Posts with the tag “courage”

Leaving Your Comfort Zone
by Delman Coates on December 21st, 2023
"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.'" - Matthew 2:1-2   Have you ever found yourself wishing for a change, desiring something new and extraordinary in your life? The story of the Wise Men in Matthew ...  Read More
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The Power of Healing Relationships
by Delman Coates on September 25th, 2023
"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity." - Proverbs 17:17Relationships are the threads that weave our life together. Among the most profound and transformative aspects of human connection is the power of healing relationships. These bonds hold the potential to mend wounds, restore joy, and bring about profound transformation.Think for a moment about the people ...  Read More
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Unexpected Vessels
by Delman Coates on August 21st, 2023
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” - 1 Corinthians 1:27  Throughout the Bible, we witness countless examples of God using individuals whom no one expected to accomplish incredible things. These stories serve as a powerful reminder that God can use us, ordinary people, in similar ways to fulfill His extraord...  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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The Ultimate Help
by Ministry Support on June 24th, 2022
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10Over the last few days, we have talked about how to handle the stress and anxiety when life throws its toughest situations at us. We saw in Numbers 11 how Moses was frustrated with life because he needed help. We learned the i...  Read More
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Open The Door… Before You Clean House
by Ministry Support on August 8th, 2021
“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. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” - Revelation 3:20-21  When it comes to having guests over, everyone knows the drill. Before the guests ...  Read More
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Being A Courageous Christian
by Ministry Support on August 7th, 2021
“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 3:15-16  In these frightening times, we need more courageous Christians. We need people brave enough to do what is right even when it is unpopular. We cannot afford to operate in fear; we need courage...  Read More
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A Promise of Courage
by Ministry Support on August 6th, 2021
“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 3:15-16  Historically, Laodicea was a leading commercial city due to its proximity on a main trading route, enabling the people to become wealthy as a result. The problem with the church of Laodicea w...  Read More
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Courageous Risks
by Ministry Support on January 23rd, 2021
Later when King Xerxes’ fury had subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what he had decreed about her. Then the king’s personal attendants proposed, “Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king.” (Esther 2:1-2)  As you read the story of Esther, you learn that after King Xerxes gets rid of his first wife Vashti, Esther enters the beauty contest and is chosen to b...  Read More
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Courage To Overcome
by Ministry Support on January 17th, 2021
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! (Revelation 3:15)  There was also a problem with the church of Laodicea that John writes to in Revelation. While the church of Sardis (which we spoke about yesterday) lacked the power of the holy spirit as a source of revival, renewal, and restoration, the church of Laodicea lacked something more basic—c...  Read More
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No Shame In Asking For Help
by Ministry Support on January 12th, 2021
Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” (Matthew 20:32-33)  For some reason, asking for help has been labeled as a sign of weakness in today’s culture. This upsets me because if you never ask for help, how will things get any better? You’re never going to experience the peace, the relief, the freedom, or the healing ...  Read More
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Commitment To Your Calling
by Ministry Support on December 28th, 2020
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)  Yesterday, we talked about how important it is to develop courage if we want to be sent by God to further His kingdom. Today, I want to emphasize that in addition to being courageous, we should also be COMMITTED TO A CALLING.  Once courage enters the heart of a be...  Read More
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Send Me
by Ministry Support on December 27th, 2020
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)  When the Lord asks, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” this is a question we all qualify to answer. But sadly, rather than saying, “Yes Lord, send me, I’ll go,” far too many of us say, “No, not yet Lord. Hold on! Wait until I g...  Read More
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Watering Fake Relationships
by Ministry Support on December 16th, 2020
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)  A friend of mine has a 3-year-old daughter, and like all 3-year-olds, she does everything she sees her grandmother do. Her grandmother loves flowers, so my friend bought the little one a plastic flower set he saw in a toy store. What her dad did not know was that his little girl would take whatever liquid she could find and try to...  Read More
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Look Inward
by Ministry Support on December 12th, 2020
But I will rejoice forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. (Psalm 75:9)  When it comes to closure, if it’s something you really want, you must find it within. You can’t always expect other people to give it to you.   Notice the shift in the Psalmist’s language. The Psalmist says in the last verse “as for me, I will praise the God of Jacob.” Up until this point, the psalmist has talked ab...  Read More
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Figuring Out Why
by Ministry Support on December 10th, 2020
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)  “Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” These popular words of prayer were penned by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. The prayer has been popularized b...  Read More
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Under The Surface
by Ministry Support on December 8th, 2020
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14)  In her book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson tells the story of a heatwave striking the normally frozen tundra of Siberia in 2016. In a region of the world that is normally frozen, temperatures rose to over 95 degrees, wildfires flared, and pockets of methane bubbled beneath the...  Read More
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Humble Yourself
by Ministry Support on August 13th, 2020
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor. (James 4:7-8, 10)  I remember when I played football as a kid, and in high school, the coaches al...  Read More
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Finding Courage
by Ministry Support on June 8th, 2020
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6) One of the toughest realizations all Christians must come to is that we do not have to be perfect to be accepted by God. But once you realize this truth, you’ll learn to find the courage to press on and persevere when things aren’...  Read More
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