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Adventurously Expectant

Because it has happened to me several times, I believe you can hear from the Lord by watching for special words that “jump off the page” as you read the Bible.[i] This has happened to me for several of the Blogs on iworship423. Most recently, as I was reading Romans in the Message Translation, the…

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A New Prayer Strategy

Many believers have a certain way to do their daily prayer and Bible reading. As “creatures of habit” we may have favorite reads in the morning. Recently, we discovered a new twist on Bible reading and prayer that REALLY CALMS OUR HEARTS! And, with all the crazy things happening in our world today, we desperately…

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The Power of the “New Song”

The phrase, “New Song” occurs several times in the Psalms (e.g., Psalm 33:3, 40:3, 98:1, and 149:1). And it appears in Isaiah 42:10 and two places in Revelation (5:9, 14:3), meaning that prophets and singers in heaven recognize the importance of newly created songs. Here is what Psalm 98:1 says:       “Sing to the Lord…

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THE ULTIMATE TEACHER

  Were teachers important in your life? They were very important to me as I will explain in an amazing story that follows this introduction. “Teacher” in the Bible There must be something about teachers that is important to the Lord, especially those who teach His Word. The word “Teacher” occurs 300 times in the…

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The FIRST RESPONDER

“(The Lord) has not despised my cries of deep despair. He’s my FIRST RESPONDER to my sufferings.” When serious crises appear in life, we often ask for prayer from friends and family. And we know that the Lord answers prayers, so we often remember to ask for heavenly help. As I was reading Psalm 22…

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FAITH or FEAR–Our Choice

Have you been praying for something important that has not yet happened?  Is it starting to worry you that it is either delayed or not going to happen?  If so, we join you because we have been there! OUR STORY[i] Here’s a short story about something we prayed for long term. This prayer request was…

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Mother’s Day–a New Look

In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson established Mother’s Day as a holiday on the second Sunday in May. It was rightful for people like Anna Jarvis of Grafton, West Virginia to begin promoting in 1905 the idea of a holiday for mothers. After all, honoring mothers is in the Bible! In Exodus 20:1-17, Moses revealed the…

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Give Thanks and Bring a Miracle!

Jesus came to the town of Bethany to help his friend, Lazarus. His friend had died four days prior and was in a tomb! Jesus wanted to show another miracle before He went to the cross. He wanted the people to know that the Father had sent Him (John 11:42). He started with a prayer…

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Are you Striving? The Good way?

Have you ever been surprised by an unexpected message in the morning? It happened to me recently as I was reading one of my morning devotionals. In the Brian Simmons’ devotional, “I Hear His Wisper”[i] for March 2nd, the topic of striving was discussed. I believe that the Lord highlighted the word “striving” so that…

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Tear Down those Walls!

There are many surprises, challenges, and difficulties in life that feel like a WALL in front of us. We hope the difficulties will be short-lived. We pray that the future holds something better. Fortunately, our God cares about these walls, as He said to the Prophet Isaiah:         Can’t you see? I have tattooed a…

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