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    Gift of Miraculous Powers

    When Jesus and His disciples performed miracles, they were using miraculous powers. Now, certainly the gift of healing is part of the miraculous powers, but those with this particular gift can do other things as well. Jesus said that those who came after Him and believed in Him would be able to do even more than what He had done in His short ministry on earth: Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may…

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    Hypocrisy

    Before I get started, I want to apologize for not making a video today. I have a cold and only really have the energy to do a few written posts before I’ll need to rest again. But I should be able to make a video next week! One thing that really bothers me about people, and what I wanted to discuss today, is when we are hypocrites. And guess what? It isn’t just Christians that can be hypocrites. All people have been this way at one point or another: you tell someone to do something, or not to do it, but you yourself are doing it, or not doing it.…

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    The Gift of Faith

    We all need to exercise faith as followers of Christ. The Bible says that we are to live by faith, not by sight (Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38; 2 Cor. 5:7). And for most of us, that is really hard. In fact, I would say it’s the hardest part of being a Christian. One of the things I’ve heard most from non-Christians, on why they don’t want to be saved or why they don’t want to follow Christ, is that they can’t live by faith. They believe what they can see and what can be proven and they expect every question to be answered. But that isn’t how Christianity…

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    The Gift of Knowledge

    As I continue my series on the gifts of the Spirit, I want to say that there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom, and there is also a difference between having knowledge and having a gift of knowledge. The difference between knowledge and wisdom is that knowledge is defined as “acts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject” while wisdom is defined as “the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.” Did you catch the keyword in the definition of wisdom? “Application.” You see, we can all have…

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    Happy Easter (and Sunday Prayer)

    Happy Easter everyone! Today we’re celebrating the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ! Because of Him, death was conquered and we can now have eternal life in heaven when we accept His free gift of salvation. Praise be to God for Jesus’ sacrifice! And, unlike other religious leaders people try to worship, Jesus didn’t stay dead – He came back and ascended (alive) into Heaven after appearing to many witnesses. That is so amazing! We should all be thankful today and remember the gift we’ve been given on the amazing day of Easter. Every Sunday I’m going to write a prayer for the coming week, so here is today’s…

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    Saturday Thoughts: Hearing From God

    Every Saturday I’m going to post thoughts that occur to me that aren’t in a series or that don’t require more than one post. These aren’t just random thoughts or opinions, but rather things I’m learning from the Lord or things that are very important to me. Today’s thought: How do I know God’s voice? When Justin and I chose Johnson City, TN it wasn’t a random choice, nor did God’s voice boom out of the skies and tell us to move there. One thing you should know about us is that we research and plan everything. I knew I wanted to live in the Appalachian mountains which narrowed down…

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    The Relationship Killers

    In today’s post, I want to talk about sins that kill relationships (any relationship, not just marriage): gossip, slander, no understanding, no mercy, and bitterness. Gossip and Slander Gossip is a big deal in the church today. We love to talk about people, though we often use the guise of “prayer.” I grew up in many different churches but I always heard the same things. “Oh, Mary, let me tell you what Julia did so that we can pray for her.” You don’t really want to pray for the person, you just want to tell people what he or she has done. I’m just as guilty of it! I’ve talked…

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    Love Always Perseveres

    We’re almost done with my series on love and I’m excited to start writing my book again about this subject! I can’t wait to get more in-depth. But, in the meantime, we’re going to continue with this series today on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 with “Love always perseveres.” First, what does it mean to persevere? Well, the dictionary defines it as to “continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.” That sounds like many of our lives, doesn’t it? My first thought when I read that was, “Do we even have a choice? Don’t we have to persevere?” But…

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    Love Always Hopes

    Today I am continuing my series on love based off 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. And I want to talk about hope. Hope is a vital part of any life, Christian or non-Christian, because without hope we give up on life. People who commit suicide have lost all hope. But God wants us to live each day filled with hope and if we want to learn to walk in love, we have to learn how to get and keep hope in our lives no matter what trials or storms come. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. (Psalm…

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