Posts with the tag “peace”

The Good Shepherd
by Ministry Support on September 18th, 2022
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.” - John 10:11   As a follower of Christ, you have a special assurance. In the face of life’s uncertainties and in the midst of life’s ups and downs, you don’t have to worry because God will take care of you. In describing Himself as “the good Shepherd,” Jesus understood that sheep are in many ways just like children.   T...  Read More
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Thick and Thin
by Ministry Support on September 17th, 2022
“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” - Matthew 7:9-11   I had a conversation not too long ago with a good friend of mine. This frie...  Read More
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His Timing, His Way
by Ministry Support on September 2nd, 2022
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give you is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” - John 14:27   Are you still looking for clarity in your life? Did something happen in your past that you just can’t seem to shake? Deep down you know that you need to move on, but your heart and mind just won’t allow you to. You are still looking for so...  Read More
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It’s Just What I’m Used To
by Ministry Support on July 7th, 2022
“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 43:19   Letting go is not easy, but it becomes possible when we understand why it is so necessary. The reason Lot’s wife and her family found themselves in the situation they were in, that is having to flee Sodom, is because their existing reality was...  Read More
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God’s Presence
by Ministry Support on May 22nd, 2022
“The Lord replied, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’” - Exodus 33:14If you have been following along with us over the last four days, I hope you are encouraged. The truth is, life is tough. Some things will be thrown at you—situations, circumstances, even people—that will make life difficult. Trials and tribulations will surely hit at some point or another. And it makes you...  Read More
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Surrounded By God’s Peace
by Ministry Support on May 19th, 2022
“Lord, do good to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart. But those who turn to crooked ways the Lord will banish with the evildoers. Peace be on Israel.” - Psalm 125:4-5When the walls of life feel like they are caving in, and you just don’t know what to do, or where to turn, there is one place you can turn, and that is to God because although the walls of your circumstances might s...  Read More
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Stop Worrying
by Ministry Support on March 12th, 2022
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” - John 14:27  Over the last few days, we have talked about the time in between where you are now and where you want to be. You know, on the other side of God’s promise for you. You might have a promise you have claimed from God. You know there is somethin...  Read More
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Take Heart, I Have Overcome
by Ministry Support on March 2nd, 2022
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33  Psalm 37:5 tells us to commit our ways to God. Trust Him, and He will act. As important as trust is, it is made real during times of struggle and difficulty. It is easy to trust during times of comfort. It is easy to obey the voice of the L...  Read More
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Time To Sleep
by Ministry Support on May 2nd, 2021
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. (Acts 12:5-6) While it’s true that the power of the church comes through prayer, that power starts with Peter being a praying individual. In Acts chapter 12, star...  Read More
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Photoshop Religion
by Ministry Support on February 4th, 2021
But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. (Galatians 6:4) Nothing could be more spiritually oppressive than what I want to call “OCD: obsessive comparison disorder.” This type of OCD shows up when you spend all of your time comparing your life to the lives of others, determining your value based upon how your family, your fin...  Read More
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A Prepared Place
by Ministry Support on January 22nd, 2021
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. (John 14:2-4)  The reason the disciples didn’t have to let their hearts become overwhelmed with trouble was...  Read More
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Discomfort and Confrontation
by Ministry Support on January 13th, 2021
As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, “Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!” (Matthew 20:29-31)  Confrontation isn’t always easy to handle. It can be awk...  Read More
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What Are You Drunk On?
by Ministry Support on January 9th, 2021
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18-20)  This world has so much to offer when it comes to bringing us fulfillment, hap...  Read More
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Confidence Over Jealousy
by Ministry Support on December 20th, 2020
A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. (Proverbs 14:30)  On one occasion, self-help author and cultural critic Shannon Alder wrote about the difference between people who are jealous and bitter versus those who are confident and secure. She described those who are jealous and bitter as those who are the first to race to the top of mountains, while those who are con...  Read More
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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 ...  Read More
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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 ...  Read More
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Delayed Deliverance
by Ministry Support on October 4th, 2020
My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. – James 1:3-4  As followers of Christ, we need to understand that sometimes, God does not deliver us from our trials right away. Sometimes He preserves us in our trials, and therefore gives us the power through His Holy Spirit to endure.  I...  Read More
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Delayed Deliverance
by Ministry Support on October 4th, 2020
My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. – James 1:3-4  As followers of Christ, we need to understand that sometimes, God does not deliver us from our trials right away. Sometimes He preserves us in our trials, and therefore gives us the power through His Holy Spirit to endure.  I...  Read More
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Never Give Up
by Ministry Support on September 18th, 2020
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)  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 41:10)  On April 30, 1945, an unknown Jewish writer left a note for a friend who helped him escape Hitler by h...  Read More
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Determine the Trigger
by Ministry Support on September 8th, 2020
One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. (Exodus 2:11)  I can only imagine what life must have been like for Moses growing up living in the house of the man, Pharaoh, who was oppressing his people. I imagine he heard many horror stories of how the Hebrews were mistre...  Read More
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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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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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Prayer Changes Things
by Ministry Support on August 5th, 2020
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)  On the last day of his life, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was standing up on behalf of sanitation workers, fighting for their rights. As ...  Read More
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