Posts with the tag “struggles”
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...
The Author of Your New Chapter
by Delman Coates on January 18th, 2024
"For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up, but it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another." - Psalm 75:6-7 As we journey through the various chapters of life, some moments resist neat conclusions, leaving us yearning for closure that seems just beyond our grasp. In the persistent echoes of the past and the uncertainty that c...
The Open Door of Hope
by Delman Coates on October 21st, 2023
"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." - Psalm 42:11 In the middle of life's storms, it's essential to keep the door of hope wide open in your heart. Trust that God is with you, guiding you through adversity, and believe that He can bring beauty even out of the darkest moments. Let hope be your constant...
God’s Care for Our Loved Ones
by Delman Coates on August 19th, 2023
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” - 1 Peter 5:7 One of the most comforting truths we can hold onto is that God not only takes care of us, but He also takes care of our loved ones. His care extends beyond our personal lives and reaches into the lives of those we hold dear. It’s natural to worry about our loved ones, especially when they’re facing challenges or walking throu...
Promoting Hope in the Church
by Delman Coates on June 18th, 2023
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13 As Christians, we are called to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth. We are called to promote hope and encourage people to pursue a journey of knowing Christ and the hope He has for us. Our church should be a place where peop...
Pre-Existing Conditions Welcome
by Delman Coates on June 15th, 2023
"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." - Micah 6:8 Many people feel like they are not welcome in the church because of their past mistakes or current struggles. They may feel like they need to have everything in their life together before they can come to God. But the truth is that God wa...
Finding Rest in God
by Ministry Support on June 6th, 2023
“Those who walk uprightly enter into peace and rest on their couches.” - Isaiah 57:2 The prophet Isaiah comforts us with the promise of rest that awaits the faithful after death. This rest is not an ordinary one, but a sacred rest that comes only from God. It's a rest that we can find solace in knowing that our loved ones have finally entered into after all their struggles and pain on earth. The ...
Hiding in Holiness
by Delman Coates on February 26th, 2023
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” - 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Have you ever felt as though you needed to keep your frustrations from God and others because you are “t...
by Ministry Support on December 12th, 2022
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” - 2 Corinthians 5:17 Do you allow outside noise to get the better of you? Do you get caught up in the perception others have of you? It is easy to let the opinions of others affect us. As human beings, we are all prone to letting outsiders determine who we are or who we should be. But tha...
by Ministry Support on November 3rd, 2022
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people.” - Psalm 118:8 Over the last couple of days, we have talked about what it means to gain “all access” to your Heavenly Father. To do that, you must decide to walk “through the gate.” What gate, you ask? In John 10:9 Jesus tells us, “Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will...
Last Night Look An L…
by Ministry Support on September 30th, 2022
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” - 1 Peter 2:9 Have you taken an “L” recently? For those wondering, “L” means, have you taken a loss? Have you lost something important to you? Maybe it was a rel...
I Am With You
by Ministry Support on August 13th, 2022
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10 Upon Sarah’s death, Abraham immediately left wherever he was, went where she had passed, and according to the text, mourned the fact that his bride was no longer with him. It is a graphic picture of a man, a husband, a...
by Ministry Support on November 26th, 2021
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” - Luke 11:9-10 Growing up I used to watch old television shows and sitcoms that were popular back in the 50’s and 60’s. In those shows, I’d often see something that was rea...
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...
Have It All
by Ministry Support on October 31st, 2020
And we know that all things work together for the good of them that love God and are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 I want you to think about how many times “all” appears in Scripture. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me,” and in Philippians 4:19, Paul writes, “My God shall supply ALL of your need according to His riches in glory.” Ephes...
Trials Are Opportunities
by Ministry Support on October 21st, 2020
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4 Mandarin is one of the more popular dialects or families of the Chinese language. In doing some research on Mandarin, I learned that the Chinese ...
Preparation From Brokenness
by Ministry Support on October 12th, 2020
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. – Romans 5:3-5 As followers of Jesus, we struggle with all kinds of trials and tough circumstances because of o...
Listening For Jesus
by Ministry Support on October 5th, 2020
She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” – Mark 5:27-28 Today’s key text reveals something that I believe was the key to helping this woman to endure her terrible circumstances. She was able to persevere through her illness because she listened to the right things. After spending all sh...
Justice, Mercy, and Humility
by Ministry Support on September 19th, 2020
With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require...
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