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Expect OppositionPremium Content

Nehemiah 4:14 NIV "Don't be afraid of them. Remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes."

When we strive to rebuild our lives because of the loss of a family member, marital conflict, divorce, economic instability, addiction, betrayal or some other challenge, we can expect opposition. The devil hates us and uses people to mock us, to threaten us or to block our rebuilding. Nehemiah faced the ridicule and the threats of Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the men of Ashdod.

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Having Faith is Better Than Seeing

Thomas has the ignoble reputation of being "Doubting Thomas." I wonder who first gave him that epithet. Certainly, it's not in scripture, and yet it may not be without merit. It's obvious that the Lord rebuke, however gently, Thomas to failing to believe even though he didn't see. For doubting.

John 20:24-29 NKJV

Memorize 10 Commandments in 5 Minutes

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Teach Me to Pray


"Lord, teach us to pray!" Luke 11:1

A little child missed her mother at a certain time every day. The mother's habit was to slip away upstairs alone, and to be gone for some time. The child noticed that the mother was always gentler, quieter and sweeter after she came back. Her face had lost its weary look--and was shining! Her voice was gladder, more cheerful.

"Where do you go, mother," the child said thoughtfully, "when you leave us every day?"

"I go upstairs to my room," said the mother.

Hiding God’s Word in Your HeartPremium Content

Psalm 119:11 says, I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. How can we hide God’s Word in our heart? I memorize Scripture to hide it in mine.

Some people insist they are too old to memorize God’s Word. They say they could when they were younger but not any more. Our memory may not function as quickly as it did when we were younger, but it still functions.

Several steps for Scripture memory have worked for me. Here are a few of them:

  • Write the verse on Post-um notes and put it on your refrigerator, the bathroom mirror, the dashboard of your car, and on your desk.
  • Write the passage on a 3 x 5 inch lined card in a mini spiral notebook.
  • Set a timer on the hour and recite the verse to yourself.

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Patience Doesn't Develop in 5 Minutes

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

God isn't McDonald's.

Most fast food joints are now promising your meal within so many minutes or it's free. And you get it: all the sawdust, processed sugar, and dirt (yes, dirt!) you can eat and within five minutes, no less. And I think we've become so accustomed to having what we want when we want it that we've forgotten: God isn't McDonald's. (Thank goodness.) The really good things in life most often don't come in five minutes.

The Worm became a Splendid Butterfly

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your hearts on things above! Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things! Colossians 3:1-2

Paul reminds us that those who believe on Christ--should live a risen life.

We live on the earth at present. We walk on earth's streets. We live in material houses, built of stones, bricks, or wood. We eat earth's fruits, gathering our food from earth's fields, orchards and gardens. We wear clothes woven of earthly fabrics. We adorn our homes with works of art that human hands make. We engage in the business of earth. We find our happiness in the things of this life.

Acronyms for Faith

FAITH - Forsaking All I Trust Him

FAITH - Forsaking All I Take Him

FAITH - Fantastic Adventures In TrustingHim

FAITH - Fear Ain't In This House

FAITH - Finding Answers In The Heart

FAITH - For All I Trust Him

FAITH - Fact Accepted in the Heart

FAITH - For Anything I Trust Him

FAITH - For Answers I Trust Him

Acronyms for Prayer

Acronyms can help when we feel we do not know how to pray. Write your favorites inside the cover of your Bible so they are handy. Here are some suggestions:

What is prayer?
PRAYER - Positive Reassuring Action Yielding Eternal Results


How to remember types of prayer:
ACTS - Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication

PRAY - Praise, Repentance, Asking for others and asking for Yourself

PRAY - Praise Repent Ask and Yield

Do you know of any others? If so, submit them! We would love to hear from you.

Why Do We Have to Suffer?Premium Content

Jesus said "Blessed are the poor in spirit." Matthew 5:3

How can this be? How can I be blessed if I am suffering? What good does suffering do? . Philip Yancey says:

    "Blessed are the poor in spirit." Why? Because "theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:3)
    The poor, the hungry, the mourners, and those who suffer are blessed (Matt. 5:3-6) because their lack of self-sufficiency is obvious to them every day. They must turn somewhere for strength. People who are rich, successful, and beautiful may go through life relying on their natural gifts. But people who are needy, dependent, and dissatisfied with life are more likely to welcome God’s free gift of love.

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