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Paul Asher is a talented reporter who is having a crisis of faith. He once believed in God, but a visit to war-torn Afghanistan changed all that. He now questions everything he was taught about religion. He also has a crumbling marriage. And he’s battling emotions and thoughts from seeing soldiers die. What will it take to rescue him? Perhaps an interview with the Almighty would help. That’s exactly what Paul gets: three sit-down interviews with God, 30 minutes apiece. Will it help? An...

by bote brian on 21 August 2018

You’re not sure how much longer you can hang on. You’re in the middle of a trial, desperately needing some encouragement. Someone quotes you 1 Corinthians 10:13. Although the verse is talking about temptations and how God will provide a way out, they make this statement. “You know, God will never give you more than you can handle.” And you wonder, what is the matter with me then? I love God’s Word. I have saturated myself with it since 1971. But sometimes the right verse given at the...

by bote brian on 21 August 2018

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The Bible is an incredible book of history and facts that proves that there is a God that created all things. Most important of all, the Bible is the Word of God. It contains the mind of God and His will for each one of our lives. That is why the Bible was given to us. Paul the Apostle says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete,...

by bote brian on 17 August 2018

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1. There will be distractions. Life can be full of distractions, on any given day, but yet this week in particular, the enemy would love nothing more than to pull us away from the most important. He is a deceiver and twister of truth, and if we’re not careful, we may step right into his plans. Here’s a few ways he may try to lure us: Through busyness – If he can’t tempt us to fall, he would be happy to just keep us busy. So busy that we forget about God. It’s easy to get caught up in...

by bote brian on 17 August 2018

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1. An Opening Prayer for a Meeting Father, Thank You for every seat that has been filled here, today. For each mind and heart that fills the presence of this room, we thank You. Only You truly know what we are setting out to accomplish today. We have an idea, a vision, hints, and daily instructions. We have talents, abilities, and time to work. However, only You can see in perfect detail the end of every beginning. Every project, every season, every life. Nothing is ever in vain, for even mistakes...

by bote brian on 17 August 2018

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1. Palm Sunday (Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:9-19) Many churches celebrate Palm Sunday, which is the Sunday before Easter. Maybe your church had children waving palm branches to help them connect to the story. But while this is a triumphal entry, it is Jesus’ first step toward His death. Matthew 21:4 tells us: “This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted...

by bote brian on 17 August 2018

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1. The Easter story is 100 percent true. The evidence for the resurrection is overwhelming. Overwhelming! We don’t have space here to go into all the fulfilled prophecies and logic-based arguments for the Resurrection. Books like Cold-Case Christianity for Kids and The Case for Christ for Kids do an excellent job of explaining that. It’s critical that our kids understand that Jesus really was God in human form, that He really died, and that He was miraculously raised to life again. They need...

by bote brian on 17 August 2018

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1. The Resurrection Means Jesus is Alive This may sound like I’m stating the obvious but think deeply about this for a moment. Paul said that if the resurrection didn’t happen, we are most to be pitied. Everything we’ve believed and built our lives upon is a horrendous trick, a lie of demonic proportions. But the resurrection of Jesus IS true, which means that Jesus is alive, which means that everything he promised will happen. It’s not a myth, fairy tale, or children’s tale. Christ...

by bote brian on 17 August 2018

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Search for “spiritual disciplines” and you will come up with lists ranging from a few practices to giant, enormous, book-length lists. You’ll hear people talk about prayer, Bible reading, silence, fasting, solitude, fellowship, and a bunch of others. It can be kind of overwhelming, right? I’m not sure where the phrase “spiritual disciplines” originated. The Greek word in the New Testament usually translated “discipline” is paideia, which is used for “the rearing of a child, training,...

by bote brian on 17 August 2018