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"Thy Will Be Done"

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"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:9-10 KJV
Our Lord instructed His disciples on prayer and gave them an example to follow not as a magical formula, but to commune with God. This prayer is short and to the point never mentioning the time of day in which to pray, how long to pray, or the position in which one is to pray. But, we are instructed to, “Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer usually comes from a heart which is truly committed to Christ generating thankfulness for all He has done. 
Prayer demonstrates our faith and trust in God in discerning His will for our lives. There are some who are fearful of God’s plan. The thought of surrendering to His will is overwhelming and at times even terrifying. These dear people are sure that if they were to yield to God, they would suffer painful, uncertain times in some distant and dange…

From Prison to His Presence

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From Prison to His Presence 1 Corinthians 6:20  You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
A young woman named Perpetua stood firm in her faith in the year 203 AD in Carthage, North Africa. Because she kept a diary, we know about her imprisonment and faith in God. Perpetua and Felicitas, the servant to Perpetua, boldly faced death rather than deny Christ. All they had to do to get out of prison was to offer a small sacrifice of incense to the pagan gods. Perpetua’s father insisted that something this small should be easy for her to do. Why was she being so stubborn?
Perpetua was willing to give up everything, even her life to stand for Christ. As she sank down to the hard stone floor, deep anguish pierced her heart. The Roman official, Hilarion, was viewing her case, as her father returned to the prison begging her to abandon her Christian beliefs.
Finally, the sentence was handed down. Perpetua and Felicitas were condemned to the arena where wild …

Why Does the World Hate Jesus?

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Why Does the World Hate Jesus?
Book of John 
The Apostle John is writing to influence people to believe in Christ and declares openly that Jesus is God. John, who is called the “Beloved Apostle,” has an intimate and unique relationship with Jesus and he desires that others have the same cherished relationship.
In Chapters 6 and 7, John writes about Jesus exposing evil in people (especially the religious leaders), and He makes them so angry they want to kill Him. After feeding the 5,000, Jesus perceives that some men were about to take Him by force to make Him king. It is not yet His time and He withdraws Himself from the crowd.
Remarkably, the Jews still marveled at His teaching and because He spoke with such authority and wisdom, He would claim His absolute knowledge of God. He clarified His understanding of Scripture by saying He was here because God the Father had sent Him, and His teachings were not His own. For a sinner to see Jesus as the All-Sufficient One, and for Him to be reveal…

If Any Man Thirst

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If Any Man Thirst John 7:37 Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
John 7:38 conveys that Jesus is the “Living water” and to satisfy one’s thirst we must come to Him, the source. In Exodus 17:6, God gives instructions to Moses, “Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink.”  Jesus is not only known for being “Living Water” but He is also called, “the Rock.”  “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: (Deuteronomy 32:4). Psalm 78:35 says, “And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.” The Apostle Paul makes a connection for us from the Old Testament. I Corinthians 10:4 reads, “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”
We all want our thirst quenched physically and this thirsting for God in the Christian life is found in S…

Seeking Sinners

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Seeking Sinners
Luke 15:1-7  Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”  So He told them this parable, saying, . . .
Tax collectors of Jesus day were hated and despised by the Jews, mainly because they were usually fellow Jews working for Rome. Jesus was seen eating with “publicans,” another name for tax collectors or tax-gatherers which the Pharisees and scribes complained about. Tax collectors were always under the suspicion of being extortioners (the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats) and were probably guilty in most instances. 
When Jesus was seen having dinner at a tax collector’s house named Matthew, along with other sinners, the Pharisees questioned Jesus’ choice of companions. Jesus’ response: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. . . . I have not come to call the righteous, b…

Waiting Patiently

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Waiting Patiently Psalm 37:7a KJV Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him: Psalm 40:1a I waited patiently for the Lord;
I dislike waiting! Do you? Have you waited impatiently to hear from someone you love and it seems like decades have passed before they call? Have you waited in the doctor’s office, or at the hospital for a doctor’s report to be given and fear begins to creep into your mind? Waiting, waiting, waiting, and yet, God’s Word instructs us to wait and as Christians, we need to learn to wait in faith for God to move on our behalf.
The word patient or patience is derived from the Latin word, “patientia” from “patior,” to suffer,  to endure. Our Lord not only tells us to wait, but to patiently wait on Him. The definition of the word, patience is: “willingness to put up with waiting, pain, troubles, or hurts; calm endurance without complaining or losing self-control.” This explanation of the word, patience is what God wants for us, while we wait for His will in our lives. Willing…

The Love of Christ

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The Love of Christ
To separate means to disconnect, detach, breakup, split, parting (of the ways), estrangement, rift, rupture, breach, divide. Paul declares Christ’s love for us by posing this question; Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? The fear of separation from God is impossible to those who are Christ’s. If we are truly born again by the Spirit of God, we can know and experience the boundless, unwavering love of Christ. What security this brings to the believer. There is no need to ever fear the past, the present, or the future––– we are secure and protected, in the love of Christ.
God assures us that the hard things in life are working for our good and not against us. He encourages us that we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. God allows the trials of life to come so that He may use them in our lives for His glory. He will never desert us, for He is closest to us when we go through the most difficult times of our life. We, my friend, are victorious in…

How Do I Parent An Angry Child?

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How Do I Parent An Angry Child? Not every household has an angry child to deal with. If you are someone that does, here are some steps that you can take to help you during this difficult time. The purpose for writing this blog is not to beat you over the head with all the things you have done wrong, but to encourage you with the actions you’re already taking that are good and right. Every parent needs to hear that they are doing some positive things to help their child overcome the acts of aggression and anger that are so destructive.  Having a practical and favorable course of action in mind is extremely helpful to you. When your child decides to have a meltdown in the middle of the grocery store or anywhere else, you can begin to practice what you have learned.

Helpful Hints in Parenting an Angry Child in Public
•Work through behavior issues at home before going out (This is what will happen if you show a problem in public).
•Prepare them in knowing what is acceptable behavior in public