Posts with the tag “blessing”
Sacrificing Now for God's Best
by Delman Coates on September 3rd, 2023
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” - Isaiah 40:31 In a world that champions instant gratification, waiting often feels like a foreign concept. Our desires are met with the pressure to fulfill them swiftly. Yet, God's timing doesn't always align with our expectations. W...
Looking to What is Ahead
by Delman Coates on April 20th, 2023
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 3:13-14 There's a New Year's tradition in some villages in Scotland where barrels of tar are set on fire and rolled through ...
The Pain of Regret
by Delman Coates on March 17th, 2023
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” - 1 Timothy 4:7 There aren’t many things worse than regret – looking back at something you could have done, would have done, or should have done. If you were to talk to someone who was approaching the end of their life, you would most likely sense the pain of regret in their voice. They wish they could have done mor...
Preparing The Soil
by Ministry Support on March 15th, 2022
“He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows.” - Isaiah 30:23 There is a scene in the movie, “Facing the Giants,” where the head football coach questions his faith in God to the school’s head intercessor. The man turns to the coach and gives him the story of two ...
How To Treat A Stranger
by Ministry Support on January 16th, 2022
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2 The reason God commands His children to love the stranger, welcome the stranger, and to include the stranger because at some point, we will all be a “stranger.” And we would want hospitality shown to us as we are called to show it to others. Leviticus...
Possessed By Your Possessions
by Ministry Support on December 9th, 2021
“Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’” - Luke 12:15 If you are a believer, you might be familiar with the hymn of the church written by Johnson Oatman Jr. in 1897. The opening stanza goes, “When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed, when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, count your many...
by Ministry Support on November 28th, 2021
“Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, your ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.” - Psalm 24:7 Thomas Edison was deaf in one ear and hard of hearing in the other due to the effects of the scarlet fever and a bow to the head. However, Edison stated that this was in fact a blessing because he was able to concentrate on his work without distractions, and his work birthed some of...
by Ministry Support on September 22nd, 2021
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. - James 1:12 On April 30, 1945, an unknown Jewish writer left a note for a friend who helped him escape Nazi persecution by hiding him in his home. In the note, he writes, “thank you for what you did for me. You and your family have shown grace ra...
by Ministry Support on April 15th, 2021
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)A colleague of mine told me about a friend of his son who often spent the night with their family. They would pick him up and take him to dinner with them, take him shopping at the mall, and effectively enabled him to live as if he was one of the family. That young man ...
The Blessing Of Reward
by Ministry Support on April 14th, 2021
In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:11-12)As we wrap up our list of five blessings from the Son of God, I want us to consider the blessing of reward. Look at ver...
The Blessing Of Responsibility
by Ministry Support on April 13th, 2021
In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:11-12)As we continue to look at Paul’s words to the Ephesians about the blessings we receive from the Son of God, I see a fou...
The Blessing Of Revelation
by Ministry Support on April 11th, 2021
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he outlined in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (Ephesians 1:7-10...
The Blessing Of Reconciliation
by Ministry Support on April 10th, 2021
For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. (Romans 5:10)We recently talked about the blessing of redemption that came as a result of Jesus’ death and resurrection. But that’s not the only blessing we’ve received from Christ. Another blessing we can be thankful for is the blessing of r...
The Blessing Of Redemption
by Ministry Support on April 8th, 2021
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. (Ephesians 1:7)There are so many blessings we’ve received from Jesus Christ as His followers. Over the next few days, I want us to look at each of these five blessings more closely.The first blessing we’ve received from the Son of God is redemption. When Jesus died on Calvary’s cro...
by Ministry Support on April 7th, 2021
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3)There is a well-known hymn of the church written by Johnson Oatman Jr. in 1897. The opening stanza goes, “When upon life's billows you are tempest-tossed, when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, count your many blessings, name them one by...
Power Over Fear
by Ministry Support on April 6th, 2021
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3)In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he offers so much wisdom and guidance on how to overcome fear. In his letter, he wanted the Ephesians then, and us now, to know that the power of Christ and Christ alone was sufficient to sustain them during dif...
Leading In Faith
by Ministry Support on November 17th, 2020
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. – 1 Timothy 4:12 On 60 Minutes a few years ago, Valerie Jarrett told the story of her father, Dr. James Bowman’s first day on the job as a pathologist and geneticist at St. Luke Hospital in Chicago. Because he was black, they told him not to come through the front door on h...
by Ministry Support on November 13th, 2020
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” – Genesis 12:1 The question presented by the text is not whether God was going to bless Abram. God had already promised him that He would do that. The question is whether Abram was willing to go through and endure the process of faith required to fulfill God’s will. Abram wou...
Denied By God
by Ministry Support on November 3rd, 2020
Many are the plans in the heart of a man, but it is the purposes of God that shall prevail. – Proverbs 19:21 God answers prayer in four ways. First, God answers prayer directly. There are times when God gives us the precise thing we ask. We can ask for a black car with tan interior, and God can give us the direct thing we prayed for. Secondly, God answers prayer differently. Perhaps we wanted...
Brokenness Brings Breakthroughs
by Ministry Support on October 20th, 2020
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5 I have good news for you today: There is healing for your brokenness. This is a powerful reminder, but for some, this may be a difficult statement to hear or accept. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. When we choose ...
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