Posts with the tag “believers”

Our Role as Light Bearers
by Delman Coates on May 12th, 2024
"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden." - Matthew 5:14   In a world overshadowed by moral failings, debates, and struggles, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by darkness. Headlines are filled with the shortcomings of clergy, trivial debates, and societal challenges. Yet, in the midst of this darkness, the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount echo through time: "...  Read More
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A Renewed Mind in Christ
by Delman Coates on December 29th, 2023
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." - Romans 12:2When we surrender our lives to Christ, it's not just our hearts that undergo a transformation; our minds are renewed as well. This process of renewing the mind is a crucial aspect of our journe...  Read More
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The Gift of Choosing the Right Friends
by Delman Coates on September 26th, 2023
"Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm." - Proverbs 13:20In the journey of life, the company we keep plays a significant role in shaping our experiences, decisions, and ultimately, our character. Choosing the right friends is often an underestimated aspect of our lives, one that can greatly impact our well-being and spiritual growth.The book of Proverbs offers u...  Read More
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United in Joy and Sorrow
by Delman Coates on September 7th, 2023
“When one hurts, we all hurt; when one rejoices, we all rejoice.” - 1 Corinthians 12:26   In the tapestry of life, our experiences are woven together in a delicate dance of joy and sorrow. As Paul wisely stated in 1 Corinthians 12:26, "When one hurts, we all hurt; when one rejoices, we all rejoice." These words encapsulate the profound truth that our lives are intricately interconnected, bound by ...  Read More
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Trusting in His Sovereignty
by Delman Coates on July 27th, 2023
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” - Exodus 14:14 In the midst of life’s challenges and uncertainties, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and defeated. However, as believers, we must remember that our story isn’t over until God says it’s over. By trusting in His sovereignty and perfect timing, we can find hope and strength even in the most difficult circumstances. Exodus 14:...  Read More
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Secure in His Promise
by Delman Coates on July 9th, 2023
"Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great." - Genesis 15:1    In the journey of faith, God often calls us to step into the unknown, just as He called Abram to leave his homeland and embark on a remarkable adventure. Yet, God's promise of the land of Canaan was accompanied by an assurance of protection in the face of challenges. In Genesis 15:1, we find God's comforting wo...  Read More
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Consistent Character
by Delman Coates on May 19th, 2023
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.” - Romans 12:2  Over the last week, we have discussed what it means to be successful in God’s way. What we must understand as believers is that success for us is defined differently than the way the world de...  Read More
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Spiritual Gifts
by Delman Coates on May 11th, 2023
““We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” – Romans 12:6-9  Yesterday, ...  Read More
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When They Miss The Mark
by Ministry Support on January 8th, 2023
“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  Over the past week, we have discussed the futility of perfectionism. As human beings, we are not and cannot be perfect. If we make perfection our goal, we are setting ourselves up for failure. God has set us free from the strenuous law of the Old Test...  Read More
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Fasting For Clarity
by Ministry Support on December 7th, 2022
“Then Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!’” - 1 Kings 18:41As we continue to look at the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 18:41, I want you to understand what made this miracle happen. Yes, it was the combination of God’s power and Elijah’s faith as we have discussed over the last couple of days. But how was this possible? How was Elijah able to...  Read More
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The Key to God’s Heart
by Ministry Support on November 22nd, 2022
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” - Hebrews 4:16  What Jesus teaches us during His time on earth is that access to the Father is granted on the basis of love and not on legalism. In John 13, Jesus talks to His disciples about getting to the place where He is going. This is the chapter ...  Read More
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How To Find Godly Solutions
by Ministry Support on November 5th, 2022
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” - John 10:27  We live in the information age – a time when any piece of information we want is easily accessible through the internet. But while it is easy to access information, it can also dangerous because all information is not godly information.  The Bible says we ought to seek “godly counsel,” or godly wisdom. So here are three ...  Read More
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Holy Spirit Move
by Ministry Support on October 5th, 2022
“Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them.” - Acts 2:2-3  There must be a shift in our individual lives, but there also must be a collective shift. It’s time for the Church to prepare for a fresh move of the Holy Spirit. In Ac...  Read More
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A Need For Closure
by Ministry Support on September 1st, 2022
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” - Jeremiah 29:11   If you want to live your life to the potential God has set for you and become all that He created you to be, you must be able to find closure from your past. Many believers, though they have given their life to Christ, have not come to terms with t...  Read More
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I Am With You
by Ministry Support on August 13th, 2022
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10   Upon Sarah’s death, Abraham immediately left wherever he was, went where she had passed, and according to the text, mourned the fact that his bride was no longer with him. It is a graphic picture of a man, a husband, a...  Read More
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Look To The Mountains
by Ministry Support on July 8th, 2022
“When they were safely out of the city, one of the angels ordered, ‘Run for your lives! And don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley! Escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away!’” - Genesis 19:17   One thing we must remember as believers is that whatever God requires us to leave pales in comparison to what He’s preparing up ahead. This is in part why the angel tells them, “don’t look...  Read More
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Rekindle The Flame
by Ministry Support on April 23rd, 2022
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” - Revelation 3:15-16As believers, we are all susceptible to burnout. The daily grind, all of the meetings, all of the responsibilities, going from work, to church, to kid activities, to checking emails, doing assi...  Read More
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Do I Have To Follow All The Rules?
by Ministry Support on February 1st, 2021
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by the law ...  Read More
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Fellowshipping With Other Believers
by Ministry Support on January 5th, 2021
Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. (Acts 2:43-44)  Right now, we find ourselves in the midst of a time when people are buying into the idea that they don’t need church fellowship. They think that turning on their televisions, opening their laptop, or using an app on their phone to watch...  Read More
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Excitement For God’s Word
by Ministry Support on January 4th, 2021
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42)  On two occasions in the second chapter of Acts, the Bible says that the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching. From this statement, we get a sense that these believers were dedicated to the Word of God. The most obvious sign that people love their church shows ...  Read More
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Beyond the Church Walls
by Ministry Support on September 24th, 2020
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. (Psalm 139:7-10)  In light of the public health crisis facing our nation and our world, many o...  Read More
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Faith During Adversity
by Ministry Support on September 14th, 2020
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)  And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (1 Peter 5:10)  One of the hallmarks of our history ...  Read More
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Common Ground
by Ministry Support on August 29th, 2020
And all who believed were together and had all things in common. (Acts 2:44)  One of the things I love about the Early Church described in Acts chapter 2 is how they used the Word of God. According to verse 5 and following, there were people from every nation under heaven in Jerusalem for Pentecost, where the birth of the Church took place. There were Parthians, Medes, Elamites, residents of Mesop...  Read More
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Rest in God’s Peace
by Ministry Support on August 26th, 2020
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)  Isn’t it comforting to know that no matter what you’re going through, what you’re dealing with, or what’s bothering you, there is always peace to...  Read More
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