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Spiritual Endurance
October 10, 2017

Faith to Persevere: The Application

“All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth.” Hebrews 11:13 (NRS)   All the Faith Hall of Famers “died in faith” not having received the promises but having seen them afar were […]

October 3, 2017

Faith to Persevere

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Hebrews 11:13   (NKJ) To persevere requires one to continue despite difficulties, opposition, or discouragement. This requires not only spiritual power […]

September 26, 2017

Power to Persevere

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. Ephesians 6:18 (KJV)   If you were to ask me what character trait is critical for spiritual growth and maturity, I would answer, “perseverance”; and if you were to then ask me which character […]

September 19, 2017

God’s Guide to Spiritual Fitness

In support of our 2017 Lydia’s Market theme of Living Well, I’d like to focus this week’s teaching on a key disciple that is foundational for “living well”—spiritual fitness.  For our discussion today spiritual fitness is defined as the state or condition of being qualified and suitable for God’s purpose. Examples of spiritual fitness can […]

September 12, 2017

You Know Better!

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NKJV) I was a very mischievous child and admit that […]

September 5, 2017

Spiritual Failures

Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept. Mark 14:72 (NIV) One of the most difficult things for believers to do is to recover from spiritual failure.  Instead of asking for forgiveness, repenting, and then moving […]

October 4, 2016

The Spirit of Truth

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor who will never leave you.  He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you do, because he lives with you now and […]

September 27, 2016

Hold Fast to the WORD

“Preach the Word…” 2 Tim. 4:2 (NKJ) The Word of God is the truth by which believers are to successfully navigate this world.  “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches […]

September 21, 2016

Truth: The Divine Perspective

 “You were getting along so well. Who has interfered with you to hold you back from following the truth?”  (Gal. 5:7, NLT) Truth is a very significant concept.  As we discussed last week, our view of truth shapes our societies and our personal lives.  It also influences our relationship with God and our view of […]

September 13, 2016

Can You Handle the Truth?

“…and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32 (NRSV) The 1992 acclaimed film, A Few Good Men, revolves around the court-martial of two U.S. Marines charged with the murder of a fellow Marine and the tribulations of their lawyers as they prepare a case to defend their clients.  […]

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