Posts with the tag “guidance”

Aligning Our Desires with God's Will
by Delman Coates on May 29th, 2024
"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   As we journey through life, we often find ourselves yearning for certain things—dreams, ambitions, relationships, or possessions—that may not align with God's perfect will for us. In those moments, it's essential to pause and re...  Read More
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Shining Light in Darkness
by Delman Coates on May 11th, 2024
"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'" - John 8:12   Have you ever had to navigate through darkness? It can be daunting, difficult, and even dangerous. Imagine the challenge faced by a helicopter pilot flying a secret mission in total darkness to rescue a distressed soldier in ...  Read More
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The Power of Prayer
by Delman Coates on November 28th, 2023
"The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." - James 5:16   In the busyness and noise of our daily lives, we often seek transformation, both in ourselves and in the world around us. We desire change, growth, and the fulfillment of our deepest dreams and aspirations. But where does this transformation truly begin? The answer lies in prayer. James 5:16 reminds us that "the pr...  Read More
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Building Your Life on the Rock of Faith
by Delman Coates on October 16th, 2023
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." - Matthew 7:24-25   The foundation of your life is of paramount importance. Just as a well-constructed house must have ...  Read More
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Starting Your Day with God: The Key to Successful Days
by Delman Coates on August 12th, 2023
“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” - Psalm 5:3  Starting your day with God is like setting a compass at the beginning of a journey. It aligns your heart with His, sets your spirit on the right path, and prepares you for the day’s challenges and opportunities.  Spending time in God’s Word in the morning is like feasting on sp...  Read More
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God’s Hand in Our Trials
by Delman Coates on August 2nd, 2023
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” - Isaiah 43:2  Trials are an inevitable part of life. They come in various forms and intensities, often catching us off guard and leaving us feeling overwhelmed. However, it’s during t...  Read More
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Seeing Through God’s Eyes
by Delman Coates on July 28th, 2023
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” - Proverbs 3:5-6 Our perspective on life is often shaped by our experiences, emotions, and beliefs. However, when we invite God into our lives, He can shift our perspective and allow us to see things in a new light. By trusting in His wisdom and guid...  Read More
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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
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Perseverance Rewarded: The Promise of God's Faithfulness
by Delman Coates on July 21st, 2023
Verse: "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." - Galatians 6:9   In the journey of faith, perseverance is a powerful virtue. It is the steadfastness to keep pressing on, even in the face of challenges and setbacks. As we walk in perseverance, we can be assured that our Heavenly Father rewards our steadfastness. Let us explore the...  Read More
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God Understanding Our Burdens
by Delman Coates on July 15th, 2023
"Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved." - Psalm 55:22    In the midst of life's challenges and trials, we can find solace in knowing that our Heavenly Father understands the burdens we carry. Our God is not distant or indifferent; He is intimately acquainted with our struggles and offers us His unwavering support. As we reflect on Hi...  Read More
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A Family of Faith
by Ministry Support on June 2nd, 2023
"Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him" - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14   The COVID-19 pandemic caused a major disruption in our lives, altering the way...  Read More
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THE Book
by Delman Coates on May 10th, 2023
“For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” - Hebrews 4:12-13  “Success” is the category that sells mor...  Read More
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Get Up Off The Tack
by Ministry Support on May 24th, 2022
“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’ At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.” - John 5:8-9There was a story once told of a man who decided to take a break after a long walk in the park. He found a bench to take the load off his feet, but when he sat down, he sat on a tack which caused him a great deal of pain. After yelling, several people passed by and...  Read More
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Your Destiny Is Not Destruction
by Ministry Support on January 20th, 2022
“Enter through the narrow gate for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” - Matthew 7:13-14  Letting go is not easy, but it becomes possible when we understand why it is necessary. The reason Lot’s wife and her family had to flee Sodom is because their presen...  Read More
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A LOT To Lose
by Ministry Support on October 11th, 2021
“When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other peopl...  Read More
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Praying Instead Of Complaining
by Ministry Support on October 25th, 2020
David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him, “Pursue; for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue. – 1 Samuel 30:8  What is the first thing you do when you experience loss? Do you question God? Do you get frustrated, angry, and confused? Do you act on this anger and frustration? It’s important for us to examine how we act and react to si...  Read More
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Loving Everyone
by Ministry Support on September 22nd, 2020
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing ...  Read More
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