Posts with the tag “relationship”

Healing Toxic Emotions
by Delman Coates on April 2nd, 2024
"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." - Ephesians 4:31-32   Have you ever felt like emotions were simmering just beneath the surface, ready to erupt like a volcano? In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul addresses this very issue, urging the...  Read More
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The Path to Your Heart's Desires
by Delman Coates on December 22nd, 2023
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." - Jeremiah 29:13   Have you ever found yourself standing at a crossroads, faced with a significant decision? Perhaps you're yearning for something more in life, and deep down, you sense that what you desire is on the other side of going all in for God. Today, I want to encourage you to take that leap of faith and make that life-c...  Read More
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Just Hold On
by Delman Coates on December 12th, 2023
"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   Life often presents us with moments of waiting and uncertainty, where patience becomes our greatest test. We may find ourselves in situations where we're waiting for a breakthrough, an answer, or a promise to be fulfilled. It's in these moments that we might grow impatient...  Read More
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Growing in Prayer, Growing in Spirit
by Delman Coates on November 19th, 2023
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18   Prayer is not just a conversation with God; it's a journey of growth and transformation. As our prayer life flourishes, so does our spiritual walk. This connection between prayer and spiritual growth is a powerful reminder of the significance of prayer i...  Read More
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God Cares
by Delman Coates on November 17th, 2023
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." - 1 John 5:14   Through prayer, we express our thoughts, emotions, needs, and desires to God. It is the means by which we form a connection with the Creator, the source of unwavering love and compassion. When we approach the throne of grace in prayer, we encounter a God who cares for ev...  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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Words About God
by Delman Coates on October 10th, 2023
"The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." - Proverbs 18:21   In moments of pain, disappointment, or confusion, it's not uncommon for people to utter words that cast a shadow on their relationship with God. Phrases like "the Lord has forgotten about me," "Why did God let this happen to me?" or "God has abandoned me," may slip from our lips. But today, I...  Read More
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Trusting in God's Presence
by Delman Coates on September 15th, 2023
"Be still, and know that I am God." - Psalm 46:10I once witnessed a scene that left a lasting impression. A child was being dropped off at daycare. As the parent gently placed the child on the floor to join the other kids in play, tears streamed down the child's face. The child's intense need to ensure the parent was present overshadowed the opportunity to create new friendships and experiences.Th...  Read More
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Opening Ourselves Up to God’s Miracles
by Ministry Support on June 11th, 2023
"Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’" - Matthew 19:26  Have you ever felt like your situation was impossible? Maybe you're facing a difficult diagnosis, financial struggles, or relationship issues that seem insurmountable. In these moments, it can be tempting to close ourselves off and give up hope. But as Christians, we serve a God w...  Read More
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He Did It... And So Can You
by Delman Coates on April 22nd, 2023
“…Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.” – Joel 2:13  Yesterday, we discussed the greatest comeback in the history of the world. And that was when Jesus Christ came back from the dead.  Jesus came to earth. He lived a perfect life, and then He died for our sins – for yours and for mine. Had He r...  Read More
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It Can Get Better
by Ministry Support on April 10th, 2023
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18  There is a song by Rev. Timothy Wright that highlights about Jesus, He “May not come when you want Him. But He's on time. In times of trouble,...  Read More
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Who’s The Source?
by Ministry Support on April 9th, 2023
“For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisors.” - Proverbs 11:14  Even when you find someone to talk to, you must be discerning. This is where your prayer life is pertinent. Because if you have a drug abuse problem and you are seeking advice from someone who encourages your habit, this guidance will lead you further away, instead of closer, to healing and wholeness...  Read More
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Seeing is Not Believing
by Delman Coates on February 11th, 2023
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” - Hebrews 11:6  There is a familiar saying, “Seeing is believing.” But when it comes to God, that should not be our mantra. I have heard skeptics say, “show me a miracle and I’ll believe.” But even if God performed a real miracle, they would sti...  Read More
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You Are Secure
by Ministry Support on December 19th, 2022
“But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” - 2 Chronicles 20:17  When you give your life to Christ, He takes full responsibility for providing for you. In other words, He will meet all your needs. T...  Read More
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Be About It
by Ministry Support on October 26th, 2022
“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” - 1 John 3:18  The older you get, the more you realize that trying to be cool, trying to fit in, trying to be liked, and trying to impress others really doesn’t work; because the more you do that, the more you have to do. Jesus had just performed several signs in John 6, and here the crowd wanted H...  Read More
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You Are His
by Ministry Support on October 21st, 2022
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17  Yesterday, we talked about a 19th-century artist named Paul Gustave Dore. Dore faced an identity crisis in which he was unable to cross the border because he had misplaced his passport. Dore had to find a way to identify who he was. It was not a matter of where ...  Read More
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I Will Hear You
by Ministry Support on October 14th, 2022
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” - 2 Chronicles 7:14  God is always listening when we pray. He wants more than us just doing a custom ritual to check prayer off our spiritual list.  He says, if we will humble ourselves, pray and ...  Read More
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Give It Up
by Ministry Support on October 3rd, 2022
“Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.” - Acts 3:19  It’s time for a shift. I pray that you are ready for God to lead you into this next season to do all that He has called you to do. Now is the time. He is ready. The question is, are you?  Sometimes the only thing delaying us from the promises and blessings of God is us. More specifically, we are delayed by...  Read More
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Ready For a Shift
by Ministry Support on October 1st, 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  Our world has changed so much in the last six to seven years. There was a time when if you wanted groceries, you would sit down and prepare your list, and then get in your car, go to the store, and walk up and d...  Read More
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I Still Struggle…
by Ministry Support on July 28th, 2022
“Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.” - Hebrews 2:18When you read the story of Abraham, you see a clear Achilles heel. From Genesis 12 to 20, we see a 25-year span between Abraham committing the same sin. In Genesis 12, we saw him lie to the king of Egypt about his relationship to his wife, and in Genesis 20, he does it again.Apparently,...  Read More
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Get God For Yourself
by Ministry Support on July 9th, 2022
“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” - Hebrews 11:6   Over the last week, we have talked about letting go. The reality is if you want to reach your full potential and pursue God’s will, you have to let go of whatever it is that is holding you back. If you have read any of t...  Read More
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Wasted Time
by Ministry Support on July 3rd, 2022
“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   Yesterday, I told you the story of a bald eagle hunting a large salmon above the water. The smart and highly skilled eagle was able to secure the salmon with its talons, but only to the ea...  Read More
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Back On The Tracks
by Ministry Support on May 8th, 2022
“So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” - Luke 15:20We do not see it often, but trains do still derail from time to time. Not long ago (September 21, 2021, to be exact) near Joplin, Montana, an Amtrak train carrying 146 people between Seattle...  Read More
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God Will Show Up
by Ministry Support on April 2nd, 2022
“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.” - Revelation 3:20As we discussed yesterday, God is not just “out there somewhere.” He is a personal God who wants a personal relationship with you. Unlike a doctor, when you need God, you do not have to go find Him. He will come to you. However, there ...  Read More
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A Personal God
by Ministry Support on April 1st, 2022
“For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.” - Isaiah 43:3Growing up I used to watch old television shows and sitcoms that were popular back in the 50s and 60s. In those shows, I’d often see something that was quite shocking. Whenever people got sick, doctors would take the time to come to the home of the person needi...  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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Fear of Walking Away
by Ministry Support on June 19th, 2021
“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    Over the last few days we have covered why we miss signs when it comes to getting in (or out) of relationships, and the reasons we often ignore or dismiss these signs. As we conclude this conversation, let's discuss one o...  Read More
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Are You Comfortably Uncomfortable?
by Ministry Support on June 18th, 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  The past couple of days we have talked about missing the signs. Yesterday, we discussed one reason we miss signs is because of the pressure that time is running out. But maybe for you there ...  Read More
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Time is (NOT) Running Out
by Ministry Support on June 17th, 2021
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” - Ecclesiastes 3:1    Over the course of this month, we talked about the story of Abigail marrying Nabal and the trouble that marriage gave her. She missed all the warning signs, and as a consequence, she ended up in a bad marriage. Like Abigail, many people find themselves in an unfulfilling relationship because they ig...  Read More
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Don’t Miss The Signs
by Ministry Support on June 16th, 2021
“Do not be unequal yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?” - 2 Corinthians 6:14 Before entering into a relationship, do you consider everything you have learned and observed about the person or do you simply jump in without any concerns? Or worse, do you ignore those concerns and believe those issues are not a bi...  Read More
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Bury The Hatchet Pt. 1
by Ministry Support on June 7th, 2021
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” - Ephesians 4:31-32   Six years ago, at an art exhibit in the Netherlands stood the profiles and portraits of these beautiful people from the Central African Nation of...  Read More
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What Value Do You Have?
by Ministry Support on June 6th, 2021
“In every way I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” - Acts 20:35 Yesterday we talked about considering the value that those closest to you add to your life. Today, I want to talk about the value you add to theirs, not only to those closest to you, but to everyone you...  Read More
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What Value Do They Have?
by Ministry Support on June 5th, 2021
“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” - Proverbs 12:26 There is a quote that says “You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully.” While this quote is not taken directly from Scripture, there is a lot of truth to it, and perhaps it is the reason the Bible talks so much about choosing your friends carefully. The qu...  Read More
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Is Your Relationship Complementing You?
by Ministry Support on June 4th, 2021
“And you have been made complete in Christ, which is head over every ruler and authority.” - Colossians 2:10 Does your relationship complement you or complete you? This is an important question you should consider when thinking about who you are, not only in your relationship, but in all areas of your life. For many, their relationship completes them. They go into the relationship, often broken an...  Read More
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It’s Going To Take More Than That
by Ministry Support on June 3rd, 2021
“A certain man in Maon, who had property there at Carmel, was very wealthy. He had a thousand goats and three thousand sheep, which he was shearing in Carmel. His name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was surly and mean in his dealings— he was a Calebite.” - 1 Samuel 25:2-3   As we read today’s key passage, let’s take a look at ...  Read More
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Undeserved Blessings
by Ministry Support on April 15th, 2021
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)A colleague of mine told me about a friend of his son who often spent the night with their family. They would pick him up and take him to dinner with them, take him shopping at the mall, and effectively enabled him to live as if he was one of the family.  That young man ...  Read More
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Keep On Waiting
by Ministry Support on February 5th, 2021
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. (Luke 2:25-26)Few things are more frustrating in life than waiting.  For the impatient-at-heart, waiting can liter...  Read More
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The Lord Is Your Only Guarantee
by Ministry Support on October 23rd, 2020
When David and his men came to the city, they found it burned down, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept, until they had no more strength to weep. David’s two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam of Jezreel, and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David was in great danger; for the people spoke of sto...  Read More
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Faith With Action
by Ministry Support on October 14th, 2020
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” – John 4:13-15  The journey...  Read More
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