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From Ordinary to Great - In Touch - October 1, 2014

Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus (Acts 4:13). Anyone who studies God's ways soon realizes they

October 1 From Ordinary to Great Acts 4:13    Anyone who studies God's ways soon realizes they are quite different from man's. Worldly wisdom says that extraordinary people and abundant resources are needed for great tasks, yet the Lord often chooses the small and insignificant to achieve His purposes on earth. For example, Christ selected a rather unimpressive group of men as disciples, yet after being filled with the Spirit, they "turned the world upside down." During His ministry on earth, Jesus fed thousands with a child's meager lunch, and He viewed the widow's two small coins as a greater offering than all the other generous donations (John 6:5-12; Luke 21:2-3). God specializes in using people who aren't naturally qualified to accomplish His tasks. Moses was a verbally impaired 80-year-old shepherd who liberated a nation. After Gideon hid from the enemy, God made him a valiant warrior. David was the overlooked youngest son who killed a giant with a small stone and became Israel's greatest king. God isn't looking for impressive people; He wants willing ones who will bow the knee in humble submission. Being weak and ordinary doesn't make you useless. Rather, it positions you for a demonstration of divine power in your life. He takes insignificant ones and delights in making them great. Have you ever considered that your lack of ability, talent, or skill is the ideal setting for a great display of Christ's power and glory? If you are willing to submit to His leading and venture ... read more

When Your World Falls Apart - Girlfriends in God - September 30, 2014

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28). Only God can take the broken pieces of your life and make something beautiful out of each one. He is waiting for

September 30, 2014 When Your World Falls Apart Mary Southerland Today’s Truth And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28, NIV). Friend to Friend A father was trying to take his Sunday afternoon nap but having little success because his young son kept waking him up with the complaint, "Daddy, I'm bored." The father knew he needed to come up with some kind of plan to keep the little boy occupied, or there would be no nap. He glanced at the newspaper lying on the coffee table and had what he thought was a brilliant plan to keep his son busy and give him more time to sleep. The father picked up the paper and pointed to a picture of the world on the front page. "This is a picture of the world, but it is also a puzzle," the father explained. He then ripped the picture into about fifty pieces, handed them to his young son and said, "I want you to put it all back together." He lay down to finish his nap, thinking he would get at least another hour of sleep. In about fifteen minutes, the little boy woke him up saying, "Daddy, I've got it finished. It's all put together." The father could not believe it. His son was too young to know much about geography. "How did you do that?" he asked in amazement. "Dad, there was a picture of a person on the back page of that newspaper, and when I got my person put together, the world ... read more

Reach Out - Cross the Bridge - September 29, 2014

And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man's foundation (Rom. 15:20). I advise my church congregation to be careful about inviting individuals from other churches or fellowships

Reach Out - Monday, September 29th 2014 Romans 15:20-21 "And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man's foundation, but as it is written: 'To whom He was not announced, they shall see; And those who have not heard shall understand.'" NKJV I advise my church congregation to be careful about inviting individuals from other churches or fellowships. If they are starving for the Word of God, then invite them. When someone is happy and called to be where they are, please do not invite them or at least pray before you do. Like Paul, I do not want to build on another man's foundation. There are so many people in the world who are not saved and are headed, frankly, for a terrible end. You should invite them to church! Go out and find people who are not in fellowship or not saved and reach out to them. We are to be fishers of men not keepers of the aquarium. Matthew 4:18-20 "And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him." NKJV How great is your desire to see people saved? It seems crazy for me to put together a sentence like ... read more