Posts with the tag “purpose”

VIP Status in the Kingdom
by Delman Coates on March 14th, 2024
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28   Let me paint a picture for you, one that might resonate with an experience you've had or observed. Imagine standing in line outside a club, waiting patiently for your turn to enter the party. Yet, as you wait, you notice some individuals bypassing the line a...  Read More
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God's Purpose in Your Adversity
by Delman Coates on January 29th, 2024
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28   Have you ever questioned the purpose behind the challenges and adversities that you face in your life? In the midst of the struggles, it's easy to feel abandoned or wonder if God has forsaken you. But, take heart and consider this truth: God isn't allowing y...  Read More
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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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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
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The Purifying Power of Cleansing
by Delman Coates on November 15th, 2023
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." - Psalm 51:10   Cleansing is an essential concept in the journey of faith. It represents the process of purifying our hearts and spirits from wrongdoing. Just as we wash away physical impurities, we must cleanse our inner selves from sin and unrighteousness. Psalm 51:10 beautifully encapsulates this idea as it portrays King D...  Read More
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The Promise of God's Presence
by Delman Coates on November 4th, 2023
"So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us." – Hebrews 6:16-18   In a world filled with uncertainties and shifting ci...  Read More
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Embracing Life's Inevitable Trials
by Delman Coates on October 14th, 2023
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds." - James 1:2   In James 1:2, we are confronted with a small but powerful word: "when." It serves as a reminder that the occurrence of trials and struggles in our lives is not optional; it's inevitable. This verse invites us to change our perspective on life's challenges and find purpose in the midst of adversit...  Read More
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From Identity to Purpose
by Delman Coates on October 13th, 2023
"Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind." - Ecclesiastes 12:13   The journey from identity to purpose is one that many of us embark upon in life. We devote time, energy, and resources to becoming something, only to occasionally lose sight of what we are truly meant to do with it. Let's explore this conce...  Read More
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Muscles for a Purpose
by Delman Coates on October 12th, 2023
"There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work." - 1 Corinthians 12:4-6   The story of Merv Griffin's interview with the bodybuilder serves as a purposeful allegory for many aspects of life, especially in the realm ...  Read More
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Guiding Others to Find Jesus
by Delman Coates on September 27th, 2023
"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" - John 14:6There are times when we all find ourselves in unique corners—moments of uncertainty, trials, and questions. In these corners, the presence of those who care about us becomes invaluable. But as we stand together in these moments, there's an even greater responsibility that we share—...  Read More
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Embracing Your True Self
by Delman Coates on September 19th, 2023
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." - Psalm 139:14Have you ever stopped to think about the opportunities that might have slipped through your grasp while trying to fit into the mold others have crafted for you? How many doors have you unintentionally closed by silencing the voice within yourself to heed the voices of others? ...  Read More
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Unstoppable Purpose
by Delman Coates on September 9th, 2023
"I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, 'My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.'" - Isaiah 46:10   Life is a journey filled with twists and turns, highs and lows, joys and challenges. In the midst of it all, one thing remains steadfast and unwavering – God's purpose for our lives. He is the author of our destiny, the orchestrator...  Read More
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Embracing Freedom: Letting God Author Our Lives
by Delman Coates on August 27th, 2023
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17  When we truly break free from sin, give it up, and let God be the author and conductor of our lives, a world of possibilities opens up before us. This freedom in Christ is not merely about the absence of sin, but it’s about stepping into a life of purpose, fulfillment, and abund...  Read More
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God’s Design: Uniquely Equipped for a Purpose
by Delman Coates on August 23rd, 2023
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” - Ephesians 2:10  In a world that often tries to define our worth and capabilities, it is crucial to remember that no one can decide what we are capable of except God. He is the one who intricately designed us, equipping us with unique gifts, talents, and passions for a specific purp...  Read More
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God's Provision for the Promise
by Delman Coates on July 10th, 2023
"And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing." - Genesis 12:2   In Genesis 12, God speaks to Abram, revealing His promise of land and blessing. However, embedded within this divine promise is a vital aspect: God's provision to sustain Abram on his journey. As we reflect on this truth, we discover that God not only calls us to...  Read More
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Faith and Sacrifice: A Divine Partnership
by Delman Coates on July 6th, 2023
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” - Luke 9:24  Faith and sacrifice are two essential elements of our spiritual journey. They are intertwined, forming a divine partnership that deepens our relationship with God and strengthens our commitment to His will. As Luke 9:24 reminds us, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, ...  Read More
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God's Preparation for Our Purpose
by Delman Coates on June 23rd, 2023
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." - Ephesians 2:10   As Christians, we believe that God has a purpose for each of our lives. But have you ever stopped to consider how God prepares us for that purpose? He doesn't just leave us to figure it out on our own. Instead, He guides us and equips us for the journ...  Read More
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No Competition
by Delman Coates on May 26th, 2023
“The valiant lie plundered, they sleep their last sleep; not one of the warriors can lift his hands. At your rebuke, God of Jacob, both horse and chariot lie still.” - Psalm 76:5-6  Have you ever worried about whether God’s plans would work for you? Maybe God gave you clarity about what He wants you to do. He revealed Himself to you and gave you such clarity about your purpose. And at first that g...  Read More
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Your Pathway to Success
by Delman Coates on May 13th, 2023
“Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.” - Deuteronomy 5:33  As we continue to look at what it means to be successful through the eyes of God, I want you to understand something. When it comes to godly success, or being successful for God, it takes sacrifice. For some, it might mea...  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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Talk to The Gardener
by Ministry Support on April 6th, 2023
“Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’” - Luke 13:6-7  Are you waiting on life to get better? Is there something ...  Read More
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Advancement is Evident
by Ministry Support on April 4th, 2023
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” - Matthew 6:33  In order to reach the heights God wants to take you to, oftentimes it starts with self-improvement. There is a quote that says, “Keep doing what you’re doing, and you will keep getting what you’re getting.”  If you want to keep reaping the same negative consequences, then keep doin...  Read More
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Missing Jesus
by Delman Coates on March 18th, 2023
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will teach you great and hidden things that you have not known.” - Jeremiah 33:3  Missed opportunities are all around us. Many of them involve money or a chance at love, but today, I want to talk to you about another type of opportunity you don’t want to miss. It’s the opportunity to meet, receive, and get close to Jesus. It is about having a chance to meet t...  Read More
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You Missed It
by Delman Coates on March 16th, 2023
“And He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. And He went about among the villages teaching.” - Mark 6:5-6  Yesterday, we talked about a businessman whose greatest regret was not driving Jeff Bezos to the airport. Instead, his friend drove Bezos and became a business partner as he built Amazon. ...  Read More
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Next in Line
by Delman Coates on February 5th, 2023
“No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.” - Isaiah 54:17  When Paul got stoned, it wasn’t just to punish him for having the audacity to keep preaching and the courage to live his life for Jesus; it was also to inflic...  Read More
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The Peace of God
by Delman Coates on January 29th, 2023
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:6-7  Did you know you can have peace in the middle of a storm in your life? That is right. As believers, we can access a “peace that ...  Read More
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Who Needs Your Story?
by Ministry Support on January 15th, 2023
“’Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.’ And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.” - Luke 8:39  It was time to share joys and concerns in the church. Shelly wanted to raise her hand and share that she finally made it through a difficult semester of college. But after hearing the testimonials of those who beat cancer and save...  Read More
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The Start
by Ministry Support on December 4th, 2022
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” - Isaiah 43:19 Your faith is what moves mountains. Your faith allows you to ease your worry and recognize that you have a God that continues to advocate on your behalf.  God wants you to know that something big is on the horizo...  Read More
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Godly Solutions
by Ministry Support on November 2nd, 2022
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” - John 10:10  When Jesus says, “I am the door,” the first thing He is telling us is that through Him we gain access to godly solutions. The community who heard this saying had been waiting for deliverance from their oppressors.  Their world was defined by struggle, persecution, and suffer...  Read More
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The Source of Your Power
by Ministry Support on October 30th, 2022
“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.’” - John 8:12  The thing about light is that it can be harnessed as a source of power. And the way Jesus treats the woman in John 8, during a time in her life when she needed it most, was a source of empowerment. This...  Read More
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A Model of Identity
by Ministry Support on October 25th, 2022
“Jesus replied, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” - John 6:35  Have you ever been in a relationship where your value to another person is predicated on what and how much you do? It might be how well you cook, whether you clean the house, what kind of job you have, or whether you are able to provide a certain kin...  Read More
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How Much More?
by Ministry Support on October 23rd, 2022
“They answered, ‘Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do?” – John 6:30  Regardless of where you find yourself in life, if you are able to present your faith passport, your spiritual credentials in Christ, you will be able to gain access to privileges that you would otherwise not be able to obtain. This is why the first of the seven “I Am” statements of Jesus fou...  Read More
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Made For A Purpose
by Ministry Support on September 23rd, 2022
“The Lord will work out His plans for my life—for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” - Psalm 138:8   Scientists believe the odds of you being born are 1 in 400 trillion. Four-hundred trillion as in: 400,000,000,000,000. Do you understand the MIRACLE that is your life? You were not an accident, by divine planning.  Over the last couple of days, we have ...  Read More
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Extraordinary Resilience
by Ministry Support on September 16th, 2022
“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” - 2 Corinthians 4:8-9   Are you close to quitting? Please don’t do it. Are you tired of trying to live for Christ? Hang in there. Do you feel like giving up on the Christian life? Roll up your...  Read More
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How Bad Do You Want It?
by Ministry Support on September 10th, 2022
“I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” - Philippians 3:14   How bad do you want it? What is it you want to do with your life? Do you want to serve Christ and reach your potential through Him?  Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk is a professional boxer, a world champion in two weight classes, an Olympic gold medalist, and t...  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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A Reflection of Him
by Ministry Support on August 9th, 2022
“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” - Matthew 5:16   When Jesus decides to test us, there is most definitely a purpose behind it. It is not always a punishment, but instead a purposeful opportunity. Yesterday, we looked at how sometimes Jesus tests us to clarify whether He is our highest priority.   But tests also come...  Read More
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Not Evil, Purposeful
by Ministry Support on August 7th, 2022
“The Lord will work out His plans for my life— for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” - Psalm 138:8   As we learned yesterday, not every test is from the devil, meaning that not every test is evil or a punishment. Sometimes, it is God who decides to allow a test to come into our lives. And if it is from God, then rest assured that the motive is not evi...  Read More
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How Can You Do This To Me?
by Ministry Support on August 4th, 2022
“Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” - Genesis 22:2   When you read the book of Genesis, you will find a multitude of tests that God allows Abraham to go through. The entire journey Abraham had with God was nothing but a series of tests.   His first tes...  Read More
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Not Ours Anyway
by Ministry Support on July 24th, 2022
“If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” - Matthew 10:39On their spring break vacation, my daughters were fussing with one another, and they were taking each other’s phones. As they were yelling who owns what, I came into the room and took both of their phones. In that moment, I said to them, “It’s not yours anyway. These belong to me. I...  Read More
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