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Standing Strong When Tragedy Strikes

Standing Strong

More often than not, tragedy and adversity hit us without warning, like a violent, unexpected storm that leaves a person reeling from the sudden impact. Here in Oklahoma, it seems as though the weather can change in an instant. One minute, the summer sun is shining brightly, and a warm breeze is blowing. Then, only a short time later, the sky is dark, and huge drops of cold rain are crashing to […]

The Faith of Noah

The Faith of Noah

In Genesis 7:1, the Bible declares:
“And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.”
I remember asking a group of young people, “Why do you think God asked Noah to build the ark?” “To save all the animals,” was their immediate response. No. He prepared it for his family. Noah, “being warned of God of things […]

Intercession For Your Family

Abraham was a righteous man who knew how to talk to God. Abraham and his nephew Lot lived on the same land for some time. When it became too crowded for them to dwell together, Lot was given the choice of where to live. He chose Sodom, an extremely wicked, worldly place. Later, God forewarned Abraham that He was going to destroy Sodom. Lot went about his daily routine in wicked Sodom totally unaware of […]

The Importance of Bible Reading

King Solomon, a name synonymous with wisdom, once wrote:
“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2).
God’s glory is concealed through His Word, but the believer, as a kingly priest, can see His glory revealed by careful searching. God’s Word is a treasure to be discovered. The deep truths cannot always be mined by merely scratching on the surface. When you study the […]

Walking the Way of Salvation

What is involved in having a life-changing, personal relationship with Christ? Let’s begin by examining what took place when Peter met the Lord:
“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom […]

How to be A Cheerful Giver

“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” —2 Corinthians 9:7
Before we can really appreciate the Bible’s principles on how God wants us to handle the resources He has blessed us with, we must first do one important thing: surrender everything to Him. Now surrender isn’t just talk. It’s not a quick and cheap statement, such as, “Okay, Lord, […]

The Family of God

I want those of you who have experienced the heartache of a wrenching home situation in your childhood to pay special attention. None of us come from perfect homes, and note of us provide perfect homes, no matter how hard we try. But perhaps your childhood was characterized by abuse, lack of love, insecurity, or turmoil. And beneath the anger or even the denial are deep feelings of hurt and profound questions about your worth… Believe […]

Love

I received an “F” in geometry the first time I took the course in high school. This qualified me for the ‘privilege” of taking the course a second time. I hated mathematics, and the second time around I was getting another “F.” Midway through the course our teacher became ill and was replaced with a substitute. When the substitute walked into the classroom for the first time, we all gasped silently. His face was so […]

Building Up the Family of Believers

Our great commission as believers in Jesus Christ is to take the mighty message of the Gospel into all the earth. We are to share it with all nations, “baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19) and teaching them to observe the Lord’s commandments (see verse 20). It is the church’s job to build people up in the knowledge of the Lord. The […]