Okay, you were hurt. BAD!

Not only that, but you were hurt by someone who loves you. Someone who is close to you. Someone who instead of having your back, instead of scratching your back…stabbed you in it…talked about you behind it…didn’t watch it.

But, you know what the word of God says…

Matthew 18:21-22 (NKJV)

21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

Plus, the relationship you have with them is important to you. It’s bigger than the betrayal. It’s bigger than the denial. It’s bigger than the pain they caused you, so you make up your mind to forgive them. And, the fact is that you know that as much as…

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I Pledge Allegiance To the Lord

Overcoming The Times

Allegiance is defined as follows:

1. the loyalty of a citizen to his or her government or of a subject to his or her sovereign.
2. loyalty or devotion to some person, group, cause, or the like.

Many people pledge their allegiance to the republican Party, while others choose to pledge their allegiance to the Democratic Party. Over the past few football seasons, many have battled over their allegiance to the NFL players’ protest vs other people’s allegiance to saluting the US Flag.

While I am very grateful to live in a country where I can openly express my Christian beliefs, and exercise my right to vote for political candidates, who best represent the values that are important to me; The Holy Spirit has been impressing upon me, lately, the importance that we who profess salvation are careful not to allow our allegiances to the things of this world to…

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Spiritual Health Physical Health Lesson 1


Spiritual Health / Physical Health

     When our body is in pain or we are sick, we cannot function to the best of our ability. This will even interfere with our relationship with our Lord. You may question your own faith if you are sick long enough. Others may cause you to question your faith as well and make you ask yourself, “What have I done to deserve this?” Read Job and you will see that his friends did not come to comfort him, but criticized him. Even His wife at one point told him to curse God and die. Not something that is very encouraging. We come together to encourage one another to edify each other and to share the love of Jesus with each other. We are many parts but we belong to one body. Our individual bodies need attention too, and that is what these lessons will…

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Deep Cleaning: Dealing With Limiting Beliefs

Overcoming The Times

Many times, a dental appointment will begin with the dental assistants taking a series of x-rays of a patient’s mouth. These pictures enable the dentist and their team to identify issues with our teeth, that may be occurring below the gum line. If issues are identified the dentist will want to do what is called a “deep cleaning” below the gum line.

In life, all of our life choices are shaped by our belief system. The two most impactful beliefs in an individual’s life are their belief or nonbelief in a divine Creator, and what occurs after this mortal life ends.

For we who have placed our trust in the finished work of Christ at the cross and His resurrection, our beliefs are shaped by the Bible; Where we learn of; God’s creation of the universe, mankind’s fall into sin, the consequences of our sinful ways, mankind’s inability to attain…

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Love Does Not Envy / Lesson#3


Bible Study 1 Corinthians 13:4

1 Corinthians 13:4 NKJV  Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

What does it mean to envy?  envynoun  en·vy ˈen-vē

Simple Definition of envy

  • :the feeling of wanting to have what someone else has
  • :someone or something that causes envy

Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary

Full Definition of envy plural  envies

  1. 1: painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage
  2. 2obsolete:  malice
  3. 3: an object of envious notice or feeling <his new car made him the envy of his friends>

Definition of envy for Students plural envies

  1. 1: a feeling of unhappiness over another’s good fortune together with a desire to have the same good fortune <He was filled with envy on seeing her success.>
  2. 2: a person or a thing…

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Karina's Thought

 “Let me think and learn this project” That’s my answer or response every time my company’s directors deliver a new business project. Then they’ll ask when they could get the fix decision and my answer was: “Could be tomorrow, next week, next month, or  maybe you’ll not get any decision from me” Often time my answer made them a bit upset because they expect me to approve their business plan very soon. Usually they’ll do anything they can to convince me that the project will be running successfully if executed soon.  My secretary once asked me why I always took a quite long time and seems too slow to make a decision and my answer was, “Beside I’ve to think and learn carefully about all details of the project, I’ve to take it into our prayer. I’ve to involve God in every decision I made” My other business colleague…

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Respecting Husbands?

See, there's this thing called biology...

honeySweet question came up around the idea that men need respect while women need love. Women tend to express love in a more ethereal way, having to do with feelings and emotions, often nurtured by a sense of protection and safety. Some people don’t like this analogy, but I think it works really well in our interpersonal relationships, it solves a frequent communication problem between the genders.

So how do you respect husbands?

In general in order to actually be loved, men need to sense something more concrete than our feelings. Conversely, women simply need to “feel loved,” so while taking out the garbage is quite concrete and charming, it is not nearly as effective as talking to her in way that makes her feel heard, acknowledged, and safe.

It’s a bit funny, I know so many women who complain about the garbage, the laundry, the dishes, how  he never…

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By Faith – Jericho and Rahab

Beholding Him Ministries

Faith - JerichoWhen the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. Joshua 6:20

The Gracious God doesn’t tell us to have faith and leave us alone but He gives us example after example of the wisdom for doing so…like what happened in Jericho! 🙂

12 Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 13 The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the Lord and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets kept sounding. 14 So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six…

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Decrease to Increase

Comfort & Challenge

YourBestToday’s readings (click below to open in a new tab/window):
Psalms 15; 147:1-11, Genesis 9:18-29, Hebrews 6:1-12, John 3:22-36

The ministry of John the Baptist was a big success. Business was so good he had customers lined up from Bethany to Aenon, where he moved because it had more water to let him do his job. He had his own disciples and irritated all the right authorities. Yet when Jesus arrived on the scene, John willingly gave it all up. John knew something we often forget: successful ministry is not determined by numbers or longevity, but by how well it advances the message and mission of Christ. When John’s followers began flocking to Jesus, John didn’t start planning how to win them back. Instead he said of Jesus: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Christian ministry is not a competition, but our competitive nature can sneak into it. Choir solos, sermons, fundraisers, offerings, praise hands, potluck…

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What Kind Of Witness Was I today?


What kind of a witness was I today?

The thought just popped into my head as I was dusting off a shelf. During the time I spent outside of my home today, ‘Was I a witness for Christ?’ I am not talking about only about any conversations I may have had. Did my actions speak louder than my words, and what did they say? This is a self check. Did I smile at the person as they walked past me, or was I too busy in my own little world? Did I get angry and honk my horn when a car pulled out in front of me? Did I hold the door open when someone was coming out of where I was entering? Did I ask the cashier at the grocery store how was their day? Did I compliment anyone? Have I given any words of encouragement? Did I smile…

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