Posts with the tag “growth”

Worth the W.E.I.G.H.T.
by Delman Coates on December 7th, 2023
"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all." - 2 Corinthians 4:17   Have you ever felt like you were pushing against an immovable boulder in your life, trying to make progress but finding it nearly impossible?  I once read a story of a man who received a divine directive in a dream, instructing him to go outside and push against a massiv...  Read More
Having a Supportive Corner that Sees Beyond Your Past
by Delman Coates on September 29th, 2023
"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." - Romans 8:1Life's journey often involves navigating through the landscape of our past. We all have chapters filled with both victories and stumbles, moments of growth, and lessons learned. In this journey, having people in your corner who don't judge your past becomes a precious gift—a testament to the grace and love tha...  Read More
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
Delayed, Not Denied
by Delman Coates on September 2nd, 2023
“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” - Isaiah 40:31   In our fast-paced world, patience often feels like a virtue of the past. We live in an era of instant gratification, where we expect results at the snap of a finger. But the rewards of God's plan don't always ali...  Read More
Divine Refinement: God’s Purifying Tests
by Delman Coates on August 16th, 2023
“I will refine them like silver and test them like gold.” - Zechariah 13:9  Life is a journey filled with various tests and trials. These tests, while often challenging and uncomfortable, are not arbitrary or meaningless. They are part of God’s divine plan to purify us, much like a refiner uses fire to purify precious metals.  When a refiner purifies gold, he subjects it to intense heat. The heat ...  Read More
The Cost of Impatience
by Delman Coates on August 4th, 2023
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.” - Psalms 37:7 In our fast-paced world, waiting can often feel like a waste of time. We are conditioned to seek instant gratification, and when things don’t happen as quickly as we’d like, we are tempted to take matters into our own hands. However...  Read More
Embracing God’s Vision for Our Lives
by Delman Coates on July 26th, 2023
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” - Isaiah 55:8-9  It’s easy to become trapped in our own perspective, believing that the way we see life is the only way it can be. However, God’s vision for our lives often extends far beyond ...  Read More
Embracing Reality
by Delman Coates on July 24th, 2023
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” - Psalm 139:23-24  Before we can embark on a journey of transformation and change, we must first come to terms with where we are in our lives. Acknowledging our current circumstances, emotions, and struggles is a crucial step in understanding the a...  Read More
The Perfect Wave
by Ministry Support on January 2nd, 2023
“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.” - Ecclesiastes 11:4  A while back, I was watching a special on surfing. During the show, there was this guy talking about how surfers are constantly in search of the perfect wave. The perfect wave, he said, has the right amount of curl, a perfect tube, and is just at the right height for the surfer. ...  Read More
How Do You Feel?
by Ministry Support on June 20th, 2022
“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” - Psalm 62:8Yesterday, we talked about being “over it.” Perhaps there is some part of your life, or just your life in general, that you just feel “over” everything. If you are seeking to navigate such a moment, there are some important, teachable nuggets and keen insights that can be derived from Numbers 1...  Read More
A True Connection
by Ministry Support on January 28th, 2022
“The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’” - Genesis 2:18  In 2020, Cigna, a healthcare company, reported that more than 3 out of 5 Americans felt lonely, claiming they felt left out, poorly understood and lacking in companionship. This was a13% rise in loneliness from 2018. And I am sure with COVID and its residual effects, the numbers ar...  Read More
Feast or Famine? It’s Only Temporary.
by Ministry Support on August 22nd, 2021
“Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” - Isaiah 43:18-19  Are you currently in a feast or a famine? The reality is that every one of us will experience both (many times) throughout the course of our lives. There will always be a new season of life...  Read More
by Ministry Support on December 23rd, 2020
If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is j...  Read More
Bury the Hatchet
by Ministry Support on September 3rd, 2020
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)  One of the most powerful concepts of forgiveness I’ve ever heard comes from Native American culture. After wars and battles between native tribes, or between native tribes and the whites who tried to conquer them, they would participate in a ceremony involving burying the weapons th...  Read More

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