn’t think there were enough stations to provide him variety. He f...  Read More
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Shining a Light on Hypocrisy
by Ministry Support on October 29th, 2022
“They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, ‘All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!’” - John 8:7  We live in a dark world, a world that wants to dim our light and put it out for good. But Jesus models for us what it means to remain lit in the midst of life’s darkness. The first thing He teaches us through John 8 is that in order for our light to “...  Read More
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Up to God
by Ministry Support on August 31st, 2022
“But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake...” - 2 Peter 3:8-9   Don’t give up on God because He has a plan. It takes patience and time in the presence of God to recognize His will for your life. ...  Read More
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Take It To The Bank
by Ministry Support on August 24th, 2022
“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding ‘Yes!’ And through Christ, our ‘Amen” (which means ‘Yes’) ascends to God for His glory.” - 2 Corinthians 1:20   As we continue to look at Jeremiah chapters 32-33, we see a man with unshakeable faith. Even though his circumstances gave him no reason to believe, he still had faith God would come through for him, so much so th...  Read More
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Get God For Yourself
by Ministry Support on July 9th, 2022
“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” - Hebrews 11:6   Over the last week, we have talked about letting go. The reality is if you want to reach your full potential and pursue God’s will, you have to let go of whatever it is that is holding you back. If you have read any of t...  Read More
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Do You Still Believe?
by Ministry Support on April 17th, 2022
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” - John 14:1When you have to wait on God, and your circumstances do not make sense, do you still believe? Genesis 15:6 says, “And Abram believed the Lord.” The verse does not mean that Abram just started believing in God. Instead, it means that amidst all the missteps and the mistakes, despite all his faults and flaws, Ab...  Read More
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Shattered
by Ministry Support on February 17th, 2022
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” - Romans 8:28  There is a story about a professor who arrived at his 5-year-old son’s class on the last day of school before Christmas to attend a school program. When his son saw him, the little boy grabbed the ceramic gift he had made for his father and ran towards his da...  Read More
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Don’t Hide Your Doubt
by Ministry Support on January 21st, 2021
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:5-7)  One of the most maligned characters in Christian history is the disciple identified i...  Read More
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Trust That God Loves You
by Ministry Support on January 18th, 2021
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. (Revelation 3:19-20)  Have you ever read something in the Bible and wondered, “That may have been true for them back then, but is it true for me now?” There’s no doubt it can be difficu...  Read More
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Abundance Over Scarcity
by Ministry Support on December 24th, 2020
You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's. (Exodus 20:17)  Jealousy is so powerful that it can corrupt the truth in the mouth of the believer. So when the believer speaks out of jealousy, the power and effect of the word of God is muted by the presenc...  Read More
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Singleness Is Not A Problem
by Ministry Support on December 3rd, 2020
There was a man in Man, whose property was in Carmel. The man was very rich; he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. He was shearing his sheep in Carmel. Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. The woman was clever and beautiful, but the man was surly and mean; he was a Calebite. (1 Samuel 25: 2-3)  I was wondering why Abigail and Nabal (a fool) were in a rel...  Read More
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God’s Will In God’s Timing
by Ministry Support on November 19th, 2020
Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year,...  Read More
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Big Prayers
by Ministry Support on October 8th, 2020
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. – Ephesians 3:20  Dr. Benjamin E. Mays once said, “It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It ...  Read More
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