Great Love!

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“For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead” (Psalm 86:13 NIV).

I encourage everyone to read this entire Psalm get a better understanding of the focus attempted here.

If it had not been for God’s great love for me, where would I be?  If He had not provided deliverance, through Jesus Christ, I would still be on the path to hell!

Not that I’m a perfect person now, but when I look back at the things that I did, and remember the way I sometimes treated people, I can honestly say that “heaven was not an option” for me, then.  I did not commit any murders–unless we count what I attempted to do to others by undermining their self-worth.  I did not commit grand theft–unless we count stealing hearts deliberately and then letting them dangle and rot.  There…

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Absolutely Nothing (7/24/13)

THE RIVER WALK

Read: 2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22, Romans 8:26-39, Psalm 18:37-50, Proverbs 19:27-29

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

Love

Relate: I google searched unconditional love and the first story to pop up was the story of Zack and Sam. The author had a dog, Sam, and his wife, Zack, that they owned before marriage. Sam was pretty easy going but Zack, a pit bull/lab mix, hated the author and there was a little mutual feeling.

The author’s wife became pregnant and…

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Power of prayer: Niagara’s waters

Mustard Seed Budget

  • Power of prayer
  • How to pray?

Emerald water look like thick glass, inviting tourists to dip a toe — or even take a swim. The alluring beauty of Niagara Falls belies its power — 6 million cubic feet flows in an irresistible current every minute over the crest. One-hundred-and-sixty-five feet below, as it pounds into the whirling pool, it raises a relentless thunder and mists that bathes people for 100 yards away.

Behind the beauty lies true power.

Many look at prayer as a beautiful thing. They fail to perceive its weight of crushing power. Nations have been overturned. Darkness has ceded to radiant light. The onward rush of worldliness has been diverted, the press of sin blunted. Why? Because of prayer.

Horseshoe FallsOh look! How beautiful! She prays!

To the contrary, look, how powerful: she prays.

In a material world where we are taught to measure scientifically with our five…

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How to Be Grateful When You Don’t Feel Great.

Rivers of Hope

Steve Jones
Matthew 14:13-21

INTRO: The Sunday School Teacher asked little Jimmy if he prayed every night. He said “No Maam. Some nights I don’t need nothing.”

We’re often better at “asking” in prayer than we are at “thanking”.

ILLUSTRATION: A man dreamed he went to heaven and Peter gave him the tour. The first room they stopped at was large and full of bustling activity with angels flitting to and fro. The man asked “What’s going on?” Peter answered “This is RECEIVING where all the prayer requests come in, get processed by angels and forwarded to God.” Then they walked to the next room which was also large, and busy with angels. “What’s this room?” asked the newcomer. Peter answered “This is SHIPPING, where all of the answers and blessings are prepared and shipped out.” Then they came to a third room that was small and cramped, with…

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