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Listening for God

When was the last time you heard from God? Maybe you haven't heard from him because your ears have been deafened by the silence of loneliness, discouragement or exhaustion. Maybe God's voice has been drowned out by the hum of to much noise from work, family, church and friends. Perhaps you feel too childish-immature, clueless-to encounter God God cherishes our focused attention and waits for us to learn his voice. Then he waits for our invitation to speak into our lives. Be sure to spend time In the presence of God, ears open. Maybe you feel lonely and discouraged. Maybe the noise of the world drowns out God's still, small voice. But if you take the time to be still and listen, really listen, in the silence, you'll hear Yahweh speak your name. Your response can be a simple and childlike invitation, "Speak, for your servant is listening, "
 

Article From: "Promises for life for women"

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A Godly Mother

Blessed is the Mother... Who can hold onto her children while letting them go; Who puts a tranquil home ahead of an immaculate house; Who knows a kind act will be remembered longer then an easy word; Who really believes that prayer changes things; Whose faith in the future sweetens the present; Whose Bible never needs dustng; and Whose sense of humor is alive and well.  

Article From: The Promoter | Bible reading - Proverbs 31

 
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He Still Moves Stones

And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? - Mark 16:3
His face is streaked with spittle. His hair matted with blood. A sponge is pressed to His lips and dice are tossed at His feet. His battered lips cry, “It is finished…” and a spear is thrust into His side. His thorn pierced brow now rests on a pulseless chest. How could this One who interrupted funerals and claimed to be Life succumb to death? The disciples begged for His body. They wrapped Him in linen and laid Him in a borrowed tomb. A stone was rolled over the door. A large heavy object now seals the burial place of the One who claimed to be God in the flesh. And the question of the ages is asked, “Who shall roll us away the stone…?” Here at the tomb humanity recognizes its inability. We are too weak to deliver ourselves. We are too lost to find our way. But in our perplexity there is a promise. Jesus is who He claimed to be, both then and now.
And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen… - Luke 24:4-6
Death could not hold Him, a stone could not keep Him, and a seal could not constrain Him — Omnipotence could not be held in a tomb. Are you asking a similar question? Do you have sins, addictions, or burdens too heavy to move by human effort? The resurrection promises One who can move the heavy stones of life. His name is Jesus and He is alive forevermore.  

Guest Author: Randy Hynes

 
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Christ Died To Make Me Holy

Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate (Hebrews 13:12). At this Easter season we recall with deep feeling that Christ died to save us from our sins. This is the clear teaching of the Bible and the faith of the Christian Church. He died to save sinners from punishment for their sins. Did He die also to preserve His people from continued sinning? We believe that He did. We believe that forgiveness for past sins and provision to keep His followers from future sin are both provided in Christ's atonement. Is it not reasonable to believe that when God went to such lengths to forgive the past He would provide the best possible insurance against further sinning? Is not such provision the clear meaning of the scriptures that follow? "Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it... that it should be holy and without blemish" (Ephesians 5:25-27). "And for this reason Jesus also, in order, by His own blood, to set the people free from sin, suffered outside the gate" (Hebrews 13:12, Wymouth). "And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure. He that committeth sin is of the Devil; for the Devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil" (I John 3:3,8). Christ died to save me from my sins. Did He not also die to purify and cleanse my sinful nature? The sanctified spirit shouts a glad yes.
The cleansing stream, I see, I see! I plunge and, oh, it cleanseth me! Oh! praise the Lord, it cleanseth me! It cleanseth me, yes, cleanseth me! - Phoebe Palmer

Devotional by: A. F. Harper

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