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February 2018

Obeying God’s EXACT Instruction

By |February 20th, 2018|

Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much
as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams. ~ I Samuel 15:22
READING: I Samuel 15:10-22
Because we’re often trailblazers in uncharted territory, church planters typically are quite passionate about asking God […]

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Transparent Prayer

By |February 19th, 2018|

Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me;
yet not my will, but yours be done. ~ Luke 22:42
READING: Luke 22:39-46
Jesus took His disciples to Prayer Mountain and then withdrew from them to pray. Luke says it was a usual act of Jesus, an ideal modeling from the Lord for “a habituated prayer retreating.” […]

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By |February 18th, 2018|

Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep
the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance,
and did not inquire of the LORD. So the LORD put him to death and
turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse. ~ I Chronicles 10:13, 14
READING: I Samuel 23:1-5
One of […]

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He Will Guard You Against the Evil One

By |February 17th, 2018|

But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and
guard you against the evil one. ~ II Thessalonians 3:3 (ESV )
READING: II Thessalonians 3:1-5
My wife and I were both instantly awake in the middle of the night. We sensed the presence of evil in our bedroom so strongly that, without exchanging a word, we dropped […]

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Open Doors and Opposition

By |February 16th, 2018|

I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door
that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have
kept my word and have not denied my name. ~ Revelation 3:8
READING: I Corinthians 16
Open doors are mostly greeted with excitement, appreciation, thankfulness, appreciation or even with amazement, surprise […]

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Open Doors and God’s Will

By |February 15th, 2018|

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; he who seeks finds;
and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. ~ Luke 11:9, 10
READING: Acts 16:6-10
Most of us, in our pursuits of […]

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Aged to Perfection

By |February 14th, 2018|

And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be
perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. ~ James 1:4 (NASB)
READING: Hebrews 6:1-16
Veteran missionary mentors told us we would need a pressure cooker for cooking meat in Colombia. But frightening memories of those hissing monsters that we saw in the kitchens of our mothers and […]

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Standing in the Gap #2

By |February 13th, 2018|

…but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. ~ Acts 12:5b
READING: Acts 12:1-17
The best time to put a prayer team in place is before we need it. But how can we find reliable prayer warriors who know how to pray effectively for our church planting project?

Every circumstance is different. Sometimes our mother church […]

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Standing in the Gap #1

By |February 12th, 2018|

I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and
stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land… ~ Ezekiel 22:30a
READING: Ezekiel 22:23-31
I’d never met the pastor’s wife of the church in a neighboring town but when I heard she was facing back surgery in a few days, the […]

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Grace and God

By |February 10th, 2018|

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second
time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim
to it the message I give to you.” ~ Jonah 3:1
READING: Jonah 3
We often ask of God, How much does he love me? But the relevant question is not how much God loves but when he […]

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