The Secret to Spiritual Strength

January 2020 by David Wilkerson

Happy New Year!  As we start a new year, we are praying for revival. Part of that  is strengthening ourselves spiritually. One way we can strengthen ourselves spiritually is by reading God's word. 

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:28-31).

These are powerful words from the prophet Isaiah. Right now the world seems to be shaking and the people of God need to know how to maintain their strength in the midst of it all. Drawing near to God in times of crisis is necessary in order to sustain stability and effectiveness. 

The psalmist David says, “Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; you shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues” (Psalm 31:19-20).

This is profound! David is telling us, in essence: “All true strength comes from drawing near to the Lord. Indeed, the measure of our strength is proportionate to our nearness to him.” Simply put, the closer we are to Jesus, the stronger we are going to be. In fact, all the strength we are ever going to need will come through our secret life of prayer.

The enemy of your soul wants you drained of all strength and he will use anything he can, even “good” things, to keep you from spending time alone with Jesus. He knows your time with the Savior enables you to endure fear and anxiety, even in this worrisome season. We are facing difficult times and are headed for incredible changes.

Each one of us must ask, “How near am I to Jesus in this hour?” Spend time alone with Him daily and seek His face in prayer. He promises to hear your every cry and meet your every need.

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Four Things You Need to Know About God

December 21, 2020 by Ray Comfort


“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and truth go before Your face.” (Psalm 89:14)

In civil law, a good judge must punish crime. If he turns a blind eye to injustice, then he is corrupt and he himself should be punished.

In one ten-year period in the United States, 100,000 murderers were never brought to justice. These were unsolved crimes. If God turns a blind eye to those murderers, then He is corrupt by nature. It makes sense that if He is good and just, He should be angry with those who have taken the lives of others, and He should punish murderers, rapists, etc. This is the teaching of the Bible—that God will “by no means clear the guilty.” He “will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.” “God is angry with the wicked every day.”


“Sin is transgression of the Law.” (1 John 3:4)

Let’s look briefly at the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20), and see if we have kept God’s Law:

You shall have no other gods before Me

You shall not make yourself a graven image

You shall not take God’s name in vain

Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy

Honor your father and mother

You shall not murder

You shall not commit adultery

You shall not steal

You shall not lie

You shall not covet

Before we say we have obeyed the Commandments, this is what someone would be like if he kept the Law—he would always love God with all his heart, with all his soul, with all his strength, and with all his mind, and love his neighbor as much as he has loved himself. He has never made a god to suit himself (either with his hands or in his mind).

He has always given God’s name reverence, kept the Sabbath holy, honored his parents implicitly, and never once has he been “angry with his brother without a cause.” He has never hated anyone, had lust in his heart, or had illicit sex. He has never stolen even a paper clip or ballpoint pen, or told as much as a “white” lie, and not once desired anything that belongs to someone else. He is, and always has been “pure in heart,” perfect in thought, word, and deed.

The truth is, we are not like that. We have all “sinned” many times, and therefore we have stored up God’s wrath, which will be revealed on Judgment Day. The proof that we have sinned will be our death, and after death we must face God in judgment.

Think of it—if He has seen our every thought, word, and deed, and if He is going to bring all of our sins out as evidence of our guilt on the Day of Judgment, we will all be found to be guilty. Our conscience has shown us right from wrong; we will be without excuse. God will give us justice, and Hell will be the place of our eternal punishment. “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.”


“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us…” (Ephesians 2:4)

A youth once borrowed a fast car, and in a drunken stupor, sped through his hometown at 120 m.p.h. Since everything was horse-drawn in his country town, there were no laws against speeding. So the council passed a law saying that 30 m.p.h. was the maximum speed, and that any transgressors would be fined $100 for every m.p.h. over the speed limit.

On his way back through the town, the speedster decided to pull the same prank. He was apprehended, tried, and found guilty by his father, who was the town’s only judge. He was fined $9,000, and because he had no money and no words of defense, the youth was led off to prison. As he sat in despair behind bars, his father appeared at the door, and told him that he had sold all his own prized possessions and paid the fine for him. The son couldn’t believe that he loved him that much. They embraced as they never had before, and walked off in a new-found relationship, bonded together with love.

That’s a picture of what God did for us through the gospel

We have all broken God’s Law a multitude of times, but God came to this earth in the person of Jesus Christ, and paid the fine—”For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Jesus satisfied eternal justice, and then rose from the dead, defeating death. Hundreds saw Him after His resurrection; it’s no fairy tale. Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies about the promised Savior, written in the Holy Scriptures hundreds of years before His birth. But just as we cannot earn a gift, so we cannot earn eternal life by our good works—”For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”


“He who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” (John 5:24)

Life’s greatest mystery, death, was destroyed by the One who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” The Bible says, “He who has the Son has life…”

To find the way to God, to understand the truth of God’s Word, and to receive the gift of eternal life, begin by repentance and faith through a prayer like this: “Dear God, I understand that I have broken Your Law and sinned against You. Please forgive my sins. Thank you that Jesus suffered and died on the cross in my place and rose again. I now place my trust in Him as my Savior and Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

If you have repented and trusted in Jesus, then your sins are forgiven and you can now partake in the blessings of “the New Covenant.” Here are just ten of

God’s exceedingly great and precious promises:

  1. You have passed from death into life (Jn. 5:24).
  2. God will supply all of your needs according to His riches (Phil. 4:19).
  3. Jesus will be with you in trials, promising never to leave nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5).
  4. The Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth, and give you the power to live a holy life (Jn. 16:13).
  5. You are cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ—God has removed your sins as far as the East is from the West (Ps. 103:12).
  6. As you abide in Christ, you will see the “fruit” of His Spirit begin to manifest in your life (Gal. 5:22-25).
  7. As you read the Bible daily, it will come alive to you and cause you to grow in your faith (1 Pet. 2:1-3).
  8. When you pray, God will hear you and answer your prayers (1 Jn. 5:15).
  9. The cross will be continual evidence of God’s love for you (Rom. 5:8).
  10. God “is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24).

Search the Scriptures daily, and see what God has in store for those that love Him. Honor Christ’s command to be baptized, and find yourself a Jesus-centered, Bible-teaching church and commit yourself to it.

May God continue to bless you as you obey Him.

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God's Provision in Storms

December 15, 2020 by In Touch Ministries

Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away. After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone. But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid. Matthew 14:22-27

Sailing or driving through a storm is scary because obscured vision makes us unsure of our direction and fearful for our safety. This is also true of spiritual storms, in which sudden, unexpected circumstances seem to turn our world upside down.

When the disciples were being battered by gale force winds on the Sea of Galilee, they learned some valuable truths, which can also help us in the midst of our own tempests.

Jesus intercedes for us. While the disciples were struggling through the wind and the waves, Jesus was on the mountain praying. Today He is in heaven, interceding for us (Rom. 8:34). 

Jesus is our protector. He watched over the disciples in the boat, and He does the same for us, ensuring that we encounter nothing outside of His will. 

Jesus is sovereign over all storms. He’s the one who forms them, determines their intensity, guides us through them, and brings them to an end in His perfect time.  

Christ has not abandoned us in our storms but instead is intimately involved, using them for our ultimate benefit. Knowing this, we can respond with trust, dependence, and worship.

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The King of Kings

December 11, 2020 by First 15

What a gift we have in the Christmas season. God himself took on flesh and dwelt among us that we might find eternal relationship in Him. His coming serves as a continual reminder of His grace and pursuit of us who are lost without Him. As we look to Jesus this week to celebrate who He is and what He’s done, may you find life-giving hope and foundational joy.

“On His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords." REVELATION 19:16

The fate of so many nations has historically rested on the strength of its leaders. From Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great to King David, we look to kings as the catalyst for either victory or defeat, success or failure.


Scripture tells us in Revelation 19:16 that we as the people of God find our fate in the One True King. Scripture says, “On His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.” Isaiah 9:6-7 says,


For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.


This Christmas season we celebrate the truth that our lives are hidden in Christ (Colossians 3:3). Our fate is wrapped up in His. Our victory and success is assured because our King sits enthroned on the heavens. He is high and lifted up, and His heart is filled with steadfast love for us, His bride.


If your future feels uncertain, if your heart is filled with anxiety, look no further than your Savior on whose robe and thigh is written, “King of kings and Lord of lords.” If the furthest thing from your heart seems to be peace, look to Jesus, whom Scripture calls, “Prince of Peace.” If you feel heavy and burdened from the weight and weariness of this world, look to God, our “Wonderful Counselor.”


God’s desire is to be near to you this season. His purpose is to pull you in closely to Him and remind you that you are His and He will never let you go. Sometimes all we need to get through the day is a little perspective. Sometimes all we need to experience victory over our current circumstances is to remember that Jesus has already won us.


Take time today to bring your cares and weights to the feet of the “King of kings.” Allow Him to declare over you both His unceasing affection and limitless power. May you find abundant peace today in the person of Jesus.


1. Meditate on what Scripture says about your Savior.


“On His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.” Revelation 19:16


“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10


2. What cares are weighing you down today? What’s keeping you from the abundant life Jesus came to bring you?


3. Bring your cares to Jesus in prayer. Ask Him for a revelation of who you are in Him. Take time to rest in His steadfast love and nearness.


“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7


You and I are made to look to someone or something for leadership. We aren’t created to rule our own lives. If we don’t look to Jesus, we will undoubtedly look to this world, which only has the power to lead us away from abundant life in God. Where are your eyes set today? What are you looking to for provision, peace, and life? Fix your eyes on Jesus today, the “founder and perfecter” of our faith, that you might find transcendent peace and steadfast hope (Hebrews 12:2). May your day be filled with all the goodness of one who serves the “King of kings.”

Extended Reading: James 4 or watch the Bible Project’s video on James

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God Has Not Passed You By

December 7, 2020 by David Wilkerson

One of the greatest burdens I have as a shepherd of the Lord is, “Oh, God, how do I bring hope and comfort to believers who are enduring such great pain and suffering? Give me a message that will cancel their doubt and fear. Give me truth that will dry up the tears of the grieving and put a song on the lips of the hopeless.”

The message I hear from the Holy Spirit for God’s people is very simple: “Go to My Word, and stand on My promises. Reject your doubtful feelings.” All hope is born out of God’s promises.

I received a letter once that contained a beautiful living illustration of this. It’s from a mother who writes, “My daughter is sixteen years old. She has a physical degeneration of her muscles, ligaments and joints, and is in extreme pain twenty-four hours a day. I lost my son to suicide in 1997 due to the same pain. He was twenty-two when, after nine years of suffering, he took his life. He couldn’t handle the pain.

“My daughter was a ballerina and was looking forward to going to Julliard School in New York City. But her dreams were shattered when she was stricken with the same disease that tormented her brother. The doctor said that her pain on a scale of 1 to 10 is at 14. The amount of painkiller needed to be effective for her would destroy her kidneys, so she can’t take the medicine.

“She loves the Lord, and is a joy to be around. She is a wonderful poet whose writings have appeared in over 15 publications, and she is listed in the ‘International Who’s Who in Poetry.’”

In the face of everything, amid a relentless shaking of body and soul, this mother and her daughter have put their hope in God’s Word to them. And He has given them peace.

Has the enemy tried to tell you that God has bypassed you? Have you been tempted to conclude that the Lord isn’t with you? Have you almost given up your faith? Put your hope in the Lord’s Word to you:

“I will never leave you, nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

“The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You” (Psalm 9:9-10).

God is good. God is with us and for us. God is faithful and loving. Forever.

His promises in His word are true.

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Are You Sad, Grieving, Stressed? God knows & Cares!

December 18, 2020 by David Wilkerson

Nothing stirs the heart of our God more than the soul that is overcome with grief. Grief is defined as “deep sorrow” or “sadness caused by extreme distress.” Isaiah tells us the Lord himself is acquainted with this most wrenching emotion: “He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3).

Even in judgment God grieves over his children. The Psalmist makes an incredible statement regarding Israel: “For their sake He remembered His covenant, and relented according to the multitude of His mercies. He also made them to be pitied by all those who carried them away captive” (Psalm 106:45-46). When God sees his children hurting, he not only grieves over them, he makes their enemies pity them!

Perhaps you are burdened with some sort of heavy grief. It could be over someone dear to you who is suffering, in trouble, or hurting. It could be a son or daughter who is backslidden, slowly sinking into the death of sin. Or it could be a loved one facing a severe, looming financial crisis. I say to all: Jesus Christ is moved by your grief.

It is wonderful to have Jesus walking with us through our pain; yet even when a miracle is on the way, there can be delays. Consider the woman who suffered with chronic hemorrhaging and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment for healing. For twelve years she had bled nonstop and she was literally dying a slow death. Luke, a physician, wrote that she “had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any” (Luke 8:43).

“[The woman] came … and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped … Jesus said, ‘Somebody touched me, for I perceived power going out from Me’” (8:44-46). Jesus felt this woman’s pain and he met her need when she reached out to him!

Sadly, multitudes of people today are doing just what that woman did — running from place to place looking for answers. They explain their problem again and again, hoping this time they will find relief. All they want is for someone to stop the bleeding in their heart.

When the suffering woman reached out and touched the man Jesus, merely making contact with the hem of his garment, she was instantly healed! The compassion of Jesus flowed out to her and made her whole.

If you are going through a hard time, we would love for you to join us for our Blue Christmas Service, Sunday, December 20 at 2pm. Just click here to join us. We'll be lighting candles, so please have one ready if you would like to light one with us. We hope to see you there! We'll also have a Zoom prayer time after, at 3pm. Click here for the link to join us. 

Our Good God: With Us, For Us - Part 2

December 4, 2020 by Sarah Beals

This week we welcomed our third granddaughter, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Grace into the world and I can’t stop thinking of God’s goodness to our family.

Peter and I are praising God for another precious granddaughter, and that both mother and baby are doing well.

I have to admit that I’m sometimes surprised by God’s goodness as though I expect Him to be stingy.

I’m not alone.

I remember the first time I told a Christian friend who was struggling that God not only loved her, but He liked her and was for her, she was visibly moved.

At Christmastime, the songs and carols remind us of the peace and goodwill of Christ toward us, but honestly, in such a sin-stained world, understanding true goodness is hard. We’re so used to dealing with fallen humanity, that we underestimate and taint God’s goodness towards us. We doubt it’s for us.

Though we wouldn’t say it out loud, we reason that if “good people” have a “bad side” then God must be the same way.

But God is not like us.

I wanted to share two quotes with you about God’s goodness and kindness because we all need to be reminded.

First is the excerpt from Mrs. C.H. Spurgeon that was posted yesterday. If you haven't had a chance to read it, please take a moment. It is well worth your time.

Second is this:

God is good. 

When Moses asked God to show him his glory in Exodus 33:18, God replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord God.”(ESV)

“The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6-7

God uses these words to describe His goodness:

  • merciful,
  • gracious,
  • slow to anger,
  • abounding in steadfast love,
  • faithful,
  • forgiving iniquity.

These are all the ways He deals with us, so we shouldn’t be surprised with His gentle, loving, generous heart towards us.

In Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners, author Dane Ortlund explains a interesting truth about God’s heart. 

“Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Matthew 11:28-30.

“In the one place in the Bible where the Son of God pulls back the veil and lets us peer way down into the core of who He is, we are not told that He is “austere and demanding in heart.” We are not told that He is “exalted and dignified in heart.” We are not even told that He is “joyful and generous in heart.” Letting Jesus set the terms, His surprising claim is that He is “gentle and lowly in heart.”

“I am gentle…” Meek. Humble. Gentle. Jesus is not trigger-happy. Not harsh, reactionary, easily exasperated. He is the most understanding person in the universe. The posture most natural to Him is not a pointed finger but open arms.”

I’m so thankful during this Christmas season, not just for new grand babies, but for another Baby who condescended to come to Earth to enter into our story for a relationship with us, to be our "with us, for us" good God.

Can’t help but praise Him today for His goodness!

PS: As people who love God, we are called to reflect His character and image. As we see His goodness revealed in the mirror of scripture, may we measure our idea of what a “good christian” looks like by prayerfully asking how well we are imaging His character to a lost and dying world, and to the people around us we are required to love.

How merciful am I?

How gracious am I?

Am I slow to anger?

Am I characterized by steadfast love?

Am I faithful to my commitments and friends?

Am I a good forgiver?

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Our Good God: With Us, For Us - Part 1

December 3, 2020 by Susana Spurgeon

This is part 1 of showing our God is good, with us and for us!

It starts with a little excerpt from Mrs. C.H. Spurgeon which encouraged me this week. The book is a biography of the life of Susana Spurgeon, wife of famous preacher Charles Spurgeon, and she speaks of God’s care and goodness in her life. The quote is a little long, but worth reading.

For context if you haven’t read the biography, Susana is in a time of sad and prolonged illness that left her bedridden while her husband traveled to preach. He writes to ask if there was anything she would like him to bring her. She was down, and half kidding, she answered “I should like an opal ring and a piping bullfinch!” They both knew there was no money for either and Charles answers, “Ah, you know I cannot get those for you!” They laugh and forget the conversation entirely.

She recounts:

 “One Thursday evening, on his return from the Tabernacle, he (the preacher) came into my room with such a beaming face and such love-lighted eyes, that I knew something had delighted him very much. In his hand he held a tiny box, and I am sure his pleasure exceeded mine as he took from it a beautiful little ring and placed it on my finger. ‘There is your opal ring, my darling,’ he said, and then he told me of the strange way in which it had come. An old lady, whom he had once seen when she was ill, sent a note to the Tabernacle to say she desired to give Mrs. Spurgeon a small present, and could someone be sent to her to receive it. Mr. Spurgeon’s private secretary went accordingly and brought the little parcel, which, when opened, was found to contain this opal ring. How we talked of the Lord’s tender love for His stricken child and of His condescension in thus stooping to supply an unnecessary gratification to His dear servant’s sick one, I must leave my readers to imagine; but I can remember feeling that the Lord was very near to us.”

“Not long after that I was moved to Brighton, there to pass a crisis in my life, the result of which would be a restoration to better health, or death. One evening, when my dear husband came from London, he brought a large package with him, and, uncovering it, disclosed a cage containing a lovely piping bullfinch! My astonishment was great, my joy unbounded, and these emotions were intensified as he related the way in which he became possessed of the coveted treasure. He had been to see a dear friend of ours, whose husband was sick unto death, and after commending the sufferer to God in prayer, Mrs. T—said to him, ‘I want you to take my pet bird to Mrs. Spurgeon; I would give him to none but her; his songs are too much for my poor husband in his weak state, and I know that “Bully” will interest and amuse Mrs. Spurgeon in her loneliness while you are so much away from her.’

Mr. Spurgeon then told her of my desire for such a companion, and together they rejoiced over the care of the loving Heavenly Father, who had so wondrously provided the very gift His child had longed for. With that cage beside him the journey to Brighton was a very short one, and when ‘Bully’ piped his pretty song and took a hemp seed as a reward from the lips of his new mistress, there were eyes with joyful tears in them and hearts overflowing with praise to God in the little room by the sea that night, and the dear Pastor’s comment was, ‘I think you are one of your Heavenly Father’s spoiled children, and He just gives you whatever you ask for.’

“Does anyone doubt that this bird was a direct love-gift from the pitiful Father?” asks Mrs. Spurgeon. “Do I hear someone say, ‘Oh! it was all “chance” that brought about such coincidences as these’? Ah, dear friends, those of you who have been similarly indulged by Him know of a certainty that it is not so. He who cares for all the works of His hand cares with infinite tenderness for the children of His love, and thinks nothing which concerns them too small or too trivial to notice. If our faith were stronger and our love more perfect, we should see far greater marvels than these in our daily lives.”

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Holding to the Reality of God's Promises

November 30, 2020 by David Wilkerson

Today we are living in fearful times such as few of us have ever known. The truth is, only a personal word from the Lord can lead us through such times with the enduring hope we need. And God has always been faithful to provide a word to his people throughout history.

In the Old Testament we read this phrase again and again: “The word of the Lord came …” Scripture says of Abraham: “After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram” (Genesis 15:1). We read of Joshua: “According unto the word of the Lord which He [gave] Joshua” (Joshua 8:27). And so it was with David and the prophets also.

You cannot fight the battle of faith without hearing the assuring voice of the Lord to you. When David and his warriors returned from battle and found their village raided and their families kidnapped, they cried out in agony, “How could this happen? Why would God allow it?” Then they “lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep” (1 Samuel 30:4).

This scene from David’s life shows us there is most certainly a time to weep when calamity strikes. But then he encouraged himself. “David encouraged himself in the Lord” (30:6). Instead of giving in to fear, David decided to fight his fears. I believe he did this by remembering all of God’s past deliverances in his life. Every victory had been brought about because of his unwavering faith.  

“Say to those who are fearful-hearted, ‘Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you’” (Isaiah 35:4).

While the world is under vengeance — when all things seem to be spinning completely out of control — God is in the process of saving us. He is using even the chaos of world events to bring about his salvation. He is faithful to save and to keep his people, through every calamity.

As for God’s people, we have the abiding Holy Spirit to speak a word from heaven to us. I believe the challenge for every believer today is to stay in the Scriptures until the Holy Spirit makes God’s promises seem to jump off the pages to them personally. We can know when that happens because we will hear the still, small voice of the Spirit whispering: “This promise is yours. It is God’s Word given just to you, to see you through these hard times.”

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Having a Faith that Testifies

November 27, 2020 by David Wilkerson

This message is for every Christian who is on the brink of exhaustion, overwhelmed by your present situation. You have been a faithful servant, feeding others, confident that God can do the impossible for His people. Yet you have lingering doubts about God’s willingness to intervene in your present struggle.

Think of those in the Body of Christ whom you have given words of faith and hope, people facing seemingly hopeless situations. You’ve urged them, “Hang on! God is a miracle worker, and His promises are true. Don’t lose hope — He is going to answer your cry.”

Jesus made a statement to believers in every generation: “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way” (Matthew 15:32). He is telling us, “I will do more for my people than heal them. I’m going to make sure they have enough bread to eat. I am concerned about everything concerning their lives.”

We all believe God can work miracles. We believe in every miracle we have read in Scripture. Yet, that is not enough. God’s question to all His people right now is, “Do you believe I can work a miracle for you?” And not just one miracle, but a miracle for every crisis, every situation we face.

Our faith in troubled times obtains for us the testimony of “a good report.” “For by [their faith] the elders obtained a good report” (Hebrews 11:2). The Greek word for “obtained” here means “to bear witness, to become a testimony.” Our ancestors in the Lord had a settled, anchored faith. And their unwavering faith became a testimony to the world of God’s faithfulness in the midst of troubled times.

As you rest in Him through storms, holding your faith position, you are obtaining a “good report.” And you are serving as a beacon of hope to those around you. Those who watch your life — at home, at work, on your block —are learning that hope is available to them.

Our God has supplied us with everything needed to sustain our faith, even as calamities increase. We have been given the witness of the Holy Spirit, who abides in us, and God’s fully revealed Word in the Scriptures. These will sustain us, obtaining for us the testimony of a good report even as the world shakes.

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Hope for a Difficult Christmas Season

November 23, 2020 by Rachel Wojo

Note: We will be having a Blue Christmas Online Service on Sunday, December 20 at 2pm for all who are feeling stressed, sad, grieving, lonely or depressed. Everyone is welcome.

Christmas carols fill the air; smiles and laughter are everywhere. A stroll around reveals glistening windows boasting of tasty holiday treats and shiny red ribbon. Twinkling lights dance in unexpected places and bounce off sparkling trees. Whether you appreciate lots of gold and glitter or simple candles, the blessing of our Lord’s birth is celebrated with expression!

While Christmas is full of joy and celebration, the world is not exempt from sorrow during this season. For many of us, our hurting hearts experience intensified ache as memories flood our minds. Perhaps the memory is of a loved one now in heaven. Maybe the memory haunts as part of a painful past; something we wish could be changed or undone. Pain not only exists from the past, but in the daily present. Discouragement doesn’t stop lurking. Disease doesn’t stop waging its war. Death doesn’t pause for a few days.

No matter what is causing your hurt, allow yourself the opportunity to recognize the struggle you feel during the holiday season. Think also of your friends or family who may benefit from words of encouragement for hard times. When a difficult holiday is threatening to overwhelm you or a loved one, call to mind the many uplifting Bible verses about trusting in God in hard times.

When Jesus was born, His parents didn’t plan a gender reveal party. No one ordered a baby shower cake. Oh, Mary, yes, as the mother, she prepared for the arrival of her baby. But a business trip for tax purposes was probably the last thing on her agenda. Riding a donkey most likely would have been her last wish in her ninth month of pregnancy. The point is: Jesus wasn’t born into ideal circumstances. Despite the stable which most of us would deem unsuitable accommodations, the Light of the World made His grand entrance in the form of a little baby. Human flesh held the Son of God and the glory of the night could not be contained. Angels sang their glory to God and hope, true Hope for the world was born!

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased! Luke 2:14 ESV

Sixteen years ago, my daughter, Taylor, unwrapped her Christmas gifts with exuberance. Though diagnosed with a rare terminal disease, she brought so much joy everywhere she went. Her pigtails and giggles were the perfect bubbly match. Our family has watched her gradually lose skill after skill from speaking to singing to feeding herself. Today her smiles are scant and her pain becoming more evident. She is fighting to perform daily essential activities like walking, chewing and swallowing. She can no longer unwrap gifts. This Christmas I’ll ponder whether it will be her last and that makes it a difficult season. Rather than focus on the gifts she can’t unwrap, we’re focusing on the gift she is to us. Rather than wish for better circumstances, we’re doing our best to rest in God’s plan as the best plan for her life. Rather than walk through this suffering alone, we’re hanging on to the hope that Jesus gives as He walks through this valley with us.

Regardless of the trials you face during the Christmas season, the gift you need the most is the One who longs to live in your heart. Despite the tough circumstances you’re facing, God’s plan is the best plan for your life; He loves you too much to think anything otherwise. No matter the ache or the longing, the sorrow or the suffering, the birth of Jesus brought hope and healing to the entire world. For this, we can celebrate with JOY!

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17 ESV

Know someone who is having a difficult Christmas? Reach out to them right now with a loving message. Let them know you are praying for them, make time for that long overdue communication and maybe even send them a sweet gift or thoughtful flower arrangement. Whatever you do, be sure to encourage them with God’s pure light this holiday season. 

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Thanksgiving and the Pandemic

November 20, 2020 by John Murray

I know we have passed Thanksgiving here in Canada but living so close to the USA, we are reminded it will be Thanksgiving there shortly.

It might seem ironic to even talk about thanksgiving during this time of pandemic. In fact, one writer questioned whether Thanksgiving in 2020 was an oxymoron! If we concentrate on the downside of the pandemic – and there are several as we all know – then being grateful might seem somewhat foreign in such a situation. This pandemic is something which few of us, if any, have had to deal with before.

We readily acknowledge that it has caused untold misery for many people. The tragic loss of life. The inconvenience of job loss. Isolation. Loneliness. All these aspects have taken their toll and have been expressed in anxiety, stress, physical illness, damaged relationships and, very sadly for some, suicide. Such is the serious response to this nasty global pandemic. Living in a Retirement Community we personally have experienced the sense of imprisonment through a lockdown. We are well aware of the how quickly the virus can run through a Care Home. Having a wife who needs constant care and is already health compromised, I understand the seriousness of our situation. But, as they say, there are always two sides to the same coin. I like to look for the bright side, if there is one.

So looking on the lighter side I have discovered that the pandemic has actually saved me money. In the last eight months I have only had one haircut! (No comments, please!) I have only filled up the car once instead of once a month. Sadly we have missed our weekly lunch at a local coffee shop but it has saved me money. Also we have obviously shopped less. I am sure it is the same for you and you could probably add to the list. I have found that if I focus on what we have and not on what we would like, I begin to think positively about the situation. I find it helpful to concentrate on the blessings in hand rather than wishing for those things which currently may not be available.

If we look closely we can usually find some good in every situation. We are certainly grateful to have been kept virus free. We are grateful just to wake up each morning, grateful to see the sun and feel the rain, grateful for food to eat, clothes to wear, a warm bed to sleep in, and even a few dollars in the bank. There are millions in this world who would love to change places with us.

So even during the pandemic we still have reasons for gratitude and thanksgiving to be never far from our thoughts. We can be assured that God has not relinquished control yet! I recently read this quotation which I think is applicable, “Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be.”

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How to Have Hope Without Giving in to Fear

November 16, 2020 by Sara Smith

Sometimes I find myself in a desperate kind of wrestle to have hope.

I’m hoping for certain things to happen in my life. Certain success, certain acceptance, certain love. But they are slow in coming, and I begin to fear they will never come at all. Questions of what I can do better, regrets that things aren’t different and nagging thoughts that I just don’t have what it takes to do this flood my mind and sink my spirits.

My logical response, of course, is to wrap my arms tightly around my hopes. To bring them in nice and snug.

Next thing I know, my legs have come to the aid of my arms, and now I am fully committed to this bear hug of hope.

So here we all are. Me. My hopes. My dreams. Stuck together like glue.

Tangled up so bad none of us are going anywhere.

And that’s just it. None of us are going anywhere.  

I’m too busy clinging and clutching that I don’t realize I’m squeezing the life right out of them. And they are so smothered that they have no room to grow or to take flight.

To brighten or evolve and have hope.

Hope can be a beautiful thing. But when mixed with fear, hope has the potential to twist into something ugly. It can become obsessive and possessive and controlling.

Everyone always says, “Don’t lose hope.” But what I desperately need alongside of hope, and what I cannot afford to lose, is trust.

A trust that there is something greater that rises above the roar and static of this life and all its hopes. A trust in the God I follow, that He knows well how to take care of and guide my hopes.

I need this kind of trust to mingle in with my hope because hope doesn’t always turn out the way I want it to. My hopes may not turn out at all. And I don’t want to crumble if they don’t.

Trust safely removes my hopes from the reach of my crushing fingers and takes them outside where there is plenty of room to fly.

Trust relaxes my arms so that they can instead work toward achieving instead of stifling.

Trust gives me the freedom to dream as big as I want and the security to be okay if reality turns out to be something different or something smaller.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, and I’ll admit, I’m really struggling with being able to trust as I hope.

It’s so hard to do. And I want things so badly to turn out how I hope. I have hope this little blog of mine will one day be much bigger. I have hope I can learn to be confident in this being a stay-at-home mom thing. I have hope my daughter will grow up knowing and loving God. I hope we can save enough money to go on a nice, long vacation sometime soon (hopefully really soon). And eventually, I hope to actually have green grass in our backyard.

Some hopes are loftier than others.

I know it’s good to have hope. It gives us vision and motivation and something to work hard for. I also know that not all hopes come to fruition. But with trust, I won’t lose to fear all of the joy and contentment that can be had along this journey, no matter what happens.

If I can learn to let it, trust has the power to change my relationship with hope from an awkward, controlling bear hug into a sweet embrace

“…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

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Fear the Lord and Depend on the Holy Spirit

November 13, 2020 by David Wilkerson

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. Proverbs 9:10

The church of Jesus Christ today has been mightily blessed by God but unless the driving force behind any ministry is total dependence upon the Holy Spirit, all efforts are futile. Great music, eloquent preaching or persuasive personalities are fine but only the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit can bring people to their knees.

Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. He was well-organized, much more educated than his father David, and he did everything bigger and better than any previous generation could have conceived. Everything about Solomon was breathtaking, extravagant, highly impressive! Yet the driving force behind Solomon was wisdom and knowledge — and he delivered a powerless message.

Let’s compare the two types of churches, Solomon’s and David’s. In Solomon’s church, a preacher merely gathers truthful, biblical information and creates a sermon out of it. Then he tells himself, “It’s the Word of God, so it must have an impact.” But no matter how persuasive it is, without the anointing of the Holy Spirit, it is a dead word. 

On the other hand, David’s church is filled with godly sorrow toward sin and a deep desire to know the Father. When David was on his deathbed, he spoke to Solomon about intimacy with the Lord. “My son, I want to tell you the secret of my ministry, why God has been with me everywhere I have gone.” Listen to some of David’s last words to his son: “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue” (2 Samuel 23:2).

David was saying, “I didn’t trust in my knowledge and wisdom; in fact, I didn’t trust in any part of my flesh. I was a weak man but I depended upon the Holy Spirit! Every word I spoke was under his unction and anointing. His words filled my mouth!”

All the true treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Jesus Christ (see Colossians 2:3) and they are available to us.

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10 Proverbs to Get You Through Your Day

November 9, 2020 by Jennica Stevens

The Book of Proverbs shares important wisdom all day, every day.

We all need a little wisdom in our lives. Proverbs was written as practical wisdom for the average person. You might say they were written to get the ancient Israelites through the daily grind of life.

We, too, need help to get through the daily grind—whether it’s working, going to school, taking care of kids.

The following 10 Proverbs can encourage and inspire you throughout the day.

At 6 a.m. (the alarm goes off)

My child, hold on to your wisdom and insight. Never let them get away from you.

– Proverbs 3:21

At 7:30 a.m. (getting in the car for work)

The road the righteous travel is like the sunrise, getting brighter and brighter until daylight has come.

– Proverbs 4:18

At 9 a.m. (receive an email from a friend asking for your help)

You do yourself a favor when you are kind. If you are cruel, you only hurt yourself.

– Proverbs 11:17

At 11 a.m. (tempted to gossip about the guy in the next cubicle)

It is foolish to speak scornfully of others. If you are smart, you will keep quiet.

– Proverbs 11:12

At 12 p.m. (you meet a friend for lunch)

The righteous person is a guide to his friend, but the path of the wicked leads them astray.

– Proverbs 12:26

At 3 p.m. (your coworker speaks to you in anger)

A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.

– Proverbs 15:1

At 5:15 p.m. (stuck in traffic)

Those who are good travel a road that avoids evil; so watch where you are going—it may save your life.

– Proverbs 16:17

At 6:30 p.m. (your family volunteers in a local homeless shelter)

If you oppress poor people, you insult the God who made them; but kindness shown to the poor is an act of worship.

– Proverbs 14:31

At 8 p.m. (you feel overwhelmed by the thought of tomorrow)

Worry can rob you of happiness, but kind words will cheer you up.

– Proverbs 12:25

At 10 p.m. (getting ready for bed)

My child, hold on to your wisdom and insight. Never let them get away from you. They will provide you with life—a pleasant and happy life. You can go safely on your way and never even stumble. You will not be afraid when you go to bed, and you will sleep soundly through the night. You will not have to worry about sudden disasters, such as come on the wicked like a storm. The Lord will keep you safe. He will not let you fall into a trap.

– Proverbs 3:21-26

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Wisdom and Life versus Foolishness and Death

November 6, 2020 by Ron Graham

As we continue our series in Proverbs, we'll be focussing on Wisdom and Life versus Foolishness and Death.

The Bible compares the wise with fools. Wisdom and foolishness are among the most important Bible Opposities. We ask the question: what makes you wise? How do you avoid being a fool in God’s eyes?

In the first place, you must ask for wisdom from the right source, and that means asking God in heaven.

1 Wisdom From Above

Of course we can find plenty of wisdom from God in the Bible. If we reject God’s word we will be devoid of real wisdom. “The wise men are put to shame... Behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?” (Jeremiah 8:9).

Those who respect God’s word, and don't reject it, can also pray for wisdom. So we have two ways of seeking wisdom from above: We can seek it in the scriptures, and we can seek it through prayer...

James 1:4-8

“4 Let perseverance [through trials] finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking at all. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God. He gives generously to all without finding fault, and he will give you the wisdom you ask for. 6But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt. The one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That person should expect nothing from the Lord. 8People like that are of two minds, and unstable in all their ways” (James 1:4-8).

God, in his good providence, can always find a way to help us come by the wisdom we need. We pray, and God finds a way.

Now consider this: having got wisdom from God, where are you going to keep this treasure? There's a simple answer to that, isn't there? You must keep it in your heart.

2 Wisdom in Your Heart and Life

“Wisdom resides in the heart of a person of understanding, but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.” (Proverbs 14:33). If God’s wisdom is made known to fools, why do they remain fools? Because they do not let the wisdom into their hearts. Their hearts reject the wisdom, and instead welcome foolishness which they are pleased to call wisdom.

The following passage about wisdom shows the importance of having God’s wisdom living in your heart, and in your life...

Proverbs 2:1-11

“1My son, you should accept my words and store up my commands within you. 2You should turn your ear to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding 3Yes, you should call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding. 4You should look for it as though it were silver. You should search for it as for a hidden treasure. 5Then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:1-5).

“6For the Lord gives wisdom. From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7He holds success in store for the upright. He is a shield to those who walk blamelessly. 8For the Lord guards the path of the just and protects the way of his faithful. 9So then, you will understand what is right and just and fair. [You will choose] every good path.” (Proverbs 2:6-9).

“10For wisdom shall enter your heart, and knowledge be pleasant to your soul. 11Discretion shall protect you, and understanding guard you.” (Proverbs 2:10-11).

Notice how the proverb above says, “For wisdom shall enter your heart” (Proverbs 2:10). You must let true wisdom into your heart, to fill your heart. Only then will true wisdom change you, and change your life.

Don't keep wisdom in a cardboard box.

What would be the use of getting wisdom from God, if you just wrote it down and stored it in a cardboard box —then left it to gather dust while you continued to let worldly wisdom fill your heart and guide your life?

Just as God’s wisdom belongs in your heart, of course it also belongs in your daily life. If wisdom is shut away in your heart, never to see the light of day, it might as well be in a dusty cardboard box!

One of the Bible proverbs makes this point: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who put it into practice have a good understanding. [In their way of life] his praise endures forever!” (Psalm 111:10).

Notice that wisdom from God must be put into practice. You can have wisdom in your heart, but it must be evident in your manner of life. James has a clear message about this...

James 3:13-17

“13Who among you is wise and has understanding? You should show it by your good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such 'wisdom' does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also loves peace. It is considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit. It is impartial and sincere. ” (James 3:13-17).

The first two points we have made in this lesson are fairly obvious. However our final point may be less so, although it follows by inference from the first two points. We noticed firstly, that we must do our best to seek true wisdom from God through the scriptures and through prayer. Secondly, we noticed what follows from that: God’s wisdom must fill our hearts and be fully obeyed in our lives. It is this embrace and practice of wisdom that brings us now to consider, thirdly, the cost of wisdom.

3 Wisdom at a Cost

God’s wisdom is a precious commodity. It can be had without money, but it does come at great cost. Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. (Proverbs 23:23). Notice, that although you ask God for wisdom, there is a sense in which you buy it from him.

In fact, the price of wisdom is the practice of it —simple as that. Wisdom from God may be a gift, but it is given on condition that you devote yourself to it and give wisdom your obedience in daily life. That is wisdom’s cost. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. [In their way of life] his praise endures forever!” (Psalm 111:10).

All the treasure on earth cannot buy true wisdom, because true wisdom comes from God. He isn't interested in your wealth. “For wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her” (Proverbs 8:11).

Don't buy wisdom from the wrong shop.

Some people don't buy wisdom from God. They shop elsewhere, because God requires a deep and full commitment to the wisdom he gives. Some people will prefer the cheap alternative, namely the wisdom of this world.

But Paul warns us against such foolishness...

1Corinthians 1:20

“20Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1Corinthians 1:20).

1Corinthians 2:6

“6We impart wisdom among the mature —but not a wisdom of this age or its rulers. They are doomed to pass away.” (1Corinthians 2:6).

1Corinthians 3:18-20

“18Don't deceive yourselves, any of you. If any of you thinks that you are wise in this age, you should become a fool [in the eyes of the world] so that you may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this age is folly with God. For it is written, 'He catches the wise in their craftiness' 20 and again, 'The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.'” (1Corinthians 3:18-20).

The wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. Yet, when we buy wisdom from God, people of the world will think we are foolish! Well, we will just have to put up with that, won't we?.

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Pursuing the Wisdom of God

November 2, 2020 by David Wilkerson

As we start our new series in Proverbs, are you searching for God's wisdom?

“The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here” (Matthew 12:42).

The queen of Sheba was greatly troubled in her soul by all the big questions of life — about God, the future, death — and she longed for answers. Yet no amount of wealth, fame or counsel could answer her soul’s cries. And then she heard of King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived.

“Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions … she spoke with him about all that was in her heart. So Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing so difficult for the king that he could not explain it to her” (1 Kings 10:1).

Getting to Solomon was not an easy task for the queen, as she and her caravan traveled through a hot desert for up to seventy-five days to reach him — a long, difficult journey. Yet nothing could stop the queen from gaining an audience with Solomon. And she was not disappointed! Solomon answered her questions with awesome, illuminating truths.  

Here in Matthew the Lord is saying to us, “If you profess to be a follower of mine, do you seek for wisdom as passionately as the queen sought Solomon’s wisdom? I am right here with you to answer all your questions and fulfill all your longings!”

The queen might say to us, “I saw and heard the wisdom of a man who lived in my time and His words changed my life. But the time came when I had to leave His presence. But not for you! You have One who lives in your midst who is infinitely greater than Solomon. You have access to all His wisdom, His righteousness and holiness.”

When was the last time you had an awe-inspiring experience with Jesus? When were you so enthralled by His peace-giving wisdom that it took your breath away? When did you last say, “Nothing I’ve been taught about Christ prepared me for this experience with Him. He has solved my doubts and brought me utter joy”?

Christ wants to reveal himself to those who pursue Him at any cost and hunger for God’s Word.

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