Posts with the tag “truth”

The Power of Seeking God's Presence
by Delman Coates on June 25th, 2024
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." - Matthew 6:33    In the midst of our busy lives, the noise of our daily responsibilities and distractions can make it easy to lose sight of what truly matters. Yet, at the heart of Jesus' teachings lies a timeless principle: seek first the kingdom of God. But what does it truly mean to seek God's...  Read More
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Walking in Good Health
by Delman Coates on June 4th, 2024
"The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it." - 3 John 1:1-3   In the short but profound letter of 3 John, there is a...  Read More
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Illuminating God's Desire
by Delman Coates on May 14th, 2024
"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." - Matthew 5:14-15   In the midst of darkness, Jesus declared an important truth to His followers: they were the light of the world. This imagery of light holds deep significance, illustrati...  Read More
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Miraculous Light
by Delman Coates on May 13th, 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   In Scripture, light emerges as a powerful metaphor, symbolizing knowledge, love, and goodness amidst darkness. From the creation narrative in Genesis to the teachings of Jesus, light has been a recurring theme, signifying the...  Read More
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Living as the Salt of the Earth
by Delman Coates on May 3rd, 2024
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot." - Matthew 5:13   Have you ever wondered why Jesus referred to His followers as the "salt of the earth"? This seemingly simple metaphor carries profound significance when we understand the multifaceted nature of salt...  Read More
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Keep Moving Forward in Faith
by Delman Coates on April 30th, 2024
"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   As we reflect on the lessons from King David's life and the principles of navigating grief and loss, it's essential to recognize that action is required on our part. It's not enough to mer...  Read More
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Embracing God's Dreams for Us
by Delman Coates on April 9th, 2024
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11   Have you ever felt a stirring in your heart, a longing for something more, a dream that seems to whisper to your soul? Perhaps you've hesitated to pursue it, questioning whether it's truly from God or just your own desire. But what if I told ...  Read More
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The Power in His Precious Blood
by Delman Coates on February 28th, 2024
"How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!" - Hebrews 9:14   The sacrificial system of the Old Testament, with its offerings of animals and rituals, pointed towards a divine truth—only the blood would serve as the ultimate payment for si...  Read More
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Your Transformation Matters
by Delman Coates on February 17th, 2024
"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him." - Luke 15:28   Facing opposition from others, especially those close to us, can be one of the most challenging aspects of turning our lives around. In the Prodigal Son's narrative, we find the struggle of overcoming the resentment and jealousy of a family member. This devotion aims to inspire indivi...  Read More
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The Call to Responsible Stewardship
by Delman Coates on February 9th, 2024
"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need." - Luke 15:13-14   In our exploration of the Prodigal Son's journey, we've uncovered valuable lessons about waiting on God's timing, staying close to o...  Read More
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The Gift of Empathy
by Delman Coates on January 27th, 2024
"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   Through our own personal struggles, God will often create experiences that are all part of His beautifu...  Read More
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The Faithful Promise Keeper
by Delman Coates on January 19th, 2024
"Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations."- Deuteronomy 7:9   When uncertainties loom, there exists a comforting truth that stands unwavering, God is the faithful promise keeper. The assurance of this truth is embedded in the very essence of God's character, a c...  Read More
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A Heart Transformed by Grace
by Delman Coates on December 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  In 2 Corinthians 5:17, the Apostle Paul beautifully encapsulates the profound change that takes place within us when we invite Christ into our lives. He states, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" This verse speaks to...  Read More
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Led by His Star
by Delman Coates on December 26th, 2023
"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 2:2   The story of the wise men who traveled from the East to find the newborn King, Jesus, carries valuable lessons that resonate with our own spiritual journey. These learned men were well-educated, accomplished in their fields, and had a deep hunger for knowledge and truth...  Read More
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Let God Be God
by Delman Coates on December 9th, 2023
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." - Psalm 46:10   In a world filled with chaos and uncertainty, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the challenges and problems that surround us. We might be tempted to take matters into our own hands, believing that our efforts can resolve the issues we face. However, I want to remind you of a simp...  Read More
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God Is Better at Being God
by Delman Coates on December 8th, 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   Life is filled with challenges, and in the midst of them, we often find ourselves trying to take control and make things happen on our own terms. It's natural to want to fix ...  Read More
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Don't Quit Too Soon
by Delman Coates on December 1st, 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   The famous quote, "Winners never quit and quitters never win," is a timeless reminder of the enduring principle that Vince Lombardi, the celebrated football coach, frequently instilled in his players. In life, victory, breakthroughs, success, and achievements often follow ...  Read More
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Fulfilling Your Divine Purpose
by Delman Coates on October 29th, 2023
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11    Life is an incredible journey, filled with twists and turns, challenges, and triumphs. Yet, amidst the unpredictability of it all, there is one constant: God's unwavering love and His divine plan for your life. You may sometimes doubt your a...  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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Living Out the Word
by Delman Coates on October 1st, 2023
"Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word and not merely hearers who deceive themselves." - James 1:21-22   In the midst of our busy lives, it's easy to fall into the trap of hearing without truly listening, of knowing without fully understanding, and of bel...  Read More
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The Weight of Obedience
by Delman Coates on September 10th, 2023
"But Samuel replied, 'Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.'" - 1 Samuel 15:22   In the grand tapestry of faith, obedience is a thread that weaves through every chapter of our lives. It's not merely a choice; it's a responsibility that carries weight and significance. God...  Read More
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Unfailing Promises
by Delman Coates on September 4th, 2023
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.” - 2 Corinthians 1:20   In a world where words can often fall empty, God's promises stand as unwavering truths. They are not mere words; they are firm foundations upon which we can build our lives. 2 Corinthians 1:20 assures us, "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ." Our Heavenly Father is n...  Read More
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Empowered to Break Free: Freedom from Sin through Christ
by Delman Coates on August 26th, 2023
“For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” - Romans 6:14  One of the most liberating truths we can embrace as believers is that God has given us the power to be set free from sin. Through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we have been redeemed from the bondage of sin and empowered to live in freedom.  Sin, with its deceptive allure, can often make ...  Read More
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Approaching God in Humility
by Delman Coates on July 19th, 2023
"Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe." - Hebrews 12:28   Boldness in our faith is a virtue that we should aspire to cultivate. However, it is important to understand that boldness is not synonymous with brazenness. While we are encouraged to approach God with confidence and audacious fai...  Read More
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Don’t Put God in a Box
by Ministry Support on June 10th, 2023
"Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!" - Romans 11:33  Have you ever tried to fit God into a box? Have you ever tried to confine Him to your understanding or limit Him to what you think He can do? It's easy to fall into this trap, but the truth is that God is far bigger and more powerful than we can ever imag...  Read More
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Move in Love
by Delman Coates on April 16th, 2023
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” - Colossians 3:13-14  One of the easiest ways to forgive someone who has done you wrong is simply to “move in love.” You might be thinking, “But you don’t know what they’ve done to me.....  Read More
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The One You Miss
by Delman Coates on March 22nd, 2023
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” - John 14:6  Jesus can be all around you and you can still miss Him completely. The presence of the Lord can be moving, and you still leave the same way you can because you think you have time. I remember meeting someone very special a few years ago. They were right there. I was talking t...  Read More
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The Back Burner
by Delman Coates on March 19th, 2023
“When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.” - Matthew 2:3-4  In the stories of Jesus’ birth told by Luke and Matthew, there are three categories of people who missed the opportunity to receive Jesus. Over the next three days, we are going to dive d...  Read More
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Still True
by Delman Coates on March 13th, 2023
“The sum of Your Word is truth, and every one of Your righteous rules endures forever.” - Psalm 119:160  Yesterday, we looked at how the promises of God are still possible in your life. No matter what you are currently going through, no problem you have or ever will have can cancel the promises of God.  Whatever He has assured you is still possible. But it’s not just possible, it’s a guarantee. Be...  Read More
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Bounce Back
by Delman Coates on February 18th, 2023
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” - Romans 8:37  In 2017, Big Sean released the song “Bounce Back.” The lyrics go; “Last night took an L but tonight I bounce back.” The “L” is referring to loss. It is a famous catchphrase that is now said more often than when the song was first released. But it’s not just catchy, it’s the truth. As believers, when we g...  Read More
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Remember Your Past
by Delman Coates on January 18th, 2023
“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains sacrifice for sins.” - Hebrews 10:26  As we continue to look at your story, we must understand why it is important to share that story. Everyone has a story to tell. And God wants you to share your story! You never know who is listening and who needs to hear exactly what you have been through ...  Read More
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Jesus’ Example
by Ministry Support on November 23rd, 2022
“For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in His steps.” - 1 Peter 2:21  If you want to get closer to God, the best thing you can do is follow the example that Jesus set for us. Think about everything Jesus has done throughout the gospels.  He showed compassion to a Samaritan who was an outcast. He helped a ...  Read More
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All Access
by Ministry Support on November 1st, 2022
“Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.” - John 10:9  Recently I tried to watch a new television series but realized at the last minute that I didn’t have the streaming service that it was playing on. I thought it was on Netflix but discovered later that it was on Hulu. It’s a dilemma that those of us who watch movi...  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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When You Can’t Get Closure
by Ministry Support on September 3rd, 2022
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:19   Clarity. Over the last two days, we have been discussing clarity. Oftentimes, to move on and write the next chapter of our lives, we need clarity over a situation that happened in our past. We want to wrap a nice little bow around the past ...  Read More
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Trusting and Doubting
by Ministry Support on April 24th, 2021
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:13-16)As a devoted Jew, Peter was...  Read More
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Grounded In Truth
by Ministry Support on April 23rd, 2021
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:13-16)Yesterday we talked about h...  Read More
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Trust That God Loves You
by Ministry Support on January 18th, 2021
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 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 3:19-20)  Have you ever read something in the Bible and wondered, “That may have been true for them back then, but is it true for me now?” There’s no doubt it can be difficu...  Read More
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Send Me
by Ministry Support on December 27th, 2020
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)  When the Lord asks, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” this is a question we all qualify to answer. But sadly, rather than saying, “Yes Lord, send me, I’ll go,” far too many of us say, “No, not yet Lord. Hold on! Wait until I g...  Read More
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Abundance Over Scarcity
by Ministry Support on December 24th, 2020
You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's. (Exodus 20:17)  Jealousy is so powerful that it can corrupt the truth in the mouth of the believer. So when the believer speaks out of jealousy, the power and effect of the word of God is muted by the presenc...  Read More
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