Following God’s Lead in Our Prayers

Bowing my head in frustration I cried out to God, “Lord, I have no words to intercede on behalf of Mantombi. Your Holy Spirit gives me suggestions of what to pray for, but today, as I listen to you, I feel barren. I have no words.”I admired the small, delicately crafted cross serving as a bookmark in my Bible. Mantombi, a beautiful, lyrical name was written on a card attached to the cross by a gauzy gold ribbon. Mantombi. The heavyset woman’s dark, wrinkled, weathered face flashed across my mind.”What…

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The Powerful Benefits of Tithing

No one likes to think about tithing when it comes to God and His church.  If most of us were honest, we would admit that it is far easier to pray, sing God’s praises and help others than it is to turn over 10% of everything we earn to the Lord.  Yet God blesses those who tithe, and it is one of the most basic Biblical tests of our faithfulness and stewardship.  In fact, the word “tithe” actually means “tenth.”We are so often thinking about all of your own needs…

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It’s Not All In Your Head (And It’s Not All Your Fault)

Recently I’ve been reading anewfreelife’s blog on “rising from the ashes of domestic violence.” Here is her description of the blog:I am a survivor of domestic violence, and this is my voice. I am here to share with you what it feels like to be stripped of your dignity by those whom God and nature declare should care for you. And, I hope that this will be a place for other survivors to find their voices. Let the healing begin……..The subject matter is not pleasant. But it is good reading.…

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Making a Mess of Marriage

There is no area in which God’s power needs to be more graphically demonstrated than in marriage. Today, over half of all marriages end in divorce. Compounding this tragedy is the fact that not only are the marriages of non-Christians being destroyed, but believers are streaming into the divorce courts as well. For Christians to experience such defeat is an embarrassment to the kingdom of God and an insult to the Creator of marriage.The Bible tells us that God has the power to do anything He wills. Although God is…

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Transform Your Marriage

On paper this looked like a real bad idea.”This was the comment from a husband whom I met while doing co-therapy at The Hideaway Experience. He was referring to the idea of sitting in a room for four straight days with three others couples (especially three other men), while two therapists guided them through a marital intensive. But that comment didn’t come before or during the intensive, rather on the very last night when he realized the radical transformation his marriage had undergone in just the last four days. What…

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